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Ramadan soup kitchen offers brief respite to Gaza's hungry

Gaza - In her modest home in the Gaza Strip, Sahar Sherif's family watches as she ladles out a broth of meat and vegetables for a rare heart-warming meal.

Blame flows freely as West Bank taps run dry

Salfit - Fatma Ali stands in her small patch of garden in the parched West Bank and wonders how to feed her family of seven when she's had no water in nearly a week.

Kerry flies to Rome for Netanyahu meeting

Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry left Washington on Saturday to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of the publication of an international report expected to criticize Israeli settlement building.

Abbas rejects charges of 'blood libel' against Jews

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said on Saturday he opposed "any attack on any religion" after Israel accused him of libelling the Jewish people in an address to the European Parliament."Palestine is the cradle of the three monotheistic faiths.

Erdogan meets Hamas leader amid reports of Israel deal

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday met the leader of radical Palestinian group Hamas for unscheduled talks following reports Ankara was close to agreeing a deal on normalising ties with Israel.

Israeli restaurants in kosher food row with Jewish authorities

Jerusalem - Jonathan Vadai just wanted a certificate confirming his Jerusalem restaurant as kosher, but he found himself fed up with the Israeli religious authorities overseeing the process.

Turkey in new quest to patch up with regional foes

Ankara - Reaching out to Russia and working to normalise ties with Israel, Turkey is moving to mend fences and restore its waning regional clout by returning to a policy known as "zero problems with neighbours".

4 Palestinians sentenced to life for murdering Israelis: army

Jerusalem - Four Palestinians were on Wednesday handed life sentences for the killing of an Israeli couple as drove in the West Bank with their children last year, the army said.

Turkey says normalisation deal depends on Israel

Ankara - Turkey said Wednesday that reaching a deal to normalise relations with Israel downgraded after a 2010 Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound Turkish vessel depended on steps taken by the Jewish state.

Turkey, Israel to agree normalisation deal June 26: Report

Istanbul - Turkey and Israel will this weekend announce a deal on normalising ties, ending a six-year diplomatic crisis sparked by a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla in which 10 Turkish nationals died, a report said Tuesday.

Israel kills Palestinian teen 'mistaken for stone-thrower'

Palestinian - Israeli troops killed a Palestinian teenager Tuesday after apparently mistaking his group for stone-throwers as they returned from a swim, sparking outrage and debate about the security forces' use of firearms.

Israel kills Palestinian teen 'mistaken for stone-thrower'

Palestinian - Israeli troops killed a Palestinian teenager Tuesday after apparently mistaking his group for stone-throwers as they returned from a swim, sparking outrage and debate about the security forces' use of firearms.

Israel kills Palestinian teen 'mistaken for stone-thrower'

Palestinian - Israeli troops killed a Palestinian teenager Tuesday after apparently mistaking his group for stone-throwers as they returned from a swim, sparking outrage and debate about the security forces' use of firearms.

Israel approves $18 million extra for West Bank settlements

Jerusalem - A statement from Prime Minister Netanyahu's office approved $18 million in extra funding for Jewish West Bank settlements. The move angered opposition lawmakers and Palestinians.

Israel lets Gazans into Jerusalem for Ramadan prayers

Jerusalem - Israel allowed hundreds of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip into Jerusalem for Ramadan prayers Friday, an official said, a week after revoking entry permits in response to a deadly attack.

Turkey PM wants 'no permanent enmity' with neighbours

Istanbul - New Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said he wants to have no permanent tensions with the country's neighbours after serious ruptures with Egypt, Israel, Russia and Syria in recent years, in comments published Friday.

Israel ex-defence minister says to run for PM

Jerusalem - Israel's ex-defence minister Moshe Yaalon on Thursday said he will run for premier accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of scaring citizens in order to hold on to power.

France warns of escalation risk after Israel bars Palestinians

New York - Israel's decision to bar Palestinians from entering its territory following the Tel Aviv attack could raise tensions and lead to more violence, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault warned Friday.

Israel policeman 'invited gunman into home by mistake'

Jerusalem - An Israeli police officer inadvertently invited a Palestinian gunman into his home after the Tel Aviv shooting thinking he was a civilian fleeing the scene of the attack, media reported Friday.

Israel bars Palestinians after Tel Aviv attack

Jerusalem - Israel temporarily barred Palestinians from entering the country Friday, a step criticised by the UN but which officials said was because of a shooting which killed four people in Tel Aviv.

Israel clamps down after deadly Tel Aviv cafe attack

Telavi - Israel clamped down on Palestinian movements and planned to deploy more troops Thursday after Palestinian gunmen shot dead four people at a popular Tel Aviv nightspot, the deadliest attack in a months-long wave of violence.

Four killed in shooting at Tel Aviv nightspot

Telavi - Two Palestinians opened fire at a popular Tel Aviv nightspot near Israel's military headquarters on Wednesday, killing four people in one of the worst attacks in a months-long wave of violence.

Netanyahu set for third Russia visit in recent months

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Moscow on Monday to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, the premier's office said, with the two having held talks in recent months over the conflict in Syria.

LGBT campaigners say Israel 'pinkwashing' to distract from Palestinian occupation

Telavi - Tens of thousands of revellers took part in Friday's Gay Pride parade in Tel Aviv, an annual event promoted and funded by the city that draws worldwide attention.

France steps gingerly into Israel-Palestinian peace void

Paris - The international community committed Friday to try and push Israel and the Palestinians to resume peace talks under a French-led initiative, despite a decidedly lukewarm reaction from Washington and hostility from Israel.

Israel foreign ministry says French Mideast drive 'will fail'

Jerusalem - The head of Israel's foreign ministry said Thursday that France's bid to revive Israel-Palestinian peace talks was doomed to failure, like a 1916 colonial effort to carve up the Middle East.

Holocaust survivor and Palestine advocate Hedy Epstein dead at 91

Saint Louis - Holocaust survivor and peace activist Hedy Epstein, who championed the cause of oppressed people from Palestine to Ferguson, died May 26 of illness at her home in St. Louis. She was 91 years old.

Hardliner Lieberman sworn in as Israel defence minister

Jerusalem - Israeli ultra-nationalist Avigdor Lieberman assured he supported the creation of a Palestinian state after being sworn in as defence minister despite outrage over his appointment to the powerful post.

Hardliner Lieberman sworn in as Israel defence minister

Jerusalem - Israeli ultra-nationalist Avigdor Lieberman assured he supported the creation of a Palestinian state after being sworn in as defence minister despite outrage over his appointment to the powerful post.

Hardliner Lieberman sworn in as Israel defence minister

Jerusalem - Israeli ultra-nationalist Avigdor Lieberman assured he supported the creation of a Palestinian state after being sworn in as defence minister despite outrage over his appointment to the powerful post.
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