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Israel believes Syria kept "significant" chemical munitions

JERUSALEM - Israel believes Syria has retained caches of combat-ready chemical weapons after giving up raw materials used to produce such munitions under pressure from foreign powers, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday.

Jailed Fatah leader lauds Gaza "victory", urges confrontation with Israel

RAMALLAH West Bank - The Gaza war was a victory for Palestinians, and the focus must now shift to a boycott that makes Israel's occupation of the West Bank too costly to bear, says Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader serving life in prison for multiple deadly attacks.

World, 18 Sep 2014

Gaza war spurs more Palestinians to risk dangerous migration to Europe

GAZA - A devastating war with Israel has swollen the number of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip joining a perilous exodus of migrants fleeing the Middle East and Africa in search of a better life in Europe.

World, 18 Sep 2014

Israel says mortar fired from Gaza in first since Aug 26 truce

JERUSALEM/GAZA - Israel said a mortar bomb was fired at it from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in the first such attack since a seven-week war in the enclave ended on Aug 26, but Hamas said Palestinians remained committed to the truce.

World, 16 Sep 2014

U.N. Golan peacekeepers pull back from Syrian positions amid clashes

UNITED NATIONS - U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights are pulling out from four positions and a camp on the Syrian side of the Syrian-Israeli border due to a severe deterioration of security in the region, the United Nations said on Monday.

World, Syria, 16 Sep 2014

At a landmark Berlin rally, Merkel vows to fight anti-Semitism

BERLIN - Germany will do all it can to fight anti-Semitism, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech on Sunday, following a surge of abuse against Jews and spreading anti-Israeli sentiment aroused by the Gaza conflict.

World, 14 Sep 2014

Insight - How U.N. troops defied orders, opened fire and escaped Syrian rebels

UNITED NATIONS/MANILA - Early on Aug. 28, al Qaeda-linked militants fighting government forces in Syria crossed a ceasefire line in the Golan Heights on Israel's border and seized 45 Fijians serving in a United Nations peacekeeping force.

World, Syria, 13 Sep 2014

Wiretaps against Palestinians are wrong, Israeli ex-spies tell Netanyahu

JERUSALEM - Dozens of reserve soldiers from Israel's top electronic surveillance unit say they will no longer spy on Palestinians living under occupation, an unprecedented rebuke to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security policies.

World, 12 Sep 2014

Blockaded Gaza faces huge challenges to rebuild after war

GAZA/NAHAL OZ Israel - Fifty days of war in one of the most densely populated parts of the world have left swathes of Gaza in ruins. With the economy reeling under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade, the enclave now faces an almost impossible task of rebuilding.

World, 12 Sep 2014

Syria's Nusra Front releases U.N. peacekeepers in Golan

GOLAN HEIGHTS - Dozens of Fijian U.N. peacekeepers, released by al Qaeda-linked group Nusra Front in Syria, arrived in Israeli-held territory on the Golan Heights on Thursday, an Israeli military spokeswoman said.

World, Syria, 12 Sep 2014