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  • ** FILE ** Palestinian security officers wait to cast their early votes during local elections at a polling station in the West Bank town of Jenin, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. They cast an early vote ahead of local elections that are to take place across the West Bank on Oct. 20, 2012, in the first such polls since 2006. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

    Palestinians hold local elections in West Bank

    Palestinians voted for mayors and local councils in 93 communities across the West Bank on Saturday, their first chance to cast ballots in six years.

  • World Briefs: First Gulf state opens office in Gaza

    In a boost to Gaza's Hamas government, the Gulf state of Qatar has opened the first diplomatic office in the isolated territory since the Islamic militant group took power five years ago.

  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 67th session of the U.N. General Assembly at the world body's headquarters on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Abbas accuses Israel of 'ethnic cleansing'

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday accused Israel of ethnic cleansing for building settlements in east Jerusalem.

  • **FILE** Palestinian mourners carry the body of Akram Badr, 46, during his funeral July 31, 2012, in the village of Beitillu near in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Badr was killed the previous day at a checkpoint by the Israeli security forces near Jerusalem. (Associated Press)

    Palestinians brace for repercussions over U.N. bid

    The Palestinians are bracing for possible punitive reactions by the U.S. and Israel if they go ahead with plans to seek U.N. General Assembly recognition of "Palestine" as a non-member observer state, according to an internal document obtained Thursday.

  • Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, board their charter plane in Tel Aviv on July 30, 2012, as they prepare to travel to Poland. (Associated Press)

    Romney comments at fundraiser outrage Palestinians

    Mitt Romney told Jewish donors Monday that their culture is part of what has allowed them to be more economically successful than the Palestinians, outraging Palestinian leaders who suggested his comments were racist and out of touch with the realities of the Middle East. Romney's campaign later said his remarks were mischaracterized.

  • **FILE** Yasser Arafat (Associated Press)

    Palestinian president approves Arafat autopsy

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has given his permission to exhume the remains of his predecessor, Yasser Arafat, a top aide said Monday, days after a Swiss institute reported finding elevated traces of a radioactive substance on the late leader's belongings.

  • **FILE** Yasser Arafat (Associated Press)

    Aide: Palestinian leader wants more on Arafat

    Digging up Yasser Arafat's bones may offer the best shot at learning if the legendary Palestinian leader was poisoned, as many of his old comrades-in-arms claim, but Palestinian officials signaled Thursday they're not rushing into an autopsy.

  • Theophilos III (left), patriarch of Jerusalem, welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)

    Putin visits West Bank, tours key Christian shrine

    Visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin praised his Palestinian counterpart Tuesday for what he said was a "responsible" position in negotiations with Israel, frozen for nearly four years, and said Russia has no problem recognizing a Palestinian state.

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday, June 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Baz Ratner, Pool)

    Israeli, Palestinian negotiators quietly meet

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have been meeting quietly in recent weeks in hopes of ending a three-year standstill in peace efforts, both sides confirmed Sunday.

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