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January 3, 2018 6:23 AM Trump threatens stop to Palestinian aid over Jerusalem row

The US may stop aid payments to Palestinians who are “no longer willing to talk peace”, President Trump said. On Twitter, Mr Trump said the United States received “no appreciation or respect” in return for its aid. He also said his controversial recognition of the contested city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital took the hugely divisive issue “off the table 48

December 21, 2017 5:57 PM UN rejects US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Isreal’s capital

UN member states met in the General Assembly on Thursday to debate a draft resolution that rejects the US President Donald Trump’s decision to name Jerusalem the capital of Israel. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al Malki referenced the US threat that it was “taking names” of those who vote in favor of the measure in his remarks to the assembly 66

December 9, 2017 9:18 AM Israel strikes Gaza Hamas sites after rocket attacks

Israel says it has targeted sites in Gaza belonging to militant group Hamas in retaliation for rocket strikes. Israel’s military said it hit weapons sites early on Saturday. Two people were killed, a Gaza hospital said, bringing the deaths in Israeli strikes and gunfire over the past day to four. Israeli-Palestinian tensions have risen since President 73

December 6, 2017 5:59 AM US to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in world first

US President Donald Trump will recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, senior administration officials have said. But the officials said Mr Trump would not immediately move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Arab leaders earlier warned against moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, with one saying this would be “a flagrant provocation 117

October 9, 2017 4:51 AM Jubilation in Egypt after first World Cup berth in 28 years

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt’s capital crackled with fireworks and blared with horns as the soccer-crazy country reached the World Cup for the first time in 28 years as rare scenes of joy took hold of city blocks celebrating a 2-1 victory over Congo. Winger Mohamed Salah scored twice, securing victory with a last-gasp penalty to put Egypt four points clear 64

August 27, 2017 8:40 PM ‘No agenda but peace, understanding’ – UN backs Kuwaiti mediation

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 27: Visiting UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Sunday appreciated His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s leading humanitarian role, and efforts to contain the Gulf crisis. Speaking during a meeting with His Highness the Amir, Guterres said it was an enormous honor and pleasure to be in Kuwait again and “very clearly 57

August 25, 2017 10:35 AM Balance of Power: Why Is It All Going Wrong for France's Macron?

Emmanuel Macron’s poll ratings are plunging just a little more than three months since he stormed to the presidency promising a new beginning. In fact, at about 40 percent, they’re nearly as bad as Donald Trump’s. Reports of a 26,000-euro makeup bill haven’t helped. Neither has his bid to overhaul France’s notoriously complex labor laws, which his predecessor 56

August 18, 2017 6:57 PM The Latest: Spanish towns race to put up concrete barriers

The leading newspaper in Spain's northeastern Catalonia region says beach towns are installing concrete barriers on popular pedestrian walkways to try to prevent the kind of attack that saw a van plow through tourists walking on a famed Barcelona promenade. La Vanguardia reported Friday that barriers were installed in the popular Mediterranean tourist 70

August 1, 2017 5:07 PM Secret cables reveal US efforts to prevent 2007 Hamas takeover of West Bank

Memos show US Security Coordinator had less funding than Iranian and Qatari support for Hamas in 2007. It has been just over 10 years since Hamas took over the Gaza Strip. The Office of the US Security Coordinator (USSC), established in 2005, played a key role in preventing the chaos there from spreading, yet key aspects of how it achieved that have gone unreported 44

August 1, 2017 4:37 PM Palestinian negotiator criticizes US silence on settlements

A senior Palestinian official on Tuesday said silence in US President Donald Trump's administration over settlement growth and its failure to support the two-state solution encouraged "apartheid" Israeli policies. "The fact the US administration did not declare the final goal of the peace process is to achieve two states on the basis of the 1967 borders 25