US softens position on Israeli settlements

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday that the U.S. is softening its position on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, the latest in a series of Trump administration moves that weaken Palestinian claims to statehood. (Nov. 18)

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Palestinian farmers rush to harvest their olive trees across Israel separation barrier | AFP

Early every morning, a group of Palestinians farmers from the occupied West Bank, hurry to harvest olives from their lands which currently lie on the Israeli side of the controversial separation barrier, after having crossed the Beit Awwa checkpoint by special permission from the Israeli army. Israel started the construction of its controversial separation barrier in 2002 during the second Palestinian Intifada (uprising).

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Demolished Palestinian house becomes conflict symbol | AFP

The piles of rubble that Latifa Naji used to call home have become an unlikely symbol in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The two-storey cement home in the Al-Amari refugee camp in the occupied West Bank has been demolished by the Israeli army four times, most recently this month, as punishment for attacks carried out by the 71-year-old’s sons. For Palestinians the desire to keep rebuilding symbolises an ability to withstand Israeli collective punishment and a refusal to be forced from their homes.

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Here’s the latest for Friday August 16th: Tlaib says she won’t visit West Bank relatives; Earnhardt’s plane bounced, went off runway; Photo of man sought in NYC subway scare released; Greenland says it’s not for sale.

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Here’s the latest for Friday August 16th: Israel says Rep. Rashida Tlaib can go to West Bank; Trump says voters have no choice but him; Truck drives through protest; Dale Earnhardt Jr. survives crash landing.

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Eid reprieve: Palestinian economic woes save sacrificial lambs | AFP

Vendors sell sheep at a market in the northern West Bank town of Nablus ahead of the Muslim Eid al-Adha, feast of the sacrifice, celebrations. The financial crisis in the Palestinian territories is causing hard times for residents but may lead to an unexpected reprieve for many sheep as locals struggle to afford an animal to sacrifice.

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Israel demolishes east Jerusalem Palestinian homes

Israeli work crews on Monday began demolishing dozens of Palestinian homes in an east Jerusalem neighborhood. Israel says the buildings are too close to the West Bank border. Residents say they have legitimate Palestinian Authority construction permits. (July 22)

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Discovery of a new Pharoah tomb in southern Egypt

Archaeologists display and work on artifacts from the newly-discovered tomb of Shedsu-Djehuty at the Draa Abul Naga necropolis in Luxor’s West Bank, 700 km south of Cairo. The tomb dates back to the 18th Dynasty and is considered one of the largest discovered tombs in the archeological site.IMAGES AND SOUNDBITES