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Several dead as fighting escalates after 'botched' Israeli raid in Gaza

Several dead as fighting escalates after 'botched' Israeli raid in Gaza

Palestinians in Gaza fired dozens of rockets at southern Israel, a day after a botched Israeli incursion prompted deadly fighting.

  • by Nidal al-Mughrabi & Jeffrey Heller

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Rudd to deliver blistering critique of 'foolhardy' Morrison embassy move
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Kevin Rudd

Rudd to deliver blistering critique of 'foolhardy' Morrison embassy move

The policy could lead to a new wave of violent protests in the Middle East and would sacrifice Australia's foreign policy credibility, the former PM says.

  • by James Massola
Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu stands by Saudi prince, despite Khashoggi
Israel

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu stands by Saudi prince, despite Khashoggi

The Prime Minister has been dealing quietly with Saudi Arabia against Iran, and has argued that Saudi stability is important for the region.

  • by Jonathan Ferziger
President-elect says Brazil to move embassy to Jerusalem
Brazil

President-elect says Brazil to move embassy to Jerusalem

If the pledge becomes reality, Brazil will become the third country to have an embassy in Jerusalem, after the US and Guatemala.

Jerusalem embassy move 'could land Australia in the International Court of Justice'
Scott Morrison

Jerusalem embassy move 'could land Australia in the International Court of Justice'

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has doubled down on the potential foreign policy shift. 

  • by David Wroe
Israeli strike kills three Palestinian youths
Israel

Israeli strike kills three Palestinian youths

Gaza border area has been a hotspot of clashes since Palestinians started staging protests there in March.

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Not one government official was consulted about Australia's major Israel foreign policy shift
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Marise Payne

Not one government official was consulted about Australia's major Israel foreign policy shift

Just after lunchtime on Monday last week, the head of Australia’s Foreign Affairs Department took a call.

  • by David Wroe
'Yes, Senator': Defence chief would have liked to be briefed on controversial Jerusalem plan before the media
Scott Morrison

'Yes, Senator': Defence chief would have liked to be briefed on controversial Jerusalem plan before the media

Australia’s top military brass found out about the Morrison government’s controversial plans to consider a major shift in Middle East policy after journalists - prompting a memorable reaction from Defence Chief Angus Campbell on Wednesday.

  • by David Wroe
Washington's Bible Museum admits some of its Dead Sea Scrolls are fake
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Washington's Bible Museum admits some of its Dead Sea Scrolls are fake

The massive cache of Hebrew documents is believed to date back to the days of Jesus.

Jordan seeks to end peace treaty land deal with Israel
Jordan

Jordan seeks to end peace treaty land deal with Israel

Jordan has said it will not extend the 25-year deal that allows Israel to use two tracts of territory along its border.

  • by Suleiman Al-Khalidi
Key negotiators behind Obama's Iran nuclear deal say Morrison government should not follow Trump
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Key negotiators behind Obama's Iran nuclear deal say Morrison government should not follow Trump

One former US official says he would "hate to see Australia make the same error" as US President Donald Trump by ditching the deal.

  • by David Wroe