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Middle East peace mediators to meet in Munich

MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) - Top officials from the United Nations, United States, Russia and European Union will meet on Saturday to discuss how they can help U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's drive for a Middle East peace deal, the EU said on Friday. The meeting of the so-called Quartet of Middle East peace mediators will be held in Munich on the sidelines of the annual security conference there.

Actress Johansson-Oxfam rift puts spotlight on West Bank

By Noah Browning and Michael Roddy JERUSALEM/LONDON (Reuters) - Actress Scarlett Johansson's very public rift with the charity Oxfam over her endorsement of an Israeli firm operating in the West Bank has thrown a Hollywood spotlight on one of the thorniest issues in Middle East peace talks. Johansson announced on Thursday she had quit her role as an ambassador for Oxfam, shortly before the airing during Sunday's Super Bowl of an advert in which she fronts for the Israeli soda maker SodaStream.

Food aid enters Syria's besieged Yarmuk camp

A food convoy gained entry Thursday to Syria's besieged Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, where dozens have died from shortages of food and medicines, the UN and Syrian state media said. UN Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA) spokesman Chris Gunness said 1,028 food rations had been delivered to the camp south of Damascus, in a "modest" launch of the rescue operation. Each ration is enough to keep a family of eight going for 10 days, he told AFP.

U.N. delivers food to residents of besieged Damascus suburb

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A United Nations agency delivered food to a rebel-held Damascus district on Thursday, alleviating the plight of thousands of people trapped for months by a Syrian army siege. The U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which cares for Palestinian refugees, said it had distributed 1,000 food parcels in Yarmouk camp, its biggest delivery there yet.

Food aid enters Syria's besieged Yarmuk camp

A food convoy gained entry Thursday to Syria's besieged Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, where dozens have died from shortages of food and medicines, the UN and Syrian state media said. UN Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA) spokesman Chris Gunness said 600 food parcels had been delivered to the camp south of Damascus by 1 pm (1100 GMT). He said there had been "chaotic scenes" as the food was distributed, the first to be delivered to the camp since January 21, when UNRWA took in 138 food parcels. Syria's state news agency SANA also reported the aid distribution.

Israeli finance minister warns of economic fallout if peace talks fail and EU boycotts

JERUSALEM - Israel's finance minister says if peace talks with the Palestinians breakdown and lead to a European boycott, Israel's economy will suffer badly. Yair Lapid says Wednesday that without a diplomatic solution to the conflict, all Israelis will feel it in their pockets.

Netanyahu would let Israeli settlers live in future Palestine: report

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will insist that Jewish settlers in the West Bank have a right to remain under Palestinian rule in any future peace deal, a government official was quoted as saying on Sunday. The apparent trial balloon, reported on the English-language Times of Israel website, drew a no-comment from a spokesman for Netanyahu and angry words from Naftali Bennett, a key pro-settlement partner in his governing coalition.

U.N. agency says unable to deliver aid despite Syria government assurances

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A United Nations agency seeking to deliver humanitarian aid to a besieged district of Damascus said on Sunday state checkpoint authorities had hampered its work, despite government assurances it would allow the distributions. The foundering agreement highlights the challenges that lie ahead for humanitarian workers should President Bashar al-Assad's government and the opposition agree on localized ceasefires at peace talks in Geneva this week.

Israel plans 261 settler homes deep in West Bank

Israel on Wednesday moved forward with plans for 261 new homes in two settlements located deep in the occupied West Bank, a watchdog said, drawing strong European condemnation. It was the fifth such move in just over two weeks and raised to 2,791 the number of new settler homes announced since the start of the year, threatening to derail faltering US-brokered peace talks with the Palestinians.

Peace hopes fade as Israel plans 381 more settler homes

Israel moved ahead Tuesday with plans for another 381 homes for West Bank settlers, prompting Palestinian charges it was more interested in building settlements than building peace. It was the third such announcement in just over two weeks and raised to 2,530 the number of new settler homes announced since the start of the year. The new construction will be in Givat Zeev, a settlement immediately south of the West Bank city of Ramallah, Peace Now spokesman Lior Amihai told AFP.
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