Daily Hampshire Gazette - Established 1786
Hi 60° | Lo 26°


A Palestinian security official prevents bystanders from accessing the site of an Israeli airstrike on motorcycle in Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Medical official Ashraf al-Kidreh says the airstrike targeted two men riding a motorcycle, but that the missile missed its target and wounded three bystanders. The Israeli military confirmed the airstrike, saying "a hit was not identified." (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Palestinian rivals try again for unity

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah agreed Wednesday to form a unity government and hold new elections — a potentially historic step toward mending the rift that has split their people between two sets of rulers for seven years. Following the announcement of the deal, hundreds of people took to the streets in Gaza to … 0

Coakley files signatures for gubernatorial bid

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley on Wednesday became the first candidate for Massachusetts governor to formally submit nomination signatures to the secretary of state’s office, and said she was taking nothing for granted despite recent polls suggesting she is the early front-runner. Coakley helped staff members deliver boxes containing more than … 0

Clinton calls for more sanctions on Russia

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

STORRS, Conn. — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday she believes the outcome of the standoff in Ukraine will be a bad one for Russia. Speaking at a University of Connecticut issues forum, the former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state said she believes the sanctions against the Russian government must be … 0

Treasurer Steve Grossman claims Attorney General Martha Coakley attempts to rewrite positions

Friday, February 14, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Treasurer Steve Grossman said fellow Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Attorney General Martha Coakley is trying to rewrite her positions on key issues, including a 2012 state law barring parole for habitual offenders. Coakley joined Grossman and the three other Democratic candidates during a recent debate on … 0

Italian premier steps down after losing key support

Thursday, February 13, 2014

ROME (AP) — Abandoned by an ambitious party rival, Italian Premier Enrico Letta announced Thursday he is resigning after losing essential support for his battered, 10-month-old coalition government. Hours earlier, Matteo Renzi, the 39-year-old leader of Letta’s Democratic … 0

Nomination papers available for Hatfield election in May

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

HATFIELD — Nomination papers are available for 15 elected positions in town, including moderator, two seats on the School Committee and one on the Select Board. Nomination papers must be delivered to the town clerk’s office by April 1 with the signatures of at least 20 registered town … 0

Speakers in Amherst caution against forming single view of Islam’s role in politics

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

AMHERST — Since moving to the United States from Pakistan, Ali Durrani said he finds that Americans rarely have a chance to speak with someone from a Muslim country and consequently often form their perceptions of Islam solely … 0

Documentary, discussion of immigration reform at First Churches of Northampton

Monday, February 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The First Churches of Northampton invites the public to attend the screening at 7 p.m. Tuesday of a new documentary, “The Vigil,” by Jenny Alexander, about faith and immigration reform in the U.S. The film reveals the story of two undocumented Latino mothers fighting to stop … 0

200 attend 'J-Street Town Meeting' at Congregation B’nai Israel, Northampton; urge 2-state solution for Mideast peace

Friday, February 7, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — There was a widespread feeling of hope among backers of Mideast peace who walked out of Congregation B’nai Israel Thursday night. A crowd of around 200 filled the synagogue for the “J Street Town Meeting,” an event aimed to support a peaceful end to the Israeli-Palestinian … 0

McCormick launches independent gubernatorial campaign

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

BOSTON — Jeff McCormick, a venture capitalist from Boston, officially launched his campaign for governor as an independent on Tuesday, pledging to put problem-solving ahead of politics. McCormick, who founded Saturn Partners in 1993, outlined a plan to … 0

Northampton synagogue to host ‘J Street Town Meeting’ on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Congregation B’nai Israel will host an event Thursday aimed at supporting efforts for a peaceful end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The “J Street Town Meeting” scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the synagogue on Prospect Street is … 0

Tuesday deadline to file nomination papers in Amherst

Monday, February 3, 2014

AMHERST — Residents interested in seeking townwide office and Town Meeting seats have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to obtain and file nomination forms with the town clerk’s office. To get their names on the ballot for the March 25 town elections, residents who are registered to vote need … 1

Thai elections peaceful, but crisis far from over

Sunday, February 2, 2014

BANGKOK — Thailand held nationwide elections without bloodshed Sunday despite widespread fears of violence. But the country’s bitter political crisis is far from over, and one of the next flash points is likely to be an effort to … 0