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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.

The victory for president Mahmud A

Israel and Hamas agree to Gaza ceasefire


Israel and the Hamas militant group reached a cease-fire agreement Wednesday to end eight days of the fiercest fighting in nearly four years, promising to halt attacks on each other and ease an Israel

US sends warships to West Asia to evacuate Americans, if needed


As tension escalates in West Asia, the US has dispatched three warships to the region to be on standby in the event of a need, even as President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spo

Hillary Clinton to visit Middle East for Gaza talks: US

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will leave Asia on Tuesday to visit Israel, Egypt and Ramallah, stepping up US efforts to avoid a worsening of the Gaza crisis, an official said.

Clinton will meet

New strike pushes Gaza toll over 100

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Israeli air strikes killed 22 Palestinians on Monday, hiking the Gaza death toll over 100 as global efforts to broker a truce to end the worst violence in four years gathered pace.

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Israel pounds Gaza, ground invasion possible


Israel bombed Palestinian militant targets in the Gaza Strip from air and sea for a fifth straight day on Sunday, preparing for a possible ground invasion though Egypt saw "some indications" of a truc

Israeli air strikes hit Hamas HQ in Gaza


An Israeli air strike killed three Palestinians in the central Gaza Strip on Saturday, medics said, with Palestinian security sources confirming they were Hamas militants.

Israeli jets down drone that entered airspace


Israel scrambled fighter jets to intercept a drone on Saturday that crossed deep into Israeli airspace from the Mediterranean Sea, shooting the aircraft down over the country's southern desert, the mi

Netanyahu draws ‘ed line’on Iran’ nuclear programme


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drew a 'red line' for Iran's nuclear programme on Thursday despite a US refusal to set an ultimatum, saying Tehran will be on the brink of developing a nuclear weapon in less than a year.

Iran on brink of nuclear bomb in 6-7 months: Netanyahu


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Sunday that Iran was just six to seven months away from being able to build a nuclear bomb, adding urgency to his demand that President Barack Obama

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