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This month, Inside the Middle East journeys to Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Host Leone Lakhani strolls along the ramparts of the wall surrounding the old city of Jerusalem, a place of enormous spiritual and cultural significance for Jews, Christians and Muslims alike.

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UNESCO grants Bethlehem church 'world heritage' statusupdated: Sat Jun 30 2012 12:48:00

The United Nations body responsible for preserving the world's most important cultural sites voted Friday to grant "world heritage" status to the Church of the Nativity in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem.

Report: Syrian forces are using sex abuse in crackdownupdated: Fri Jun 15 2012 14:48:00

Syrian security forces, soldiers and pro-regime militias used sexual violence to torture people in detention and sexually abused women and girls as young as 12 in raids, a new report said Friday.

Book festival allowed into Gaza after five-year waitupdated: Fri May 11 2012 05:56:00

After five years of trying, an international group of authors have achieved their aim of taking their Palestine Festival of Literature to Gaza for the first time.

Israel shuts down Palestinian TV in raidupdated: Wed Feb 29 2012 09:37:00

Israeli security forces and intelligence officers raided a Palestinian television station overnight and took computers, tapes, transmitters and paperwork, the director of the station said Wednesday.

Israeli forces arrest two Palestinian politiciansupdated: Fri Jan 20 2012 10:41:00

Hamas condemned Friday the arrests of two Palestinian lawmakers and called for a halt to recent peace talks.

15 faith-based predictions for 2012updated: Sun Jan 01 2012 16:29:00

To ring in the New Year, CNN's Belief Blog asked experts in religion, faith leaders, and a secular humanist about how the forces of faith and faithlessness will shape the world in 2012.

With Security Council report, Palestinian statehood bid stalled at U.N.updated: Fri Nov 11 2011 15:45:00

The Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations was effectively stalled Friday after the Security Council approved a report stating its inability "to make a unanimous recommendation."

U.N. Security Council receives report on Palestiniansupdated: Tue Nov 08 2011 14:54:00

A draft report from a U.N. Security Council committee studying whether Palestinians should be accepted as a U.N. member state was "unable to make a unanimous recommendation" to the council.

Palestinians bid for statehood at U.N.updated: Tue Nov 01 2011 11:42:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas formally requests official recognition of a Palestinian state at the U.N.

U.S. cuts UNESCO funding after Palestinian membership voteupdated: Tue Nov 01 2011 11:42:00

The United States is cutting funding to the U.N. education and science agency UNESCO after the agency voted to accept a Palestinian bid for full membership, the U.S. State Department said Monday.

Abbas stumps for Palestinian statehood in El Salvadorupdated: Mon Oct 10 2011 08:31:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who is on a three-country tour in Latin America in a bid to build support for U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state, met with the president of El Salvador on Sunday.

Politics and football mix as Iran hosts Palestineupdated: Wed Oct 05 2011 17:08:00

On a political level, it was a powerful Middle East nation playing host to a people whose cause it supports.

Why the U.N. cannot create Palestineupdated: Sun Sep 25 2011 10:13:00

The U.N. speeches of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are behind us. There are doubts that Abbas will even be able to secure the necessary nine of 15 votes in the U.N. Security Council to support a resolution on statehood, regardless of the expected U.S. veto.

Will the U.N. recognize Palestine?updated: Fri Sep 23 2011 16:39:00

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov talks about efforts by the Palestinians to be recognized by the U.N.

Palestinian leader: Why our occupation must end nowupdated: Wed Sep 21 2011 05:55:00

I have lived my entire adult life under Israeli military occupation. I snatch an approximation of freedom only when I travel and even then I know I am not truly free because my homeland remains controlled by a foreign power.

Palestinians seeking statehood this weekupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 20:49:00

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu predicts the Palestinians' bid for statehood will fail. CNN's Fionnuala Sweeney reports

Nonviolent protests in the Middle Eastupdated: Sun Sep 18 2011 07:48:00

Brazilian filmmaker Julia Bacha looks at a village that staged a nonviolent protest to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Quartet meets again on Mideast peace talksupdated: Tue Jul 12 2011 18:47:00

Envoys with the Mideast Quartet met again Tuesday after failing Monday to reach an agreement on how to jump-start stalled talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

Top diplomats meet to jump-start stalled Middle East talksupdated: Tue Jul 12 2011 00:38:00

Top diplomats from the Middle East Quartet -- comprised of officials from the United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia -- met Monday night hoping to kick-start stalled negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Israel begins sending back detained activistsupdated: Sun Jul 10 2011 09:04:00

Israel started sending home pro-Palestinian activists it detained while trying to enter the country last week, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that his government would block similar "provocations" in the future.

Israeli officials detain pro-Palestinian protesters at airportupdated: Fri Jul 08 2011 12:30:00

Israeli officials have detained dozens of people traveling to Tel Aviv as part of an organized pro-Palestinian protest, a police spokesman said Friday.

An American soccer star playing for Palestineupdated: Mon Jul 04 2011 06:50:00

At six foot five, with his shock of blonde hair shaved into a fat Mohawk and talking in a languid Georgian drawl, Omar Jarun looks like he was once part of an all-conquering college basketball team.

Artist's Palestinian passport stampupdated: Sun Jul 03 2011 03:39:00

West Bank artist Khaled Jarrar has created a Palestinian passport stamp in protest at Israeli travel restrictions.

Palestinian passport art cries freedomupdated: Sun Jul 03 2011 03:39:00

When you pass through a country's borders, what does it mean to have immigration issue that authoritative stamp in your passport?

A Picasso comes to the Palestiniansupdated: Tue Jun 28 2011 04:43:00

In a small showroom in the West Bank city of Ramallah, two Palestinian security guards carefully watch over a masterpiece by one of the most famous artists in modern history.

Palestinian leaders to seek UN recognition as independent nationupdated: Sun Jun 26 2011 21:58:00

Palestinian leaders announced Sunday that they will go to the United Nations this September and ask to be recognized as an independent country, a move opposed by both Israel and the United States.

Alice Walker: Why I'm sailing to Gazaupdated: Tue Jun 21 2011 09:24:00

Why am I going on the Freedom Flotilla II to Gaza? I ask myself this, even though the answer is: What else would I do? I am in my sixty-seventh year, having lived already a long and fruitful life, one with which I am content.

The top five political comic booksupdated: Mon May 23 2011 05:18:00

The word "comic" typically conjures up images of muscly men in colorful tights who possess superhuman powers.

Italian activist and journalist kidnapped in Gaza is deadupdated: Fri Apr 15 2011 08:28:00

An Italian humanitarian activist and journalist who was kidnapped in Gaza has been found dead and one person is in custody, the Hamas Interior Ministry said Friday in a statement.

Facebook page supporting Palestinian intifada pulled downupdated: Tue Mar 29 2011 12:15:00

A controversial Facebook page calling for another Palestinian intifada has been pulled off the social media website, following complaints from the Israeli government that it incited violence against Jews.

Netanyahu's view on Palestineupdated: Tue Mar 22 2011 06:43:00

CNN's Piers Morgan reminds his viewers about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's view on Palestine.

Forgotten strings recall Holocaust horrorupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 18:14:00

Hidden in a basement in central Tel Aviv, amidst the smell of sawdust and varnish, is a musical workshop whose owner and son have spent the past 15 years tracking down violins played by Jewish Holocaust victims and bringing the instruments back to life.

Saving Holocaust memoriesupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 18:14:00

One man tells of his efforts to keep the memories of Holocaust victims alive through violins.

Revolt spreads against politics of despairupdated: Wed Jan 19 2011 09:09:00

A revolt against the politics of despair is sweeping across the Arab and Muslim world -- signs of which are on full display from Afghanistan and Iran to Palestine and most spectacularly in Tunisia.

Ecuador recognizes a Palestinian stateupdated: Sat Dec 25 2010 08:41:00

Ecuador is the latest country to recognize an independent Palestinian state.

600 new homes begun since settlement freeze ended, group saysupdated: Thu Oct 21 2010 12:53:00

Construction has started for about 600 new housing units in the West Bank since the Israeli settlement freeze ended late last month, the group Peace Now said Thursday.

Iran continues back-and-forth barbs with Palestinians over peace talksupdated: Sun Sep 05 2010 18:49:00

Iranian officials continued Sunday to trade barbs with the Palestinian Authority over its president's decision to renew direct peace talks with Israel.

Palestinian leader blasts Ahmadinejad over Mideast peace commentsupdated: Sat Sep 04 2010 23:27:00

The administration of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas lashed out at Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday, a day after Ahmadinejad criticized Abbas for renewing direct peace talks with Israel.

Abbas: We recognize challenges aheadupdated: Sat Sep 04 2010 23:27:00

President Mahmoud Abbas calls for Israelis to stop building settlements and allow for free movement.

Iranian opposition leader kept from anti-Israel ralliesupdated: Fri Sep 03 2010 12:13:00

Protesters gathered in Iran on Friday for a demonstration to observe an annual holiday that marks the country's solidarity with Palestinians and calls for the end of Israel occupation.

Israel, Palestine to resume talksupdated: Thu Sep 02 2010 14:06:00

CNN's Dan Lothian looks at the long road ahead after Israeli and Palestinian officials agreed to restart peace talks.

Unenlightenment and the 'Holy Land'updated: Mon Jun 07 2010 20:01:00

As a global community, we would probably like to believe that our ongoing human experiment has been driven by the enlightened advancement of collective human thought. Because as Mahatma Gandhi said, "I have nothing new to teach the world. ... Truth and nonviolence are as old as the hills."

Youth unemployment: Mideast 'ticking time bomb'updated: Fri Mar 12 2010 08:53:00

It is without a doubt one of the most pressing issues for the Middle East region today, described by Queen Rania of Jordan as a "ticking time bomb."

Islamic scholar who condemned terrorism: 'I am not afraid'updated: Thu Mar 11 2010 21:34:00

The Islamic scholar who issued a powerful fatwa, or religious ruling, against terrorism and suicide bombers said Thursday that he was not afraid of reprisals from his enemies and did not fear for his life.

Blasts near hotels kill 36 in Baghdadupdated: Mon Jan 25 2010 09:34:00

At least 36 people were killed and 71 hurt Monday in three vehicle bombings that rocked Baghdad, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said.

Women flock to see first female football game in West Bankupdated: Fri Nov 13 2009 08:45:00

The Faisal al Husseini football stadium was packed, two hours before kick off, with a noisy sea of Palestinian flags and white hijabs. Football matches are always a big deal in the West Bank, but this game was more significant than most. 10,000 women had flocked to the stadium, on the outskirts of East Jerusalem and a mere few meters from the separation barrier that snakes around the West Bank, to watch a historic football match few would have believed possible just a few years ago: the Palestinian women's national team were to play Jordan in their first ever home international.

Facetime with Salam Fayyadupdated: Fri Nov 13 2009 08:45:00

MME sat down with Salam Fayyad, Prime Minister of the PNA and asked his thoughts about how economics can potentially bring stability to the West Bank and Gaza.

A post-Holocaust tale of freedom deferredupdated: Wed Sep 30 2009 09:38:00

By the end of World War II in April 1945, with about two-thirds of European Jewry wiped out, Jewish survivors stepped out of the darkness in search of a place to call home.

'Bin Laden' tape: Obama can't stop warupdated: Mon Sep 14 2009 10:28:00

An audio message purportedly from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has accused President Barack Obama of being unable to fulfil his election pledge to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq.

Young Palestinians play to their strengthsupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 13:17:00

The Palestinian Youth Orchestra (PYO) is just one example of the Middle East's many arts and music initiatives that are helping spread a message of peace and harmony.

Palestine Youth Orchestra on iReportupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 05:24:00

The Palestinian Youth Orchestra (PYO) is just one example of the Middle East's many arts and music initiatives that are helping spread a message of peace and harmony.

Football in Iraq begins new eraupdated: Thu Jul 23 2009 07:14:00

When the final whistle blew after Iraq's 4-0 win over Palestine at the Al-Shaab Stadium it was abundantly clear this was not just any international friendly.

Purported bin Laden tape calls Gaza offensive a 'holocaust'updated: Sat Mar 14 2009 17:41:00

Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden called Israel's recent offensive in Gaza a "holocaust," according to a purported message from him posted on an Islamist Web site.

Palestine net FIFA football prizeupdated: Tue Jan 13 2009 06:13:00

Amid all the fanfare about Cristiano Ronaldo at Monday night's FIFA World Player Gala awards in Zurich, Switzerland; a remarkable story emerged.

Protesters across Europe call for end to Gaza conflictupdated: Sun Jan 11 2009 00:08:00

Thousands of demonstrators marched through cities across Europe on Saturday, calling for an immediate end to Israel's attacks on Gaza.

Wanted Saddam ally urges Palestinians to fight 'invaders'updated: Wed Jan 07 2009 10:13:00

An audio message attributed to Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, the highest ranking former member of Saddam Hussein's regime still at large, salutes the "People of Palestine" and calls on them to fight back against Israel in Gaza. World Soccer: Slowly but surely, South Africa readies for 2010 Cupupdated: Tue Jan 06 2009 12:41:00

South Africa will be ready for the World Cup in 2010 and, as much as is necessary, will be ready for the Confederations Cup this June. How South Africa will cope is, of course, another matter entirely.

Islamic charity leaders convicted in terror financing caseupdated: Tue Nov 25 2008 15:34:00

A jury's conviction Monday of former leaders of an Islamic charity for helping finance Hamas was cheered as a success for the Bush administration. But it was assailed by First Amendment attorneys and international law experts who said the case was weak and overzealously prosecuted. E-Palestine: Palestinian Youth Bring Their Politics Onlineupdated: Wed Oct 29 2008 13:00:00

As more and more young Palestinians grow disenchanted with the two parties dominating their political landscape, they are going online to mobilize for change -- in politics and their lives David Epstein: Track carves niche in Beijing legacyupdated: Mon Aug 25 2008 05:03:00

Running is a sport where relative success matters. A single group of striving runners can contain an individual for whom running at the pace of the pack is an act of utter laziness, and next to him or her, an individual for whom keeping up with that same pack is a heroic effort. Nations Commit $240M to Palestineupdated: Tue Jun 24 2008 10:00:00

Countries at a one-day conference Tuesday agreed to commit more than $240 million to help strengthen the Palestinian Authority's police force and court system Tony Blair's Leap of Faithupdated: Wed May 28 2008 16:00:00

Can religion help solve the world's many conflicts? Britain's former Prime Minister thinks so

Facetime with Ahmed Nazifupdated: Fri May 23 2008 08:13:00

With Egypt's GDP running at 7.5 percent and foreign direct investment above $11 billion, the Middle East's most populous country is on the economic upswing. MME's John Defterios (JD) talks with the man responsible for accelerating Egypt's economic reforms and creating a friendly business environment, Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif (AN).

Purported new bin Laden message: Liberate Palestineupdated: Sun May 18 2008 19:33:00

An audio message purportedly from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden -- the second in three days -- says Arab leaders "sacrificed" Palestinians and calls on bin Laden's followers once again to liberate Palestine.

Alleged bin Laden tape urges Muslims to liberate Palestineupdated: Fri May 16 2008 12:27:00

A blunt new statement attributed to al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden urges his followers to liberate Palestine. The statement's release coincides with Israel's 60th anniversary.

Purported bin Laden message: Iraq is 'perfect base'updated: Thu Mar 20 2008 18:57:00

Al-Jazeera broadcast on Thursday an audiotape on which a voice identified as Osama bin Laden declares "Iraq is the perfect base to set up the jihad to liberate Palestine."

Tape: American al Qaeda member renounces citizenshipupdated: Sun Jan 06 2008 17:43:00

On a videotape released Sunday, American al Qaeda member Adam Yahiye Gadahn renounces his U.S. citizenship, destroys his passport and cites U.S. President Bush's upcoming trip to the Middle East. How Phat Conquered Palestineupdated: Wed Dec 05 2007 14:00:00

Young Arabs are turning to hip-hop to express their feelings about conflicts in the Middle East

Face time with Arif Naqviupdated: Fri Oct 26 2007 03:42:00

Arif Naqvi is CEO of Abraaj Capital, a Dubai-based investment firm specializing in private equity investments in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia region.

Poll: Iranians want democracy, nuclear inspectionsupdated: Mon Jul 16 2007 05:03:00

Most Iranians support nuclear inspections, a democratic government and normal relations with the United States, a poll by a U.S.-based organization has found.

Fortune: The poverty/terror mythupdated: Tue Mar 13 2007 10:59:00

The idea that poverty breeds terror appears obvious; how could it be otherwise? And people as different as the Archbishop of Canterbury, George Bush, Jacques Chirac and Pakistan's leader, Pervez Musharraf, have also noted a link between poverty and terrorism.

Al Qaeda's No. 2 opposes Palestinian electionsupdated: Wed Dec 20 2006 05:02:00

Al Qaeda's second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri released a new videotaped statement Wednesday in which he sided with Hamas' opposition to early Palestinian elections.

Ahmadinejad's letter to Americansupdated: Wed Nov 29 2006 11:27:00

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Highlights from the world's pressupdated: Fri Nov 10 2006 04:13:00

With news that the Democratic Party in the U.S. has taken control of both houses of legislature, major national papers are discussing how reverberations of the election results will be felt around the world.

Sunni leader dismayed by easing of security in Sadr Cityupdated: Wed Nov 01 2006 07:44:00

The easing of a security crackdown in Baghdad's volatile Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City may be emboldening members of Shiite death squads, a Sunni leader said Wednesday.

Ahmadinejad: Why is U.S. so pro-Israel?updated: Thu Sep 21 2006 09:57:00

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he is surprised American politicians are so pro-Israel, and he again expressed doubt that the Holocaust is a historically established fact.

Palestine football given $1m boostupdated: Thu Sep 14 2006 07:04:00

The Union of Arab Football Association (UAFA) is donating $1 million to help football development in Palestine, FIFA announced on Thursday.

Bin Laden's No. 2 condemns Mohammed cartoonsupdated: Sat Mar 04 2006 17:31:00

In a videotape broadcast Saturday, Osama bin Laden's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, condemns published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that have sparked violent protests throughout the Muslim world.

Iran threat to revise nuke policyupdated: Sat Feb 11 2006 06:08:00

The president of Iran has said it is his country's right to develop nuclear energy, and threatened to "revise" its acceptance of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) if Western countries attempt to interfere with that right.

CNNMoney: Baloney and newsprint, no ... Big oil, yesupdated: Tue Jan 31 2006 07:42:00

Thinking about Big Oil and food this morning ...

Quick facts about the PLC electionsupdated: Wed Jan 25 2006 01:12:00

What are Palestinians voting for?

Cleric made 'anti-Israel tirade'updated: Mon Jan 16 2006 07:36:00

Alleged race hate cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri made a speech condemning western leaders for behaving like sugar daddies to Israel because, he claimed, the country kept files on politicians for blackmail, a jury has heard.

Saddam says his soul to be 'sacrificed'updated: Sun Aug 21 2005 16:37:00

Imprisoned former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein wrote in a letter published Sunday that he is prepared to sacrifice himself for the Arab cause, and called on other Arabs to follow his example.

Kenya bombing suspects acquittedupdated: Mon Jun 27 2005 04:25:00

A Kenyan judge acquitted three men on conspiracy charges Monday in the 2002 bombing of a Mombasa hotel that killed 15 people, a court official said. The magistrate cited lack of evidence.

Bush: Alliance 'main pillar of our security'updated: Mon Feb 21 2005 09:17:00

President Bush -- making a five-day trip to Belgium, Germany and Slovakia -- spoke to European leaders Monday in a wide-ranging speech that called for Syria to withdraw troops from Lebanon, for Russia to embrace democracy and for greater cooperation between the United States and Europe. Here is a transcript of his speech:

Palestinian reaction to Arafat deathupdated: Thu Nov 11 2004 03:59:00

The following is Palestinian reaction to the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat:

Voice seems to be al Qaeda leader calling for uprisingupdated: Fri Oct 01 2004 11:42:00

The Arabic language TV news network Al-Jazeera on Friday aired what it claims is a new audiotape from al Qaeda's No. 2 man, Ayman al-Zawahiri. CNN has not authenticated the tape. CNN's Senior Editor for Arab Affairs Octavia Nasr translated the its message.

Al-Jazeera airs purported al Qaeda tapeupdated: Fri Oct 01 2004 09:02:00

The Arabic news channel Al-Jazeera Friday aired what it claims is a new audiotape from al Qaeda's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, issuing a call to action in the Muslim world.

Turkey blasts: Militants 'warning'updated: Tue Aug 10 2004 12:35:00

An Islamic group with links to al Qaeda has claimed to have mounted explosions in Istanbul which killed two people Tuesday.

Arafat unbowed in face of Sharon's remarksupdated: Sat Apr 24 2004 13:14:00

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat told cheering supporters Saturday that he has a message that the Israeli prime minister should hear:

CNNMoney: Techs fizzleupdated: Tue Mar 23 2004 14:53:00

Technology stocks ended modestly lower Tuesday after struggling much of the afternoon as lingering security fears cramped investor optimism.

CNNMoney: Bonds get safe-haven bidupdated: Mon Mar 22 2004 09:15:00

Treasury prices rose Monday as investors looked to fixed-income securities amid concerns of further violence in the Middle East and political turmoil in Asia.

South Korea and Japan find it hardupdated: Wed Feb 18 2004 12:09:00

South Korea and Japan, co-hosts of the last World Cup finals, both made hard work of winning their opening Asian qualifiers for the 2006 tournament.

Fortune: Divestment Done Wrong A movement against companies that do business in Israel misses the point.updated: Mon Oct 14 2002 00:01:00

Divestment. If you're of a certain age--let's say on the wrong end of 35--that word conjures up a movement on American college campuses in the early to mid-1980s that tried to force university endo...

Fortune: Living in America What's it like being an Arab-American businessman today? Just ask the No. 1 retailer oupdated: Mon Jan 07 2002 00:01:00

Fawaz Ismail heard the whooping sound of a police siren as he cruised his topaz Mercedes out of the parking lot of his favorite Afghan restaurant on a mid-September afternoon. It was just a routine...

Fortune: THE BIG MONEYMEN OF PALESTINE INC. If refugee camps come to mind when you think of Palestinians, meet these entrepreneurs. A newupdated: Mon Jul 31 1989 00:01:00

SCATTERED from Amman to Atlanta, they form a global community of wealth and power united by a single cause. They are the Palestinian entrepreneurs, and no group has done more to press Yasser Arafat...

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