Hamas agrees to steps toward Palestinian unity

Sep 17, 2017 - 11:45 PM

The Palestinian Islamist movement agrees to dissolve a so-called 'administrative committee' and says it is prepared for elections

A Palestinian man and his daughter walk past a graffiti reading in Arabic ''Division'' in Gaza City, on September 17, 2017, after Hamas announced it had agreed to steps toward resolving a decade-long split with the Fatah movement and was ready to hold elections. Hamas said it had agreed to key demands made by Fatah: dissolving the so-called "administrative committee", while saying it was ready for elections and negotiations toward a unity government. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

Rumah Sakit Indonesia di Gaza pererat persahabatan dengan Palestina

Sep 05, 2017 - 12:58 PM

Rumah Sakit Indonesia terletak di Gaza Utara wilayah paling rentan terhadap serangan

Kondisi warga Gaza di tengah serangan Israel. Foto dari KBR

Erich Gonzales declines coffee date with Xian Gaza

Jul 17, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Erich says she decided not to meet Xian after consulting her family and friends

Billboard suitor Xian Gaza: CEO or scammer?

Jul 07, 2017 - 10:01 AM

Erich Gonzales billboard suitor says he is the CEO of the mysterious Guanxiqian Group

YOUNG CEO. Gaza has a long history of business ventures, which have been questioned by several parties calling him a scammer. Screengrab from

Billboard suitor Xian Gaza answers 'scammer' claims

Jul 05, 2017 - 1:49 AM

Actress Erich Gonzales billboard suitor Xian Gaza responds to various accounts from people claiming they have been scammed by him

ACCUSED SCAMMER. Gaza takes to Facebook in an effort to clear his name after several people claimed that they were scammed by him. Screengrab from

Emotional blackmail: 8 signs your 'romantic' efforts are crossing the line

Jul 04, 2017 - 5:30 PM

There s creepy behavior that people misconstrue or try to pass off as romantic Are you guilty of them?

Real talk: That billboard date proposal is creepy AF

Jul 04, 2017 - 10:59 AM

This kind of emotional blackmail removes women s agency

Erich Gonzales reacts to businessman's billboard date proposal

Jul 03, 2017 - 8:55 PM

Businessman Xian Gaza uses a billboard to ask the actress out for coffee

The week in photos: June 10-16, 2017

Jun 17, 2017 - 8:11 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

VEGAN ZOMBIES. Protestors dressed as zombies demonstrate in front of a KFC outlet in Sydney, Australia on June 15, 2017. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Gaza Strip in peril as Hamas marks decade in power

Jun 13, 2017 - 2:12 PM

Hamas this week marks 10 years since taking power in Gaza with the Palestinian enclave at risk of conflict and facing electricity blackouts poverty and Israel s blockade

IN THE DARK. A Palestinian family eats dinner by candlelight at their makeshift home in the Rafah refugee camp, in the southern Gaza Strip, during a power outage on June 11, 2017. Said Khatib/AFP

The week in photos: May 13-19, 2017

May 20, 2017 - 7:42 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Venezuelan opposition activists clash with the riot police during a rally against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, on May 18, 2017. Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles said Thursday authorities confiscated his passport and prevented him from travelling to New York to discuss his country's deadly political crisis with United Nations officials. On Monday Venezuelans launched a seventh week of anti-government demonstrations by blocking roads, vowing not to budge all day in protest at a deadly political and economic crisis. / AFP PHOTO / FEDERICO PARRA

Ex-Gaza chief Haniya elected leader of Hamas

May 06, 2017 - 9:07 PM

Ismail Haniya a known pragmatist within the Hamas is expected to remain in the Gaza Strip unlike his predecessor

YAHYA SINWAR. This file photo taken on October 21, 2011 shows Hamas leader Ismail Haniya (L) and freed Palestinian prisoner Yahya Sinwar (R), a founder of Hamas' military wing, waving as supporters celebrate the release of hundreds of prisoners following a swap with captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in Khan Yunis, southern Gaza Strip. File photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Hamas eases stance on Israel with new policy document

May 02, 2017 - 7:51 AM

While the new document does not amount to recognition of Israel as demanded by the international community Hamas officials say it formally softens its stance in a few key areas

NEW POLICY. The exiled Chief of Hamas' Political Bureau Khaled Meshaal (L) speaks during conference in the Qatari capital, Doha on May 1, 2017. Karim Jaafar/AFP

Hamas to amend controversial charter in bid to ease ties

Apr 29, 2017 - 5:57 PM

The party leadership is to publish a supplementary charter at a conference in Qatar on Monday May 1

SHADOW GOVERNMENT? Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal arrives for a meeting with Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki at the Carthage presidential palace on the outskirts of Tunis on September 12, 2014. Photo by Salah Habibi/AFP

Hamas shuts Gaza crossing, blames Israel for assassination

Mar 26, 2017 - 8:15 PM

Islamist movement Hamas accuses Israeli intelligence agency Mossad of being behind the killing of Mazen Faqha

Hamas security forces stand guard at Erez border crossing into Israel, in Beit Hanun, in the northern Gaza Strip on March 26, 2017, after it was shut by the Islamist movement after blaming the Jewish state for the assassination of one of its officials in the Palestinian enclave. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

Israel unprepared for tunnel threat in 2014 Gaza war – report

Mar 01, 2017 - 12:08 AM

The report says Netanyahu and then defense minister Moshe Yaalon did not fully share information they had on the tunnels with other members of the security cabinet

Flames erupt from a building hit by an Israeli air strike on July 9, 2014 in Gaza City. Thomas Coex/AFP

Hamas military hardliner elected group's Gaza chief – officials

Feb 13, 2017 - 9:02 PM

Yahya Sinwar succeeds Ismail Haniya who is seen by many observers as the most likely successor to Hamas s current exiled leader Khaled Meshaal

YAHYA SINWAR. This file photo taken on October 21, 2011 shows then Hamas leader Ismail Haniya (L) and freed Palestinian prisoner Yahya Sinwar (R), a founder of Hamas' military wing, waving as supporters celebrate the release of hundreds of prisoners following a swap with captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in Khan Yunis, southern Gaza Strip. File photo by Said Khatib/ AFP

Palestinian parties agree to form unity government

Jan 18, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The agreement between the top Palestinian parties comes after 3 days of reconciliation talks in Moscow

UNITY NEAR. Fatah movement official Azzam al-Ahmad (L), in charge of his party's reconciliation team, Abed al-Hafeez Nofal (C), the Palestinian ambassador to Moscow, and exiled Hamas deputy leader Mussa Abu Marzuq (R) give a press conference along with other representatives of Palestinian political parties and movements in Moscow on January 17, 2017. Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Egypt foreign minister meets Israel PM in rare visit

Jul 10, 2016 - 4:49 PM

3rd UPDATE Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry says Egypt remains ready to help resolve the decades old Israeli Palestinian conflict

epa05418414 Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (L) shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) during a joint brief statement to the media at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, Israel, 10 July 2016. Shoukry arrived in Israel to discuss an Egyptian initiative to resume the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. EPA/ABIR SULTAN

Turkish ship arrives with Gaza aid after Israeli reconciliation deal

Jul 03, 2016 - 10:25 PM

The Panama flagged Lady Leyla is carrying 11 000 tons of supplies such as food and toys

A picture taken on July 3, 2016 shows Lady Leyla, a humanitarian aid ship sent from Turkey to the Gaza Strip, docked at the Israeli southern port of Ashdod. The Lady Leyla ship left Turkey for Israel on July 2 carrying aid for Gaza following a deal reached on June 26 between Israel and Turkey aimed at ending years of acrimony and restoring normalised ties that soured after a deadly 2010 raid on an aid flotilla. The highly anticipated agreement comes six years after an Israeli raid that killed 10 Turkish activists as an aid flotilla sought to run the blockade on the Gaza Strip. / AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ

Ancient church unearthed on Gaza building site

Apr 06, 2016 - 8:40 PM

Archaeologists are urging officials to suspend construction until relics are protected and preserved

Palestinian archaeologist Hyam al-Betar looks at a foundation stone bearing a Greek Christian symbol excavated during the construction of a commercial building in Gaza City, on April 4, 2016 which is believed to be the site of an ancient church. Archaeologists have called for the preservation of the ancient church unearthed on a Gaza construction site, with different ministries in the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave seemingly at loggerheads over its fate. The site is believed to be a church or cathedral dating back to at least the 7th century. The Gaza ministry of antiquities and a number of prominent archaeologists called for all building to be suspended until the relics can be protected and preserved.   / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED

Top UN official: War-hit Gaza on 'disastrous trajectory'

Feb 04, 2016 - 1:25 PM

A top UN official helping oversee Gaza s reconstruction following its 2014 war with Israel says Israel s blockade and Palestinian divisions are hampering recovery

RUINS. This file photo taken on August 6, 2014 shows destruction in part of Gaza City's al-Tufah neighbourhood as the fragile ceasefire in the Gaza Strip entered a second day. Mahmud Hams/AFP

Peduli Warga Palestina, Indonesia bangun rumah sakit di Gaza

Jan 10, 2016 - 11:54 AM

Pembangunan Rumah Sakit Indonesia menelan biaya Rp126 miliar dan sepenuhnya berasal dari warga Indonesia

Wakil Presiden Jusuf Kalla menyerahkan secara simbolis Rumah Sakit Indonesia kepada Palestina. Pembangunan rumah sakit itu menelan biaya Rp126 miliar. Foto oleh Muhammad Adimaja/ANTARA

Tak diberi akses Israel, pelapor PBB untuk Palestina Makarim Wibisono pilih mundur

Jan 05, 2016 - 2:53 PM

Israel tak merespon permintaan Makarim berkunjung ke Tepi Barat dan Jalur Gaza

Makarim Wibisono (kanan) ketika tengah menghadiri sidang ke-61 Komisi HAM PBB di Jenewa, Swiss, 22 April 2005. Pada Senin kemarin, Makarim mengundurkan diri sebagai pelapor khusus PBB mengenai situasi di Palestina.

UN chief 'not optimistic' about Israeli-Palestinian crisis

Oct 22, 2015 - 8:14 AM

Ban tells the Security Council that addressing the situation at the holy sites is key to quelling tensions and that he is very concerned by incitement from both sides

In this file photo, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a press conference, 16 September 2014, UN headquarters. Evan Schneider/UN Photo

Death toll climbs as Palestinian unrest spirals

Oct 10, 2015 - 5:01 PM

UPDATED While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas seek to avoid an escalation frustrated Palestinian youths defy efforts to restore calm and a wave of stabbings have spread fear in Israel

CLASH. Palestinian protesters throw stones during clashes with Israeli security forces in Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah on October 9, 2015. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Israel demolishes attackers' homes in crackdown

Oct 06, 2015 - 2:32 PM

Israel demolishes the homes of two Palestinians behind attacks and sealed off a room in another the army says

ON PATROL. Israeli border police patrolling in the main street from Shuafat neighborhood, on the outskirts of East Jerusalem, during clashes with Palestinian protesters October 5, 2015. Atef Safadi/EPA

Netanyahu vows 'fight to death' as clashes spread after attacks

Oct 05, 2015 - 5:35 PM

The rioting follows 3 attacks in recent days that have killed 4 Israelis and wounded several others including a two year old child

HIGH SECURITY. An Ultra orthodox Jew passing Israeli Police on patrol in an alley of the old city of Jerusalem, October 4, 2015. Atef Safadi/EPA

Egypt leader defends 'security measures' along Gaza border

Sep 27, 2015 - 7:39 AM

Egypt began creating a wide buffer zone along the Gaza border in late 2014 in a bid to destroy the hundreds of smuggling tunnels Cairo says are used by Palestinian activists to deliver weapons to jihadists

Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, President of Egypt, speaks during a plenary meeting of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on the eve of the General Debate of the UN General Assembly in New York, New York, USA, 25 September 2015. Photo by Justin Lane/EPA

Palestinians clash with Israeli forces on 'day of rage'

Sep 19, 2015 - 10:27 AM

At Kafr Kaddum near Nablus Israeli fire wounded 3 Palestinians in their arms and legs says the Palestinian Red Crescent

Gaza strike shuts first day of school for more than 200,000

Aug 24, 2015 - 11:45 PM

Several thousand teachers assistants and administrative personnel protest in front of the headquarters of UNRWA the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees

Palestinians are silhouetted as they walk in front of a large national flag during a rally in Gaza City on December 7, 2013. Mahmud Hams/AFP

Almost 80,000 sign UK petition for Netanyahu arrest

Aug 24, 2015 - 10:00 PM

If the number of signatories reaches 100 000 the petition can be considered for debate in Britain s parliament

File photo of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from EPA/ODED BALITY / POOL Scene

Gaza car blasts target Hamas, Islamic Jihad armed wings

Jul 20, 2015 - 7:19 AM

The five near simultaneous blasts come amid growing tensions between the Palestinian territory s rulers and extremist opponents

BURNED. Palestinians gather around a burnt-out car in Gaza City on July 19, 2015, after explosions destroyed five cars in Gaza belonging to members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, witnesses and a security source said, amid tensions between the Palestinian territory's rulers and Islamist extremists. Mohammed Abed/AFP

Israel, Palestinians mark one year since Gaza war

Jul 08, 2015 - 2:42 PM

It was the third war in Gaza in 6 years and by far the deadliest and most destructive of the 3 leaving families wondering when the suffering will end

STILL IN RUINS. Palestinian boys walk next the destroyed Al Nada towers damaged during the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict, nearly a year later in Beit Lahiya town in the northern Gaza Strip on, July 3, 2015. Mohammed Saber/EPA

UN: 'War crimes' likely by both sides in 2014 Gaza war

Jun 22, 2015 - 8:38 PM

Both Israel and Palestinian militants may have committed war crimes during last year s Gaza war a widely anticipated United Nations report says decrying the unprecedented devastation and human suffering

AFTERMATH. Palestinian boys stand behind a cloth barrier at their family's their destroyed house in Gaza City on September 24, 2014. Photo by Mohammed Abed / AFP

Israeli probe defends 'lawful' Gaza war actions

Jun 15, 2015 - 12:08 AM

Nine months after the end of the conflict Israel reveals the findings of the investigation into the conduct of its forces and that of the Hamas militants it was fighting

WAR. A Palestinian walks between destroyed houses in the Al Shejaeiya neighborhood in the East of Gaza City, 10 September 2014. Photo from EPA/MOHAMMED SABER

Bomb kills 7 in Egypt's Sinai

May 14, 2015 - 3:32 AM

Two officers and two soldiers are killed in a bomb blast during a search operation in Rafah

Blast outside UN refugee agency HQ in Gaza

Apr 19, 2015 - 3:09 PM

No injuries were recorded after a bomb explodes near the outer wall of the UN agency

Palestine joins International Criminal Court

Apr 01, 2015 - 11:19 PM

The Palestinians call on Israel to also join the global court which was set up in 2002 to try crimes against humanity war crimes and genocide

A woman walks up to the offices of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague, 01 July 2002. Robin Utrecht/EPA/ANP/AFP

Israel wants UN Gaza war probe shelved as chief quits

Feb 04, 2015 - 8:38 AM

Canadian international law expert William Schabas resigns after Israel complains he had prepared a legal opinion for the Palestine Liberation Organization in October 2012 the United Nations said

In this file photo, a Palestinian walks between destroyed houses in the Al Shejaeiya neighborhood in the East of Gaza City, 10 September 2014.

Protesters try to storm UN compound in Gaza

Jan 28, 2015 - 9:38 PM

A UN statement condemns the assault saying security forces had not provided enough security ahead of the planned protest

A general view shows the Dome of the Rock (L) and the Al-Aqsa mosques (R) in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city on November 21, 2014. Thomas Coex/AFP

Radical Islamists try to storm French center in Gaza

Jan 19, 2015 - 10:54 PM

The radical Islamists shout slogans in front of the closed French center in Gaza threatening the lives of staff over Charlie Hebdo cartoons: Leave Gaza you French or we will slaughter you by cutting your throats

SOLD OUT. A person shows the front page of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in front of a news stand in Lausanne, Switzerland, early 15, January 2015. Photo by Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Palestinians join ICC despite US opposition

Jan 07, 2015 - 10:55 PM

UPDATED The move will allow them to lodge war crimes complaints against Israel as of April

A file photo of the General Assembly meeting on the Human Rights Council’s 2014 report, 17 November 2014, at the United Nations, New York. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

Palestinians recognize ICC jurisdiction for period covering Gaza war

Jan 06, 2015 - 12:45 PM

The legal declaration will allow the ICC to scrutinize offenses allegedly committed since June 13 2014 the start of Israel s military operation but does not mean the court will automatically launch an investigation

A Palestinian stands on top of the ruins of his house in Al-Shejaiya neighborhood, in the east of Gaza City, 24 September 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

Pope Francis: 'So many tears this Christmas'

Dec 25, 2014 - 8:19 PM

UPDATED In his annual Christmas urbi et orbi message Pope Francis calls for an end to brutal religious persecution killings and hostage takings as well as violence against children

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE. Pope Francis gives his traditional Christmas "Urbi et Orbi" blessing from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2014 at the Vatican. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Together, apart and afraid: living in Jerusalem

Nov 24, 2014 - 7:32 PM

On the surface a fragile coexistence exists; But Israelis and Palestinians do not tend to mix increasingly avoiding each other for fear of random or revenge attacks

A general view shows the Dome of the Rock (L) and the Al-Aqsa mosques (R) in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city on November 21, 2014. Thomas Coex/AFP

DFA gets add'l P50M to repatriate OFWs from conflict areas

Nov 11, 2014 - 8:58 PM

The P50 million for the repatriation of Filipinos in Libya Syria Iraq and Gaza is on top of the P100 million emergency fund released to the Department of Foreign Affairs last August

POSTPONEMENT REQUEST. Budget Secretary Florencio Abad will appear before the Senate on July 24, Thursday, after requesting for a postponement of the hearing on DAP. File photo from DBM website

10 years after death, Arafat still Palestinian icon

Nov 09, 2014 - 4:17 PM

Ten years after his death Yasser Arafat remains a national hero for a still stateless people

A Palestinian walks next a graffiti of Palestinian late leader Yasser Arafat in the streets of Gaza City on, 29 October 2013. Mohammed Saber/EPA

UN watchdog slams Israel abuses, demands Gaza war probe

Oct 30, 2014 - 11:46 PM

The UN Human Rights Committee slams the continuing confiscation and expropriation of Palestinian land and restrictions on access of Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory including East Jerusalem

GOING HOME. A displaced Palestinian woman piles her belongings onto the cart as she and her family leave a United Nations (UN) school in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip to return to their home on August 5, 2014, after a 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip brokered by Egypt came into effect at 8:00 am. File photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP

In clay, Palestinian artist captures Gaza pain

Oct 28, 2014 - 1:16 PM

Among the sculptures is a barefoot woman her features barely discernible who is carrying a naked child Next to her is an old man leaning on a stick a disheveled little boy in his arms