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Norway Calls Palestinian Statehood Bid ‘Legitimate’

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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Norway has called Palestinian plans to seek statehood at the United Nations “legitimate,” but said negotiations with Israel must continue. Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said Monday his government will “carefully consider” the Palestinian proposal, and would decide how to vote after seeing the full text. He spoke after meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud […]

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Israel Says to Build Hundreds of Homes in West Bank Settlements

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The Israeli housing ministry said Monday it is inviting developers to bid for the construction of 336 housing units in two Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has refused to negotiate with Israel while it builds on land the Palestinians want for a state. Instead, he has vowed to pursue […]

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French Yacht Plans Breach of Gaza Blockade

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Pro-Palestinian activists say a French yacht carrying members of their movement will try to breach Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday. The activists say the Dignity al-Karama left Greek waters on Sunday and was traveling slowly in international waters toward Gaza with 16 people on board, mostly French citizens. It is the […]

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Arab League Seeks UN Palestinian Statehood Recognition

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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The Arab League says it will ask the United Nations for recognition of an independent Palestinian state — a move opposed by Israel, the U.S. and some European Union nations. Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby announced the decision on Thursday, following a meeting in Qatar. Elaraby did not say when the group would present its […]

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Israel Approves Jerusalem Museum Project Despite Muslim Objections

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The Israeli government says it has given final approval to the construction of a museum over part of an ancient graveyard in Jerusalem – a project delayed for years by objections from local Muslims. Israeli interior ministry spokeswoman Efrat Orbach says the Museum of Tolerance received a permit on Tuesday and construction can begin immediately, […]

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Israeli Soldiers Kill Palestinian Man in West Bank

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 3:27 am (UTC-5)
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Israeli soldiers have killed a Palestinian man near the West Bank town of Nablus while security forces carried out a raid in a refugee camp. The Israeli military said Wednesday soldiers shot the man in the legs when he tried to avoid arrest. The man’s uncle told the Reuters news agency he was on his […]

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Israeli Soldiers Kill Palestinian Man in West Bank

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 3:26 am (UTC-5)
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Israeli soldiers have killed a Palestinian man near the West Bank town of Nablus while security forces carried out a raid in a refugee camp. The Israeli military said Wednesday soldiers shot the man in the legs when he tried to avoid arrest. The man’s uncle told the Reuters news agency he was on his […]

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Abbas: Lack of Quartet Statement a Bad Sign for Peace Prospects

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says the lack of a statement from a meeting of the Middle East Quartet of peace mediators is a bad sign because it reflects divisions in how to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted Monday’s “Quartet” meeting in Washington with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Russian Foreign […]

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Diplomats Fail to Agree on Reviving Mideast Peace Talks

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 12:10 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. officials say group of senior international diplomats has failed to reach an agreement on how to revive stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted a meeting late Monday in Washington with other members of the Quartet of Mideast peace mediators: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and […]

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Senior International Figures Push to Revive Mideast Peace Talks

Posted July 11th, 2011 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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A group of senior international diplomats is set to meet Monday in Washington to discuss ways to revive stalled peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Friday the group, known as the Mideast Quartet, wants to assess where the process stands and “plot a course forward.” The talks will […]

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