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Hamas Says to Take Part in Palestinian Vote

The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas which controls the Gaza Strip said Friday it will participate in local elections set for October, after boycotting the last round four years ago.

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Israel Border Police Kill Palestinian in West Bank

An Israeli border policeman shot dead one Palestinian and wounded another in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday when they drove towards officers, an army spokeswoman said.

The officers had been carrying out a search operation in Al-Ram, northeast of Jerusalem, during which they uncovered an arms workshop, when they spotted the vehicle coming towards them, the spokeswoman said.

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US Slams Israel's Planned New Settler Homes

The United States on Tuesday criticized Israel's plans to build 560 new settler homes in the West Bank, warning that they would be part of "systematic" land seizures undermining chances for peace.

Israel's green light for the homes came days after a key report from the diplomatic Quartet -- the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia -- warned that Israel's settlement expansion and confiscation of Palestinian land were eroding the possibility of a two-state peace settlement.

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Israel Approves 560 New Homes in West Bank Settlement

Israel has approved 560 new homes for the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim, a spokesman for the settlement said Monday, in a move likely to further raise tensions following a series of Palestinian attacks.

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Mideast Quartet: Israel Settlements, Palestinian 'Incitement' Must Stop

Israel should stop building settlements and the Palestinians should cease incitement to violence, the Middle East diplomatic quartet said in a much-awaited report Friday aimed at reviving peace talks.

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UN Chief Ban Says Israel-Turkey Deal 'Hopeful Signal' for Region

UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Monday welcomed a deal between Israel and Turkey to normalize relations after years of acrimony, calling it a "hopeful signal for the stability of the region."

"I welcome today's announcement of the normalization of relations between Israel and Turkey," Ban told journalists as he met Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

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Palestinian Woman Shot Dead after Ramming Car into Two Israelis

A Palestinian woman rammed her car into a West Bank checkpoint on Friday, wounding two Israelis before being shot dead, Israel's army said.

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Palestinian Killed by Israel Troops May Have Been 'Uninvolved Bystander'

A group of Palestinians shot by Israeli forces overnight, one of them fatally, after a stone-throwing incident in the occupied West Bank, may have been "uninvolved bystanders," the Israeli army said Tuesday.

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Abbas Rejects 'Violence against Civilians' after Tel Aviv Attack

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' office said Thursday it rejected violence against civilians after Palestinian gunmen killed four people in Tel Aviv, but stopped short of condemning the attack outright.

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Israel Says Paris Meeting 'Distances Peace' as Palestinians Hail 'Very Significant Step'

The international community committed Friday to try and push Israel and the Palestinians to resume peace talks under a French-led initiative, despite a decidedly lukewarm reaction from Washington and hostility from Israel.

Indirect peace talks between the two sides collapsed more than two years ago, and French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault warned that the diplomatic void meant the prospect of a two-state solution to the decades-long conflict was in "serious danger."

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