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‘Geneva II’ conference could be in jeopardy after UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon invites Iran to preliminary meeting

Middle East peace process dealt a blow as Israel gives go-ahead for 300 new homes in West Bank

Hope earlier in the week that a decision to freeze the construction of new Israeli settler homes in the occupied West Bank could renew the moribund peace process were dealt a blow earlier today when it transpired that permission had been granted to build nearly 300 new houses close to the Palestinian administrative capital, Ramallah.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Iran's coming elections will test Khamenei's regime

Provoking political dispute in the run up to elections has been declared treasonous

Israelis burn Palestinian fields and stone vehicles in West Bank after father is stabbed to death at settlement bus stop

Salam Zaghal drew a large knife and killed Evyatar Borowski before reportedly firing at Israeli border police

'We are heading toward a collision course by the end of the year': Iran will be capable of making a nuclear weapon in two months, warns Israeli intelligence official

Officials believe Tehran is pressing ahead with enriching sufficient uranium to make a weapon

Theresa May signalled that the radical preacher Abu Qatada could be prosecuted in Britain

Home Secretary Theresa May discloses that radical preacher Abu Qatada could be prosecuted in Britain

Theresa May intensified her attack on European judges today for blocking Abu Qatada's deportation to Jordan as she disclosed that the radical preacher could be prosecuted in Britain.

Pakistanis are pictured on the streets after evacuating buildings in Karachi

Dozens killed as biggest earthquake in 50 years hits Iran

Force of 7.8 magnitude quake could be felt from Kabul to Delhi and Dubai

Video: American teenager speaks 23 languages

Whilst most people struggle to learn one new language, a 16-year-old from New York has managed to master 23 different tongues.

Mouaz al-Khatib

Leader of Syrian opposition Mouaz al-Khatib resigns citing lack of support from international community

Mouaz al-Khatib, the leader of Syria’s opposition coalition, has resigned, citing a lack of support from the international community.

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It's yet to happen, but when it does, surely the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will take some beating for a strange place to play the most prestigious sporting tournament in the world. Temperatures during the summer reach 50 degrees and the tiny alcohol restricted state will have to find some way to accommodate beer swilling fans from around the world.

Premier League remains opposed to winter World Cup, despite calls to switch 2022 tournament in Qatar

Summer heats in Qatar pose huge problems for football's greatest tournament

Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba of Galatasaray celebrate with team mates Goekhan Zan and Felipe Melo after beating Schalke and advancing to the quarter-finals

Hamas rocket killed baby in Gaza

An errant Hamas rocket probably killed the baby son of a BBC journalist in Gaza during the brief war between the Palestinian group and Israel last November, according to a UN report into the incident.

Meet Bushra - the 19-year-old mother who became the millionth refugee to flee Syria

In excess of half the refugees are children who face the prospect of having their lives forever blighted by the conflict

Nani reacts to his red card against Real Madrid

Manchester United v Real Madrid reaction: Gary Neville has 'never seen Old Trafford in such disbelief'

Cuneyt Cakir has been criticised for sending off Nani

Israel’s Palestinian-only buses prompt apartheid comparisons

Israel will open new “Palestinian bus routes” in the West Bank tomorrow after bowing to pressure from settlers who argue that sharing transportation is a  security risk.

A Palestinian protester in Gaza City yesterday

Palestinian prisoner dies during interrogation in Israeli jail

Palestinian officials are demanding an international inquiry into the death of a Palestinian prisoner who collapsed while being interrogated in an Israeli prison on Saturday.

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