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Abbas Backs Call for Palestinians to Return to al-Aqsa

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas backed calls for worshipers to return to Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque on Thursday after Israeli authorities removed controversial new security measures.

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Prisoner Aid Cut May Spark Palestinian Crisis, Activists Warn

International pressure on the Palestinian Authority to halt payments to the families of Palestinians held in Israeli jails, including those convicted of attacks, could trigger political crisis, rights groups say.

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Tillerson Says Palestinians to Stop Paying Attacker Families

The leadership of the Palestinian Authority has agreed to halt payments to the families of slain attackers, including suicide bombers, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday.

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Israel Advances Settlement Plans despite Trump Plea

Israel has advanced plans for more than 3,000 homes in West Bank settlements this week, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's call to hold back on such projects as he seeks ways to restart peace efforts.

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Main Points of New Hamas Policy Document

The six-page Document of General Principles and Policies unveiled Monday by Hamas, accepts a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders while refusing to recognize Israel.

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Brazil Lambasts Israel's New Settlement Approval

Brazil has sternly criticized Israel's approval for renewed large-scale settlement building in the occupied West Bank.

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Netanyahu Backs Pardon for Israel Soldier who Shot Palestinian

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday backed pardoning a soldier sentenced to 18 months in prison for shooting dead a wounded Palestinian assailant, media reported. 

"I am still in favour of pardoning Private Azaria," Netanyahu told reporters accompanying him on an official visit to Australia, Israel's Channel 10 said. 

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Egypt, Jordan Say No Concessions on a Palestinian State

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and King Abdullah II of Jordan agreed Tuesday there could be no concessions on establishing a Palestinian state, the presidency said after talks in Cairo.

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Palestinians Say U.S. Shift on 2-State Solution Irresponsible

U.S. President Donald Trump's break with decades of support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is irresponsible and does not advance peace, a senior Palestinian official said on Wednesday.

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Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian in West Bank

A Palestinian was shot dead Sunday and five others were wounded by Israeli soldiers at the Jenin camp in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian medical sources said.

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