| Feb 18, 2014
President Obama has three significant Middle East diplomatic initiatives underway, treating, respectively, Iran's nuclear weapons program; Syria's deadly, exhausting conflict; and the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian dispute. Into these negotiations,...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 5:00 AM
GAZA CITY — Like many Palestinians, Marwan Hissi has closely followed reports of peace negotiations between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
An unemployed father of five living in a...
| Feb 16, 2014
| 6:25 AM
CAIRO -- Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi appeared in court on Sunday for the first hearing of the case in which he is accused of spying and conspiring to commit acts of terrorism.
In what prosecutors called "the biggest conspiracy case in Egypt'...
| Feb 15, 2014
| 8:00 AM
The first months of the year are, by consensus, the bleakest of cinematic times. But not so much if, like me, you are a lover of documentaries, someone who revels in the pleasures of the nonfiction film.
Proofs of the remarkable strength of...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 11:58 AM
GAZA CITY -- Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man near the Gaza Strip border Thursday, the latest in a series of deadly cross-border incidents, officials said.
Ashraf al-Qedra, a spokesman for the Health Ministry in Gaza, said 26-year-...
| Feb 9, 2014
| 1:48 AM
JERUSALEM -- Two Palestinians were wounded in an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip early Sunday.
Israeli military officials said the attack targeted Abdallah Kharti, a militant accused of launching rockets into southern Israel. Peter Lerner, a...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 2:40 PM
Secretary of State John Kerry is obviously getting somewhere in his attempt to achieve a framework agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, because all the right people, the far-right people, are going a little nuts.
At a security...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 1:19 PM
TEL AVIV -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laid out clashing visions of a two-state solution here Tuesday during an Israeli security conference.
In a taped interview broadcast at the...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 2:30 PM
CAIRO — Even as Egypt came under withering new criticism from international and domestic human rights groups, interim President Adly Mansour on Thursday credited his military-backed government with bringing about "an end to the police state."
| Jan 23, 2014
| 10:14 AM
CAIRO -- An internationally known Egyptian academic expressed dismay and disbelief Thursday over being charged with espionage, one of a string of recent court cases targeting public intellectuals, liberal activists and journalists.
Emad Shahin, a...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 12:45 PM
JERUSALEM -- In a military operation in the international waters of the Red Sea, Israeli commandos intercepted a ship carrying Syrian-made rockets shipped from Iran and headed for the Gaza Strip, Israel’s military announced Wednesday.
| Jan 20, 2014
| 5:02 AM
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Salih Alwadiya is among the Gaza Strip's poorest. The 61-year-old's home consists of a kitchen, several small rooms and a space devoted to pigeons and a goose. Many of his 20 children live with him and his three wives near...