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Stories with subject: Territorial disputes
  • Judge strikes down part of Minnesota energy law 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 3:44 pm
  • MINNEAPOLIS - A federal judge has found that part of a Minnesota law designed to promote the use of renewable energy is unconstitutional and she barred state officials from enforcing it.

  • Curious about Palestine, Israeli visitors return 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 12:45 pm
  • RAMALLAH, West Bank - This bustling center of Palestinian life is just a 20-minute drive from Jerusalem, but for Israelis it might as well be on the other side of the world.

  • Curious about Palestine, Israeli visitors return 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 2:56 am
  • RAMALLAH, West Bank - This bustling center of Palestinian life is just a 20-minute drive from Jerusalem, but for Israelis it might as well be on the other side of the world.

  • Palestinian doctors caught in fight over Jerusalem 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 12:19 pm
  • ABU DIS, West Bank - Since graduating from a local medical school nine years ago, Basel Nassar has been barred from serving his community in east Jerusalem, despite a shortage of doctors there.

  • Swiss say Palestinians can join Geneva Conventions 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 7:25 am
  • GENEVA - Twenty-five years after making their first bid for membership, the Palestinians can join the Geneva Conventions governing the rules of war and military occupations, the Swiss government said Friday.

  • 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.

  • Palestinian urges boycott of Israeli settlements 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 5:34 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - The Palestinian U.N. envoy urged the world Tuesday to boycott products from "illegal" Israeli settlements as part of a stepped up campaign to help Palestine become independent.

  • 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.

  • Hagel, Chang air differences over disputed islands 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 1:34 am
  • BEIJING - The defense chiefs of China and the U.S. faced off Tuesday over Beijing's escalating territorial disputes in the region, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, wagging his finger, said China doesn't have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over disputed islands with no consultation.

  • Thousands of Jerusalem Arabs without water 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 2:09 pm
  • JERUSALEM - Tens of thousands of Palestinians living in east Jerusalem have been without running water for more than a month, victims of a decrepit and overwhelmed infrastructure and caught in a legal no-man's land caused by the divisions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  • Ex-Palestinian prisoner teaches Hebrew, tolerance 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 3:28 pm
  • DEIR JARIR, West Bank - Facing a classroom of Palestinian 10th graders, Hebrew teacher Esmat Mansour asks his students who is for and against learning the language. A few raise their hands in favor, others against and he asks both sides to explain.

  • US sending 2 warships to Japan to counter NKorea 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 1:29 am
  • TOKYO - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a two-pronged warning to Asia Pacific nations Sunday, announcing that the U.S. will send two additional ballistic missile destroyers to Japan to counter the North Korean threat, and saying China must better respect its neighbors.

  • US to deploy 2 more destroyers to Japan by 2017 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 10:43 pm
  • TOKYO - The U.S. will deploy two additional ballistic missile defense destroyers to Japan by 2017 as part of an effort to bolster protection from North Korean missile threats, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday.

  • Hagel: US strongly committed to protecting Japan 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 4:22 am
  • YOKOTA AIR FORCE BASE, Japan - Against the backdrop of Russia's takeover of Ukraine's Crimean region, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday a key message he will deliver to leaders in Tokyo this weekend is that the U.S. is strongly committed to protecting Japan's security.

  • 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.

  • Suspected NKorean drones crude, reflect new threat 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 6:36 am
  • SEOUL, South Korea - South Korean experts say two small drones believed to have been flown across the border by the North were crude and decidedly low-tech - equipped with cameras available on the Internet for hundreds of dollars - but underscore a potential new threat that must be taken seriously.

  • 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.

  • Israel: Vandals spray hate graffiti on monastery 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 11:58 am
  • JERUSALEM - Vandals scrawled hate graffiti on a Catholic monastery in central Israel and slashed the tires of nearby cars weeks before Pope Francis visits the Holy land, Israeli police said Tuesday.

  • Philippines files evidence against China's claims 
    Updated: Mar-30-14 8:44 pm
  • MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines presented evidence to an international tribunal against China's sweeping territorial claims in the South China Sea, ignoring Beijing's warning that the case will damage ties.

  • Analysis: Russia deeply linked to Obama priorities 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 8:13 pm
  • BRUSSELS - Even as he criticizes Vladimir Putin and imposes sanctions on Russia, President Barack Obama is struggling with the consequences of his own earlier quest for a fresh start between Washington and Moscow.

  • Carter: Boycott of Israel "too much" 
    Updated: Mar-24-14 2:47 pm
  • NEW YORK - Former President Jimmy Carter said Monday that he doesn't support the Palestinian-led "boycott, divest, sanction" campaign against Israel but said products made in Israel-occupied Palestinian territories should be clearly labeled so buyers can make a choice about them.

  • Are tougher penalties against Russia to come? 
    Updated: Mar-22-14 10:39 am
  • WASHINGTON - U.S. penalties against a Russian bank and the Kremlin's inner circle have pinched Moscow, but their effectiveness is in doubt if the goal is to get President Vladimir Putin to roll back his forces from Crimea or prevent more land grabs.