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  • U.S. would reassess aid if Hamas-PLO form government - official
    U.S. would reassess aid if Hamas-PLO form government - official 3 hours ago

    The United States would have to reconsider its assistance to the Palestinians if Islamist group Hamas and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) form a government together, a senior U.S. administration official said on Thursday. "Any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to nonviolence, recognition of the state of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations between the parties," the official said, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity. "If a new Palestinian government is formed, we will assess it based on its adherence to the stipulations above, its policies and actions, and will determine any implications for our assistance based on U.S. law," the official said. The Gaza-based Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's PLO announced a unity pact on Wednesday, deepening a crisis in U.S.-brokered peace talks with Israel. More »

  • Israel ministers mull reprisals for Palestinian unity deal
    Israel ministers mull reprisals for Palestinian unity deal 6 hours ago

    Israel's security cabinet was to meet on Thursday morning to weigh its response to a unity deal struck between the Palestinian leadership and the Hamas rulers of Gaza. More »

  • Palestinian Unity Deal 'Threat To Peace Talks'
    Palestinian Unity Deal 'Threat To Peace Talks' 7 hours ago

    Two rival Palestinian factions have agreed to form a unity government after signing a deal the United States warned could "seriously complicate" peace talks with Israel. The agreement between Hamas and Fatah is the latest in a long line of failed attempts to end the groups' seven-year split. Leaders on both sides will attempt to form an interim government within five weeks, with presidential and parliamentary elections set to be held as early as the end of November. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of choosing Hamas over peace. More »

  • US warns Hamas-Fatah deal could hamper talks
    US warns Hamas-Fatah deal could hamper talks 9 hours ago

    US warns the deal to form unity government could damage its already floundering efforts to forge peace with Israel. More »

  • U.S. says 'disappointed' by Palestinian unity deal 11 hours ago

    The United States said on Wednesday it was let down by a unity pact agreed to between the Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas' Palestine Liberation Organization and added it could make peace efforts difficult. "The timing was troubling, and we were certainly disappointed in the announcement," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a regular news briefing. "This could seriously complicate our efforts - not just our efforts but the efforts of the parties to extend their negotiations." The leaders of a U.S. House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee that oversees foreign said the Palestinians' agreement with Hamas could jeopardize funds they receive from the U.S. government. The United States, Israel and the European Union view Hamas as a terrorist organization, Washington sends about $500 million (297.8 million pounds) to the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority each year. More »

  • As peace deadline nears, Abbas says he has options 15 hours ago

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is trying to show that he has alternatives if U.S.-mediated talks with Israel break off Tuesday, the deadline for agreeing on a possible extension. More »

  • Brazil's Rousseff praises U.S. for relaxing grip on Internet
    Brazil's Rousseff praises U.S. for relaxing grip on Internet 16 hours ago

    By Esteban Israel SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff praised the United States on Wednesday for its decision to ease control over the Internet and called for a more democratic, transparent network following the U.S. National Security Agency spying scandal. Rousseff spoke at a global conference that she convened on how to govern a safer, less U.S.-centered Internet after revelations that she and other world leaders had been spied upon by the NSA. Rousseff hailed President Barack Obama's decision to hand off control of ICANN, a California-based non-profit in charge of assigning Internet domains or addresses, to an international oversight body that has yet to be decided on. Revelations last year by former NSA analyst Edward Snowden that the United States spied on Internet users with secret programs prompted worldwide calls for reducing U.S. control of the network now connecting one-third of the world's population. More »

  • Hamas, Abbas's PLO announce reconciliation agreement
    Hamas, Abbas's PLO announce reconciliation agreement 16 hours ago

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Noah Browning GAZA/RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) announced a unity pact on Wednesday, deepening a crisis in U.S.-brokered peace talks with Israel. "This is the good news we tell our people: the era of division is over," Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said to loud applause at a Palestinian news conference also attended by representatives of the PLO. Israel said after the announcement that Abbas had chosen Hamas over peace, and cancelled a session of U.S.-brokered talks with the Palestinians that had been scheduled for Wednesday night in Jerusalem. More »

  • Palestinian rivals to try again for unity deal
    Palestinian rivals to try again for unity deal 16 hours ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah agreed Wednesday to form a unity government and hold new elections — a potentially historic step toward mending the rift that has split their people between two sets of rulers for seven years. More »

  • Tunisia divided over Jews' use of Israel passports 17 hours ago

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's elected assembly accepted a petition Wednesday to question the tourism minister over a decision allowing Israelis to use their passports to enter the country for an annual religious pilgrimage. More »

  • Abbas: Unity with Hamas does not contradict peace talks with Israel 18 hours ago

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday a unity pact he reached with the militant group Hamas earlier in the day did not contradict peace talks he is pursuing with Israel. Israel called off a session of talks in response to the deal with the Gaza-based Islamist group, which is sworn to its destruction. But Abbas said in a statement that an independent state living peacefully alongside Israel remained his goal. (Reporting By Noah Browning; Editing by Angus MacSwan) More »

  • Israel cancels negotiations session with Palestinians after unity deal 18 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel on Wednesday cancelled a planned session of peace negotiations with the Palestinians shortly after a unity deal was signed in Gaza between Hamas Islamists and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organisation. A statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said: "Israel has cancelled a negotiations meeting that was expected to be held this evening," without providing further detail. (Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan; Editing by Angus MacSwan) More »

  • Abbas, rival Hamas give reconciliation another try
    Abbas, rival Hamas give reconciliation another try 18 hours ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah on Wednesday agreed to form a unity government and hold new elections, making a new attempt to overcome a seven-year split that has left them divided between two governments. More »

  • Rockets Fired Between Israel and Gaza after Hamas-Fatah Deal
    Rockets Fired Between Israel and Gaza after Hamas-Fatah Deal 19 hours ago

    An Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip has wounded 12 civilians including two children just hours after Hamas and Fatah signed a unity deal, according to Palestinian medical officials and Israeli reports.  Rocket sirens sounded in the southern Israel areas of Sderot, Hof Ashkelon and Erez in close proximity to where the strike hit, suggesting a retaliation rocket attack from within the Gaza Strip, but no rocket damage has yet been confirmed. The Israeli military said that it had conducted a "counter-terrorism operation" while Israeli reports claimed that the strike targeted an Islamic Jihad operative who had been attempting to fire rockets into Israel. The target was reportedly riding a motorbike at the time of the strike but Israeli military sources admitted that "a hit was not identified". More »

  • Israel scraps Palestinian peace meet after unity deal: PM's aide
    Israel scraps Palestinian peace meet after unity deal: PM's aide 20 hours ago

    Israel cancelled a peace meeting with the Palestinians it said was scheduled for Wednesday after the PLO and Hamas pledged to form a joint government, an aide to the premier said. More »

  • Israeli air strike in Gaza wounds 12 - medical officials 20 hours ago

    Israel launched an air strike on Wednesday in the Gaza Strip, wounding 12 civilians including children and apparently missing its target, medical officials in the Hamas-ruled territory and Israeli reports said. The Israeli military said it had carried out a "counter-terrorism operation" in the northern Gaza Strip. The strike was launched just after the Hamas Islamist group and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization announced a unity agreement in Gaza City and two days after Gaza militants launched rockets at Israel, causing no injury. More »

  • Gaza official: Israeli airstrike wounds 3
    Gaza official: Israeli airstrike wounds 3 21 hours ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah on Wednesday agreed to form a unity government and hold new elections, making a new attempt to overcome a seven-year split that has left them divided between two governments. More »

  • Habas sues UK's Duet, claims breach of contract on NSI shares 21 hours ago

    (Reuters) - The Dutch unit of Israel's Habas Investments filed a lawsuit against British private equity and hedge fund Duet Asset Management, alleging breach of contract last year to buy shares of Nieuwe Steen Investments (NSI) . As part of debt settlement talks, Duet last August offered to buy its Dutch-based unit's Habas Tulip's 20 percent stake in NSI for 57 million euros (46.8 million pounds). Habas said Duet had signed a binding offer. Habas Tulip said in court documents on Wednesday it suffered heavy economic damage since it was forced to sell NSI's shares at a lower price. More »

  • Palestine: Hamas and Fatah Announce Reconciliation Agreement
    Palestine: Hamas and Fatah Announce Reconciliation Agreement 21 hours ago

    A deal between two rival political factions has been signed in the Gaza Strip at the home of Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas's Gaza-based prime minister. Hamas and Fatah have been divided since factional fighting exploded after Hamas' victory in Gaza's Palestinian legislative council elections in 2006. The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and Hamas have agreed to begin negotiations to form a Palestinian unity government in the coming weeks, according to reports. More »

  • Israel strikes Gaza shortly after Palestinian unity deal: Hamas
    Israel strikes Gaza shortly after Palestinian unity deal: Hamas 22 hours ago

    An Israeli warplane struck the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday wounding six people, one very seriously, the territory's Hamas rulers said. More »

  • Palestinian factions to form unity government
    Palestinian factions to form unity government 22 hours ago

    Palestinian leaders in Gaza reach agreement to form a national unity government ending seven-year rift. More »

  • US Military Aid to Egypt Resumes Starting With Apache Deal
    US Military Aid to Egypt Resumes Starting With Apache Deal 22 hours ago

    The White House has cleared the way for some military aid to resume flowing to Egypt after it certified that the Arabic country has been upholding its end of a peace treaty with Israel. The decision allows Egypt to receive Apache helicopters, according to a congressional aide quoted by AFP who requested anonymity. The deal has been on hold since the country's former president Mohamed Morsi was ousted from office in July last summer. "Today, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabid Fahmy to inform him that he is certifying to Congress that Egypt is sustaining the strategic relationship with the United States, including by countering transnational threats such as terrorism and weapons proliferation, and that Egypt is upholding its obligations under the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty," said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki in a statement. More »

  • Two policemen, militant killed in Egypt 22 hours ago

    By Tom Perry CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian policeman and a militant were killed when security forces raided a hideout used by radical Islamists near Alexandria on Wednesday, and a senior officer was killed near Cairo when a bomb blew up his car, the Interior Ministry said. Militant violence has spiralled since the army toppled Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood last July. That poses a security challenge ahead of a presidential election in May that Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief, is expected to win. The hideout targeted in the raid was used by members of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, or Supporters of Jerusalem, the group behind some of the deadliest attacks of the last nine months, the Interior Ministry said. More »

  • Spoon-bending psychic Geller helps Israelis defy disasters
    Spoon-bending psychic Geller helps Israelis defy disasters 23 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Celebrity psychic Uri Geller is the beaming new face of Israeli disaster-readiness, starring in army-sponsored TV and Internet advertisements on how to take shelter from missile attacks or earthquakes. Launched on Wednesday, the campaign marks Geller's return to his native country from Britain and aims to keep Israelis vigilant, though public fears of any imminent war with Iran, Syria or Lebanese and Palestinian guerrillas have receded. ... More »

  • Jerusalem: Israeli Underage Girls Arrested in 'Price-Tag' Attack against …
    Jerusalem: Israeli Underage Girls Arrested in 'Price-Tag' Attack against … Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Israeli Police have arrested three underage girls who allegedly vandalised Muslim graves at a cemetery in Jerusalem. "Price-tag" is a term that defines a retaliatory attack against non-Jews or their property carried out by Jewish right-wing extremists. Protest leaders were accused by Israel's hawkish Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman of "cynically exploiting" episodes of far-right vandalism to attack the state of Israel. More »

  • Israel tightens grip around al-Aqsa mosque
    Israel tightens grip around al-Aqsa mosque Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Powerful Israeli settler group set to take charge of projects around the most important Islamic holy site in Jerusalem. More »

  • Israel to privatise Israel Military Industry at $1.6 billion cost Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Israel's parliament on Wednesday gave final approval to privatise state-owned Israel Military Industries (IMI), which has been cash-strapped for years despite developing some of the country's best-known battlefield equipment. IMI's classified operations will be transferred to a new, smaller state-owned firm called Tomer, according to a statement by parliament's Finance Committee, which approved the privatisation. IMI manufactured the Uzi submachine gun and has developed missiles, tank guns, body armour and other combat systems, much of which is exported. More »

  • US lifts freeze, will deliver Apache choppers to Egypt
    US lifts freeze, will deliver Apache choppers to Egypt Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    The United States will lift a suspension on the delivery of Apache helicopters to Egypt after concluding Cairo has upheld its peace treaty with Israel, US officials said. More »

  • Rival Palestinian leaders agree to form national unity govt
    Rival Palestinian leaders agree to form national unity govt Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Rival Palestinian leaders from the West Bank and Gaza Strip have decided to form a government of national unity within the "next five weeks", officials said early on Wednesday. More »

  • State Dept. says Egypt cleared for US military aid Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Tuesday it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance. More »

  • US clears Egypt for some military assistance Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Tuesday it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance. More »

  • State Department clears Egypt for US military aid Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Tuesday it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance. More »

  • AP source: Egypt cleared for some US military aid Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance, The Associated Press has learned. More »

  • Brazil conference will plot Internet's future post NSA spying
    Brazil conference will plot Internet's future post NSA spying Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Esteban Israel and Anthony Boadle SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) - A global conference in Brazil on the future of the Internet in the wake of U.S. spying revelations might be much less anti-American than first thought after Washington said it was willing to loosen its control over the Web. Bowing to the demands of Brazil and other nations following revelations last year of its massive electronic surveillance of Internet users, the United States has agreed to relinquish oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned of Names and Numbers (ICANN), a non-profit group based in California that assigns Internet domain names or addresses. "The focus has changed from a political reaction to the NSA allegations to one of more constructive criticism and talk about the future of the Internet," said William Beer, a cyber security expert based in Sao Paulo. More »

  • Palestinian factions arrive for Gaza talks
    Palestinian factions arrive for Gaza talks Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Rival Palestinian groups are in Gaza for talks aimed at ending "ugly split" that has fractured relations since 2006. More »