Netanyahu flies to U.S., signs of some easing of tensions over Iran speech


WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM - The United States and Israel showed signs of seeking to defuse tensions on Sunday ahead of a speech in Washington by Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu when he will warn against a possible nuclear deal with Iran.

U.S. deserves 'benefit of the doubt' on getting Iran nuclear deal, Kerry says

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed the case on Sunday for completing nuclear diplomacy with Iran despite Israeli opposition, saying the United States deserves the benefit of the doubt on getting a deal that would prevent any need for military action to curb Tehran's atomic ambitions.

World, 01 Mar 2015

Netanyahu flies to U.S., ties fraying over his planned Iran speech

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM - Defying U.S. President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Washington on Sunday to warn Congress about the risks of a possible nuclear deal with Iran in a speech that has imperiled ties between the two allies.

World, 01 Mar 2015

Netanyahu takes Iran campaign to Jerusalem holy site

JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu took his campaign against a nuclear deal with Iran to Jerusalem's sacred Western Wall on Saturday, on the eve of his departure to Washington to address Congress on the issue.

World, 01 Mar 2015

Iran nuclear talks advancing, no deal likely next week - U.S. official

WASHINGTON - Talks on curbing Iran’s nuclear program have made substantial progress, a senior U.S. official said on Friday as the White House braced for an onslaught of criticism next week from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

World, 28 Feb 2015

Rebuilding Gaza could take a century if Israel keeps blockade - Oxfam - TRFN

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The rebuilding of homes, schools and hospitals in Gaza could take more than a century to complete unless an Israeli blockade restricting imports of construction materials into the Gaza Strip is lifted, aid agency Oxfam said on Thursday.

World, 26 Feb 2015

Netanyahu declines U.S. Democrats' invitation for meeting during visit

WASHINGTON - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined on Tuesday an invitation to meet with U.S. Senate Democrats during his trip to Washington next week.

World, 25 Feb 2015

Kerry appears to take swipe at Netanyahu over Iran nuclear talks

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday appeared to take a swipe at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying critics of an emerging nuclear deal with Iran did not know what they were talking about.

World, 25 Feb 2015

U.S. jury orders Palestinian groups to pay attack victims $218.5 million

NEW YORK - A U.S. jury on Monday found the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority liable for supporting terrorist attacks in Israel more than a decade ago that killed dozens of people. | Video

World, 24 Feb 2015

Israeli electric company begins West Bank power cuts over debt

JERUSALEM - Israel's state-owned electric company briefly cut power to two Palestinian cities in the occupied West Bank on Monday to press for payment of what it said was $492 million owed by the Palestinian government.

World, 23 Feb 2015