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U.S. official in Israel to discuss Mideast nuclear arms ban

UNITED NATIONS - A senior U.S. official is in Israel to discuss the possibility of a compromise that would keep alive the idea of someday banning nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, U.S. officials and U.N. diplomats said on Thursday.

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Netanyahu renews support for two-state solution with Palestinians 20 May 2015

JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu renewed his commitment on Wednesday to a two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after backtracking on that pledge during a heated campaign for a March election.

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Netanyahu suspends Palestinians-only bus programme 20 May 2015

JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suspended on Wednesday new bus travel and checkpoint regulations for Palestinian labourers only hours after they were imposed to an outcry by critics accusing Israel of racial segregation.

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U.N. envoy warns Gaza is 'desperate and angry' over devastation 19 May 2015

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations Middle East envoy warned on Tuesday that the people of the Gaza Strip are desperate and angry about their plight and that it is up to Israel and Palestinian authorities to prevent an implosion of the Mediterranean enclave.

Israel says Iran violated sanctions by purchasing aircraft 19 May 2015

JERUSALEM - A senior Israeli official took a swipe at the United States on Tuesday over Iran's reported purchase of second-hand civilian aircraft, saying the acquisition violated international sanctions and went ahead despite a tip-off from Israel.

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Europe wants central role in Middle East peace, Mogherini says 18 May 2015

BRUSSELS - The European Union wants a more active role in seeking peace between Israel and the Palestinians, the bloc's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Monday on the eve of her first visit to the region.

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Police clash with Palestinians as Israelis march for 'Jerusalem Day' 18 May 2015

JERUSALEM - Mounted Israeli police clashed with dozens of rock-throwing Palestinians protesting on Sunday as Jewish nationalists commemorated Israel's 1967 capture of East Jerusalem with a march through the old walled city. | Video

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Israel's new justice minister seeks change to Supreme Court power 17 May 2015

JERUSALEM - Israel's new justice minister said on Sunday she would seek a new balance that would rein in the powers of the Supreme Court over parliament and the government, a policy critics fear would restrict judicial oversight.

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Embattled from the outset, new Netanyahu government sworn in 15 May 2015

JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new rightist coalition government, hobbled by a razor-thin parliamentary majority, was sworn in late on Thursday amid wrangling within his Likud party over cabinet posts. | Video

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Embattled from the outset, new Netanyahu government sworn in 14 May 2015

JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new rightist coalition government, hobbled by a razor-thin parliamentary majority, was sworn in late on Thursday amid wrangling within his Likud party over cabinet posts.