Cease-fire plan

An Israeli drone circles over Gaza City on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

Israel and Hamas accept Egyptian cease-fire plan

  JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and Hamas on Monday accepted an Egyptian cease-fire proposal meant to halt a bruising monthlong war that has claimed nearly 2,000 lives, raising hopes that the bloodiest round of fighting […]

08/04/2014

FILE - In this July 9, 2014 file photo, an Iron Dome air defense system fires to intercept a rocket from the Gaza Strip in Tel Aviv, Israel. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, File)

Truce elusive as Hamas, Israel stick to positions

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The top Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip signaled Monday that the Islamic militant group will not agree to an unconditional cease-fire with Israel, while Israel’s defense minister pledged […]

07/21/2014

Toys and flowers are placed at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Ukraine at potential turning point after crash

MOSCOW (AP) — The crash of the Malaysian airliner in rebel-held eastern Ukraine is being viewed as a potential turning-point in the conflict — either, the international revulsion over the death of all 298 people […]

07/21/2014

A Palestinian girl walks with a toy that she salvaged from debris of the el-Yazje apartment building July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Gaza rocket hits Israel as humanitarian lull ends

JERUSALEM (AP) – Palestinian militants fired a rocket at Israel Thursday just as a five-hour U.N. humanitarian cease-fire expired, the Israeli military said. Gaza residents had crowded banks, vegetable markets and shops as they took […]

07/17/2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Tel Aviv, Tuesday, July 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, Pool)

Israel will exert ‘great force’ against Hamas after it rejected truce

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s leader says the country will exert “great force” against Gaza’s Hamas rulers after the Islamic militants rejected a truce agreement. Israel halted its fire for six hours Tuesday after accepting an […]

07/15/2014

A right-wing Israeli holds a flag and wears a Star of David patch resembling the one Jews were forced to wear in Nazi Germany during a demonstration in Jerusalem, Monday, July 14, 2014. The demonstrators chanted "Israel for the Jews" in support of the Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip. Israel began its campaign against militants in the Hamas-controlled Gaza last Tuesday, saying it was responding to heavy rocket fire from the densely populated territory. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Egypt proposes cease-fire between Israel, Hamas

JERUSALEM (AP) — Egypt presented a cease-fire plan Monday to end a week of heavy fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip that has left at least 185 people dead, and both […]

07/14/2014

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