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Israel approves extending security fence to Jordan border

Jerusalem - Israel has approved extending a security barrier to part of its eastern border with Jordan in a bid to keep out militants and illegal migrants, the prime minister's office said Monday.

Israel stops flotilla seeking to break Gaza blockade

Ashdod - The Israeli navy was escorting to port an activist vessel defying the nation's blockade of Gaza on Monday after taking it over without the deadly force that marred a similar attempt in 2010.

Palestinian hunger striker 'close to death': Lawyer

Jerusalem - A Palestinian prisoner held in an Israeli jail and on hunger strike for 53 days is in a critical condition and could die "at any moment", his lawyer said Saturday.

Activists set sail for Gaza aboard 'Freedom Flotilla'

Jerusalem - Activists set sail Friday for the Gaza Strip in a bid to break Israel's blockade of the Palestinian territory, a participant said, five years after a similar attempt ended in bloodshed.

U.S. reps. demand end to 'cruel abuse' of Palestinian children

Washington - Nineteen sitting members of Congress have co-signed a letter urging the Obama administration to pressure Israel to end its 'systemic abuse' of Palestinian children.

Israel bars Jerusalem entry for 500 Gazans after rocket

Jerusalem - Israel said Wednesday it was revoking permits for 500 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip to enter Jerusalem ahead of Friday prayers because of rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave.

Israel blasts 'biased' UN agency over Gaza war report

Jerusalem - Israel denounced the UN rights council Monday as biased after a United Nations report found that both Israel and Palestinian militants may have committed war crimes during last year's Gaza war.

Israel PM rejects 'dictates' as French FM visits

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected "international dictates" as France's top diplomat visited, with Paris advocating a UN resolution laying out parameters for peace talks.

Another flotilla of 3 ships to set sail for Gaza

Palermo - At least 3 boats are preparing to set sail for Gaza in an attempt to penetrate the Israeli blockade of the territory. Activist Kalle Ohlsson said although there would be aid on board, the main objective was to open Gaza to trade and free movement.

Thousands pray at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa for Ramadan

Jerusalem - Tens of thousands of Muslim worshippers streamed through Jerusalem's Old City to one of Islam's most revered sites Friday as Israel eased restrictions for the fasting month of Ramadan.

10,000 dogs, and cats, cruelly killed at dog meat fest in China

British comedian Ricky Gervais is among those appalled by the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, and he's asking for the public's support in ending it. Each year the fest kills some 10,000 dogs and almost as many cats by barbaric manners, before eating them.

Israel's Netanyahu says boycott efforts recall Nazi Germany

Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that a Palestinian-led campaign to boycott Israeli goods was reminiscent of Nazi Germany's campaign against Jews.

Israel blocks visit of UN human rights envoy

Jerusalem - Israel has blocked a visit to the Palestinian territories by a UN rights envoy, an official said Monday, just ahead of the publication of a United Nations report on last year's Gaza war.

Insight into how dormant chicken pox causes shingles

The virus varicella-zoster causes chicken pox, a common childhood illness. A "similar" virus is responsible for shingles, which affects some adults. Both are painful red rashes. Scientists have shown a new relationship between the two.

Israeli probe defends 'lawful' Gaza war actions

Jerusalem - Israel on Sunday defended its conduct in the 2014 Gaza war as both "lawful" and "legitimate" in a detailed inter-ministerial report which was roundly rejected by the Palestinians.

Orange chairman tells Israel he will never back boycott

Jerusalem - The head of French telecoms giant Orange told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday his company had nothing to do with a campaign to boycott the Jewish state, despite Israeli allegations.

Orange chief in Israel in bid to calm boycott row

Jerusalem - The boss of French telecoms giant Orange flew in to Israel Thursday on a mission to soothe anger over a row sparked by plans to withdraw the brand from the Jewish state.

Study: Israeli-Palestine peace deal would generate billions

Right now, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is eating up all the headlines, but another deal could generate billions of dollars in growth too. A recent study found that the Israelis and Palestinians would both make billions from peace.

Orange CEO invited to Israel to resolve telecom row

Jerusalem - Israel is inviting the chairman of France's Orange to come and explain the group's plan to review its business ties with an Israeli telecoms firm, a government official said on Sunday.

Israel strikes Gaza after new rocket attacks

Jerusalem - The Israeli air force hit the Gaza Strip early Sunday for the second time in three days after new rocket fire from the territory hit southern Israel, the military said.
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