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Palestinian president fires advisers as financial crisis hits

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has fired all of his advisers, his office said Monday, amid a financial crisis in the occupied West Bank that has prompted deep salary cuts.

Israel says fires on armed Gazans after rocket attack, 3 dead

Gaza - Israel said it opened fire on armed Palestinians on Gaza's border overnight and Hamas's health ministry reported three dead Sunday, the latest in a series of incidents along the tense barrier.

Israeli warplanes hit Gaza after Palestinian rocket attack

Gaza - Israeli warplanes struck at least three targets in the Gaza Strip early on Saturday but caused no apparent casualties, a Palestinian security source said.

Manhunt after Israeli off-duty soldier killed in West Bank

Bayt Fajjar - An off-duty Israeli soldier was found dead with stab wounds near a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank on Thursday in what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a "terrorist" attack, sparking a manhunt.

Report alleges ethical abuses at UN agency for Palestinians

Ramallah - An internal ethics report has alleged mismanagement and abuses of authority at the highest levels of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees even as the organisation faced an unprecedented crisis after US funding cuts.

Report alleges ethical abuses at UN agency for Palestinians

Ramallah - An internal ethics report has alleged mismanagement and abuses of authority at the highest levels of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees even as the organisation faced an unprecedented crisis after US funding cuts.

US blocks UN resolution to condemn Israeli demolitions

Jerusalem - Diplomats report that a proposal by some members of the UN Security Council to condemn Israel's demolition of 10 Palestinian apartment buildings on the outskirts of Jerusalem has been blocked by the US.

'A bribe' — Palestinians unmoved by US economic offer

Ramallah - An economic conference intended to kickstart a Middle East peace initiative by US President Donald Trump's son-in-law has failed to convince Palestinians, who boycotted it and treated it with disdain or disinterest.

Palestinians shun US prosperity pledges despite financial woes

Ramallah - Boxes of unsold biscuits are piled up in a West Bank warehouse, a sign of tough economic times faced by Palestinians who are determined not to be wooed by Washington's economic pledges.

Despite risks, Gazans dream of life away

Khan Yunis - At a modest dwelling open to the winds next to a landfill in the Gaza Strip, only the women, children and an old man remain.

Palestinians pledge to cancel leaked ministerial raises: UN

Ramallah - The cash-strapped Palestinian government has pledged to suspend a secret increase in ministerial salaries, the United Nations envoy on the Israel-Palestinian conflict said Thursday after reports of the raise sparked anger.

UN agency for Palestinians rejects US call to dismantle it

Gaza - The head of the United Nations organisation for Palestinian refugees on Thursday rejected a US call to dismantle the agency, saying it cannot be blamed for stalled peace efforts.

Israel says eases Gaza fishing restrictions after truce

Gaza - Israel announced Tuesday it had eased fishing restrictions off the blockaded Gaza Strip after a ceasefire with Hamas ended a deadly escalation earlier this month.

Palestinians plan Eurovision alternative

Ramallah - Israel hosts the Eurovision song contest this week and the thousands of visitors who come with it, but Palestinians are planning an alternative they hope draws attention to the country's occupation.

'Our role model' — Palestinians mock Abbas booklet

Ramallah - A booklet promoted by the Palestinian education ministry hailing president Mahmud Abbas has received criticism and mockery online, prompting the government to stress it is not an official text.

Calls for Airbnb users to shut accounts over Israeli settlements

Ramallah - Campaigners called on supporters of the Palestinian cause to at least temporarily deactivate their Airbnb accounts on Wednesday to protest its listings in settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Palestinians want Jerusalem cut from Eurovision videos

Ramallah - The Palestinian Authority called Saturday for Jerusalem to be cut from videos promoting Eurovision, accusing Israel of "propaganda" ahead of Tel Aviv hosting the song contest.

Palestinian killed by Israeli fire in Gaza border clashes: ministry

Gaza - A Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire during new clashes on the Gaza border Friday, the health ministry in the Hamas-ruled enclave said.

Israel lifts Gaza fishing ban as calm returns

Gaza - Israel lifted a ban on Friday on Palestinian fishing boats operating off Gaza, an Israeli military body said, ending a measure imposed during a deadly flare-up of violence earlier this month.

Palestinians say truce reached with Israel to end deadly escalation

Gaza - Palestinian leaders in Gaza announced a ceasefire with Israel on Monday to end a deadly two-day escalation in violence that threatened to widen into a fourth war between them since 2008.
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