• LONDON, Oct 1- The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is launching its first strategic plan for Jordan focusing on energy and infrastructure and boosting the economic clout of the private sector.

  • JERUSALEM, Oct 1- Erel Margalit has packed a lot in, from frontline combat in Lebanon to a PhD in philosophy at Columbia University, advising Jerusalem's former mayor and launching a billion dollar venture capital firm.

  • JERUSALEM, Oct 1- Within sight of Jerusalem's Old City stands a modernist building housing one of Israel's most successful venture capital firms, the backer of scores of start-ups over the past 20 years that have generated nearly $18 billion for investors.

  • JetBlue and El Al Israel to broaden cooperation Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 11:18 AM ET

    NEW YORK— JetBlue and El Al Israel Airlines plan to expand their partnership, allowing El Al sell seats on some JetBlue flights to and from the New York area. If approved, El Al plans to put its "LY" code on certain JetBlue- operated flights to and from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Liberty airport in Newark, New Jersey.

  • LONDON, Sept 29- The mobile Internet economy remains mostly uncharted territory for app publishers, their competitors, the advertisers who support them, and investors deciding where to place their bets.

  • Gaza war deals blow to Israel's tourism industry Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 | 11:54 AM ET

    JERUSALEM— It was supposed to be a record-breaking year for tourist visits to Israel. But all that changed when the 50- day war between Israel and Hamas prompted jittery travelers to cancel trips en masse, leaving empty hotel rooms and barren tourist sites in their wake. Israel and Hamas signed a cease-fire on Aug. 26.

  • California protesters block Israeli-owned ship Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 | 3:33 AM ET

    OAKLAND, California— Officials say a group of pro-Palestinian protesters are again blocking an Israeli-owned ship from unloading its cargo at a port in California.

  • California protesters block Israeli-owned ship Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 | 8:25 PM ET

    OAKLAND, Calif.— Officials say a group of pro-Palestinian protesters are again blocking an Israeli-owned commercial ship from unloading its cargo at a port in California.

  • Nuremberg stenographer's mementos to be auctioned Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 2:13 AM ET

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The old trunk was locked when it was found by auction house workers clearing a long-vacant home in Alaska that was about to be listed for sale. Only back at the warehouse of Anchorage- based Alaska Auction Co. did they discover carbon copies of transcripts from the Nuremberg war-crimes trials.

  • As risks multiply, NGOs reassess security in Middle East Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 6:05 AM ET

    ARBIL, Iraq, Sept 24- Aid agencies are tightening security measures in the Middle East and increasingly outsourcing work to local organizations to limit their exposure to multiplying risks across the region.

  • US Jury: Arab Bank liable in terror attacks Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 7:28 AM ET

    A US jury finds a large Jordan-based bank responsible for a wave of Hamas-sanctioned suicide bombings that left several Americans dead or wounded.

  • 2-day iHeartRadio festival kicks off on Las Vegas Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 | 4:47 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Taylor Swift didn't divulge any more new secrets about her forthcoming album when she took the stage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, but the crowd's enthusiasm about her bouncy new single, "Shake it Off," seems to bode well for the new record.

  • RPT-Culture of violence makes for hit TV in Turkey Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 2:56 AM ET

    *Turkish TV saturated by images of brutality. ISTANBUL, Sept 18- Sefer Calinak killed his first wife when he was 17 and murdered his girlfriend a few decades later with an axe. prime-time talk show host Seda Sayan asked Calinak, who served two separate prison sentences for the murders before being released under an amnesty program.

  • Jury hears arguments in terror finance trial Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 10:22 AM ET

    NEW YORK— A U.S. jury was asked Thursday to decide whether executives at Jordan- based Arab Bank should be held responsible for a wave of suicide bombings in the early 2000 s that left several Americans dead or wounded, part of a high-stakes legal offshoot of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,.

  • *Views sharply differ from president and Fatah chief Abbas. RAMALLAH, West Bank, Sept 18- The Gaza war was a victory for Palestinians, and the focus must now shift to a boycott that makes Israel's occupation of the West Bank too costly to bear, says Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader serving life in prison for multiple deadly attacks.

  • JERUSALEM/ RAMALLAH, West Bank, Sept 18- Most Palestinians have known only two leaders: Yasser Arafat, the stubble-chinned firebrand fond of chequered scarves and olive fatigues, and Mahmoud Abbas, a smooth-shaven father figure who favours Western suits and ties.

  • UNITED NATIONS, Sept 16- The United Nations, Israel and the Palestinian Authority have reached a deal to allow reconstruction work to begin in the war-torn Gaza Strip with U.N. monitoring of the use of materials, U.N.

  • JERUSALEM, Sept 16- Israel's economy grew at an annualised rate of 1.5 percent in the second quarter, slower than previously thought and its weakest level since early 2009, the Central Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday.

  • ICL's parent company, conglomerate Israel Corp, set a nominal fundraising target of about $522.4 million through an initial public offering of 62 million ordinary shares, ICL said in a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Sept 12- Israel Chemicals Ltd, a Tel Aviv- based maker of fertilizer and specialty chemicals, filed with U.S. regulators to list on the New York Stock Exchange. ICL, which has exclusive permits to extract potash and bromine from the Dead Sea, is a subsidiary of Israel Corp and the second largest company on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange by market value.