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UN urges restraint after Israeli bombardment | Al Jazeera English

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for restraint from all sides after escalating violence in the Gaza Strip and Israel. The Israeli military bombed 29 places in the besieged Palestinian territory, after at least 60 rockets were fired into southern Israel on Wednesday. The rocket fire, which Israeli police said resulted in no casualties, was claimed by the Islamic ...

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Palestinians respond to Obama: Nothing left to make concessions on | Haaretz

The Palestinians responded Wednesday to U.S. President Barack Obama’s promise to pressure Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas “to make tough decisions” in their March 17 meeting, saying they have nothing left to make concessions on. A top U.S. official told Haaretz that Obama made the promise to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting in Washington Monday. For more on this ...

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‘End to negotiations?’ Netanyahu’s speech sparks furious reaction from Palestinians | RT News

Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday implored Palestinian leader, Mahmud Abbas, to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and to “abandon the fantasy” of refugees returning to Israel, fueling anger from the Palestinians. Netanyahu, speaking at a meeting of the influential American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington on Tuesday, appealed directly to the Palestinian leader with Israel’s demands ...

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Shrugging Off Past Setbacks, Obama Plans Personal Role in Middle East Peace Bid | NYTimes.com

After avoiding a hands-on role in Middle East peacemaking since the setbacks of his first term, White House officials said President Obama plans to appeal to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel when he welcomes Netanyahu to the White House Monday. Obama will press him to agree to a framework for a conclusive round of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations that is ...

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Salt and Terror in Afghanistan | Voices for Creative Nonviolence

By Kathy Kelly Two weeks ago in a room in Kabul, Afghanistan, I joined several dozen people, working seamstresses, some college students, socially engaged teenagers and a few visiting internationals like myself, to discuss world hunger. Our emphasis was not exclusively on their own country’s worsening hunger problems. The Afghan Peace Volunteers, in whose home we were meeting, draw strength ...

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Why Israel Fears the Boycott | NYTimes.com

IF Secretary of State John Kerry’s attempts to revive talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority fail because of Israel’s continuing construction of illegal settlements, the Israeli government is likely to face an international boycott “on steroids,” as Mr. Kerry warned last August. These days, Israel seems as terrified by the “exponential” growth of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions ...

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Palestinians denounce ‘financial blackmail’ | Al Jazeera English

Palestinian leaders have reacted angrily to what they see as a veiled threat by the European Union over the dispersal of financial aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) if peace talks with Israel fail to reach a breakthrough. European officials recently warned the Palestinians that European countries were suffering from “donor fatigue” after spending billions of dollars in aid with ...

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In Pakistan, Portraits Of Afghan Children Show Toll Of Refugee Situation | The Guardian

For more than three decades, Pakistan has been home to one of the world’s largest refugee communities: hundreds of thousands of Afghans who have fled the repeated wars and fighting in their country. Since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, some 3.8 million have returned home, according to the United Nations’ refugee agency. But nearly 1.6 million registered Afghan refugees ...

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