Egypt to host Palestinian-Israeli Gaza talks in days - state news agency

CAIRO - Egypt will host talks between rival Palestinian factions within days, followed by indirect negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis on the ceasefire in Gaza, the state news agency MENA said on Saturday. The report quoted an Egyptian official as saying that delegations from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction and the Islamic militant group Hamas, which dominates Gaza, would meet on Monday "to complete the Palestinian reconciliation". The official said

Kenya detains two Iranians on suspicion of planning attacks 19 Sep 2014

NAIROBI - Kenyan anti-terror police have detained two Iranian men using forged Israeli passports to enter the East African country, on suspicion that they may have been involved in a plan to carry out an attack there, officials said on Friday.


Gaza war spurs more Palestinians to risk dangerous migration to Europe 18 Sep 2014

GAZA - A devastating war with Israel has swollen the number of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip joining a perilous exodus of migrants fleeing the Middle East and Africa in search of a better life in Europe.

Israel believes Syria kept 'significant' chemical munitions 18 Sep 2014

JERUSALEM - Israel believes Syria has retained caches of combat-ready chemical weapons after giving up raw materials used to produce such munitions under pressure from foreign powers, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday.


Jailed Fatah leader lauds Gaza 'victory', urges confrontation with Israel 18 Sep 2014

RAMALLAH West Bank - The Gaza war was a victory for Palestinians, and the focus must now shift to a boycott that makes Israel's occupation of the West Bank too costly to bear, says Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader serving life in prison for multiple deadly attacks.


Netanyahu rival shocks Israel with sudden plan to quit cabinet 17 Sep 2014

JERUSALEM - Israel's interior minister, seen as a rival and potential successor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, announced on Wednesday he was quitting the government, in a move that stunned the political right.

Israel says mortar fired from Gaza in first since August 26 truce 16 Sep 2014

JERUSALEM/GAZA - Israel said a mortar bomb was fired at it from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in the first such attack since a seven-week war in the enclave ended on Aug 26, but Hamas said Palestinians remained committed to the truce.


U.N. says Palestinians, Israelis reach deal on Gaza reconstruction 16 Sep 2014

UNITED NATIONS/JERUSALEM - The United Nations, Israel and the Palestinian Authority have reached a stop-gap deal to allow reconstruction work to begin in the war-torn Gaza Strip with U.N. monitoring of the use of materials, U.N. Middle East envoy Robert Serry said on Tuesday.


U.N. Golan peacekeepers pull back from Syrian positions amid clashes 15 Sep 2014

UNITED NATIONS - U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights are pulling out from four positions and a camp on the Syrian side of the Syrian-Israeli border due to a severe deterioration of security in the region, the United Nations said on Monday.


At a landmark Berlin rally, Merkel vows to fight anti-Semitism 15 Sep 2014

BERLIN - Germany will do all it can to fight anti-Semitism, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech on Sunday, following a surge of abuse against Jews and spreading anti-Israeli sentiment aroused by the Gaza conflict.