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Secretary of State John Kerry, second left, is seated with Israel's Justice Minister and chief negotiator Tzipi Livni, second right, Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, right, and Yitzhak Molcho, an adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk, left, at an Iftar dinner, which celebrates Ramadan, at the State Department in Washington, marking the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Monday, July 29, 2013.
(photo: AP / Charles Dharapak)
Israel May 'Broaden' Assault As Truce Stalls
Israel is preparing to "broaden" its ground assault on Gaza after reportedly rejecting an international plan for a temporary truce. | US Secretary of State John Kerry said he was "confident progress can be made" on a seven-day truce that would “bring people together to create a more ...
In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis meets Meriam Ibrahim, from Sudan, with her daughter Maya in her arms, in his Santa Marta residence, at the Vatican, Thursday, July 24, 2014. The Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to recant her Christian faith has arrived in Italy along with her family, including the infant born in prison. Ibrahim, whose father was Muslim but whose mother was an Orthodox Christian from Ethiopia, was sentenced to death over charges of apostasy. She married her husband, a Christian, in a church ceremony in 2011.
(photo: AP)
From Sudan death sentence to audience with Pope
NZ Herald
A Sudanese Christian woman spared a death sentence for apostasy after an international outcry, met Pope Francis in the Vatican today.Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, 27, appeared to beam with relief as she stepped off a plane at Rome&aposs... ...
Kerry says no Gaza ceasefire reached yet as toll nears 850
Khaleej Times
Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet had turned down a peace plan because it did not let Israel carry on hunting down Hamas’s tunnel network. | US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday no ceasefire deal had been reached yet in the conflict in...
Billions of US dollars ‘go waste’ in Afghanistan
Khaleej Times
By the end of this year the United States will have spent since 2001 'more money on reconstruction in Afghanistan than did on the entire Marshall Plan. | Speedboats for a landlocked nation, a soybean planting programme in a country that eats wheat, a...
Jordan shoots down ‘aerial target’ near Syria
Khaleej Times
The aerial target, which eyewitnesses said a drone, was followed by Jordan’s air force and shot down at dawn over an empty area in the province of Mafraq. | Jordan’s air force shot down an “aerial target” near the Syrian border on F...
Hamdan bin Zayed adopts Palestinian child critically injured in Gaza
Khaleej Times
Suhaib Raid and his mother were the only family members who survived the airstrike on their home in Gaza. | Shaikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of Emirates Red Crescent Authority, adopted...
Newly elected President Fouad Massoum listens during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Kurdish politician Massoum was named Iraqs new president on Thursday, Massoum, 76, one of the founders of President Jalal Talabanis Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party, known as PUK, accepted the position after winning two-thirds of the votes, noting the huge security, political and economic tasks" facing the government.
AP / Hadi Mizban
Iraq gets new president, UN chief seeks more urgency
Khaleej Times
The UN chief met current Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki and stressed the need for a broad-based government to be formed as soon as possible to save the country from collapse. | Kur...
A Palestinian girl gets help from her relatives to sneak out  through the wall of the Rafah crossing borders with Egypt as the crossing door takes long procedures to pass each one on his own, Wednesday, Feb.7, 2007. Thousands of Palestinians came to the crossing since Tuesday night to be in an early queue to pass to the Egyptian side through the crossing that doesn't usually open its gates to the Palestinians.
Israel's Walls and Wars of Shame
Article by Correspondent Dallas Darling. | As Israeli ground troops continue to push deeper into the Gaza Strip (known as Operation Edge), backed by deadly tanks, artillery ...
Fouad Massoum speaks during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, July 24, 2014.
AP / Hadi Mizban
Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens
The Guardian
QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Associated Press= BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country's ...
Saudi Arabia ousts head of Syria opposition government
Middle East Online
Qatar-backed head of Syria interim government was sacked, once again exposing sharp divisions between opposition's main backers. ...
Slide Show: 5 things to know about the Saudi Arabia stock market
Atlanta Journal
Is this a market worth going after. The Tadawul all-share stock index /quotes/zigman/2622919/realtime SA:TASI +2.82%   is up 17% this year. With the Saudi economy growing by around 5% a year, the solid performance should continue, they say. Akber Kh...
Saudi Arabia stock market to allow foreign investment
The Times Of India
RIYADH (SAUDI ARABIA): The Saudi government has approved a measure that will open the region's largest stock market to direct foreign investment next year, news that sent the exchange surging Tuesday to its highest level in nearly seven years. | The ...
Islamic Society
A Palestinians inspect is the aftermath of an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on June 15, 2014. Israeli war jets on Saturday night carried out a series of intensive and successive airstrikes on various military targets in southern, central and northern Gaza Strip. Photo by Ahmed Deeb / WN
(photo: WN / Ahmed Deeb)
Gaza blockade key to any Israel-Hamas truce deal
The Guardian
KARIN LAUB | Associated Press= GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Ibrahim Zain was driven from his home by Israeli tank fire this week, but says he'd rather endure more Israel-Hamas fighting than accept an unconditional cease-fire he fears will leave in place the blockade of the Gaza Strip. | Like Zain, many Gaza residents say the closure, imposed b...

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