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Hamas military hardliner elected group's Gaza chief

Gaza - Hamas elected in secret a hardline member of the Palestinian Islamist movement's armed wing as its new Gaza leader on Monday, indicating a tougher stand against longtime adversary Israel.

West Bank hardliners evicted from settlement outpost

Silwad - Israeli police forced hardline Jewish settlers from the barricaded synagogue of a wildcat outpost in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, completing an emotive battle to evict residents.

Israel evicts settlers from West Bank outpost

Silwad - Israeli police began evicting dozens of hardline Jewish settlers from a wildcat outpost on Wednesday, just hours after unveiling plans for 3,000 new homes in other West Bank settlements.

Israeli troops kill Palestinian in West Bank: medics

Nablus - A Palestinian was shot dead Sunday and five others were wounded by Israeli soldiers at the Jenin camp in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian medical sources said.

Cold and angry, Gazans challenge Hamas over electricity

Gaza - Crippling shortages of electricity in Gaza and reports of children dying of cold have stoked anger in the Palestinian enclave where there are daily protests against its Hamas leaders.

Israel frees Palestinian UN worker jailed for aiding Hamas

Gaza - A Palestinian UN worker sentenced by Israel to seven months for aiding Hamas was released Thursday and returned to Gaza, calling his prosecution "unjust" and hoping to resume his job.

Arum set to discuss next fight with Pacquiao in Manila

Manny Pacquiao's longtime promoter Bob Arum is set to fly to the Philippines in the next few days to discuss his fight plan for Pacquiao when the fighting senator returns to the ring in late April this year.

Abbas urges Trump to drop embassy move pledge

Beit Sahur - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Friday warned US President-elect Donald Trump that moving the American embassy to Jerusalem would be crossing a "red line" and could jeopardise peace prospects.

Pilgrims in Bethlehem, fears in Europe on Christmas Eve

Bethlehem - Christian leaders from the Vatican to Bethlehem struck a sombre note on Christmas Eve speaking of war, fear and division, as cities in Europe ramped up security in the shadow of the Berlin market attack.At the Vatican, Pope Francis urged the world's 1....

Hamas welcomes landmark UN vote on Israel settlements

Gaza - Hamas on Saturday welcomed a landmark UN Security Council vote demanding a halt to Israeli settlements in occupied territory, with the Palestinian Islamist movement saying it marked an "important evolution.

Israeli politics rocked by 40 families on a hilltop

Palestinian - When a voice crackled from speakers on the cold and rainy West Bank hilltop finally announcing a deal, hundreds of young Jewish protesters who had camped out reluctantly started to leave.

Deal struck to avoid forced evacuation of Israeli settlers

Palestinian - Residents of a wildcat settlement in the occupied West Bank agreed to a plan Sunday to relocate their hilltop outpost peacefully that could allow Israel's government to avoid a potentially violent stand-off.

Israeli troops kill Palestinian in clash: Palestinian officials

Ramallah - Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian teenager early Sunday during a confrontation in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian officials said.

Artist brings beauty to war-damaged Gaza home

Khan Yunis - Dutch artist Marjan Teeuwen walks past a column formed from rubble to show off her latest creation, a barren house in the Gaza Strip where doorless rooms face into bleak, empty space.

Israel returns bodies of Palestinians killed by its forces

Hebron - Israel handed Palestinian authorities the bodies of seven Palestinians killed carrying out attacks, or during clashes or arrests over a period spanning six months, the army said Friday.

Palestinians warn of 'chaos' if US embassy moved to Jerusalem

Bethlehem - A senior Palestinian official warned US president-elect Donald Trump Friday that moving the American embassy to Jerusalem would destroy prospects of peace with Israel and push the region into turmoil.

Israel settlers reject relocation offer as eviction looms

Silwad - Residents of a wildcat Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank on Thursday rejected a proposal to leave voluntarily, raising fears of violence as an evacuation deadline nears.

Palestinian leader Abbas to address first Fatah congress since 2009

Ramallah - Mahmud Abbas addresses his Fatah party's first congress since 2009 on Wednesday as he contends with internal dissent and grim prospects for advancing his decades-long goal of achieving a Palestinian state.

Abbas re-elected Fatah leader at rare congress

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah re-elected him party head Tuesday as the movement opened its first congress since 2009 with talk mounting of who will eventually succeed the 81-year-old.

Abbas's Fatah opens first congress since 2009

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah party opened its first congress in seven years Tuesday as the 81-year-old seeks to fend off opponents while talk of who will eventually succeed him mounts.
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