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FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2011 file photo, Mohammed Dahlan speaks during an interview at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Palestinian security forces have detained dozens of supporters of the rival to President Mahmoud Abbas who is based in the United Arab Emirates. Dahlan, a former senior Palestinian official who was banished from the West Bank in 2010 after a falling-out with Abbas, has denied any role in the UAE’s agreement to normalize ties with Israel, which the Palestinians view as a betrayal of their cause. His political movement said Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 that dozens of its members have been detained or summoned for questioning by Palestinian security forces in the West Bank in recent days. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, File)

Palestinians arrest supporters of Abbas rival close to UAE

Sep. 21, 2020 2:50 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian security forces have detained dozens of supporters of a rival to President Mahmoud Abbas who is based in the United Arab Emirates, his political group said Monday. Mohammed Dahlan, a former senior Palestinian official who was banished from the West Bank in 2010 after...

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2019 file photo, a man counts his banknotes and traveler checks in Tehran, Iran. On Sunday, Sept 20, 2020, Iran dismissed U.S. efforts to restore all U.N. sanctions on the country as mounting economic pressure from Washington pushed the local currency down to its lowest level ever. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Iran dismisses US efforts for UN sanctions as currency drops

Sep. 20, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president dismissed U.S. efforts to restore all U.N. sanctions on the country as mounting economic pressure from Washington pushed the local currency down to its lowest level ever on Sunday. Iran’s currency dropped to 272,500 to the U.S. dollar at money exchange shops...

A young girl waves a Moroccan and a Palestinian flag during a protest against normalizing relations with Israel, in Rabat, Morocco, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Despite a government ban on large gatherings aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus, scores of Moroccans staged a protest outside parliament building in the capital Rabat on Friday to denounce Arab normalization agreements with Israel. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

Moroccans protest Arab nations normalizing ties with Israel

Sep. 19, 2020 4:35 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Despite a government ban on large gatherings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, scores of demonstrators protested outside the Moroccan Parliament to denounce Arab countries agreeing o normalize ties with Israel. Israel on Tuesday signed historic diplomatic pacts with the United...

Ultra-Orthodox Jews wearing face masks during a morning prayer in a synagogue separated by plastic partitions, follow new government measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, in Bnei Brak, Israel, Friday, Sept 18, 2020. Israel is set to go back into a three-week lockdown later Friday to try to contain a coronavirus outbreak that has steadily worsened for months as its government has been plagued by indecision and infighting. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Israel returns to virus lockdown as cases mount

Sep. 18, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel went back into a full lockdown on Friday to try to contain a coronavirus outbreak that has steadily worsened for months as its government has been plagued by indecision and infighting. The three-week lockdown, which began in the early afternoon, will require the closure of many...

Israel charges east Jerusalem woman with aiding Hezbollah

Sep. 18, 2020 6:18 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court on Friday charged a Palestinian woman from east Jerusalem with membership in a terrorist organization after Israel's internal security service said the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah had recruited her five years ago. Yasmine Jaber was arrested in early August. The Shin...

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2015 file photo, Palestinians mourn at the graves of Riham Dawabsheh, 27, her husband Saed Dawabsheh and their 18-month-old son Ali, in the West Bank village of Duma, near Nablus. On Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, the Lod District Court handed down three life sentences to Jewish extremist Amiram Ben-Uliel convicted in a 2015 arson attack that killed the Palestinian toddler and his parents. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

Israeli minor gets 3 1/2 years for role in deadly 2015 arson

Sep. 16, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court sentenced a young man on Wednesday to 3 1/2 years in prison for his role in the 2015 arson attack that killed a Palestinian toddler and his parents in the West Bank village of Duma. The unidentified youth, who was a minor at the time of the attack, was found guilty last...

The Commissioner-General of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees Philippe Lazzarini, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the U.N. relief agency, UNRWA, headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. The financial crisis that the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees is experiencing could lead to ceasing some of its activities in what would raise risks of instability in this volatile region, Lazzarini said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Palestinian refugee agency warns of instability amid crisis

Sep. 16, 2020 8:23 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees is experiencing a financial crisis that could force it to halt some services to an already impoverished population of more than 5 million people, the head of the agency said Wednesday. Philippe Lazzarini also warned in an interview with The Associated...

Israeli police inspect the damage at the site hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip in the southern city of Ashdod, Israel, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. The Israeli military says two rockets were fired from Gaza and one was intercepted by air defenses. Magen David Adom, the Israeli emergency service, says it treated two people for minor injuries from broken glass. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Israel strikes Gaza after rocket fire during US ceremony

Sep. 16, 2020 2:18 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military struck Hamas militant sites in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday in response to rocket fire toward Israel the previous night that coincided with the signing of normalization agreements between Israel and two Arab countries at the White House. The barrage against Israel...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, President Donald Trump, Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan react on the Blue Room Balcony after signing the Abraham Accords during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Israel signs pacts with 2 Arab states: A 'new' Mideast?

Sep. 15, 2020 10:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Israel on Tuesday signed historic diplomatic pacts with two Gulf Arab states at a White House ceremony that President Donald Trump declared will mark the “dawn of a new Middle East," casting himself as an international peacemaker at the height of his reelection campaign. The...

Representations of the U.S., Israeli, Emirati and Bahraini flags are projected onto a wall of Jerusalem's Old City, marking the day of a signing ceremony in Washington signifying the two Gulf nations' normalization of relations with Israel, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Gaza militants fire rockets at Israel as pacts signed in US

Sep. 15, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired two rockets into Israel on Tuesday, wounding two people in an attack that was apparently timed to coincide with the signing of normalization agreements between Israel and two Arab countries at the White House. The Palestinians are opposed to...