Israel strikes Hamas in Gaza, calling attack response to rocket fire

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli aircraft attacked a Hamas target in Gaza on Thursday after a Palestinian rocket strike, the Israeli military said, in the first serious cross-border flare-up since a surge in fighting last month. The latest hostilities followed Israel’s closure of offshore waters to Gaza fisherman on Wednesday in what it said was a response to incendiary balloons launched […]

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U.S. believes Russia conducting low-level nuclear tests: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States believes Russia may be conducting low-level nuclear testing in violation of a moratorium on such tests, the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency said on Wednesday. “The United States believes that Russia probably is not adhering to its nuclear testing moratorium in a manner consistent with the ‘zero-yield’ standard,” Lieutenant General Robert P. Ashley […]

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Israel may soon return to polls amid coalition crisis

Jerusalem: Israel's parliament on Monday passed a preliminary motion to dissolve itself. The move further pushed the country toward an unprecedented political impasse, less than two months after elections seemed to promise Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a new mandate. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Credit:AP If the bill receives final passage in a vote scheduled on Wednesday, Israel would be forced […]

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'What's the sin of my children?': Infants killed in Gaza shelling

Netanyahu orders ‘massive attacks’ on Gaza Strip, causing the death of at least 24 Palestinians, including two infants. Gaza Strip – One-year-old Seba was killed along with her aunt in an Israeli air attack at their house in Gaza on Saturday. With her wounded hand, Seba’s mother, 27-year-old Rasha Abu Arar, wiped her tears, ruing the incident that took place following […]

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Wildfires rage in Israel during heatwave

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Firefighters on Thursday battled wildfires that scorched swathes of forests in central Israel, forcing some small towns to be evacuated, during a heatwave that brought record temperatures to parts of the country. Rescue efforts focused on a wooded area between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, where ground teams and airplane tankers fought back the flames for hours. By […]

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Hamas fires rockets after Israel carries out attacks in Gaza

Hamas fired two rockets after Israel targeted positions in response to alleged launch of incendiary balloons from Gaza. Hamas, the group that governs the Gaza Strip, reportedly launched two rockets towards Israel on Thursday morning in response to Israeli rocket fire. Earlier on Thursday, Israeli warplanes targeted several Hamas positions in the northern part of the strip in response to the […]

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U.S. crafting surrender plan, not peace deal: Palestinian foreign minister

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States seems to be crafting a plan for a Palestinian surrender to Israel instead of a peace deal, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki told a meeting at the United Nations attended by U.S. Middle East peace negotiator Jason Greenblatt. Greenblatt and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner have spent two years developing a peace […]

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Turkey expels Israeli consul in spat over Gaza killings

Expulsion is latest development in strained relations as Ankara criticises killing of more than 60 Palestinians in Gaza. Turkey’s foreign ministry has asked Israel’s consul-general in Istanbul to leave the country “for some time”, after Israeli forces killed more than 60 Palestinians during protests in the Gaza Strip. On Tuesday, the ministry made a similar call to Israel’s ambassador to […]

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'Weak Palestinian leadership' undermining national goals

Leadership too paralysed to withdraw from existing agreements or end strategy of negotiations with Israel, analysts say. A paralysed and indecisive Palestinian leadership, faced with mounting pressure from the Americans and Israelis, is undermining key national goals, analysts say. They say the decisions taken by the Palestinian National Council (PNC) during its meeting in Ramallah last week show that Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian […]

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