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Israeli strikes kill 3 in Gaza, rockets hit Israel

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Violence across the Israeli-Gaza border escalated today with Israeli air strikes killing at least three people and Palestinian militants firing rockets deep...

Establishing a peaceful Palestinian State next to Israel long overdue –...

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday led a chorus of United Nations officials in stressing the need for a just and lasting solution to...

Palestinians will keep knocking on UN’s door

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The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) endorsed a decision by President Mahmoud Abbas to request a United Nations Security Council vote on a...

UN panel draft signals Palestinian UN bid doomed

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A key UN Security Council committee could not reach consensus on whether Palestine should be accepted as a UN member, a draft...

Israel to speed up settlement building in West Bank

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Israel decided to accelerate Jewish settlement building and withhold Palestinian Authority funds, moves likely to further hold up international efforts to revive...

Palestinians granted full membership in UNESCO

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The United Nations' cultural agency granted the Palestinians full membership a step forward in their long-running efforts to achieve recognition before the...

Gaza violence simmers after truce announced

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Violence between Israel and Gaza militants flared anew Sunday after Egypt said it had brokered a truce to end attacks that have...

Abbas faults Arab refusal of 1947 U.N. Palestine plan

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Arabs made a "mistake" by rejecting a 1947 U.N. proposal that would have created a Palestinian state alongside the nascent Israel, Palestinian...

Abbas says to discuss PA fate with Hamas

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President Mahmoud Abbas plans to discuss the fate of the Palestinian Authority with his rivals Hamas next month, raising questions over its...

Israeli soldier, Palestinians freed in captive swap

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Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and hundreds of Palestinians crossed Israel's borders in opposite directions as a thousand-for-one prisoner swap brought joy to...

Hamas success may push Abbas further down U.N. path

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The huge Palestinian prisoner release won by Hamas in exchange for a lone Israeli soldier has drawn praise from those in the...

Quartet to hold separate talks with Mideast parties

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International mediators will meet separately with Israeli and Palestinian officials on October 26 in Jerusalem to try to revive direct peace talks...

Israel-Palestinian swap due in Sinai next week

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Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will be freed from five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip some time next week in exchange...

EU asks Israel, Palestinians to meet soon

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The European Union said on Sunday it plans to invite Israeli and Palestinian representatives to meet "in the coming days" to discuss...

UNESCO meeting debates Palestinian membership and greater focus on Africa

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The Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has concluded its latest session during which it debated...

Palestinians say will work with Blair

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A senior Palestinian official added his voice to calls for the replacement of international Middle East envoy Tony Blair, but the office...

Palestinians unhappy with envoy Tony Blair

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Palestinian officials are going public with long-whispered complaints that international Middle East peace envoy Tony Blair, the former British prime minister, is...

Council takes first step on Palestinian UN bid

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The UN Security Council took its first step on the Palestinian application to join the United Nations by handing it to a...

UN council discusses Palestinian UN membership bid

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The UN Security Council met behind closed doors for a preliminary discussion of last week's Palestinian application for full UN membership, a...

UN will take weeks on Palestinian bid – Abbas

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he expected the Security Council to finish debating his nation's application for full United Nations membership in...

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