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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.

Gaza skaters battle blockade and conservatism

Gaza - Gaza City is a noisy place: street vendors holler and drivers blare their horns incessantly, but at the city’s port an unfamiliar sound can be heard -- the rumble, grind and clatter of skateboards.

Rocket barrages from Gaza draw Israeli strikes, four Palestinians dead

Gaza - Gaza militants on Saturday fired some 250 rockets at Israel, which responded with strikes as a fragile ceasefire again faltered in an escalation that left four Palestinians dead, including a baby killed in disputed circumstances.

Dozens of rockets fired at Israel from Gaza, Israel responds

Gaza - Palestinian militants in Gaza fired a barrage of dozens of rockets at Israel on Saturday and Israel responded with strikes as a fragile ceasefire between the two sides again faltered.

Four Palestinians killed in Gaza after army says soldiers wounded

Gaza - Four Palestinians, including two Hamas militants, were killed by Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip Friday, authorities in the enclave said, after Israel reported two of its soldiers wounded in a shooting on the border.

Israel destroys family apartments of accused Palestinian killer

Hebron - Israeli forces destroyed two apartments in the occupied West Bank on Friday that housed the family of a Palestinian accused of killing an Israeli woman in February, the army said.

Trump peace plan likely to not grant Palestine statehood

Washington - The final version of president Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan has not been completed according to officials. However, indications are that the plan will probably give Israel all it wants with Palestinians getting little or nothing.

Palestinian ministers sworn in again after oath foul-up

Ramallah - Palestinian government ministers were sworn in for a second time on Sunday after a lawyer noticed that the oath they took the day before had been missing a phrase.

Abbas loyalists dominate new Palestinian government

Ramallah - Incoming Palestinian prime minister Mohammad Shtayyeh announced his new cabinet Saturday alongside president Mahmud Abbas, leaving out the Islamist movement Hamas.Several key positions were unchanged from the previous administration of Rami Hamdallah.
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