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32 Palestinians wounded in border clashes: Gaza ministry

Gaza - Thirty-two Palestinians were shot and wounded by Israeli troops in renewed clashes along the Gaza border Friday, the health ministry in the Hamas-run enclave said.

Qatar confirms will no longer pay Hamas salaries

Gaza - Qatar said Saturday it will no longer fund salaries of Hamas employees in Gaza but will still give aid to poor families, after the Palestinian enclave's Islamist rulers refused to accept wage payments over conditions allegedly attached by Israel.

Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces in Gaza border clashes: Gaza ministry

Gaza - A Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli fire during fresh clashes along the Gaza border Friday, the health ministry in the enclave said.

Netanyahu pledges 'lethal' response to Gaza violence after blocking aid

Gaza - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Palestinian Islamist group Hamas Wednesday of a "lethal" reaction to any renewed Palestinian violence on the Gaza border, after blocking aid to the strip in response to the wounding of a soldier there.

Netanyahu blocks Gaza aid funds after border flare-up

Gaza - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blocked millions in Qatari aid to the Gaza Strip in response to renewed border hostilities, risking increased tensions with the Palestinian territory's Islamist rulers Hamas during Israel's election campaig...

Palestinians to refuse remaining US aid for fear of lawsuits

Bethlehem - The Palestinian government will refuse all US government aid for fear of lawsuits, officials said Tuesday, throwing the future of security coordination and projects already under way into doubt.

Israeli fire wounds 14 on Gaza border: Hamas ministry

Gaza - Fourteen Palestinians were wounded by Israeli fire in new clashes along the Gaza border Friday, said the health ministry in the Hamas-run enclave, rocked by ongoing weekly protests.

Israel demolishes home of accused Palestinian killer

Hebron - Israeli forces demolished the West Bank home on Friday of a Palestinian accused of the fatal September stabbing of an Israeli-American.

Italians leave Gaza Strip after Hamas standoff

Gaza - Three Italian security officers left the Gaza Strip on Wednesday after an incident that saw them flee to a UN building as Hamas security pursued them, an official and a diplomatic source said.

Palestinian dies after Israel border clashes: Gaza ministry

Gaza - A Palestinian teenager succumbed to his wounds on Monday three days after being shot by Israeli forces during clashes on the Gaza border, the health ministry in the coastal enclave said.

Palestinian woman killed by Israeli fire in border protests: Gaza ministry

Gaza - Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian woman during protests along the Gaza border Friday, the health ministry in the Hamas-run enclave said.Spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP the woman was shot in the head east of Gaza City.

Orthodox worshippers mark Christmas in Bethlehem

Bethlehem - Hundreds of Orthodox Christians began marking Christmas in Bethlehem Sunday, as protesters demonstrated against the sale of church land to Israelis.

Hamas arrests 5 over Palestinian government media raid

Gaza - Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip arrested five men Saturday over a raid at the Palestinian Authority's media headquarters, in which valuable equipment was destroyed.

With help from diaspora, Palestinians hope for Asian Cup surprise

Ramallah - The Palestinian football team are taking part in their second-ever Asian Cup in the coming days, and team members born in various parts of the world are hoping to spring a few surprises.

Pilgrims gather at Jesus's traditional birthplace for Christmas

Bethlehem - Pilgrims from across the world gathered in Bethlehem on Monday for Christmas Eve, taking in a parade and queueing to see the grotto where Jesus is believed to have been born.

Abbas says he will dissolve Palestinian parliament

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Saturday he intended to dissolve the largely defunct Palestinian parliament controlled by his rivals Hamas following a court decision ordering the move.

At Jesus's birthplace, an app is born to ease crowds

Bethlehem - Bethlehem is buzzing, with more tourists expected this Christmas than have visited the Biblical city in years, causing the kind of problem that modern technology was almost born to deal with.

Bethlehem church mosaics sparkle in time for Christmas

Bethlehem - Masked for centuries by the soot of candles and lately by scaffolding, the mosaics of Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity have been restored to their Crusader-era splendour in time for Christmas.

Palestinians slam Australia's move on Jerusalem

Ramallah - The Palestinian leadership on Saturday described as "irresponsible" Australia's recognition of west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying it violated international law.

Israel army razes home of Palestinian attacker in night-long raid

Ramallah - Israeli troops demolished the home of a Palestinian accused of the May killing of a soldier on Saturday, completing a night-long incursion into the Palestinian-controlled city of Ramallah.
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