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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 02: In this handout provided by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) 2015 Policy Conference, March 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. Tomorrow March 3rd Prime Minister Netanyahu is scheduled to address a joint session of the US Congress. (Photo by Amos Ben Gershom/GPO via Getty Images)

Palestinian arrangement for financial withdrawal faces Israeli threats

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Palestinian government's plan for economic disengagement from Israel faces grave challenge, including Israeli threats to impose sanctions on the Palestinians. The plan...
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Viewpoint: Plan to hold Palestinian elections faces tough challenges amid internal split

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is determined to hold the first Palestinian legislative elections in 13 years, but analysts said the move faces tough challenges...
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Palestinians Newly Appointed Leader is Mohammad Shtayyeh

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas assigned on Sunday his long-time ally Mohammad Shtayyeh to form the new Palestinian government which will succeed the former consensus...
Illustrative: A Palestinian class at the Salem School, East Jerusalem, December 6, 2017. (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)

Israel’s Decision on Closing UN Schools Meets Stiff Objections

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A Palestinian official on Saturday condemned the Israeli decision to close schools run by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA)...
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Palestinians Unhappy With Some EU Members With Regards U.S. Embassy Relocation

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The Palestinian Foreign Affairs Ministry slammed on Saturday the positions of three European Union (EU) members that blocked an EU condemnation of the U.S....
Thousands of books were on display at the 11th Palestine International Book Fair held at the newly established National Library. (WAFA Images / Hamza Shalash)

Palestine International Book fair brings history to young generation

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The 11th Palestine International Book Fair went on for ten days in the West Bank city of Ramallah, attracting nearly 500 publishers and libraries. The...
Mahmoud Abbas,

Burning of mosque in West Bank criminal – Abbas

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday condemned Israeli settlers for torching a mosque in the northern West Bank village of Aqraba. "Burning the mosque is...
Arabia

Palestinians greatly troubled by Gulf crisis, fear consequences

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Following the declaration of Gulf and Arab states to boycott Qatar, which broke out two weeks ago, and the decision to take measures against...
Palestine, Israel

PNA welcomes UN report accusing Israel of imposing “apartheid regime” on Palestinians

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The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) welcomed Thursday a UN report accusing Israel of imposing "apartheid regime" on Palestinians, according to a PNA statement. ...
Palestine, Israel

Abbas welcomes U.S. efforts to make just, comprehensive peace with Israel

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday welcomed the U.S. efforts aiming at making just and comprehensive peace with Israel. Abbas made the...

Controversial artistic hotel by Banksy opens in Bethlehem

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New exotic destination is added in the historical West Bank city of Bethlehem, which is a hotel with a view overlooking the Israeli built...

Palestinians soothe a growing contact with U.S. under Trump

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The Palestinians expressed relief Sunday following the recent growing improvement in their contact with the new U.S. administration led by Trump since he took...
Palestine, Israel

Palestinians accuse Israel of setting up obstacles to harm peace bid

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Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Sunday that Israel is putting obstacles on the ground, ahead of the upcoming visit to Israel by U.S....
Iraq

Feb. 26 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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TRIPOLI -- A car bomb explosion hit a security check point in eastern Libyan city Benghazi on Sunday, killing two soldiers and injuring four...
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PNA may hold municipal elections only in West Bank

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The Prime Minister of the Palestinian consensus government, Rami Hamdallah, warned on Sunday that municipal elections might be held only in the West Bank,...
Mahmoud Abbas,

Abbas condemns car bomb attack in Somalia

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned Tuesday the car bombing at a Mogadishu market last Sunday and described it as "criminal." According to...
Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Feb. 12 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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ISTANBUL -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Turkey's ultimate goal in its military operation in northern Syria is not the...

Palestinians slam U.S. against Fayyad appointment as UN Libya envoy

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Palestinians slammed Sunday the U.S. veto against the appointment of former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to head a UN mission in Libya. ...
Mahmoud Abbas,

Abbas says Israeli bill “major setback” to peacemaking efforts

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that the recent Israeli bill on settlements in the West Bank is "a major setback" to peacemaking efforts. ...
Palestine, Israel

Israel legalizes settlements, undermines two-state solution

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Israel's recent legislation legalizing settlement construction on Palestinian lands in the West Bank may be an attempt to undermine the two-state solution, said Palestinian...
A settler woman walks past an Israeli soldier standing guard in East Jerusalem. Photo: IRIN/Andreas Hackl (file photo)

Palestinians say in urgent consultations over new Israeli settlement activities

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Palestinian presidency spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeinah announced on Wednesday that urgent consultations have begun in response to renewed Israeli settlement activities in Palestinian territories. ...
A settler woman walks past an Israeli soldier standing guard in East Jerusalem. Photo: IRIN/Andreas Hackl (file photo)

Palestinians fume over Israel’s new settlement expansion

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Palestinian presidency condemned Sunday the approval of Israeli authorities to build more settlement housing units in east Jerusalem and called for the implementation of...
AFP / Ahmad Al-Rubaye A member of the Iraqi pro-government forces fires a rocket-propelled grenade launcher during an operation in al-Shahabi village, east of Fallujah, in an operation to retake the city from Islamic State group, on May 24, 2016

Jan. 20 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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DAMASCUS -- The Islamic State (IS) group has destroyed the facade of the ancient Roman theatre as well as the Tetrapylon in the ancient...
Palestine, Israel

Palestinians ready to work with Trump towards peace amidst skepticism

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Palestinian officials expressed Friday looking forward to achieving peace with Israel on the basis of the two state solution under the new administration of...
Palestine, Israel

PLO hopes to cooperate with new U.S. administration to achieve peace with Israel

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Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said Friday that Palestinians are willing to work and cooperate with the new U.S. administration under President Donald Trump to...
Somkes rise following airstrike targeting rebels in Daraya, southwest of the capital Damascus of Syria, on Feb. 24, 2016. (Xinhua/Yang Zhen) (zw)

Jan. 17 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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ISTANBUL -- The gunman who was captured overnight after 17 days on the run has admitted to a shooting spree he launched against a...

Palestinian government deplores Israeli “confiscation” of thousands of acres in West Bank

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The Palestinian government deplored Israel's confiscation of thousands of acres of Palestinians' lands near northern West Bank city of Nablus on Thursday. ...
Mahmoud Abbas,

Israeli settlement on lands of state of Palestine will demise

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who addressed a speech to the Palestinians on Saturday, said that the Israeli settlement on the territories of the state...
Photo taken on March 2, 2016 shows the United Nations Security Council approves new resolution on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), at the UN headquarters in New York, the United States. (Xinhua/Li Muzi) (zw)

Recent international support signals world rejection of Israeli policies

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The Palestinian presidency said on Saturday that the recent international support for the Palestinians, including a Security Council resolution condemning the Israeli settlement activity,...
elections

Sept. 8 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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DAMASCUS -- Syria's Foreign Ministry denied claims about military gas attack in northern Aleppo province, according to state news agency SANA. The...