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Palestinians want Obama to end 'passivity' on peace
Palestinians want Obama to end 'passivity' on peace

Palestinians want President Barack Obama's milestone visit this week to lead to a more active US approach to resolving the conflict with Israel.

Palestinians want Obama to end 'passivity' on peace
Tribunal calls on ICC to probe Israeli 'crimes' in Palestine
Tribunal calls on ICC to probe Israeli 'crimes' in Palestine

The Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RToP) called Sunday for the International Criminal Court to investigate "crimes" committed by Israel in the territories as it wrapped up four years of investigation.

Tribunal calls on ICC to probe Israeli 'crimes' in Palestine
Obama coming 'to listen' to Israel, Palestinians
Obama coming 'to listen' to Israel, Palestinians

US President Barack Obama said Thursday his forthcoming trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories was to "listen" to both sides and hear their views on how to move forward after over two years without peace talks.

Obama coming 'to listen' to Israel, Palestinians
IMF calls for 'urgent action' to boost Palestinian economy
IMF calls for 'urgent action' to boost Palestinian economy

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Thursday called for "urgent action" to help revive the Palestinian economy, saying it had been choked by Israeli restrictions and political uncertainty.

IMF calls for 'urgent action' to boost Palestinian economy
Palestinian tensions set to persist until Obama visit
Palestinian tensions set to persist until Obama visit

Clashes that flared in the West Bank after a Palestinian died in Israeli custody are unlikely to turn into a third intifada, but each side will use them when US President Barack Obama visits.

Palestinian tensions set to persist until Obama visit
Rocket fired from Gaza Strip hits southern Israel: police
Rocket fired from Gaza Strip hits southern Israel: police

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed early Tuesday near Ashkelon in southern Israel, police said, in the first such strike since a November truce.

Rocket fired from Gaza Strip hits southern Israel: police
Israel calls for calm as militants vow revenge
Israel calls for calm as militants vow revenge

Israel has called on the Palestinian Authority to rein in unrest as militants vowed revenge over the death of a prisoner whom the Palestinians allege died under Israeli torture.

Israel calls for calm as militants vow revenge
 'Tree of life' has Kurdish roots: study
'Tree of life' has Kurdish roots: study

Seen by some as emblematic of the Mediterranean landscape and cuisine, the olive tree in fact has its domesticated roots in Kurdish regions, said a study Wednesday that seeks to settle an age-old debate.

'Tree of life' has Kurdish roots: study
Syrian refugees. ©REUTERS
HRW urges Egypt to halt deportations to Syria

Egypt government unlawfully expelled two Syrian refugees back to the war-ravaged country last week, and two Palestinians from Syria now risk being deported.

HRW urges Egypt to halt deportations to Syria
Palestinians brace for new rightwing Israeli govt
Palestinians brace for new rightwing Israeli govt

The Palestinians are bracing for a new right-wing government that Israel's election is expected to produce, hoping that international and domestic moves will strengthen their position.

Palestinians brace for new rightwing Israeli govt
Abbas warns of disbanding PA if no peace talks
Abbas warns of disbanding PA if no peace talks

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas warned Thursday that he would disband his Palestinian Authority if there was no Israeli movement toward renewing peace talks after Israel's elections on January 22.

Abbas warns of disbanding PA if no peace talks
In Xmas mass, Holy Land patriarch urges peace efforts
In Xmas mass, Holy Land patriarch urges peace efforts

Addressing the faithful in his Christmas Eve midnight mass in Bethlehem on Tuesday, Latin Patriarch Fuad Twal urged "men of good will" to seek peace amid "the sufferings in the Middle East."

In Xmas mass, Holy Land patriarch urges peace efforts
Thousands flock to Bethlehem for Christmas
Thousands flock to Bethlehem for Christmas

Thousands of Palestinians and tourists were flocking to the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Monday to mark Christmas at the site where many believe Jesus Christ was born.

Thousands flock to Bethlehem for Christmas
UN urges Palestinians to stay out of Syria conflict
UN urges Palestinians to stay out of Syria conflict

The half a million Palestinian refugees living in Syria should keep out of the country's conflict and their neutrality be respected.

UN urges Palestinians to stay out of Syria conflict
Israel PM heads to Berlin as settlement row grows
Israel PM heads to Berlin as settlement row grows

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was due in Berlin on Wednesday for talks likely to focus on the growing crisis over settlement plans that could torpedo the viability of a Palestinian state.

Israel PM heads to Berlin as settlement row grows
Abbas wins UN 'birth certificate' for Palestine state
Abbas wins UN 'birth certificate' for Palestine state

The UN General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly voted to make Palestine a non-member state, inflicting a major diplomatic defeat on the United States and Israel.

Abbas wins UN 'birth certificate' for Palestine state
Two wounded by Israeli gunfire in southern Gaza
Two wounded by Israeli gunfire in southern Gaza

Two Palestinians in their 20s were moderately wounded by Israeli gunfire on Monday as they walked near the border fence in southern Gaza.

Two wounded by Israeli gunfire in southern Gaza
US needs rethink of Mideast peace plan: experts
US needs rethink of Mideast peace plan: experts

The US administration must radically rethink ways to achieve a sustainable Israeli-Arab peace deal or risk seeing the goal of a two-state solution slip away.

US needs rethink of Mideast peace plan: experts
Syria rebels take loyalist Palestinian training camp: NGO
Syria rebels take loyalist Palestinian training camp: NGO

Syrian rebels on Sunday seized the training camp of a pro-regime Palestinian faction in Damascus province and took control of an arms depot after fierce clashes.

Syria rebels take loyalist Palestinian training camp: NGO
Palestinians hold candles and a poster depicting late Palestinian president Arafat. ©REUTERS
Arafat exhumation hopes to quell poison quandary

One of the Middle East's greatest political mysteries will come a step closer to being solved on Tuesday when scientists exhume iconic Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's remains to see if he was poisoned.

Arafat exhumation hopes to quell poison quandary