- Israel strikes Hamas targets in Gaza after mortar fire Updated: May-04-16 2:27 pm
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli aircraft struck five Hamas targets in Gaza on Wednesday in response to mortar rounds fired at Israel from the coastal territory run by the Islamic militant group, the military said.
- Gaza sewage spill floods farmland Updated: May-04-16 1:03 pm
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Gaza rescue crews tried to salvage livestock and produce on Wednesday after a sewage reservoir collapsed, flooding about 25 acres (10 hectares) of farmland in a new sign of the worsening water and sewage crisis in the Hamas-run territory.
- UN needs $80 million for schools for Palestinian refugees Updated: May-03-16 9:27 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees expressed hope Tuesday that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait will come up with $80 million to ensure that 500,000 boys and girls who are refugees can start the next school year on time in August.
- Gaza sewage crisis, festering in conflict, poisons coast Updated: May-03-16 9:07 am
SHATI REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip - Each day, millions of gallons of raw sewage pour into the Gaza Strip's Mediterranean beachfront, spewing out of a metal pipe and turning miles of once-scenic coastline into a stagnant dead zone.
- Gaza militants say 1 killed in training accident Updated: May-02-16 5:53 am
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The Islamic Jihad militant group says one of its members has been killed in an explosion.
- Palestinians blast Eurovision Song Contest's flag policy Updated: May-01-16 4:11 am
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian leaders are blasting the Eurovision Song Contest for preventing their flag from being flown during the event this month.
- UN to meet on May 6 on protection of Palestinian civilians Updated: Apr-27-16 11:55 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council will hold an informal meeting on May 6 on the protection of Palestinian civilians, an issue the Palestinians have pressed for decades and say is more needed now than ever.
- Hamas wins student election at top Palestinian university Updated: Apr-27-16 1:43 pm
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The Palestinian's leading university in the West Bank says the Islamic militant group Hamas has won student council elections.
- Statue of Nelson Mandela unveiled in West Bank Updated: Apr-26-16 1:03 pm
RAMALLAH, West Bank - A 6-meter-high (20-foot) bronze statue of Nelson Mandela has been unveiled in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
- Israel silencing detained Palestinian journalist, says wife Updated: Apr-26-16 12:36 pm
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The wife of a detained Palestinian journalist said Tuesday that Israel is trying to silence him.
- French minister says Paris meeting for Mideast peace needed Updated: Apr-22-16 7:38 am
PARIS - The French foreign minister has confirmed that Paris will host an international meeting on May 30 to try to restart peace efforts between Palestinians and Israel - even though both sides will be absent.
- Palestinians back French meeting on Israel-Palestinian peace Updated: Apr-21-16 3:49 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The Palestinians said Thursday they strongly support a French initiative to hold a ministerial meeting, probably on May 30, as a first step to an international conference aimed at reviving the long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
- Future of Palestinian town bleak after Israel shuts quarries Updated: Apr-21-16 11:57 am
BEIT FAJAR, West Bank - The future of the Palestinian town of Beit Fajar looks bleak after Israel's military forced the shutdown of some three dozen quarries in the area, endangering 3,500 jobs and paralyzing the dominant local industry.
- Hamas deploys forces on Egypt-Gaza border over IS concerns Updated: Apr-21-16 8:04 am
- Palestinian sister-city proposal stirs rancor in Colorado Updated: Apr-20-16 10:04 am
BOULDER, Colorado - This peaceful university town is 7,000 miles from the violence of the Middle East, but a proposal to become sister cities with a Palestinian community has stirred such rancor that the City Council is trying to negotiate a truce among its own residents.
- Abbas: Palestinians reject 'all forms of terrorist activity' Updated: Apr-19-16 11:56 am
BERLIN - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, speaking a day after an attack on a bus in Jerusalem that wounded at least 21 people, says his administration rejects violence against civilians.
- GOP senators want US to cut off money to UN climate agency Updated: Apr-19-16 11:23 am
WASHINGTON - More than two dozen Republican senators are calling on Secretary of State John Kerry to cut off money the U.S. sends to the United Nations climate change agency or risk breaking the law.
- Biden: 'Overwhelming frustration' with Israeli gov't Updated: Apr-18-16 11:27 pm
WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged "overwhelming frustration" with Israel's government on Monday and said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's administration has led Israel in the wrong direction, in an unusually sharp rebuke of America's closest ally in the Middle East.
- Israel and Palestinians engage in rare UN shouting match Updated: Apr-18-16 7:05 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The Israeli and Palestinian ambassadors engaged in a rare shouting match in the U.N. Security Council on Monday, reflecting Israel's growing consternation at the upsurge in Palestinian attacks against civilians and Palestinian frustration at the failure to achieve its dream of a truly independent state.
- Jordan halts plan to install cameras at Jerusalem holy site Updated: Apr-18-16 6:27 pm
AMMAN, Jordan - Jordan's prime minister on Monday said his government has decided to call off a plan to install surveillance cameras at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site, derailing a U.S.-brokered pact to ease tensions at the volatile hilltop compound.
- Jerusalem bus bombing wounds 21 Israelis Updated: Apr-18-16 3:11 pm
JERUSALEM - A bus exploded in Jerusalem on Monday, wounding at least 21 people in what police said was a "terror attack," raising fears of a return to the Palestinian suicide bombings that ravaged Israeli cities a decade ago.
- World Bank urges donors to fulfill Gaza pledges Updated: Apr-18-16 8:47 am
JERUSALEM - After Israel's war against Gaza militants in 2014, Arab countries led the way in pledging reconstruction aid to the devastated seaside enclave. But a new report released Monday by the World Bank shows that Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and other Arab donors have delivered only a small fraction of what was promised.
- Lawmakers urge veto of UN initiatives biased against Israel Updated: Apr-14-16 4:58 pm
WASHINGTON - House Republicans and Democrats are urging President Barack Obama to reject any actions by the United Nations to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that are biased against Israel.
- Israel announces 'small' number of new West Bank homes Updated: Apr-14-16 2:47 pm
JERUSALEM - The Israeli prime minister's office says Israel will "upgrade" some Israeli settlement buildings in the West Bank and build only a "small" number of other structures in the territory, but an Israeli settlement watchdog is questioning the claim.
- Amid violence, Israel promotes Arab police officer Updated: Apr-13-16 3:02 pm
TEL AVIV, Israel - Israel promoted an Arab police officer to deputy commissioner on Wednesday, making him the highest-ranking Muslim ever to serve in the force at a time when authorities are battling a wave of attacks by Palestinians that has frayed relations between Jews and Arabs.