palestine

Obama, Trying to Protect Legacy, Unlikely to Act on Mideast Peace

By Arshad Mohammed and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON, Dec 2 – U.S. President Barack Obama, keen to preserve his legacy on domestic health care and the Iran nuclear deal, is not expected to make major moves on Israeli-Palestinian peace before leaving office, U.S. officials said on Thursday. One official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said

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Gaza Risks Becoming Easy Launchpad for Daesh – Qatari Minister

By Tom Finn and William Maclean DOHA, Nov 27 – Palestinian infighting and years of an Israeli blockade could turn the impoverished Gaza Strip into an easy “launching pad” for Daesh recruiters, Qatar’s foreign minister says. The small gas-rich Gulf state is a major backer of Hamas, the armed movement which has maintained its control

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Israel Arrests Suspected Palestinian Arsonists After Wildfires

JERUSALEM, Nov 26 – Israel stepped up efforts on Saturday to extinguish wildfires that have been scorching large swathes of the country and said its security forces had arrested more than 10 suspected Palestinian arsonists. While many hotspots have been contained, new conflagrations spread throughout north and central Israel and parts of the occupied West

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Israel Arrests 13 on Suspicion of Arson Over Mass Wildfires

By Maayan Lubell JERUSALEM, Nov 25 – Israeli police arrested 13 people on Friday on suspicion of arson, authorities said, after massive wildfires tore through central and northern Israel, a conflagration that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu branded as “terrorism”. Firefighters kept battling the flames in wooded hills around Jerusalem and in northern areas on Friday,

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Gaza Doctors Face Challenge After Birth of Conjoined Twins

GAZA, Nov 23 – Palestinian surgeons in the Gaza Strip were discussing medical options on Wednesday after the unexpected birth of conjoined twins – baby girls who share one heart and one body. “We thought they were twins and we would have no problem, but we discovered that it is a Siamese baby,” said Hanan

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Winds of Change Blow Softly as Palestinian Party Leaders Meet

By Luke Baker and Ali Sawafta RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov 23 – Palestinian politics hasn’t seen much change in the past 10 years — President Mahmoud Abbas has been in power since 2004 and the last parliamentary elections were a decade ago. But next week, Fatah, the dominant force in Palestinian politics for half a

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Hamas Clamps Down on Gaza’s “Insecure” Israeli SIM Cards

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, Nov 17  – Hamas-run authorities in Gaza are trying to stop the sale and distribution of pre-paid SIM cards from Israeli cellular providers, arguing the cards pose economic and security risks and allow users to access “immoral” content. Officials from the Palestinian telecommunications and interior ministries, which are overseen by Hamas,

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This Week in History: November 16 – November 22

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid November 16, 1988: Benazir Bhutto Becomes First Female Muslim Head of State In the first free general elections held on November 16, 1988, Benazir Bhutto became the first female prime minister of Pakistan and the Muslim world’s first female head of state.

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Israeli Ministers Defy Netanyahu Over Settlement Evacuation

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM, Nov 14 – An Israeli ministerial committee on Sunday defied Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and voted to support a bill to allow settlers in the occupied West Bank to remain in homes built on privately owned Palestinian land. Israel’s Supreme Court had ruled the government must evacuate a few dozen families

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