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Why peacemaking is now more complicated than ever

•The Paris Peace Forum shows why   Richard Gowan Peace is complicated. That is the overriding, if unintended, message of this week’s Paris Peace Forum, a new multilateral conclave initiated by the French government to commemorate the end of World War I. The organizers claim that the event is based on the “simple idea” that “international cooperation

U.S cuts over $200m aid to Palestinians

The United States, a major ally of Israel, has cut more than $200m in economic aid to Palestinians, in a move that comes months after also drastically cutting its contribution to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA). A senior US official said on Friday that President Donald Trump had ordered the State

UN warns isreal-Gaza attacks will lead to war

Hamas says truce reached with Israel     United Nations has expressed strong concern that the escalating violence in Gaza could lead to war. Nickolay Mladenov, the UN's special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, said he was "deeply alarmed by the recent escalation of violence between Gaza and Israel, and

Israeli warplanes hit Gaza after new rocket attack

Israeli warplanes hit Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip early on Monday after a rocket fired by Palestinians slammed into southern Israel, the army said. It did not elaborate on the targets but Palestinian security sources said several missiles were fired at farmland east of Rafah in the south of the

Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

A senior administration official said Trump would make the landmark announcement -- which flies in the face of warnings from America's allies across the region and the world -- at 1 pm (1800 GMT) from the White House. "He will say that that the United States government recognizes that Jerusalem is

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