Boston area Catholic church sold to pay sexual abuse victims despite parishioners' 12-year battle

For 12 years parishioners maintained a vigil inside St Frances Xavier Cabrini to prevent its sale to help compensate the survivors of sexual abuse by clergy

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Gaza ceasefire reveals full extent of Israeli destruction

Palestinians appear dazed by level of damage as they check homes, retrieve possessions and search for bodies of relatives

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Israel bans radio advert listing names of children killed in Gaza

The Israeli Broadcasting Authority has banned a radio advertisement from a human rights organisation which listed the names of some of the scores of children killed in Gaza since the conflict began 17 days ago.

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Israelis gather on hillsides to watch and cheer as military drops bombs on Gaza

People drink, snack and pose for selfies against a background of explosions as Palestinian death toll mounts in ongoing offensive

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U.S. rebukes Israeli minister after 'offensive' remarks about 'messianic' John Kerry

American efforts to broker a peace deal in the Middle East were engulfed in a diplomatic row on Tuesday when the US state department lambasted a senior Israeli minister for "offensive and inappropriate" comments describing John Kerry as obsessive and messianic.

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American Studies Association backs boycott of Israeli educational institutions

A prestigious US academic body has joined a growing movement to boycott Israel in protest at its treatment of Palestinians, in a move both welcomed and condemned in a bitterly divisive international arena.

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'Fight Club' producer Arnon Milchan reveals he was an Israeli spy and arms dealer

Hollywood producer gives interview in which he confirms earlier claims that he was an arms dealer

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Israel says air strike on Damascus targeted Hezbollah

Israel sought to avoid a direct confrontation with the Syrian regime on Monday by stressing that air strikes across its northern border at the weekend were intended to prevent weapons reaching Hezbollah in Lebanon rather than further destabilise the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

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'Political coward' Binyamin Netanyahu sees rift with Barack Obama widen

Israeli prime minister's aides accused American president of interfering in Israel's elections

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Gaza braces for ground invasion as death toll mounts

Gaza is braced for a ground invasion by Israeli forces following intensified bombing that included the flattening of the headquarters of the Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh.

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Hamas says 'gates of hell opened' as Israel kills military leader in Gaza

Israel launched a military operation to eliminate militants and weapon sites in the Gaza Strip , killing the commander of Hamas's military wing, in a move with potentially serious repercussions beyond its borders.

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Palestinians, French remain in negotiations over new Arafat autopsy, poisoning tests

Within the guarded walls of the Palestinian presidential compound, known as the Muqata, the body of Yasser Arafat lies inside a gleaming limestone and glass mausoleum. It is here that political figures, dignitaries, devotees and tourists come to pay their respects to a man who was revered and reviled across the world as the face of the Palestinian struggle for decades.

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Rachel Corrie ruling 'deeply troubling', says her family

American activist's family vows to appeal against Israeli court's ruling that her death was a 'regrettable accident'

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Binyamin Netanyahu's aides launch stinging rebuke to Israeli president Shimon Peres

Prime minister's office says Shimon Peres should not speak out on Iran as he is too prone to mistakes

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Israeli police officer caught kicking Palestinian boy on video

A video showing an Israeli police officer kicking a nine-year-old Palestinian boy has prompted an official investigation.

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