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Iran nuclear talks advancing, no deal likely next week - U.S. official

WASHINGTON - Talks on curbing Iran’s nuclear programme have made substantial progress, a senior U.S. official said on Friday as the White House braced for an onslaught of criticism next week from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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As address to U.S. Congress nears, Netanyahu treads a thinning line 26 Feb 2015

JERUSALEM - When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted an invitation to address the U.S. Congress two weeks before an Israeli election, there appeared to be little downside. As the appointment draws near, the potential pitfalls are growing.

Boehner defends Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress 26 Feb 2015

WASHINGTON - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday challenged an assertion by the Obama administration that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress about nuclear negotiations with Iran would be destructive to U.S.-Israeli relations.

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For Israeli party, a Palestinian state amounts to 'suicide' 26 Feb 2015

TEL AVIV - Young and ambitious, with a ready smile and a quick wit, Israeli far right leader Naftali Bennett is on a mission to prevent the creation of a Palestinian state.

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Rebuilding Gaza could take a century if Israel keeps blockade - Oxfam 26 Feb 2015

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The rebuilding of homes, schools and hospitals in Gaza could take more than a century to complete unless an Israeli blockade restricting imports of construction materials into the Gaza Strip is lifted, aid agency Oxfam said on Thursday.

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Kerry questions Netanyahu's judgment as U.S.-Israel row deepens 25 Feb 2015

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM - U.S. officials on Wednesday questioned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's judgement and said his outspoken condemnation of efforts to secure an Iranian nuclear deal had injected destructive partisanship into U.S.-Israeli relations.

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Netanyahu declines U.S. Democrats' invitation for meeting during visit 25 Feb 2015

WASHINGTON - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined on Tuesday an invitation to meet with U.S. Senate Democrats during his trip to Washington next week.

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Kerry appears to take swipe at Netanyahu over Iran nuclear talks 24 Feb 2015

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday appeared to take a swipe at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying critics of an emerging nuclear deal with Iran did not know what they were talking about.

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Netanyahu's main challenger to focus on his own security credentials 24 Feb 2015

JERUSALEM - Battling Benjamin Netanyahu's accusations that he is soft on national security, the Israeli prime minister's main election rival said on Tuesday he would boost efforts to focus voters on his own military and strategic credentials.

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U.S. jury orders Palestinian groups to pay attack victims $218.5 mln 24 Feb 2015

NEW YORK - A U.S. jury on Monday found the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority liable for supporting terrorist attacks in Israel more than a decade ago that killed dozens of people. | Video