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Israel transfers $1B to cash-strapped Palestinian Authority

Dec. 2, 2020 6:16 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel transferred over $1 billion in taxes and customs duties it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday after a six-month hiatus in which the Palestinians had severed ties with Israel over its plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. The Palestinians resumed...

Democratic Tucson Mayor Regina Romero is seen at the State of the State address at the Arizona Capitol, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Phoenix. Romero called for a nighttime curfew Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Tucson to prevent the spread of COVID-19, saying the virus is spreading rapidly and hospitals in southern Arizona are on the verge of a crisis. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Latest: Tucson votes in mandatory nightly curfew

Dec. 2, 2020 12:17 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. -- At the urging of Mayor Regina Romero, the Tucson City Council voted Tuesday night to establish a mandatory nightly curfew for three weeks in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. The 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew will take effect Friday and run through Dec. 23. Romero says she sought the curfew...

Christian take photos inside the Grotto of the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. Normally packed with tourists from around the world at this time of year, Bethlehem resembles a ghost town – with hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops shuttered by the pandemic. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Coronavirus robs biblical Bethlehem of Christmas cheer

Dec. 1, 2020 1:06 AM EST

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — The coronavirus has cast a pall over Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem, all but shutting down the biblical town revered as Jesus’ birthplace at the height of the normally cheery holiday season. Missing are the thousands of international pilgrims who normally descend...

An Emirati journalist awaits a flyDubai flight from Tel Aviv, Israel, at Dubai International Airport's Terminal 3 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. The low-cost carrier flyDubai began regular flights to Tel Aviv on Thursday, the latest sign of the normalization deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

Low-cost carrier FlyDubai begins Israel flights after deal

Nov. 26, 2020 12:28 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The low-cost carrier FlyDubai began regular flights to Tel Aviv on Thursday, the latest sign of the normalization deal taking hold between the United Arab Emirates and Israel. FlyDubai flight No. FZ1163 landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport at 11:38 a.m. after a 3...

A Palestinian boy sells bananas on a donkey carte in an alley in the Shati refugee camp, in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Israel's blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip has cost the seaside territory as much as $16.7 billion in economic losses and caused its poverty and unemployment rates to skyrocket, a U.N. report said Wednesday, as it called on Israel to lift the 13-year closure. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

UN agency: Israel's Gaza blockade has devastated economy

Nov. 25, 2020 4:34 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip has cost the seaside territory as much as $16.7 billion in economic losses and sent poverty and unemployment skyrocketing, a U.N. report said Wednesday, as it called on Israel to lift the closure. The report by the U.N. Conference on...

Israeli police inspect the scene of what they say was an attempted car-ramming attack at a West Bank checkpoint near Jerusalem, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Israeli forces shot and killed the Palestinian motorist who police said tried to ram his car into a soldier at the checkpoint. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Israeli forces kill Palestinian suspected in car attack

Nov. 25, 2020 11:18 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli forces Wednesday shot and killed a Palestinian motorist who police say tried to carry out a car-ramming attack at a West Bank checkpoint. In a statement, police said the man presented false documents at the checkpoint, and when he was questioned about them, sped his car toward an...

Palestinians walk past closed stores near the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank City of Bethlehem, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. The Palestinian economy is expected to contract by about 8% in 2020 as it copes with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, an already struggling economy and political standoff with Israel, the World Bank said in a report Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

World Bank: Palestinian economy to contract 8% in 2020

Nov. 24, 2020 12:44 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian economy is expected to contract by about 8% in 2020 as it copes with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, an already struggling economy and a political standoff with Israel, the World Bank said in a report Tuesday. The report showed how the pandemic has accelerated the...

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...

Israel strikes Hamas sites in Gaza Strip after rocket attack

Nov. 22, 2020 1:34 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli aircraft on Sunday struck multiple sites in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket fired earlier from the Palestinian territory, Israel's military said. There were no immediate reports of injuries. While several militant groups operate out of the Palestinian enclave, Israel holds...