Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel must remain “the master of its fate” in deciding whether a military strike is necessary to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon, even as President Barack Obama called for more time to let sanctions and diplomacy work.
SunPower Corp., the solar-panel company majority-owned by Total SA, fell the most in a week after an announcement of higher-than-anticipated restructuring costs and a downgrade by Credit Agricole Securities.
Rival Palestinian factions agreed to form a unity government and hold new general elections, developments that if carried through will complicate efforts to revive U.S.-mediated peace talks with Israel.
A top Palestinian official sought to reassure critics that a reconciliation deal with the Gaza Strip’s militant Hamas rulers doesn’t mean Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is backing away from peace efforts.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the military is ready to use “greater force” to halt rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, after Hamas declared a cease-fire following a week of violence in the south.