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January 6, 2019 2:07 PM Palestinians protest patriarch ahead of Orthodox Christmas

BETHLEHEM, West Bank – Dozens of Palestinians are protesting the arrival of the Greek Orthodox patriarch of the Holy Land at an Orthodox Christmas celebration in Bethlehem. The protesters shouted "traitor" at Patriarch Theophilos III as he made his way under heavy guard Sunday toward the Church of the Nativity, revered by Christians as the traditional 146

December 25, 2018 12:04 PM Pope's Christmas wish: World fraternity despite differences

Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi (Latin for 'to the city and to the world' ) Christmas' day blessing from the main balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) Pope Francis delivers his message as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra 141

December 13, 2018 11:51 AM The Latest: Israeli troops seal off Ramallah to find shooter

Palestinians look at a damage after an Israeli raid killed Ashraf Naalweh during an arrest raid in the Asker refugee camp near the West Bank city of Nablus, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. Israel accuses Naalweh of shooting to death two Israelis and wounding another at an attack on a West Bank industrial zone in October. He fled the scene and Israeli forces 91

December 10, 2018 3:33 PM Tourism in Bethlehem booming as Christmas nears

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (Reuters) - Bethlehem is enjoying its busiest Christmas season on record, the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism said on Monday, with hotels in the birthplace of Jesus almost fully booked for the holiday. Tourism has recovered following a fall in knife and car-ramming attacks which helped push visitor numbers in the biblical city to a 10-year 139

November 1, 2018 5:34 PM Senior Palestinian official calls Trump administration 'ignorant and dangerous’

Raw video: Senior Palestinian official Dr. Hanan Ashrawi says they are unwilling to participate in U.S.-led peace negotiations unless President Trump reverses a series of key foreign policy decisions. RAMALLAH, West Bank – The Palestinian Authority said Wednesday it was unwilling to participate in U.S.-led peace negotiations unless President Trump reverses 80

October 22, 2018 6:50 PM Israeli farmers concerned about Jordan ending land lease

A Jordanian flag flies on a bridge leading from Israel to Jordan, in the Jordan valley area called Baqura, Jordanian territory that was leased to Israel under the 1994 peace agreement between the two countries, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. Jordan's King Abdullah II on Sunday said he has decided not to renew the lease on two small areas of Baqura and Ghamr 78

October 18, 2018 6:27 PM US to merge Jerusalem consulate general with new embassy

The US is to merge its consulate general in Jerusalem, which deals with Palestinian affairs, with its new embassy, the secretary of state says. Mike Pompeo said the decision was made for efficiency reasons and did not signal a change of policy on Jerusalem, the West Bank or the Gaza Strip. Senior official Saeb Erekat said the Trump administration was working 112

October 18, 2018 5:18 PM U.S. Closes Jerusalem Consulate Serving Palestinians

Israel cheers move, while Palestinian officials call it another blow to aspirations for an independent state TEL AVIV—The Trump administration said it would merge its Jerusalem consulate responsible for relations with the Palestinians into its newly relocated U.S. Embassy there, another symbolic blow to American-Palestinian relations. The consulate in Jerusalem 45

October 7, 2018 11:51 AM Manhunt Begins for Palestinian Gunman Who Killed Two Israelis

Shooting at West Bank factory comes amid heightened tensions A Palestinian gunman on Sunday shot and killed two Israelis and injured one other before fleeing the scene of the attack at a West Bank industrial park, the Israeli military said. The military called the shooting a terrorist attack and said the assailant, a 23-year-old from a nearby Palestinian 54

September 28, 2018 3:18 AM Israeli Leader Alleges Iran Is Secretly Housing Materials for Nuclear Arms

Netanyahu tries to convince global leaders that Tehran still represents a menace to peace UNITED NATIONS—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of secretly housing nuclear materials and equipment, in his bid to persuade the international community that Tehran maintains its goal of developing atomic weapons despite its pledge otherwise 53