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Abbas seeks UN Mideast conference after Arab deals with Israel

New York - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas appealed Friday to the United Nations for an international conference on the Middle East in 2021, hoping for a new start after US elections and the milestone of Gulf Arabs' recognition of Israel.

Abbas asks UN for international Mideast conference next year

New York - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas appealed Friday to the United Nations to arrange an international conference on the peace process, in the wake of Gulf Arab recognition of Israel.

Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity reopens

Bethlehem - Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, built on the spot where Christians believe Jesus was born, reopened on Tuesday more than two months after closing in the face of the coronavirus.

Netanyahu pledges new settler homes in sensitive West Bank corridor

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged Tuesday to build 3,500 new settler homes in a super-sensitive area of the occupied West Bank, just a week before a tight general election.

Netanyahu pledges new settler homes in sensitive West Bank corridor

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged Tuesday to build 3,500 new settler homes in a super-sensitive area of the occupied West Bank, just a week before a tight general election.

US readies peace plan in Bahrain but Palestinians not buying

Finance officials were flying into Bahrain on Monday for a US-led peace conference that holds out billions of dollars for the Palestinians, whose leaders pronounced the idea dead on arrival.

US peace plan aims to raise $50 bn, create million Palestinian jobs

Washington - The United States said Saturday that its Middle East peace plan to be presented next week in Bahrain aims to raise more than $50 billion for the Palestinians and create one million jobs for them within a decade.

US peace plan aims to raise $50 bn, double Palestinian GDP

Washington - The United States said Saturday that its Middle East peace plan to be presented next week in Bahrain aims to raise more than $50 billion for the Palestinians and double their GDP within a decade.

Berlin Jewish Museum head quits after controversial tweet

Berlin - The director of Berlin's Jewish Museum resigned on Friday amid controversy over a tweet sent linking to an article that criticised the German parliament for passing legislation against the BDS movement, which demands a boycott of Israel.

Berlin Jewish Museum head quits after controversial tweet

Berlin - The director of Berlin's Jewish Museum resigned on Friday amid controversy over a tweet he sent linking to an article that criticised the German parliament for passing legislation against the BDS movement, which demands a boycott of Israel.

Hopes dim further on US Middle East plan

Washington - Already low hopes for a US peace plan in the Middle East dimmed further Monday as President Donald Trump acknowledged widespread doubts and his son-in-law Jared Kushner suggested Palestinians weren't ready to govern themselves.

US calls for dismantling UN Palestinian refugee agency

New York - The United States called Wednesday for dismantling the United Nations Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA, weeks before unveiling the economic aspects of its long-awaited Middle East peace plan.

Palestinians turn to EU to counter Kushner plan

New York - The Palestinians are asking the European Union to pick up the mantle in defense of the two-state solution if the upcoming US peace plan ditches Palestinian statehood, their UN envoy said Tuesday.

Pro-Israel US Democrats press to keep two-state solution

Washington - Four top US Democratic lawmakers known for their support of Israel on Friday warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to annex the West Bank, amid signs President Donald Trump is ending Washington's longstanding push for a Palestinian state.

Palestinian who attempted knife attack shot dead by Israeli soldiers: army

Ramallah - A Palestinian who ran at Israeli troops with a knife in the flashpoint city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday was shot dead by soldiers, Israel's army said.

US Muslim lawmaker sorry for tweet that sparked anti-Semitism row

Washington - Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women in the US Congress, "unequivocally" apologized Monday after suggesting US support for Israel is fueled by money from a pro-Israel lobby group.

US Muslim lawmaker's tweet sparks anti-Semitism charges

Washington - Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women in the US Congress, drew stern rebukes from Republicans and fellow Democrats Monday after suggesting US support for Israel is fueled by money from the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC.

Abbas at UN says Israel blocks Middle East development

New York - Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas told the United Nations on Tuesday that Israel was hindering development in the Middle East with the occupation of Palestinian territories and again called for an independent state of Palestine.

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.

Palestinian envoy hopeful of Bolsonaro embassy U-turn

Bras - The Palestinian envoy to Brazil said Monday he hoped president-elect Jair Bolsonaro's pledge to relocate Brasilia's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem was simply campaign talk and would lobby the new government against the move.

Palestinians win UN backing to lead developing country bloc

New York - The Palestinians won backing Tuesday to lead the biggest bloc of developing countries at the United Nations, raising their profile at the world body despite opposition from the United States.

US pulls out of international accord over Jerusalem embassy case

Washington - The United States said Wednesday it was quitting an international accord related to the top UN court after the Palestinians challenged the US move of its Israel embassy to Jerusalem.

Palestinian refugee agency gets $118 mn in new funding

New York - The Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA on Thursday received pledges of $118 million from donor countries to help it overcome a crisis triggered by US funding cuts.

Jordan king seeks urgent funding for Palestinian refugees

New York - Jordan's King Abdullah II on Tuesday pleaded for urgent aid for Palestinian refugees to curb the appeal of radicalism after the United States ended all support.

Abbas to hold Middle East meeting in New York

New York - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has invited Middle East envoys, foreign ministers and Security Council diplomats to a meeting in New York next week to discuss prospects for peace, the Palestinian ambassador said Wednesday.

Trump's US loses role as Mideast peace mediator

Washington - Twenty-five years ago, then US president Bill Clinton looked on as Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin shook hands on the White House lawn, sealing the Oslo accords.

UNRWA: helping millions of Palestinians

Ramallah - The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) has been a lifeline for millions of Palestinians since it was set up nearly 70 years ago.

EU urges US to reconsider 'regrettable' decision on UN Palestinian agency

Apo - The European Union on Saturday urged the United States to reconsider "its regrettable decision" to halt funding for the United Nations relief and works agency for Palestinian refugees.

Palestinian anger as US ends funding for UN agency

Ramallah - Palestinians reacted angrily Saturday to a US decision to end all funding for the UN agency that assists millions of refugees, seeing it as a new policy shift aimed at undermining their cause.

Israel welcomes end of US funding for UN Palestinian refugee agency

Jerusalem - Israel welcomed Saturday a US decision to end funding for the UN Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA), accusing the organisation which supports some five million Palestinians of perpetuating the Middle East conflict.
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A Palestinian woman carries a mock Qassam missile at a rally in support of Hamas following Friday pr...
A Palestinian woman carries a mock Qassam missile at a rally in support of Hamas following Friday prayers, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on August 8, 2014
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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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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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Meeting of the Parents Circle - Families Forum
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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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The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.
The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.
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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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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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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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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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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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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.
Friends of Kehilat Bnei Torah - Har Nof
An injured child in a Gaza hospital
An injured child in a Gaza hospital
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MOTO PHOTO: Advertisement for Motorola in Barcelona  Spain  before the 3GSM World Congress in 2006.
MOTO PHOTO: Advertisement for Motorola in Barcelona, Spain, before the 3GSM World Congress in 2006.
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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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The Gaza Strip village of Abasan is seen from the Israeli side of the border in 2007.
The Gaza Strip village of Abasan is seen from the Israeli side of the border in 2007.
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Photo shows a portion of the separation barrier constructed by Israel near Ramallah  the seat of the...
Photo shows a portion of the separation barrier constructed by Israel near Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority government in the West Bank.
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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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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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