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Palestinian PM to visit Gaza for reconciliation efforts

Jerusalem - Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah will travel to Gaza on October 2 as part of a fresh push to end a decade-long split between Fatah and Hamas, which runs the enclave, his government said Monday.

Palestinian PM to visit Gaza next week for reconciliation efforts

Ramallah - Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah will travel to the Gaza Strip on October 2 as part of renewed reconciliation efforts with Hamas, which runs the enclave, his government said Monday.

Abbas at UN calls for end to 'apartheid' for Palestinians

New York - Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas called Wednesday for an end to the "apartheid" that he said Israel had imposed on the Palestinians.

Egypt's Sisi urges Palestinians to unite, co-exist with Israel

New York - Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Tuesday urged Palestinians to unite and "be ready to co-exist" in peace with Israelis, in his address to the United Nations.

Egypt's Sisi meets Israeli PM at UN for first public talks

Cairo - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu publicly for the first time in New York to discuss Middle East peace after US President Donald Trump said he would push for resuming stalled negotiations.

Trump touts peace hopes at Netanyahu meeting

New York - US President Donald Trump again expressed his hopes for a peaceful settlement to the Middle East crisis Monday as he met Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

'Ridiculous' if Trump doesn't back two-state solution: Palestinian official

Ramallah - A senior Palestinian official said Monday it would be "utterly ridiculous" if Donald Trump did not commit to the two-state solution, ahead of a meeting between the US president and Mahmud Abbas.

Israeli ministers seek to curb Supreme Court power

Jerusalem - Key Israeli ministers have announced plans to limit the power of the Supreme Court, accusing it of hindering the work of the rightwing coalition government.

Plummeting aid worsening Palestinian crises: UN

Geneva - A sharp fall in international aid reaching the Palestinian territories due in part to Israel's occupation is worsening humanitarian and economic crises in Gaza and the West Bank, the UN's development agency said Tuesday.

Israel to debate expanding settlement in east Jerusalem

Jerusalem - Israeli authorities in Jerusalem on Sunday deferred for three days a debate on building permits that would create the largest Israeli settlement inside a Palestinian neighbourhood, city councillors said.

Hamas chief in Egypt for first visit since election

Gaza - The head of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas Ismail Haniya travelled on Saturday to Egypt for his first visit there since his election, the group said.

Trump sees 'chance' for peace in Middle East 

Washington - President Donald Trump said Thursday that he believes there is a "chance" for a Middle East peace settlement, long one of the most elusive goals of US diplomacy.

Churches condemn attempts to 'weaken' Christians in Jerusalem

Jerusalem - The leading churches in Jerusalem issued a rare joint statement Tuesday condemning what they called "systematic" Israeli attempts to "weaken the Christian presence" in the city.

Palestinian family evicted from Jerusalem home of 50 years

Jerusalem - Israeli police on Tuesday evicted a Palestinian family from the east Jerusalem home in which they lived for over half a century, making way for Israelis deemed the legal occupants.

Aid workers fear fallout from Israel visa suspension

Jerusalem - Israel has suspended granting work visas for new foreign charity workers arriving in the country, humanitarians say, in a move that could impede aid to Palestinians.

US takes aim at Iran over ties to Hamas

New York - The United States on Thursday described remarks by a Palestinian Hamas leader boasting of strong military ties with Iran as a "stunning admission" that showed Tehran was violating a UN ban on arms exports.

UN chief calls for lifting of Gaza blockade

Jabaliya - UN chief Antonio Guterres called for the blockade of Gaza to be lifted Wednesday as he visited the Palestinian enclave enduring "one of the most dramatic humanitarian crises" he had seen.

UN chief calls for lifting of Gaza blockade

Jabaliya - UN chief Antonio Guterres called for the blockade of the Gaza Strip to be lifted Wednesday as he visited the Palestinian enclave enduring "one of the most dramatic humanitarian crises" he had seen.

Midnight rush for power in electricity-starved Gaza

Gaza - Once a day, the electricity comes on and the Ahmed household whirs into action -- even if it's the middle of the night.

UN chief seeks 'dream' of Israel-Palestinian peace in first visit

Jerusalem - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres held talks with Israeli leaders Monday on his first visit since taking office, making a forceful argument for a two-state solution with the Palestinians and speaking of his "dream" for peace.

Pessimism as Kushner holds Israeli-Palestinian talks

Jerusalem - White House aide Jared Kushner held talks on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Thursday with the aim of restarting long-stalled peace efforts, but pessimism was high over President Donald Trump's pledge to reach the "ultimate deal".

Palestinians need Trump two-state pledge before peace: officials

Ramallah - Donald Trump's team must commit to the two-state solution and opposing settlement construction before the US president's peace push will move forward, Palestinian officials said Wednesday.

Palestinian in West Bank attack bid killed: Israel police

Jerusalem - A Palestinian teenager who tried to attack an Israeli border guard in the occupied West Bank with a knife on Saturday was shot dead, an Israeli police spokeswoman said.

Israel freezes controversial settlement law

Jerusalem - Israel's Supreme Court has frozen implementation of a law legalising dozens of Jewish settlements built on private Palestinian land, which the UN labelled a "thick red line".

Hamas guard killed in rare suicide attack in Gaza Strip

Gaza - A suicide bomber killed a Hamas guard in southern Gaza on Thursday, officials said, in what was seen as a rare Islamist attack against the Palestinian group that has run the impoverished enclave for a decade.

Israel moves ahead on underground wall around Gaza

Jerusalem - Israel is pushing ahead with a project to build a giant underground wall around the Gaza Strip to block tunnels that could be used for attacks, the army said on Thursday.

Israel soldier begins manslaughter prison term

Rishon Le Zion - An Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter for shooting dead a prone Palestinian assailant in a trial that deeply divided the country arrived alongside motorcycle-riding supporters Wednesday to begin his 18-month prison term.

Jordanian king backs Palestinian leader in rare visit

Ramallah - Jordan's King Abdullah II offered support to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas during a rare visit Monday to the occupied West Bank following tensions with Israel over a flashpoint Jerusalem holy site.

Jordanian king starts rare visit to Palestinian president: AFP

Ramallah - Jordan's King Abdullah II began a rare visit to the occupied West Bank to meet Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Monday, AFP journalists said, amid shared tensions with Israel over a flashpoint Jerusalem holy site.

Israel seeks to silence broadcaster Al-Jazeera for 'incitement'

Jerusalem - Israel said on Sunday it planned to close the offices of Al-Jazeera in the Jewish state, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Arab satellite news broadcaster of incitement.
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Rafah border crossing, between Gaza and Egypt
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An Israeli activist carries a placard during a protest against the war on the Gaza strip  in the Isr...
An Israeli activist carries a placard during a protest against the war on the Gaza strip, in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on July 9, 2014
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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
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The old city Jerusalem
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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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
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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
Said Khatib, AFP
Palestinians ride on a donkey near homes in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim  near Je...
Palestinians ride on a donkey near homes in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem
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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
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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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
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 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
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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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
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Gaza crisis: More than 100  killed in Israeli strikes
Gaza crisis: More than 100' killed in Israeli strikes
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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
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
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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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