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Cash-strapped UN agency on tenterhooks over probe

Apo - The UN agency for Palestinian refugees is waiting anxiously on the outcome this month of a probe into alleged mismanagement that has dented its already severely depleted funding, one of its top officials said Monday.

Netanyahu voices hope for Syria ceasefire in Pompeo talks

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced hope Friday that a US-brokered ceasefire will hold between Turkey and Syria's Kurds as he discussed the turbulent region with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Five men a week: Women spoilt for choice in new TV dating shows

Cannes - Women have never had the stakes stacked more in their favour in the television dating game, with a plethora of new shows turning gender tropes upside down.

Five years after war, Gaza's little 'Iron Man' stands tall

It was the summer of 2014, when a deluge of steel fell on Gaza. His back burned, his body covered in bandages, Yamin screamed from his hospital bed. The boy had just lost 19 members of his extended family in a bombing.

Saudi to play Palestine in landmark West Bank game

Ramallah - Saudi Arabia's football team will play Palestine in the occupied West Bank for the first time Tuesday, having previously refused to enter the territory as part of its boycott of Israel.

Artificial meat is now made in space, coming to a supermarket near you

New York - Creating meat from cells is no longer the realm of science fiction: a Russian cosmonaut did it aboard the International Space Station, and it is just a matter of time before these products arrive in supermarkets.

Palestinians to receive $430 mn Israeli transfer: officials

Ramallah - The Palestinian Authority will receive a transfer of 1.5 billion shekels ($430 million) from Israel, officials from the two governments said Friday, in a step towards resolving a months-long standoff between them.

Israel's parliament sworn in without new government

Jerusalem - Israel's parliament was sworn in Thursday without a new government formed as a deadlocked general election left Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scrambling to find a path to extend his long tenure in power.

Netanyahu lawyers arrive for pre-indictment hearing

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's lawyers arrived for his pre-indictment hearing on corruption allegations Wednesday and pledged to convince prosecutors to drop the cases against him.

Key day for Netanyahu in his bid to remain Israel PM

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced a key day Wednesday in his attempt to remain premier, with both a hearing into corruption allegations against him and his unity government talks nearing a dead end.

Top Iran general says destroying Israel 'achievable goal'

Tehran - The commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Monday that destroying arch-rival Israel was an "achievable goal"."This sinister regime must be wiped off the map and this is no longer ...

Netanyahu, Gantz trade blame over breakdown in Israel coalition talks

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival Benny Gantz traded blame Sunday over the failure so far of efforts to reach a unity government deal following deadlocked elections.

Netanyahu faces tough odds in forming Israeli government

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched into what could prove to be an impossible mission to form a new government Thursday after the president tasked him with doing so following deadlocked elections.

Netanyahu: Israel's longest-serving premier fights for his future

Jerusalem - Benjamin Netanyahu, as Israel's longest-serving prime minister, has mixed right-wing leadership with deft political moves to repeatedly outwit his rivals -- but he will have to pull off another master move to form the country's next government.

Netanyahu, Gantz set for new talks on Israel vote deadlock

Jerusalem - Israel's president meets Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his challenger Benny Gantz on Wednesday as the clock began ticking on a one-week deadline for him to name someone to form a government.

Israel final vote results give Netanyahu additional seat

Jerusalem - Israel's election committee published final results from last week's election on Wednesday that gave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud an additional seat, but which did not change the deadlock the country faces.

Israeli negotiators seek to break Netanyahu-Gantz deadlock

Jerusalem - Negotiators for Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main opponent Benny Gantz met Tuesday to discuss possibilities for a unity government that both men say they should lead after last week's deadlocked election.

Israeli woman dies months after wounds from Gaza rocket

Jerusalem - An Israeli woman wounded by Palestinian rocket fire from the Gaza Strip in November 2018 has died from her injuries, officials said Monday.The southern coastal city of Ashkelon, where she lived, announced the death of Nina Genisdanova in a statement.

Israeli president to meet Netanyahu, Gantz in bid to break deadlock

Jerusalem - Israel's president will meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main opponent Benny Gantz together on Monday as he pressures their two parties to form a unity government after last week's election.

Cramped Gaza zoo reopens, only months after closure

Rafah - A lioness is beaten with sticks while her cubs are dragged away -- a Gazan zoo closed after a long campaign has reopened, with conditions seemingly as bad as ever.

Israeli Arab parties back Gantz for PM in break with precedent

Jerusalem - Israeli Arab political parties broke with longstanding precedent Sunday and endorsed ex-military chief Benny Gantz for prime minister following last week's elections, seeking to keep the president from asking incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu to form the ne...

Israel vote deadlock confirmed by near-complete results

Jerusalem - Israeli vote results on Friday confirmed a deadlock in the country's general election and put Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party as the second-largest, leaving him with a tough battle to extend his long tenure in office.

Israel vote deadlock confirmed by near-complete official results

Jerusalem - Near-complete official results Friday confirmed a deadlock in Israel's general election this week, putting Benny Gantz's party as the largest but without an obvious path to form a majority coalition.

Parents of Israeli held in Gaza plead for news, action five years on

Geneva - The parents of an Israeli man believed to be held by Hamas in Gaza since 2014 travelled to Geneva this week to demand international action to help bring him home.

Israel president to start consultations Sunday on next PM

Jerusalem - Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will begin consultations on Sunday to decide who should form the next government following this week's general elections, a statement from his office said.

Gantz says he should be PM in Israel unity government

Apo - Benny Gantz, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's main opponent in the country's general election, said Thursday he should be prime minister in a unity government.

In breakthrough, Arab Israelis turn out to vote 'in droves'

Samir Farig had never thought of voting for Israel's Arab political parties before, but he did this week, joining a wave of support that helped deliver a breakthrough."This time I decided to vote only for Arab parties. Why?

Netanyahu, Gantz in standoff over Israeli unity government

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main challenger Benny Gantz were in a standoff over calls for a unity government on Thursday as election results put the premier's long tenure in office at risk.

Netanyahu calls on Gantz to form a unity government together

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on his main challenger Benny Gantz on Thursday to form a unity government together as election results showed both without an obvious path to a majority coalition.

Netanyahu cancels UN visit over post-poll 'political context'

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has cancelled his planned visit to the United Nations General Assembly due to the "political context" in Israel, sources in his office told AFP Wednesday.
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