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Abbas is expected to request that the UN implement provisions of the 1967 borders, including evacuating Israeli troops from Palestinian territories
US President says Greste, Fahmy and Mohamed “should be released”
Efforts to extend humanitarian ceasefire continue in Paris as it holds in Gaza
John Kerry and Ban Ki Moon meet in Cairo in efforts to stop the violence in Gaza
Internationally backed Egyptian proposal was rejected by Hamas, Gaza Strip’s governing body
Ban Ki Moon “strongly condemns” Hamas rocket attacks; calls on both parties to “stop fighting”
Kerry discusses Gaza and ceasefire efforts with Egypt’s president and foreign minister
UN chief calls on Israel to “exercise maximum restraint” on Gaza
HRW describes Israeli military actions in the West Bank following the kidnap and murder of three Israelis as amounting to “collective punishment”
“Shocking, appalling, preposterously unjust.” These are excerpts of angry global reactions to the harsh prison sentences of three journalists for Al-Jazeera English by an Egyptian court. Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Australian Peter Greste were sentenced to seven years in jail on charges of aiding terrorists and endangering national security, based merely on ludicrous pieces of evidence. While the verdict …
Egyptian foreign ministry “strongly rejects” foreign comments on Al-Jazeera journalists’ sentencing; US calls on Al-Sisi to pardon sentenced defendants
Kerry met with Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki and was to hold talks with Iraqi leaders across the political and communal spectrum.
President stresses to US Secretary of State Egypt’s determination to see the “roadmap” through
Kerry’s visit coincided with the announcement that $572m military aid has been released
US aid to Egypt to be reviewed to avoid it being used “as a tool for pressure”
Fahmy calls on “friends” not to confuse fight against terror with human rights abuses during US visit
AFP- Israel’s intelligence minister Monday slammed as unacceptable comments by US Secretary of State John Kerry on negotiations with Iran over its nuclear programme which he said indicated a “surrender” to Tehran. “The things Kerry said in the Congress are worrying, they are surprising and they are unacceptable,” Yuval Steinitz, who is also strategic affairs …
Abbas and Fahmy discussed the ongoing final status negotiations and the “obstacles” involved in the process
Israel has moved to demolish “wildcat” settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank, which normally consist of a few makeshift dwellings set up by extremist Jewish settlers on Palestinian territory.
Relations have been strained since the US suspended the delivery of military aid pending “credible progress” toward democracy
International rights watchdog urges US to acknowledge lack of progress in Egypt in aid review
The top US diplomat, who has made the quest for a long-elusive peace treaty his personal holy grail, was blindsided late Tuesday as minutes before a press conference at the NATO headquarters, both sides went rogue.
The diplomatic push comes amid alarm over Russia’s military buildup on Ukraine’s borders, fanning fears it plans to seize more territory following its lightning annexation of Crimea.
Call clarifies Egyptian stance on Palestinian peace talks, bilateral relations
The summit stresses a “categorical rejection” of the demand for recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, according to a draft statement endorsed by foreign ministers.
Obama and Abbas meet in Washington as negotiations deadline looms
AFP – An Israeli minister on Sunday said Washington’s top diplomat was “wrong” for pressuring Israel in peace talks, a day before Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas visits the White House. His remarks came two days after US Secretary of State John Kerry criticised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s repeated demand that the Palestinians recognise Israel …
Current Palestinian leaders have opposed recognising Israel as a Jewish state, fearing this could threaten the rights of non-Jewish Arabs living in Israel, who make up some 20% of the population, as well as other religious minorities.
Turchynov said Russian President Vladimir Putin had so far resisted intense international pressure and refused all contacts with Kiev aimed at resolving the worst breakdown in East-West relations since the Cold War.
Yanukovych still enjoys Moscow’s recognition and remains a political wildcard who the Kremlin says is pushing for Russia’s immediate invasion of Ukraine in the most explosive east-west standoff since the Cold War.