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In war-scarred Gaza, water pollution behind health woes

Gaza - More and more Gazans are falling ill from their drinking water, highlighting the humanitarian issues facing the Palestinian enclave that the UN says could become uninhabitable by 2020.

Banksy West Bank hotel to receive first guests

Bethlehem - Secretive British street artist Banksy's hotel next to Israel's controversial separation wall was due to welcome its first customers Monday, two weeks after its surprise launch.

Trump envoy meets Abbas as White House wades into Mideast conflict

Ramallah - US President Donald Trump's administration waded into the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Tuesday as one of his top advisers held his first meeting with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.

Parade sees tributes to Israeli soldier convicted of killing

Hebron - Israeli settlers celebrating a Jewish holiday in the occupied West Bank Sunday paid tribute to a soldier who shot dead a wounded Palestinian assailant, with some even dressing up as him.

Trump invites Palestinian leader Abbas to White House 'soon'

Ramallah - Donald Trump on Friday invited Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas to visit the White House sometime soon, both sides said after the first phone call between the pair since the US president took office in January.

Britain's Johnson backs two-state solution on Mideast trip

Ramallah - British foreign minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday his government remained committed to a two-state solution to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict as he visited for talks with leaders from both sides.

Street artist Banksy opens Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem

Bethlehem - Secretive British street artist Banksy opened a hotel next to Israel's controversial separation wall in Bethlehem on Friday, his latest artwork in the Palestinian territories.

Palestinian municipal elections in West Bank only: government

Ramallah - Palestinian local elections scheduled for May will take place in the West Bank only and not in Gaza, the government announced Tuesday, scuppering hopes of the first vote in both territories in a decade.

Israeli police begin demolishing 9 West Bank settler homes

Ofra - Israeli police began Tuesday demolishing nine West Bank settler homes declared illegal by the Supreme Court, despite hundreds of protesters barricading themselves in them.

In besieged Gaza, first English library to open window to world

Gaza - Mossab Abu Toha has never actually left Gaza, instead devouring books as an escape. Now he is struggling to open the first English-language library in the beleaguered Palestinian territory.

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.
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