Israel seeks to silence broadcaster Al Jazeera for 'incitement'

Aug 06, 2017 - 10:51 PM

UPDATED The Israeli communications ministry says it would demand the revocation of the credentials of Al Jazeera journalists and cut the channel s cable and satellite connections

An employee of the Qatar based news network and TV channel Al-Jazeera is seen at the channel's Jerusalem office on July 31, 2017. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Israel police brace for new violence at Jerusalem holy site

Jul 28, 2017 - 3:36 PM

Friday prayers typically draw thousands to Al Aqsa and according to police there are indications that disturbances and demonstrations will take place today

HOLY SITE. A picture taken on July 27, 2017 shows a general view of Jerusalem's Old City skyline from the west, with the Golden Dome of the Rock seen in the center of Al-Aqsa mosque compound, also known as the Haram al-Sharif or to Jews as the Temple Mount. Photo by Gali Tibbon/AFP

Palestinians to end boycott of Jerusalem holy site

Jul 27, 2017 - 7:03 PM

Muslim authorities announce a boycott of the Haram al Sharif compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount is to end on Thursday afternoon after Israel removed remaining new security measures

CELEBRATION. Palestinians celebrate outside the Lion's Gate entrance to Al Aqsa mosque on July 27 2017 after more Israeli barriers were removed from the holy site. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

All new security measures removed from Jerusalem holy site – Israel police

Jul 27, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Police: The police returned the security measures to how they were before the terrorist attack at the Haram al Sharif before July 14

A general view taken on October 13, 2016, shows the Dome of Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, a UNESCO heritage site, in the Old City of Jerusalem. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Israel removes holy site metal detectors, but boycott maintained

Jul 25, 2017 - 7:55 AM

4th UPDATE The move comes after intensive international diplomacy seeking to stop the outbreak of wider unrest with warnings that it could spread far beyond Israel and the Palestinian territories

HOLY SITE. A picture taken on April 14, 2014 at the sunset shows the golden Dome of the Rock in the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's old city. Thomas Coex/AFP

TIMELINE: Jerusalem holy site crisis

Jul 23, 2017 - 8:48 PM

The series of events that led to the violence that killed 8 people in Jerusalem s Haram al Sharif compound

JERUSALEM CRISIS. A Palestinian Red Crescent member aids a protester injured during clashes between demonstrators and Israeli security forces at the Qalandiya checkpoint, between Ramallah and Jerusalem on July 21, 2017. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Netanyahu faces pressure over holy site after violence kills 8

Jul 23, 2017 - 7:33 PM

Israeli officials signaled they may be open to changing the measures at the Haram al Sharif mosque compound after the violence that killed 8 people two policemen included

THREAT. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces pressure over violence in Jerusalem holy site that killed 8 people. File photo by Menahem Kahana /AFP

Palestinians die in new clashes over Jerusalem holy site

Jul 23, 2017 - 1:24 PM

The UN Security Council will hold closed door talks Monday July 24 about the spiraling violence after Egypt France and Sweden sought a meeting to discuss the issue

Palestinian demonstrators attempt the block the road ahead of Israeli police cars outside Lions' Gate, a main entrance to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, on July 22, 2017. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Israel bars men under 50 from Jerusalem Old City prayers

Jul 21, 2017 - 2:50 PM

The rare measure comes after Israeli ministers decided not to order the removal of metal detectors erected at entrances to the Haram al Sharif mosque compound

Israeli security forces stand guard outside the Lion's Gate, a main entrance to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, on July 20, 2017. Ahrab Gharabli/AFP

Jerusalem's top Muslim cleric freed from Israeli custody

Jul 14, 2017 - 9:28 PM

UPDATED In a brief telephone conversation the grand mufti of Jerusalem Muhammad Ahmad Hussein confirms he had been released but provided no other details

ARRESTED. This file photo taken on November 6, 2015 shows Jerusalem's Mufti Mohammed Hussein posing in front of the Dome of the Rock mosque at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, in Jerusalem's Old City. File photo by Ahmad Gharabli /AFP

Magsayo demolishes ex-title challenger Diaz in Pinoy Pride 41 headliner

Jul 09, 2017 - 1:27 PM

Mark Magsayo needs just 105 seconds to finish off the former world title challenger from Nicaragua

DESTRUCTION JOB. Mark Magsayo had no trouble with Daniel Diaz, and will likely be fighting in front of his hometown crowds in Tagbilaran City next. Photo by PJ Estan/Rappler

Trump wants Mideast peace 'compromise' but admits won't be easy

May 23, 2017 - 10:29 PM

Trump s speech comes after he met Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank earlier in the day

TRUMP. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Delaware County Fair in Delaware, Ohio on October 20, 2016. File photo by Mandel Ngan/ AFP

Trump becomes first sitting U.S. president to visit Western Wall

May 22, 2017 - 10:05 PM

The Western Wall is the holiest site where Jews can pray Trump paused in front of it then placed what appeared to be a written prayer or note between its stones

WESTERN WALL. US President Donald Trump visits the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalem’s Old City on May 22, 2017. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump aims to mend Muslim ties on 1st foreign trip

May 20, 2017 - 12:02 PM

US President Donald Trump tweets he will be strongly protecting American interests in his marathan 8 day trip to the Middle East and Europe

FIRST FOREIGN TRIP. US President Donald Trump speaks during an event with Independent Community Bankers Association in the Kennedy Garden of the White House on May 1. Photo by Mandal Ngan/AFP

Trump takes perilous first steps on world stage

May 20, 2017 - 7:33 AM

US President Donald Trump will make 6 stops in 8 days holding countless face to face meetings with world leaders like Saudi s King Salman and Pope Francis

FIRST FOREIGN TRIP. US President Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as he makes his way to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on May 4. Photo by Mandael Ngan/AFP

Row over Trump's Israel policy ahead of his visit

May 16, 2017 - 10:04 PM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces political backlash for allegedly advising US President Donald Trump against moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to the disputed city of Jerusalem

US-ISRAEL TIES. US President Donald Trump (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, February 15, 2017. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Jordanian stabs Israeli officer in Jerusalem, shot dead – police

May 13, 2017 - 7:43 PM

The officer who sustained moderate injuries was attacked in one of the alleys of the Old City

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Israel ignores UN demand against settlements – diplomat

Mar 25, 2017 - 10:06 AM

The January spike in illegal settlement announcements by Israel is deeply concerning says envoy Nickolay Mladenov

Newly restored shrine at Jesus' tomb unveiled

Mar 22, 2017 - 5:47 PM

Religious leaders open the ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre built at the site where Christians believe Jesus was crucified and buried

UNVEILING. A picture taken on March 21, 2017 at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem shows the renovated Edicule of the Tomb of Jesus (where his body is believed to have been laid). Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

White House says new Israeli settlements 'may not be helpful'

Feb 03, 2017 - 8:43 AM

The statement is a break from Donald Trump s previously full throated defense of Israeli settlement building

SETTLEMENTS. A picture taken on October 2, 2016 shows a general view of an Israeli building site of new housing units in the Jewish settlement of Shilo in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. File photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Filipino boxer Jerusalem loses close decision to Thai champ Menayothin

Jan 25, 2017 - 5:49 PM

Bukidnon born Melvin Jerusalem gives WBC minimumweight champ Wanheng Menayothin a tough challenge but loses a decision

CLOSE CALL. Unbeaten Filipino Melvin Jerusalem came close to unseating WBC minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin in Thailand. Photo from ALA Promotions

Israel approves 566 east Jerusalem settler homes

Jan 22, 2017 - 7:00 PM

UPDATED Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Meir Turjeman says their hands are no longer tied as in the time of US President Barack Obama

Netanyahu slams 'futile' Paris peace conference

Jan 15, 2017 - 8:04 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the conference aims to impose conditions that are incompatible with national needs

4 dead as Palestinian plows truck into Israeli soldiers

Jan 08, 2017 - 11:00 PM

3rd UPDATE The attack takes place after hundreds of soldiers arrive at a popular tourist spot in Jerusalem

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Israeli security forces and emergency personnel gather at the site of a vehicle-ramming attack in Jerusalem on January 8, 2017. A truck ploughed into a group of soldiers in Jerusalem in what police said was a "possible terrorist attack" in which at least four were killed and a number of people injured. / AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA

Filipino boxer Jerusalem to challenge Menayothin for WBC belt

Jan 06, 2017 - 12:45 PM

Unbeaten prospect Melvin Jerusalem will face WBC minimumweight titleholder Wanheng Menayothin on January 25 in Thailand

TITLE CHALLENGER. Melvin Jerusalem will have the odds against him when he travels to Thailand to face WBC 105-pound titleholder Wanheng Menayothin. Photo from Jerusalem's Facebook

Israel pushing for more settler homes despite UN vote

Dec 27, 2016 - 10:16 PM

A Jerusalem planning committee is set to meet on December 28 to discuss issuing building permits for 618 housing units in the mainly Palestinian eastern sector of the city

Questions and answers on Israeli settlements

Dec 24, 2016 - 10:26 PM

The UN Security Council has recently passed a landmark resolution condemning Israeli settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank

SETTLEMENTS. A picture taken on October 2, 2016 shows a general view of an Israeli building site of new housing units in the Jewish settlement of Shilo in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. File photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

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UN Security Council to vote on Israel settlements

Dec 22, 2016 - 10:02 AM

UPDATED A similar resolution was vetoed by the United States in 2011 and it remains uncertain if the measure will be adopted this time

Israeli settlers play in the settlement outpost of Amona, which was established in 1997, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on November 29 2016. Menahem Kahana/AFP

Israel angered as UNESCO adopts Jerusalem resolution

Oct 18, 2016 - 7:38 PM

3rd UPDATE The text has infuriated Israel by referring throughout to the Al Aqsa mosque compound in east Jerusalem s Old City only by its Muslim names: Al Aqsa and Al Haram al Sharif

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

Deadly shooting rampage puts Israel on alert ahead of holiday

Oct 11, 2016 - 9:04 AM

The shooting comes at a time of increased Jewish visitors to the flashpoint Al Aqsa mosque compound in Israeli annexed east Jerusalem for the holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Israeli security forces cordon off the site of a shooting attack near the Israeli police headquarters in mainly Palestinian east Jerusalem on October 9, 2016. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Palestinian gunman kills 2 in Jerusalem as upsurge feared

Oct 09, 2016 - 4:10 PM

5th UPDATE The gunman said to be a 39 year old from the Silwan area of east Jerusalem is shot dead by police

Building collapse in Tel Aviv leaves several trapped

Sep 05, 2016 - 5:45 PM

UPDATED United Hatzalah medical service said firefighters and rescue teams are working to extricate those believed missing

Stoudemire un-retires to continue basketball career in Israel

Aug 02, 2016 - 12:47 PM

Amar e Stoudemire remains retired from the NBA but not from basketball as he will sign a two year deal with Hapoel Jerusalem the team he co owns

OFF TO ISRAEL. Amare Stoudemire will continue his basketball career in Israel. File photo by Paul Buck/EPA

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

Jerusalem SlutWalk marchers say police forced cover-up

May 13, 2016 - 10:30 PM

A row breaks out in Israel over the right to bare all at the global SlutWalk movement known for its topless protests demanding respect for women s rights

BARE ALL. Israeli activists chant slogans during the 4th annual "SlutWalk" march in Jerusalem on May 29, 2015. Photo by Gali Tibbon / Israel Out / AFP

Bomb rips through Jerusalem bus, 21 wounded

Apr 18, 2016 - 11:44 PM

UPDATED The bombing was expected to lead to a sharp increase in security ahead of Jewish Passover celebrations beginning Friday night April 22

BURNED. Israeli security officials investigate the scene following an explosion in Jerusalem, April 18, 2016. Abir Sultan/EPA

Jordan says to install cameras at Jerusalem mosque compound in days

Mar 20, 2016 - 11:45 PM

Considered the 3rd holiest site in Islam and revered by Jews as their holiest site the compound is a crucible of tensions in the Israeli Palestinian conflict

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. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Palestinian stabs Israeli soldier in West Bank, is shot dead – police

Mar 19, 2016 - 4:25 PM

The police say the teenager died after being chased and shot dead Since October 198 Palestinians have died most after carrying out knife gun or car ramming attacks

2 Israelis jailed for burning Palestinian teen alive

Feb 04, 2016 - 9:21 PM

Abu Khdeir s killing is part of a spiral of violence that led to a 50 day war in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Palestinian militants in summer 2014

THOSE LEFT BEHIND. Tariq Khdeir and the mother of Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khudeir meet Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas (not seen) in the West Bank city of Ramallah, July 7, 2014. File Photo by Mohamad Torokman/EPA

Australia bushfires raze ancient World Heritage-listed forests

Jan 30, 2016 - 11:17 AM

One of the last expanses of temperate wilderness in the world the Tasmanian Wilderness is part of the World Heritage list because of its significant natural and cultural values

LOST FOREVER? World Heritage-listed forests that trace their origins back to the supercontinent Gondwana have been burnt by Australian bushfires raging for more than two weeks, with conservationists increasingly fearful they could be lost forever. Photo by Warren Frey/Tasmania Fire Service/AFP

Israel to open first mission in Abu Dhabi

Nov 27, 2015 - 10:25 PM

Foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon says the mission will operate under the International Renewable Energy Agency

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Palestinian rams car into Israeli soldiers, shot dead – army

Nov 27, 2015 - 9:58 PM

UPDATED The incident is the latest of a recent wave of stabbings shootings and car rammings by Palestinians against Israelis

CAR CRASH. Israeli security forces stand at the site where a Palestinian man rammed his car into Israelis soldiers standing by a bus station on a highway next the Jewish settlement of Kfar Adumim in the occupied West Bank on November 27. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Knife, gun attacks on Israelis kill at least 4 as lull ends

Nov 19, 2015 - 11:38 PM

It is among the bloodiest days for Israelis since the wave of violence broke out on October 1

ALERT. Israeli borderguards stand guard at the site of an attack in the Jewish settlement bloc of Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem, in the Israeli occupied West Bank, on November 19, 2015. AFP photo / Ahmad Gharabli

Jerusalem hit by fresh knife attack as clashes erupt in W.Bank

Oct 30, 2015 - 11:14 PM

Jerusalem is shaken by its first stabbing in two weeks as violence intensifies in the occupied West Bank with fresh clashes and knife attacks in a surge of Palestinian unrest

CLASH. A Palestinian protester flashes the sign for victory during clashes with Israeli security forces near the Nahal Oz border crossing with Israel, east of Gaza City on October 10, 2015. Photo by Mahmud Hams / AFP

More bloodshed as bid to ease tensions over Jerusalem's Aqsa falters

Oct 27, 2015 - 8:26 AM

Stabbings and violent protests have become daily occurrences since simmering tensions over the status of the Al Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem s Old City boiled over

CENTER OF CONTROVERSY. A picture taken through a window frame shows Jerusalem’s Old City’s Dome of the Rock on October 25, 2015. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

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

Israel unveils new measures to halt Palestinian attacks

Oct 15, 2015 - 12:10 AM

A wave of mainly stabbing attacks by Palestinians has raised fears of a full scale uprising while a gun and knife attack on a Jerusalem bus

3 dead as Jerusalem sees bloodiest day in rising unrest

Oct 12, 2015 - 10:23 PM

UPDATED After nearly two weeks of violence there have been warnings of the risk of a full scale Palestinian uprising or third intifada

MORE ATTACKS. Israeli security personnel at the scene next to the Israeli Police Headquarters in Jerusalem, Israeli, October 12, 2015, after a Palestinian female attacked an Israeli police officer and wounded him slightly before he managed to shoot and injure her. Photo by Atef Safadi/EPA