Latest Palestinian territories government News

Trump's Mideast team gets close-up view of peace obstacles

Jun. 21, 2018 2:33 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — On their current Mideast tour, senior Trump administration officials are getting a close-up view of some of the towering obstacles to their yet-to-be-released blueprint for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. Blockaded Gaza — a likely focal point of any future U.S.-endorsed...

White House Mideast team holds talks with Jordanian king

Jun. 19, 2018 12:12 PM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, kicked off a swing through the Middle East on Tuesday, meeting with Jordan's king as part of a broader effort to lay the groundwork for an expected Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. Kushner and White House envoy Jason...

Israel PM, Jordan king meet after months of strained ties

Jun. 18, 2018 3:34 PM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Jordan's King Abdullah II that he is committed to the status quo at holy sites in contested Jerusalem, trying to reassure the monarch in a rare meeting after months of strained relations. They held talks in Jordan ahead of a visit to the...

Abbas aide slams reported US plans to raise funds for Gaza

Jun. 18, 2018 9:20 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian official has condemned reported U.S. plans to secure Gulf funding for major economic projects in blockaded, impoverished Gaza. Nabil Abu Rdeneh, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, alleged Monday that such efforts aim to further separate the Gaza and the...

Palestinian police break up West Bank rally over Gaza

Jun. 13, 2018 3:46 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian police have broken up a rare public protest in the West Bank against the Palestinian Authority's policies in Gaza. Dozens of Palestinian protesters gathered in Ramallah on Wednesday calling on President Mahmoud Abbas to end his "punishment" of Hamas-ruled Gaza....

Egypt defends austerity measures amid fears of unrest

Jun. 13, 2018 12:16 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Tuesday defended austerity measures aimed at reviving the economy, amid fears of public anger that may have motivated the arrests of activists and bloggers in recent weeks. The government recently raised the price of electricity and tap water as part...

Iraq's al-Sadr joins forces with Iran-backed coalition

Jun. 13, 2018 9:55 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in last month's parliamentary elections, has announced an alliance with an Iran-backed coalition ahead of marathon negotiations to form a new government. The move, announced by al-Sadr and Hadi al-Amiri of...

PM says Ethiopia will not cut Egypt's share of Nile waters

Jun. 10, 2018 4:21 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed vowed Sunday that Ethiopia will not reduce Egypt's share of Nile waters, as his country works to complete what will be Africa's largest hydroelectric dam. Ahmed's comments came in a press conference with Egypt's President Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi in Cairo. He...

The Latest: AFP photographer wounded at Gaza protest

Jun. 8, 2018 1:35 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Latest on Gaza protests and Jerusalem Day demonstrations around the Middle East (all times local): 8:30 p.m. French news agency Agence France Press says one of its photographers was wounded at a mass rally in Gaza by what appeared to be Israeli gunfire. AFP said Mohammed...

Aid freeze, politics push Gaza's people deeper into poverty

Jun. 7, 2018 9:43 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Samia Hassan used to have enough money to feed her two dozen children and grandchildren. Now she spends much of her time worrying about food, scouring Gaza's vegetable markets for end-of-day discounts or walking miles for a pot of free gruel from a soup kitchen. Large numbers...