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In this image made from UNTV video, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, at UN headquarters, in New York. (UNTV via AP)

Palestinian leader calls for new peace process in UN speech

Sep. 25, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday called for an international conference early next year to launch a "genuine peace process” while criticizing the recent decision of two Arab countries to normalize relations with Israel. Abbas seemed to acknowledge the growing...

FILE - In this April 18, 2020 file photo, a policeman asks a bride and groom to leave the waterfront promenade where they had decided to take some pictures, in Beirut, Lebanon. In a region where marriage is the cornerstone of society, couples are plowing ahead with weddings, despite the deadly risks. From the Palestinian territories to the United Arab Emirates, officials attribute a spike in coronavirus cases to traditional, large-scale weddings that flout public health restrictions. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

For Arab newlyweds, the party goes on until police bust in

Sep. 25, 2020 2:05 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The party was going strong: traditional music blared, families cheered, throngs of revelers danced. Then, police burst in. Officers kicked out guests, slapped hefty fines — even locked up the tuxedoed groom and singers. In recent weeks, such unhappy endings to...

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2011 file photo, Mohammed Dahlan speaks during an interview at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Palestinian security forces have detained dozens of supporters of the rival to President Mahmoud Abbas who is based in the United Arab Emirates. Dahlan, a former senior Palestinian official who was banished from the West Bank in 2010 after a falling-out with Abbas, has denied any role in the UAE’s agreement to normalize ties with Israel, which the Palestinians view as a betrayal of their cause. His political movement said Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 that dozens of its members have been detained or summoned for questioning by Palestinian security forces in the West Bank in recent days. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, File)

Palestinians arrest supporters of Abbas rival close to UAE

Sep. 21, 2020 2:50 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian security forces have detained dozens of supporters of a rival to President Mahmoud Abbas who is based in the United Arab Emirates, his political group said Monday. Mohammed Dahlan, a former senior Palestinian official who was banished from the West Bank in 2010 after...

Ultra-Orthodox Jews wearing face masks during a morning prayer in a synagogue separated by plastic partitions, follow new government measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, in Bnei Brak, Israel, Friday, Sept 18, 2020. Israel is set to go back into a three-week lockdown later Friday to try to contain a coronavirus outbreak that has steadily worsened for months as its government has been plagued by indecision and infighting. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Israel returns to virus lockdown as cases mount

Sep. 18, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel went back into a full lockdown on Friday to try to contain a coronavirus outbreak that has steadily worsened for months as its government has been plagued by indecision and infighting. The three-week lockdown, which began in the early afternoon, will require the closure of many...

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2015 file photo, Palestinians mourn at the graves of Riham Dawabsheh, 27, her husband Saed Dawabsheh and their 18-month-old son Ali, in the West Bank village of Duma, near Nablus. On Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, the Lod District Court handed down three life sentences to Jewish extremist Amiram Ben-Uliel convicted in a 2015 arson attack that killed the Palestinian toddler and his parents. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

Israeli minor gets 3 1/2 years for role in deadly 2015 arson

Sep. 16, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court sentenced a young man on Wednesday to 3 1/2 years in prison for his role in the 2015 arson attack that killed a Palestinian toddler and his parents in the West Bank village of Duma. The unidentified youth, who was a minor at the time of the attack, was found guilty last...

The Commissioner-General of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees Philippe Lazzarini, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the U.N. relief agency, UNRWA, headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. The financial crisis that the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees is experiencing could lead to ceasing some of its activities in what would raise risks of instability in this volatile region, Lazzarini said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Palestinian refugee agency warns of instability amid crisis

Sep. 16, 2020 8:23 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees is experiencing a financial crisis that could force it to halt some services to an already impoverished population of more than 5 million people, the head of the agency said Wednesday. Philippe Lazzarini also warned in an interview with The Associated...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, President Donald Trump, Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan react on the Blue Room Balcony after signing the Abraham Accords during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Israel signs pacts with 2 Arab states: A 'new' Mideast?

Sep. 15, 2020 10:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Israel on Tuesday signed historic diplomatic pacts with two Gulf Arab states at a White House ceremony that President Donald Trump declared will mark the “dawn of a new Middle East," casting himself as an international peacemaker at the height of his reelection campaign. The...

FILE - In this May 18, 2020 file photo, Israeli Jewish extremist Amiram Ben-Uliel arrives at a district court for a verdict in Lod, Israel. On Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, an Israeli court handed down three life sentences to Ben-Uliel convicted in a 2015 arson attack that killed a Palestinian toddler and his parents. The Lod District Court found the Jewish settler guilty of murder in May for the killing of 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh by firebombing his home in the West Bank village of Duma. (Avshalom Sassoni/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Israeli gets 3 life sentences for deadly 2015 arson attack

Sep. 14, 2020 1:45 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court on Monday handed down three life sentences to a Jewish extremist convicted in a 2015 arson attack that killed a Palestinian toddler and his parents. The Lod District Court found Amiram Ben-Uliel, a Jewish settler, guilty of murder in May for the killing of 18-month-old...

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2020 file photo, Palestinians burn pictures of U.S. President Donald Trump, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a protest against the United Arab Emirates' deal with Israel, in the West Bank city of Nablus.  For the first time in more than a quarter-century, a U.S. president will host a signing ceremony, Tuesday, Aug. 15,  between Israelis and Arabs at the White House, billing it as an

Trump's Mideast deals tout 'peace' where there was never war

Sep. 14, 2020 2:03 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — For the first time in more than a quarter-century, a U.S. president will host a signing ceremony between Israelis and Arabs at the White House, billing it as an "historic breakthrough" in a region long known for its stubborn conflicts. But while the optics of Tuesday's event will evoke the...

FILE - In this March 21, 2019 file photo, Wafa Manasra, mother of Palestinian Ahmad Manasra, kisses him goodbye during his funeral in the West Bank village of Wad Fokin, near Bethlehem. In August 2020, Israeli military prosecutors offered three months of community service to a soldier who shot and killed Manasra, an unarmed Palestinian man who exited his vehicle to assist a second motorist who had also been shot -- in a case that has drawn renewed attention to a justice system that Palestinians and human rights activists say has created an atmosphere of impunity. The deal is now being reviewed by the Israeli Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

Israeli soldier's plea deal in fatal shooting faces scrutiny

Sep. 9, 2020 2:13 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Ahmad Manasra was traveling home from a wedding when he spotted a family in distress on the side of a West Bank road. Moments later, the 22-year-old Palestinian was fatally shot while another Palestinian driver was seriously wounded — both by an Israeli soldier in a nearby...