Tag Archives: Middle East news

John Kerry files to Tel Aviv despite FAA ban

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The top U.S. diplomat defied a Federal Aviation Administration ban and flew into Israel’s main airport Wednesday in a sign of sheer will to achieve a cease-fire agreement in the warring Gaza Strip despite little … read more

Palestinian families trapped by the fighting scrambled to flee the area.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as dozens of Palestinian families trapped by the fighting scrambled to flee the area. The U.S. secretary of state meanwhile presses … read more

Israeli bombing turns Gaza into ghost town

It’s the holy month of Ramadan, when people throughout the Muslim world meet with friends and family, buy presents for loved ones and break a day-long fast each evening amid colorful street scenes. But not in Gaza City, one of … read more

Iraqi Kurds take over 2 northern oil fields

BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday and said they would use some of the production for domestic purposes, further widening a split with the … read more

Gaza death toll nears 90, with 185 rockets fired on Israel

Rocket strikes Ashdod gas station One severely wounded after rocket strikes gas station Obama: U.S. willing to broker ceasefire. By Haaretz For the first time during the current military campaign, a missile was fired at Haifa in the early hours … read more

Palestinian teen killed in Jerusalem was burned alive

A Palestinian teenager who was abducted and killed in Jerusalem this week died from being burned alive and hit with a blunt object to the head, according to Palestinian General Prosecutor Mohammed al-Auwewy, sourcing the medical autopsy. The official said … read more

Iraq PM says hopes for deal on new government

Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Wednesday that he hoped to overcome the challenges blocking the formation of a new government, a day after the new parliament’s first session ended without agreement on top government posts. “A state of … read more

Near Hebron ፡ Bodies of Three Missing Israeli teens found

Al Jazeera television said on Monday, quoting Israeli sources, that the bodies of three Jewish settlers who went missing near Hebron two weeks ago have been found near the city in the occupied West Bank. The Qatar-based TV channel also … read more

Al-Qaida breakaway formally declares Islamic State

BAGHDAD (AP) — The al-Qaida breakaway group that has seized much of northern Syria and huge tracks of neighboring Iraq formally declared the creation of an Islamic state on Sunday in the territory under its control. The spokesman for the … read more