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Israeli prime minister whisked away from campaign event because of Palestinian rocket fire

Sep. 10, 2019 2:18 PM EDT
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli prime minister whisked away from campaign event because of Palestinian rocket fire.

Officials say Gaza man dies of wounds from Israeli gunfire

Aug. 31, 2019 6:22 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Health Ministry says a Palestinian man has died of his wounds sustained from Israeli gunfire the previous day at protests along the perimeter fence. The ministry said Saturday that Badr Abu Moussa, 25, was being treated at a hospital in the southern Gaza Strip, after a...

Arab leader seeks to shake up Israeli election

Aug. 30, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The leader of the main Arab faction in parliament has shaken up Israel's election campaign by offering to sit in a moderate coalition government — a development that would end decades of Arab political marginalization and could potentially bring down Prime Minister Benjamin...

Merkel meets Palestinians' Abbas for talks in Berlin

Aug. 29, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that Germany continues to believe a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians is the only way for both peoples "to live in peace and security." Merkel stressed her support for a two-state solution ahead of talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud...

UN envoy warns Mideast tensions could deal huge blow to Iraq

Aug. 28, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Iraq warned Wednesday that current tensions could deal "a huge blow" in efforts to rebuild a stable and prosperous country following the defeat of the Islamic State extremist group. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert told the Security Council that "we must spare no effort...

Iraq coalition calls Israeli strikes a 'declaration of war'

Aug. 26, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A powerful bloc in Iraq's parliament called on Monday for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, following a series of airstrikes targeting Iran-backed Shiite militias in the country that have been blamed on Israel. The Fatah Coalition said it holds the United States fully responsible for...

Palestinian minister returns over $80,000 in secret bonuses

Aug. 26, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Authority says Finance Minister Shukri Bishara has returned $81,600 in secretly approved bonuses that sparked public outrage when they came to light in June. The PA's statement Monday said other ministers promised to return lavish payouts granted in 2017 and...

Prominent Palestinian family says son arrested in Egypt

Aug. 21, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The family of a prominent Palestinian politician says Egyptian security forces arrested their son last month. The family of Nabil Shaath, an adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, says in a statement Wednesday their son, Rami Shaath, a dual Palestinian-Egyptian national, was arrested...

US scraps West Bank conference over Palestinian protests

Aug. 19, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday was forced to postpone a conference it organized in the West Bank city of Ramallah after Palestinian officials and factions called for a boycott and threatened to organize protests. The Palestinians cut all ties with the U.S. after it...

Palestinian leader fires advisers, wants bonuses returned

Aug. 19, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday laid off all of his advisers and ordered a former prime minister and other ex-Cabinet ministers to return tens of thousands of dollars from a pay raise he had secretly approved. Palestinian officials said the decisions, announced in...