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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.

Israel's top court clears way for razing of Bedouin village in West Bank

06 Sep 2018

KHAN AL-AHMAR, West Bank Israel's top court cleared the way on Wednesday for the demolition of a Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank whose fate has drawn international concern and Palestinian protests.

Israel closing embassy in Paraguay in response to return of mission to Tel Aviv

05 Sep 2018

JERUSALEM/ASUNCION Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the closure of Israel's embassy in Paraguay on Wednesday, hours after the Latin American nation's new government announced it would move its embassy back to Tel Aviv from Jerusalem.

U.S. halts funding to U.N. agency helping Palestinian refugees

01 Sep 2018

WASHINGTON/RAMALLAH The United States on Friday halted all funding to a U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees in a decision further heightening tensions between the Palestinian leadership and the Trump administration.

U.N. schools open in West Bank, Gaza despite U.S. funding cut

29 Aug 2018

JALAZONE, West Bank Schools run by the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees opened in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip on Wednesday after it secured funding to offset cuts by its main donor, the United States.

Israel demolishes family home of Palestinian attacker

28 Aug 2018

KAUBER, West Bank The Israeli military on Tuesday demolished the family home of a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank who killed an Israeli in a Jewish settlement a month ago and was shot dead in the attack.

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