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December 16, 2013

Much of Jerusalem and its neighborhood outskirts are still covered with snow as of Monday (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)
11:50 GMT

Jerusalem was still "snowed-in" Monday, with many residents still without power due to last week's blizzard, and Gazans are still under water.

December 14, 2013

Many of the Gazan residents have been rescued via boats (Mahmud Hams/AFP)
13:29 GMT

Four thousand people were evacuated Saturday in Gaza by the territory's rescue service due to severe flooding.

December 10, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will be returning to the Middle East just five days after his last visit in a bid to secure a full, not an interim, peace deal between the Palestinians and Israelis. (AFP)
05:26 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will be returning to the Middle East just five days after his last visit in a bid to secure a full, not an interim, peace deal between the Palestinians and Israelis.

December 9, 2013

GAZA CITY : A Palestinian youth waves a national flag during a rally in Gaza City on December 7, 2013, marking the 46th anniversary of the founding of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a Palestinian Marxist revolutionary organization established in 1967. (AFP)
12:40 GMT

Senior PLO official Yasser Abed Rabbo on Monday told AFP that the U.S. proposals on Israel's security threaten the future of the peace talks.

Female mourners grieve during the funeral of 14-year-old Palestinian Waji al-Ramhi in the Jelazoun refugee camp in the West Bank city of Ramallah on December 8, 2013. (AFP)
06:59 GMT

Following the death of a 14-year-old boy at the hands of an Israeli solider on Sunday, Ramallah on Monday came to a standstill as youths from nearby refugee camps forced business to close.

People hold up balloon lamps bearing the image of late former South African president Nelson Mandela during a commemorative ceremony outside the late leader's former home. [AFP]
05:01 GMT

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to participate in the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa next week.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting on December 8, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel. [Getty Images]
04:00 GMT

During a webcast video speech to the 10th annual Saban Forum on Middle East policy in Washington, Netanyahu said that Palestinians needed to "come to grips" with the idea of Israel as a Jewish nation state in order for peace negotiations to succeed.

December 6, 2013

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the former South African President Nelson Mandela pose at Mandela's house inJohannesburg 01 April 2006.Abbas said he considered Mandela as the father of all liberation movements. [Getty Images]
08:44 GMT

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas paid tribute Friday to Nelson Mandela's commitment to his people's cause as he mourned the South African liberation icon.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas holds a meeting with US Secretary Of State John Kerry on December 5, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel.
08:04 GMT

Top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said Thursday peace talks with Israel were “difficult and complicated,” after a meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

December 4, 2013

Palestinians watch an Israeli excavator destroying a Palestinian house in a village in the West Bank. (Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty images)
09:01 GMT

According to a report from the Israeli media, the government is planning to transfer 20,000 dunams (just over 20 km²) of occupied land in Area C in the West Bank to the PA for use in commercial projects.

Arafat’s body was exhumed in order for medical examiners to take samples of his remains to test for polonium. [davidicke]
05:08 GMT

While Arafat's wife is still in disbelief, French experts claim to have found "natural causes" as the reason behind Yasser Arafat's death.

December 3, 2013

Arafat died in 2004 of a "sudden illness" while under an Israeli siege in Ramallah (File Archive)
12:15 GMT

A Palestinian investigator told reporters Tuesday that he would soon release the names of those he believed were responsible for former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's death.

Some 500 Palestinian security officers have descended on the West Bank to bring stability to Nablus and its surrounding areas. (AFP)
05:27 GMT

500 officers from the Palestinian national security service have descended on the northern West Bank in a bid to bring calm and stability to Nablus following a series of recent violent clashes.

December 1, 2013

Palestinians wait at the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip on September 18, 2013 for a brief opening for special cases after the Egyptian authorities closed the crossing 'indefinitely' the day before for security reasons. [Mohammad Abed/AFP]
18:11 GMT

Palestinian Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments, Mahmud al-Habbash, unveiled on Saturday the details of an Egyptian-Palestinian agreement to open Rafah crossing twice a month in order to facilitate the passage of Gazans on pilgrimage to Mecca.

A Palestinian child raises up a paper ship reading 'No siege' during a rally to protest against the Israeli siege of the Gaza Strip on November 30, 2013 at Gaza City harbour. [Mahmud Hams/AFP]
15:55 GMT

Amid a dire fuel and power shortage in the Gaza Strip, Amnesty International has called on the Israeli regime to immediately end the blockade it has imposed on the enclave.