As US Vice President Joe Biden prepares to meet Palestinians tomorrow, the Interior Ministry announced 1,600 new housing units in an Israeli settlement today. The move could disrupt a newly agreed restart of Israeli-Palestinian talks.
Tensions between Israel and Palestinians continued to rise Wednesday, following Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to add two West Bank sites to its national heritage list.
The ocean liner Queen Victoria makes its way beneath the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Calif., on Jan. 27. The Queen Victoria, Cunard's newest luxury liner and the company's second largest, is making her Maiden Call to San Francisco during her current world voyage. The 99-day westbound circumnavigation will continue to Hawaii and then on to 41 other ports.
Barbed wire fences are seen at Auschwitz, a former Nazi concentration camp in Oswiecim, Poland, on Jan. 27. Survivors from the Holocaust and Auschwitz, veterans, and international leaders, participated in ceremonies on Wednesday to mark the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops and to remember the victims of the Holocaust.
With low expectations surrounding US Mideast envoy George Mitchell's visit with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Friday, some warn a new intifada could break out if progress isn't made soon.
Turkey reacted with fury this week after what it termed "humiliating" treatment of its ambassador to Israel by Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon. Mr. Ayalon issued a second apology to head off a Turkish threat to recall its ambassador.
After Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon was seen as deliberately snubbing the Turkish ambassador earlier this week, Turkey is demanding a full apology by Wednesday night and threatening to pull its ambassador out of Israel.
A Turkish MAG-1 bulk carrier is seen half sunk on the shore of the Black Sea near Sukhumi, the capital of the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia, on Monday. The ship had been blown to shore by a storm.
Many Israelis have rallied around a Gilad Shalit release deal, but critics say an exchange of the captured soldier for Palestinian prisoners could cause new wave of violence.
Brazil President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva – whom US President Barack Obama called 'the most popular politician on earth' – hosted Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today. It is the first visit by an Iranian president.