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Netanyahu orders new Israeli settlement in West Bank

Jerusalem - Israel's prime minister on Monday directed authorities to approve construction of 800 new homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, days before US President Donald Trump's strongly pro-Israel administration departs office.

Israeli firm in Gaza extracts drinking water from air

Gaza - The densely populated Gaza Strip has long lacked sufficient drinking water, but a new project helps ease the shortage with a solar-powered process to extract potable water straight from the air.

Quiet Bethlehem Christmas means 'less business, more religion'

Bethlehem - Deprived of its usual tourist influx by the pandemic, Bethlehem will celebrate a quiet Christmas this year that is less about commerce and more about religion, says its parish priest.

In refugee camps, Palestinians prepare for post-Abbas power struggle

Balata - In Palestinian refugee camps in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, some residents are preparing weapons for a potential power struggle when president Mahmud Abbas finally leaves the stage.

In east Jerusalem, a battle over 'every inch' of land

Jerusalem - The television in Zuheir Rajabi's lounge does not show films or the news: the only footage projected on its huge flat screen is from 10 surveillance cameras installed around his modest east Jerusalem home.

Saudi, Israeli officials spar at regional conference

Manama - An influential Saudi prince launched a bitter attack on Israel at a regional conference Sunday, drawing retorts from the Jewish state's foreign minister who addressed the gathering virtually.

Palestinian teen killed in clashes with Israeli army: govt

Ramallah - A Palestinian teenager was killed on Friday in clashes with the Israeli army on the sidelines of a protest in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said.

Palestinian teen killed in West Bank clashes with Israeli army: health ministry

Ramallah - A Palestinian teenager was killed on Friday in clashes with the Israeli army on the sidelines of a protest in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said.

Small is beautiful: Gaza's toned-down Covid-era weddings

Gaza - To the sound of drums and flutes, a freshly coiffed Palestinian groom dances with his brothers, cousins and friends, anxiously waiting for his veiled bride to arrive in her shimmering gown.

Israel strikes Hamas targets in Gaza after rocket attack

Jerusalem - Israel said Sunday its military struck Hamas targets in Gaza in response to a rocket attack launched from the Palestinian enclave.

Pompeo to make unprecedented visit to Israeli-occupied Golan

Jerusalem - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was Thursday set to make the first visit by an American top diplomat to the Israel-occupied Golan Heights after an expected stop in a West Bank Jewish settlement, infuriating Palestinians.

Pompeo lands in staunch ally Israel on farewell tour

Jerusalem - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Israel Wednesday for a farewell visit as the chief diplomat of the strongly pro-Israeli Trump administration.

Meet Gaza's first woman taxi driver

Gaza - Palestinian mother-of-five Nayla Abu Jubbah launched a small revolution this week by becoming the first female taxi driver in the deeply conservative Gaza Strip.

Gazans take coastal walks to escape 'double confinement'

Gaza - At sunrise in Gaza, the strip's coastal path begins to fill up with pedestrians, as growing numbers of Palestinians have taken up walking to relieve stress trapped inside the Israel-blockaded enclave.

Bethlehem 'Corona Sandwich' eases bite of tourism loss

Bethlehem - When the coronavirus pandemic left Bethlehem without its hordes of visitors, tour guide Raed Bannura needed a new source of income.

Palestinians mourn loss of 'icon' Saeb Erekat

Ramallah - Palestinians on Wednesday mourned their veteran negotiator Saeb Erekat, who died aged 65 of coronavirus complications, amid cautious hope the stalled peace process with Israel may be revived under Joe Biden's presidency.

Veteran Palestinian negotiator Erekat to be buried in Jericho

Ramallah - Veteran Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat is to be buried Wednesday following his death from Covid-19 complications, as hope emerges of new peace talks during Joe Biden's presidency.

Saeb Erekat: eloquent tactician, champion of Palestinian cause

Ramallah - Saeb Erekat, who died Tuesday at age 65 of Covid-19 complications, was the Palestinian veteran negotiator and politician who shepherded relations with world powers for decades.

Saeb Erekat: eloquent tactician, champion of Palestinian cause

Ramallah - Saeb Erekat, who died Tuesday at age 65 of Covid-19 complications, was the Palestinian veteran negotiator and politician who shepherded relations with world powers for decades.

Biden win a setback for Israel's Netanyahu, hope for Palestinians

Jerusalem - Joe Biden's US election win marks a setback for Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu, a staunch ally of President Donald Trump -- but it could spur renewed engagement between Washington and the Palestinians, experts said.

The Palestinian tycoon who sued Britain over 1917 declaration

Nablus - Sitting in an antique armchair in the dappled light of his Renaissance-inspired West Bank mansion, Palestinian billionaire Munib al-Masri raised a subject that has angered him for eight decades."Can you quote me the 58 words of Balfour's declaration?

'Trump Heights' a symbol of US shift on Mideast policy

Katzrin - On a dusty plain in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a golden-lettered sign with Israeli and American flags stands before a rusty wire fence as the gateway to "Trump Heights".

Top Palestinian official Erekat 'critical' from virus: hospital

Jerusalem - Long-time chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat was in "critical" condition and in a medically induced coma on Monday, said the Israeli hospital in Jerusalem treating him for coronavirus complications.

Israel approves first West Bank settler homes since Gulf deals

Jerusalem - Israel approved 2,166 new homes in settlements across the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, official figures sent to AFP showed, ending an eight-month lull in settlement expansion.

Israel approves first West Bank settler homes since Gulf deals

Jerusalem - Israel approved 2,166 new homes in settlements across the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, official figures sent to AFP showed, ending an eight-month lull in settlement expansion.

Years after second uprising Palestinians still face bleak future

Jenin - Two decades on from the second intifada, Palestinians who grew up in the shadow of the uprising find themselves surrounded by physical and political barriers with little hope for the future.

Fatah, Hamas say deal reached on Palestinian elections

Ramallah - Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas and their rivals Fatah in the occupied West Bank agreed Thursday to hold the first Palestinian elections since 2006, united by their opposition to Arab-Israeli normalisation deals.

Fatah, Hamas say deal reached on Palestinian elections

Ramallah - Gaza rulers Hamas and their rivals in the occupied West Bank, Fatah, have agreed to hold the first Palestinian elections in nearly 15 years, officials from both sides told AFP on Thursday.

Palestinian activist arrested after altercation with Israeli soldier

Jerusalem - Palestinian activist Khairi Hanoun was arrested on Monday by the Israeli army, several sources told AFP, weeks after footage of a soldier kneeling on his neck during a protest sparked outrage.

Israeli jets bomb Gaza after rocket fire clouds peace deal signing

Gaza - Israel bombed Gaza on Wednesday after militants fired rockets through the night, overshadowing the signing of landmark normalisation deals with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in Washington.
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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
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
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 inspect the wreckage of a building following an Israeli strike on the southern Gaza tow...
Palestinians inspect the wreckage of a building following an Israeli strike on the southern Gaza town of Rafah, on August 2, 2014
Said Khatib, AFP
Palestinians protesting against Israel
Palestinians protesting against Israel
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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
There has been little tangible evidence of progress in peace talks since this White House meeting be...
There has been little tangible evidence of progress in peace talks since this White House meeting between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. president Barack Obama in 2009.
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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
Jerusalem
Jerusalem
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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
Map of the Gaza Strip and southern Israel as of November 12-13  2018  locating main areas hit by Isr...
Map of the Gaza Strip and southern Israel as of November 12-13, 2018, locating main areas hit by Israeli army air raids and Palestinian mortars and rockets
Sophie RAMIS, AFP/File
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 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
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
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 Palestinian woman carrying a child makes her way through debris as people inspect the remains of a...
A Palestinian woman carrying a child makes her way through debris as people inspect the remains of a house belonging to a member of the Islamist Hamas movement following an Israeli air strike on July 8, 2014 in the Gaza strip town of Khan Yunis
Said Khatib, 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
With permission by Reuters / Mohamad Torokman
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
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
With permission by Reuters / Suhaib Salem

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