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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 …


U.N. secretary-general tours damage in Gaza, Israel

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – As residents of the Gaza Strip continued to sift through the rubble and mourn their dead, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon toured the seaside …


Cleanup of Gaza begins

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Uniformed Hamas security teams emerged on Gaza City’s streets Monday as leaders of the Islamic militant group vowed to restore order in the shattered Palestinian …


Mideast cease-fire holds, but resolution elusive

JERUSALEM – Israeli soldiers flashed the victory sign Sunday as they began withdrawing from the Gaza Strip. Shellshocked Palestinians emerged from shelters and counted their dead. But as a tenuous …


Israelis call halt to Gaza offensive

JERUSALEM – Israel implemented a unilateral cease-fire early today in its 22-day offensive that turned Gaza neighborhoods into battlegrounds and dealt a stinging blow to the Islamic militants of Hamas. …


Gaza truce may be at hand

JERUSALEM – After one of the most violent days of Israel’s nearly three-week-old war against the Hamas movement in Gaza, the conflict appeared late Thursday to be moving toward a …


Trudy Rubin: Hamas’ defeat requires truce

At her confirmation hearings Tuesday, Hillary Rodham Clinton insisted President-elect Barack Obama would not give up on Mideast peace – even though the region’s problems seem “intractable.” Nothing seems more …


Cease-fire would call for 10-day truce

CAIRO, Egypt – Egypt and Hamas are close to a deal for a 10-day cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinian militant group in Gaza, where the death toll from the …


Weakened Hamas still dangerous, Israel warns

JERUSALEM – The military power of Hamas has been weakened and its political leadership is divided over plans for a possible cease-fire, but an Israeli intelligence official said Tuesday that …


Israeli troops enter Gaza City suburbs

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Israeli troops advanced into Gaza suburbs for the first time early Tuesday, residents said, hours after Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned Islamic militants of an …


Groups accuse Israel of ignoring civilians

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Israel’s offensive in Gaza has forced as many as 90,000 Gazans to abandon their homes, and thousands more may soon have to flee in search …


Fighting rages amid diplomatic efforts

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Israel resumed its Gaza offensive Wednesday, bombing heavily around suspected smuggling tunnels near the border with Egypt after a three-hour lull to allow in humanitarian …


On Israel, Obama remains reticent

President-elect Barack Obama has so far said nothing about the war raging between Israel and Hamas in Gaza because he has nothing to gain and much to lose by making …


Current battle can be traced to 1967 war

After days of bombing and bloodshed, the violence between Israel and Hamas seems no closer to resolution. Here are answers to some of the key questions associated with the crisis. …


Egypt, France propose truce

GAZA CITY, Gaza – France and Egypt announced an initiative to stop the fighting in Gaza late Tuesday, hours after Israeli mortar shells exploded near a U.N. school sheltering hundreds …


Israel pledges to keep fighting

JERUSALEM – Israel brushed aside an intensified effort by European envoys to broker a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip on Monday even as casualties mounted and aid organizations warned of …


Israeli army pushes deeper into Gaza Strip

JERUSALEM – Israeli soldiers and tank columns bisected the Gaza Strip on Sunday, isolating its largest city amid fierce clashes on multiple fronts with militant fighters. At least 35 Palestinians …


Israeli ground forces enter Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli tanks and infantry entered Gaza after nightfall Saturday, launching a ground offensive that the military said would be a “lengthy operation” in a …


Israeli official declares ‘all-out war’ on Hamas

JERUSALEM – Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak declared “an all-out war against Hamas” on Monday as fighter jets raked the Gaza Strip with bombs for the third straight day and …