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European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton, right, speaks with Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini, second left, and Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, second right, during a round table meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. France's decision this week to arm Kurdish fighters in the battle against Islamic militants marked a turning point in Europe's wavering stance on Iraq, with an EU emergency meeting on Friday seeking to forge a unified response to the Sunni insurgents' advance. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

EU says status quo for Gaza ‘not an option’

  BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union offered Friday to take charge of Gaza’s border crossings and work to prevent illegal arms flows, insisting on a durable truce and saying a return to the status quo […]

08/15/2014

The coffin of Associated Press video journalist Simone Camilli is laid out in state, during the funeral ceremony at the Pitigliano Cathedral, Italy, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Camilli was killed Wednesday along with a freelance Palestinian translator working with him when ordnance left over from Israeli-Hamas fighting exploded as they were reporting on the aftermath of the war in the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, Pool)

AP video journalist mourned in Tuscan hometown

PITIGLIANO, Italy (AP) — Hundreds of mourners have packed the cathedral in this Tuscan hilltop town to remember Associated Press video journalist Simone Camilli, who was killed this week in the Gaza Strip. Video images […]

08/15/2014

A Palestinian woman stands in the rubble of her destroyed home in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

Palestinians voice optimism as Gaza truce holds

CAIRO (AP) — Palestinian officials voiced cautious optimism Thursday, hinting at progress in Egyptian-mediated negotiations with Israel to bring an end to the fighting in Gaza and secure new arrangements for the war-battered territory. But […]

08/14/2014

Israeli soldiers carry wounded soldier to a helicopter near the Israel and Gaza border Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

Jewish groups accuse UN chief of being one-sided

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Leaders of major Jewish organizations on Wednesday accused U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of being one-sided in his handling of the crisis in Gaza. A delegation of 11 Jewish organizations met with […]

08/13/2014

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Egypt: Israel, Hamas to extend temporary truce

CAIRO (AP) — Israel and Hamas agreed to extend a temporary cease-fire for five days, Egyptian and Palestinian officials announced Wednesday, permitting the sides to continue to negotiate a substantive deal to end the war […]

08/13/2014

This photo taken in August, 2014 shows Associated Press video journalist Simone Camilli on a balcony overlooking smoke from Israeli Strikes in Gaza City. Camilli, 35, was killed in an ordnance explosion in the Gaza Strip, on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 together with Palestinian translator Ali Shehda Abu Afash and three members of the Gaza police. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

AP video journalist Simone Camilli killed in Gaza

BEIRUT (AP) — Simone Camilli was a consummate storyteller — a passionate, talented newsman with an eye for detail and the ability to convey events with powerful video images that touched people around the world. As […]

08/13/2014

A Palestinian youth wraps a bandolier of spent bullets leftover by the Israeli army, next to his destroyed home in Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. An Egyptian-brokered cease-fire halting the Gaza war held into Monday morning, allowing Palestinians to leave homes and shelters as negotiators agreed to resume talks in Cairo. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

Israel, Hamas press ahead on Gaza war truce talks

  CAIRO (AP) — Israeli and Hamas negotiators huddled for a second day of Egyptian-mediated talks Tuesday, seeking a formula for an extended cease-fire meant to end a monthlong war and bring relief to the […]

08/12/2014

Palestinians, standing on an adjacent building, inspect the rubble of the Imam Al Shafaey mosque, destroyed in an overnight Israeli strike, in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Israel signals scaling back Gaza war on its terms

  JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel won’t participate in indirect cease-fire talks with Hamas and instead plans to scale back its 26-day-old military operation in Gaza on its own terms, Israeli officials and media reports said Saturday. […]

08/02/2014

Relatives of Maj. Amotz Greenberg, 45, mourn during his funeral in the Israeli city of Hod Hasharon, Sunday, July 20, 2014. According to reports, Greenberg was killed fighting a group of militants who infiltrated Israel through a tunnel from the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

Scores dead in first major ground battle in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The first major ground battle in two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price Sunday: It killed 65 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers and forced thousands of terrified […]

07/20/2014

A trail of smoke from rockets fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza toward Israel is seen above Gaza City on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. The militant group Islamic Jihad in Gaza said it fired 20 rockets toward Israel on Wednesday, in retaliation for an Israeli airstrike that killed three of its members the day before. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Gaza militants fire large rocket barrage at Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — Militants in the Gaza Strip fired dozens of rockets Wednesday into southern Israel, sending civilians rushing into bomb shelters but causing no casualties. The Israeli military said it was the largest rocket […]

03/12/2014

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