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24 December 2018 8:08 PM Christmas festivities begin in West Bank town of Bethlehem

Palestinians are preparing to host pilgrims from around the world in celebrating Christmas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land, crossed an Israeli military checkpoint from Jerusalem on Monday ahead of midnight Mass at the Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace 106

27 November 2018 4:30 PM Israeli leader to visit Chad and restore relations

Israel's prime minister says he will soon travel to the central African nation of Chad to officially restore relations. Benjamin Netanyahu made the announcement on Tuesday in a meeting with visiting Chadian President Idriss Deby in Jerusalem. Deby's visit is the first by a president of Chad, a Muslim-majority country that broke off relations with Israel 74

20 November 2018 6:08 AM Airbnb to remove listings in West Bank settlements

Airbnb said on Monday it will remove from its rental listings settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, prompting Israel to threaten legal action against the US company. An evaluation by Airbnb "concluded that we should remove listings in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank that are at the core of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians" 107

24 September 2018 8:32 PM SA ambassador back in Israel for 'personal reasons'

The department of international relations and cooperation (Dirco) has clarified that Sisa Ngombane, South Africa's ambassador to Israel, has returned to the Middle East country for "personal reasons", Netwerk24 reports. The SA government announced earlier this year that it would downgrade its Israeli embassy to a liaison office, after the ANC resolved 72

23 September 2018 4:00 AM 5 must-sees at the 2018 Jozi Film Festival

This short fiction film by Dian Weys is based on true and current events. As two paramedics treat a patient in the Cape Flats, they’re attacked by gang members. Between 2016 and last year, more than 150 paramedics and other medical professionals were victimised or attacked in and around Cape Town. Directed by Reabetswe Moeti, this film won an award at the Zanzibar 93

17 September 2018 8:18 AM US confirms further Palestinian aid cut

The US has cut additional aid to the Palestinians for programmes supporting conflict resolution with Israelis, an official said on Sunday, adding to more than $500m in other cuts. The latest cuts come from $10m in programmes on reconciliation involving Palestinians as well as Jewish and Arab Israelis. The portion of the money involving Palestinians in the occupied 68

09 September 2018 6:02 AM Palestinians: 16-year-old border protester dies of wounds

Gaza City, Gaza Strip — Gaza's Health Ministry says a 16-year-old protester shot by Israeli troops has died of his wounds. The ministry says Saturday that Ahmad Abu Tuyur died of wounds sustained from a single gunshot the previous day along the Israeli border in the southern Rafah region. Video posted on social media allegedly shows Abu Tuyur in a white 73

28 July 2018 2:55 PM Funerals held for Gaza youth killed at border by Israel fire

Gaza Strip — Gaza's Health Ministry says a Palestinian teen has died of wounds sustained by Israeli gunfire at a border protest as thousands attended the funeral of an 11-year-old killed in that demonstration. The ministry said 17-year-old Moumin al-Hams, succumbed Saturday to wounds sustained the day before. Gaza's militant Hamas rulers have led weekly 76

21 June 2018 7:16 PM Kushner, Egypt's Sisi discuss Israel-Palestinian peace process

US President Donald Trump's adviser Jared Kushner and special envoy Jason Greenblatt met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Thursday to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Sisi told the US diplomats, who are touring the region in a bid to revive long-stalled talks, that Egypt supports a "just and comprehensive settlement" to the conflict 54

19 June 2018 1:43 PM Record 68.5 million people displaced worldwide

A record 68.5 million people have been forced flee their homes due to war, violence and persecution, notably in places like Myanmar and Syria, the UN said on Tuesday. By the end of 2017, the number was nearly three million higher than the previous year and showed a 50% increase from the 42.7 million uprooted from their homes a decade ago, according to a report 83