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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 …


Netanyahu gaining edge after Israeli elections

JERUSALEM – Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni’s long-shot effort to form a majority bloc in parliament and become Israel’s next prime minister appeared to be fading Thursday, despite final returns upholding …


World in brief: Hamas says longer truce acceptable

The deputy leader of Hamas said Thursday night that the Islamic militant group agreed to an 18-month truce with Israel for the Gaza Strip, the official Egyptian news agency reported. …


Top Israeli candidates declare victory

JERUSALEM – Israeli voters on Tuesday delivered a split decision in national elections, sparking competing claims by backers of opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni over who …


Israelis, Gazans still trading fire

JERUSALEM – Israel threatened “harsh and disproportionate” retaliation after Gaza militants fired at least 10 rockets and mortar shells across the border Sunday and warplanes later bombed the area where …


World in brief: Netanyahu says he’d stop Iran

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s leading candidate for prime minister, said Saturday that Iran “will not be armed with a nuclear weapon.” In an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 TV, Netanyahu said …


Mideast tensions felt at forum

DAVOS, Switzerland – For a few unsettling moments, the heat and pain of Mideast tensions shattered the icy elegance of this Swiss Alps resort, in an eruption of anger by …


Mitchell presses truce amid Mideast violence

JERUSALEM – As Israeli-Hamas violence flared, President Barack Obama’s new Mideast envoy promised on Wednesday a vigorous push for peace, saying Gaza militants must end their weapons smuggling and the …


Bombings continue despite cease-fires

GAZA CITY – Palestinian militants killed one Israeli soldier and seriously wounded another in a cross border bombing Tuesday, prompting an Israeli counter-attack that killed a Palestinian farmer and wounded …


Mitchell heading to Mideast

WASHINGTON – Launching the Obama administration’s first Middle East peace mission, former Sen. George J. Mitchell brings a track record of patience and persistence in protracted negotiations. And Mitchell, described …


Israel vows to back soldiers charged with war crimes

JERUSALEM – Special legal teams will defend Israeli soldiers against potential war crimes charges stemming from civilian deaths in the Gaza Strip, the prime minister said Sunday, promising the country …


Final Israeli troops leave Gaza Strip

JERUSALEM – Israel’s last troops left the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, although the cease-fire was frayed when its navy opened fire toward beaches in northern Gaza, and smugglers’ tunnels that …