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Lebanese parliament convenes on budget amid tight security

Jul. 16, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Under tight security, Lebanese lawmakers on Tuesday began discussing the draft 2019 state budget that aims to avert a financial crisis in the heavily indebted country by raising taxes and cutting public spending. The discussions were being held amid limited protests against proposed austerity...

US officials attend opening at controversial Jerusalem dig

Jun. 30, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — American officials looked on Sunday as Israel opened a newfound Roman-era street at a divisive archaeological site in east Jerusalem, a move that deepened Palestinian animosity toward the White House's mediation efforts. U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman attended the event along...

Kushner tries to sell Mideast plan to skeptical audience

Jun. 25, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, appealed Tuesday for the Palestinians to consider a $50 billion economic support plan, even though they already rejected the proposal because it does not include a political resolution to the long-running conflict...

Lebanon slams Trump administration's Mideast peace plan

Jun. 23, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said Sunday that the country will not be "tempted" by money into giving up Palestinian rights, criticizing the Trump administration's $50 billion investment proposal that comes as part of its recently unveiled Middle East peace plan. Berri said in a...

White House unveils $50 billion Palestinian economic plan

Jun. 22, 2019 9:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Saturday unveiled a $50 billion Palestinian investment and infrastructure proposal intended to be the economic engine to power its much-anticipated but still unreleased "deal of the century" Middle East peace plan. The scheme, which calls for a mix of public...

Palestinians: Baptismal font discovered at Nativity Church

Jun. 22, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian officials say what they believe to be a new baptismal font has been discovered at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, allowing for more studies about Jesus' traditional birthplace. Ziad al-Bandak, head of a Palestinian presidential committee leading the church...

Sick Gaza child caught in Israeli permit system dies alone

Jun. 12, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — When Palestinian preschooler Aisha a-Lulu came out of brain surgery in a strange Jerusalem hospital room, she called out for her mother and father. She repeated the cry over and over, but her parents never came. Instead of a family member, Israeli authorities had approved a stranger to...

Palestinians urge 'Arab masses' to oppose US peace workshop

Jun. 12, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A senior Palestinian decision-making body has condemned the decision by Arab countries to attend a U.S.-sponsored Mideast peace conference, calling for the "Arab masses" to act against the gathering. The Fatah Revolutionary Council issued its statement Wednesday, a day after...

Israeli and Palestinian forces exchange fire in West Bank

Jun. 11, 2019 6:57 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli and Palestinian forces have engaged in a rare shootout in the West Bank. Palestinian officials say one officer was lightly wounded in Tuesday's gunfight, which erupted overnight in the city of Nablus. Despite poor political relations, Israel and the Palestinians maintain close...

Virginia man back in US after court questions deportation

Jun. 8, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia man who says he fears torture at the hands of Israeli authorities is back in the U.S. after a judge's order forced immigration authorities to reverse his deportation and bring him back from Israel before he ever got off the plane. Abdelhaleem Ashqar recently...