2012 was the year that the divide between the people and the powerful became dangerously wide. The tragedy is there"s still so much to be proud…

2012 was the year that the divide between the people and the powerful became dangerously wide. The tragedy is there’s still so much to be proud of in Britain..

Pope uses Christmas Day address to call for peace and an end to conflicts in the Middle East

Pope uses Christmas Day address to call for peace and an end to conflicts in the Middle East Pontiff condemned killing of 'defenceless' civilians in Syria Urged Israel and Palestine to find courage to negotiate Raised concern about plight of Christians in communist China | UPDATED: 17:52 GMT, 25 December 2012 Pope Benedict XVI used his Christmas Day address to call for an end to bloody conflicts in Syria and Palestine and for there to be peace in the middle East. Appearing from the balcony of the Vatican, he spoke to thousands of pilgrims, tourists and locals who gathered in St Peter's square.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas given hero"s welcome after gaining UN acceptance for his people

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.

Just days after ceasefire and Palestinians are already rebuilding bombed network of secret tunnels which bring food and weapons into Gaza

Just days after ceasefire and Palestinians are already rebuilding bombed network of secret tunnels which bring food and weapons into Gaza Hundreds of tunnels linking Gaza to Egypt are thought to have been destroyed or damaged during the eight-day offensiveWorkers were pictured today using planks, sandbags and excavators to repair the tunnelsComes as Egyptian mediators try to help negotiate new border arrangements | UPDATED: 22:40 GMT, 26 November 2012 Palestinians are working to rebuild a network of smuggling tunnels that were targeted during eight days of violence in Gaza.