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  • US clears Egypt for some military assistance 4 hours ago

    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 7 hours ago

    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 8 hours ago

    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 10 hours ago

    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 11 hours ago

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

  • Palestine warns Israel against talks failure
    Palestine warns Israel against talks failure 11 hours ago

    Palestinian president says Tel Aviv must take on Palestinian economic burden if peace talks fail. More »

  • Palestinians' Abbas warns against failure of talks
    Palestinians' Abbas warns against failure of talks 12 hours ago

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned Tuesday that if peace talks with Israel fail he may dismantle the Palestinian Authority and hand over responsibility for 2.5 million of his people to Israel. More »

  • First PLO delegation since 2007 war arrives in Gaza for unity talks
    First PLO delegation since 2007 war arrives in Gaza for unity talks 12 hours ago

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Palestine Liberation Organization delegates arrived in Gaza on Tuesday to discuss unity with militant group Hamas for the first time since their 2007 conflict, in a potential boost for Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. A deal could restore a measure of sovereignty to Abbas in Gaza and boost his negotiating power with Israel in any future peace talks, although such a partnership could also provoke a backlash from Israel against the PLO in the occupied West Bank. Hamas and Fatah have failed since 2011 to implement an Egyptian-brokered unity deal because of disputes over power-sharing and the handling of conflict with Israel. Azzam Al-Ahmed, a senior Fatah official, denied that the attempt to negotiate a deal with Hamas was designed merely to strengthen Abbas's hand in talks with Israel. More »

  • Israel to send call-up papers to Christian Arabs
    Israel to send call-up papers to Christian Arabs 12 hours ago

    Israel is to start sending call-up papers to all Christian Arabs of military service age, the army said Tuesday, angering Arab lawmakers who accused the government of seeking to divide Christians from Muslims. More »

  • Israel must take on Palestinian governance if talks fail - Abbas 13 hours ago

    By Ali Sawafta RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas told a group of Israeli journalists on Tuesday that if peace talks do not continue, Israel will have to take on the burden of governing Palestinian lands. Though Abbas has repeatedly hinted that he could devolve some of the limited powers his Palestinian Authority exercises in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, his statement added urgency to a U.S. effort to extend negotiations set to expire next week. "Also it will bear responsibility for security, meaning Israel will bear full responsibility ... We hope that we won't come to this period but that we come to solutions," he said. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry revived the peace talks in July after a nearly three-year hiatus, with the aim of ending a decades-old conflict and establishing a Palestinian state alongside Israel. More »

  • Israel rejects Abbas conditions for extending talks
    Israel rejects Abbas conditions for extending talks 14 hours ago

    Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Tuesday that he would extend faltering peace talks with Israel only if it agreed to conditions, including a settlement freeze, which it promptly rejected. More »

  • Israeli army "invites" Arab Christians to enlist 14 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it is inviting young Arab-Israeli Christians to enlist. More »

  • Go For the Food: Homemade food in Jerusalem market
    Go For the Food: Homemade food in Jerusalem market 16 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Jerusalem's bustling open-air Mahane Yehuda market offers a dizzying assault on the senses. Vendors compete with screams over the prices of their produce as the smell of spices and fresh fish wafts through the air. More »

  • 'Paradigm shift': Palestinians join treaties
    'Paradigm shift': Palestinians join treaties 23 hours ago

    Israel has called Palestinian accession to 15 international treaties 'blackmail', but what does the move really mean? More »

  • Exiled Hamas official in Gaza to meet PLO rivals
    Exiled Hamas official in Gaza to meet PLO rivals Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    A senior Cairo-based Hamas official crossed Monday from Egypt into the Gaza Strip ahead of a new attempt to reconcile the militant Islamist movement and its Palestine Liberation Organisation rivals. More »

  • U.S. Supreme Court to review Jerusalem birthplace law
    U.S. Supreme Court to review Jerusalem birthplace law Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to weigh the constitutionality of a law that was designed to allow American citizens born in Jerusalem - the historic holy city claimed by Israelis and Palestinians - to have Israel listed as their birthplace on passports. The case concerns a long-standing U.S. foreign policy that the president - and not Congress - has sole authority to state who controls Jerusalem. Seeking to remain neutral on the hotly contested issue, the U.S. State Department allows passports to name Jerusalem as a place of birth, but no country name is included. The State Department, which issues passports and reports to the president, has declined to enforce the law passed by Congress in 2002, saying it violated the separation of executive and legislative powers laid out in the U.S. Constitution. More »

  • Gaza rocket fire draws Israeli retaliation
    Gaza rocket fire draws Israeli retaliation Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired seven rockets into Israel on Monday, causing no casualties but drawing retaliatory fire from the Israeli military. More »

  • Supreme Court takes up status of Jerusalem
    Supreme Court takes up status of Jerusalem Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    The US Supreme Court Monday decided to hear the case of an American born in Jerusalem, once again taking up the sensitive issue of the status of the contested city. More »

  • Court to look at 'born in Jerusalem' passport case Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronting an issue fraught with Middle East politics, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear for the second time a passport dispute centering on whether Americans born in Jerusalem may list their place of birth as Israel. More »

  • Israeli air strikes hit Hamas targets in Gaza
    Israeli air strikes hit Hamas targets in Gaza Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Israel launches air strikes in Gaza, hitting Hamas training targets after Palestinians fire a missile at Israeli troops. More »

  • Palestine as an exclusively Jewish issue in the US
    Palestine as an exclusively Jewish issue in the US Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Are Palestinians only relevant by what they mean to Israel, instead of how they are related to the bigger picture? More »

  • Gaza militants fire missile, rockets at Israel Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Militants from the Gaza Strip fired a missile at Israeli troops patrolling the border and several rockets into the country's south on Monday, the last day of the Passover holiday, the military said. No injuries were reported. More »

  • A look at the dual justice system in the West Bank
    A look at the dual justice system in the West Bank Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli and Palestinian minors accused of crimes in the West Bank are subject to two different sets of laws. Israeli settlers are prosecuted under Israeli civilian law, while Palestinians are thrust into the military justice system. Critics complain that the conviction rate in the military system is higher and the penalties stiffer. Here are some statistics about juvenile arrests between 2008 and 2013 from Israel's national police force: More »

  • Gaza rockets hit south Israel, army strikes back - officials
    Gaza rockets hit south Israel, army strikes back - officials Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Seven rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel during the Jewish Passover holiday on Monday, drawing retaliatory air strikes from the Israeli army, officials said, the first cross-border clash in several weeks. Israel's army said its strikes hit two training camps run by Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group that controls Gaza. Medical sources there said two Hamas militants were lightly wounded. Hamas has largely maintained a truce with Israel since a brief war in late 2012, but it has sometimes struggled to rein in smaller armed Islamist factions hostile to the Israel. More »

  • Hamas and Fatah to discuss reconciliation
    Hamas and Fatah to discuss reconciliation Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Fatah representatives due in Gaza Strip for talks in move to end 2007 schism following Hamas' poll victory in Gaza. More »

  • In Pictures: Palestinians celebrate Easter
    In Pictures: Palestinians celebrate Easter Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Barred from accessing Jerusalem, Palestinian-Christians marked Easter holiday with a joyous parade in Ramallah. More »

  • Palestinians meet in Gaza for reconciliation talks Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A senior Hamas leader based in Egypt is in Gaza for talks aimed at reaching a reconciliation agreement between the two rival Palestinian groups, Hamas and Fatah. More »

  • Gaza rocket salvo hits southern Israel - army Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Five rockets fired from the Palestinian-run Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel during the Jewish Passover holiday on Monday morning, wounding no one, the Israeli army said. But residents of Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza said an Israeli helicopter opened fire there, though it was not clear what it was targeting. Two of the projectiles exploded in the southern Israeli border community of Sderot in a road and an open area, Israeli police said. The Hamas Palestinian militant group which controls Gaza has largely maintained a truce with Israel since late 2012, but it has sometimes struggled to rein in smaller armed factions. More »

  • Fight brews between Israeli settlers and army
    Fight brews between Israeli settlers and army Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Looming vote in Yitzhar on whether residents can use violence against their own army exposes critical debate in Israel. More »

  • Top Palestinian cleric says Israel threw stun grenades into al Aqsa; Israel … Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    The most senior Islamic cleric in Jerusalem said on Sunday Israeli police hurled stun grenades into al-Aqsa mosque, Islam's third holiest site, to quell the latest in a string of Palestinian protests at the politically sensitive holy site. Israeli police denied the allegation, saying officers threw the non-lethal devices, which emit a loud noise, on a plaza outside the mosque after protesters threw rocks and firecrackers at them. The demonstrators, who have confronted police for the past four days in a bid to stop Israeli and foreign visitors from entering the holy compound, then retreated into al-Aqsa, a police spokesman said. Tensions at the site run high during Jewish holidays - Jews are now celebrating Passover - when Palestinians are on alert against any attempt by Jews to pray on the compound in defiance of a de facto Israeli government ban on such worship. More »

  • Palestinians mull handing territory 'keys' back to Israel
    Palestinians mull handing territory 'keys' back to Israel Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Palestinian negotiators have warned they may pass responsiblity for their territory back to occupying power Israel if peace talks remain stalled, a senior Palestinian official said on Sunday. More »

  • Sixteen arrested after clashes at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa
    Sixteen arrested after clashes at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Israeli police arrested 16 Palestinians Sunday as they clashed with demonstrators at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, a sensitive holy site that is frequently the scene of tensions. More »

  • AP Top News at 8:11 a.m. EDT Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of pilgrims from around the world are celebrating Easter in the Holy Land, commemorating the day when according to Christian tradition Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem two millennia ago. Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal led Mass at the Holy Sepulcher church in Jerusalem on Sunday. The site is where Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. More »

  • Thousands celebrate Easter in Holy Land
    Thousands celebrate Easter in Holy Land Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of pilgrims from around the world are celebrating Easter in the Holy Land, commemorating the day when according to Christian tradition Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem two millennia ago. More »

  • Palestinian rock throwers arrested at holy site Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police entered the compound of Jerusalem's holiest site to disperse Palestinians who were throwing rocks at them on Sunday, as thousands of tourists packed the Old City for the Easter and Passover holidays. More »