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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, listens while former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert speaks during a news conference in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Palestinian chief and ex-Israeli PM show 2 sides can talk

Feb. 11, 2020 9:15 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sat beside former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Tuesday and said he is ready to resume negotiations under an international umbrella on the peace deal they made significant progress on in 2008 — not on the Trump administration’s...

Free food is prepared for protesters during the ongoing anti-government protests next to a poster of Muqtada al-Sadr whose image is centered between the image of his father, Ayatollah Mohammed Sadiq al-Sadr, right, and Shiite spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, left, in Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. Influential and radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called for his followers to return to the street, one week after he withdrew support for anti-government demonstrators camped out in Baghdad's Tahrir Square. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Radical Iraqi cleric threatens to disavow PM designate

Feb. 11, 2020 2:33 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — An influential Shiite preacher who heads a powerful political bloc in Iraq's Parliament threatened Tuesday to withdraw support for the candidate chosen by rival blocs as prime minister designate, indicating the formation of a new government was facing challenges. Muqtada al-Sadr, who heads...

Palestinians wave national flags as they take part in a protest against President Donald Trump's Mideast initiative in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas plans to deliver a speech at the U.N. later in the day, but members will not be voting on a draft resolution. Palestinian officials denied the resolution had been pulled, but diplomats said many members, including European countries, rejected the language in a draft that had circulated. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed).

Poll finds Palestinians overwhelmingly reject Trump plan

Feb. 11, 2020 11:21 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Ninety-four percent of Palestinians reject President Donald Trump's Mideast initiative, according to a poll released Tuesday, which also found plummeting support for a two-state solution with Israel and nearly two-thirds backing armed struggle. The first survey of Palestinian...

Palestinians protest the Mideast plan announced by the U.S. President Donald Trump, in Hebron, West Bank, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. Trump's Mideast plan would create a disjointed Palestinian state with a capital on the outskirts of east Jerusalem, beyond the separation barrier built by Israel. The rest of the Jerusalem, including the Old City, would remain Israel's capital. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Palestinian leader to address UN on Trump plan, but no vote

Feb. 10, 2020 5:43 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will reiterate his rejection of the Trump administration’s Mideast plan in an address to the U.N. Security Council Tuesday, but members will not be voting on a draft resolution opposing the U.S. proposal. President Donald Trump unveiled the...

Palestinians walk next to the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. The Palestinians on Friday rejected U.S. Allegations of incitement after a day of clashes and attacks left three Palestinians dead and more than a dozen Israelis wounded. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Israel blocks Palestinian exports in escalating trade crisis

Feb. 9, 2020 6:41 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military blocked Palestinian agricultural exports on Sunday in the latest escalation of a monthslong trade war that comes amid fears of renewed violence as well. Following Defense Minister Naftali Bennett's instruction, the military said it would not allow the Palestinians to...

Palestinians hurl stones towards Israeli soldiers during clashes after the funeral of policeman Tariq Badwan in the West Bank village of Azoun near Qalqilya, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. Badwan was shot while standing at the entrance of a police station in Jenin, where Israeli forces clashed with Palestinians while demolishing the home of an alleged militant. He did not appear to have been involved in the clashes. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Palestinians deny US charges of incitement, blame Trump plan

Feb. 7, 2020 1:28 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinians on Friday rejected U.S. allegations of incitement after a day of clashes and attacks left three Palestinians dead, including a member of the security forces, and wounded more than a dozen Israeli soldiers. They instead linked the violence to President Donald Trump's...

Palestinian protesters hurl stones towards Israeli soldiers during clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. Israeli forces have killed two Palestinians in clashes in the occupied West Bank and a third in Jerusalem after he opened fire at a police officer. The killings came hours after a car-ramming attack elsewhere in the city Thursday wounded 12 Israeli soldiers. Tensions have soared following last week's release of President Donald Trump's Mideast initiative, which greatly favors Israel and was rejected by the Palestinians. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Architect of US peace plan blames Palestinians for violence

Feb. 6, 2020 9:54 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The chief architect of the U.S. blueprint to resolve the decades-old conflict between Israelis and Palestinians on Thursday blamed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for soaring tensions and violence in the occupied West Bank since the plan's release last week. Jared Kushner, the...

Proposed UN resolution would reject US Mideast peace plan

Feb. 5, 2020 3:42 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestinian supporters have circulated a draft U.N. resolution that would reject the recently launched U.S. plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying it violates international law and Security Council demands for a two-state solution based on borders before the 1967 Mideast...

FILE - This July 9, 2004 file photo shows the golden shrine of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Old city can be seen behind a section made of concrete walls of the controversial separation barrier Israel is building in the village of Abu Dis in the outskirts of Jerusalem. In the 1948 war surrounding Israel's creation, Egyptian forces took control of the Gaza Strip and Jordan took over the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Israel captured the territories when it launched a surprise attack in 1967 at a time of soaring tensions with its hostile Arab neighbors.   (AP Photo/Enric Marti, File)

Palestinian killed in clashes as tensions rise over US plan

Feb. 5, 2020 11:06 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli forces shot and killed a 17-year-old Palestinian during clashes with demonstrators in the West Bank on Wednesday, the first death since tensions rose following the release of President Donald Trump's Mideast plan, according to Palestinian officials. The shooting came hours after...

Iraqi President Barham Salih, right, instructs newly appointed Prime Minister Mohammed Allawi in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. Former communications minister Mohammed Allawi was named prime minister-designate by rival Iraqi factions Saturday after weeks of political deadlock. (Iraqi Presidency Media Office, via AP)

Iraqi blocs select new PM-designate after weeks of jockeying

Feb. 1, 2020 3:35 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Former communications minister Mohammed Allawi was named prime minister-designate by rival Iraqi factions Saturday after weeks of political deadlock. The choice comes as the country weathers troubled times, including ongoing anti-government protests and the constant threat of being ensnared...