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4 Israelis killed in Jerusalem synagogue attack

2014-11-18 10:44
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Two Palestinians stormed a Jerusalem synagogue, attacking worshippers praying inside with knives, axes and guns, and killing four people before they were killed in a shootout with police, officials said.

Palestinians want urgent session on Israeli settlements

2014-10-28 15:57

Palestinian officials say they would push for an “urgent session” of the UN Security Council, a bid to stop an Israeli plan to build 1 000 new flats in East Jerusalem.

Amid war, endgames in Gaza emerge

2014-07-30 22:34

Even as the Gaza war rages and cease-fire efforts take on elements of farce, a few endgame scenarios can be glimpsed.

UN Security Council holds urgent talks on Gaza

2014-07-21 15:39

The UN Security Council opened urgent talks on the escalating violence in Gaza, stepping up ceasefire efforts after more than 100 Palestinians died in a single day.

EU pressing for immediate ceasefire in Gaza

2014-07-14 15:47

The European Union says it was in touch with 'parties in the region' to press for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

Israel shoots down Gaza drone

2014-07-14 12:52

Israel says it has shot down a drone from Gaza, the first reported deployment of an unmanned aircraft by Palestinian militants whose rocket attacks have been regularly intercepted.

Palestinian shot dead in West Bank clashes

2014-07-14 10:14

A Palestinian has been killed by the Israeli army in a clash near the southern West Bank city of Hebron, his family says.

Gaza violence: Blair arrives in Cairo for talks

2014-07-12 14:10

Mideast Quartet envoy Tony Blair has arrived in Cairo for talks on ending the violence in Gaza, where Israeli air raids have killed more than 125 Palestinians this week, officials say.

UN rights boss doubts legality of Israeli offensive

2014-07-11 15:48

The UN human rights chief has voiced serious doubts that Israeli's military operation against Gaza complied with international law banning the targeting of civilians.

Kerry holds new Paris talks with Abbas

2014-02-20 19:14

US Secretary of State John Kerry has met with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in Paris for their second round of talks in two days.

Israel jittery amid Palestinian attacks

2013-12-26 15:46

A spate of violent Palestinian attacks on Israeli targets in recent weeks is raising concerns in Israel that it may be on the verge of a new type of Palestinian uprising.

Uncle Faouzi

2013-07-17 11:32

Visit your favourite Uncle Faouzi and get a taste of the Middle East in Hatfield

Britain hosts Afghan-Pakistani talks

2013-02-04 09:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari are set to hold key talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron on the Afghan peace process.

Palestinians throw slippers at UN chief

2012-02-02 20:17

Angry Palestinians in Gaza have thrown their slippers at a vehicle carrying the UN chief.

EU scrutinising Libya ceasefire offer

2011-03-18 17:27

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton says members of the 27-nation bloc are "looking at the details" of Libya's ceasefire offer.

Rising up

2011-02-18 13:36

The Middle East and North Africa say no to dictatorship.

Mid East talks resume in Egypt

2010-09-14 09:09

US-brokered talks between Israel and the Palestinians are set to resume in Egypt as tensions over the issue of settlements threaten the success of the latest push for peace.

Gaza world cup for rubble trophy

2010-05-02 20:29

The Gaza Strip has kicked off its own World Cup, pitting 16 teams in a contest to win a trophy made out of twisted metal and rubble from last year's war with Israel.

Israeli PM approved hit - report

2010-02-21 14:34

A British newspaper has reported that Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu met members of a Mossad hit squad before they went to Dubai to kill a Hamas commander.

Syria says Israel rejects peace

2010-02-11 21:26

Syria fired a new round in its war of words with Israel by saying the Jewish state did not want Middle East peace.

Hamas 'hit civilians by accident'

2010-01-28 19:41

The Islamist group Hamas says three Israeli civilians killed in rocket attacks by its members during Israel's Gaza offensive last year were hit by mistake.

Egypt defends Gaza barrier

2010-01-24 22:21

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has defended the underground barrier on the border with Gaza as a matter of national security and sovereignty.

US activists blocked in Cairo

2009-12-29 20:13

Egyptian security forces have prevented dozens of US activists from reaching the Gaza Strip by delaying them at the US Embassy in Cairo.

Hamas grip tighter a year on

2009-12-26 22:12

One year after Israel struck at the Gaza Strip, the Islamist Hamas group which rules the enclave remains defiant and in full control.

 

West Bank mosque torched in 'revenge attack'

2014-11-12 15:43

Suspected extremists torched a West Bank mosque in an apparent revenge attack, as the Palestinian leader and the US top diplomat were to meet Jordan's King Abdullah over the spiralling violence.

Resolve in the Middle East conflict still far away

2014-08-10 08:32

The conflict between Israel and Palestine is so deeply rooted in the past, that it will take a lot of time before it is resolved, says Mandla Mbekwa.

Hamas, Islamic Jihad 'ready for 24h truce' - PLO

2014-07-29 16:28
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The Palestinian leadership, along with Hamas and Islamic Jihad, are willing to observe a 24-hour ceasefire in the war-torn Gaza Strip, a senior PLO official says.

Tutu: Gaza a human rights issue

2014-07-18 17:00

The escalated conflict between Israel and Palestine is the result of a void in global leadership, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says.

Israel hopes to cause long-term damage to Hamas

2014-07-14 14:06
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Israel is hoping to cause long-term damage to Hamas' military infrastructure before agreeing to ceasefire talks as the deadly confrontation entered its seventh day.

Israel: We want to inflict so much pain on Hamas

2014-07-14 11:37
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Israeli military says its goal is to inflict so much pain on Hamas so that it will be deterred from attacking Israel again.

Israel keeps up air strikes on Gaza Strip

2014-07-14 07:56
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Israel has kept up air strikes and artillery fire on Gaza Strip despite diplomatic efforts to halt the bloodshed, as its offensive enters the seventh day.

Israel to resist truce efforts as Gaza toll tops 100

2014-07-12 07:31
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Israel says it will resist international pressure to stop its aerial bombardment of Gaza, which has claimed more than 100 Palestinian lives.

Camels confirmed as source of MERS

2014-06-05 11:30

Scientists have identified camels as a source – but perhaps not the only source – of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus.

Kerry is reluctant star of Israeli settlers' spoof

2014-02-06 22:31

Trying humour over hectoring, Israeli ultra-nationalists have lampooned US Secretary of State John Kerry in a video campaign against his troubled quest for peace.

Kerry on return commute to Israel, West Bank

2013-12-10 13:33

US Secretary of State John Kerry is set to head back to Israel this week just days after returning from the Jewish state, insisting he is working for a full, not an interim, Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

Don't keep coronavirus cases quiet: WHO

2013-05-24 09:56

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned countries with possible cases of the SARS-like novel coronavirus that they must share information and not allow commercial labs to profit from the virus, which has killed 22 people worldwide.

Aid agencies warn of Gaza disaster

2012-11-19 21:45

A group of 38 aid agencies have urged the international community to take action to secure a ceasefire in Gaza to prevent "another widespread humanitarian disaster".

Israeli air strikes kill 12 in Gaza

2012-03-10 09:25
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Twelve Palestinians, most of them fighters, were killed and at least 20 wounded in a series of Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medics say.

G8 pledges financial help for Arab states

2011-05-27 11:07

Group of Eight leaders have promised to support new Arab democracies, according to a statement they are to release following a meeting in the French town of Deauville.

Libya's revolt hits Tripoli

2011-02-21 18:18

Gaddafi's four-decade-old rule appears in increasing jeopardy as anti-government protests reached the capital for the first time, leaving dozens dead.

Hariri returns to crisis-hit Lebanon

2011-01-14 18:30

Lebanon's premier Saad Hariri has returned to Beirut, two days after Hezbollah forced the collapse of his government, says an official close to the leader.

Chavez: Israel is a threat

2010-06-27 08:59

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has described Israel as a genocidal state that has acted as an assassin for the United States, predicting the Middle East nation would one day be "put in its place."

Syria denies nuclear activity

2010-03-04 21:27

Syria has denied hiding nuclear activities from the world and said Israel was the source of suspicious uranium particles found at a Syrian desert complex.

Heat on Israeli hit squad

2010-02-17 14:33

Pressure is mounting on Israel's infamous hit squad, Mossad, after the assassination of a top Hamas militant.

Killed Hamas man was a smuggler

2010-01-31 21:17

A senior Hamas operative found dead in Dubai on January 20 was involved in smuggling weapons and funds to the Gaza Strip.

HRW: Hamas targeted civilians

2010-01-28 18:27

Human Rights Watch is disputing Hamas' claim that it did not target civilians during last year's war against Israel, saying there is strong evidence it did.

Israel: Gas masks to be issued

2010-01-06 22:13

Israel will next month begin distributing new gas masks to its 7.5 million citizens, the third time the country has done so.

Hamas prisoner swap unclear

2009-12-27 17:10

It is still not clear whether Israel will do a prisoner swap with Hamas that would see hundreds of Palestinians freed for a captured soldier.

Iran violates Iraq border

2009-12-26 20:22

Iran has been violating Iraq's borders since 2006 and last week did so again when Iranian troops took over an oil well in disputed territory.

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