July 30, 2013 A White House official called it a "quick check-in." Media reports say the president reminded negotiators to exhibit good will.
July 29, 2013 Over the past six weeks, Egypt's military has cracked down on the smuggling tunnels that bring many goods into Gaza. One official estimates that Gaza's GDP has lost $230 million and thousands of jobs over the past six weeks. Israel tightly controls construction materials going into Gaza.
July 28, 2013 Monday's meeting will mark the beginning of the first direct negotiations between the two sides since 2008.
July 28, 2013 Najla Said's father, Edward Said, was an outspoken professor and prominent voice for Palestinian independence. Yet Najla's life felt less grounded. Growing up as a Palestinian-Lebanese-American in New York City, she balanced competing cultures and multiple lives, searching for a place to fit in.
July 23, 2013 A recent survey found strong anti-American sentiment among leading aid recipients. In Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan and the Palestinian territories, 16 percent or less of the population had a positive impression of the U.S.
July 20, 2013 The announcement comes hours after Secretary of State John Kerry said the two sides had agreed in principle to restart peace talks that collapsed five years ago.
July 19, 2013 The details have not been finalized, but the sides appear close to resuming full-fledged negotiations after years of stalemate.