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Arab summit to back rejection of 'Jewish state'

Arab leaders meeting Tuesday in Kuwait are expected to back a Palestinian refusal to recognise Israel as a Jewish state, an Israeli demand that threatens to derail peace talks. The summit stresses a "categorical rejection" of the demand for recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, according to a draft statement endorsed by foreign ministers. The statement also rejects "all pressures exerted on the Palestinian leadership" to force it into agreeing. The Arab League has already rejected the demand, in a statement issued from its Cairo headquarters earlier this month.

Disgruntled Israeli diplomats stage global work stoppage

Israeli foreign ministry employees on Sunday intensified a long-running dispute over pay and conditions declaring a full-scale strike at home and at diplomatic missions around the world. "A general strike has been declared at the foreign ministry," its website said. "The ministry in Jerusalem will remain closed and Israel's missions abroad will not open as of Monday morning, March 24." Israel media said the open-ended walkout was the first by diplomats in the country's 65-year history.

US could free Israeli spy to save peace talks

The United States could free Jonathan Pollard, serving a life term for spying for Israel, as a way of saving deadlocked peace talks with the Palestinians, Israeli radio reported Sunday. Citing Western diplomatic sources, the public broadcaster said officials in US President Barack Obama's administration had not ruled out freeing Pollard in exchange for a green light from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for releases of Israeli Arabs convicted of "terrorist acts".

Arab summit at time of deep rifts

An Arab League summit opens in Kuwait on Tuesday at a time of deepening rifts between its member states and without any end in sight to the Syrian conflict. With Doha in the eye of the storm, the region's leaders are expected to discuss the row which has pitted Qatar against Gulf partners Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as well as Egypt. They will hold a special session to discuss "clearing the atmosphere and compromises," said the Arab League assistant secretary general for political affairs, Fadhel Jawad.

12 killed as Yemen army clashes with Shiite rebels

Twelve people were killed Saturday in clashes between Yemeni forces and Shiite rebels on the outskirts of the northern city of Amran, a local official and tribal sources said. The rebels, known as Huthis or Ansarullah, had travelled to Amran to take part in a demonstration, but shooting erupted when they insisted on crossing a checkpoint to the northern entrance to the city with their weapons, an official said. Eight rebels were among the dead, as well as two soldiers and two civilians, a local official and tribal sources said.

U.N. rights investigator accuses Israel of 'ethnic cleansing'

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - A U.N. human rights investigator accused Israel on Friday of "ethnic cleansing" in pushing Palestinians out of East Jerusalem and cast doubt that the Israeli government could accept a Palestinian state in the current climate. He spoke against a backdrop of deadlocked peace talks and accelerating Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem which Palestinians say is dimming their hope of establishing a viable state on contiguous territory.

UN monitor accuses Israel of 'ethnic cleansing', 'apartheid'

A UN rights expert who probes Israel's conduct towards Palestinians on Friday accused the Jewish state of a campaign of ethnic cleansing and apartheid policies. "The realities on the ground are worsening from the point of view of both international law and from the point of view of the Palestinian people," Richard Falk, an 82-year-old American who is an emeritus law professor at Princeton University, told reporters.

Israel spy agency says 8 Iranian Jews 'murdered' in 1990s

Israel's spy agency Mossad has concluded eight Iranian Jews who had tried to emigrate to Israel in the 1990s were murdered en route, the prime minister's office said on Friday. The announcement came as Iran marked the Persian New Year, and as Israel chided Western powers for negotiating with the Jewish state's arch-foe Tehran. Mossad "has brought to a conclusion the affair regarding the Iranian Jews who have been missing since the 1990's," Benjamin Netanyahu's office said in a statement.

Israel advances plans for 2,269 West Bank homes

Israel has moved forward in planning for more than 2,000 new housing units in six West Bank settlements, an official said Thursday, which is likely to further endanger peace talks with the Palestinians. Guy Inbar, a spokesman for the defence ministry unit responsible for civilian affairs in the Palestinian territories, said a ministry committee had furthered existing plans for 2,269 homes at a meeting last month. Inbar confirmed claims by Peace Now about decisions on two sets of projects, which the settlement watchdog said the committee had examined on February 19.

Israel advances plans for 2,269 West Bank homes

Israel has moved forward plans to build more than 2,000 new housing units in six West Bank settlements, a defence official told AFP Thursday. Guy Inbar, a spokesman for the defence ministry unit responsible for civilian affairs in the Palestinian territories, said a ministry committee at a hearing last month had furthered existing plans for 2,269 homes. jjm/al
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