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Israel announced on Wednesday a partial freeze in high-level contacts with the Palestinians and also threatened economic steps after they signed international conventions, deepening a crisis menacing U.S.-brokered peace talks.
Human rights violations by Syrian government forces "far outweigh" those by armed opposition groups, U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay said on Tuesday, prompting the Syrian U.N. envoy to accuse her of acting like an irresponsible "lunatic."
The Obama administration scrambled on Wednesday to rescue faltering Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations after what it called "unhelpful, unilateral actions" by both sides.
No end in sight to Iraq's crisis, analysts say (28.03.2014)
With just a few weeks to go until elections are held in Iraq, the electoral commission has resigned, violence is reaching new highs and the political elite remains deeply divided along sectarian lines.
Watchdog: Half of Syria's chemicals removed (27.03.2014)
Chemical weapons agency says 53.6 percent of stockpiles have been destroyed or shipped overseas.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will continue working with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in the coming days, as he tries push their peace talks through a set of challenges that threaten to derail process.
The board of Iraq's election commission has resigned in protest at what it says is political and judicial interference ahead of April legislative elections.
The next round in Gaza – new ICG report (25.03.2014)
With Hamas’s fortunes on the decline and Gaza suffering its worst isolation and economic constriction in years, it is only a matter of time until a flare-up with Israel escalates into a major conflagration – unless the two reach a modest understanding to extend a fragile quiet.
A UN human rights investigator accused Israel on Friday of "ethnic cleansing" in pushing Palestinians out of East Jerusalem and cast doubt that the Israeli government could accept a Palestinian state in the current climate.