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UN resolution to impose 18-month deadline on Palestinian state talks (21.05.2015)

Details of draft resolution emerge as France says it will unilaterally recognise Palestinian state if no deal reached in timeframe .

US sends Iraq missiles for IS fight (20.05.2015)

The US military says it is sending 1,000 anti-tank missiles to the Iraqi government following the fall of Ramadi to Islamic State (IS) forces. A spokesman said the missiles would help counter the threat from large IS car bombs in the city, west of Baghdad.

Arming Iraq’s Kurds: fighting IS, inviting conflict – ICG briefing (12.05.2015)

Loosely organised in an ad hoc coalition, Western countries rushed military aid to Iraqi Kurds in the face of a lightning assault by the Islamic State (IS) in June 2014. They failed, however, to develop a strategy for dealing with the consequences of arming non-state actors in Iraq, a country whose...

Two UN peacekeepers wounded by Syria mortars on Golan Heights (04.05.2015)

Mortar bombs launched from Syria wounded two United Nations peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Monday, the Israeli military said, in what appeared to be stray fire from Syrian civil war fighting.

UN chief urges return to two-State negotiations for Israel and Palestine (21.04.2015)

The prospects of a two-State solution in the Middle East are getting dimmer with potentially explosive consequences for the entire region, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today as he urged the international community to boost efforts at bringing both Israeli and Palestinian...

Lebanon’s civil war: seven lessons forty years on - ISS Alert (10.04.2015)

Four decades ago, on 13 April 1975, the Lebanese civil war broke out. The conflict, which lasted 15 years, cost 150,000 lives, injured 300,000, and led to the emigration of almost a million people, brought the Lebanese state to near collapse. With similar conflicts now spreading throughout the...

EU weighs new methods to coax Israel back to peace talks (27.03.2015)

The European Union is assessing new ways to push Israel back to the peace negotiating table with the Palestinians for a deal based on a two-state solution, working in tandem with the United States, EU officials say.

UN chief urges Israel peace deal with Palestinians for state (19.03.2015)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon responded to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's election victory with a call Wednesday for the new government to negotiate a final peace agreement that will create "a viable Palestinian state."

Recent violence across Blue Line could spur new conflict – Security Council (19.03.2015)

The Security Council today expressed deep concern at recent incidents across the Blue Line and in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) area of operations, underlining that such events could lead to a new conflict that “none of the parties — or the region — can afford”.