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The Latest | Families of hostages held in Gaza launch a 4-day march to demand their freedom

Feb. 28, 2024 09:48 AM EST

The families of hostages held in Gaza and their supporters are launching a four-day march from southern Israel to Jerusalem to demand their loved ones be set free. The march comes as negotiations are underway in Qatar to bring about a deal between Hamas and Israel that would lead to...

A deal between Israel and Hamas appears to be taking shape. What would it look like?

Feb. 28, 2024 00:37 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Israel and Hamas are inching toward a new deal that would free some of the roughly 130 hostages held in the Gaza Strip in exchange for a weekslong pause in the war, now in its fifth month. U.S. President Joe Biden says a deal could go into effect as early as Monday,...

Israel and Hamas indicate no deal is imminent after Biden signals Gaza cease-fire could be close

Feb. 27, 2024 23:07 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and Hamas on Tuesday played down chances of an imminent breakthrough in talks for a cease-fire in Gaza, after U.S. President Joe Biden said Israel has agreed to pause its offensive during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan if a deal is reached to release some hostages. ...

The Latest | Biden says hostage deal could pause Gaza war, but Israel and Hamas show skepticism

Feb. 27, 2024 16:56 PM EST

President Joe Biden has said Israel would be willing to halt its war on Hamas in Gaza during the upcoming Muslim holy month of Ramadan if a deal is reached to release some of the hostages held by the militants. However, Israel and Hamas on Tuesday played down chances of an imminent...

Qatar's emir speaks of "race against time” to win hostage releases in Gaza diplomatic efforts

Feb. 27, 2024 15:36 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The emir of Qatar spoke Tuesday of “a race against time” to secure hostage releases as part of the diplomatic push for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza in which his country is playing a key role. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani was speaking on a state...

Biden hopes cease-fire, hostage deal to pause Israel-Hamas war can take effect by next Monday

Feb. 26, 2024 23:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden said Monday that he hopes a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas that would pause hostilities and allow for remaining hostages to be released can take effect by early next week. Asked when he thought a cease-fire could begin, Biden said: “Well...

US airman dies after setting himself ablaze outside Israeli Embassy in Israel-Hamas war protest

Feb. 26, 2024 21:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — An active-duty member of the U.S. Air Force has died after he set himself ablaze outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., while declaring that he “will no longer be complicit in genocide." The 25-year-old airman, Aaron Bushnell, of San Antonio, Texas,...

What would a new Palestinian government in the West Bank mean for the war in Gaza?

Feb. 26, 2024 21:02 PM EST

The Palestinian Authority's prime minister announced his government's resignation on Monday, seen as the first step in a reform process urged by the United States as part of its latest ambitious plans to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But it will do little to address the...

Live updates | Biden hopes a Gaza cease-fire deal can take effect by next Monday

Feb. 26, 2024 18:04 PM EST

U.S. President Joe Biden said Monday that he hopes a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas that would pause hostilities and allow for remaining hostages to be released can take effect by early next week. Asked when he hoped such a deal could be finalized, Biden said Monday that he...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Feb. 26, 2024 17:04 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Feb. 22 The Washington Post on the Biden impeachment inquiry Until this month, House Republicans referred to information provided by a “highly credible” FBI informant as the core of...