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Yair Lapid has been given then opportunity to form a coalition government, after Benjamin Netanyahu failed to meet the deadline.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said he believed Yair Lapid, a centrist former television anchor, 'could form a government that has the confidence of the Knesset'.

Israel's Netanyahu faces midnight deadline to form coalition

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Israel's Netanyahu faces midnight deadline to form coalition

If Netanyahu fails to put together a coalition by midnight, he will do his utmost to prevent his opponents from reaching an agreement in the coming weeks.

What if they'd been shouting, "Death to the Jews!"?

Dominique Vidal

What if they'd been shouting, "Death to the Jews!"?

Comment: In the wake of Jerusalem's anti-Arab violence, Dominique Vidal questions how the world would react if the shoe were on the other foot.

Israel funerals for pilgrimage deaths to resume after Sabbath

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Israel funerals for pilgrimage deaths to resume after Sabbath

Burials for the victims of a stampede at a Jewish pilgrimage site will continue on Saturday evening at the end of the Sabbath, the Jewish day of ...

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Netanyahu calls stampede one of Israel's 'worst disasters'

At least 44 were killed during a stampede at a Jewish pilgrimage site on Friday.

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44 killed in Israel pilgrimage stampede

At least 44 people celebrating the Jewish festival of Lag BaOmer died in a stampede at a pilgrimage site in the north of Israel on Friday, ...

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Palestinian cars set ablaze in Jerusalem in 'racist attack'

Palestinian vehicles have been torched by suspected Israeli settlers.

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Ultra-Orthodox group accuses Jewish man of being 'Christian missionary'

A Jewish man is accused of being an 'undercover Christian' by ultra-Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem, claiming he emigrated from the US as a ...

Israel bombs Gaza after second night of Jerusalem violence

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Israel bombs Gaza after second night of Jerusalem violence

Israeli jets pounded Gaza after residents of the besieged Palestinian enclave protested in solidarity with Palestinians in east Jerusalem, who ...

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Police violence in Jerusalem for a second night

Violence erupted in annexed East Jerusalem for a second night, with Israeli police attacking Palestinians.

Over 100 Palestinians wounded after Israeli march through Jerusalem

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Over 100 Palestinians wounded after Israeli march through Jerusalem

Over 100 Palestinians were wounded after clashes broke out when Israeli extremists marched through east Jerusalem chanting 'Death to Arabs'

How UNRWA became a battleground for Palestinian rights

Emad Moussa

How UNRWA became a battleground for Palestinian rights

In-depth: Deeply intertwined with the history of the Palestinian struggle, the UN agency has faced defunding and political delegitimisation in a ...

Egypt killed three suspects in jihadist murder of Copt

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Egypt killed three suspects in jihadist murder of Copt

Egypt's interior ministry said Monday it killed three "terrorist elements" in the Sinai Peninsula.

Macron urges law change, Jewish woman's killer avoids trial

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Macron urges law change, Jewish woman's killer avoids trial

President Emmanuel Macron urged a change in French law after a man who murdered a Jewish woman in 2017 avoided a trial.

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Knights Templar legacy lives on in Cyprus

The Templars, an international army of elite warriors set up to guard European pilgrims travelling to Jerusalem, used the island as their headquarters, a history that still resonates today.

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Israel opposition head calls for unity government

Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid called Sunday for a "unity government", as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flounders in efforts to form a ...

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Cuban leader Raul Castro stepping down

Raul Castro has announced that he is stepping down as first secretary of Cuba.

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Erdogan defends minister after spat with Greece

The oddly undiplomatic press event became the dominant talking point on Turkish news shows.

Greek, Turkish ministers exchange heated accusations at press conference

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Greek, Turkish ministers exchange heated accusations at press conference

A meeting between Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias got heated on Wednesday, with both ...

Ruslan Trad

How Russia's soft power strategy seeks to reshape Syria

Analysis: Moscow's role in Syria is often referenced through its military intervention, but the Kremlin is also using soft power tactics to ...

Turkey's central bank holds interest rate under new chief

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Turkey's central bank holds interest rate under new chief

It is the first decision the central bank has made since the sacking of former governor Naci Agbal.

Libya's neglected Old City of Tripoli having 'soul revived'

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Libya's neglected Old City of Tripoli having 'soul revived'

Traders in the Libyan capital's Old City began to leave when Muammar Gaddafi banned private sector-led development in the 1970s.

Israel's Netanyahu on trial as coalition talks ramp up

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Israel's Netanyahu on trial as coalition talks ramp up

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced court in his corruption trial while his bid to form a government after another inconclusive election ...

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