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Grief at West Bank school-bus tragedy

Seven children and a teacher were killed yesterday when a truck lost control in rainy weather and crashed into a school bus.

Israel rejects Palestinian hunger-striker's appeal

A Palestinian prisoner who human rights organisations say may be "approaching death" after 58 days on hunger strike has lost his appeal against an order holding him for four months without trial.

Letters: Who profits from euro disaster?

President Sarkozy was correct when he commented that the "eurozone crisis" was mainly a banking crisis. Your article "Greek rescue blocked by hedge fund greed" (18 January) confirms this. However, the situation is far, far worse than you describe. There is just one question to ask: cui bono – who benefits?

Ken Loach: The film director is one of 21 signatories to a letter attacking the museum over links to Ahava DSL

Natural History Museum attacked over links to 'illegal' Israeli company

The Natural History Museum is today accused by a coalition of prominent academics and cultural figures of helping to break international law by leading a research project which involves an Israeli cosmetics company based in an “illegal” settlement in the occupied West Bank.

Palestinians wait to pass a checkpoint outside the West Bank city of Ramallah

EU on verge of abandoning hope for a viable Palestinian state

Israel's foreign ministry denied that Israeli settlers were taking water resources from the West Bank

Singer Yaffa Yarkoni dies at 86

Singer who spoke out against military dies at 86

Yaffa Yarkoni, a singer who belted out wartime songs only to become a critic of the Israeli military late in life, died yesterday aged 86. She had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for many years.

Protester's death sparks new clashes

Three people were injured and six arrested yesterday in clashes between protesters and Israeli troops after the funeral of a Palestinian demonstrator killed on Friday.

Clashes at Palestinian protester's funeral‎

Local Palestinian residents and Israeli troops clashed today after the funeral of a 28-year-old demonstrator, whose death from wounds inflicted by a tear gas canister fired at short range by an Israeli soldier, is now the subject of a military police investigation.

Bright lights: The Christmas market at the cathedral

48 Hours: Cologne

A winter visit to this fine city on the Rhine offers Christmas markets, hearty food and drink, and invigorating art.

Water shortages in Dead Sea could increase tensions in Middle East

Scientists studying ancient mud samples taken from the bed of the Dead Sea separating Israel and Jordan have warned that the fragile political situation in the Middle East will be made worse by the intense water shortages their study is predicting.

Palestinians say Israel is costing them $4bn a year

The report argues that restrictions on access to natural resources have shrunk the economy of the West Bank and Gaza to little more than half of what it could be

Hacked Off: The art show that's driven Banksy up the wall

New Yorkers are flocking to see his works – but the world's most notorious graffiti artist isn't happy. Guy Adams explains why

Israel approves 277 new homes in West Bank settlement

Israel has approved the building of 277 apartments in the Jewish settlement deepest inside the West Bank, defying US criticism of continued construction on land the Palestinians claim for a state.

Israel's middle class launches mass protest at rising cost of living

Reports of 300,000 on streets across country as pressure for reform grows on Netanyahu
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