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A nurse walks COVID-19 tests back to the tent at the free COVID-19 testing site on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 in Glenwood Springs, Colo. (Chelsea Self/Glenwood Springs Post Independent via AP)

The Latest: China reports results of mass testing

Nov. 23, 2020 10:56 PM EST

BEIJING — China has reported new coronavirus cases in the cities of Shanghai and Tianjin as it seeks to prevent small outbreaks from becoming larger ones. The National Health Commission said Tuesday that there were two new locally spread cases in the previous 24-hour period, one in each city. It also...

Palestinian Christians celebrate the lighting of a Christmas tree outside the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. The Palestinian Health Ministry has recommended strict limits on Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem this year due to the coronavirus outbreak. Celebrations in the biblical town revered by Christians as Jesus’ birthplace are usually attended by thousands of people from around the world. In its recommendations Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020 it said religious services on Christmas Eve should also have limited attendance. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Palestinians may limit Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem

Nov. 22, 2020 3:39 PM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Health Ministry has recommended strict limits on Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem this year due to the coronavirus outbreak. Celebrations in the biblical town revered by Christians as Jesus’ birthplace are usually attended by thousands of people from...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2020 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks after a meeting of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank city of Ramallah. A senior Palestinian official said Tuesday, Nov. 17 the Palestinian Authority will restore ties with Israel after it cut all contacts in May over Israel’s planned annexation of up to a third of the occupied West Bank. The move to restore ties likely reflects the Palestinians’ hopes that the election of former Vice President Joe Biden spells the end of the Trump administration’s Mideast policies, which overwhelmingly favored Israel.  (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, File)

Palestinians restore Israel ties as annexation fears fade

Nov. 17, 2020 2:43 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian Authority will restore ties with Israel that it severed in May over Israel's planned annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank, a move that will allow it to receive much-needed tax revenues that Israel collects on its behalf, Palestinian officials said Tuesday. The move...

A Palestinian honor guard carries the body of Saeb Erekat into the cemetery during his funeral in the West Bank town of Jericho, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. Erekat, a veteran peace negotiator and prominent international spokesman for the Palestinians for more than three decades, died on Tuesday, weeks after being infected by the coronavirus. He was 65. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Palestinians hold funeral for veteran negotiator Erekat

Nov. 11, 2020 9:45 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinians held a funeral Wednesday for Saeb Erekat, a veteran peace negotiator and spokesman for their cause who died after being hospitalized with the coronavirus. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh paid their respects at an official...

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2011 file photo, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, speaks during a press conference at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. Erekat, a veteran peace negotiator and prominent international spokesman for the Palestinians for more than three decades, has died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. He was 65. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Saeb Erekat, longtime Palestinian spokesman, dies at 65

Nov. 10, 2020 5:08 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Saeb Erekat, a veteran peace negotiator and prominent international spokesman for the Palestinians for more than three decades, died on Tuesday, weeks after being infected by the coronavirus. He was 65. The American-educated Erekat was involved in nearly every round of peace negotiations...

Israeli parliament ratifies diplomatic pact with Bahrain

Nov. 10, 2020 12:52 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's parliament Tuesday ratified the country's recent agreement establishing formal diplomatic relations with the Gulf state of Bahrain. The agreement was approved by a 62-14 margin. The vote was largely a formality, following last month's signing of an agreement to establish ties at a...

Indonesian Muslims protesters hold posters condemning French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-France rally outside the France embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. Indonesian Muslims marched to the heavily guarded France Embassy in Indonesia's capital on Monday to protest France's president and his staunch support of secular laws that deem caricatures depicting the Prophet Muhammad as protected speech.(AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

French president speaks with Egypt, Palestinian leaders

Nov. 3, 2020 8:32 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron spoke to the Egyptian and Palestinian leaders after a week of anti-French protests around the Muslim world and three Islamic extremist attacks on France. Macron is seeking to calm tensions and to straighten out misunderstandings while also defending...

Israel's then-Infrastructure Minister Effie Eitam, center in blue shirt, listens to Jewish settlers when visiting Mitzpeh Assaf, an illegal outpost which Israel's Defense Minster said will be dismantled, near the settlement of Ofra, north of Jerusalem, Sunday Oct. 13, 2002. Israel plans to nominate Eitam to head the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, officials said Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Zoom 77)

Israel looks to far-right figure to head Holocaust memorial

Oct. 28, 2020 1:28 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel plans to nominate a far-right former general and Cabinet minister who once called for the expulsion of Palestinians from the West Bank to head the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, officials said Tuesday. Effie Eitam, a religious nationalist with a history of harsh rhetoric toward the...

Palestinians push for international conference, US is open

Oct. 26, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinian foreign minister said Monday an international peace conference is the only way to generate momentum to bring Israelis and Palestinians to negotiate a peace agreement. The U.S. ambassador said the Trump administration has “no objection” to meeting...

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2019 file photo, Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat speaks at the J Street National Conference, in Washington. Erekat on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, was in critical condition and breathing with a ventilator after his coronavirus infection worsened overnight, said the Israeli hospital treating him. Hadassah Medical Center described Erekat's case as extremely challenging given his history of health problems, including a lung transplant performed in the United States three years ago. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Palestinian official Erekat in critical, stable condition

Oct. 20, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat remained in critical but stable condition in an Israeli hospital Tuesday, his family said, as he continued his life-threatening battle against the coronavirus. Erekat’s family told the official Palestinian news agency WAFA that he was...