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US actress Johansson defends SodaStream work
US actress Johansson defends SodaStream work

Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson on Sunday defended her decision to quit as an Oxfam ambassador after she faced criticism for working for a firm operating in an Israeli settlement.

US actress Johansson defends SodaStream work
Israeli warplanes strike back over Gaza rocket salvo
Israeli warplanes strike back over Gaza rocket salvo

Israeli warplanes pounded 29 Palestinian targets in the Gaza Strip Thursday night in response to heavy Palestinian rocket fire into the Jewish state earlier.

Israeli warplanes strike back over Gaza rocket salvo
Obama to seek Netanyahu backing for peace framework
Obama to seek Netanyahu backing for peace framework

President Barack Obama will Monday try to cajole Benjamin Netanyahu to accept a US framework for final peace talks with the Palestinians, but the Israeli leader is vowing to resist all "pressures."

Obama to seek Netanyahu backing for peace framework
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Gazans turn to solar power as fuel crisis bites

On the roof of Gaza City's children's hospital, a pristine row of solar panels gleams in the sunlight, an out-of-place symbol of modern, clean energy in the impoverished Strip.

Gazans turn to solar power as fuel crisis bites
Merkel in Israel to discuss Iran, peace talks
Merkel in Israel to discuss Iran, peace talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Israel to discuss nuclear talks with Iran and to encourage Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reach a two-state solution with the Palestinians.

Merkel in Israel to discuss Iran, peace talks
Israel strikes in Gaza after rocket attack
Israel strikes in Gaza after rocket attack

Israeli fighter jets attacked in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Friday morning, sources on both sides said, hours after a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave hit the Jewish state.

Israel strikes in Gaza after rocket attack
Israel unveils 1,800 settler homes after Kerry visit
Israel unveils 1,800 settler homes after Kerry visit

Israel unveiled plans Friday for more than 1,800 new settler homes in a move the Palestinians said was aimed at forcing Washington to abandon its Middle East peace drive.

Israel unveils 1,800 settler homes after Kerry visit
Kerry on second day of new Mideast peace push
Kerry on second day of new Mideast peace push

US Secretary of State John Kerry launched a second day of talks with Israelis and Palestinians Friday, seeking to hammer out a framework to guide negotiations towards a peace deal.

Kerry on second day of new Mideast peace push
Israel set for new prisoner release as Kerry heads back to region
Israel set for new prisoner release as Kerry heads back to region

Israel prepared Monday to free 26 Palestinian prisoners under peace talks brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is returning to the region to boost the faltering negotiations.

Israel set for new prisoner release as Kerry heads back to region
Israel says to free Palestinians and build more settlements
Israel says to free Palestinians and build more settlements

Israel will announce plans for new settlement construction next week, coinciding with the release of a third batch of Palestinian prisoners as part of peace talks, an official said Thursday.

Israel says to free Palestinians and build more settlements
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. ©Reuters/Jonathan Ernst
Kerry marks 70th birthday with return to Israel

US Secretary of State John Kerry was marking his 70th birthday Wednesday leaving again for Israel, in his dogged quest for an elusive Middle East peace deal.

Kerry marks 70th birthday with return to Israel
Israel, Jordan, Palestinians to sign Red Sea-Dead Sea deal
Israel, Jordan, Palestinians to sign Red Sea-Dead Sea deal

Representatives of Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians will on Monday sign a "historic" agreement to link the Red Sea with the shrinking Dead Sea, an Israeli minister said.

Israel, Jordan, Palestinians to sign Red Sea-Dead Sea deal
Opponents demand end to US drone strikes, secrecy
Opponents demand end to US drone strikes, secrecy

Activists opposed to US drone strikes against Al-Qaeda suspects demanded Friday an end to the secrecy surrounding the attacks, saying the bombings have claimed numerous civilian lives.

Opponents demand end to US drone strikes, secrecy
US, Israel 'lose UNESCO voting rights'
US, Israel 'lose UNESCO voting rights'

The United States and Israel lost their UNESCO voting rights Friday after suspending funding to the organisation in 2011 over Palestinian admission, a source from the UN agency.

US, Israel 'lose UNESCO voting rights'
Tests point to polonium poisoning in Arafat death: Jazeera
Tests point to polonium poisoning in Arafat death: Jazeera

Swiss scientists have concluded that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat probably died from polonium poisoning.

Tests point to polonium poisoning in Arafat death: Jazeera
 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is pictured in front of a photo showing U.S. President Bill Clinon, Jordan's King Hussein and Yitzhak Rabin, as Kerry marks the 18th anniversary of Rabin's assassin
Kerry seeks to rescue Israeli-Palestinian peace process

US Secretary of State John Kerry will hold talks Wednesday with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to try to keep the peace process from collapsing, urging them to reach a long-elusive deal.

Kerry seeks to rescue Israeli-Palestinian peace process
Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners
Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners

Israel freed another 26 veteran Palestinian prisoners on Wednesday, alongside US-brokered peace talks.

Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners
EU's Ashton urges Palestinian reconciliation in talks with Abbas
EU's Ashton urges Palestinian reconciliation in talks with Abbas

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Thursday called for the end of divisions between Palestinians, in talks with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.

EU's Ashton urges Palestinian reconciliation in talks with Abbas
Palestinian GDP can expand by a third if Israel lifts limits: World Bank
Palestinian GDP can expand by a third if Israel lifts limits: World Bank

The Palestinian economy could expand by over a third if Israel were to lift its restrictions on about 60 percent of the West Bank that it controls.

Palestinian GDP can expand by a third if Israel lifts limits: World Bank
Netanyahu: Palestinians must 'recognise Israel as Jewish state'
Netanyahu: Palestinians must 'recognise Israel as Jewish state'

The Palestinians must "recognise Israel as the state of the Jewish people" in order to achieve real peace.

Netanyahu: Palestinians must 'recognise Israel as Jewish state'