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Israel thanks U.S. for stand on Mideast nuclear arms ban at UN

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UNITED NATIONS - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the United States for blocking an Egyptian-led drive on a possible Middle East nuclear weapons ban at a major United Nations conference, an Israeli official said on Saturday.

Netanyahu renews support for two-state solution with Palestinians

JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu renewed his commitment on Wednesday to a two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after backtracking on that pledge during a heated campaign for a March election.

World, 20 May 2015

Netanyahu suspends Palestinians-only bus programme

JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suspended on Wednesday new bus travel and checkpoint regulations for Palestinian labourers only hours after they were imposed to an outcry by critics accusing Israel of racial segregation.

World, 20 May 2015

U.N. envoy warns Gaza is 'desperate and angry' over devastation

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations Middle East envoy warned on Tuesday that the people of the Gaza Strip are desperate and angry about their plight and that it is up to Israel and Palestinian authorities to prevent an implosion of the Mediterranean enclave.

World, 20 May 2015

Vatican says Pope meant no offence calling Abbas "angel of peace"

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis meant no offence to Israel by referring to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as being "an angel of peace" and intended to encourage harmony between the two sides, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

World, 19 May 2015

Europe wants central role in Middle East peace, Mogherini says

BRUSSELS - The European Union wants a more active role in seeking peace between Israel and the Palestinians, the bloc's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Monday on the eve of her first visit to the region.

World, 18 May 2015

Embattled from the outset, new Netanyahu government sworn in

JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new rightist coalition government, hobbled by a razor-thin parliamentary majority, was sworn in late on Thursday amid wrangling within his Likud party over cabinet posts.

World, 15 May 2015

Iran leaders blast Saudi over Yemen, stress support for Assad

DAMASCUS - A senior Iranian official branded Saudi Arabia's King Salman a traitor to Islam on Thursday and equated the Gulf state's military assault on Iranian-allied fighters in Yemen with Israeli actions against Palestinians.

World, Yemen, 14 May 2015

Vatican move on Palestine adds fuel to European debate

JERUSALEM - The Vatican's decision to recognise the state of Palestine in a treaty for the first time has drawn a stern response from Israel, but it may usher in a freer debate in Europe about how to proceed on the vexed Palestinian question.

World, 14 May 2015

Israel gets into gritty detail to warn off Hezbollah

TEL AVIV - An Israeli official made unusually detailed allegations on Wednesday of secret Hezbollah guerrilla sites in Lebanese villages, driving home its warning that civilians there risk bearing the brunt of any future war.

World, 14 May 2015