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Palestinians to file ICC case against Israel in April

Ramallah - The Palestinians are to lodge their first complaint against Israel for alleged war crimes at the International Criminal Court on April 1, a senior official told AFP on Monday.

Egypt brands Hamas a 'terrorist' group

Cairo - An Egyptian court on Saturday branded the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas a "terrorist" group over its alleged links with jihadists behind deadly attacks on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula.

Gaza floods: Dispelling the myth about Israeli 'dams'

- Once again this winter, following days of very heavy rainfall across the region, the banks of a riverbed running through central Gaza were breached, flooding dozens of Palestinian homes.

Six months after war, tempers fray among Gaza homeless

Gaza - For six months, Gazans left homeless by last year's war have waited patiently to be rehoused. But with no relief in sight and thousands still in UN shelters, tempers are fraying.

US jury orders Palestinians to pay over Jerusalem attacks

New York - A US jury on Monday found Palestinian authorities liable for six attacks in Jerusalem that killed and injured Americans, awarding victims and their families more than $218 million in damages.

Four nuns who founded orders to be made saints: Pope

- Pope Francis announced Saturday that he will elevate four women to sainthood in May, all nuns who lived in the 19th century and founded Catholic orders -- one French, one Italian and two Palestinians.

Palestinian schoolgirl freed after six weeks in Israeli jail

Tulkarem - Israel freed on Friday a 14-year-old Palestinian schoolgirl, whose jailing six weeks ago for planning to attack Israelis became a focus for anger over the arrest of children in the occupied territories.

Israel wants UN Gaza war probe shelved as chief quits

Jerusalem - Israel called Tuesday for the shelving of a UN inquiry into its war last summer in the Gaza Strip after the probe's head quit over Israeli accusations of conflict of interest.

Egypt court rules Hamas armed wing 'terror group'

Cairo - An Egyptian court on Saturday banned the armed wing of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, declaring it a "terrorist" group.

Rights group chides Israel 'policy' of bombing Gaza homes

Jerusalem - An Israeli rights group Wednesday criticised the government for what it called a deliberate policy of launching air strikes on homes that killed hundreds of civilians during last year's Gaza war.

UN halts Gaza house repairs saying donors failed to pay up

Gaza - The UN agency for Palestinian refugees said on Tuesday that it cannot afford to repair Gaza homes damaged in last year's war with Israel because donors have failed to pay.

Israel 'failed to minimise civilian toll in Gaza war'

Jerusalem - Israeli conduct during last summer's war in the Gaza Strip increased the number of civilian casualties, an independent report has said, by failing to differentiate between military targets and civilian populations.

Palestinian knife attack wounds 12 on Tel Aviv bus

Telavi - A knife-wielding Palestinian attacked passengers on a morning rush-hour bus in Tel Aviv Wednesday, wounding 12 people, before being shot by a passing prison officer in the latest lone-wolf attack.

Israel Arabs declare nationwide strike after Bedouin deaths

Jerusalem - Leaders of Israel's 1.7 million Arabs declared a general strike throughout the country on Tuesday in protest at the recent deaths of two Bedouin men in confrontations with police.

Canada's Baird denounces ICC war crimes probe of Israel

Jerusalem - Canada's top diplomat denounced Sunday the International Criminal Court for opening a preliminary probe into possible war crimes by Israel, which counts on his country as one of its staunchest allies.

US blasts ICC war crimes probe of Israel as 'tragic irony'

Washington - The United States joined Israel in condemning the International Criminal Court decision to open a preliminary probe into possible war crimes committed against Palestinians, blasting it as a "tragic irony".

ICC prosecutor opens probe into war crimes against Palestinians

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court's prosecutor on Friday opened a preliminary probe into possible war crimes committed against Palestinians, a move immediately blasted by Israel as "scandalous".

Turkish PM compares Netanyahu with 'Paris terrorists'

Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had committed crimes against humanity comparable to those behind the Paris attacks that left 17 dead.

Gaza's ruined homes offer little shelter from storm

Gaza - Living by candlelight with no electricity and reliant on sandbags to stop their ruined homes flooding, Gazans who survived last year's war are now struggling with a brutal winter storm.

Mideast conflict enters new phase with Palestinian ICC bid

Jerusalem - The Palestinians have moved into uncharted territory by bidding to join the International Criminal Court, analysts say, with the decades-old conflict with Israel now set to play out on the world stage.

Palestinian gets life in jail for murder of three Israeli teens

Jerusalem - An Israeli military court on Tuesday handed three life sentences to a Palestinian militant convicted of organising the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers.

Israel eyes tougher moves after Palestinian tax freeze

Jerusalem - Israel was weighing its options Sunday for further punishing the Palestinians after freezing millions in tax revenues as a first response to their bid to join the International Criminal Court.

Israel 'won't let its soldiers be dragged to the ICC': PM

Jerusalem - Israel will not permit its soldiers to be hauled in front of the International Criminal Court on potential war crimes charges, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.

Israel freezing tax payment to Palestinians over ICC bid

Jerusalem - Israel is delaying the transfer of taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestinians in retaliation for their application to join the International Criminal Court (ICC), an official confirmed Saturday.

Hamas condemns alleged shooting of Gazan by Egyptian guards

Gaza - Militant group Hamas on Saturday condemned the fatal shooting by Egyptian border guards of what they said was a Palestinian minor on the Gaza border.

Palestinians present ICC membership request to UN

New York - The Palestinians formally presented a request to the United Nations on Friday to join the International Criminal Court, a move that would allow war crimes complaints to be filed against Israel.

Palestinians turn to ICC after UN bid fails

Ramallah - President Mahmud Abbas Wednesday signed Wednesday a Palestinian request to join the International Criminal Court, seeking a new avenue for action against Israel after a failed UN resolution to end the occupation.

Palestinian resolution fails at UN Security Council

New York - The UN Security Council failed to adopt a resolution on Palestinian statehood that was strongly opposed by the United States.

Palestinians present tougher UN resolution

New York - Palestinian envoys presented Monday a more toughly-worded UN draft resolution on statehood that could come up for a vote at the Security Council this week, despite US opposition.

Eight Palestinian ministers to head to Gaza Monday

Gaza - Eight Palestinian unity government ministers are to travel to Gaza from its West Bank base on Monday for only the second time since its formation in June, a minister said.
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A Palestinian protestor directs fireworks toward Israeli police during clashes in Shuafat neighborho...
A Palestinian protestor directs fireworks toward Israeli police during clashes in Shuafat neighborhood in Israeli-annexed Arab east Jerusalem, on July 2, 2014
Ahmad Gharabli, AFP
Palestinian Fatah delegation chief Azzam al-Ahmed (L) laughs with Hamas prime minister in the Gaza S...
Palestinian Fatah delegation chief Azzam al-Ahmed (L) laughs with Hamas prime minister in the Gaza Strip, Ismail Haniya (C) during a press conference in Gaza on April 23, 2014
Said Khatib, AFP
A ball of fire is seen following an Israeli air strike on July 9  2014 in Gaza City
A ball of fire is seen following an Israeli air strike on July 9, 2014 in Gaza City
Thomas Coex, AFP
Palestinians who were displaced from their houses due to fierce clashes between Israel and Hamas ret...
Palestinians who were displaced from their houses due to fierce clashes between Israel and Hamas return to check their homes in the Shejaiya neighbourhood of Gaza City, on August 1, 2014
Mahmud Hams, AFP
A Palestinian family leaves their house in Gaza City after it was damaged in an Israeli air strike o...
A Palestinian family leaves their house in Gaza City after it was damaged in an Israeli air strike on July 10, 2014
Mohammed Abed, AFP
Israeli soldiers detain a Palestinian protester during clashes at a weekly demonstration against Jew...
Israeli soldiers detain a Palestinian protester during clashes at a weekly demonstration against Jewish settlements in the West Bank village of Bilin, near Ramallah
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Palestinians protesting against Israel
Palestinians protesting against Israel
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Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta  left  meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ra...
Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, left, meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah in the West Bank, on Oct. 3, 2011.
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Israeli soldiers of the 155mm artillery canons unit fire towards the Gaza Strip from their position ...
Israeli soldiers of the 155mm artillery canons unit fire towards the Gaza Strip from their position near Israel's border with the coastal Palestinian enclave, on July 17, 2014
Menahem Kahana, AFP
The intertwined yet divided lives of Israelis and Palestinians.
The intertwined yet divided lives of Israelis and Palestinians.
Gaza crisis: More than 100  killed in Israeli strikes
Gaza crisis: More than 100' killed in Israeli strikes
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Pro-Palestinian demonstrators spray fumes with the colours of the Palestinian flag  on the Republiqu...
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators spray fumes with the colours of the Palestinian flag, on the Republique square in Paris, during a banned demonstration against Israel's military operation in Gaza, on July 26, 2014
Kenzo Tribouillard, AFP
Palestinians inspect damages following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on July 10  2014
Palestinians inspect damages following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on July 10, 2014
Mohammed Abed, AFP
Palestinian woman having just received a package of non-food items for her family in Sudaniya camp n...
Palestinian woman having just received a package of non-food items for her family in Sudaniya camp north of Gaza Strip.
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Relatives and friends of Mohammed Abu Khder  16  carry his body to the mosque during his funeral in ...
Relatives and friends of Mohammed Abu Khder, 16, carry his body to the mosque during his funeral in Shuafat, in Israeli annexed East Jerusalem on July 4, 2014
Ahmad Gharabli, AFP
Rescue workers remove a body from the rubble of their home following an Israeli air strike on Khan Y...
Rescue workers remove a body from the rubble of their home following an Israeli air strike on Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip , on July 26, 2014
Said Khatib, AFP
Palestinians and foreigners take part in a protest against the Israeli blockade on Gaza  at Erez cro...
Palestinians and foreigners take part in a protest against the Israeli blockade on Gaza, at Erez crossing between Israel and Gaza Strip November 26, 2013
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Palestinians recover the body of a man killed when his home was hit the previous night by Israeli fi...
Palestinians recover the body of a man killed when his home was hit the previous night by Israeli fire in the Beit Hanun district of Gaza, on July 26, 2014
Marco Longari, AFP
A group of Palestinians got together to make a parody of Psy s  Gangnam Style  with a Gaza twist.
A group of Palestinians got together to make a parody of Psy's "Gangnam Style" with a Gaza twist.
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A Palestinian child sits on a mattress on the rubble of a house which was destroyed in an Israeli ai...
A Palestinian child sits on a mattress on the rubble of a house which was destroyed in an Israeli air strike on Abasan, east of the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis and close to the border with Israel on August 7, 2014
Said Khatib, AFP