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Israel gives preliminary approval for nearly 900 new West Bank homes

JERUSALEM — In a move certain to threaten both the stability of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's fragile coalition and renewed peace talks with the Palestinians, the Israeli Civil Administration gave preliminary approval Thursday for the construction of almost 900 new homes in the West Bank. 

West Bank on high alert after Palestinian stabs Israeli settler to death

An Israeli settler was killed on Tuesday by a knife-wielding Palestinian in a stabbing attack at a bus stop in the northern West Bank

Chatter: Obama goes West (Bank)

President Barack Obama receives a cooler welcome in the West Bank than in Israel, Cyprus has to decide on a plan B, South Korea tries to track down its hackers, and Indian pupils cheat, a lot.
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President Barack Obama receives a cooler welcome in the West Bank than in Israel, Cyprus has to decide on a plan B, South Korea tries to track down its hackers, and Indian pupils cheat, a lot.
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Palestinians hold low expectations for Obama visit

RAMALLAH — The helipad at the Muqataa, the memorial mausoleum where Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is buried in Ramallah, has been swept clean in anticipation of next week's arrival of US President Barack Obama. But in Ramallah, subdued complacency combined with low expectations will greet the president as he arrives for talks with the Palestinian leadership.

Thousands attend Arafat Jaradat funeral in West Bank

The armed wing of the Fatah movement, the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, have vowed that "this horrific crime will not go unpunished."

Hagel hearings reinforce congressional support for whatever Israel does

Commentary: GOP senators opt to grandstand rather than ask serious questions on defense policy.
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Former US Senator Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama's nominee for US Secretary of Defense, testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on Jan. 31, 2013. Facing tough questions from some senators at his confirmation hearing, Hagel said in his opening remarks that he wanted to keep America's armed forces the strongest in the world and that he supported using military force to safeguard the country's interests. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
The Senate Armed Services Committee — surely one of the most important committees in what we euphemistically refer to as the Upper House of our Congress — gave a nice, day-long display at the end of last week as to why Congress's approval rating, in a new survey, remained in single digits.
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Hamas allows election commission to enter Gaza

The Palestinian rival factions, Fatah and Hamas, hope to hold elections in the next six months, healing a rift that has existed for the past five years.

School bus crashes near Jerusalem, 8 Palestinian children killed

"There are between eight and 10 Palestinian children dead, aged between 10 and 16," according to police.

Palestinian girl, Baraa Melhem, imprisoned for nine years by parents

Baraa Melhem was reportedly kept in a bathroom between the ages of 11 and 20, allowed out only to do household chores.
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