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Stories with person: Mahmoud Abbas
  • Cash-strapped Hamas turns to e-bullets 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 4:04 pm
  • GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - In a long hallway that looks more like a videogame arcade than a military base, Hamas security forces are holding target practice using assault rifles fitted with lasers - all without firing a bullet.

  • AP Interview: Arab League chief backs peace talks 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 2:11 pm
  • CAIRO - The head of the Arab League said Thursday he is confident that Israel and the Palestinians soon will resolve a crisis over the release of long-held Palestinian prisoners and extend their U.S.-brokered peace negotiations beyond an April deadline.

  • Kerry raps Israel in faltering Mideast peace 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 3:03 pm
  • WASHINGTON - U.S. efforts to broker a Mideast peace agreement faltered after Israel refused to release prisoners as demanded by Palestinian leaders, then moved forward with plans to build new settlement housing in Jerusalem, America's top diplomat said Tuesday. But he still held out hope that negotiations would continue.

  • First women joining Palestinian commando unit 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 2:20 am
  • JERICHO, West Bank - Palestinian women in combat fatigues and headscarves rappelled down a six-story tower, fired assault rifles at imaginary terrorists and in a drill straight out of the movies bundled a would-be VIP into a car and sped off after a shooting.

  • Kerry: It's 'reality check' time for Mideast talks 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 8:39 pm
  • WASHINGTON - With Mideast peace talks on the verge of collapse, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declared Friday that "it's reality check time" on whether an agreement can be reached anytime soon after decades of bitterness between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. The U.S. will re-evaluate its role as mediator, he said.

  • Kerry outdoes himself in new diplomatic frenzy 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 12:02 pm
  • CASABLANCA, Morocco - More than a week into what was supposed to be only a five-day trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sat in a Paris hotel suite contemplating his next moves on multiple crisis fronts.

  • Kerry: Israeli and Palestinian leaders must 'lead' 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 3:28 pm
  • RABAT, Morocco - Frustrated by a virtually moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry exhorted leaders on both sides Thursday to "lead" and to do so now to prevent the negotiations from collapsing.

  • New Palestinian recognition bid largely symbolic 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 12:37 pm
  • RAMALLAH, West Bank - A decision by President Mahmoud Abbas to seek further international recognition of a "state of Palestine" - despite promises to hold off while negotiating with Israel - has thrown into disarray the troubled U.S. mediation efforts on a peace deal. Here's a look at the possible repercussions.

  • American spy's release would be high-stakes gamble 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 3:15 am
  • WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is bringing the U.S. closer than it has been in years to granting convicted spy Jonathan Pollard an early release in a high-stakes gamble to advance Mideast peace talks.

  • Kerry: Premature to write off Mideast peace talks 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 3:16 pm
  • BRUSSELS - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says it is "completely premature" to write off the Israeli-Palestinian peace process even as negotiations were dealt a blow by a speech in which the Palestinian leader said he would press for U.N. recognition over Israel's strong objections.

  • Kerry to Mideast at critical point in peace talks 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 11:55 am
  • TEL AVIV, Israel - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry rushed to the Middle East on Monday for a surprise visit aimed at rescuing his Mideast diplomatic efforts, as peace talks approached a critical make-or-break point.

  • Kerry meets Abbas as peace process founders 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 7:47 pm
  • AMMAN, Jordan - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Wednesday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a bid to salvage foundering Mideast peace talks that were dealt a new blow when Arab leaders said they never would recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

  • Arab summit lays bare serious cracks on Syria 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 4:10 pm
  • KUWAIT CITY - An Arab summit that ended Wednesday exposed cracks in what was once solid Arab support for Syrian rebels, with Saudi Arabia and Qatar divided over which factions to back and Syria's neighbors increasingly expressing fatigue with the flood of refugees from the country's civil war.

  • A look at Mideast judicial systems 
    Updated: Mar-25-14 3:44 pm
  • An Egyptian court's decision this week to sentence to death 529 alleged supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood after a two-session trial has triggered criticism from governments and rights groups around the world. The country's judicial system is sure to face further scrutiny as another 683 suspected Islamists went on mass trial Tuesday. The proceedings have raised deep concerns among human rights activists over the lack of due process as Egyptian authorities push swift and heavy prosecutions in their crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies.

  • UN: Surge of Mideast violence means talks critical 
    Updated: Mar-18-14 12:21 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. political chief says "dangerous escalation" in Israeli-Palestinians violence last week brought the Middle East to the brink of a new crisis and underscored the importance of forging ahead with flagging U.S.-led peace talks.

  • In 1 day, Obama tackles multiple foreign tests 
    Updated: Mar-18-14 3:20 am
  • WASHINGTON - Seldom has one day captured the breadth, aspirations and limitations of American foreign policy.