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Stories with place: Palestinian territories
  • Israel police disperse riot at Jerusalem holy site 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 6:04 am
  • JERUSALEM - Israeli police stormed a sensitive holy site in Jerusalem on Wednesday and fired tear gas to disperse a riot by Palestinian Muslim worshippers, officials said.

  • Israeli families gather for ritual Passover meal 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 2:08 pm
  • JERUSALEM - Families across Israel gathered after sundown Monday for ritual meals signaling the start of Passover, with holiday observances overshadowed by a fatal shooting in the West Bank.

  • Palestinian doctors caught in fight over Jerusalem 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 12:19 pm
  • ABU DIS, West Bank - Since graduating from a local medical school nine years ago, Basel Nassar has been barred from serving his community in east Jerusalem, despite a shortage of doctors there.

  • Israeli peace activist Ron Pundak dies at 59 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 9:13 am
  • JERUSALEM - Ron Pundak, an Israeli academic and peace activist who was instrumental in initiating peace talks with the Palestinians in the 1990s, died Friday. He was 59.

  • Swiss say Palestinians can join Geneva Conventions 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 7:25 am
  • GENEVA - Twenty-five years after making their first bid for membership, the Palestinians can join the Geneva Conventions governing the rules of war and military occupations, the Swiss government said Friday.

  • Cash-strapped Hamas turns to e-bullets 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 4:04 pm
  • GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - In a long hallway that looks more like a videogame arcade than a military base, Hamas security forces are holding target practice using assault rifles fitted with lasers - all without firing a bullet.

  • AP Interview: Arab League chief backs peace talks 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 2:11 pm
  • CAIRO - The head of the Arab League said Thursday he is confident that Israel and the Palestinians soon will resolve a crisis over the release of long-held Palestinian prisoners and extend their U.S.-brokered peace negotiations beyond an April deadline.

  • Palestinian urges boycott of Israeli settlements 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 5:34 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - The Palestinian U.N. envoy urged the world Tuesday to boycott products from "illegal" Israeli settlements as part of a stepped up campaign to help Palestine become independent.

  • Kerry raps Israel in faltering Mideast peace 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 3:03 pm
  • WASHINGTON - U.S. efforts to broker a Mideast peace agreement faltered after Israel refused to release prisoners as demanded by Palestinian leaders, then moved forward with plans to build new settlement housing in Jerusalem, America's top diplomat said Tuesday. But he still held out hope that negotiations would continue.

  • Israel bars Palestinian Olympian from leaving Gaza 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 12:07 pm
  • GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel has barred 30 runners, including an Olympic athlete, from leaving the Gaza Strip to participate in a marathon later this week, highlighting Israel's tight restrictions on travel in and out of the Hamas-ruled territory, Palestinian officials said Tuesday.

  • Thousands of Jerusalem Arabs without water 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 2:09 pm
  • JERUSALEM - Tens of thousands of Palestinians living in east Jerusalem have been without running water for more than a month, victims of a decrepit and overwhelmed infrastructure and caught in a legal no-man's land caused by the divisions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  • First women joining Palestinian commando unit 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 2:20 am
  • JERICHO, West Bank - Palestinian women in combat fatigues and headscarves rappelled down a six-story tower, fired assault rifles at imaginary terrorists and in a drill straight out of the movies bundled a would-be VIP into a car and sped off after a shooting.

  • Ex-Palestinian prisoner teaches Hebrew, tolerance 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 3:28 pm
  • DEIR JARIR, West Bank - Facing a classroom of Palestinian 10th graders, Hebrew teacher Esmat Mansour asks his students who is for and against learning the language. A few raise their hands in favor, others against and he asks both sides to explain.

  • Kerry: It's 'reality check' time for Mideast talks 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 8:39 pm
  • WASHINGTON - With Mideast peace talks on the verge of collapse, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declared Friday that "it's reality check time" on whether an agreement can be reached anytime soon after decades of bitterness between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. The U.S. will re-evaluate its role as mediator, he said.

  • Kerry outdoes himself in new diplomatic frenzy 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 12:02 pm
  • CASABLANCA, Morocco - More than a week into what was supposed to be only a five-day trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sat in a Paris hotel suite contemplating his next moves on multiple crisis fronts.

  • Kerry: Israeli and Palestinian leaders must 'lead' 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 3:28 pm
  • RABAT, Morocco - Frustrated by a virtually moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry exhorted leaders on both sides Thursday to "lead" and to do so now to prevent the negotiations from collapsing.

  • New Palestinian recognition bid largely symbolic 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 12:37 pm
  • RAMALLAH, West Bank - A decision by President Mahmoud Abbas to seek further international recognition of a "state of Palestine" - despite promises to hold off while negotiating with Israel - has thrown into disarray the troubled U.S. mediation efforts on a peace deal. Here's a look at the possible repercussions.

  • Power: US opposes Palestinian moves to statehood 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 11:37 am
  • WASHINGTON - U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power told a House panel on Wednesday that the U.S. opposes all unilateral actions that the Palestinians take to statehood. She says there are no shortcuts to statehood, and that any unilateral actions could be "tremendously destructive" to the peace process.

  • American spy's release would be high-stakes gamble 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 3:15 am
  • WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is bringing the U.S. closer than it has been in years to granting convicted spy Jonathan Pollard an early release in a high-stakes gamble to advance Mideast peace talks.

  • AP Interview: Pollard's ex-wife urges his release 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 5:13 pm
  • MODIIN, Israel - The ex-wife of imprisoned Jewish-American spy Jonathan Pollard on Tuesday implored the Israeli government to secure his release, saying her former husband's health could be in danger if he remains behind bars much longer.

  • Kerry: Premature to write off Mideast peace talks 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 3:16 pm
  • BRUSSELS - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says it is "completely premature" to write off the Israeli-Palestinian peace process even as negotiations were dealt a blow by a speech in which the Palestinian leader said he would press for U.N. recognition over Israel's strong objections.

  • Israel: Vandals spray hate graffiti on monastery 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 11:58 am
  • JERUSALEM - Vandals scrawled hate graffiti on a Catholic monastery in central Israel and slashed the tires of nearby cars weeks before Pope Francis visits the Holy land, Israeli police said Tuesday.

  • Israeli court convicts ex-PM Olmert of bribery 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 3:58 pm
  • JERUSALEM - An Israeli court on Monday convicted ex-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in a high-profile bribery case, crushing his hopes for a political comeback and setting the stage for him to become the first Israeli premier to go to prison.

  • Kerry to Mideast at critical point in peace talks 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 11:55 am
  • TEL AVIV, Israel - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry rushed to the Middle East on Monday for a surprise visit aimed at rescuing his Mideast diplomatic efforts, as peace talks approached a critical make-or-break point.

  • Palestinian envoy's death not from safe explosion 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 9:55 am
  • PRAGUE - The explosion that killed the ambassador at the Palestinian Embassy complex in Prague was not caused by a booby-trapped safe as previously believed, Czech investigators said Monday.