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Claims of foul play in Corrie case

JERUSALEM — Evidence has emerged that an Israeli commander in Gaza obstructed a military police investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death seven years ago of American non-violent activist Rachel Corrie, who was killed by an Israeli army bulldozer while trying to block a home demolition in Rafah, Gaza Strip.

The rise of Jericho

JERICHO, Israel — Jericho claims to be the oldest city in the world, where Joshua is said to have made the walls come tumbling down and where King Herod the Great built his winter palaces. In more recent times, Jericho was the winter seat of the Jerusalem and Amman aristocracy. Yet a globalized Palestinian elite coupled with a volatile political situation turned Jericho into a provincial has-been resort town. Efforts to reinvent the city in the 1990s foundered during the Second Intifada.

Talks resume as Hamas rebuilds popularity and weapons

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Indirect talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority were set to resume this week, as United States Mideast envoy George Mitchell prepared for yet another round of shuttle diplomacy intended to revive a peace process long eclipsed by mistrust. But that hasn't stopped preparations for more fighting. Hamas is steadily rebuilding its power in the West Bank, stockpiling weapons and material underground, biding its time for a renewal of the conflict with its Fatah rivals.

Iraq: Dante's hell for animals?

ERBIL Iraq — After a long journey from Thailand to Iraq smuggled inside a backpack, the stale stench of her new concrete surroundings is no doubt an improvement for the 6-month-old lion cub. After pacing the few steps her squalid enclosure allows, "Sero" settles down to chew on the bars of her cage. Aside from the occasional taunting by young visitors, this seems to be the only distraction on offer in her cell.

Opinion: How can Iran oversee women's rights?

WASHINGTON — If you thought Iran's withdrawal of its bid for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council was a step in the right direction, think again. There are no circumstances under which it makes sense for Iran to sit on any human rights committee. For it to sit on the UNHRC, would have been the ultimate manifestation of wolves guarding the sheep. Apparently, and thankfully, enough members of the U.N. General Assembly agreed, and Iran withdrew its candidacy.

Party! Yemen covets a racier clientele

Editor's note: Armed Yemeni tribesmen kidnapped two American tourists outside the capital Sanaa on Monday. On May 13 GlobalPost published the following story about Yemen's efforts to boost its tourism industry. SANA'A, Yemen — Yemen is the most gorgeous place you’ll probably never visit.

Turkish city embraces all identities

Editor's note: In the fourth century B.C., Alexander the Great forged a path from Greece through the modern Middle East to Persia. It was a path of conquest that empires would follow through the ages. Traces of each can be seen today in the culture, monuments, continuing military presence and people along the route, which ended for Alexander in Babylon, in modern-day Iraq. In this project, GlobalPost correspondent Theodore May sets out to see how Alexander’s influence lives on.

A scoop fit for kings and presidents

Tackling Mideast issues, one scoop at a time

DAMASCUS, Syria — Call it ice cream diplomacy. For foreign diplomats traveling to Damascus, a local ice cream parlor has become an unlikely, yet essential, first stop. Praised by locals and frequented by statesmen, the 115-year-old shop, called Bakdash, attracts several thousand customers daily and sells more than 500 kilograms of ice cream.

Egyptian Police "Go Clubin’" Again

"An undercover Egyptian police officer, wearing a less than appropriate t-shirt, stands guard during a protest in Cairo on May 2, 2010." (Jon Jensen/GlobalPost)
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