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Hamas calls for Israel to be held accountable after U.N. Gaza probe

Feb 28, 2019 - 11:02 PM

A senior official for the Islamist movement that rules the Gaza Strip calls on 'the international community to hold the Israeli occupation accountable for the war crimes that it continues to commit against the Palestinians'

AFTERMATH. A man inspects the damage at a site targeted by an Israeli air strike a day before in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza strip on May 30, 2018. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Palestinian government submits resignation to Abbas

Jan 29, 2019 - 7:43 PM

(UPDATED) 'The government of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah submitted on [January 29] its resignation to President Mahmud Abbas,' official news agency Wafa says following a cabinet meeting

RESIGNATION. Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has offered on January 28, 2019 to resign, his spokesman says, amid efforts by president Mahmud Abbas to form a new government. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

U.N. envoy 'no longer acceptable' for Palestinians

Oct 12, 2018 - 8:48 AM

A senior official says envoy Nickolay Mladenov has 'gone beyond his role' in seeking agreements between Israel and rival Palestinian faction Hamas, which controls Gaza

Abbas rejects 'biased' U.S. as sole Mideast mediator

Sep 28, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas says Donald Trump has forfeited his right to be regarded as a neutral broker

PALESTINE'S LEADER. In this file photo, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during a press conference on August 26, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Abbas Momani/AFP

Palestinians reject Trump bid to force talks through aid cut

Sep 07, 2018 - 11:18 PM

Chief negotiator Saeb Erekat accuses the US of acting in bad faith and denies Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas refused to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

SAEB EREKAT. Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, speaks to journalists in the West Bank city of Ramallah on September 1, 2018.  Photo by Ahmad Gharabili/AFP

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas leaves hospital

May 28, 2018 - 7:44 PM

Abbas walk without assistance and gives a short statement before leaving the hospital near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank

OUT OF HOSPITAL. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas gives a short statement before leaving a hospital near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on May 28, 2018 following 8 days of treatment for pneumonia.Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Abbas urges Latin America not to follow U.S. example on embassy

May 08, 2018 - 8:16 AM

'We hope that some countries across Latin America won't go moving their embassies to Jerusalem, because that is against international law,' Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas says

PALESTINE'S LEADER. In this file photo, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during a press conference on August 26, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. File photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Palestinian leader goes to the UN to counter U.S. on Jerusalem

Feb 20, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Mahmud Abbas will call for a new collective approach in a bid to salvage the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, says Palestinian ambassador Riyad Mansour

In this file photo, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during a press conference on August 26, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Abbas Momani/AFP

Palestinian leaders call for suspension of recognition of Israel

Jan 16, 2018 - 7:54 AM

While withdrawing the Palestine Liberation Organization's recognition of Israel could spark international backlash, it is unclear whether the vote of the Palestinian Central Council is binding

ANNOUNCEMENT. Senior Palestinian official Salim Zaanoun (L) reads a statement at the end of a meeting of the Palestinian Central Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah January 16, 2018. Abbas Momani/AFP

Palestinian president to shun Pence over Jerusalem move

Dec 09, 2017 - 9:33 PM

'There will be no meeting with the vice president of America in Palestine,' Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's diplomatic adviser Majdi al-Khaldi says. 'The United States has crossed all the red lines with the Jerusalem decision,' he adds.

PROTEST. Palestinian demonstrators burn posters of the US president in Bethlehem's Manger Square in protest to him declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital on December 6, 2017. Photo by Musa al Shaer/AFP

2 Palestinians dead in 'day of rage', U.S. isolated at UN

Dec 09, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Whether violence would further spiral in the Palestinian territories and elsewhere is being closely watched, with Friday marking a second day of unrest

PROTESTS. Palestinian protestors burn an effigy of US President Donald Trump following his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in the West Bank city of Nablus, on December 7, 2017. File photo by Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP

Trump Jerusalem move triggers Palestinian unrest

Dec 07, 2017 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) Sporadic clashes break out between Palestinians and Israeli forces, as Israel deploys hundreds more troops to the occupied West Bank amid uncertainty over the fallout

ANGER IN GAZA. Palestinian protestors burn the Israeli flag and a poster of US President Donald Trump following his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Gaza City, on December 7, 2017. Mohammed Abed/AFP

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

Pessimism as Kushner holds Israeli-Palestinian talks

Aug 24, 2017 - 9:06 PM

The visit comes with both Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not in position to make major concessions some analysts say

PROTESTING KUSHNER. A picture taken on August 24, 2017 in the West Bank city of Ramallah shows Palestinian demonstrators holding a cartoon depicting Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner along with other slogans protesting against the arrival of a US delegation headed by Kushner to meet with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Jordanian king backs Palestinian leader in rare visit

Aug 07, 2017 - 7:03 PM

Abdullah s visit is seen by analysts as providing support to Abbas who has been isolated by Israel over his response to the Al Aqsa row

Jordan's King Abdullah II (R) and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (L) observe the honor guard during a visit in the West Bank city of Ramallah on August 7, 2017.  Jordan's King began a rare visit to the occupied West Bank to meet with Palestinain president, amid shared tensions with Israel over a flashpoint Jerusalem holy site. / AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI

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

Abbas says ready to meet Israel PM as part of Trump peace efforts

May 09, 2017 - 6:23 PM

UPDATED US President Donald Trump has been seeking ways to restart Israeli Palestinian peace efforts which have been at a standstill since a US led initiative collapsed in April 2014

PEACE EFFORTS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas in the Oval Office of the White House on May 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump envoy meets Abbas as White House wades into Mideast conflict

Mar 14, 2017 - 7:42 PM

UPDATED US officials have described the visit as a fact finding mission as the White House seeks a way forward in restarting long deadlocked peace efforts

ABBAS. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during a press conference on August 26, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Trump invites Palestinian leader Abbas to White House 'soon'

Mar 10, 2017 - 8:26 PM

UPDATED Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas spokesman says US President Donald Trump stressed his commitment to a peace process that would lead to a real peace between Palestinians and Israelis

CALLING. President-elect Donald Trump will call Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in the afternoon. File photo by Jim Watson/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

Abbas opens Vatican mission, warns over US embassy move

Jan 14, 2017 - 10:23 PM

Abbas reiterates his opposition to the possible transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem as pledged by US President elect Donald Trump

DIPLOMATIC MISSION. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (C, R) looks on after he inaugurated the new Palestinian diplomatic mission to the Holy See with Palestinian Ambassador Issa Kassissieh (L) in Rome on January 14, 2017. Tiziana Fabi/AFP

World leaders take stock of shock Trump win

Nov 09, 2016 - 5:55 PM

UPDATED Politicians from around the world offer both praise and cautious welcome to the new President elect Donald Trump

TRUMP. Republican presidential elect Donald Trump arrives for an election night party at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016. Photo by Mandel Ngan/ AFP

Obama talks of 'unfinished business of peace' at Peres funeral

Sep 30, 2016 - 7:03 PM

Obama says Peres understood in this war torn region where too often Arab youth are taught to hate Israel from an early age just how hard peace would be

UNFINISHED BUSINESS OF PEACE. US President Barack Obama speaks during the funeral of former Israeli president and prime minister Shimon Peres at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl national cemetery on September 30, 2016. Photo by Abir Sultan / POOL / AFP

World leaders bid farewell to Nobel laureate Peres

Sep 30, 2016 - 11:00 AM

3rd UPDATE Some 70 countries will be represented with the range of leaders illustrating the respect Shimon Peres gained over the years in his transformation from hawk to committed peace advocate

IN MEMORY. Israeli policewomen salute in front of the coffin of former Israeli president Shimon Peres at the plaza outside the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, on September 29, 2016 in Jerusalem, as people come to pay their respects. Photo by Gali Tibbon/AFP

Biden criticizes 'failure to condemn' Palestinian attacks

Mar 10, 2016 - 12:57 AM

Joe Biden: The United States of America condemns these acts and condemns the failure to condemn these acts

BIDEN IN JERUSALEM. US Vice President Joe Biden (C) and members of his family arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Old City of Jerusalem, March 9, 2016. Photo by Debbie Hill/EPA

Greece set to recognize Palestine

Dec 20, 2015 - 10:41 PM

The motion to recognize the state of Palestine will be put in a parliamentary vote next week a government source says

Members of the Parliament vote for Greek President at the Parliament in Athens, Greece, 23 December 2014. TSimela Pantzartzi/EPA

'Hopeful' Kerry meets Abbas on Palestinian-Israeli unrest

Oct 24, 2015 - 9:02 PM

The talks came as a Palestinian tried to stab an Israeli security guard in the West Bank and was killed according to police in the latest in a string of such attacks

TOP DIPLOMAT. US Secretary of State John Kerry says he is 'hopeful' about talks to quell a wave of deadly Israeli-Palestinian violence. File photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AFP

Kerry signals 'cautious optimism' after talks with Israel PM

Oct 23, 2015 - 8:32 AM

Kerry and Netanyahhu meet as part of a flurry of diplomatic activity aimed at halting the cycle of violence which erupted on October 1 and has raised fears of a new Palestinian intifada or uprising

EASING TENSIONS. Israeli soldiers aim at fleeing Palestinian protesters during clashes between Palestinians and Israelis forces in the West bank city of Hebron, October 22, 2015. Photo by Abed Al Hashlamoun/EPA

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

Palestinians torch Jewish shrine amid 'revolution' calls

Oct 16, 2015 - 3:25 PM

Israeli security forces deploy massively in Jerusalem after two weeks of Palestinian attacks in the city and across Israel

TEAR GAS. Palestinian protesters run away from tear gas smoke fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes near the border fence between Israel and the central Gaza Strip east of Bureij on October 15, 2015. Photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP

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

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

Palestinian flag flies at UN, Abbas seeks full status

Oct 01, 2015 - 10:13 AM

The symbolic gesture occurs against a backdrop of stalemate in the peace process and escalating tensions at holy sites in Jerusalem

HISTORIC. Mahmud Abbas (right), President of the State of Palestine, watch as the Palestinian flag is raised for the first time at UN Headquarters in New York, 30 September 2015.  Mark Garten/UN Photo

Clashes rock Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound

Sep 13, 2015 - 8:43 PM

The clashes come with tensions running high after Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon last week outlawed two Muslim groups that confront Jewish visitors to the compound

SECURITY OPS. Israeli security forces stand guard amid tear gas smoke during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police at Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City on September 13, 2015, just hours before the start of the Jewish New Year. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Netanyahu says will not allow Israel to be 'submerged' by refugees

Sep 06, 2015 - 9:16 PM

Netanyahu also announces the start of construction of a fence along Israel s border with Jordan

In this file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to speak as he opens the weekly cabinet meeting at his office, in Jerusalem, February 1, 2015. Gali Tibbon/Pool/EPA

Israel PM rejects 'dictates' as French FM visits

Jun 22, 2015 - 9:28 AM

Netanyahu hits out at international diplomatic efforts to impose proposals which he says neglected to address vital Israeli security concerns

VISITING JERUSALEM. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) hold a joint press conference at the Israeli Prime minister's office in Jerusalem, June 21, 2015. Thomas Coex/Pool/EPA

Hamas rejects unilateral dissolution of Palestinian gov't

Jun 17, 2015 - 4:01 PM

Hamas: No one told us anything about any decision to change and no one consulted with us about any change in the unity government Fatah acted on its own in all regards

PALESTINIAN LEADERSHIP. A handout photograph supplied by the Palestinian Authority shows Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (C) as he leads prayers during meeting of the Central Committee of Fatah in the West Bank town of Ramallah, June 16, 2015. Osama Falah/Handout/EPA

Pope Francis meets Abbas after treaty announcement

May 16, 2015 - 4:36 PM

UPDATED The meeting at the Vatican comes a day before the pontiff is due to canonize two Palestinian nuns who will become the first Palestinian Arabs to gain sainthood

PRIVATE MEETING. Pope Francis (R) and Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas (L) exchange gifts during a private audience on May 16, 2015 in Vatican City. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Sweden to Abbas: aid to Palestine comes with responsibilities

Feb 11, 2015 - 1:17 PM

Prime Minister Loefven: According to us Palestine is now a state Our expectations of Palestine and their leadership will therefore increase

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (C) gives a speech as Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom (2-L) looks on, during the inauguration of the Embassy of Palestine in central Stockholm, Sweden, 10 February 2015. Fredrik Sandberg/EPA

Millions unite vs terrorism in historic French demos

Jan 11, 2015 - 11:24 PM

UPDATED Today Paris is the capital of the world French President Francois Hollande said The entire country will rise up

UNITED. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Union President Donald Tusk, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, Jordan's Queen Rania, Jordan's King Abdullah II, Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during the Unity rally “Marche Republicaine” on January 11, 2015 in Paris in tribute to the 17 victims of a three-day killing spree by homegrown Islamists. AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERG

Israel mulls war crimes suits against top Palestinians – source

Jan 03, 2015 - 9:44 PM

The Palestinians presents a request to the United Nations on Friday to join the International Criminal Court ICC a move firmly opposed by Israel and the United States

 Palestinian fighters of the Ezz Al-Din Al Qassam militia, the military wing of Hamas, pose with weapons during a Hamas rally to commemorate the 27th anniversary of Hamas militant group in Gaza City on, 14 December 2014. Photo by Mohammed Saber/EPA

Abbas says to cut ties with Israel if UN move fails

Dec 23, 2014 - 11:34 PM

If the Arab Palestinian initiative submitted to the Security Council to put an end to Israeli occupation doesn t pass we will be forced to take the necessary political and legal decisions Abbas tells the Algerian APS news agency

In this file photo, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas attends a meeting with Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi (unseen) in Cairo on August 23, 2014. Hasan Mohamed/EPA

Israel won't accept 'unilateral' Palestine bid – Netanyahu

Dec 19, 2014 - 8:13 AM

The Palestinian draft resolution sets a 12 month deadline for wrapping up negotiations on a final settlement and the end of 2017 as the timeframe for completing an Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian territories

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at the prime minister office in Jerusalem on November 18, 2014. Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

Egypt could send forces to stabilize future Palestinian state – Sisi

Nov 23, 2014 - 8:11 PM

The Egyptian leader said he would send forces to a future Palestinian state in agreement with Israel and the Palestinian authority

In this file photo, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi looks on as he meets with Sudanese President (unseen) at the Presidential Palace in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, June 27, 2014. Ebrahim Hamid/AFP

West Bank mosque torched in suspected attack

Nov 12, 2014 - 8:56 PM

Months of unrest have escalated in recent days spreading from annexed east Jerusalem to the occupied West Bank and Arab communities across Israel and raising fears of a new Palestinian uprising

Palestinian youths evacuate a comrade who was injured during clashes with Israeli security forces at the Israeli Qalandia checkpoint between the West Bank city of Ramallah and Jerusalem on November 7, 2014, following a protest against Israel's restrictions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. AFP PHOTO/ABBAS MOMANI

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 tells Israel, Palestinians to stop unilateral actions

Oct 22, 2014 - 11:02 AM

Ban: Leaders on both sides must overcome their differences and dispense with the unilateral initiatives that serve only to fuel mistrust and polarization

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 16 September 2014, UN headquarters. Evan Schneider/UN Photo/File

Gaza donors meet as US pushes peace talks revival

Oct 12, 2014 - 12:40 PM

US Secretary of State John Kerry and 30 of his counterparts join UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon who is seeking a record 1 6 billion 1 3 billion euros in aid to rebuild Gaza

A Palestinian boy holds a Palestinian flag as he stands in the ruins of a destroyed house during the visit of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Beit Hanun town in the nortern Gaza Strip on 09 October 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA