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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 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...

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2019 file photo, a man counts his banknotes and traveler checks in Tehran, Iran. On Sunday, Sept 20, 2020, Iran dismissed U.S. efforts to restore all U.N. sanctions on the country as mounting economic pressure from Washington pushed the local currency down to its lowest level ever. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Iran dismisses US efforts for UN sanctions as currency drops

Sep. 20, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president dismissed U.S. efforts to restore all U.N. sanctions on the country as mounting economic pressure from Washington pushed the local currency down to its lowest level ever on Sunday. Iran’s currency dropped to 272,500 to the U.S. dollar at money exchange shops...

Israeli police inspect the damage at the site hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip in the southern city of Ashdod, Israel, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. The Israeli military says two rockets were fired from Gaza and one was intercepted by air defenses. Magen David Adom, the Israeli emergency service, says it treated two people for minor injuries from broken glass. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Israel strikes Gaza after rocket fire during US ceremony

Sep. 16, 2020 2:18 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military struck Hamas militant sites in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday in response to rocket fire toward Israel the previous night that coincided with the signing of normalization agreements between Israel and two Arab countries at the White House. The barrage against Israel...

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...

Representations of the U.S., Israeli, Emirati and Bahraini flags are projected onto a wall of Jerusalem's Old City, marking the day of a signing ceremony in Washington signifying the two Gulf nations' normalization of relations with Israel, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Gaza militants fire rockets at Israel as pacts signed in US

Sep. 15, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired two rockets into Israel on Tuesday, wounding two people in an attack that was apparently timed to coincide with the signing of normalization agreements between Israel and two Arab countries at the White House. The Palestinians are opposed to...

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...

Palestinian doctors wear protective clothes as they work at the emergency room of the al-Quds Hospital in Gaza City, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. Dozens of front-line health care workers have been infected, dealing a new blow to overburdened hospitals. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Virus puts new strain on Gaza's overwhelmed health system

Sep. 8, 2020 2:12 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Dr. Ahmed el-Rabii spent years treating Palestinians wounded by Israeli fire during wars and clashes in the Gaza Strip. Now that the coronavirus has reached the blockaded territory, the 37-year-old physician finds himself in the unfamiliar role of patient. El-Rabii is the first...

Hamas leader says group has missiles that can hit Tel Aviv

Sep. 6, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas on Sunday warned Israel that his organization has missiles capable of striking the city of Tel Aviv, Israel’s commercial and cultural center, and areas beyond it. Ismail Haniyeh’s comments during a visit to Lebanon followed an...

Palestinians wear face masks during a lockdown imposed following the discovery of a rise in coronavirus cases in Gaza City, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020.  (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

Hamas says deal reached to calm violence with Israel

Aug. 31, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza’s Hamas rulers said Monday they have reached an agreement through international mediators to end the latest round of cross-border violence with Israel. Under the deal, Hamas is to halt the launches of explosives-laden balloons and rocket fire into Israel, while...