Jul 11, 2014

Turkey passes bill to revive Kurdish peace talks

Turkish lawmakers Thursday adopted a bill to revive peace talks with Kurdish rebels, in a move the government hopes will rally Kurdish votes to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s bid to win presidential elections next month. The jailed leader of the outlawed rebel Kurdistan ...

U.S. Mideast envoy Indyk quits after peace deal bid

Jun 27, 2014

U.S. Mideast envoy Indyk quits after peace deal bid

U.S. special Mideast envoy Martin Indyk is resigning after nearly a year of unsuccessful efforts to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, Obama administration officials said Friday. The officials said Indyk’s departure, and his return to his previous job at The Brookings Institution think tank, ...

Israel threatens unilateral moves against Palestinians

Apr 6, 2014

Israel threatens unilateral moves against Palestinians

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened the Palestinians on Sunday with unilateral reprisals as the two sides prepared for last-ditch talks with a U.S. envoy on salvaging teetering peace talks. He said Israel would retaliate if the Palestinians proceed with applications to adhere to ...

Israeli premier rejects Kerry's boycott warning

Feb 2, 2014

Israeli premier rejects Kerry's boycott warning

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday rejected U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s warning against a growing boycott movement against the Jewish state should peace talks with the Palestinians fail, while some of his Cabinet ministers lashed out angrily, saying the stance undermined ...

Tense session breaks up over Syria transition

Jan 27, 2014

Tense session breaks up over Syria transition

The first meeting meant to discuss the contentious issue of a Syrian transitional government broke up less than an hour after it began Monday following a tense session that one delegate described as “a dialogue of the deaf.” The Syrian government has said it ...

Syrian peace talks stuck over Assad's future

Jan 22, 2014

Syrian peace talks stuck over Assad's future

Peace talks intended to carve a path out of Syria’s civil war got off to a rocky start Wednesday as a bitter clash over President Bashar Assad’s future threatened to collapse the negotiations even before they really begin. The dispute over Assad cast a ...

Jan 19, 2014

Japan plans to open talks with Syrian opposition

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Wednesday will unveil plans at the Syria peace talks in Switzerland to open a dialogue with the Syrian opposition on bringing the civil war, now in its third year, to a quick conclusion, sources in the Japanese government said ...

¥800 million in grant aid pledged to Palestinians

Jul 25, 2013

¥800 million in grant aid pledged to Palestinians

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has pledged that Japan will provide ¥800 million in grant aid to the Palestinian Authority for infrastructure development in the territories it controls, a government official said. In a meeting Wednesday evening with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, the ...