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Israel rejects ICC probe, saying it lacks jurisdiction

Apr. 08, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Thursday said it would formally reject the International Criminal Court's decision to launch a probe into potential war crimes against the Palestinians, denying that it has committed such crimes and saying the court lacks the jurisdiction to investigate. ...

Palestinian leader 'in good health' ahead of election

Apr. 07, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian president has received a clean bill of health ahead of the anticipated Palestinian elections next month, his office said Wednesday. The 85-year-old Mahmoud Abbas flew to Germany earlier this week for medical examinations and will return...

Iran says it has arrested spies for Israel, other nations

Apr. 05, 2021 09:00 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities arrested several people on charges of spying for Israel and other nations, state TV announced Monday. An unnamed Intelligence Ministry official in the country's eastern Azerbaijan province was quoted by state TV as saying that...

Palestinian leader heads to Germany for medical checkup

Apr. 05, 2021 08:18 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas flew to Jordan by helicopter on Monday ahead of an official visit to Germany on which he will undergo a health exam, officials said. His office did not provide any further details on the trip, which was not announced...

Gaza man: After lengthy torture, Hamas forced me to divorce

Apr. 01, 2021 02:12 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — After months of torture and interrogations in a Hamas prison, Palestinian activist Rami Aman says he was offered an unconventional proposition: Divorce your wife and you are free to go. Aman had recently signed a marriage contract with the...

Imprisoned Palestinian leader's entry shakes up planned vote

Apr. 01, 2021 01:34 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A popular Palestinian leader imprisoned by Israel has registered his own parliamentary list in May elections, his supporters said Wednesday, in a last-minute shakeup that could severely weaken President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party and help its militant Hamas...

Poll: Fatah, Hamas face headwinds ahead of Palestinian vote

Mar. 23, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party and his militant Hamas rivals would each fall well short of a parliamentary majority if elections are held in May, forcing them to partner with each other or smaller parties to form a government, according to a poll released...

Palestinians expand vaccination campaign after UN shipment

Mar. 21, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Palestinian Health Ministry began administering the first doses of coronavirus vaccines it received from the global COVAX initiative to health care workers and older residents in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Sunday. The World Health...

Israel unveils guided mortar system for future urban warfare

Mar. 18, 2021 10:47 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli Defense Ministry on Sunday said it has completed development of a new guided mortar system, giving the army a formidable new weapon against enemies embedded in crowded urban environments. Officials said the “Iron Sting” system, using...

Hamas official: Hamas' Gaza leader Sinwar re-elected

Mar. 10, 2021 11:22 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas firebrand Yehiyeh Sinwar was re-elected on Wednesday as the Palestinian militant group’s leader in the Gaza Strip, leaving a figure closely aligned with the hard-line military wing in charge of the group's strategy in its main stronghold. ...