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Blinken says some of Hamas' proposed changes to a cease-fire plan in Gaza are workable and some not

Jun. 12, 2024 22:38 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday that mediators would keep trying to close an elusive cease-fire deal for Gaza after Hamas proposed changes to a U.S.-backed plan, some of which he said were “workable” and some not. The back-and-forth laid bare...

The Latest | Hezbollah rocket barrage ups pressure on Israel as Gaza cease-fire negotiations drag on

Jun. 12, 2024 18:07 PM EDT

The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah fired hundreds of rockets toward northern Israel on Wednesday, hours after an Israeli airstrike killed a senior commander — the hightest-ranking member of the group to die in eight months of fighting. The Israeli military said some of the 215...

What are the main sticking points in the cease-fire talks between Israel and Hamas?

Jun. 12, 2024 12:08 PM EDT

The latest proposal for a cease-fire in Gaza has the support of the United States and most of the international community, but Hamas has not fully embraced it, and neither, it seems, has Israel. Hamas this week accepted the broad outline but requested “amendments." Prime Minister...

Hamas responds to Gaza cease-fire plan seeking some changes. US says it's 'evaluating' the reply

Jun. 11, 2024 20:46 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Hamas said Tuesday that it gave mediators its reply to the U.S.-backed proposal for a cease-fire in Gaza, seeking some “amendments” on the deal. It appeared the reply was short of an outright acceptance that the United States has been pushing for but kept negotiations alive over...

UN Security Council adopts a cease-fire resolution aimed at ending Israel-Hamas war in Gaza

Jun. 11, 2024 04:50 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Monday overwhelmingly approved its first resolution endorsing a cease-fire plan aimed at ending the eight-month war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. The U.S.-sponsored resolution welcomes a cease-fire proposal announced by...

The Latest | UN endorses US-backed cease-fire plan as Blinken holds talks on Gaza

Jun. 10, 2024 21:00 PM EDT

The U.N. Security Council on Monday afternoon overwhelmingly approved a U.S. resolution that welcomes a proposal for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. The U.S. says Israel has accepted the three-phase plan announced by U.S. President Joe Biden, and Hamas welcomed it in a...

Blinken pushes Israel on postwar Gaza plans as pressure mounts on Hamas to accept cease-fire plan

Jun. 10, 2024 18:12 PM EDT

TEL AVIV (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged top Israeli officials on Monday to accept and implement a plan for postwar Gaza as he pushed for more international pressure on Hamas to agree to a cease-fire proposal newly endorsed by the U.N. Security Council. On his...

The Latest | Israel bombs another UN-run school in Gaza, a day after strike on school killed 33

Jun. 07, 2024 16:58 PM EDT

An Israeli airstrike hit a U.N.-run school compound in northern Gaza on Friday, killing three people according to Palestinian emergency officials, a day after a similar strike on a school in Gaza's center killed at least 33 people. In both airstrikes, the Israeli army said Hamas militants were...

Blinken to push cease-fire proposal in eighth urgent Mideast trip since war in Gaza erupted

Jun. 07, 2024 13:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken will push for a breakthrough on President Joe Biden's cease-fire proposal when he returns to the Middle East next week on his eighth diplomatic mission to the region since the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza began in October, the State Department said...

US imposes travel bans on Georgian officials over new law that critics say will curb media freedom

Jun. 06, 2024 14:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States imposed sanctions Thursday on dozens of Georgian officials in response to the enactment of a law that drew weeks of protests by critics who say it will curb media freedom and jeopardize the country’s chances of joining the European Union. The...