July 19, 2013 The details have not been finalized, but the sides appear close to resuming full-fledged negotiations after years of stalemate.
July 19, 2013 The trip comes after Palestinians balked at some of the conditions for returning to negotiations. The Mideast peace process has been a priority for John Kerry as secretary of state. This visit is his sixth to the region in as many months.
June 22, 2013 Palestinian Mohammad Assaf won the singing competition Saturday night, sending crowds of supporters into the streets in Gaza and the West Bank. "He shows that Palestine is not only a country of wars and battles," one fan said. "Palestine has talent, genius and nice singers."
May 30, 2013 What's the most effective way to protest? Teenage Palestinian boys have a long tradition of throwing stones at, and getting arrested by, Israeli soldiers. Palestinian girls say they are no less patriotic, but most don't believe that stone throwing is the best way to achieve their goals.
May 22, 2013 Despite much international criticism, Israel has continued building its West Bank barrier. It's now nearing completion, while the Israelis and Palestinians continue to argue over whether it will help or hurt prospects for a Middle East peace agreement.
May 17, 2013 The Islamic group Hamas runs the Gaza Strip and controls the police force. A number of young men say police plucked them from the street and shaved their heads recently, apparently because the officers didn't approve of their hairstyles.
May 8, 2013 The physicist said his decision as based on the advice of his Palestinian contacts. Hawking is one of the most prominent figures to join the academic boycott of the Jewish state. His decision has been criticized and labeled hypocritical.
March 20, 2013 The Gaza Kitchen weaves little-known stories of Gaza food and farming among Palestinian home-cooking recipes. It's an effort not just to document the flavors of modern and historic Gaza, but also to start a new conversation about the place and its people.
February 4, 2013 Israelis and Palestinians often say that the other side uses school textbooks that ignore or demonize the other side. A three-year study examined the claims.
November 22, 2012 Several people, including an Arab Israeli, was arrested in connection with Wednesday's bombing that wounded 27 people. All those arrested were linked to Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
November 20, 2012 The Gaza Strip faces tight restrictions from Israel, and this has led to an elaborate system of smuggling tunnels linked to neighboring Egypt. National Geographic examines the tunnels in a piece that has appeared just as Gaza has returned to the forefront of the news.
November 19, 2012 The Arab Spring and its aftermath have radically changed the dynamics in the Middle East, and this makes this round of Israeli-Palestinian fighting different from previous battles.
November 16, 2012 The Palestinians have been firing rockets at Israel for years, but the volleys had been confined to the sparsely populated south of the country. The attack directed at Jerusalem is seen as a powerful symbolic blow.
November 15, 2012 In a marriage of social media and warfare, Israel announced its military operation in the Gaza Strip via Twitter. Shortly afterward, Israel released video footage of a deadly air strike. Hamas, meanwhile, has been commenting on its rocket attacks against Israel.
November 11, 2012 The shots — the first that Israel has fired at Syria since the 1973 Yom Kippur War — come just days after a Syrian mortar shell hit a target inside the Israel-occupied Golan Heights. Israel noted the Syrian firing was part of that country's civil war. Separately, Israel also said it was ready to respond to a barrage of rocket fire from Gaza.