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Arab Spring's derailment has Hamas on the ropes

RAMALLAH, Gaza, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- The Palestinian militant group Hamas has been rocked back on its heels by the turmoil in the Middle East, political analysts told The New York Times.

Sen. Graham predicts Egypt's protests will shift to armed insurgency

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday that the United States should cut off aid to Egypt in light of the military's reaction to the protests in the country.

Brother of al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri arrested in Egypt

CAIRO, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Government forces cleared supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi from a Cairo mosque Saturday, an Egyptian Interior Ministry spokesman said.
Israeli prisoner release gets mixed response

Israeli prisoner release gets mixed response

JERUSALEM, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The pending release of the first batch of Palestinian prisoners by Israel this week met with a mixed response Monday.

Egypt commits to peaceful crisis settlement

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The Egyptian military is committed to a peaceful resolution to the country's ongoing political turbulence, the U.S. Defense Department said.

PLO accuses Israel of scuttling two-state plan

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The Palestinian Liberation Organization's Negotiations Affairs Department Tuesday accused Israel of attempting to destroy a two-state solution.
Commentary: Strategic gullibility

Commentary: Strategic gullibility

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- The overall view of the Middle East is “cautiously pessimistic.”
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

Palestinian minister: Revolt against Hamas

JERUSALEM, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- A Palestinian Cabinet minister issued an Islamic religious decree calling on Palestinians to revolt against Hamas in Gaza "to liberate Palestine and Jerusalem."

Egypt's military risks trouble by reviving hated secret police

CAIRO, July 31 (UPI) -- The military-led interim government, grappling with widening protests over the army's ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and a swelling al-Qaida-linked insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula, says it's reviving the hated secret police in a bid to restore order.

Israeli navy seeks to counter Russian ship-killer

HAIFA, Israel, July 30 (UPI) -- Israel's navy is installing the Barak-8 air-defense missile system aboard its combat vessels to protect them against Syria's new supersonic Russian-built Yakhont anti-ship missiles which the Jewish state views as a potent threat to its long-held naval supremacy in the eastern Mediterranean.

Palestinian groups condemn Hamas closure of media offices in Gaza

GAZA, July 26 (UPI) -- Palestinian groups have expressed concern after Hamas shut down media offices in the Gaza Strip.

Egypt: U.S. treads softly as crisis deepens

CAIRO, July 25 (UPI) -- Egypt's Old Guard, many linked to former President Hosni Mubarak, is reappearing in Cairo's corridors of power following the July 3 military coup that toppled his democratically elected successor, Mohamed Morsi.
Abbas to visit Cairo

Abbas to visit Cairo

CAIRO, July 25 (UPI) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is set to visit Cairo, becoming the second Arab leader to visit Egypt since Mohamed Morsi's ouster, officials said.
Israel to free 82 prisoners before promised peace talks

Israel to free 82 prisoners before promised peace talks

JERUSALEM, July 23 (UPI) -- Israel will release 82 Palestinian prisoners serving life sentences, a key hurdle before planned Middle East peace talks, a Justice Ministry official said.

Israeli Cabinet to vote on prisoner release in peace talks effort

JERUSALEM, July 22 (UPI) -- Israel's Cabinet will be asked to vote on the release of about 82 Palestinian prisoners as part of a U.S. plan to renew Mideast peace talks, officials said.
Kerry: Ousting Morsi may have averted civil war

Kerry: Ousting Morsi may have averted civil war

AMMAN, Jordan, July 18 (UPI) -- Egypt may have dodged a civil war by ousting President Mohamed Morsi, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said, refusing again to call the ouster a coup.

Israel PM declines to comment on explosion

LATAKIA, Syria, July 14 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu declined to comment Sunday on whether Israel was responsible for last week's explosions in Latakia, Syria.
Mansour sworn in as Egypt's interim president; 10 killed in clashes

Mansour sworn in as Egypt's interim president; 10 killed in clashes

CAIRO, July 4 (UPI) -- Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour was sworn in Thursday, saying the source of his presidential power is "the great people of Egypt."

Palestinians: Israel to blame for no progress toward peace

RAMALLAH, West Bank, July 1 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's Mideast peace mission failed and Israel is to blame, senior Palestinian officials said.

Abbas accepts prime minister's resignation

RAMALLAH, West Bank, June 23 (UPI) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accepted the resignation Sunday of his newly appointed prime minister, officials said.

Fatah official seeks to free prisoners

RAMALLAH, West Bank, June 6 (UPI) -- A senior Fatah official urged Israel to release Palestinian prisoners jailed in Israel before the signing of the 1993 Oslo Accords as a goodwill gesture.

Rami Hamdallah named Palestinian prime minister

NABLUS, West Bank, June 3 (UPI) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas named university president Rami Hamdallah prime minister Sunday.

Former Palestinian militant commander slams Abbas

ALGIERS, Algeria, May 29 (UPI) -- A Palestinian who commanded a major terror attack in Israel 35 years ago says Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas promised to appoint him as an adviser.

Olmert blamed others for stalled talks with Abbas

JERUSALEM, May 24 (UPI) -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said he blames others in the Israeli government for a breakdown in negotiations with Palestinians.

7 kidnapped Egyptian servicemen released

CAIRO, May 22 (UPI) -- Seven Egyptian security personnel arrived in Cairo Wednesday morning after being released by kidnappers in the Sinai Peninsula, Egyptian officials said.
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