World Bulletin / News Desk
Palestinian resistance faction Hamas on Wednesday called on the Palestinian Authority (PA) to terminate its ongoing talks with Israel after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered his government to halt civilian and economic cooperation with the PA.
"[Hamas] urges the PA not to return to negotiations under any circumstances," Fawzi Barhoum said in a press statement.
He went on to voice hope that Netanyahu's move would provide the "impetus for reviving resistance in the West Bank."
An Israeli government official was quoted by Israeli daily The Jerusalem Post as saying that Netanyahu's decision had come in response to "Palestinian violations."
According to the paper, Israeli government ministers had been asked to refrain from meeting their Palestinian counterparts.
The order does not, however, apply to the Israeli Defense Ministry or to Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who represents Israel's lead negotiator in ongoing U.S.-sponsored peace talks.
The Arab League on Wednesday blamed Israel for the current impasse in ongoing peace talks with the Palestinians.
In a statement issued following a meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo, the pan-Arab body said that Israel refused to abide by a two-state solution, which calls for the creation of an independent Palestinian state on the pre-1967 borders.
"It also refuses to release afourth group of Palestinian prisoners," the statement said.
Arab foreign ministers hailed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's efforts to reach a comprehensive settlement to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, calling on Washington to maintain its efforts to kick-start foundering negotiations.
Wednesday's Arab foreign ministers meeting was held at the request of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas.
Arab foreign ministers reiterated their refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, along with unilateral Israeli attempts to change the geography and demography of the Palestinian territories with the aim of imposing new facts on the ground and undermining the two-state solution.
Palestinian-Israeli peace talks stalled last month when Israel refused to release a fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners– despite earlier pledges to do so – as a means of pressuring the PA to extend an April 29 negotiation deadline.
In response, Abbas formally applied for Palestinian membership in several U.N. agencies and conventions.
The Ukranian parliament has rejected the resignation of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
Twenty eight migrants, mostly Bangladeshi, were wounded when foremen at a strawberry farm opened fire on about 200 immigrant workers who were protesting for back pay in the southwestern town of Manolada in April last year.
Corey Robin, a Jewish professor of political science at Brooklyn College and a longtime critic of Israel, was also arrested at the protest.
The government increased fuel prices after spending about $3 billion on energy subsidies last year, nearly a third of state revenue.
Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine intend to take part in talks with Moscow, Kiev and the OSCE security and rights organisation in Belarus.
“We brought dolls to refer to the children of Gaza,” Neta Golan, a spokesperson for the group, told Anadolu Agency outside the court.
France, the Philippines and the U.S. also decided to pull out staff this week.
The United Nations relief agency’s Commissioner General Pierre Krahenbuhl condemned the killing children in their sleep.
Separately, U.S. lawmakers were working in Congress to provide millions of dollars in additional funding for Israel's "Iron Dome" missile shield.
In the absence of a deal, Israel has ordered its ground forces to focus on locating and destroying a warren of tunnels.
To get aid into Gaza, Iran has to fly it to Egypt and then take it across the Rafah border crossing. The only other option would be to go through Israel, unthinkable for Iran.
A joint rescue team is searching for those missing after a fishing vessel capsized with 48 on board in North Sumatra.
It is likely that the losses sustained by Morganti Development LLC, which owns a stake in the Gaza power plant, will be paid for by U.S. taxpayers, who ironically also help fund the Israeli army.
Talks between Catalan President Artur Mas and Spanish Prime Minister Marianop Rajoy failed to produce any agreement but the region still plans to hold a vote in November.
President Juan Manuel Santos said guerrilla attacks on infrastructure could bring an end to peace negotiations.
Republicans have complained about other unilateral actions that Obama has taken to advance his agenda, from executive orders on immigration policy to same-sex partner benefits.