| Apr 1, 2014
| 1:48 PM
RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas pushed ahead Tuesday with efforts for wider recognition of Palestine as a state, saying he would pursue membership status in scores of international agencies, treaties and...
| Mar 31, 2014
| 1:20 PM
JERUSALEM -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry arrived in Jerusalem on Monday evening to begin talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in a bid to keep the troubled peace negotiations on track.
The immediate obstacle Kerry seeks to overcome is a...
| Mar 30, 2014
| 9:42 AM
JERUSALEM -- A delay in the release of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel is the latest disruption to the U.S.-brokered peace talks, with backstage efforts underway to break the impasse.
When the negotiations resumed in July, Israel agreed to...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 7:09 PM
David Koff, a filmmaker and union activist whose investigation of a campus construction project profoundly changed the Los Angeles school system, has died. He was 74.
He committed suicide March 6 in Hastings, N.Y., his family said.
Koff was the...
| Mar 22, 2014
| 12:33 AM
RAMALLAH, West Bank — Israeli troops shot and killed at least three Palestinians and injured a dozen others in a raid early Saturday on the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank, Israeli army and Palestinian medics said.
A large army force...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 5:15 AM
Long Beach Opera is the latest company with bragging rights to John Adams' "The Death of Klinghoffer."
Premiered in Brussels in 1991 and called the most controversial opera of our time, the opera presents the hijacking of Italian cruise ship Achille...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 7:38 AM
RAMALLAH, West Bank — Thousands of Palestinians rallied in West Bank cities on Monday in support of President Mahmoud Abbas, hours before his scheduled meeting at the White House with President Obama.
Palestinians carried pictures of the...
| Mar 16, 2014
| 10:18 PM
BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip — When I first met Abdullah Alathamna four years ago, he was laid up at a children's hospital in Los Angeles, his right leg bound in a cast. He was pale, and grouchy from the pain pills. He was not at all interested in...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 10:57 AM
JERUSALEM — An Islamist militant group said Thursday that it had agreed to a cease-fire after an intense round of rocket attacks on southern Israel from the Gaza Strip and retaliatory airstrikes by Israel's military. But several more rockets fell on...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 5:00 AM
It is an opera that like its choruses rouses recriminations and unsettled ghosts.
"The Death of Klinghoffer" by composer John Adams sets the Israeli-Palestinian struggle on a ship sailing with the histories and opposing realities of two peoples bound by...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 8:40 PM
Gerard Mortier, who died of cancer on Saturday at age 70, is being widely eulogized for the incalculable role he played in the opera world in the years he headed opera companies in Brussels, Paris and Madrid. Most notably he revolutionized the Salzburg...