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Palestinian Authority suspends security ties with Israel after official died during demonstration

Ziad Abu Ain, facing Israel police at center left,  was leading a protest against Israeli settlements. / when the confrontation took place. / Abbas, Momani / AFT / Getty

Special to RAMALLAH — The Palestinian Authority has suspended security cooperation with Israel in wake of the death of a Cabinet minister during a clash in the West Bank. Officials said the PA has been ordered to suspend security […]

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Why not a ‘Caribbean solution’ for the Israel-Palestinian issue?

Sec. of State John Kerry in Paris on March 30. / AP

Special to By Norman Bailey All diplomatic efforts having failed, perhaps it’s time to look at a new solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Kerry and Clinton and Indyk and Erekat and God knows how many others have failed. The […]

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Palestinians’ Abbas faces rising dissent, opposition


Special to RAMALLAH — Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has been facing increasing opposition from the ruling Fatah movement. Abbas, long supported by Egypt and the United States, has been battling rumors attributed to Fatah critics regarding his health […]

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Obama administration won’t deny report it may impose sanctions on Israel


Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has still not ruled out imposing sanctions on Israel for building Jewish homes in Jerusalem. The administration of President Barack Obama has refused to dismiss reports that it was examining sanctions on […]

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The path to happiness for new EU Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini


Special to New age religion: The road to universal happiness passes through the creation of the Palestinian State. By Alexander Maistrovoy Right after taking office, Federica Mogherini, the new EU foreign minister, said she “would be happy if by […]

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Egypt to evacuate, then level city of Rafah to seal border with Gaza Strip

Rafah, Egypt on the border with the Gaza Strip. /  Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash90

Special to CAIRO — Egypt plans to evacuate the divided city of Rafah and build another community five kilometers away. Egyptian sources said the military plans to destroy Rafah over the next year. They said thousands of residents would […]

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Palestinian Authority said too ‘scared’ to fill security vacuum in Gaza

Al Katiba square in Gaza City.

Special to GAZA CITY — The failure of the Palestinian Authority to deploy its troops has resulted in a security vacuum in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian sources said the resignation of the Hamas government has sparked a security vacuum […]

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Hamas recruits young Palestinians for new ‘Popular Army’

Young recruits for Hamas' new Popular Army at graduation parade in the northern Gaza Strip on Nov. 7.  / Mohammed Abed / AFP

Special to GAZA CITY — Hamas has provided fresh details of its new paramilitary force in the Gaza Strip. Hamas said its new Popular Army was being trained to battle Israel and expel Jews from Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. Hamas […]

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‘Sons of Sinai have decided to fight back’: Bedouins back Egypt’s military

'Sons of Sinai'

Special to CAIRO — Bedouins have organized a militia to battle Islamic rebels in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Bedouins were said to have formed a militia meant to target Al Qaida-aligned forces in Sinai. The force plans to focus on […]

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20,000 Hamas security forces, who fought Israel, on strike for nonpayment

Palestinian security forces on parade in Gaza City.  / Adel Hana / AP

Special to GAZA CITY — The Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip has again been struck by labor unrest. About 20,000 Hamas civil servants walked off the job in protest of the suspension of salaries in wake of a reconciliation agreement with […]

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