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Letters: Corbyn’s liking for Cuba has no relevance to Britain’s problems

If Labour’s moderates want to regain control they should engage on issues such as the NHS Nick Cohen’s excoriation of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour (“What would it take for Labour’s members to revolt?”, Comment, last week) begins with a kind...Show More Summary

Revealed: sketches that show the inspiration for Banksy’s ‘alternativity’ in Bethlehem

Danny Boyle’s BBC Two documentary explores the problems he encountered directing the artist’s contemporary reworking of the Christmas story The traditional stage is familiar from thousands of primary school Christmas celebrations. Mary kneeling by a manger, angels with haloes on sticks, a diminutive king with an outsized crown. Show More Summary

From protests to bombings, a 50-year history of US embassies

As the US embassy in London moves to new premises, we survey a history of sieges, battles and raids at US missions When the US embassy moves out of Grosvenor Square, London, early next year it will be the end of a centuries-old connection with this corner of Mayfair. Show More Summary

Funeral of Palestinian amputee killed by Israeli fire takes place in Gaza

Wheelchair user Abu Thuraya was shot dead by troops during protests against US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital The funeral has taken place of a Palestinian wheelchair user who was shot dead on Friday during a demonstration in the Gaza Strip against Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Show More Summary

Two views of Jerusalem – a short reading list for Donald Trump

A collection of poetry and a book of walks round the city might help the US president with his foreign policy Donald Trump is not a great reader. He has said that he does not in fact need to read widely, because he makes decisions based on the knowledge he already has, along with a dose of common sense. Show More Summary

The best books on Syria: start your reading here

A literary tour of Syria illuminates the dark side of religion and politics that lurks behind the current crisis, as well as the fearlessness of ordinary people Related: The best books on North Korea: start your reading here | Pushpinder Khaneka Continue reading...

German girl imprisoned for Isis role has fleeting family reunion

Linda Wenzel, 17, who married Islamic State fighter, meets mother and sister while awaiting trial in Baghdad A German schoolgirl who joined the Islamic State terrorist group and married one of its fighters before being captured by Iraqi troops earlier this year has been briefly reunited with her mother and sister. Show More Summary

Mike Pence's Holy Land visit in disarray after Jerusalem recognition

Tour was intended to draw attention to plight of Christians in Middle East, but many are now refusing to meet him The lights are already illuminated on Bethlehem’s huge Christmas tree in Manger Square. Nearby, at the narrow entranceShow More Summary

Islamic State’s self-styled capital is in ruins and its population scattered. Who will rebuild Raqqah?

The crowd was seething with frustration. “We want to go inside!” one man yelled. “They told us when Raqqah is liberated we can go home.” Some of the U.S.-backed fighters who drove Islamic State militants from the Syrian city in October tried to reason with him. It’s not safe, they said. Scores...

Iran opens first museum dedicated to female artist

Museum to display works by Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, who gained international acclaim during years of exile Iran has opened its first museum dedicated to a solo female artist – Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, who has received widespread international attention during decades of exile. Show More Summary

Manchester City’s plan for global domination

Football has already been transformed by big money – but the businessmen behind Man City are trying to build a global corporation that will change the game for ever. By Giles Tremlett On 19 December 2009, Pep Guardiola stood and wept in the middle of Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Show More Summary

Turkey also plans to open an embassy in Jerusalem — East Jerusalem, in support of Palestinians

Escalating the chorus of global condemnation of President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Turkish government announced Friday it would open an embassy in East Jerusalem — a venue it said would one day be the capital of a future Palestinian state. At the end of a special...

'Golden opportunity' lost as Syrian peace talks collapse

UN special envoy blasts Bashar al-Assad, who is ‘unwilling to meet anyone with a different opinion’ UN-sponsored talks in Geneva designed to end the Syrian civil war have collapsed, with a deflated special envoy Staffan de Mistura admitting...Show More Summary

US gives evidence Iran supplied missiles that Yemen rebels fired at Saudi Arabia

Nikki Haley said that evidence shows Iran providing supply of short-range ballistic missiles to Houthi rebels, a violation of a United Nations resolution The US has presented evidence that officials said proved that Iran had supplied...Show More Summary

Jerusalem – for Christians, Jews and Muslims – is both a city and an idea | Giles Fraser: Loose canon

It’s the object of overwhelming projection, a place of dreams and longing. There can be no political peace there until Jerusalem the golden is understood Trying to organise parish pilgrimages to the Holy Land, I have often come across...Show More Summary

British troops breached Geneva conventions in Iraq, high court rules

Court says soldiers subjected civilians to cruel and inhuman treatment, in cases that may determine handling of further claims British troops breached the Geneva conventions and subjected Iraqi civilians to cruel and inhuman treatment by hooding them and taking turns to run over their backs, the high court has ruled. Show More Summary

Iran may have passed ballistic missiles to Yemen Houthi rebels, UN says

Secretary-general Antonio Guterres warns that Iran may be defying UN call, but says nuclear deal remains ‘best way’ forward The UN secretary general, Antonio Guterres, has warned that Iran may be defying a call to halt ballistic missile development even as it complies with the nuclear deal. Show More Summary

Palestinians no longer see role for U.S. in peace process, Abbas says

The Palestinian Authority, responding angrily to President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, said Wednesday that it would reject efforts by the United States to act as a peacemaker in the region. “The United States has chosen to lose its qualifications as a mediator…. We will...

Israeli undercover soldiers seen arresting Palestinian protesters

Footage shows officers posing as protesters before pulling out pistols and seizing stone throwers in West Bank Dramatic footage has emerged of plain clothes Israeli troops – known as “mustarabeen” – infiltrating a Palestinian demonstration in Ramallah and arresting stone throwers. Show More Summary

A narrative that denies the right of Israel to exist | Letters

Mark Regev, Israel’s ambassador to the UK, responds to Karma Nabulsi’s article on Jerusalem Karma Nabulsi (In Jerusalem we have the latest chapter in a century of colonialism, 13 December) promotes a narrative that denies the very right of my country to exist within any borders. Show More Summary

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