Mahmoud Abbas

In this Sunday, May 26, 2013 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Israeli President Shimon Peres, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, participate in the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa at the King Hussein Convention Center at the Dead Sea in Jordan. (AP Photo/Pool, Jim Young, File)

Analysis: Mideast peace deal seems far off

JERUSALEM (AP) — The contours of Israeli-Palestinian peace are clear, experts say: If only the sides summon up the will, the inevitable outcome is two states roughly along the pre-1967 borders, with Jerusalem as a […]

07/29/2013

In this Nov. 30, 2011 file photo, former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni attends a news conference at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)

Thumbnails of Israeli, Palestinian negotiators

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli and Palestinian delegates sitting down for preliminary peace talks in Washington are veterans of on-and-off negotiations that began more than two decades ago. The chief Palestinian negotiator has joked that […]

07/29/2013

(AP Photo)

US announces resumption of Mideast talks

JERUSALEM (AP) – The U.S. on Sunday announced the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian talks following years of stalemate, after Israel’s Cabinet agreed to release 104 Palestinian prisoners convicted of deadly attacks. The return to direct contacts […]

07/28/2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference at Queen Alia International Airport on Friday,  July 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, Pool)

Kerry wins step to resuming Mideast peace talks

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — After a rush of last-minute talks with Palestinian officials, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sealed a step toward relaunching the long-halted Mideast peace process, announcing Friday that Israel and the […]

07/19/2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a joint press conference with Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, unseen, on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Amman. (AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, Pool)

Kerry wins Arab backing on Mideast peace effort

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry won Arab League backing Wednesday for his effort to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, raising hopes that the stalled negotiations could resume. Kerry cited significant progress […]

07/18/2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry (AP Photo)

Kerry close to restarting talk

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is closing in on an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians to relaunch peace talks for a period of six to nine months, Palestinian […]

07/04/2013

Gaza Strip

Hamas shaves heads of Gaza youths with long hair

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Police in Hamas-ruled Gaza have started grabbing young men with long or gel-styled spiky hair off the streets, bundling them into jeeps, mocking them and shaving their heads.

04/07/2013

Palestinians protest (AP Photo)

Thousands of Palestinians protest in West Bank

JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of outraged Palestinians took to the streets of the West Bank on Thursday, joining funeral processions and demonstrations after two protesters were killed by Israeli troops and a Palestinian prisoner died of cancer in Israeli custody.

04/04/2013

Palestine flag

U.N. votes to recognize Palestine as state despite U.S. opposition

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The United Nations has voted overwhelmingly to recognize a Palestinian state. The resolution upgrading the Palestinians’ status to a nonmember observer state at the United Nations was approved by a more than two-thirds majority of the 193-member world body.

11/29/2012

Palestine flag

Palestinians celebrate ahead of UN vote

Thousands of Palestinians from rival factions have been celebrating in the streets of the West Bank today, ahead of a U.N. vote on a resolution calling for a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem.

11/29/2012

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