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China calls for peaceful solution to Syrian crisis


February 25th, 2012 - 5:23 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Feb 25 (IANS) China has said its veto of a UN Security Council resolution on Syria was "misunderstood", and called for a peaceful solution to the crisis."China's stance wasn't ... Read more...

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Palestinian distrust of Iran revealed in leaked papers


January 27th, 2011 - 2:46 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan.27 (ANI): Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tried to persuade a Palestinian businessman to contribute millions of dollars to a radio station for the Iranian opposition after the country's disputed presidential elections ... Read more...

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Obama ‘backed out of land promise to Palestinians’


January 25th, 2011 - 2:51 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan.25 (ANI): US President Barack Obama reneged on an important Bush administration pledge to give the Palestinians their "land of promise".Documents leaked by Al-Jazeera TV suggest that Obama retreated from ... Read more...

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Blair guards bought rocket launchers for Gaza trip


December 4th, 2010 - 6:44 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 4 (IANS) Britain's former prime minister Tony Blair's security guards are facing probe over claims that they bought a device for launching rockets or grenade to protect him during his ... Read more...

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Blair’s bodyguards questioned over bringing a rocket launcher to protect him in Gaza’


December 4th, 2010 - 3:08 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 4 (ANI): Two members of the elite Scotland Yard unit which follows Tony Blair around the world are being investigated over claims that they bought a ­device for launching rockets ... Read more...

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US ‘disappointed’ at Israel’s decision of not extending settlement ban


September 28th, 2010 - 12:54 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sept 28 (ANI): The United States has expressed it 'disappointment' at Israel's decision of not to extend a ban on building West Bank settlements.According to the BBC, US Middle East envoy ... Read more...

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Abbas, Netanyahu hold direct talks in Jerusalem (Lead)


September 16th, 2010 - 1:26 am ICT by IANS
Jerusalem, Sep 15 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Wednesday held direct negotiations in Jerusalem after their talks in the Egyptian coastal resort of Sharm el-Sheikh the ... Read more...

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Israel-Palestine direct talks end in Egypt


September 14th, 2010 - 9:25 pm ICT by IANS
Sharm el-Sheikh (Egypt), Sep 14 (DPA) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have held a "serious discussion on core issues", Middle East envoy George Mitchell said Tuesday, ... Read more...

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Egypt to host second round of Mideast peace talks


September 5th, 2010 - 9:25 pm ICT by IANS
Cairo, Sep 5 (DPA) Egypt will host the next segment of the direct round of Middle East peace talks Sep 14, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Sunday, confirming earlier reports. The talks will ... Read more...

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Israeli government discusses peace talks progress


September 5th, 2010 - 6:01 pm ICT by IANS
Jerusalem, Sep 5 (DPA) The Israeli cabinet was summoned Sunday by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to consult about the most recent round of direct peace talks with the Palestinian, reported Israeli media. At ... Read more...

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Fragile but happy beginning for Mideast peace talks


September 3rd, 2010 - 1:10 pm ICT by IANS
By Arun Kumar Washington, Sep 3 (IANS) The US brokered Middle East peace talks here have not only led to promises of a second round of negotiations Sep 14-15, but also opened ... Read more...

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Israel welcomes invitation to resume peace talks


August 20th, 2010 - 11:53 pm ICT by IANS
Jerusalem, Aug 20 (DPA) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Friday an invitation to begin direct peace talks with the Palestinians, a statement issued by the prime minister's office said. US Secretary of ... Read more...

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Blair’s security costs British taxpayers 250,000 pounds


July 4th, 2010 - 7:33 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 4 (IANS) Former British prime minister Tony Blair's security guards are costing taxpayers a whopping 250,000 pounds a year, a media report said Sunday. The bills for a team of ... Read more...

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Israel ready to soften blockade on Gaza: EU


June 14th, 2010 - 3:52 pm ICT by IANS
Luxembourg, June 14 (DPA) Israel is ready to soften its blockade on the Gaza Strip by opening up to two land crossings into Hamas-controlled Palestinian territory, European Union (EU) diplomats said Monday. Israel ... Read more...

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Gaza blockade: Israel looks to change policy, but with caution


June 11th, 2010 - 12:04 pm ICT by ANI
Gaza, June 11 (ANI): A consensus has emerged that the attempt to weaken the governing party, Hamas, and drive it from power has failed, three years after Israel and Egypt imposed an ... Read more...

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PLO President gets go ahead for indirect peace talks with Israel


May 8th, 2010 - 8:26 pm ICT by ANI
Dubai, May 8 (ANI): Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) President Mahmud Abbas was on Saturday given the go ahead for holding indirect peace talks with Israel.Reports from Ramallah quoted Fatah Deputy Secretary ... Read more...

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Netanyahu, Mubarak discuss proximity talks in Egypt


May 3rd, 2010 - 5:44 pm ICT by IANS
Sharm el-Sheikh, May 3 (DPA) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Monday to discuss Palestinian-Israeli indirect peace talks. Netanyahu met with Mubarak in the Red Sea resort of ... Read more...

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Netanyahu refuses to halt Jerusalem constructions


April 23rd, 2010 - 5:57 pm ICT by IANS
Jerusalem, April 23 (IANS/AKI) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected the US call to halt construction in East Jerusalem even as Washington special envoy George Mitchell arrived in the region to ... Read more...

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Ehud Barack: ‘Death of negotiations only benefits Hamas’


November 1st, 2009 - 12:09 am ICT by IANS
Jerusalem/Ramallah, Oct 31 (DPA) Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak called Saturday on the US and Palestinians to "make an effort to start negotiations" and added that an impasse in the dialogue would ... Read more...

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Conservatives to oppose Tony Blair’s appointment as EU president


October 3rd, 2009 - 4:22 pm ICT by ANI
London, Oct. 3 (ANI): Conservatives have vowed obstruct former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's road to the European Union's presidency, if such a post is created after Ireland's 'yes' vote today. ... Read more...

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Obama determined to continue with Middle East peace efforts


September 23rd, 2009 - 3:03 pm ICT by ANI
New York, Sep 23(ANI): United States President Barack Obama has said that he would continue with his administration's diplomatic efforts for Middle East peace until negotiations are relaunched between Israel and ... Read more...

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World powers urged to prevent Israel from derailing peace


September 20th, 2009 - 2:19 am ICT by IANS
Amman, Sep 20 (DPA) Jordan's King Abdullah II and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Saturday called on the world community to prevent Israel from "derailing peace efforts" by insisting on the continuation ... Read more...

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Pro-al Qaeda group tried to assassinate Blair, Carter in Gaza


September 7th, 2009 - 1:45 pm ICT by ANI
Jerusalem, Sep. 7 (ANI): A Gaza Strip based pro-al Qaeda terrorist organization has revealed that it tried to kill former British prime minister and Quartet Middle East envoy Tony Blair and former ... Read more...

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Obama’s Middle East plan to be launched within ‘weeks’


August 4th, 2009 - 5:44 pm ICT by ANI
Jerusalem, Aug. 4 (ANI): Although both Israel and Arab countries have refused to budge from their stands over the settlement issue, the Obama administration is positive that all pieces will fall ... Read more...

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US national security advisor discusses Iran with Israelis


July 30th, 2009 - 12:09 am ICT by IANS
Jerusalem, July 29 (DPA) US National Security Advisor James Jones was in Israel Wednesday for briefings related to Iran's nuclear programme, in the midst of a week of intense US-Israeli diplomacy. General ... Read more...

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Mideast peace a ‘top priority’ for Obama, says US envoy


July 28th, 2009 - 3:28 am ICT by IANS
Cairo/Jerusalem, July 28 (DPA) US special Middle East envoy George Mitchell Monday called on Israel, the Palestinians and Arab states to take steps to promote a comprehensive peace in the Middle ... Read more...

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Israel will lose nothing by agreeing to settlement freeze: US lawmaker


July 2nd, 2009 - 4:57 pm ICT by ANI
Jerusalem, July 2 (ANI): Congressman Robert Wexler, a close political ally of US President Barack Obama and a big Israel supporter, has said that Israel would lose nothing, and potentially gain ... Read more...

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Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement can be reached within a year: Blair


June 19th, 2009 - 6:32 pm ICT by ANI
Jerusalem, June 19 (ANI): Middle East envoy Tony Blair has said that an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement could be reached "within the year," but only if all sides agree to peaceful negotiations. ... Read more...

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Mitchell: Peace includes Syria, Lebanon


June 11th, 2009 - 2:56 pm ICT by ANI
Jerusalem, June 11 (ANI): The Obama administration has said that its Middle East peace plan will not be restricted to only about peace between Israel and the Palestinians, but will also include ... Read more...

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Hamas, Palestinian Authority refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish state


April 19th, 2009 - 4:30 pm ICT by ANI
Jerusalem, Apr. 19 (ANI): The Palestinian Authority and the Hamas have rejected Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's precondition for peace talks that the Palestinians recognize his country as a Jewish state.Netanyahu ... Read more...

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Clinton confirms US commitment to two-state solution


March 3rd, 2009 - 5:18 pm ICT by IANS
Jerusalem, March 3 (DPA) US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confirmed Tuesday her administration's commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. On her first visit to the region since being appointed ... Read more...

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US Mideast envoy to return to region this month


February 4th, 2009 - 2:56 am ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 4 (DPA) The US' new Middle East envoy George Mitchell met Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Tuesday after returning from his first visit to the region, but won't stay ... Read more...

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Mideast issue is Obama’s top priority: Mitchell


January 31st, 2009 - 9:31 pm ICT by IANS
Amman, Jan 31 (DPA) US Middle East envoy George Mitchell conferred Saturday with the Jordanian Foreign Minister Salah Bashir and said that the administration of US President Barack Obama would give "priority" ... Read more...

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Bring Hamas into peace process, says Blair


January 31st, 2009 - 6:46 pm ICT by IANS
London, Jan 31 (DPA) Former British prime minister and current international Quartet envoy to the Middle East Tony Blair has said in a newspaper interview published Saturday that the Palestinian militant movement ... Read more...

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Abbas accuses Iran, Syria of encouraging Hamas


January 30th, 2009 - 6:28 pm ICT by ANI
Jerusalem, Jan 30 (ANI): The Palestinian Authority has accused Iran and Syria of encouraging Hamas and other radical groups to establish a new leadership that would challenge the PLOs claim to ... Read more...

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