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Aug 26, 2014

What’s in the Gaza peace deal?

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel and the Palestinians agreed on Tuesday to an Egyptian-brokered plan to end the fighting in Gaza after 50 days of combat in which more than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, 64 Israeli soldiers and five civilians in Israel were killed.

Following are the broad parameters of the agreement, which Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have been working on through indirect talks in Cairo over recent weeks.

Aug 25, 2014

Diffuse Hamas structure complicates Gaza peace efforts

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) – Founded by just seven people in Gaza, Hamas now has political and military leaders spread across the Arab world, complicating its ability to send a unified message for negotiating an end to a seven-week war with Israel.

In less than 30 years, what was a grassroots Islamic group has expanded well beyond the confines of Gaza, a narrow coastal enclave hemmed in by Israel and Egypt.

Aug 25, 2014

Insight – Diffuse Hamas structure complicates Gaza peace efforts

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) – Founded by just seven people in Gaza, Hamas now has political and military leaders spread across the Arab world, complicating its ability to send a unified message for negotiating an end to a seven-week war with Israel.

In less than 30 years, what was a grassroots Islamic group has expanded well beyond the confines of Gaza, a narrow coastal enclave hemmed in by Israel and Egypt.

Aug 24, 2014

Israel says it found Hamas training manual in Gaza

JERUSALEM, Aug 24 (Reuters) – The Israeli army has released
what it says is a page from a seized Hamas training manual that
would appear to support its case that Palestinian militants
deliberately use the cover of residential areas for combat
operations.

Hamas, which denies it puts civilians at risk by storing and
firing weapons from built-up areas, dismissed the document as a
forgery intended to justify Israeli attacks that have killed
hundreds of children, women and other non-combatants.

Aug 18, 2014

As Gaza war subsides, a battle over how it is investigated

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Even before starting work as chairman of a U.N. human rights commission investigating the Gaza war, Canadian law professor William Schabas has been vilified as an apologist for Iran incapable of setting aside his perceived anti-Israel bias.

Full page adverts have been taken out against him in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, while the Facebook page of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, a leader of the anti-Schabas campaign, has attracted more than 30,000 “likes”.

Aug 14, 2014

Israeli-Palestinian talks face major hurdles as new truce begins

JERUSALEM/GAZA, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Israel and the
Palestinians have given themselves five days to come up with a
comprehensive agreement to end the war in Gaza. While that is a
welcome extension on past ceasefires, there is still a
dangerously long way to go to bridge their differences.

After agreeing to Egypt’s proposal to extend the halt in
hostilities until Aug. 18 – a deal clinched with barely an hour
to run on the previous, 72-hour pause – Palestinian and Israeli
negotiators left Cairo to consult with their leaders.

Aug 13, 2014

Month of war leaves Israel with tricky economic outlook

JERUSALEM, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Israel’s month-long war with
Hamas in Gaza has added fuel to a Palestinian boycott movement
and may damage investor sentiment towards Israel at the margins,
even if the $250 billion hi-tech economy looks set to emerge
largely unscathed.

Analysts expect the war to have dented growth and cost
several billion dollars – foreign tourism alone fell by 25
percent in July. But Israel has weathered such storms in the
past and tends to rebound within a few months, with output
expanding at around 3-4 percent a year in recent years.

Jul 3, 2014

Is Europe’s troubled union really ready to change?

BRUSSELS, July 3 (Reuters) – After six decades of relentless
if incremental integration, might the European Union be about to
go into reverse?

The “ever closer union” enshrined in EU treaties since 1957
no longer looks so assured after a voter backlash in May’s
European Parliament elections and Britain’s increasingly
strident demands for a looser relationship with Brussels.

Jun 27, 2014

Lonely Cameron fails to stop EU nominating Juncker

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders nominated Jean-Claude Juncker for European Commission president on Friday by an overwhelming majority over the fierce objections of British Prime Minister David Cameron, who called it “a sad day for Europe”.

Cameron forced an unprecedented vote at an EU summit to dramatise his opposition both to the way the former Luxembourg prime minister was chosen and to his suitability for the most powerful EU job. He warned it could influence British voters’ eventual decision on whether to leave the European Union.

Jun 26, 2014

Day of reckoning arrives for Britain over EU’s Juncker

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – David Cameron will make a last-ditch stand against the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker for European Commission president on Friday, enforcing a point of principle that raises the risk of Britain leaving the European Union.

The British prime minister has made his opposition to Juncker abundantly clear. He sees the former Luxembourg premier as lacking the will and the skills to overhaul the EU and has told fellow leaders they are making a mistake in backing him – warning of unspecified ‘consequences’ if they persist.

    • About Luke

      "Luke is bureau chief for Reuters in Brussels. The 25-strong, multimedia bureau covers all European Union issues, from trade, energy and agriculture to foreign policy, competition, regulation and economic affairs. The bureau is also responsible for coverage of NATO and Belgian politics, economics and company news. In his beat, Luke covers foreign affairs, with a focus on the Middle East and Iran, and writes about EU economic policy. He was previously based in London, where he was defence correspondent, and before that had postings in Jerusalem, Baghdad, Rome and Johannesburg."
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