U.N. urges U.S., China, others to ratify nuclear test ban treaty


UNITED NATIONS The United Nations Security Council urged China, the United States, North Korea, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel and Pakistan to ratify a treaty banning nuclear explosions, which would allow the deal negotiated 20 years ago to come into force.

EU court moves to keep Hamas, LTTE off terrorism list

LUXEMBOURG The European Union's top court took a step on Thursday towards confirming the removal of Hamas and the Tamil Tigers from an EU terrorism blacklist, despite protestations from Israel and the Sri Lankan government.

World, South Asia, 22 Sep 2016

As Obama's term wanes, so does focus on Israeli-Palestinian issue

UNITED NATIONS In his first major United Nations speech eight years ago, President Barack Obama said he would not give up on Israeli-Palestinian peace.

World, 22 Sep 2016

Knife-wielding man shot outside Israeli embassy in Turkey - officials

ANKARA/JERUSALEM A man was shot and wounded by Turkish police outside the Israeli Embassy in Ankara after he shouted slogans and wielded a knife on Wednesday, but initial inquiries indicated he had no links to an organised group, officials said. | Video

World, 22 Sep 2016

Obama tells Netanyahu of U.S. concern on settlements, urges peace

NEW YORK President Barack Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday he had concerns about Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank and hoped the United States could still help to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace. | Video

World, 22 Sep 2016

Arab states shelve push against Israel at U.N. nuclear watchdog

VIENNA Arab member states in the U.N. nuclear watchdog have shelved an annual bid to pressure Israel into accepting international scrutiny of its atomic activities pending a revamp of their tactics, a senior diplomat said.

World, 21 Sep 2016

Obama urges Israel end occupation and Palestinians accept Israel

UNITED NATIONS Both sides would benefit if Israel recognized it cannot permanently occupy Palestinian land and if Palestinians rejected incitement and recognized Israel's legitimacy, U.S. President Barack Obama told the United Nations on Tuesday. | Video

Top News, World, 21 Sep 2016

U.S. senators seek to overturn parts of new Israel aid package

WASHINGTON Four Republican U.S. lawmakers said on Tuesday they would seek to overturn parts of a $38 billion military aid agreement with Israel, setting up a showdown with President Barack Obama over the package days after it was signed.

World, 20 Sep 2016

Israel defence sector faces big hit after new U.S. aid agreement

JERUSALEM Israel's defence industry faces layoffs, closures and a scramble to set up shop in the United States following the signing of a new U.S. military aid package that phases out Israel's ability to spend a quarter of the funds on its own businesses.

World, 20 Sep 2016

Israel kills Palestinian armed with knife, says intercepts drone

HEBRON, West Bank A Palestinian who tried to stab an Israeli soldier was shot dead on Tuesday and an Israeli aircraft intercepted a drone launched by Hamas, the army said, as violence surges in the run-up to next month's Jewish new year holiday.