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Biblical city of Bethlehem boasts biggest Christmas turnout in years

World Dec 25, 2018

Biblical city of Bethlehem boasts biggest Christmas turnout in years

Pilgrims from around the world flocked to Bethlehem on Monday for what was believed to be the biblical West Bank city's largest Christmas celebrations in years. Hundreds of locals and foreign visitors milled in Manger Square as bagpipe-playing Palestinian Scouts paraded past a giant Christmas ...

Australia recognizes west Jerusalem as capital of Israel

World Dec 15, 2018

Australia recognizes west Jerusalem as capital of Israel

Australia now recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Saturday, but a contentious embassy shift from Tel Aviv will not occur until a peace settlement is achieved. Morrison also committed to recognizing a future state of Palestine with east Jerusalem as ...

Airbnb to remove listings in West Bank settlements

Business Nov 20, 2018

Airbnb to remove listings in West Bank settlements

Short-term rental company Airbnb Inc. said it will remove listings in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, enclaves that most world powers consider illegal for taking up land where Palestinians seek statehood. "We concluded that we should remove listings in Israeli settlements in the ...

Hamas announces cease-fire with Israel after worst escalation in years

World Nov 14, 2018

Hamas announces cease-fire with Israel after worst escalation in years

Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip announced an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire with Israel on Tuesday after a severe escalation of violence threatened to descend into full-blown war. The groups, including Hamas, issued a joint statement saying they would abide by the ceasefire as long as ...