Palestinians voice cautious optimism as Gaza truce holds

Aug 15, 2014

Palestinians voice cautious optimism as Gaza truce holds

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, that optimism may be premature ...

Aug 14, 2014

Egypt: Israel, Hamas to extend temporary truce

Israel and Hamas agreed to extend a temporary cease-fire for five days, Egyptian and Palestinian officials said Wednesday, potentially averting renewed violence and permitting the sides to continue to negotiate a substantive deal to end the war in Gaza. Egyptian mediators had been racing ...

Israel accepts Egyptian cease-fire plan

Aug 5, 2014

Israel accepts Egyptian cease-fire plan

The Israeli government has accepted an Egyptian cease-fire proposal meant to halt a monthlong war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, a senior Israeli official said, signaling an end to the bloodiest round of fighting between the bitter enemies is finally approaching. The ...

Jul 25, 2014

U.S. urges civilian protection after U.N. school in Gaza is shelled

The United States on Thursday urged greater effort to protect civilians in Israel’s Gaza campaign as it voiced sadness over the deaths at a U.N. school serving as a shelter. “We are deeply saddened and concerned about the tragic incident,” State Department spokeswoman Jen ...

U.N. chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

Jul 23, 2014

U.N. chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his “hope and belief” that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel “in the very near future.” Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council by videoconference ...

South Korean church mourns after Egypt bombing

Feb 17, 2014

South Korean church mourns after Egypt bombing

A bombing that killed three South Koreans and an Egyptian driver on the Sinai Peninsula targeted a bus filled with Korean Christians who had saved for years to visit sites mentioned in the Bible on their church’s 60th anniversary, officials said Monday. The bus ...

Egypt set to hold presidential elections first

Jan 27, 2014

Egypt set to hold presidential elections first

Egypt’s interim leader on Sunday said the country will pick a president before parliament, a widely expected change in a political transition plan as public support for army chief and July coup leader Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi grows stronger. But Egypt remains dangerously divided, as ...