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.
11 of 36 bodies recovered so far have been identified and families notified, local authorities say
May will discuss the possibilities for post-Brexit free trade arrangements with the six GCC states -- Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, her office said.
Opposition accuses president and ruling party executives of trying to hold judiciary captive in order to stay in power
Authorities have stepped up antidrug patrols in the Gulf coast state, where cartels are responsible for a spike in crime.
Merkel, who has led Germany for 11 years, last month declared that she will run again for the country's top job but acknowledged that the poll will be "more difficult than any before it".
Police shooting of fleeing unarmed black man rattled the nation last year
Trump 'said horrible things about Muslims, horrible things about Mexican-Americans', Mayor de Blasio says
Italian president asks Matteo Renzi to delay resignation until country's 2017 budget is passed
The International Monetary Fund released $617.8 million of the $5.34 billion a three-year loan approved in July, following the first review of the government's reform efforts and progress towards its financial benchmarks.
US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said no one was believed to have entered the United States with one of the fake visas, which were reproductions based on genuine travel documents the con-men had obtained.
Pointing to the changes in one Virginia district, Justice Stephen Breyer said, "They moved 11,293 people out and 17,000 in. So let's look at those people."
French Socialist PM Manuel Valls announces he is standing in next year's presidential election
The President-elect broke decades of foreign policy protocol by speaking with the Taiwan president last week
The Sweden Democrats (SD) have been trying to distance themselves from some of their most radical elements in order broaden their electoral base.
DHKP-C figure Fehriye Erdal, at large since absconding from house arrest in 2006, will be sentenced for triple murder
Turkey is 'important for Europe in addressing different kinds of challenges and security threats', says Stoltenberg