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Abbas freezes Israel contact over holy site dispute

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Friday he was freezing contacts with Israel over new security measures at a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site, after deadly clashes erupted earlier in the day.

Clashes after Israel restricts Jerusalem Old City prayers

Jerusalem - Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli forces outside Jerusalem's Old City on Friday as tensions mounted over new security measures at a highly sensitive holy site and prompted police to restrict access for Muslim prayers.

Israel bars men under 50 from Jerusalem Old City prayers

Jerusalem - Israeli police said they were barring men under 50 from entering Jerusalem's Old City for Friday Muslim prayers as tensions rose over new security measures at a supersensitive holy site.

Israel, Palestinians brace for more unrest at holy site

Jerusalem - Israel's army boosted security Thursday and braced for possible unrest on the eve of the main weekly Muslim prayers after security measures imposed at a sensitive Jerusalem site angered Palestinians.

Azerbaijan jails Russian-Israeli blogger for three years

Bakou - Azerbaijan on Thursday sentenced a Russian-Israeli travel blogger who wrote in support of Armenian separatists to three years in jail for visiting the disputed territory of Nagorny Karabakh.

Radiohead defies boycott calls for Israel concert

Telavi - Radiohead defied calls to boycott Israel over its occupation of Palestinian territory and played for tens of thousands in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, with singer Thom Yorke having dismissed critics as patronising.

Netanyahu slams EU's 'crazy' Israel policy

Budapest - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday denounced the EU's political demands on Israel as "absolutely crazy", in remarks leaked from a closed-door meeting with eastern and central European leaders in Budapest.

Israel denounces EU criticism as 'anomaly'

Budapest - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday denounced Brussels' repeated criticism of Israel as an "anomaly" and called on Europe to reassess its relationship with the Jewish state.

Muslims again boycott holy site over Israeli security measures

Jerusalem - Muslims boycotted a Jerusalem holy site for the third day running Tuesday after Israeli authorities installed metal detectors and cameras at entrances to the sensitive compound following an attack that killed two policemen.

Germany delays Israel submarine deal over graft probe: source

Jerusalem - Germany has delayed signing a deal with Israel advancing the sale of three submarines, an Israeli official said Tuesday as a corruption probe into the affair gained momentum.

Israel PM hails Hungary fight against anti-Semitism

Budapest - Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday praised Budapest for "standing up for" the Jewish state, at talks with Hungarian premier Viktor Orban who is under fire at home for allegedly stoking anti-Semitism.

Radiohead set for Israel concert despite calls to boycott

Jerusalem - Radiohead is set to defy calls from prominent artists to cancel its concert on Wednesday in Israel over the occupation of Palestinian territory, the latest controversy related to a campaign to boycott the country.

'Spiritual brothers' Netanyahu, Orban meet in Budapest

Budapest - Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu is in Budapest Tuesday for talks with Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban, who hopes the visit will silence critics accusing him of leading an anti-Semitic crusade against US billionaire George Soros.

Muslims heed calls to avoid holy site over Israeli security measures

Jerusalem - Muslims heeded calls Monday not to enter a Jerusalem holy site and protested outside after Israeli authorities installed metal detectors at entrances to the ultra-sensitive compound following an attack that killed two policemen.

Meeting of minds as Netanyahu visits Hungary's Orban

Budapest - Hungary welcomes Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday on a landmark visit that Prime Minister Viktor Orban hopes will bolster him in his battle with George Soros and deflect charges of stoking anti-Semitism.

Meeting of minds as Netanyahu visits Hungary's Orban

Budapest - Hungary welcomes Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday on a landmark visit that Prime Minister Viktor Orban hopes will bolster him in his battle with George Soros and deflect charges of stoking anti-Semitism.

Meeting of minds as Netanyahu visits Hungary's Orban

Budapest - Hungary welcomes Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday on a landmark visit that Prime Minister Viktor Orban hopes will bolster him in his battle with George Soros and deflect charges of stoking anti-Semitism.

Macron chides Netanyahu on settlements, urges new Mideast talks

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron told Israel's visiting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday that Paris opposes Israel's expansion of settlements in occupied Palestinian territory as he urged fresh Middle East peace talks.

Macron urges resumption of Mideast talks based on two states

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron called Sunday for a resumption of long-stalled Middle East peace talks based on a two-state solution.

Macron, Netanyahu mark 75 years since Paris roundup of Jews

Paris - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined a ceremony in Paris on Sunday marking 75 years since the roundup of 13,000 Jews sent to Nazi death camps, with French President Emmanuel Macron saying France's responsibility was a "stark truth".

Israel reopens sensitive holy site, but Muslims refuse to enter

Jerusalem - Israel reopened an ultra-sensitive holy site Sunday closed after an attack that killed two policemen, but Muslim worshippers were refusing to enter due to new security measures including metal detectors and cameras.

Israel reopens sensitive Jerusalem holy site closed after attack

Jerusalem - Israel reopened an ultra-sensitive holy site Sunday closed after an attack that killed two policemen, but Muslim worshippers were refusing to enter due to new security measures including metal detectors and cameras.

Israel to reopen sensitive Jerusalem holy site after attack

Jerusalem - Israeli authorities were to reopen an ultra-sensitive holy site Sunday closed after an attack that killed two policemen, but new security measures including metal detectors and cameras were being put in place.

Israel to reopen holy site closed after deadly attack

Jerusalem - Israel said on Saturday it will reopen the ultra-sensitive Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, whose closure after a deadly attack sparked anger from Muslims and Jordan, the holy site's custodian.

Netanyahu, Abbas speak by phone after attack

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by phone following Friday's attack near an ultra-sensitive holy site that killed two Israeli police, with three Arab assailants also shot dead.

Two police killed near Jerusalem holy site, attackers shot dead

Jerusalem - Three gunmen opened fire on Israeli police in Jerusalem Friday, killing two before fleeing to an ultra-sensitive holy site where they too were shot dead in one of the city's most serious incidents in recent years.

Three attackers shoot at Jerusalem police before being killed: police

Jerusalem - Three assailants opened fire on Israeli police in Jerusalem's Old City on Friday before fleeing to a nearby highly sensitive holy site and being killed by security forces, police said.A number of people were wounded in the attack, police said.

Trump envoy mediates water deal between Israel, Palestinians

Jerusalem - US President Donald Trump's Middle East peace envoy said Thursday Israel would supply the Palestinians with millions of cubic metres of water annually, as Washington seeks to build confidence for fresh negotiations.

Prisoner aid cut could trigger Palestinian crisis: activists

Ramallah - International pressure on the Palestinian Authority to halt payments to the families of Palestinians held in Israeli jails, including those convicted of attacks, could trigger political crisis, rights groups say.

Gaza may already be 'unlivable': UN official

Jerusalem - The Gaza Strip may already be "unlivable", a United Nations official warned Tuesday, after a decade of Hamas rule and a crippling Israeli blockade.
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