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  • Airstrike kills wife and child of Hamas figure

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas' shadowy military chief escaped an apparent Israeli assassination attempt that killed his wife and infant son, the militant group said Wednesday as Israel's prime minister warned that the bombardment of Gaza will continue until rocket fire out of the...

  • Steep obstacles to any Gaza deal

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Renewed Israel-Hamas fighting after the collapse of truce talks in Cairo highlights the steep obstacles to ending the Gaza war. Israel's leadership is under domestic pressure not to hand achievements to Hamas after the Islamic militant group fired thousands of...

  • Israeli-US relations tested once again in Gaza war

    JERUSALEM (AP) — When Israel completes its damage assessment from its latest war with Hamas, it may conclude that one of the biggest casualties was its all-important relationship with the United States. A recent American decision to hold back on the delivery of advanced Hellfire missiles...

  • Gaza cease-fire efforts collapse in heavy fighting

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Egyptian attempts to broker an end to a monthlong war between Israel and Hamas collapsed in heavy fighting Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing dozens of rockets and Israel responding with airstrikes across the Gaza Strip. At least three Palestinians were...

  • UN says Gaza requires unprecedented reconstruction

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top U.N. official in the Mideast said Monday that Gaza will require massive reconstruction and proposed expanding a U.N.-Israeli system to import construction materials into the Palestinian territory. Robert Serry told the U.N. Security Council that ending the blockade...

  • Palestinian divisions emerge in Gaza truce talks

    CAIRO (AP) — The Palestinians appeared divided Sunday as the clock was winding down on the latest Gaza cease-fire, with officials saying Hamas was still opposed to a compromise Egyptian proposal that would ease the closure of the territory, while other factions, including delegates representing...

  • President Obama's zero-sum worldview

    We have a leader today who has a zero-sum worldview. It is not surprising that today's world, at home and abroad, increasingly shows these characteristics.

  • EU says status quo for Gaza 'not an option'

    CAIRO (AP) — The European Union offered Friday to take charge of Gaza's border crossings and work to prevent illegal arms flows, insisting on a durable truce and saying a return to the status quo for the region "is not an option." As EU foreign ministers held an urgent meeting in Brussels about...

  • Palestinians voice optimism as Gaza truce holds

    CAIRO (AP) — Palestinian officials voiced cautious optimism Thursday, hinting at progress in Egyptian-mediated negotiations with Israel to bring an end to the fighting in Gaza and secure new arrangements for the war-battered territory. But with the sides' demands still seemingly irreconcilable,...

  • Subtle voices of dissent surface in war-torn Gaza

    BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) — The group of neighbors surveyed the destruction wreaked on their residential complex by Israeli bombardment, with building after building flattened or punctured by shells. The men then began to voice something almost never heard out loud in Gaza: criticism of its...

  • Egypt: Israel, Hamas to extend temporary truce

    CAIRO (AP) — Israel and Hamas agreed to extend a temporary cease-fire for five days, Egyptian and Palestinian officials announced Wednesday, permitting the sides to continue to negotiate a substantive deal to end the war in Gaza. Yet even as the extension was announced just minutes before a...

  • AP video journalist Simone Camilli killed in Gaza

    BEIRUT (AP) — Simone Camilli was a consummate storyteller — a passionate, talented newsman with an eye for detail and the ability to convey events with powerful video images that touched people around the world. As an Associated Press video journalist, he covered popes in the serene splendor of...

  • NY governor offers 'total solidarity' for Israel

    JERUSALEM (AP) — New York's governor is visiting Israel, where he is expressing "total solidarity" with the country in the monthlong Gaza war. Gov. Andrew Cuomo met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, hours before a temporary cease-fire...

  • 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...



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