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UN says Israel, not Iran, North Korea or Syria worst violator of human rights

What country deserves more condemnation for violating human rights than any other nation on earth? According to the U.N.’s top human rights body, that would be Israel.<p>Last week, Israel was the U.N.’s number one women’s rights violator. This week it is the U.N.’s all-round human rights …

Israeli shelling of Gaza mosques targets Hamas’ capabilities, but also hurts social fabric

Only the minaret still stands after an Israeli airstrike reduced Gaza's Al-Qassam Mosque to a heap of concrete, iron rods and dust. Hours after the pre-dawn attack, rescue workers searched in the rubble, residents gathered — and plainclothes Hamas security agents mingled among them.<p>Also known as …

Gaza ceasefire: 'It feels like normal life'

The long-term ceasefire agreed by Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday appears to be holding.<p>The truce has brought an end to seven weeks of fighting that killed more than 2,200 people, the majority of them Palestinians.<p>The BBC's Quentin Sommerville in Gaza City explained …

The cease-fire in Gaza by the numbers

Israel and the Palestine Authority have agreed to a long-term cease-fire brokered by the US and Egypt. While it remains to be seen if this cease-fire will last longer than others that quickly fell apart, diplomats seem to have more confidence in the current agreement. How did we get here?<p>50 days of …

Police in Israel find body of missing American student

Israeli police said on Thursday they had found the body of a 23-year-old American student who went missing last week near a forest in Jerusalem and that they did not suspect a criminal motive.<p>Aaron Sofer, a Jewish seminary student from New Jersey, vanished last Friday while walking in woods not far …

Defiant Gaza militants vow to rearm amid shaky truce

Calm returned to the coastal enclave in a Tuesday ceasefire, and Gazans were gradually starting to rebuild their lives after a bloody and destructive 50-day war, the deadliest for years.<p>However, the chances of long-term peace hung in the balance after Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal ruled out Israeli …