From Bethlehem to the Garden of Gethsemane, the biblical locations photographed in 1862 to prove to the English they really did exist | UPDATED: 17:41 GMT, 17 December 2012 A photograph taken during a royal visit to Bethlehem to prove the biblical city's existence will be going on display among photographs and diary extracts from a royal tour 150 years ago. Queen Victoria's eldest son King Edward VII, then Prince of Wales, was sent on an educational trip to the Middle East in 1862, accompanied by Francis Bedford – the first photographer on a royal tour
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas given hero's welcome as he returns to West Bank after gaining acceptance for his people from the UN | UPDATED: 17:11 GMT, 3 December 2012 Thousands of cheering supporters turned out to welcome Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas back to the West Bank after his people were handed acceptance to the United Nations. An Israeli decision to cut off a cash transfer to the financially troubled Palestinian Authority, following an earlier decision to build thousands of new homes in Jewish settlements, failed to put a damper on the celebrations. But Palestinian officials acknowledged they were undecided on what to do with their newfound status, and were waiting for upcoming Israeli elections and new ideas from President Barack Obama before deciding how to proceed.
Israel unveils plans for 3,000 more settlement homes a day after UN votes to recognise Palestine The development will be built in occupied East Jerusalem and the West BankThe Palestinian Authority says they will not resume pace talks until building stopsPA says the construction will cut the West Bank in two | UPDATED: 20:21 GMT, 30 November 2012 Israel has revealed plans to build 3,000 more settlement homes in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank just one day after the UN voted to recognise a Palestinian state. In response, the Palestinian Authority says they will not resume peace talks until the building is stopped.