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Palestinian leader Abbas to address first Fatah congress since 2009

Ramallah - Mahmud Abbas addresses his Fatah party's first congress since 2009 on Wednesday as he contends with internal dissent and grim prospects for advancing his decades-long goal of achieving a Palestinian state.

Abbas's Fatah opens first congress since 2009

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah party opened its first congress in seven years Tuesday as the 81-year-old seeks to fend off opponents while talk of who will eventually succeed him mounts.

Palestinians tell UN Israel must face consequences for settlements

New York - Israel must face consequences for its failure to heed international appeals to stop building Jewish settlements on Palestinian land, the Palestinian envoy to the UN told the Security Council on Wednesday.

Palestinian president calls Peres 'brave' partner for peace

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas hailed Shimon Peres as a "brave" partner for peace and sent his family condolences after the Israeli ex-president died earlier Wednesday, the official Palestinian news agency reported.

Obama flirts with Mideast peace push in final months

New York - When he came to power, he appeared to imply it was one of his priorities. In reality, US President Barack Obama has made less headway than many of his peers trying to achieve Mideast peace.

Businesses in Israeli settlements 'contribute to rights abuses'

Jerusalem - Companies operating in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank contribute to "an inherently unlawful and abusive system" violating Palestinian rights and should halt activity there, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

Palestinian woman shot dead trying to stab Israeli police

Jerusalem - A Palestinian woman was shot dead by border police in the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Sunday after attempting to stab officers there, police said."A Palestinian woman acting suspiciously approached border police forces.

Palestinian tries to stab Israeli guard, shot dead: Police

Jerusalem - A Palestinian tried to stab a private security guard at an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank on Saturday and was shot dead, in the latest in a string of such attacks, police said.

Two Palestinians killed in Gaza by Israeli army fire

Gaza - Two Palestinians died after being shot by the Israeli military in the Gaza Strip Friday, the enclave's health ministry said, the latest such incidents in more than two weeks of clashes and attacks.

Fresh stabbing in Jerusalem, attacker shot dead

Jerusalem - An attacker stabbed and moderately wounded a woman near Jerusalem's crowded central bus station at rush hour Wednesday evening before being shot dead by police, authorities said.

Palestinian flag flies at UN, Abbas seeks full status

New York - The Palestinian flag was raised at the United Nations in a symbolic gesture Wednesday as leader Mahmud Abbas called on the world body to grant them full membership, warning the risk of religious conflict.

Palestine deserves 'full recognition,' Abbas tells UN

New York - Palestine deserves full membership and recognition as a state at the United Nations, Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas told the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, launching a searing attack on Israeli policy.

Palestinians to raise flag at UN for first time

New York - The Palestinians will raise their flag at the United Nations on Wednesday in what president Mahmud Abbas calls a beacon of hope at a time of growing despair of achieving an independent state.

No fanfare for Vatican flag-raising at UN

New York - The Vatican flag will be raised for the first time at the United Nations on Friday ahead of Pope Francis' address, but there will be no ceremony, the Holy See's mission said.

Palestinians invite leaders to UN flag-raising ceremony

New York - Hundreds of world leaders are invited to a ceremony this month to raise the Palestinian flag at the United Nations despite opposition from Israel and the United States, the Palestinian envoy said Tuesday.

Palestinians allowed to raise flag at UN headquarters

New York - The UN General Assembly voted Thursday to allow the Palestinians to raise their flag at its headquarters in a diplomatic victory in their campaign for statehood.

UN likely to back raising Palestinian flag

New York - The United Nations is expected on Thursday to allow the Palestinians to raise their flag at its headquarters in New York in a symbolic move highlighting Palestinian aspirations for statehood.

Palestinian teen who cried before Merkel gets residency permit

Berlin - A Palestinian teen threatened with deportation who burst into tears during a televised debate with German Chancellor Angela Merkel has got a residency permit for "humanitarian reasons," a statement said Friday.

Vatican signs historic accord with Palestine

Vatican City - The Vatican on Friday signed a historic first accord with Palestine, two years after officially recognising it as a state.

Spear-carriers and chainmail warriors: Erdogan's palace welcome

Ankara - Spear-carrying guardsmen, warriors bedecked in chainmail, gleaming golden helmets and even a few fake moustaches thrown in for good measure -- Turkey's president has spared nothing in a dramatic remake of his palace ceremonial guard.

Hamas refuses to allow Gaza orphans to visit Israel

Sderot - More than three dozen Gaza children orphaned during the recent war with Israel were blocked Sunday from leaving the embattled territory after the Palestinian group Hamas withdrew its approval of the trip.

Palestinians seek UN resolution to end Israeli occupation

New York - The Palestinians are to push on Wednesday with a draft UN resolution demanding an end to Israeli occupation despite what they call warnings the United States is ready to veto the measure.

Palestinians kill four in attack on Jerusalem synagogue

Jerusalem - Four Jewish worshippers were killed Tuesday when two Palestinians attacked their Jerusalem synagogue before being fatally shot by Israeli police.

'Going crazy': survivors tell of Europe's deadliest migrant shipwreck

Chani - After three days adrift, drinking his own urine to survive as he watched dozens of people sink to a watery grave, Mohamed Raad started to lose his grip.

Palestinian leader Abbas offers to return to Egypt for Gaza talks

Cairo - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas agreed Saturday to return to Cairo to resume ceasefire talks with Israel and Hamas but neither warring party has committed to participate.

Dutch man returns Israeli WWII honour after family killed in Gaza

The Hague - A 91-year-old Dutch man honoured by Israel for shielding a Jew from the Nazis has handed back his medal after six of his relatives were killed in a Gaza air strike.

Palestinians say ceasefire with Israel extended for five days

Cairo - Palestinian negotiators in Cairo say a new ceasefire agreement has been reached with Israel to allow further negotiations on a longer-term deal.

Palestinians and Israelis agree to new ceasefire

Cairo - Gaza Strip communities stayed quiet Sunday and Monday as a new 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas took hold.

Hamas resumes rocket fire as 72-hour truce ends

Gaza - Israel resumed air strikes against Palestinian facilities in the Gaza Strip on Friday in response to missiles fired by Hamas militants marking the end of a 72-hour ceasefire.

Gaza truce deadline looms as Obama questions blockade

Gaza - A three-day ceasefire in Gaza that has brought relief to millions entered its final stretch on Thursday with Israel ready to extend the calm but Hamas hedging its bets.
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The West Bank is seen from the Israeli side in this 2005 photo that also shows part of the separatio...
The West Bank is seen from the Israeli side in this 2005 photo that also shows part of the separation wall.
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Plaque in front of the Israeli athletes  quarters commemorating the victims of the Munich massacre w...
Plaque in front of the Israeli athletes' quarters commemorating the victims of the Munich massacre which occurred on September 5–6 during the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany.
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HOLY: The interior of Jerusalem s Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue is shown during religious services in...
HOLY: The interior of Jerusalem's Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue is shown during religious services in 2009.
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Southern aerial view of the Temple Mount  (Hebrew: הַר הַבַּיִת‎  Arabic: الحرم ا...
Southern aerial view of the Temple Mount, (Hebrew: הַר הַבַּיִת‎, Arabic: الحرم القدسي الشريف‎) in the Old City of Jerusalem ((Hebrew: העיר העתיקה‎, Arabic: البلدة القديمة‎). Annotated in the foreground is Al-Aqsa Mosque (Arabic:المسجد الاقصى), considered to be the third holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina. Behind are The Dome of the Rock (Arabic: مسجد قبة الصخرة‎, Hebrew: כיפת הסלע) and to the
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Palestinian Protest in Ramallah over rising prices Sept 9 2012
Palestinian Protest in Ramallah over rising prices Sept 9,2012
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FIGURES: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (left) and then-U.S. President George W. Bush...
FIGURES: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (left) and then-U.S. President George W. Bush address the press at the White House in Washington, D.C., in 2003.
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CROSSING: Palestinian workers wait to return to northern Gaza from Israel at the Erez Crossing in 20...
CROSSING: Palestinian workers wait to return to northern Gaza from Israel at the Erez Crossing in 2005.
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View of East Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives  with the Old City and Temple Mount to the left  in ...
View of East Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, with the Old City and Temple Mount to the left, in 2010.
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Hamas holds an election rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah in 2007.
Hamas holds an election rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah in 2007.
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PORTAL: The now-closed Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip is shown in 2009.
PORTAL: The now-closed Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip is shown in 2009.
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CRANES: Cranes used to unload shipping containers at the San Francisco Bay Area s largest port wait ...
CRANES: Cranes used to unload shipping containers at the San Francisco Bay Area's largest port wait for ships at the Port of Oakland.
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Palestinian youth protest economy in Ramallah
Palestinian youth protest economy in Ramallah
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An image uploaded to Instagram by an IDF soldier of two Palestinians caught in the cross hairs of hi...
An image uploaded to Instagram by an IDF soldier of two Palestinians caught in the cross hairs of his rifle.
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An injured child in a Gaza hospital
An injured child in a Gaza hospital
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry greets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem bef...
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry greets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem before a meeting last May.
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OFFICIALS: Austrian foreign minister Sebastian Kurz meets with Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamda...
OFFICIALS: Austrian foreign minister Sebastian Kurz meets with Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah in Ramallah in April.
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FLASHPOINT: Palestinian refugee camp in the Shuafat neighborhood of East Jerusalem is shown in photo...
FLASHPOINT: Palestinian refugee camp in the Shuafat neighborhood of East Jerusalem is shown in photo from 2010.
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T-shirt reading  “My first bullet  his last breath.” Posted by “ybaruch” on Instagram.
T-shirt reading, “My first bullet, his last breath.” Posted by “ybaruch” on Instagram.
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Meeting of the Parents Circle - Families Forum
Meeting of the Parents Circle - Families Forum
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S Secretary of State John Kerry announces a 72-hour halt of fighting between Israel and Hamas on Aug...
S Secretary of State John Kerry announces a 72-hour halt of fighting between Israel and Hamas on Aug. 1 at an early morning news conference in New Delhi, India
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