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Ex-Zag Pargo raves about two seasons with teams in Israel

Jeremy Pargo’s goal hasn’t changed, just the route to get there. And he doesn’t mind the path he’s been on since completing his eligibility in the Gonzaga men’s basketball program …


Ex-Zag Pargo raves about two seasons with teams in Israel

Jeremy Pargo’s goal hasn’t changed, just the route to get there. And he doesn’t mind the path he’s been on since completing his eligibility in the Gonzaga men’s basketball program …


Trudy Rubin: End of talks threatens Israel

It’s time to start thinking about what will happen to Israel – and U.S. policy in the Middle East – when the peace process ends. Politicians don’t openly discuss the …


Palestinians, Israel accept invitation to D.C. talks

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration said Friday it has invited the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to Washington next month to resume long-stalled direct peace talks, recognizing “there …


Israel agrees to U.N. probe of raid

JERUSALEM – Israel agreed Monday to participate in a U.N. investigation of its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla last spring, a surprising departure from its traditional distrust of the …


U.S. bond ‘unbreakable’ with Israel

WASHINGTON – Eager to show unity to the world, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday dismissed talk of a rift as wildly unfounded, and Netanyahu …


Israel eases Gaza closure

KEREM SHALOM CROSSING, Israel – Israel is easing its blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza to allow in virtually all consumer goods, items from household cleaners to timber that had been barred …


Israel allows more goods into Gaza

JERUSALEM – Israel took a first step Wednesday to temper the uproar caused by its deadly high-seas raid on a blockade-busting flotilla by allowing in potato chips, cookies, spices and …


Egypt to open Gaza border for aid, some travel

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt – After three years of cooperating in the Israeli blockade of Gaza, Egypt said Monday that it will leave its border with the Palestinian territory open indefinitely …


Israel claims activists prepared to fight

JERUSALEM – Israel’s prime minister claimed that the Turkish activists who battled Israeli naval commandos in a deadly clash last week prepared for the fight ahead of time, before boarding …


Israelis intercept another ship

JERUSALEM – Learning hard lessons from Monday’s deadly raid of a pro-Palestinian aid flotilla, Israel’s navy Saturday seized without incident a second protest vessel trying to reach the shores of …


Israel denounces ship as terrorist operation

JERUSALEM – Israel on Wednesday deported hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists who had been detained after its commando attack Monday on a Gaza aid flotilla, and braced for the arrival of …


Israeli flotilla takeover sparks swift backlash

JERUSALEM – Israeli commandos rappelled down to an aid flotilla sailing to thwart a Gaza blockade on Monday, clashing with pro-Palestinian activists on the lead ship in a botched raid …


Settlement plan testing Obama

JERUSALEM – President Barack Obama faces what may be the biggest test to date of his credibility in the Middle East after Israel greeted Vice President Joe Biden with an …


Israelis stun Biden on visit

JERUSALEM – In the midst of a high-profile visit by Vice President Joe Biden, Israel on Tuesday unveiled plans for new housing in disputed Jerusalem, a surprise step that embarrassed …


Obama critical of building plan

JERUSALEM – An Israeli government plan to build nearly 700 new homes for Jewish families in Palestinian-dominated East Jerusalem drew fire Monday from the Obama administration, which called the plan …


Israeli navy seizes arms cargo

JERUSALEM – Israel’s navy seized a cargo ship Wednesday, intercepting what officials described as 300 tons of weapons being smuggled from Iran to Lebanon’s Hezbollah guerrillas. The haul was the …


Palestinian-Israeli talks at impasse

CAIRO – The Obama administration has all but abandoned hope for an early resumption of high-level negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders or substantive movement toward agreement on a Palestinian …


Both sides chided in Gaza conflict

UNITED NATIONS – A U.N. investigation concluded Tuesday that both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza committed war crimes and possible crimes against humanity, raising the prospect that officials …


U.S. pushes Israel to cease expansion into West Bank

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama Thursday ratcheted up what might be America’s toughest bargaining position with Israel in a generation, demanding anew that Israel stop expanding its settlements in the …


Clinton tells Israel to end settlement growth

WASHINGTON – Rebuffing Israel on a key Mideast negotiating issue, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the Obama administration wants a complete halt in the growth of Jewish settlements …


Israeli police raze West Bank settlement, renewing backlash

KOCHAV HASHAHAR, West Bank – The Israeli border police waited till the morning Torah reading was over. Then, after six Jewish families were given time to remove their possessions, a …


Obama, Netanyahu strike conciliatory tone

WASHINGTON – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told President Barack Obama at a White House meeting Monday that he wants to resume negotiations with the Palestinians but stopped short of …


Second man arrested in Grant County fighting death

A second man has been arrested for the shooting death of a 33-year-old Central Washington man. Adrian Adame-Madrid, 18, of Othello faces a first-degree murder charge for the April 11 …


Israel linking Palestinian talks, Iran

JERUSALEM – The new Israeli government will not move ahead on the core issues of peace talks with the Palestinians until it sees progress in U.S. efforts to stop Iran’s …


Pope Benedict to visit Holy Land in May

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday he would visit the Holy Land from May 8-15 in the first papal trip to the area since 2000. The visit would …


World in brief: Sudan may expel more aid workers

Sudan’s president threatened to kick out more aid groups and expel diplomats and peacekeepers on Sunday during his first trip to Darfur after an international court issued an arrest warrant …


Clinton heading to Middle East for talks

WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton this week will make her first foray into Middle East diplomacy, attending a high-level conference on humanitarian assistance to Gaza and making …


Israeli leaders end meeting without results

JERUSALEM – Israel’s hard-line prime minister designate, Benjamin Netanyahu, promised Sunday to work with the United States to promote peace in the region as he sought to forge a moderate …


Netanyahu gains in bid to lead Israel

JERUSALEM – Ultra-nationalist politician Avigdor Lieberman endorsed Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu for the Israeli prime minister’s post Thursday, putting the conservative opposition leader in the driver’s seat to form …