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Netanyahu faces backlash after Israel releases 26 Palestinian prisoners

Prisoners receive heroes' welcomes on their return to the West Bank and Gaza with officials and jubilant relatives lining up to greet them

RAF helicopter in forced landing near minefield in West Bank

An RAF helicopter made a forced landing near the West Bank town of Jericho yesterday, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

Israeli settlement plans abandoned to avoid ‘confrontation’ with international community

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says blueprints were drawn up without his approval

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Trail of the unexpected: On the 20th anniversary of its destruction, Henry Wismayer celebrates Mostar's Stari Most – and relishes its restoration

A Palestinian man shouts at Israeli soldiers after the demolition of tin shacks, animal shelters, tents and water wells in Aqraba village, near the settlement of Itamar, Nablus, West Bank

The Israelis who want to take rather than give away territory: Government faction opposes idea of Palestinian state

Ministers in the ruling coalition are preparing details of their own vision for how Israel should proceed unilaterally after the current round of peace talks fails

Tony Blair with the Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni at the UN General Assembly in New York last month

Israel stifles Palestinian growth, says World Bank

Easing restrictions on land and labour could boost the West Bank’s GDP by 35 per cent

Israeli soldiers detain a Palestinian man after an attempt by EU diplomats to deliver aid to Palestinians remaining in Makhul

Rouhani’s Favourite Village: After erasing Makhul, Israel might see support from the US evaporate

The US is being torn between the old alliance with Israel and a conversation with Iran

A freed Palestinian prisoner gestures upon his arrival near Erez crossing, between Israel and northern Gaza Strip

Peace talks at risk as Israel approves 900 more settlement homes despite Palestinian prisoners release

Long-awaited negotiations near collapse before they start - even as release of Palestinian prisoners begins

The Jewish settlement of Gilo, being built in East Jerusalem

Israel approves plan to build 900 new homes in east Jerusalem as Palestinian prisoner release remains on track

Israel is pressing ahead with a plan to build nearly 900 new settlement homes in east Jerusalem as new peace are set to begin.

Israel’s housing minister, Uri Ariel, talks to press after the announcement of new settlement units

Middle East peace talks: Tension flares as Israel authorises new West Bank settlements

Approval of project to build 1,200 new settler homes threatens to derail peace talks with Palestinians

Houses (foreground) of a West Bank settlement in Maale Adumim

Israel won't sign EU agreements until settlement clause is removed

Leading ministers would rather forgo millions in research grants than agree to anti-settlement conditions

Israel's new West Bank settlement plan 'destroys' two-state solution, says PLO

Israel has given preliminary approval for the construction of more than 800 new homes in Jewish settlements on occupied West Bank land where Palestinians seek statehood.

Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi places a wish on Jerusalem’s Western Wall

Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi takes a shot at peace

Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi placed a wish in Jerusalem’s Western Wall today as he and his team-mates completed a two-day “peace tour” of Israel and the West Bank  that included a training clinic for young Palestinians in Hebron and meetings with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

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Meet Lev Leviev, the billionaire who lost his sparkle in Cannes jewellery heist

The Carlton Intercontinental hotel on the exclusive Promenade de la Croisette in Cannes was the setting for an extraordinarily brazen diamond heist at the weekend, in which a lone gunman strolled into a jewellery exhibition taking place at the hotel and stuffed a suitcase with millions of pounds worth of Leviev diamonds before walking out. The owner of Leviev diamonds, Lev Leviev, is yet to comment on the theft. Apart from being a billionaire with an amazingly alliterative name,  just who is this wronged bling merchant?

Palestinian groups furious as Israeli jeans company Fox sets up shop in Ramallah

Activist says company 'supports occupation' and the Palestinian Authority is violating its own laws by allowing store opening to go ahead

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