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Swedish hostages held by Syrian jihadists return home

Stockholm - Two Swedish men held hostage by Syrian jihadists have been reunited with their families in Sweden, the country's foreign ministry said on Sunday.

NGOs condemn donors over slow Gaza reconstruction

Paris - Six months after donors pledged billions of dollars (euros) for devastated Gaza, most of the money remains blocked, and reconstruction efforts are painfully slow, a coalition of aid groups said Monday.

Gaza police seize Banksy's disputed weeping goddess

Gaza - Gaza police have seized a work by famed street artist Banksy from a man who bought it for $200 from a family that later said it was duped, both sides told AFP.

Israeli troops shoot dead Palestinian at West Bank funeral: medics

Hebron - Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian man in the West Bank on Friday when they opened fire during the funeral of a Palestinian recently released from Israeli jail, medics said.

Palestinians back joint Yarmuk operation with Syria army

Damascus - A group of 14 Palestinian factions said Thursday they backed a joint military operation with the Syrian government to expel Islamic State group jihadists from the Yarmuk camp in southern Damascus.

Play about slain pro-Palestine activist returns to NY stage

New York - A play about American activist Rachel Corrie, who was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza, is winning quiet acceptance in New York, where uproar postponed its debut a decade ago.

Syria offers Palestinians its firepower in Yarmuk battle

Damascus - Syria said it is ready to offer Palestinians its firepower to support their battle with the Islamic State group in a refugee camp devastated by clashes and aerial attacks.

PLO delegation to hold talks with Syria on Yarmuk relief

Ramallah - A Palestinian official said Monday a delegation was heading to Damascus for talks on helping residents inside the Yarmuk refugee camp, parts of which have been overrun by the Islamic State group.

Christians celebrate Easter's empty tomb in Jerusalem

Jerusalem - The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem urged Christians to stand firm in the face of tragedy, as worshippers massed for Easter Sunday at the site where they believe Jesus rose from the dead.

2,000 evacuated from Syria's Yarmuk camp after IS advance: Palestinians

Damascus - Around 2,000 people have been evacuated from the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus after the Islamic State group seized large parts of it, a Palestinian official told AFP Sunday.

Israel says Palestinians hypocritical for joining ICC

Jerusalem - Israel denounced as hypocritical Wednesday the Palestinian decision to join the International Criminal Court in order to seek to prosecute officials from the Jewish state.

Palestine joins International Criminal Court

Den Haag - Palestine formally joined the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, a move the Palestinians hope could open the door to the possible prosecution of Israelis for alleged war crimes.

Gazans hope ICC will make 'Israel pay'

Gaza - Holding Israel accountable. This is what Yasser al-Qassas and thousands of Gazans hope to see with the Palestinian accession to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday.

Hamas denounces EU decision to keep it on terror list

Gaza - Hamas on Friday denounced a European Union decision to keep the Palestinian Islamist group and de facto Gaza Strip ruler on its terrorism blacklist, despite a court ordering its removal.

Palestinian rockets killed more Gazans in 2014 war: Amnesty

Jerusalem - Amnesty International said Thursday Palestinian rocket fire during the 2014 summer war in Gaza had killed more civilians in the Gaza Strip than in Israel.Such deadly attacks on civilians on both sides constituted "a war crime," it said.

UN says Palestinian death toll highest since 1967

Jerusalem - The long-running conflict with Israel claimed the lives of more Palestinian civilians in 2014 than any year since 1967, the United Nations said Thursday, in a damning report on the humanitarian situation.

Obama rips Netanyahu over Arab voter comments

Washington - US President Barack Obama criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his warning that Arab Israeli voters would vote "in droves.

Netanyahu's Palestinian backtrack fails to mollify US: Analysts

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has begun to tone down anti-Palestinian rhetoric in order to mend ties with a furious White House but analysts say he will have to do more.

Netanyahu denies abandoning two-state solution

Washington - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday denied making a U-turn by saying he would never agree to the creation of a Palestinian state, arguing that the conditions were not yet ripe.

Palestinians warn two-state solution 'impossible with Netanyahu'

Ramallah - A two-state solution to the Middle East conflict will be impossible with an Israeli government headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said on Thursday.

Netanyahu vows wave of E.Jerusalem buildings if elected

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Monday that if reelected he will build thousands of settler homes in Arab east Jerusalem to prevent future concessions to the Palestinians.

Obama 'committed' to two-state solution for Israel, Palestinians

Sharm El-sheikh - US President Barack Obama is "committed" to a two-state solution for Israel and Palestinians, Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday on the stalled Middle East peace process.

Has Bibi outstayed his welcome in the U.S. and Europe?

Washington - "Anyone But Bibi." It's the rallying cry of opponents battling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tuesday's elections, but also seems to aptly sum up feelings in both the U.S. and Europe.

Gaza farmers export first produce to Israel after 8 years

Gaza - Gaza farmers exported produce to Israel on Thursday for the first time since the Jewish state imposed its blockade on the Palestinian territory in 2006, officials and an NGO said.

Five hurt as driver rams car into Jerusalem pedestrians

Jerusalem - A driver ploughed into pedestrians in Jerusalem Friday, injuring five people in an attack that further inflamed tensions a day after the Palestinians vowed to halt security coordination with Israel.

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.
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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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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
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The old city Jerusalem
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
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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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Palestinians protesting against Israel
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A Palestinian hugs his father who was wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a UN school...
A Palestinian hugs his father who was wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a UN school in Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, following their arrival at the Kamal Edwan hospital in Beit Lahia on July 30, 2014
Mohammed Abed, AFP
An Israeli soldier walks past Palestinians in the West Bank village of Tafoh  near Hebron  on June 1...
An Israeli soldier walks past Palestinians in the West Bank village of Tafoh, near Hebron, on June 15, 2014
Hazem Bader, 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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A group of Palestinians made a Gangnam Style parody  Gangnam Gaza Style.
A group of Palestinians made a Gangnam Style parody, Gangnam Gaza Style.
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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
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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 carry the body of Mustafa Tamimi during his funeral procession in the West Bank village...
Palestinians carry the body of Mustafa Tamimi during his funeral procession in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, in this December 11, 2011 file picture. Israel's army has exonerated a soldier in the 2011 killing of Tamami. An Israeli human rights group criticized the ruling as a sign of military impunity
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Palestinians look from a window at a house destroyed by an overnight Israeli air strike  on July 16 ...
Palestinians look from a window at a house destroyed by an overnight Israeli air strike, on July 16, 2014, in Gaza City
Mahmud Hams, AFP
Relatives mourn during the funeral of Bashir Abdel Aal  a 20-year-old Hamas militant who was killed ...
Relatives mourn during the funeral of Bashir Abdel Aal, a 20-year-old Hamas militant who was killed by Israeli tank shells minutes before a five-hour truce went into effect, on July 17, 2014 in Gaza
Said Khatib, AFP
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
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Real Democracy - Israelis donating their votes to Palestinians in the Israeli Parliamentary Elections 2013.
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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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Ktzi ot Prison is an Israeli detention facility located in the Negev desert
Ktzi'ot Prison is an Israeli detention facility located in the Negev desert
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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