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Hamas vulnerable to Arab Spring: U.S. envoy

Hamas could be swept out of power by the Arab Spring if the Palestinian Authority is able to show “tangible” results from peace negotiations with Israel, a top US diplomat said Thursday. “The Palestinians are no more immune to the currents of change and demand for democratization, reform and freedom…

Obama rejects Palestinian U.N. statehood bid

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday rejected Palestinian plans to seek U.N. blessing for statehood as he tried to avert a looming crisis that could erode Washington’s global standing and further isolate its close allyIsrael. Obama’s last-ditch diplomatic effort won praise from Israel, which will rely on Washington to block the Palestinian…

Obama: Israeli settlements ‘never helpful’ to peace talks

President Barack Obama led world powers on Tuesday in criticising Israel’s decision to build 1,300 settler homes in east Jerusalem, warning it risks wrecking an already fragile peace process with the Palestinians. “This kind of activity is never helpful when it comes to peace negotiations,” Obama told reporters during a…

No matter who voters choose on Tues., US foreign policy to remain unchanged

Regardless who comes out ahead in US legislative elections, US peace efforts in the Middle East will remain unaffected, the US State Department said Tuesday, as President Barack Obama’s Democrats brace for a drubbing. “Democratic and Republican administrations supported by Congress under Democratic or Republican leadership have all supported our…

Israel backs off Gaza blockade, will permit construction materials

Israel on Monday gave the go-ahead for the international community to import construction materials into the Hamas-run Gaza Strip in an easing of its blockade that won cautious praise. The government published a list of construction materials to be allowed entry into Gaza but only for projects approved by the…

US declines to apportion blame after Israeli raid

WASHINGTON — The White House declined Tuesday to specifically condemn Israel for its raid on a humanitarian flotilla, but said it showed Middle East peace moves were now needed more than ever. Asked if President Barack Obama condemned Israel for the raid, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs stuck to the…

Bloody finale ends groundbreaking ’24′ show

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Yet again “24′s” war-on-terror hero Jack Bauer got shot, beaten, betrayed and still managed to walk away. Only this time, he wasn’t coming back. The special agent hero of “24″, played by Kiefer Sutherland, appeared on television for the last time Monday when the landmark action…

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