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April 24, 2014
Israel halts peace talks after Palestinian unity deal
Jerusalem (AFP) April 24, 2014
Israel said Thursday it was halting peace talks with the Palestinians following their unity deal with Hamas, as the faltering US-backed process approached its deadline. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticised the agreement between the rival factions as a move that "kills peace," but senior Palestinian official Saeb Erakat blamed Israeli settlement activity for killing off the process. On Wednesday, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) - the internationally recognised representative ... read more

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UN hears calls for Syria chlorine gas probe
Members of the UN Security Council called Wednesday for an investigation into new claims of a chlorine gas attack on a rebel bastion in Syria, expressing concern over the reports. ... more
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Israel rejects Abbas conditions for extending talks
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Tuesday that he would extend faltering peace talks with Israel only if it agreed to conditions, including a settlement freeze, which it promptly rejected. ... more
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Syria chemical handover at 86.5 percent: watchdog
Syria has handed over 86.5 percent of its chemical weapons, the global chemical watchdog said on Tuesday, amid new claims that Damascus may have launched attacks with an industrial chemical earlier this month. ... more
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Palestinians renew unity bid as Israel talks stall
The Palestinians met Tuesday to relaunch efforts to reconcile their rival leaderships in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as US-brokered peace talks with Israel teetered on the edge of collapse. ... more
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Israel to send call-up papers to Christian Arabs
Israel is to start sending call-up papers to all Christian Arabs of military service age, the army said Tuesday, angering Arab lawmakers who accused the government of seeking to divide Christians from Muslims. ... more
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US: 'Indications' of new chemical weapons use in Syria
The United States said Monday that chemical attacks were likely launched in Syria this month, possibly by the regime, weeks before an announced presidential election set for June 3. ... more
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Palestinians play down threat to dismantle Authority
The Palestinians on Tuesday played down a threat to dismantle the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, which is Israel's interlocutor, if US-sponsored peace talks remain deadlocked. ... more
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11 soldiers killed, 14 wounded in Algeria attack: security
Eleven Algerian soldiers were killed and 14 wounded when they fell into an ambush in the restive Kabylie region east of Algiers, a security sources said Sunday. ... more
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Palestinians mull handing territory 'keys' back to Israel
Palestinian negotiators have warned they may pass responsiblity for their territory back to occupying power Israel if peace talks remain stalled, a senior Palestinian official said on Sunday. ... more
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France has 'information' Assad regime using chemical weapons: Hollande
France has "information" but no firm proof that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime is still using chemical weapons, President Francois Hollande said Sunday. ... more
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Myanmar army says 22 dead in clashes with rebels
Fighting between the military and ethnic minority rebels in northern Myanmar has left at least 22 people dead this month, the army said Sunday, dimming hopes of a nationwide peace deal. ... more
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Japan PM makes offering to war shrine, but skips visit
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a gift to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine Monday, sparking a Chinese charge that he was offering "a slap in the face" to US President Barack Obama days ahead of his visit. ... more
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Israelis, Palestinians hold separate talks with US envoy
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met separately Friday with US peace envoy Martin Indyk, a Palestinian source said, a day after five hours of three-way talks failed to bring agreement. ... more
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Palestinians rally for prisoners as peace talks falter
Thousands of Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza rallied Thursday in solidarity with Israeli-held prisoners, as peace talks near collapse after the Jewish state refused to free long-serving inmates. ... more
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EU urges Israel to reverse West Bank moves
EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton called on Israel Friday to reverse recent actions, such as announcing new settlements in the occupied West Bank, to bolster faltering peace talks. ... more
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Philippines says peace pact should hold despite clashes
The Philippines said Wednesday it was confident a peace deal with the country's largest Muslim rebel group would hold despite fresh clashes that left four of its members dead. ... more
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Syria chemical arms handover nearly two-thirds complete: watchdog
Syria has surrendered almost two-thirds of its chemical weapons with the resumption of transfers from the war-torn country, the global chemical watchdog said Monday, although it again pressed Damascus to step up efforts. ... more
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Israel, Palestinian peace meet postponed after killing
A meeting between Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed, an official said, after a fatal shooting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed on Palestinian leaders. ... more
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Syria rebels get US-made missiles: source
Syrian rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad for the first time received at least 20 US-made TOW anti-tank missiles from a "Western source," a rebel official told AFP Tuesday. ... more
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Jordan destroys 'camouflaged' vehicles crossing from Syria
Jordanian warplanes destroyed "camouflaged" vehicles on Wednesday as they tried to cross into the kingdom from war-ravaged Syria, in the first such strikes since the conflict erupted three years ago. ... more
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Syria at 'critical moment', China tells opposition chief
Syria has reached a "critical moment" as the world awaits news of fresh peace talks, China's foreign minister told the warring nation's opposition leader Ahmad Jarba in Beijing Wednesday. ... more
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Sri Lanka troops kill emerging Tiger leaders: official
Sri Lanka's military on Friday shot dead three men they believed were trying to revive the separatist Tamil Tiger movement five years after its defeat, a spokesman said. ... more
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Israelis, Palestinians seeking to extend peace talks: US
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are hammering out a way to extend their faltering peace talks beyond an April 29 deadline, a US official said Tuesday, refuting calls from a leading daily to call it quits. ... more
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Iraq Kurds dig trench on Syria border to block militants
Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region is digging a trench along its border with Syria to prevent the infiltration of militants and smuggling from the war-racked country, officials say. ... more
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