By By BRADLEY KLAPPERAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration sought Friday to direct Israel and the Palestinians back toward direct peace talks, even as the two sides and much of the world seemed to be ignoring the U.S. attempts at leadership on a Mideast peace strategy.
By By ARON HELLER and KARIN LAUBAssociated Press
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel on Friday approved the construction of 3,000 homes in Jewish settlements on Israeli-occupied lands, a government official said, drawing swift condemnation from the Palestinians a day after their successful U.N. recognition
By By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH and KARIN LAUBAssociated Press
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - Palestinians erupted in wild cheers Thursday, hugging each other, setting off fireworks and chanting "God is great" after the United Nations granted them, at least formally, what they have long yearned for - a
By By EDITH M. LEDERERAssociated Press
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The United Nations voted overwhelmingly Thursday to recognize a Palestinian state, a victory decades in the making for the Palestinians after years of occupation and war. It was a sharp rebuke for Israel and the United States.
By By KARIN LAUB and DALIA NAMMARIAssociated Press
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - The expected U.N. vote Thursday to recognize a state of Palestine will be far more than symbolic - it could give the Palestinians leverage in future border talks with Israel and open the way for possible war crimes
By By LORI HINNANTAssociated Press
The vote is largely symbolic, the outcome nearly assured: The Palestinians and Israelis are closely watching the evolving positions of a few key countries in Thursday's U.N. General Assembly resolution to raise the Palestinians' status from a U.N.
By BRADLEY KLAPPER and JULIE PACEAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States has been here before, praising an Egyptian leader for championing Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts while expressing concern over his commitment to democracy at home. But with options limited, the Obama
By The Associated Press
Oil fell below $88 per barrel on Monday after a slow day of trading.
Analysts gave two reasons for the decline. One was that the truce between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip appeared to be holding. The second was concern among traders that negotiations over the next
By STEVE ROTHWELLAP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - Soybeans edged higher on concern that dry weather conditions in Brazil will harm this year's crop.
Soybeans for January delivery gained 6 cents, or 0.4 percent, to $14.2475 a bushel on Monday. The futures contract climbed as high as $14.35
By JOSEF FEDERMANAssociated Press
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel and Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip began indirect talks Monday in Egypt aimed at forging a new era of relations between the bitter enemies following a cease-fire that ended the heaviest fighting in nearly four years.