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Russia’s Putin raps U.S. over leaked cables

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin attacked the US Thursday over secret US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks, saying the West had no right to preach to Russia about democracy. When asked about cables which cast him as Russia’s “alpha-dog” ruler, Putin asked: “Do you think the American diplomatic service is a…

Russia’s Medvedev warns West of ‘new arms race’

President Dmitry Medvedev warned the West on Tuesday that the two sides’ failure to agree on a missile shield for Europe could spark an arms race that sees Russia deploy new weapons abroad. The stark warning from a president who has developed a history of adopting a softer Western policy…

While Netanyahu decides on settlements, Hamas response as yet unclear

As the U.S. scrambles to convince Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to extend the moratorium on building Israeli settlements, which will expire on Sunday, American policymakers should be equally concerned about Hamas if settlement building resumes, say Middle East experts. The newest iteration of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations that began earlier…

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…

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…

Israel to pump millions more into West Bank settlements

Israel approved Sunday listing some Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank as zones that entitle the communities to millions of dollars of extra state funding. The cabinet decision was seen as a gesture toward settlers furious about a 10-month moratorium on new building permits in settlements after months of…

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