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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.

US ends funding for UN Palestinian refugee agency

Washington - The United States announced it was halting funding for the United Nations' agency for Palestinian refugees Friday after declaring the organization was "irredeemably flawed.

US cuts more than $200 million in aid to Palestinians

Washington - The United States said Friday that it had canceled more than $200 million in aid for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, leading their ambassador to accuse President Donald Trump's administration of being "anti-peace.

Israel rejects UN report on protecting Palestinians

New York - Israel has rejected a report by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres outlining options for strengthening the protection of Palestinians in Israeli-occupied territories.

Colombia recognizes Palestine as sovereign state

Apo - Colombia recognized Palestine as a sovereign state in the days before new President Ivan Duque took office, according to a letter from the foreign ministry made public on Wednesday.

Romania to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem: report

Bucharest - The Romanian government will follow the United States and transfer its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD) leader said Thursday ."The decision has been taken (...

Netanyahu at UN shows defiance at Jerusalem exhibit

New York - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday went to the United Nations to open an exhibit on Jerusalem, sending a message of defiance after the world body rejected US recognition of the city as Israel's capital.

US envoys want UN to back Trump's Mideast peace plan: diplomats

New York - President Donald Trump's two top envoys on the Middle East told UN Security Council ambassadors that they hope for their support for the upcoming peace plan, diplomats said.

UN Palestinian agency faces 'existential crisis'

New York - One month after the Trump administration announced a drastic funding cut to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, only one country, Kuwait, has stepped forward to offer additional funding, senior UNRWA officials said Friday.

At UN, US takes swipe at Abbas

New York - US Ambassador Nikki Haley took direct aim at Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas on Thursday, telling the United Nations Security Council that he lacked the courage needed for a peace deal.

US vetoes UN resolution rejecting Trump's Jerusalem decision

New York - The United States on Monday vetoed a draft UN resolution rejecting President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, after all 14 other Security Council members backed the measure.

Lebanon forces fire tear gas at protestors near US embassy

Beirut - Lebanese security forces fired tear gas and water cannons on Sunday at demonstrators near the US embassy as they protested Washington's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Arab ministers demand Trump rescind Jerusalem decision

Cairo - Arab foreign ministers on Saturday called on the United States to rescind its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and for the international community to recognise a Palestinian state.

Trump puts domestic concerns over foreign in Jerusalem move

Washington - President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital has reverberated across the Middle East and the world, but the motives for his move may lie in politics at home.

Trump 'very committed' to Middle East peace process: Tillerson

Brussels - President Donald Trump is "very committed" to the Middle East peace process, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday amid global alarm at a US plan to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Israel builds settlements 'at high rate': UN

New York - Israel continues to build settlements "at a high rate," the UN envoy for the Middle East said Monday, in defiance of Security Council demands for an end to the expansion of Jewish outposts.

UN chief to make first visit to Israel, Palestinian territories

New York - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres will pay his first visit since taking the UN helm to Israel and the Palestinian territories, including the Gaza Strip, at the end of the month, diplomats said Thursday.

Trump delays move of US embassy to Jerusalem

Washington - President Donald Trump postponed moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem on Thursday, avoiding a provocative step as he tries to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Will Trump save the Middle East peace process?

Washington - As he plans his first foreign trip and visits to Israel and the Palestinian territories, US President Donald Trump seems optimistic that he can help secure peace in the region.

US model Bella Hadid 'proud to be a Muslim'

New York - US model Bella Hadid has spoken out against President Donald Trump's attempted travel bans, saying she is proud to be a Muslim and the daughter of a refugee.

'Everything must be done' to preserve Mideast two-state solution: UN chief

Cairo - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in Cairo Wednesday there is no option other than a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict and efforts to reach it should be preserved.

UN chief defends choice of ex-Palestinian PM as Libya envoy

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday defended his choice of former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad to be the UN peace envoy to Libya after the United States blocked the appointment.

US blocks appointment of former Palestinian PM as UN Libya envoy

New York - The United States blocked the appointment of former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad to be the new UN envoy to Libya.

Former Palestinian PM to be new UN envoy to Libya

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres plans to appoint former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad as UN envoy to Libya, tasked with brokering talks on changes to a faltering political deal, diplomats said Thursday.

Pope to host Palestinian president Abbas on January 14

Vatican City - Pope Francis will grant Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas an audience at the Vatican on Saturday, the Holy See confirmed indirectly Tuesday by announcing arrangements for media coverage of the visit.
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Two Palestinian boys were struck by an Israeli-driven car which they were throwing rocks at in Jerusalem.
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Israel security personnel stop Palestinians from entering Al-Shuhada Street in Hebron in February during a demonstration marking the 20th anniversary of the street closure since an Israeli man massacred 29 Palestinians in 1994.
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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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CROSSING: Palestinian workers wait to return to northern Gaza from Israel at the Erez Crossing in 2005.
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MOTO PHOTO: Advertisement for Motorola in Barcelona, Spain, before the 3GSM World Congress in 2006.
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