Negotiators have reached a deal to resolve the 38-day standoff between Israeli troops and Palestinian militants at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity.
Israeli tanks headed towards Gaza Thursday, following the Israeli security cabinet's approval of retaliatory military strikes.
A suicide bomber detonated a car filled with explosives outside a hotel in Karachi, Pakistan this morning, killing 11 French navy experts, two Pakistanis and himself. Twenty-three others were injured in the attack.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon cut short a U.S. visit, returning to Israel to convene a cabinet meeting that is expected to decide how to respond to a deadly suicide bombing.
A suicide bomber killed at least 16 people in a pool hall in the southern Israeli town of Rishon Letzion Tuesday. At least 60 were injured, many of them seriously.
Efforts to resolve the 36-day-old standoff at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity stalled Tuesday after Italy refused to accept 13 Palestinian gunmen holed up inside.
The United States announced Monday it will not participate in the world's first permanent international war crimes court.
French voters re-elected President Jacques Chirac en masse Sunday, in an election that was more a rejection of extreme-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen than a show of support for Chirac's policies.
Negotiators are reportedly close to a deal that would end the five-week standoff between Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
Israeli leaders and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat Friday cautiously welcomed calls for a Middle East peace conference.
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