- Clashes during Israeli raid to arrest militant in West Bank Updated: Aug-31-15 6:18 pm
RAMALLAH, West Bank - An Israeli raid to arrest militants in the West Bank turned into a gunbattle Monday night leaving several wounded in the clashes.
- Egypt starts dig on Gaza border to stop smuggling tunnels Updated: Aug-31-15 7:10 am
RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Egyptian military bulldozers are digging through the sand along Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip in recent days, pressing ahead with what appears to be a renewed campaign to pressure Gaza's Hamas rulers and stamp out militant activity along the border.
- Israel has failed to reform Jewish radicals, critics charge Updated: Aug-30-15 10:59 am
SHIR HADASH OUTPOST, West Bank - The Israeli government initiative has a soothing biblical name, the Hebrew Shepherd, and a serious aim: to keep ultranationalist Jewish settler youths from turning to violence and attacking Palestinians and their property.
- PLO parliament meeting set for mid-September in West Bank Updated: Aug-28-15 6:02 am
RAMALLAH, West Bank - A top official says the parliament of the Palestine Liberation Organization will meet in the West Bank next month to elect a new leadership.
- Sexwale 'weighing all options' about FIFA presidential race Updated: Aug-27-15 10:50 am
MONACO - Touted as a potential FIFA president, Tokyo Sexwale is "weighing all options" before deciding if he will enter the governing body's election race.
- FIFA hosts Israeli, Palestinian football leaders for talks Updated: Aug-26-15 10:51 am
ZURICH - A FIFA panel aiming to improve Israeli-Palestinian football relations met for the first time Wednesday and agreed a follow-up session in the Middle East next month.
- Palestinians, Vatican could raise UN flags before pope visit Updated: Aug-25-15 7:10 pm
UNITED NATIONS - In a move likely to upset Israel's government, the Palestinians and the Vatican are seeking to raise their flags at U.N. headquarters - just in time for Pope Francis' visit next month.
- US judge: Palestinians to pay $10M to secure terror verdict Updated: Aug-24-15 4:44 pm
NEW YORK - Palestinian authorities found liable in a high-profile lawsuit over Americans killed in terrorist attacks must pay $10 million in cash - and an additional $1 million monthly payment while the case is on appeal - to secure the hundreds of millions awarded by a jury, a U.S. judge said Monday.
- UN employees in Gaza strike against cost-cutting measures Updated: Aug-24-15 7:43 am
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Thousands of employees of the United Nations' Palestinian refugee agency in the Gaza Strip are striking against cost-cutting measures the agency is imposing to overcome a financial crisis.
- J Street elects Muslim woman president of college chapters Updated: Aug-21-15 5:48 pm
WASHINGTON - A dovish pro-Israel lobby that has struggled for acceptance by more established Jewish groups has elected an American Muslim as president of a core initiative - its chapter program on college campuses, where debates rages over Israel and Palestinians.
- On nuclear deal, not all Israelis are with Netanyahu Updated: Aug-20-15 2:56 pm
JERUSALEM - At first glance, one might think Israelis are solidly behind Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's all-out diplomatic war against the U.S.-led nuclear deal with Iran. But look closer and deep fissures appear: There is angst over what some see as a reckless diplomatic adventure that pits Israel against its indispensable backer.
- Gaza families call on Egypt to save abducted Palestinians Updated: Aug-20-15 2:56 pm
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Families of four Gaza Palestinians who were abducted in restive Sinai have called on Egypt to save their kin.
- Palestinian ends fast after Israel suspended his detention Updated: Aug-20-15 11:37 am
JERUSALEM - A Palestinian prisoner held without charge in Israel ended his two-month-long hunger strike on Thursday, his lawyer said, a day after Israel's Supreme Court suspended his detention.
- Israel urges UN to investigate official for misconduct Updated: Aug-20-15 12:07 am
UNITED NATIONS - Israel's ambassador is urging the U.N.'s internal watchdog to investigate the head of a U.N. agency for misconduct, accusing her of "modern day anti-Semitism." Last year, he tried unsuccessfully to get Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to suspend Rima Khalaf.
- Spanish festival backtracks, re-invites Jewish singer Updated: Aug-19-15 4:12 pm
MADRID - Following a barrage of criticism, organizers of an international reggae festival in Spain backtracked Wednesday and apologized for cancelling a concert by Jewish-American singer Matisyahu because he had declined to state his position regarding a Palestinian state.
- Q&A: Palestinian hunger striker stirs debate in Israel Updated: Aug-19-15 2:24 pm
Israel's Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended the detention order of a hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner, releasing him while he receives medical care.
- AP Interview: Huckabee vows to shake up Mideast policies Updated: Aug-19-15 1:03 pm
JERUSALEM - Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee on Wednesday vowed to abandon key American policies in the Mideast if he is elected next year, endorsing positions that would put the U.S. at odds with its closest allies.
- Palestinian hunger striker regains consciousness Updated: Aug-18-15 10:50 am
JERUSALEM - A Palestinian detainee who slipped into unconsciousness last week after a two-month hunger strike woke up Tuesday and said he would continue his protest, even as his condition remains critical.
- Egypt opens border with Gaza for first time in 2 months Updated: Aug-17-15 11:31 am
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Egypt has opened its border with the Gaza Strip for the first time in two months.
- Israeli force-feeding law pits doctors against state Updated: Aug-14-15 12:07 pm
RAMAT GAN, Israel - Hospitalized and shackled, Palestinian Mohammed Allan was 60 days into a hunger strike to protest his detention without charge in an Israeli jail when he slipped into unconsciousness Friday.
- Leaked documents raise anger over Palestinian corruption Updated: Aug-12-15 7:46 am
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Documents leaked online detailing two attempts by Palestinian officials to misuse public funds have triggered outrage, highlighting the corruption and mismanagement critics say remains rampant in the Palestinian government.
- US intervenes in lawsuit over Palestinian terror attacks Updated: Aug-11-15 6:24 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has intervened in a lawsuit over Palestinian terror attacks that have killed Americans, advising a judge that requiring a hefty bond payment in the case could financially destabilize the Palestinian government.
- Health of Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike at risk Updated: Aug-09-15 6:19 am
JERUSALEM - The family of a Palestinian prisoner held by Israel says his health is dire after waging a hunger strike for the last 56 days.
- Gaza, West Bank teams face off for first match in years Updated: Aug-06-15 5:09 pm
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Divided politically and geographically, Palestinians made strides toward unity with the first football match between a West Bank club and a Gaza Strip team in 15 years on Thursday.
- Q&A: A look at the history of Jewish extremism in Israel Updated: Aug-04-15 2:37 pm
JERUSALEM - The arrest of a well-known Jewish extremist marks Israel's first concrete step in its new "zero tolerance" approach toward what the government describes as Jewish terrorism. A recent pair of attacks brought into the open long-standing fears about a radicalized and ultraconservative fringe that had been operating below the radar but now appears to be intensifying its violence.