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Gaza crisis: Israel scrambles to restore foreign flights to Tel Aviv

Steven Scheer Israel tried on Wednesday to get US and European commercial flights to Tel Aviv restored after some carriers suspended services, insisting its main airport there was safe despite being targeted by...

Al-Qaeda plotted US embassy attack in Tel Aviv: Israel

A file photo of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri. Israel said it had foiled an

Dan Williams Israel said it had arrested two Palestinians from East Jerusalem who were planning to carry out attacks for al-Qaeda, including on the US Embassy, with the help of foreign suicide bombers posing as...

Tel Aviv, Jerusalem sound sirens as Israel extends strikes

Alisa Odenheimer and Calev Ben-David Palestinian missiles landed in areas around Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and air-raid warnings sounded in both cities as Israel extended its bombing of the Gaza Strip and planned to increase its military...

Explosion on bus in Tel Aviv wounds 10

Tel Aviv

A BLAST on a Tel Aviv bus that injured at least 10 people on Wednesday, three of them seriously, was ''a terrorist attack'', the Israeli Prime Minister's spokesman said.

Israel worries as al-Qaeda affiliates gain control of Syrian side of Golan frontier

Guard duty: Irish members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force  sit in an armoured personnel carrier as they escort a convoy of vehicles leaving the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.

Ruth Eglash Israel has some new neighbours. Al-Qaeda-linked rebels have, for the first time, established a permanent presence on the Syrian frontier.

Beheading victim kept faith secret during captivity

US journalist Steven Sotloff before he was executed by Islamic State jihadists.

Gordon Rayner Steven Sotloff had kept secret from his Islamist captors the fact that he was Jewish with dual US-Israeli citizenship.

Riots in Jerusalem as police clash with Palestinians following teenager's death

Protesters take cover in Jerusalem on Sunday.

Ammar Awad Scores of Palestinians rioted in East Jerusalem on Sunday after hearing that a young man from their neighbourhood had died of wounds suffered in a clash with Israeli police last week.

Released US hostage Peter Theo Curtis says he is overwhelmed by welcome home

Peter Theo Curtis

Susan Heavey An American writer released this week after nearly two years of captivity in Syria said he was overwhelmed by the outpouring of attention he received after returning home, he told reporters on...

An unsteady peace in Gaza

A Palestinian father carries his wounded son as they wait to cross into Egypt at the re-opened Rafah border crossing.

Ruth Pollard, Middle East Correspondent The ceasefire in Gaza is just four days old but already the clock is ticking toward the next outbreak of war.

Israel plans sensors to detect Palestinian tunnels

Subterranean threat: An Israeli soldier gives journalists a tour of a tunnel allegedly used by Palestinian militants for attacks from the Gaza Strip.

Robert Tait The Israeli army is researching a sensor-based system designed to detect tunnels that it says are being dug by Palestinian militants trying to infiltrate into Israel.

French journalists arrested in West Papua could be charged with subversion

A Papaun holds the Morning Star indpendence flag during the funeral for the prominent independence leader Theys Eluay in Sentani, West Papua, November 17, 2001.

Michael Bachelard The detention of two French journalists in the Indonesian province of West Papua has taken a dangerous new turn with local police suggesting the pair were present at an exchange of ammunition by a...

Gaza cease-fire off to rocky start as Palestine accuses Israel of cross-border shooting

Nidal al-Mughrabi Israel denies shooting at houses as the two sides agree to extend their truce by five days.

Israel responds to rockets, killing wife and child of Hamas military leader

Palestinians flee their houses after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City.

Nidal al-Mughrabi Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets at Israel for a second day as fighting resumed after the collapse of truce talks in Egypt.

Israel kills three top Hamas commanders in Gaza air strikes

Tens of thousands of Palestinians marched at the funeral of the three Hamas commanders.

Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell An Israeli air strike killed three senior Hamas commanders in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, a clear sign of its intention to hit the group's armed leadership days after a ceasefire failed.

Woman and four children killed as Israel threatens expanded Gaza operation

An Israeli strike hits a three-story building believed to house families in Gaza City.

Calev Ben-David and Saud Abu Ramadan Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told residents of the Gaza Strip that any militant target was fair game, as aircraft struck dozens of sites and his defence minister hinted at a new...

Dad, Israel, Palestine and me

Another world: Former Israel premier Ariel Sharon (right) during the Arab-Israeli war in October 1973, which changed the lives of those in the kibbutz.

Jacob Stone Israel seems a very different place today compared with the sunny idealism of the kibbutz movement of the '70s.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ready to seek peace pact on his own

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Jodi Rudoren Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas plans to present an initiative that would bypass US-brokered negotiations with Israel that have failed for many years to produce a Palestinian state.

Peter Theo Curtis rescue - how Qatar played now-familiar role in securing US hostage's release

Peter Theo Curtis during his captivity.

Adam Goldman and Karen DeYoung Last month, an American media executive arrived in Doha with a retired FBI agent known for his extensive contacts within the government of Qatar.

Israel says Gaza ceasefire violated by more militant rockets

Palestinian Hamas supporters gather for a rally in Gaza City, Gaza Strip,  on Thursday.

Calev Ben-David and Saud Abu Ramadan Israel said a ceasefire with Hamas forces in Gaza was violated hours before it was due to expire, following a failure by negotiators from the two sides to reach a longer-term deal.

Gaza conflict: Is US pressuring Israel with airport ban?

Passengers and airline staff stand near a check-in desk of an airline that cancelled its flight out of Tel Aviv at Ben Gurion International airport.

The US denies that a ban on US airliners flying to Tel Aviv and a stark US travel warning are ploys to push Israel to agree a Gaza truce.