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Ali Sawafta

New Palestinian government sworn in amid factional tensions

13 Apr 2019

RAMALLAH, GAZA Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday swore in a new government headed by a loyalist from his dominant Fatah party, a move rejected by his Islamist rival Hamas as a blow to unity efforts.

Abbas picks loyalist Shtayyeh as Palestinian prime minister

10 Mar 2019

RAMALLAH, West Bank/GAZA Economist Mohammed Shtayyeh, a member of the West Bank's dominant Fatah party, was named Palestinian prime minister on Sunday in what the rival Hamas group that runs Gaza called a blow to unity efforts.

Palestinian Authority cuts back wages in tax, prisoner dispute with Israel

10 Mar 2019

RAMALLAH, West Bank The Palestinian Authority is scaling back wages paid to its employees in response to a cash crunch deepened by a dispute with Israel over payments to families of militants in Israeli jails, it said on Sunday.

U.S. security aid to Palestinians to end Thursday, envoys seek workaround

30 Jan 2019

RAMALLAH, West Bank U.S. security aid for the Palestinian Authority was set to dry up on Thursday after it declined the money over concerns it could increase its exposure to U.S. anti-terrorism lawsuits.

Palestinian prime minister, government resign

29 Jan 2019

RAMALLAH, West Bank Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Al-Hamdallah has tendered his resignation and that of his unity government to President Mahmoud Abbas, he said on Tuesday, dealing a blow to faltering reconciliation efforts with Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas.

U.S. urges Palestinians to free dual national suspected of Jerusalem land deal

28 Nov 2018

JERUSALEM The U.S. ambassador to Israel called on Palestinians on Wednesday to free an American-Palestinian who, the envoy said, was detained for "selling land to a Jew", apparently violating a long-standing Palestinian ban on selling land to Israelis.

West Bank kin cheer first Palestinian-American woman in U.S. Congress

07 Nov 2018

BEIT UR AL-FAUQA, West Bank Tuning into the news at dawn on Wednesday, the extended family of Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress, celebrated her victory in their home in the Israeli occupied West Bank.

Rights group accuses Palestinian Authority, Hamas, of using systematic torture

23 Oct 2018

RAMALLAH, West Bank Security forces of the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority and Gaza's rival Hamas group routinely arrest and torture critics and opponents to try to stifle dissent, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.

Palestinian official says U.S. will never present Middle East peace plan

15 Sep 2018

JERICHO, West Bank The United States will not present its long-awaited plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace any time soon and is instead trying to unilaterally change the terms of reference for any future proposal, a senior Palestinian official said on Saturday.

Protesters arrive at Bedouin village as Israeli demolition looms

11 Sep 2018

KHAN AL-AHMAR, West Bank When the residents of Khan al-Ahmar awoke on Tuesday morning, they were greeted by the sight of five brand new shacks on the outskirts of their village, a cluster of tumbledown huts on a desert hillside in the occupied West Bank.

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