Palestinians give cool reception to US peace conference

Asia & Pacific 05/20/19, 01:28

The Palestinians are giving a cool reception to an American plan to hold a conference next month to unveil the first phase of its Mideast peace plan. The White House announced Sunday that it will hold the gathering in Bahrain to discuss large-scale investment in the Palestinian territories. It said the ...

Palestinian forces soldier on amid Israeli raids, US neglect

Asia & Pacific 01/18/19, 02:04

The Palestinian security forces feel increasingly abused by their allies.Israel has been launching raids into the heart of Ramallah, and the U.S. is cutting off aid and taking actions that many fear will obliterate any remaining hope for a two-state solution.Despite the complaints, the Palestinian security forces are likely to ...

In role reversal, Abbas pressures Hamas as Israel allows aid

Asia & Pacific 01/14/19, 01:08

The Western-backed Palestinian Authority is threatening to step up pressure on Hamas amid renewed tensions in Gaza, even as Israel allows a lifeline of Qatari aid to flow directly to the Islamic militants. The unlikely role reversal reflects the two sides' conflicting priorities. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wants to reassert his ...

Masked gunmen raid Palestinian TV studios in Gaza

World 01/04/19, 09:00

A Palestinian broadcasting corporation says masked gunmen have raided its studios in the Gaza Strip.Images circulating in the incident's aftermath Friday showed the TV station's Gaza headquarters strewn with shattered glass and destroyed equipment.The Interior Ministry, controlled by Gaza's Hamas rulers, said it is investigating the raid on the Palestinian ...

Tens of thousands rally in Gaza to mark Hamas anniversary

World 12/16/18, 11:27

Tens of thousands of Palestinians have gathered in Gaza City for a rally marking the 31st anniversary of the militant Hamas group's establishment.Masked gunmen of the al-Qassam brigades, the military wing of Hamas, raise their hands as they stand in front of a huge poster showing a mock attack on ...

Vatican renews call for 2-state solution to Mideast conflict

Europe 12/03/18, 09:31

The Vatican has reaffirmed its longstanding call for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict following a visit by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, as the U.S. says it is preparing to present its long-awaited peace plan.Pope Francis is greeted by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the end of a private ...

Hamas leader says he has been invited to Moscow

Europe 11/28/18, 09:24

The top leader of the Hamas militant group says he has received an invitation to make an official visit to Moscow.The office of Ismail Haniyeh said the invitation was delivered Wednesday by a visiting Russian diplomat. Its statement did not elaborate on the purpose of the visit.Russia maintains high-level contact ...

Underlying issues keep Israel, Hamas locked in violent loop

World 11/13/18, 15:06

A slew of grievances and major underlying issues have Israel and Hamas locked in a spiral of violence that has caused three wars in the last decade and repeated rounds of deadly fighting.With an Israeli-Egyptian blockade, a riven Palestinian leadership and a militant Hamas, Gaza's predicament remains seemingly unsolvable.Here is ...

Palestinians revive calls to end security ties with Israel

World 10/30/18, 07:03

The Palestine Liberation Organization's mini-parliament has called for ending security coordination with Israeli forces in the West Bank, but says implementation is up to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.Late on Monday, at the end of a two-day gathering, the Palestinian Central Council also called for suspending recognition of Israel. Abbas, who ...

Israel’s Netanyahu pays surprise visit to Oman

World 10/26/18, 05:59

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday returned from an unannounced visit to Oman, the two countries confirmed, meeting the Gulf state's leader in the first visit of its kind in over 20 years.The surprise visit was an important accomplishment for the Israeli leader, who frequently boasts of warming behind-the-scenes ...

Human Rights Watch: Palestinians crush dissent with torture

World 10/23/18, 04:30

Security forces of the rival Palestinian governments routinely use torture and arbitrary arrests, among other tactics, to quash dissent by peaceful activists and political rivals, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.The charges come in a new report released by the New York-based watchdog, following a two-year investigation that included interviews with ...

Merkel talks with Palestinian leader after Israel visit

Europe 10/09/18, 12:22

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has spoken with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas by telephone days after saying she would push him to return to negotiations with Israel.Neither leader indicated Tuesday that they discussed a renewal of peace talks, but both voiced support for a two-state solution to the conflict.Last week, Merkel ...

As Gaza worsens, Palestinian leader controls fate of US plan

World 10/05/18, 02:21

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been sidelined, isolated and humiliated by the Trump administration. But the embattled Palestinian leader may have the final say in determining the fate of the White House's long-awaited vision for Mideast peace.In recent weeks, Abbas has thwarted a series of internationally backed initiatives aimed at ...

Money or not, world can’t drop Palestinian refugees, says UN

World 09/27/18, 19:28

Facing a financial crisis after the United States cut funding, the head of the U.N. agency that helps 5.3 million Palestinian refugees says the problem of their well-being will continue to exist whether there's money or not — and especially if it is forced to shut down.Head of the UN ...

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