Hamas and Israel Are in a Perilous Cycle. Is War a Miscalculation Away?

They stepped back from the brink of all-out conflict on Saturday, but none of the underlying tensions have been resolved ...
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How Pizzagate Pusher Mike Cernovich Keeps Getting People Fired

Mike Cernovich was celebrating on Friday, at least for a few hours. Disney had
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Russian Diplomat Calls for the Release of Suspected Foreign Agent Maria Butina

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says the arrest is unacceptable
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Russia demands US release 'spy', calls charges false

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his US counterpart Mike Pompeo on Saturday that the arrest of a Russian gun ...
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Spain’s Billion-Dollar Ethanol-Powered S-80 Super-Submarines Are Too Big to Fit in their Docks

And won’t start out with key air-independent propulsion technology.
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Ceasefire between Israel and Hamas holds after intense fighting

A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza appeared to be holding on Saturday after a round of intense fighting ...
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Iran nuclear talks to resume Thursday in Geneva

Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) reacts next to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (C) as US Secretary of State John Kerry (2nd R) embraces French FM Laurent Fabius on November 24, 2013 in GenevaIran and world powers will meet in Geneva from Thursday to iron out remaining obstacles in implementing a historic nuclear deal struck in November, Iranian and EU officials said. The two-day meeting will bring together deputy negotiators from Iran and the so-called P5+1 group of world powers, European Union foreign policy spokesman Michael Mann told AFP. Iranian officials had also announced the meeting earlier Tuesday, with Tehran's foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham telling reporters that the talks would focus on "one or two remaining issues pending a political decision" before the deal can be implemented. Technical experts from Iran and the EU-chaired P5+1 — comprising the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany — held two sessions in Geneva in mid and late December as they seek to fine-tune a deal reached on November 24 after their foreign ministers rushed to the Swiss city for marathon talks.

Iran’s Rohani defends nuclear deal

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Iranian president stresses nuclear deal with world powers will be implemented according to plans, despite domestic criticism. In Tehran, legislators preparing bill that would oblige government to enrich uranium to 60% if Iran is hit by new sanctions

Israel casts doubt on April target for Palestinian deal

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry listens as Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu makes a statement to the press before a meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in JerusalemBy Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel's defense minister said on Tuesday wide gaps remain in peace talks with the Palestinians after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's latest visit and he cast doubt on the chances of reaching a final accord by an April target. Negotiations on Palestinian statehood resumed in July after a three-year halt, with a nine-month target set for a permanent peace agreement, amid deep skepticism that a deal could be achieved to end the generations-old conflict. Adding to the skepticism, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Israel's negotiator, sounded a downbeat note in remarks to law students at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She hinted at security concerns, such as Hamas Islamists who oppose Washington's peace effort gaining influence in the West Bank where moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rules.

Palestinian villagers detain, beat alleged settler assailants

By Abed Qusini QUSRA, West Bank (Reuters) – Palestinian villagers on Tuesday briefly detained and beat up a group of Israeli settlers, accusing them of having thrown rocks at farmers tending their fields in the occupied West Bank. The incident – the details of which were disputed by a representative of a nearby settlement – stoked tensions long simmering on land where Palestinians seek statehood under struggling U.S.-sponsored peace negotiations with Israel. Yet with several alleged settler assailants in Israeli police custody after they were extricated from Qusra village by the army, and no immediate repercussions for the Palestinians involved, the incident may signal a new toughness by the Jewish state in tackling violent ultranationalists. The seized Israelis, who appeared to be aged between 15 and 30, were held in an uninhabited house near Qusra after Palestinians said settlers had rampaged on local farmland.

Peace talks deadline may be extended: Israel minister

Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces in the West Bank village of Kfar Qaddum on January 2, 2014Middle East peace talks could be extended beyond their April deadline, Israel's defence minister said Tuesday, insisting current negotiations were aimed solely at providing a framework for final talks. The remarks came a day after US Secretary of State John Kerry left following four days of intense meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, during which he failed to broker agreement on a framework to guide the talks forward. "We are now trying to reach a framework to continue negotiations for a period beyond the nine months some thought would suffice for reaching a permanent accord," Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon told reporters during a tour of a military base. "We are not working on a framework agreement, but on a framework for negotiations, for continuing negotiations for a longer period," Yaalon was quoted as saying in a statement from his office.