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UN chief urges Israel to `do far more` to spare Gaza civilians

Last Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014, 01:32

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon urged Israel to "exercise maximum restraint" and spare the lives of civilians in its campaign in Gaza, where Sunday`s Palestinian death toll passed 100.

Abbas, Meshaal to meet Sunday to discuss Gaza truce: official

Last Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014, 03:04

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal will meet in Qatar to discuss a truce in Gaza, day 13 of an Israeli offensive, an official said.

Two Israeli soldiers killed

Last Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014, 02:29

Two Israeli soldiers were killed in an exchange of fire with Palestinian militants who infiltrated Israeli turf through a Gaza tunnel Saturday, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said in a statement.

UN chief Ban Ki-Moon heading to Mideast in Gaza peace bid

Last Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014, 04:55

A UN official has said that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will leave for the Middle East tomorrow to help mediate the conflict in Gaza between Israel and Hamas.

Pope seeks justice 20 years after attack on Argentine Jews

Last Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014, 03:50

Pope Francis today called for justice to be done in the unsolved bombing at a Jewish center in Argentina that killed 85 people and wounded 300 others two decades ago.

Israel `must stop` Gaza ground operation: Abbas

Last Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014, 13:50

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas called on Israel to stop its ground operation in the Gaza Strip, saying it would cause more bloodshed and complicate efforts to end the conflict, Egypt`s official MENA news agency reported.

Israel resumes airstrikes as five-hour temporary truce ends

Last Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014, 02:54

Israeli warplanes today resumed bombings on Gaza after a five-hour truce ended abruptly with Hamas militants launching rocket attacks despite hectic diplomatic parleys to broker a ceasefire to end the 10 days of conflict that has killed 237 Palestinians.

Israeli army agrees to `humanitarian` pause

Last Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 04:13

The Israeli military agreed to a UN-brokered five-hour "humanitarian" pause starting today in its strikes on the Gaza Strip to allow Palestinians to restock food, water and other necessities, hours after an attack by an Israeli naval vessel killed four Palestinian boys playing on the beach.

Put Palestine under international protection: Abbas to UN

Last Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014, 01:06

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas is to ask the United Nations to put the state of Palestine under "international protection" due to the worsening violence in Gaza, the PLO said Sunday.

Pope Francis appeals for peace in Gaza conflict

Last Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014, 19:55

Pope Francis on Sunday appealed for peace in Gaza during his weekly Angelus prayer, calling for "concrete gestures to build peace" as the deadly six-day offensive escalated.

Gaza on `knife edge`: Ban Ki-moon

Last Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014, 07:01

Gaza is on "a knife edge" and the Middle East faces one of its most serious challenges in years, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said in unusually forthright remarks.

Abbas demands Israel halt Gaza raids `immediately`

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014, 15:56

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas today demanded Israel immediately halt its latest offencive against Gaza following a night of air strikes and militant rocket fire on the Israeli south.