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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has rebuffed international dictate of Israeli-Palestinian peace deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sharply rebuffed what he described as an international attempt to dictate the terms of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal ahead of talks with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who was visiting the region to advance a French-led initiative. With peace talks stalled for more than a year, France has been sounding out the possibility of ...

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Rebels take Ariha from Assad

Syrian rebel groups Thursday said they had seized the town of Ariha – the last regime-held urban center in Idlib province – after launching their campaign earlier in the day. The latest blow to the regime of President Bashar Assad came at the hands of the Army of Conquest rebel coalition, made up of seven groups and led by the ...

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White House warned Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories must end

The White House Monday bluntly warned Israel that its occupation of Palestinian territories must end, dismissing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts to take back controversial campaign pledges. In unusually tough language that underscores the fracture in relations between Washington and Tel Aviv, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said “an occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end.” McDonough criticized Netanyahu’s pre-election pledge ...

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Palestinians to ask U.N. Security Council to end Israeli occupation

The Palestinians are to present a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council Wednesday that would set a two-year deadline for Israel to end its occupation, an official said. “The Palestinian leadership took a decision to go to the Security Council next Wednesday to vote on their project to end the occupation,” senior Palestine Liberation Organisation member Wassel Abu ...

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Palestinians seek UN resolution to end Israeli occupation

The Palestinians are to push on Wednesday with a draft UN resolution demanding an end to Israeli occupation despite warnings the United States is ready to veto the measure. An Arab-backed text setting November 2016 as the deadline for an Israeli withdrawal was to be formally submitted to the UN Security Council. The 15-member council will vote at a later ...

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UN doubles estimate of destroyed Gaza homes

The U.N. warned Thursday it was running out of funds to house families in Gaza, as it doubled its estimate of the number of homes damaged or destroyed in this summer’s war with Israel. “Unless the situation changes urgently, we will run out of funds in January, meaning we will not be able to provide rental subsidies to many affected ...

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Palestinian factions call for resumption of Egyptian-brokered talks with Israel

Following the death of a Hamas fighter shot by the Israeli army, Palestinian factions have called on Egypt to resume its role as broker in the truce it negotiated in August. Palestinian factions called on Egypt in their meeting on Thursday in Gaza to resume its status as broker in the negotiations between them and Israel to maintain peace in ...

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Palestinians seek to move forward on U.N. resolution

The Palestinian leadership Monday presented changes to a U.N. draft resolution on statehood that could come up for a vote at the Security Council as early as this week. The United States again rejected the text that would pave the way to a Palestinian state by setting a 12-month deadline to reach a final peace deal and calling for Israel ...

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SR225m KSA aid for Palestine budget

Saudi Arabia announced Tuesday that it has given SR225 million to support the budget of the Palestinian Authority (PA) over the past three months. “The Saudi Fund for Development has transferred the amount to the account of the Palestinian Finance Ministry,” said Saudi Ambassador to Cairo Ahmed Qattan. Qattan, who is the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the Arab League, said ...

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Israel lobbies foreign powers to cut ICC funding

Israel is lobbying member states of the International Criminal Court to cut funding for the tribunal in response to its launch of an inquiry into possible war crimes in Palestine, the country’s foreign minister said Sunday. The ICC did not immediately respond to the news, but experts thought it unlikely that the lobbying effort was likely to persuade the countries ...

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