- Abbas: Israeli settlement expansion blocks any peace deal Updated: May-22-15 8:05 am
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday said Israel is blocking peace by continuing to expand settlements on occupied territory, but reaffirmed his support for a two-state solution based on the pre-1967 border.
- FIFA making progress in Israeli-Palestinian soccer spat Updated: May-20-15 10:36 am
RAMALLAH, West Bank - FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he is making process in resolving a spat between Palestinian and Israeli soccer leaders and hopes to avoid a vote to suspend Israel.
- UN says will engage Israel on 'realistic options' for talks Updated: May-19-15 7:26 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations' new Middle East envoy said Tuesday that he and the U.N. secretary-general will engage Israel's new government to explore "realistic options" for a return to talks with the Palestinians aimed at a two-state solution within a reasonable time frame.
- Sepp Blatter says he's on 'mission of peace' to Israel Updated: May-19-15 2:51 pm
JERUSALEM - FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Tuesday he is on a "mission of peace" to resolve tensions between the Israeli and Palestinian soccer federations in the hope of staving off a Palestinian bid to oust Israel from the world governing body.
- EU diplomat going to Mideast to try to revive peace process Updated: May-18-15 1:31 pm
BRUSSELS - The European Union's top diplomat says she's going to the Mideast to try to revive the moribund peace process, and to challenge Israel and the Palestinians to share their ideas on how to break the deadlock.
- Blatter to visit US in 2016, rejects talk of avoiding FBI Updated: May-15-15 2:32 pm
ZURICH - Sepp Blatter says he has no fear of setting foot in the United States - no matter what the FBI might be doing.
- Obama not enthused by some members of Netanyahu's government Updated: May-14-15 6:41 pm
CAMP DAVID, Maryland - President Barack Obama isn't enthused by the support of some members of the new Israeli government for a two-state peace deal with the Palestinians.
- West Bank settlers optimistic over new Israeli government Updated: May-13-15 2:20 pm
JERUSALEM - As the new Israeli government prepares to take office, the West Bank settler movement appears poised to wield influence perhaps like never before.
- ICC urges Israel to give material for preliminary Gaza probe Updated: May-13-15 2:07 am
UNITED NATIONS - The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court warned Israel Tuesday that if it doesn't provide reliable information for her preliminary probe into possible war crimes in Palestinian territories she may be forced to decide whether to launch a full-scale investigation based on Palestinian allegations.
- Exoskeleton that helps paralyzed walk faces barrier in Japan Updated: May-12-15 3:49 am
ATSUGI, Japan - Yuichi Imahata's 9-year-old daughter is thrilled her dad stands tall above her head. It's an experience that is new to her.
- AP-GfK Poll: Many approve Iran deal; Most don't trust Tehran Updated: May-12-15 3:27 am
WASHINGTON - Many Americans like the idea of the preliminary deal that would limit Iran's nuclear program but very few people really believe Tehran will follow through with the agreement.
- Along with Saudi king, most Gulf rulers to skip US summit Updated: May-11-15 1:37 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - It is not just the Saudi king who will be skipping the Camp David summit of U.S. and allied Arab leaders. Most Gulf heads of state won't be there.
- Israel assigns bodyguard to new minister after online threat Updated: May-11-15 9:26 am
JERUSALEM - Israel's parliament has assigned a bodyguard to protect the incoming justice minister after she received death threats and was depicted in a Nazi uniform on social media.
- Walker visits Western Wall in Israel Updated: May-11-15 7:31 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - Probable presidential candidate Scott Walker is in Israel on a five-day trip paid for by the governor's political organization and the Republican Jewish Coalition.
- Analysis: New Netanyahu government headed for turmoil Updated: May-07-15 2:38 pm
JERUSALEM - Benjamin Netanyahu has managed to cobble together a government dominated by nationalist and religious allies, setting the stage for conflict with the Palestinians and much of the world and leaving Israel angrily divided.
- A look at key figures in Israel's new government Updated: May-07-15 2:14 pm
JERUSALEM - The Israeli prime minister's new coalition government is dominated by nationalists and religious parties, setting Israel on a collision course with the international community on multiple fronts. The success of that government rests largely on the key players involved.
- Israel's ultra-Orthodox poised for political comeback Updated: May-07-15 6:55 am
JERUSALEM - The formation of Benjamin Netanyahu's new coalition government has cleared the way for Israel's ultra-Orthodox parties to return to power after two years in the opposition.
- Protests highlight troubles of Ethiopian Jews in Israel Updated: May-04-15 3:08 pm
JERUSALEM - When Israel secretly airlifted waves of Ethiopian Jews in the 1980s and 1990s, saving them from war and famine in the Horn of Africa, it was celebrated as a triumphant show of unity for the Jewish people.
- John Kerry tries to pacify Israeli worries over Iran deal Updated: May-03-15 12:47 pm
JERUSALEM - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought to pacify Israeli worries over an emerging nuclear deal with Iran in an interview aired Sunday, dismissing some concerns as brought on by "hysteria" over the possible agreement.
- Former President Jimmy Carter: Gaza situation 'intolerable' Updated: May-02-15 2:34 pm
JERUSALEM - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said Saturday that eight months after a bloody war in the Gaza Strip the situation there remains "intolerable."
- Administration worries grow over Saudi campaign in Yemen Updated: May-01-15 3:53 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is growing increasingly wary about the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen and how to restore peace to a country wracked by sectarian divisions, endemic poverty and the al-Qaida offshoot posing the greatest threat to the American homeland.
- Mississippi governor and Israeli ambassador push trade Updated: Apr-28-15 7:27 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Leaders of Israel and Mississippi say they want to increase what is now a tiny trade between the Magnolia State and Middle Eastern nation, building an economic relationship on top of political ties.
- Palestinian police now in Jerusalem suburbs after Israel ban Updated: Apr-25-15 2:29 am
ABU DIS, West Bank - After years of Israeli objections, armed Palestinian police in dark blue uniforms have taken up positions in this lawless West Bank suburb of Jerusalem, highlighting the shared interests of Israel and the Palestinian self-rule government on day-to-day issues even when political tensions run high.