Abbas at UN - AP - Sept. 21, 2011
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas holds his hands to his face as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the 66th session of the General Assembly at UN headquarters, Sept. 21, 2011. Photo by AP
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The Palestinians will press ahead with a bid to upgrade their status at the United
Nations, a senior official said on Monday, despite Prime Minister Netanyahu's request to halt the initiative and call for resumption of negotiations.

The Syrian army bombarded rebel strongholds in southern Damascus on Monday with artillery and from the air, hours after opposition fighters attacked a militia loyal to President Bashar Assad, opposition activists said.

Members of Rabin camp criticized Labor Party leader Shelly Yacimovich for forgetting the first thing about his legacy – that the peace process and social justice are two sides of the same coin.

Microsoft hopes to become a player in Israel and around the world, with the November introduction of its new smartphone operating system, based on cellphone operating system Windows Phone 8.

Moscow is supplying arms to Syria under Soviet-era commitments that were meant for defense against external threats, not to support President Bashar Assad, Russia's foreign minister told an Egyptian newspaper.

A 16-year-old Palestinian shepherd from the southern Hebron Hills spent almost six months in jail on suspicion of rape, while those now believed to be the real perpetrators remain at large.
 

The international community must impose sanctions on Israel in order to curb its government's racism and extremism, Israeli Arab MK Balad chairman Jamal Zahalka wrote in an op-ed published in the British newspaper The Guardian on Monday.

Environmentalists fear the cancellation of a plan to build a resort on Palmahim Beach may be overturned because more than two years later the planning authorities have yet to approve the alternative plan for a national park at the site.