Palestine

May 25, 2014

This is the first time that the Pope has visited the Holy Land (Jack Guez/AFP)
09:44 GMT

Pope Francis made an impassioned plea for peace on a pilgrimage on Sunday to Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, urging an intensified effort to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Pope Francis prays as he takes part in a visit of Bethany, a site on the eastern bank of the River Jordan where some Christians believe Jesus was baptised, on May 24, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / SAMI KHAHMAN)
07:05 GMT

The Palestinians hope to use this weekend’s papal visit to highlight their suffering and rally worldwide support for their rights and demands, Palestinian officials say.

May 24, 2014

A Jerusalem church was graffitied with "Price tag, King David is for the Jews, Jesus is garbage" earlier in May (File/AFP)
09:36 GMT

Jewish hardliners in Israel vandalized a church in Beersheba ahead of Pope Francis's visit to the holy land in yet another "price tag" attack against Palestinian Christians.

The Palestinian youth remains in hospital after being shot by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

A rocket from Gaza hit southern Israel Friday in retaliation to a Palestinian youth being shot by the IDF.

May 22, 2014

Economic Minister Naftali Bennett proposed annexing Area C of the West Bank, which is home to some 300,000 Palestinians (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Israel's right-wing Economy Minister Naftali Bennett has proposed annexing 65% of the West Bank in a so-called "Stability Plan" for the region.

The refugees were initially denied entry to Tunisia after having fled Syria via Beirut (File/AFP)
15:22 GMT

Thirty Palestinian refugees fleeing violence in Syria have been given 30-day visas by Tunisian authorities until a more viable solution can be found.

Hamdallah is the prime minister of the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority. (AFP/File)
13:41 GMT

Fatah and Hamas have agreed on Rami Hamdallah as the Prime Minister for the new unity government.

The grant from the World Bank is the sixth in a series totaling $240 million. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

The World Bank announced that it had approved a $40 million grant to the Palestinian Authority to support "strategic reform priorities" focused on public finances and improving the Palestinian business environment.

May 21, 2014

It is believed that Pope Francis will also visit Palestinian Authority chief, Mahmoud Abbas (File/AFP)
17:05 GMT

Pope Francis told 50,000 pilgrims in St. Peter's Square that his three-day visit to the Middle East would be a "pilgrimage of prayer."

Nadeem Nawara aged 17 and Mohammad Salameh, 16, were fatally shot while they were walking in the street (File/AFP)
16:25 GMT

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman dismissed international calls for Israel to investigate the killing of two innocent Palestinians after a video went viral of the incident.

Palestinian refugees are an estimated 10% of Lebanon's population. (AFP/File)
09:36 GMT

Eight human rights organizations have asked Lebanon to halt their deportation of Palestinian refugees who are fleeing the Syrian civil war.

Oscar Fernandez-Taranco says a probe is needed as the two Palestinian teens were unarmed and posed zero threat to Israeli soldiers. (AFP/File)
07:02 GMT

The U.N. has called for a probe into the killing of two unarmed Palestinian teenagers in the West Bank.

May 20, 2014

Both boys were shot near Israel's Ofer prison beside Ramallah (Image: Electronic Intifada)
18:00 GMT

Security footage released by Defence for Children International has emerged of Israel's army shooting dead two innocent Palestinian teenagers as the walked unarmed in the street.

Marwan Barghouthi will go on hunger strike along with some 120 Palestinian prisoners in protest to Israel's harsh rules of detention without charge (File/AFP)
12:07 GMT

Jailed leaders Marwan Barghouthi and Ahmad Saadat announced that along with 120 fellow prisoners, they will go on hunger strike on Wednesday in solidarity with Palestinians currently being held under administrative detention.

Arab Idol winner Mohammad Assaf has been invited to perform at the 64th FIFA Congress opening ceremony in June. (Image: Facebook)
09:11 GMT

Arab Idol winner Mohammad Assaf has been invited to perform at the 64th FIFA Congress opening ceremony in June.