Israelis and Palestinians: 12 voices on the future

Right and left, religious and secular, hawkish and peacenik, a wide spectrum of Israelis and Palestinians are implementing their vision for the future without waiting for their leaders – or a peace deal. Now it is reportedly engaged in talks to reach a long-term truce with Israel amid signs the Islamic State (IS) is trying to get a foothold in Gaza.

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Pentagon chief urges Turks to ‘do more’ against IS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Turkey needs to “do more” to assist the U.S.-led international coalition fighting the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday, urging America’s sometimes reluctant NATO partner to take steps to participate in airstrikes and better control its border.

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US defense chief urges Turks to ‘do more’ against IS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Turkey needs to “do more” to assist the U.S.-led international coalition fighting the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday, urging America’s sometimes reluctant NATO partner to take steps to participate in airstrikes and better control its border.

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Obama denies gaining Turkey’s help in Islamic State fight means sacrificing Kurds

Turkey has finally entered in force into the U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State group, but the move also has exposed the contradictions and confusion at the heart of U.S. policy, with the Obama administration struggling Monday to balance its promises to warring allies in the region and to prevent …

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