World Bulletin/News Desk
Hamas, the movement ruling the Gaza Strip, slammed on Monday Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the head of rival Fatah, for agreeing to return to the negotiating table with Israel.
Restarting direct negotiations with Israel under US sponsorship is "a unilateral, outlying step that doesn't express the Palestinian people's stance," Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, told Anadolu Agency.
He insisted that the negotiations "have great dangers on the Palestinian cause and they only benefit Israel."
Palestinian and Israeli negotiating teams will meet Monday and Tuesday in Washington for the first time since the negotiations broke down in 2010.
The meeting was the result of six Middle East trips and shuttle diplomacy by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
The Palestinians are going to Washington without a clear Israeli commitment to freeze the building of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians want as a future capital.
Instead, Israel would be applying partial moratorium on construction in certain settlements that don’t include expansion of major settlement blocs in the West Bank.
Israel would also release 104 Palestinian prisoners who have been in jail since before the 1993 Oslo peace deal between the two sides, but their release would be subject to progress made on the final-status negotiations.
Italy says monetary fund needed to prevent members from crashing out of eurozone
About twenty people were also kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram men
According to International Organization for Migration, the death toll so far in 2015 has reconfirmed the Mediterranean route to reach Europe as deadliest
Ukrainian President called for National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine emergency session
The operation was conducted with assistance from FBI
Deal removes 99 per cent of tariffs on trade between EU and Vietnam, according to the European Commission
The Russian diplomats were expelled because of actions 'not in line with the Vienna Convention'
If the terms of EU summit are met a deal can be expected by the 18th of August
The murder of baby Ali Saad Dawabshe is a direct result of a 48 year military occupation which consistently uses violence to enforce that inequality that exists today.
An increase in attacks on Muslim clerics has many in Uganda searching for those who are responsible.
Soma Oil and Gas will be investigated for large amounts of money to the Somalian oil ministry. The company’s London headquarters were raided last week.
Tornado fighter jets will be used to conduct strikes until at least March 2017
Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has met with Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Qatar and has extended an invitation to visit Moscow.
Ukraine will establish a new Crimean military unit made up primarily of Muslims to monitor transportation of goods between Ukraine and the peninsula.
A total of 16 aircraft fly as part of the Baltic Air Policing mission located in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
Turkish President promised to never recognize illegal annexation of Crimea