Hamas says indirect Gaza truce talks with Israel “advanced”

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams GAZA/JERUSALEM, Aug 8 : U.N.- and Egyptian-mediated talks on a deal to tamp down tensions between Israel and the Gaza Strip are in “advanced stages”, a senior member of the Palestinian enclave’s dominant Islamist Hamas group said on Wednesday. The remarks were echoed by a top Israeli lawmaker, suggesting […]

Hamas: indirect Gaza truce talks with Israel “advanced”

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams GAZA/JERUSALEM, Aug 8 : U.N.- and Egyptian-mediated talks on a deal to tamp down tensions between Israel and the Gaza Strip are in “advanced stages”, a senior member of the Palestinian enclave’s dominant Islamist Hamas group said on Wednesday. The remarks were echoed by a top Israeli lawmaker, suggesting […]

In a Syrian village, Turkish forces seen as shield from attack

By Khalil Ashawi AL-SURMAN VILLAGE, Syria, Aug 7 : The red Turkish flag fluttering on the outskirts of the Syrian village of al-Surman has been seen by residents as a shield against government attack since Turkish troops arrived in February. But their fears of an offensive are growing. The village is situated in rebel-held territory […]

Israel says Gaza truce talks focus on easing closure in return for calm

By Maayan Lubell and Nidal al-Mughrabi JERUSALEM/GAZA, Aug 5 : Israel set out limited goals for Gaza truce talks on Sunday, saying the focus was on a proposal to ease its closure on the Islamist Hamas-controlled territory in return for the Palestinians calming their side of the frontier. The Israeli statement came hours before Prime […]

Israeli troops kill one Palestinian at Gaza border protest, ceasefire efforts continue

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, Aug 3 : Israeli troops shot dead one Palestinian and wounded at least 220 others at protests along the Gaza border on Friday, Gaza health officials said, as diplomats sought to secure a ceasefire deal. The Israeli army said around 8,000 Gazans participated in the protests at five locations along the […]

As US pushes for Mideast peace, Saudi king reassures allies

By Stephen Kalin RIYADH, July 29 : – Saudi Arabia has reassured Arab allies it will not endorse any Middle East peace plan that fails to address Jerusalem’s status or refugees’ right of return, easing their concerns that the kingdom might back a nascent U.S. deal which aligns with Israel on key issues. King Salman’s […]