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Palestinians announce plans to again seek full UN membership

Jan. 15, 2019 4:40 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday he plans to reactivate an application for the Palestinians to have full membership in the United Nations, and his foreign minister said that will likely happen in a few weeks. Abbas made the announcement just before he took over as head...

UN chief backs 2-state solution in talks with Palestinians

Jan. 14, 2019 5:15 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and stressed again that a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the only path to peace. Guterres' strong backing for an independent Palestinian state came...

Palestinians, Israeli police scuffle at Jerusalem holy site

Jan. 14, 2019 11:56 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Scuffles broke out at the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Old City on Monday after guards at the mosque refused to allow an Israeli policeman to enter for a routine security check because he was wearing a Jewish skullcap known as a kippah, a Palestinian official said. Firas Dibs, a...

The Latest: Scuffles break out at tense Jerusalem holy site

Jan. 14, 2019 7:11 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (all times local): 2 p.m. Palestinian officials say scuffles have broken out at the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Old City after guards at the mosque refused to allow an Israeli policeman to enter for a routine security check because he was...

In role reversal, Abbas pressures Hamas as Israel allows aid

Jan. 14, 2019 1:08 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Western-backed Palestinian Authority is threatening to step up pressure on Hamas amid renewed tensions in Gaza, even as Israel allows a lifeline of Qatari aid to flow directly to the Islamic militants. The unlikely role reversal reflects the two sides' conflicting priorities....

Gaza officials say woman killed by Israeli fire at protest

Jan. 11, 2019 12:30 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli forces killed a Palestinian woman during mass protests on the Gaza frontier Friday, according to Palestinian medics, and the Israeli military said aircraft struck two Hamas posts in response to the violent demonstrations. The violence at the protests, in which more than...

Palestinian Authority cuts off Hamas lawmakers' salaries

Jan. 9, 2019 8:18 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Authority has cut off the salaries of Hamas lawmakers in the West Bank, the latest in a series of recent measures that have escalated tensions between the rival factions. President Mahmoud Abbas dissolved the 132-member assembly last month. Deputy Parliament...

Egypt to keep Gaza crossing closed after Hamas takeover

Jan. 7, 2019 12:07 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Egypt will keep its crossing with the Gaza Strip closed to departures from the Palestinian enclave after the Palestinian Authority withdrew its officials amid disagreements with Hamas. The Gaza's Interior Ministry, controlled by the militant group Hamas, said Monday that...

Fatah withdraws officers from Gaza-Egypt crossing

Jan. 6, 2019 1:53 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Palestinian Authority says it is withdrawing its officers from a key crossing point between the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and Egypt. The announcement on Sunday came amid rising tension between the Islamic militant movement, which took control of Gaza in a 2007, and...

Masked gunmen raid Palestinian TV studios in Gaza

Jan. 4, 2019 9:00 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Palestinian broadcasting corporation says masked gunmen have raided its studios in the Gaza Strip. Images circulating in the incident's aftermath Friday showed the TV station's Gaza headquarters strewn with shattered glass and destroyed equipment. The Interior Ministry,...