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2008-08-26 09:00:33

By Kim Sengupta Israel freed 198 Palestinian prisoners yesterday amid scenes of jubilation in the West Bank. Unusually, among those released were two men accused by Israel of having "blood on their hands": Said al- Atabeh, the longest-serving inmate in custody, and Mohammed Abu Ali, the second longest-serving, who had been elected as a Fatah MP while behind bars. Although the Israeli government has released prisoners in the past, it had taken a hard line on those, such as al-Atabeh and...

2008-07-15 00:00:00

PARIS (AP) - Embattled Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert declared Sunday that Israel and the Palestinians have never been closer to making peace - even as a widening corruption probe brings him closer than ever to being ousted from office. To help build confidence between the two sides, Olmert agreed in a one-on-one meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to release an unspecified number of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, an Israeli official said. Abbas, who met with...

2008-06-16 09:00:18

By Joel Greenberg, Chicago Tribune Jun. 16--JERUSALEM--On her sixth Middle East trip this year to promote peace efforts, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Sunday ratcheted up her criticism of Israeli settlement building on land Palestinians want for a future state, saying that it harmed ongoing negotiations. The sharpening of the American rhetoric on the settlements followed the latest Israeli announcement of new construction on West Bank land annexed to Jerusalem, work that...

2008-06-15 18:00:03

An atmosphere of confidence is needed to create an independent Palestinian state in the Middle East, U.S. Secretary of State Condeelezza Rice said Sunday. After meeting with Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Rice said ongoing comments from both Israeli and Palestinian officials are only hindering talks to create an independent Palestinian state. And unfortunately, I do believe, and the United States believes, that the actions and the announcements that are taking...

2006-09-05 01:33:05

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will seek a summit with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas if gunmen in the Gaza Strip release a captive Israeli soldier, Olmert's senior deputy said on Tuesday. "When this situation is resolved, it (meeting) will take place," Vice Premier Shimon Peres told Israel's Army Radio.

2006-07-23 13:40:12

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The condition of Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli prime minister who masterminded the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, has deteriorated, doctors said on Sunday. The further worsening of his health six months after he fell into a coma comes as Israel is once again fighting in its northern neighbor, battling Hizbollah guerrillas there and massing forces on the border. As defense minister, Sharon -- loved at home as he was loathed in the Arab world -- sent the Israeli...

2006-07-23 12:30:32

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The condition of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma since January, has deteriorated in the past two days, doctors caring for him said on Sunday. Doctors at the Tel Hashomer hospital near Tel Aviv said Sharon, 78, who fell into a coma after a stroke on January 4, was suffering from an accumulation of fluids in his body and problems with the functioning of his kidneys. "Over the past two days the doctors have identified a...

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