- Hamas planning to execute 13 convicted murderers Updated: May-25-16 1:12 pm
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Gaza's Islamic militant Hamas rulers said Wednesday they intend to execute residents convicted of murder even without the needed approval of the Palestinian president.
- Israel expands government, Lieberman to be defense minister Updated: May-25-16 7:36 am
JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached a deal to expand his coalition government on Wednesday by bringing in the ultranationalist Yisrael Beitenu party and appointing its leader Avigdor Lieberman as his new defense minister.
- Israel's new defense minister could clash with his soldiers Updated: May-25-16 7:30 am
JERUSALEM - Israel's incoming defense minister once called for bombing Egypt, suggested just weeks ago that Israel kill Hamas' leader in the Gaza Strip and opposed the prosecution of a soldier accused of killing a wounded Palestinian. These are just a few of the positions that could put former bar bouncer Avigdor Lieberman at odds with a military he is now to command.
- In tough times, most Palestinians view government as corrupt Updated: May-24-16 3:22 am
RAMALLAH, West Bank - A gated community of villas with well-tended flower gardens near the West Bank town of Ramallah may help explain why Palestinians almost universally believe there is corruption in the government of President Mahmoud Abbas.
- Israeli woman becomes longest jailed military objector Updated: May-18-16 12:55 pm
JERUSALEM - A 19-year-old Israeli woman has spent more than three months in military prison in what supporters say is the longest sentence ever handed down to a female conscientious objector.
- Israel successfully tests Iron Dome defense system at sea Updated: May-18-16 11:34 am
JERUSALEM - Israel has successfully tested its Iron Dome rocket defense system aboard naval ships for the first time.
- Gazans say Jordan restricting movement Updated: May-16-16 2:37 pm
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Gazans who endured a border blockade by neighboring Egypt and Israel for almost a decade thought they were finally catching a break when Israel slightly eased restrictions on travel from the Hamas-ruled territory in recent months.
- Palestinian men traveled through 8 countries to reach US Updated: May-15-16 11:56 am
FLORENCE, Arizona - Mounis Hammouda and Hisham Shaban were stranded in Honduras, penniless after being ripped off by a smuggler who was supposed to get them to Mexico so that they could arrive at their final destination, the United States.
- Palestinians mark uprooting anniversary with sirens, marches Updated: May-15-16 9:27 am
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinians have marked the anniversary of their uprooting almost seven decades ago with sirens and low-key marches.
- Chinese artist Ai Weiwei travels to Gaza for refugee project Updated: May-11-16 9:27 am
RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei is visiting the Gaza Strip as part of a documentary he is making about Middle East refugees.
- Egypt temporarily reopens Gaza border crossing Updated: May-11-16 4:01 am
RAFAH, Gaza Strip - The militant Hamas group says Egypt has temporarily reopened its border with the Gaza Strip, the first time the border was opened in three months.
- Correction: US-Gaza Aid story Updated: May-10-16 6:12 am
JERUSALEM - In a story May 9 about a new U.S. aid program for the Gaza Strip, The Associated Press misspelled the name of Donald A. Blome, the U.S. consul general in Jerusalem.
- Fire kills 3 Gaza kids, sparks accusations over power crisis Updated: May-07-16 10:56 am
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Three Palestinian children have died in a Gaza house fire started by a candle, sparking internal finger-pointing over the coastal territory's lingering power crisis.
- 'Romeo and Juliet' takes on local twist in Gaza performance Updated: May-05-16 9:07 am
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" has opened to audiences in the Gaza Strip, albeit with a distinctly Palestinian twist.
- Gaza sewage spill floods farmland Updated: May-04-16 1:03 pm
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Gaza rescue crews tried to salvage livestock and produce on Wednesday after a sewage reservoir collapsed, flooding about 25 acres (10 hectares) of farmland in a new sign of the worsening water and sewage crisis in the Hamas-run territory.
- Gaza sewage crisis, festering in conflict, poisons coast Updated: May-03-16 9:07 am
SHATI REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip - Each day, millions of gallons of raw sewage pour into the Gaza Strip's Mediterranean beachfront, spewing out of a metal pipe and turning miles of once-scenic coastline into a stagnant dead zone.