Israel's cabinet on Sunday approved the release of 250 Palestinian prisoners to boost ties between the Jewish state and Fatah party leader and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, an Israeli official told CNN.
Alan Johnston's release is a publicity coup for the group, which wants to show it can bring stability to Gaza
Israeli forces killed eight militants during clashes in central Gaza on Thursday, Palestinian medical sources said.
In a newly released videotaped message similar to a "fireside chat," al Qaeda's second-in-command issues advice and directives for the Muslim world, terrorism expert Laura Mansfield said Wednesday.
Support buoyed Alan Johnston
I didn't sleep a wink last night, but I'm not tired. After a night of anxiety and drama, the BBC's Alan Johnston is finally free.
The new Palestinian government is seeking "intensive and active cooperation" with Israel to ensure that the chaos that recently gripped Gaza does not re-emerge in the West Bank, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad told CNN on Thursday.
Israeli army incursions into the Gaza Strip killed at least 11 Palestinians on Wednesday, including eight gunmen and a 12-year-old boy, in the bloodiest fighting Gaza has seen since Hamas took control there two weeks ago
As both BBC reporter Alan Johnston and Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit speak out, Hamas must show that it is powerful and responsible enough to win their release
The group is now key to whether Hamas can halt Israeli military intervention in Gaza. Can the militants coexist?
The militant group in Gaza claiming to hold BBC correspondent Alan Johnston renewed its threat Tuesday to kill the British journalist who has been held in Gaza since March 12.
A member of the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad was killed and three others wounded in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza late Sunday, Palestinian security sources said.
The Israeli Cabinet on Sunday approved the release of frozen tax funds to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, officials said, in a step to bolster the moderate Palestinian leader in his standoff against the Islamic militant group Hamas.
President Bush tries to paint Abbas's defeat in Gaza as a new chance for peace. But is he throwing good money after bad?
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday denounced Hamas leaders as "traitors," blaming them for planning their "bloody coup" in Gaza while participating in a unity government.
An emboldened Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told President Bush on Monday that now is the time to renew Mideast peace talks
Abbas dissolves the government as Hamas assumes control of Gaza. That leaves Israel pondering its next move
The European Union promising to restore hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Palestine's emergency government installed after Islamic militants seized control of Gaza
The United States joined the European Union on Monday in announcing its willingness to resume hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the new Palestinian government led by President Mahmoud Abbas.
The Palestinian leadership was further split Sunday as President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a temporary cabinet for his emergency government, a move described by a Hamas official as "illegal" and outside Abbas' authority.
Washington hoped to neutralize Hamas by strengthening Abbas. But the rout in Gaza has left that strategy in shreds
Palestinian gunmen raided parliament buildings controlled by rivals in the West Bank on Saturday as factional fighting continued to spread.
The military wing of Hamas said Friday it is working to secure the release of kidnapped BBC journalist Alan Johnston, who was abducted March 12 in Gaza.
The declaration by Hamas that it is in control of Gaza left many nations in the Middle East and beyond scrambling to determine what to do next -- and wondering how the recent crisis will affect plans for a permanent peace in the region.
The Arab League called Friday "on all parties to stop the fighting on Palestinian lands" and return the government to its status before Hamas forces claimed full control of Gaza.
Fighters from the Hamas party claimed full control of Palestinian Authority security agencies in Gaza late Thursday. Its leader rejected an emergency decree from President Mahmoud Abbas dissolving the Hamas-led Palestinian unity government.
To the alarm of Washington, Hamas has seized the advantage in the increasingly vicious war between Palestinian factions
The Palestinian President warned of possible collapse in Gaza as Hamas launched new attacks on Palestinian Authority security forces in the south Wednesday after declaring northern Gaza a "closed military area."
Israeli aircraft launched airstrikes in Gaza City early Sunday, one day after Palestinian gunmen crossed the Gaza border, believed to be the first such incident in a year.
Israel's government said Wednesday that a cease-fire with Palestinian militants is not on the table, and its military will continue to target militants in Gaza.
An Israeli airstrike killed two members of Hamas' military wing early Wednesday, Palestinian security sources said, as Israel kept up pressure on Palestinian militants in the West Bank and Gaza.
Hours after a Qassam rocket shot into Israel from Gaza killed an Israeli civilian, Israel's prime minister on Sunday warned "all those involved in firing Qassams will be hit. No one is immune."
Israel unleashed a new round of airstrikes on Gaza and arrested a second Hamas member of the Palestinian unity government in the West Bank on Saturday, Israel Defense Forces told CNN.
Israeli airstrikes hit five targets in and around Gaza City early Saturday, wounding four people, Palestinian security sources said.
The fighting in both places, says Robert Baer, may be a troubling sign that al-Qaeda is making new inroads
Three people were wounded Thursday in an Israeli airstrike near a Hamas training facility one block from the residence of Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya, a Palestinian security source told CNN.
Six people were wounded Wednesday night in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, the Palestinian Ramattan news agency said.
Analysis: Air strikes have taken out some Hamas leaders and crews firing rockets at Israel. But many Palestinians perceive the Israeli actions as support for Fatah
An Israeli airstrike on Monday hit a car carrying Islamic Jihad militants in northern Gaza, killing four, Palestinian security sources said.
Hours after Israel's prime minister vowed to respond to ongoing rocket attacks with an increased military response, Israeli strikes in Gaza killed at least 10 Palestinians, including a child, Palestinian security sources said Sunday.
Israel's response to rockets launched from Gaza into its cities has been "measured" so far but could grow harsher if the attacks continue, Israel's ambassador to the United States said Friday.
Britain's Foreign Office has been holding talks in London with the attorney of a jailed Jordanian associate of Osama bin Laden in a bid to secure the release of kidnapped BBC reporter Alan Johnston, officials said Thursday.
Israeli airstrikes -- targeting Hamas in retaliation for dozens of Qassam rockets fired from Gaza into Israel in the past four days -- killed at least six Palestinians on Thursday, Palestinian security sources said.
For the first time in five months, the armed wing of Hamas has fired mortars and rockets into Israel from Gaza, breaking an unofficial truce and a period of relative calm along the border.
The parents of BBC reporter Alan Johnston, who was kidnapped last month in Gaza, have appealed for news of his condition after an unknown militant group said it had killed him.
Every time I hear of a kidnapping in Gaza, a chill goes down my spine. In the case of Alan Johnston, the BBC's seasoned Gaza correspondent who disappeared a week ago, the chills are even worse. They've crawled up and down my spine ever since he vanished.
The BBC has appealed for any information about Alan Johnston, the network's correspondent in Gaza who is believed to have been kidnapped in the Palestinian territory a week ago.
The British Broadcasting Corporation said Monday it believes its correspondent in Gaza may have been kidnapped.
Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah agreed to a cease-fire late Monday in a bid to end four days of violence that killed at least 29 people in Gaza and the West Bank.
Two Palestinians crawling toward the fence between Gaza and Israel were shot and killed early Monday morning, an Israeli army spokeswoman said.
Militants in Gaza released Jaime Razuri, a 50-year-old photographer for Agence France-Presse, a reporter for the wire service told CNN.
"Was the destruction bad in Beirut?" asked the driver on the way to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport.
Armed militants kidnapped a photographer with Agence France-Presse on Monday in Gaza, AFP's office in Jerusalem said.
Israel is willing to transfer $100 million to Palestinians for humanitarian needs, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's spokeswoman said Saturday night after Olmert met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Hamas and Fatah agreed Tuesday to a new cease-fire in Gaza after an earlier truce failed to stop street battles that have killed 14 people and wounded dozens more.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Saturday called for early elections, amid increased violence between political factions and the collapse of talks on forming a unity government.
On Monday morning, Baha Balousheh kissed his three sons goodbye and sent them off to school. From his children's bedroom window, he watched them drive away in their chauffeured car.
Gunfire broke out and a border crossing was closed after Israel blocked Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya from crossing into Gaza from Egypt on Thursday.
Hundreds of Palestinian police officers took to the streets of Gaza City Saturday to protest the lack of paychecks, while dozens of Palestinians stormed a West Bank health clinic demanding vaccinations for their children, according to a witness and Palestinian security sources.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with Israeli and Palestinian leaders Thursday in an effort to capitalize on recent moves to achieve peace in the Mideast, including a cease-fire in Gaza.
In violation of a cease-fire agreement between Palestinian factions and Israel, militants in northern Gaza on Monday fired two more rockets into Israel, said Israel Defense Forces.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday ordered 13,000 security forces to deploy near the border to enforce a cease-fire agreement with Israel, sources in Abbas' office told CNN.
Palestinian militants in Gaza fired two rockets into Israel Sunday, according to Israeli Army Radio, hours after a total cease-fire in Gaza was agreed upon by the Israeli government and Palestinian factions.
A Hamas political leader warned Saturday of a new uprising if no progress is made to establish a Palestinian state based on borders before the 1967 war with Israel.
An Israeli airstrike Sunday targeted a car carrying Hamas militants in Gaza City, severely wounding the militants and injuring eight civilians, Palestinian medical sources said.
Israeli aircraft fired missiles at targets in Gaza late Wednesday and early Thursday, Israeli and Palestinian authorities said. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
An Israeli rocket launched into Gaza killed a 16-year-old and wounded a Palestinian national guard soldier Sunday morning, Palestinian medical sources said.
Israel's military crackdown on Palestinian militants in northern Gaza continued for a fifth day Sunday, with the deaths of a Hamas militant and a Palestinian policeman by Israeli fire, according Palestinian medical sources.
Palestinian militants who had been in a firefight with Israeli soldiers escaped Friday, many of them slipping away in a crowd of women who had come to join what had begun as a standoff.
A Spanish charity worker abducted Monday in Gaza was released late at night, according to the agency for which he works.
Israeli forces killed a senior Palestinian militant commander and six others Monday in northern Gaza, Palestinian security sources said.
The State Department has complained to the Israeli government about its discriminatory treatment of Arab-Americans traveling to the Palestinian territories, senior State Department officials said Thursday.
Eight Palestinians have been killed in two separate attacks on Saturday, Palestinian sources said.
The Hamas-led Palestinian government closed all of its ministries Monday following massive anti-government protests in Gaza and the West Bank on Sunday.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas appealed for calm late Sunday after protests by long-unpaid police officers led to violent clashes in Gaza that left nine people dead.
Israeli forces killed three Palestinians during an airstrike in Gaza on Thursday and shot at an armed militant during operations in the Gaza city of Rafah, Israel Defense Forces said.
The Mideast Quartet welcomes Palestinian efforts to form a unity government and urged the world to address the region's growing humanitarian needs, the group announced Wednesday.
Five members of the Palestinian Intelligence Service were killed Friday as they left a mosque in a Gaza refugee camp, according to Palestinian security sources.
Two Fox journalists kidnapped by militants two weeks ago in Gaza and freed appeared to be in good health as they embraced family and co-workers in an emotional reunion.
A Hamas militant was targeted and killed in an Israeli airstrike east of Gaza City Sunday morning while Israeli ground forces patrolled the area for tunnels and planted bombs, Israel Defense Forces and Palestinian sources said.
The Palestinian prime minister said late Saturday that he hopes two Fox journalists kidnapped earlier this month will be released "in the coming hours," his office said.
The brother of one of the two Fox News journalists abducted in Gaza City August 14 pleaded Thursday with the kidnappers to release them, saying the journalists have no power to fulfill any demands.
The wife of one of the Fox News journalists kidnapped in Gaza City last week issued an emotional plea to the kidnappers Thursday, saying her husband, Olaf Wiig, and Steve Centanni merely wanted to tell the Palestinians' story.
The captors of two Fox News journalists have demanded freedom within 72 hours for Muslims held in U.S. jails, according to a leaflet distributed Wednesday with a video.
The family of Fox News correspondent Steve Centanni, kidnapped nearly a week ago along with a cameraman in Gaza, appealed for information about his condition in a videotaped statement that aired Sunday.
Israel ended its occupation of the Gaza Strip last year, but it still controls what goes in and what comes out of the Palestinian territory. So when Hamas militants attacked an Israeli military po...
Israel Defense Forces killed two Islamic Jihad militants in the West Bank on Saturday, one of whom was the head of the group's military wing, according to Palestinian sources.
The Israel Defense Forces re-entered northern Gaza late Saturday, Israeli military sources said.
A rocket slammed into the Palestinian Ministry of National Economy building in Gaza City early Saturday, according to Palestinian security sources.
Sometimes I think we ought to keep some headlines in a "most active" file, because we know they will be appropriate time, after time, after time.
The United States on Thursday vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding Israel halt its attacks in Gaza.
An Israeli airstrike hit the Palestinian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Gaza City early Thursday, wounding at least 10 people and destroying the fourth and fifth floors of the building, Palestinian security sources and witnesses said.
An Israeli airstrike killed at least seven Palestinians and wounded 15 others as Israeli troops moved into new areas of central Gaza early Wednesday, Palestinian sources said.
As Israeli airstrikes continued Monday in Gaza, a Hamas political leader said the Palestinian people won't accept the release of an Israeli soldier until the Jewish state agrees to free Palestinian prisoners.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Monday put no time limit on military operations in Gaza designed to free an Israeli soldier abducted two weeks ago and rout out Palestinian militants firing missiles into Israel.
New Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza on Sunday, Palestinian sources said, killing one Palestinian and wounding more than a dozen others as Israel continued its push to free a kidnapped soldier.
Israel launched more attacks against targets in Gaza early Sunday, continuing its bid to retrieve a soldier who was kidnapped two weeks ago.
Israeli forces pushed deeper into Gaza early Saturday amid conflicting statements regarding the release of an Israeli soldier whose kidnapping last month sparked the current conflict.
The Hamas-led Palestinian government ordered its security forces Thursday to fight back against the Israelis who have been hammering Gaza with airstrikes and artillery since one of their soldiers was kidnapped last month.
Israeli military forces occupied a swath of northern Gaza early Thursday after moving troops across the border in a move apparently aimed at denying the militants a launching area for Qassam rockets.