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Israel: Palestinian wielding knife shot dead in West Bank

Oct. 18, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities say security personnel have shot and killed a knife-wielding Palestinian at a West Bank checkpoint. In a statement Friday, the Defense Ministry said the attacker neglected calls to stop and a security officer fired at him. The incident took place at Te'enim checkpoint...

Former Israeli chief justice Meir Shamgar dies at 94

Oct. 18, 2019 5:56 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Meir Shamgar, a long-serving former chief justice of the Israeli Supreme Court, has died. He was 94. Israel's highest court announced his passing Friday. Shamgar served as chief justice between 1983 and 1995. As the military's chief legal officer, Shamgar laid the groundwork for the legal...

Jordan calls on Israel to release woman on hunger strike

Oct. 16, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan is calling on Israel to release a Jordanian woman detained for over a month without trial on security charges. Heba al-Labadi's attorney said Wednesday that she was arrested Aug. 20 at the Allenby Bridge crossing between Jordan and the Israeli-occupied West Bank and has been on...

Palestinians, Saudis play to draw in historic match

Oct. 15, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

AL-RAM, West Bank (AP) — A historic soccer match between the Palestinian and Saudi national teams has ended in a 0-0 draw. Tuesday's World Cup qualifier marked the first time the Saudi side has played in the West Bank. Previously, the teams have played in third countries, with the Saudis wary of being seen...

Saudi soccer team visits West Bank for 1st time

Oct. 13, 2019 8:57 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Saudi Arabia's national soccer team has arrived in the West Bank for its first match in the Palestinian territories. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed team representatives on Sunday. He says Tuesday's World Cup qualifier illustrates deep bonds between the two peoples....

Palestinians agree to accept funds transferred by Israel

Oct. 4, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Authority has agreed to accept hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues collected by Israel months after declining them in protest, Palestinian officials said Friday. The PA had refused to accept the funds because Israel was withholding an amount equal to...

To ban or not to ban? Masked protesters in other countries

Oct. 4, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's government, faced with months of pro-democracy protests that have spiraled into violence, on Friday invoked emergency powers to ban masks from public gatherings. A look at how some other countries have dealt with masked protesters: ___ CANADA Canada's Parliament passed a bill...

Israel quietly lets in Gaza workers in bid to ease tensions

Oct. 1, 2019 5:28 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel is quietly allowing thousands of Palestinians to enter from the Gaza Strip to conduct business and work menial jobs, apparently as part of understandings with the ruling Hamas militant group aimed at preventing a fourth war in the blockaded territory. Israel effectively...

Israel examines alleged torture of suspect in fatal blast

Sep. 29, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian suspect in a deadly West Bank bombing was in severe condition at an Israeli hospital, his lawyer said Sunday, as Israeli media reported an investigation was opened into possible wrongdoing by Israeli security officers during interrogation. Mahmoud Hassan said that his client,...

Electoral gains revive old dilemma for Israeli Arabs

Sep. 29, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

NAZARETH, Israel (AP) — When election results confirmed that an Arab alliance had emerged as the third largest bloc in Israel's parliament, its leader Ayman Odeh reached for the Old Testament, tweeting in Hebrew from Psalm 118 that the stone which was rejected had become the cornerstone. His message: The...