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  • Israeli soldiers pause during a patrol of an area near the scene of a shooting near the Tarqumiya checkpoint, near the West Bank city of Hebron, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Police say assailants opened fire on an Israeli vehicle in the West Bank Monday, killing one person and wounding two.(AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

    Hamas praises deadly West Bank shooting

    The prime minister of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday praised a shooting that killed an Israeli and wounded his wife and son as they drove through the West Bank the previous evening en route to a Seder, the traditional Passover meal that starts the weeklong Jewish holiday.

  • Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to discuss his budget and the status of diplomatic hot spots. Lawmakers' questions focused on Russia, Ukraine, Iran and Syria. Kerry, a former chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, threatened Russia with tougher economic sanctions if it fails to back down from its chaotic involvement in Ukraine. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    MAY: The Mideast peace process peters out

    Blessed are the peacemakers, but don't confuse peacemakers with peace processors.

  • FILE - In this Friday, April 4, 2008 file photo, Palestinian athlete Nader Masri, 28, holds the shirt he will be wearing when competing in the 2008 Olympics, at his home in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip. On Tuesday, April 8, 2014 Israel's high court has upheld a decision by the military to prevent Nader Masri, 34, a Gaza Olympian, from leaving the coastal strip to participate in a marathon in the West Bank. Israel has severely restricted the movement of people and goods in and out of Gaza since the Islamic militant Hamas took control there in 2007. Tuesday's ruling ends hopes of 34-year-old Nader Masri to participate in Friday's marathon in biblical Bethlehem. Israel says only humanitarian hardship cases are allowed to leave Gaza. (AP Photo/Majed Hamdan)

    Israel bars Palestinian Olympian from leaving Gaza

    Israel has barred 30 runners, including an Olympic athlete, from leaving the Gaza Strip to participate in a marathon later this week, highlighting Israel's tight restrictions on travel in and out of the Hamas-ruled territory, Palestinian officials said Tuesday.

  • Hamas military wing members take part in a ceremony to inaugurate a monument marking the anniversary of the death of  a senior Hamas official Ibrahim Maqadama, killed in an Israeli air strike in 2003, in Gaza City , Monday, March 10, 2014. The monument represents a model of the Hamas made longer-range M75 missile which has  a range of about 80 kilometers and was used for the first time in 2012 against targets in Israel. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

    Israeli drone crashes in Gaza; airstrike kills 3

    An Israeli airstrike killed three Gaza militants on Tuesday near an area where an unmanned Israeli surveillance aircraft crashed earlier in the day, an official in the Palestinian territory said. The Israeli military said it was responding to mortar fire.

  • FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 file photo, Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, right, and Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil, left, waves to the crowd as they meet in Gaza City. An Egyptian court ruled on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 to ban activities of the Palestinian militant group Hamas in Egypt in a move likely to fuel tension between Cairo's military-backed government and the Islamic group that rules the neighboring Gaza Strip. Egypt's interim leaders maintain that Hamas is playing a key role in the insurgency by militants in the northern region of the Sinai Peninsula, which borders Hamas-ruled Gaza and Israel. (AP Photo/Adel Hana, File)

    Egypt court bans all activities by Hamas

    An Cairo court on Tuesday banned all activities of Hamas in Egypt and ordered the seizure of its offices and assets.

  • Growing herbs a remedy for some Gaza economic woes

    Gaza farmers have begun growing mint, basil and coriander, saying such herbs can serve as a remedy for some of the blockaded Palestinian territory's economic woes.

  • In this Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 photo, director Majed Jundiyeh holds a mobile phone to compare the image of Gilad Schalit to the likeness of actor Mahmoud Karira, who will play the character of Shalit in a movie being made in Gaza called, ''Losing  Shalit," in Gaza City. "Losing Schalit," currently being filmed in the blockaded territory, is the first of a planned three-part series about the 2006 capture of Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit by gunmen allied with the Islamic militant Hamas movement. Parts two and three will depict Schalit's time in captivity and his 2011 swap for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

    Gaza's 2nd feature film revisits resistance theme

    Gaza's tiny movie industry may struggle with amateur actors and power outages, but at least it has a winning formula of which the producers never seem to tire: the heroics, from a Palestinian perspective, of those fighting Israeli occupation.

  • Malik Obama (second from right), brother of President Obama, attends the Orphans Development Fund Conference in Sanaa, Yemen, in 2010. (

    Obama's brother wears Hamas scarf bearing anti-Israel slogans in photo

    A photo of President Obama's half-brother, Malik, who served as the best man at his brother's wedding, has surfaced showing him wearing a special scarf emblazoned with anti-Israel slogans used by the terror group Hamas.

  • In this image taken from Egyptian state TV, toppled President Mohammed Morsi stands inside a glass-encased metal cage in a courtroom in Cairo, Tuesday, Jan. 28. 2014. Morsi was separated from other defendants for the start of a new trial Tuesday over charges from prison breaks during the country's 2011 revolution. (AP Photo/Egyptian State TV)

    A more-controlled Morsi appears in Egyptian court

    The second court appearance for ousted President Mohammed Morsi was very different from his first: He wore a white prison uniform Tuesday instead of a trim dark suit. And when the Islamist leader wanted to speak, a judge controlled his microphone in the soundproof glass cell.

  • GAZA CITY, GAZA STRIP -In this file photo, masked Hamas militants march during a demonstration supporting Hamas' Spiritual Leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin on January 16, 2004, in Gaza City, Gaza Strip. Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated in Gaza Strip towns and refugee camps after the Israeli deputy defense minister stated that "Yassin is marked for death" following a suicide bombing that killed three Israeli soldiers and a security officer in Gaza. (Photo by Abid Katib/Getty Images)

    13,000 teens graduate Hamas terror-training camps

    The Hamas government in Gaza celebrated the graduation on Tuesday of some 13,000 high school students who spent the last six days learning how to be terrorists.

  • An Israeli soldier stands near an Iron Dome anti-missile battery system, on the far left, near the southern city of Sderot, Israel, Wednesday, Dec. 25. 2013, 2013. Israeli air and ground forces launched a series of attacks Tuesday on targets across the Gaza Strip, killing a young girl and wounding several in response to the deadly shooting of an Israeli civilian by a Palestinian sniper. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

    String of Palestinian attacks has Israel jittery

    A spate of violent Palestinian attacks on Israeli targets in recent weeks is raising concerns in Israel that it may be on the verge of a new type of Palestinian uprising.

  • FILE - In this file photo taken Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, African lion cubs, Fajer, right, and his sister, Sejeel, left, rest after feeding at Besan Zoo in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip. Authorities said a pair of newborn lion cubs unveiled by Hamas as prized additions to the zoo in the Gaza Strip have died. Mohammad Abdel-Rahman, the acting manager of the Beit Lahiya zoo in northern Gaza, said Thursday the cubs died of an unspecified illness. He said the zoo’s staff was unable to save them because they lacked experience in caring for newborn cubs. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa, File)

    Lion cubs in Hamas-run zoo die in two days

    Two newborn lions at a Hamas-operated zoo in the Gaza Strip heralded as prized additions and a victory for Palestinians have died after just two days.

  • Anti-terrorism case in U.S. is key test for Israel

    Over the decades, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has cultivated an image as a tough-talking leader in the global struggle against terrorism. That reputation could be put to the test this month in a landmark court case that could force him to choose between supporting victims of Palestinian violence and risking a diplomatic rift with China.

  • Hamas hires first spokeswoman to promote softer image

    The Islamist Hamas government of the Gaza Strip has for the first time appointed a woman to represent it, in hopes to present a softer image to its own citizens and the world.The Islamist Hamas government of the Gaza Strip has appointed, for the first time, a woman to represent it, in hopes of presenting a softer image to its own citizens and the world.

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