U.N. was told Golan peacekeepers seized "for their protection"

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations on Friday said it had been informed that the Islamist militants who seized 44 Fijian peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights did so "for their own protection" and that all the detained blue-helmeted soldiers are safe.

U.N. tries to locate Fijian peacekeepers seized on Golan Heights

QUNEITRA Golan Heights - U.N. officials shuttled along the rocky frontier between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Friday, trying to establish the whereabouts of 44 United Nations peacekeepers seized by al-Qaeda-linked militants inside Syria.

World, Syria, 29 Aug 2014

Israel police find body of missing U.S. student

JERUSALEM - Israeli police said on Thursday they had found the body of a 23-year-old American student who went missing last week near a forest in Jerusalem and that they did not suspect a criminal motive.

World, 29 Aug 2014

Hamas leader says Gaza only "milestone to reaching our objective"

DOHA - Hamas will not cease resisting Israel until all its demands are met, the group's overall leader Khaled Meshaal said on Thursday, adding the latest Gaza conflict was only "a milestone to reaching our objective".

World, 29 Aug 2014

U.N. says 43 Golan peacekeepers seized by militants, 81 trapped

UNITED NATIONS - Militants fighting the Syrian army have detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and trapped another 81 in the region as the world body works to secure their release, the United Nations said on Thursday.

World, Syria, 28 Aug 2014

Syrian planes bomb border post near Israel captured by rebels

AMMAN - Syrian jets shelled rebel positions near a border crossing close to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights that was seized by rebels in some of the heaviest clashes in the strategic area this year, rebels and residents said on Thursday.

World, Syria, 28 Aug 2014

Gaza truce holding but Israel's Netanyahu under fire at home

GAZA/JERUSALEM - An open-ended ceasefire in the Gaza war held on Wednesday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced strong criticism in Israel over a costly conflict with Palestinian militants in which no clear victor has emerged.

Top News, World, 28 Aug 2014

Islamist fighters seize Syria crossing near Israel - Syrian Observatory

BEIRUT - Al Qaeda's Syria wing Nusra Front and other Islamist fighters have taken control of a border crossing on the line dividing Syria from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a group monitoring the Syrian conflict said on Wednesday.

World, Syria, 27 Aug 2014

Gaza ceasefire takes hold as focus turns to longer term

GAZA/JERUSALEM - A ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians aimed at ending their seven-week conflict in Gaza appeared to be holding early on Wednesday as the focus shifted to securing an arrangement for the long term.

Top News, World, 27 Aug 2014

What's in the Gaza peace deal?

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel and the Palestinians agreed on Tuesday to an Egyptian-brokered plan to end the fighting in Gaza after 50 days of combat in which more than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, 64 Israeli soldiers and five civilians in Israel were killed.

Top News, World, 27 Aug 2014