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Palestinian president to dissolve parliament, Hamas irate

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas pledged on Saturday to implement a court ruling and dissolve the parliament controlled by his rival Hamas movement, triggering warnings of chaos from the Islamic militant group.

Israeli soldier, 7 Palestinians killed in new Gaza fighting

A fresh wave of fighting erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, leaving at least six militants dead just as Israel and Hamas had appeared to be making progress toward ratcheting down months of border violence.

Israeli fire kills 6 Palestinians at Gaza protest

Israeli forces shot dead six Palestinians on Friday in one of the deadliest days in months of mass protests along the security fence separating Gaza and Israel, Gaza’s Health Ministry said.

Israel accuses Iran of harboring ‘secret atomic warehouse’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran on Thursday of keeping a “secret atomic warehouse” just outside its capital, despite the 2015 deal with world powers that was meant to keep it from obtaining nuclear weapons.

Violence erupts amid Gaza cease-fire, 2 Palestinians killed

Violence erupted at the Gaza border Friday after the territory’s militant Islamic Hamas rulers and Israel appeared to be honoring a cease-fire that ended two days of intense violence amid efforts by neighboring Egypt to negotiate between the two sides.

Hamas says Gaza cease-fire reached with Israel

Gaza’s Hamas rulers said late Thursday that a truce had been reached with Israel, ending an intense two-day burst of violence that had pushed the region closer to war. But the deal did not appear to address the deeper issues that have prevented the bitter enemies from reaching a longer cease-fire arrangement.

1 killed, 90 wounded by Israel in Hamas-led Gaza protests

Gaza’s Hamas rulers led several thousand Palestinians in a protest along the frontier with Israel on Friday – a show of presence by Hamas as Egyptian efforts intensify to broker a broad truce between the Islamic militant group and Israel.

After prison release, Palestinian teen considers law study

Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi, who became an international symbol of resistance to Israeli occupation after slapping two soldiers, walked out of an Israeli prison Sunday and told throngs of journalists and well-wishers that she now wants to study law to defend her people.

Hamas accepts cease-fire after massive Israeli Gaza strikes

Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers said Saturday they had accepted a cease-fire ending a massive Israeli onslaught on militant positions after a soldier was shot dead, once again pulling the sides back from the brink of a full-fledged war.