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  • Israeli settlers respond to mosque burning allegations

    Global News Blog Israeli settlers respond to mosque burning allegations

    Extremist Israeli settlers have been blamed for burning a mosque near Bethlehem, but many settlers say the finger-pointing is premature and political.

  • Did militant Israeli settlers burn mosque near Bethlehem?

    Did militant Israeli settlers burn mosque near Bethlehem?

    Many Israelis suspect militant Israeli settlers, seeking to incite religious violence and undermine peace negotiations, attacked a Palestinian mosque near Bethlehem.

  • Five largest Israeli settlements: who lives there, and why

    Five largest Israeli settlements: who lives there, and why

    The end goal of the current Israeli-Palestinian peace talks is two separate, sovereign states. Palestinians say that the expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, deemed illegal by the United Nations, influence the outcome of such talks. With more than 300,000 Israelis now living in such settlements, Israel expects to keep at least some of them under a final peace deal – possibly as part of a land swap. An estimated three-quarters of Israeli settlers live on a relatively small percentage of the West Bank, most of them in communities adjacent to Israel proper. Some of them are ideologically driven and some are attracted by the low cost of living; many are motivated by a combination of the two. Here are the five most populous settlements in the West Bank.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 09/09

    A two-week-old Malay fish owl waits to be fed at the Jurong Bird Park in Singapore on Thursday. This owl was born and bred in the park as part of its efforts in wildlife conservation.

  • Why Israeli-Palestinian conflicts over land turn epic

    Why Israeli-Palestinian conflicts over land turn epic

    The importance of place to Jewish and Muslim identity intensifies Israeli-Palestinian conflicts over land, as illustrated by the disputed construction of a museum affiliated with the Simon Wiesenthal Center on Jerusalem's Mamilla cemetery.

  • Israel allows Palestinians on highway 443 to Ramallah – but blocks the exit

    Israel allows Palestinians on highway 443 to Ramallah – but blocks the exit

    After a landmark court ruling, Israel's army today allowed Palestinians access to Road 443 for the first time in eight years. But they are still barred from using the road to get to Ramallah and Jerusalem – a 'farce' of the ruling, said one activist.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 05/09

    President Obama addresses the 1,200 graduates of Hampton University, a historically black university, at the school's Armstrong Stadium in Hampton, Va., Sunday.

  • Israel and Palestinians step closer to proximity peace talks

    Israel and Palestinians step closer to proximity peace talks

    US Mideast envoy George Mitchell met with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Wednesday and is to meet Friday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Palestinians are skeptical of the indirect or 'proximity' peace talks, as they skirt key issues like borders and Jerusalem.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 05/03

    A rider competes in show jumping on the fourth day of the Badminton Horse Trials in Badminton, England, on Monday.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 04/13

    Soldiers fire a 155mm Howitzer at night from Forward Operating Base Ramrod in Kandahar on April 13.