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Russia says no progress on Ukraine truce, peace talks

 Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says no progress has been made during the Germany talks over the establishment of a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine and the start of peace negotiations between warring parties. “One place where we cannot report positive results is in, first and foremost, establishing a ceasefire and (starting) a political process,” the […] Read More →

Palestinian divisions emerge in Gaza peace talks

 The Palestinians appeared divided Sunday as the clock was winding down on the latest Gaza cease-fire, with officials saying Hamas was still opposed to a compromise Egyptian proposal that would ease the closure of the territory, while other factions, including delegates representing President Mahmoud Abbas, were inclined to accept. Hamas officials said they were holding […] Read More →

Gaza Rockets Threaten Nuclear Plant as Israel Vows Force

 Palestinian militants extended their rocket barrage against Israel to threaten its Dimona nuclear plant as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to ratchet up the military assault on Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian death toll neared 70 since July 8 from Israeli air raids and a firefight with Palestinian commandos who infiltrated across Gaza’s […] Read More →

Pakistani Taliban attack airport in Karachi, 27 dead

 Taliban militants disguised as security forces stormed Pakistan’s busiest airport on Sunday and at least 27 people were killed in a night-long battle at one of the country’s most high-profile targets. The assault on Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan’s sprawling commercial hub of 18 million people, all but destroys prospects for peace talks between […] Read More →

Annexation Plan Sparks Threat to Topple Israel Government

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s strongest coalition partner threatened to bring down the government if it tries to annex West Bank settlements following the breakdown of Mideast peace talks. Finance Minister Yair Lapid, speaking at the annual Herzliya Conference on politics and security, also challenged Netanyahu to reveal a map showing how he would delineate […] Read More →

Israel fires back at U.S. envoy over peace talks’ failure

 Israel fired back on Friday at a senior U.S. official, who blamed Jewish settlement construction in part for the breakdown of peacemaking with the Palestinians, saying he himself had done nothing to help the negotiations. The blunt riposte signaled continued, deep tensions between Israel and Washington over the U.S.-led talks, which collapsed last month amid […] Read More →

Ukrainian minister urges residents in city of Slaviansk to stay indoors, away from Windows

Ukraine says operation underway to end separatist grip on eastern town  Ukrainian security forces have launched an “anti-terrorist” operation to end the grip of separatists on an eastern town, Ukraine’s interior minister said on Sunday. “An anti-terrorist operation has begun in Slaviansk. It is being directed by the anti-terrorist center of the state security service. […] Read More →

Netanyahu: Israel wants peace talks but ‘not at any price’

 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday Israel was willing to continue U.S.-brokered peace talks with the Palestinians but not “at any price”. Speaking at a weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said Israel would respond with steps of its own if the Palestinians pressed ahead with unilateral actions toward statehood. He did not elaborate. Attempts by […] Read More →

Kerry gives up on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

 Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that the Obama administration will reassess its role in attempting to broker a peace deal between Israel and Palestine after the latest round of discussions proved to be all but fruitful. Speaking to reporters from Rabat, Morocco amid his latest tour overseas, Kerry said that the most recent […] Read More →

Arab summit rejects Israel as ‘Jewish state’

 The Arab League has refused to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, backing Palestine’s stance on the issue. The demand by Israel threatened to destabilize US-Palestinian peace talks, according to Arab leaders. “We express our total rejection of the call to consider Israel as a Jewish state,” said the declaration, issued at the close of the […] Read More →

Obama, Netanyahu to meet on Iran, Mideast peace

 Seeking to keep a pair of delicate diplomatic efforts afloat, President Barack Obama will personally appeal for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to move forward on peace talks with the Palestinians, while also trying to manage Israel’s deep suspicion of his pursuit of a nuclear accord with Iran. Obama and Netanyahu are meeting Monday at […] Read More →