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  • Housing group: 20 years to rebuild Gaza

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years for Gaza’s battered and neglected housing stock to be rebuilt …


  • In Gaza lull, residents return to destroyed areas

    BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thousands of Gaza residents who had fled Israel-Hamas fighting streamed back to devastated border areas during a lull Saturday to find large-scale destruction: scores …


  • Israeli troops battle Hamas, uncover Gaza tunnels

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops uncovered more than a dozen cross-border tunnels and battled Gaza militants on the second day of an open-ended ground operation Saturday as …


  • 6 Jewish suspects arrested in slaying of Arab teen

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel arrested six Jewish suspects Sunday in the grisly slaying of a Palestinian teenager who was abducted and burned to death last week, marking a breakthrough in …


  • NATO signals no new members for the present

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Faced with a newly aggressive Russia, NATO has been mulling how to react, but it is ruling out one option: rapid expansion. Four would-be members, including the …


  • Protesters disrupt China envoy’s Taiwan trip

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A Chinese envoy on a historic visit to Taiwan on Saturday canceled two events after protesters threw paint on his motorcade. China’s Taiwan Affairs Office Minister …


  • Pope opens Mideast trip lamenting Syrian conflict

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Pope Francis thanked Jordan on Saturday for welcoming hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria, calling for an “urgent,” peaceful solution to …


  • Asia seeks Obama’s assurance in territorial spats

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will find a region that’s warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its …


  • Russian troops take over Ukraine’s Crimea region

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian troops took over Crimea as the parliament in Moscow gave President Vladimir Putin a green light Saturday to use the military to protect Russian interests …


  • Ariel Sharon, former Israeli PM, dies at 85

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Ariel Sharon, the hard-charging Israeli general and prime minister who was admired and hated for his battlefield exploits and ambitions to reshape the Middle East, died today, …


  • Thousands evacuated from flooded Gaza homes

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Rescue workers evacuated more than 4,000 Gaza Strip residents from homes flooded by four days of heavy rain, using fishing boats and heavy construction …


  • India fears more militants as US quits Afghanistan

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India is bracing for more militancy in the battle-scarred region of Kashmir, believing that fighters now focused on resisting U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan will shift toward …


  • Palestinians call off round of talks after clash

    QALANDIA REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian negotiators called off a planned round of peace talks Monday after Israeli soldiers killed three protesters during clashes following an arrest raid …


  • Obama in Israel for first trip as president

    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — President Barack Obama plunged into the turbulent Middle East Wednesday, assuring Israel of the U.S. commitment to its security while cautioning that the region’s “winds …


  • US slams Israel on new settlement plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Monday harshly criticized its top Mideast ally, Israel, over new settlement construction plans in areas the Palestinians claim for a future state and …


  • US struggles to get Israel, Palestinians to talks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration sought Friday to direct Israel and the Palestinians back toward direct peace talks, even as the two sides and much of the world seemed …


  • Obama opens landmark visit to Myanmar

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Launching a landmark visit to long shunned Myanmar, President Barack Obama said Monday he comes to “extend the hand of friendship” to a nation moving from …


  • 10 Things to Know for Monday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about Monday: 1. NO LETUP IN VIOLENCE BETWEEN ISRAEL AND HAMAS


  • Obama: Historic Myanmar visit underscores progress

    BANGKOK (AP) — On the eve of his landmark trip to Myanmar, President Barack Obama tried to assure critics that his visit was not a premature reward for a long-isolated …


  • Obama: Historic Myanmar visit is sign of progress

    BANGKOK (AP) — On the eve of his landmark trip to Myanmar, President Barack Obama tried to assure critics that his visit was not a premature reward for a long-isolated …


  • Obama warns against ‘ramping up’ in Gaza crisis

    BANGKOK (AP) — President Barack Obama said Sunday an incursion by Israel’s forces into the Gaza Strip could only deepen its death toll, cautioning against an escalation even as he …


  • White House: Israel has right to defend itself

    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — The White House on Saturday defended Israel’s right to defend itself against attack and decide how to respond to rocket fire from the Gaza …


  • Author barred from Atlanta Jewish book festival

    ATLANTA (AP) — An author whose outspoken criticism of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian West Bank got him banned from a Jewish book festival will instead speak at a sold-out …


  • Asian powers double defense spending in a decade

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Asia’s top powers have doubled defense spending in the past decade, spurred by the explosion in military expenditure by China, new research shows. While troop numbers have …


  • Japan: US pact deters clash with China over isles

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Japan said Thursday its security alliance with the U.S. is an important deterrent against conflict breaking out between China and Japan over disputed islands. Tensions between the …


  • Romney: US should be more assertive on world stage

    LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney said Monday the risk of conflict in the Middle East “is higher now” than it was when President Barack Obama took office. He …


  • Romney: US should be more assertive on world stage

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is proposing the U.S. take a more assertive role in Syria, put conditions on aid to Egypt and tighten sanctions on Iran …


  • US seeks calm over Asian disputes; won’t mediate

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday pressed U.S. allies Japan and South Korea to continue their cooperation on North Korea and other key issues, despite a dispute …


  • Egypt’s Morsi assumes major role in Mideast

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Egypt’s new President Mohammed Morsi assigned himself the heavyweight’s role in the Middle East on Wednesday, declaring in his first speech to the United Nations that …


  • Obama’s record in Muslim world: strides, setbacks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Images of angry mobs in Arab cities burning American flags and attacking U.S. diplomatic posts suggest the Muslim world is no less enraged at the United States …

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