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  • Nine hours battling death at sea off the Libyan coast
    Nine hours battling death at sea off the Libyan coast Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Pakistani teenager Shefaz Hamza spent nine hours at sea clinging to the wreckage of a migrant boat that sank off Libya. By the time the coast guard arrived his mother and young sister were dead. More »

  • Israel to use crop, water technology to win friends in Africa
    Israel to use crop, water technology to win friends in Africa Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Israel wants to use its cutting-edge agricultural technology to improve food production -- and win friends -- across Africa, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday. More »

  • Palestinians to hold rare congress next month
    Palestinians to hold rare congress next month Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Palestinian leaders will hold their first congress in nearly 20 years on September 15-16, an official said Thursday, after president Mahmud Abbas announced his resignation as head of a top executive body. More »

  • Abbas heats up Palestinian politics in PLO reshuffle bid
    Abbas heats up Palestinian politics in PLO reshuffle bid Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ali Sawafta GAZA/RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - President Mahmoud Abbas is acting to shake up Palestinian politics with peace talks with Israel in deep freeze and unity efforts with Hamas Islamists who run the Gaza Strip stalled. In power for more than a decade, and facing a mounting challenge to his stewardship, Abbas, 80, resigned last week as chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization's Executive Committee, its top decision-making body. Under PLO rules, Abbas's step forces the 714-member Palestinian National Council, or parliament, into session within 30 days to elect a new committee. More »

  • Israel hits Hamas weapons facility in Gaza after rocket attacks
    Israel hits Hamas weapons facility in Gaza after rocket attacks Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Israel Defence Forces (IDF) have hit weapons installations in central Gaza Strip in retaliation for rocket attacks. The airstrike targeted Hamas's weapons production facility, said the IDF. No casualties were reported from either the rocket attacks or the airstrike. More »

  • Israeli air strike targets Hamas in response to rocket attack Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Israel launched an air strike against a Hamas facility on Thursday in response to a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army said. No one was hurt in the night-time rocket attack on southern Israel, the army said in a statement. There were no immediate reports of any casualties in the Palestinian enclave after warplanes struck what the Israeli military said was a weapons factory belonging to the ruling Hamas Islamist movement. More »

  • Rocket from Gaza hits southern Israel, no casualties - army Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern Israel on Thursday, causing no casualties, the Israeli army said. Salafi Jihadist groups that are proponents of global holy war endorsed by al Qaeda have claimed most of the sporadic rocket strikes on Israel from the coastal territory since the end of a 50-day Gaza war a year ago. The army said in a statement that the rocket had hit an area adjacent to the Gaza border and no injuries had been reported. More »

  • Israel's Netanyahu to visit Milan World Expo
    Israel's Netanyahu to visit Milan World Expo Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flies to Italy Thursday for talks with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and a visit to the World Expo 2015 in Milan, his office said. More »

  • More Than 85,000 Sign Petition for Benjamin Netanyahu's Arrest During U.K. …
    More Than 85,000 Sign Petition for Benjamin Netanyahu's Arrest During U.K. … Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    A to the U.K. government and Parliament calling for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be arrested when he visits the U.K. next month has received more than 85,000 signatures. A report from Amnesty International, released in July, also found "strong evidence" that Israeli forces carried out war crimes and crimes against humanity on the deadliest day of the conflict, known as Black Friday. More »

  • FIFA's Israel-Palestine committee meets for first time Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    A new FIFA committee began its attempt to settle the dispute between the Israeli and Palestinian football federations when it met for the first time on Wednesday, soccer's world governing body said. The meeting was chaired by South African businessman and former political prisoner Tokyo Sexwale, who said that both sides had confirmed their intention to promote a dialogue. The committee was set up following a heated exchange at the FIFA Congress in May, when the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) unexpectedly dropped its proposal to have Israel banned from international soccer. More »

  • Aid groups appeal for end to Gaza blockade
    Aid groups appeal for end to Gaza blockade Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Some 35 aid groups from around the world, including ActionAid and Oxfam, launched a joint call Wednesday to end Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, which is in dire need of reconstruction. More »

  • Israel says foils plan to attack Jews at shrine
    Israel says foils plan to attack Jews at shrine Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Israeli authorities on Tuesday said they had foiled plans to attack Jews at the Joseph's Tomb shrine in Nablus in the occupied West Bank and arrested four Palestinians. More »

  • Israel Foils Terror Attack on Joseph's Tomb
    Israel Foils Terror Attack on Joseph's Tomb Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    In an email statement, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said that four Palestinian members of a terror cell had been arrested. The IDF, which carried out the arrests in conjunction with Shin Bet—Israel's internal security force—said the militants were planning to plant improvised explosive devices and fire at Jewish worshippers visiting the holy site of Joseph's Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus. The IDF claimed that the four were under the instruction of Rafat Mohamed Darwish, a leading figure in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement based in the Gaza Strip. More »

  • Palestinian sentenced to death in Gaza for providing info to Israel
    Palestinian sentenced to death in Gaza for providing info to Israel Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    A Hamas military court in the Gaza Strip on Monday sentenced a Palestinian to death for allegedly providing information to Israel said to have led to Palestinians being killed, judicial sources said. More »

  • Abbas rival calls for ouster of Palestinian leader
    Abbas rival calls for ouster of Palestinian leader Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    A prominent rival of president Mahmud Abbas called for the ouster of the veteran leader on Monday as Palestinians seek to organise a congress for the first time in nearly 20 years. More »

  • Gaza strike shuts first day of school for more than 200,000
    Gaza strike shuts first day of school for more than 200,000 Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    A strike by teachers and personnel in Gaza kept more than 200,000 children from returning to school for the new term Monday, as the UN agency that employs them struggles financially. More »

  • Almost 80,000 sign UK petition for Netanyahu arrest
    Almost 80,000 sign UK petition for Netanyahu arrest Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Almost 80,000 people had by Monday signed a petition urging the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for war crimes when he visits London next month. More »

  • Petition calling for Prime Minister Netanyahu's arrest for war crimes gets …
    Petition calling for Prime Minister Netanyahu's arrest for war crimes gets … Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    A petition calling for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be arrested for war crimes when he visits the UK in September is fast approaching the 100,000 signatures required for it to be considered for debate in parliament. Published on 7 August, the petition calls for Netanyahu to be arrested "for war crimes upon arrival in the UK for the massacre of over 2,000 civilians in 2014". The petition, which has almost 77,000 signatures, refers to the Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip during the 2014 war with Hamas, and a recent report by Amnesty International which claimed there is "strong evidence" Israel committed war crimes during the offensive. More »

  • Israel pounds Syria targets in response to rocket fire
    Israel pounds Syria targets in response to rocket fire Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Israel said it carried out an air raid Friday that killed up to five Iran-backed militants it said were behind a rare rocket attack from across the border in Syria. More »

  • 'Positive contacts' with Israel on Gaza truce: Hamas head
    'Positive contacts' with Israel on Gaza truce: Hamas head Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    The exiled head of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, said "positive contacts" have been made towards securing a long-term truce with Israel, in a video posted Friday on an Arab website. More »

  • Israel says kills Palestinian rocket crew in Syrian Golan
    Israel says kills Palestinian rocket crew in Syrian Golan Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Dan Williams AMMAN/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli said its forces killed at least five Palestinian militants in an air strike on the Syrian Golan Heights on Friday after cross-border rocket fire from there prompted the heaviest Israeli bombardment since Syria's civil war began in 2011. An Israeli defence official said the people killed were Palestinian militants from the Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad. "We now know of five or six Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists killed," the official said. More »

  • Why Israel's Battle With Iranian Proxy in Syria Is Intensifying
    Why Israel's Battle With Iranian Proxy in Syria Is Intensifying Fri, Aug 21, 2015

     Israel killed at least four Palestinian militants from an alleged Iranian-directed cell on Friday in retaliation for rockets fired into Northern Israel a day earlier, according to an Israeli military official, bringing the Israeli military closer to being in direct conflict with Iran in the already complex war in Syria. The Israeli military carried out an airstrike on a vehicle holding at least four suspected members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group, which is funded by Iran as a proxy in both the Gaza Strip and Syria, in response to four rockets being fired into Israel's northern Galilee region. More »