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Obama presses for Mideast peace in UN address

Obama, in UN address, challenges world to unite in pursuing Israeli-Palestinian peace deal Exhorting world leaders to push past years of cynicism and pessimism, President Barack Obama challenged the countries of the United Nations on Thursday to unite around peace efforts that he said could achieve agreement within a year…

Palestinian hints at settlement deal

AP Exclusive: Palestinian leader hints at compromise on settlement standoff with Israel The Palestinian president has left the door open to continuing peace negotiations with Israel even if it resumes settlement construction in the West Bank, offering a glimmer of hope that a compromise will be reached in a key…

Israelis, Palestinians resume direct peace talks

Cautious US relaunches direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks after 2 years Seeking to broker a Mideast peace agreement that has eluded U.S. presidents for decades, the Obama administration is overseeing the first direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians in nearly two years. After a day and evening in White House…

Obama opens talks as Netanyahu vows peace

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama Wednesday opened long-odds Middle East talks, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to defy skeptics by forging a “once and for all” peace with the Palestinians. Obama warned Hamas meanwhile that its “senseless slaughter” of four Israelis in the West Bank would not thwart…

Palestinians crack down on Hamas after shooting

Palestinian forces arrest dozens of Hamas members after 4 Israelis killed in West Bank Palestinian security forces arrested more than 150 Hamas members in an overnight sweep throughout the West Bank after the Islamic militant group claimed responsibility for shooting dead four Israelis on the eve of new Mideast peace…

Israel PM assures right wing ahead of Washington summit

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to reassure his right-wing Likud bloc in Israel’s ruling coalition on Monday he would not bow to territorial concessions in peace talks with the Palestinians. “You don’t need to worry. Nobody needs to teach me what it is to love Eretz Israel,” he told Likud…

US attends Hiroshima memorial ceremony for first time

HIROSHIMA, Japan — The United States on Friday for the first time attended a ceremony commemorating its atomic bombing of Hiroshima, 65 years after the Japanese city’s obliteration rang in the nuclear age. Representatives from more than 70 nations joined tens of thousands at the emotional event, held under an…

Kucinich: US must strive for Korean peace treaty

The United States must work for a formal peace treaty between North Korea and South Korea, 57 years after the armistice that left the neighbors technically at war, a US lawmaker urged Monday. “Further isolating North Korea from South Korea and the international community does not serve the interest of…

Israel PM offers settlement talks if peace talks resume

NEW YORK (AFP) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged that the future of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank would be among the first issues to be negotiated if the Palestinians resume direct peace talks. “One of the things we’ll discuss right away is settlements, and that’s what…

Afghanistan president backs US General McChrystal to keep job

KABUL — President Hamid Karzai’s government swung behind the embattled US commander in Afghanistan on Wednesday, warning that his sacking “would not be helpful” at a critical juncture in a nine-year war. US General Stanley McChrystal has been summoned to the White House amid speculation he may lose his job…

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