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  • Israeli tactic to stop soldier capture criticized

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli military tactic that allows overwhelming fire to stop the capture of soldiers — even at the risk of killing them — is facing criticism after its use in the Gaza war killed some 100 Palestinians. The military used the "Hannibal Procedure" after soldiers feared...

  • Israel targeting mosques hurts Gaza social fabric

    NUSEIRAT REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) — Only the minaret still stands after an Israeli airstrike reduced Gaza's Al-Qassam Mosque to a heap of concrete, iron rods and dust. Hours after the pre-dawn attack, rescue workers searched in the rubble, residents gathered — and plainclothes Hamas...

  • Cuomo invited to visit Palestinians on Israel trip

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday invited New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and top state legislators who are heading to Israel this week to visit the Palestinian territories and experience "all sides of the conflict, not just one." Ambassador Riyad...

  • Egypt presents proposal to end war in Gaza

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt presented a proposed cease-fire to Israel and Hamas aimed at ending the monthlong war, Palestinian officials said early Wednesday after negotiators huddled for a second day of Egyptian-mediated talks meant to resolve the crisis and bring relief to the embattled Gaza Strip....

  • Gaza probe 'operational' without Alamuddin

    GENEVA (AP) — The president of the U.N. top human rights body says the commission on possible violations of the rules of war in Gaza is "operational" despite the decision by British-Lebanese lawyer Amal Alamuddin to pull out of the panel. Alamuddin, who is engaged to marry George Clooney,...

  • Gaza Talks Continue As Truce Holds

    A temporary Israel-Hamas truce continued to hold for a second day Tuesday, as marathon, indirect negotiations on a lasting cease-fire and a long-term solution for the battered Gaza Strip resumed in Cairo. (Aug. 12) SHOTLIST: AP Television - AP Clients Only Jebaliya, Gaza Strip - 12 August,...

  • Israel OK's gay Jews to immigrate with spouses

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says it will now allow Jews to immigrate to Israel with their non-Jewish same-sex spouses. In a directive publicized Tuesday, Israeli Interior Minister Gideon Saar told immigration authorities not to differentiate between married gay and straight couples. Israeli law...

  • Clooney's fiancee Alamuddin rejects Gaza probe job

    GENEVA (AP) — The British-Lebanese lawyer Amal Alamuddin, who is engaged to George Clooney, on Monday pulled out of an appointment to serve on a U.N. commission on possible violations of the rules of war in Gaza. The president of the 47-nation U.N. Human Rights Council announced in a statement...

  • Gaza cease-fire takes hold as negotiators gather

    CAIRO (AP) — As a new temporary truce took hold, negotiators from Israel and the Hamas militant group resumed indirect talks Monday to reach a long-term cease-fire in the Gaza Strip. The two sides huddled in an Egyptian government building for nine consecutive hours, a Palestinian official said...

  • Lapid: Gaza aid should be tied to restored PA rule

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid on Monday called on the international community to pull together a massive aid package for Gaza conditioned on the Palestinian Authority returning to power in place of the Islamic militant group Hamas. Lapid said that the Western-leaning...

  • 7-year-old Gaza closure key in Israel-Hamas talks

    DEIR EL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Mohammed al-Telbani lost his life's work when Israeli shells repeatedly slammed into his four-story snack and cookie factory during the Gaza war, finally sparking a fire that engulfed vats of margarine and sacks of cocoa powder. As he contemplated starting over,...

  • WEX BackStory: Obama's legacy-defining moment

    Washington Examiner White House Correspondent Brian Hughes says recent foreign policy decisions could come to define Barack Obama's presidency.

  • Gaza's wounded: Living reminder of ravages of war

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — When an Israeli airstrike hit the Gaza home for the handicapped where she was staying, Sally Saqr was left shattered. Her pelvis, both legs and an arm were broken, her skull fractured, much of her body burned. In the hospital, doctors couldn't put her limbs in casts...

  • Gov. Cuomo, New York officials heading to Israel

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and top legislators are heading to Israel this week for a two-day visit to show "solidarity" during the country's conflict in Gaza. Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate co-leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein will travel to Israel on...

  • Israel, Hamas accept Egyptian cease-fire proposal

    CAIRO (AP) — Israel and the Hamas militant group accepted an Egyptian cease-fire proposal Sunday, clearing the way for the resumption of talks on a long-term truce to end a month of heavy fighting in the Gaza Strip that has taken nearly 2,000 lives. The announcement marked the second time in...



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