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Palestinian Hamas police stand guard at the entrance of a mosque as worshipers attend the last Friday noon Prayer of the holy month of Ramadan, in Gaza City, Friday, May. 22, 2020. After nearly two months of closure due to the coronavirus, Gaza's Hamas rulers decided to partially reopen mosques for the Friday noon prayer.  (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Gaza reports 1st virus-related death amid fears of outbreak

May. 23, 2020 10:25 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The crowded Gaza Strip recorded its first death from the coronavirus on Saturday, officials said, amid fears an outbreak could paralyze the territory's already overstretched health care system. The Palestinian health ministry said the deceased was a 77-year-old woman who had...

Palestinian Hamas police stand guard at the entrance of a mosque as worshipers attend the last Friday noon Prayer of the holy month of Ramadan, in Gaza City, Friday, May. 22, 2020. After nearly two months of closure due to the coronavirus, Gaza's Hamas rulers decided to partially reopen mosques for the Friday noon prayer.  (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Friday prayers resume in Gaza despite new virus fears

May. 22, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza’s Hamas rulers allowed mosques to reopen for Friday prayers for the first time since March, despite a recent spike in new coronavirus cases within quarantine facilities in the isolated territory. Worshippers were given hand sanitizer as they entered mosques. They...

Czech court upholds former Prague Muslim leader's conviction

May. 21, 2020 6:45 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — A Czech appeals court on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling that convicted a former Prague Muslim leader of being part of a terror group and financing terrorism, sentencing him to 10 years in prison. Prosecutors said imam Samer Shehadeh helped his brother Omar in 2016 and later his...

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas heads a leadership meeting at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. (Alaa Badarneh/Pool Photo via AP)

Abbas says PA to no longer abide by accords with Israel, US

May. 20, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says the Palestinian Authority will no longer be committed to any signed agreements with Israel or the United States, following Israel's pledge to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank. It was not immediately clear how the announcement,...

UN envoy tells Israel to abandon West Bank annexation plans

May. 20, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATION (AP) — The top United Nations envoy in the Middle East told Israel on Wednesday it should abandon its plans to annex parts of the West Bank, warning that going ahead would violate international law and deal “a devastating blow” to the two-state solution. Nikolay Mladenov also...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks about the coronavirus during news conference at the State Department in Washington on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool Photo via AP)

Despite virus, Pompeo talks West Bank annexation in Israel

May. 13, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the country's plans to annex parts of the West Bank, as Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian teen in a clash with stone-throwers in the occupied territory. Pompeo's brief...

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2019, file photo, a Palestinian woman holds a portrait of a relative being held in an Israeli jail as they demonstrate for prisoner release, in front of the International Committee of the Red Cross, in Gaza City. Palestinian officials said Friday, May 8, 2020 that Israel is forcing banks in the occupied West Bank to close accounts held by the families of prisoners in Israeli jails to prevent the Palestinian Authority from providing stipends to them.(AP Photo/ Hatem Moussa, File)

Palestinians say Israel targeting prisoners' bank accounts

May. 8, 2020 8:27 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian officials said Friday that Israel is forcing banks in the occupied West Bank to close accounts held by the families of prisoners in Israeli jails to prevent the Palestinian Authority from providing stipends to them. Israel has long objected to the Palestinian...

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, file photo, a newly built mansion for the Palestinian Authority stands behind a gate and seal on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Ramallah. Amnesty International on Thursday, May 7, 2020, censured Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip for detaining critics and opponents for expressing their views. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

Amnesty slams Palestinians' freedom of expression arrests

May. 7, 2020 7:38 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Amnesty International on Thursday censured Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip for detaining critics and opponents for expressing their views. The London-based human rights group said five people were arrested in March and April, including a peace...

Israeli court: Palestinians to pay damages to attack victims

Apr. 27, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court has ordered the Palestinian Authority to pay nearly $150 million in damages to the families of people killed in militant attacks. The decision comes following a lawsuit brought by Shurat Hadin, an Israeli legal advocacy group, on behalf of relatives of victims from a...

People wear face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus as they walk along a street in Beijing, Thursday, April 23, 2020. China says Australian calls for an independent investigation into the cause of the coronavirus outbreak are politically motivated and unhelpful in dealing with the global pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Sharp Corp holding lottery for popular masks

Apr. 24, 2020 12:50 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — China reports no new deaths for ninth straight day —...