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Jenin governor calls for former PA officials to return stolen money

Akram Al-Rajoub, the governor of the West Bank city of Jenin, called on Friday for former Palestinian Authority (PA) ministers and officials to return money they had stolen while in office, Safa Press Agency reported. On his Facebook page, Al-Rajoub declared that there had been an order by President Mahmoud Abbas for the return …

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Abbas starts austerity measures by sacking his advisers

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas decided to fire all his advisers Aug. 19, regardless of their title or ranking. He also canceled all “the decisions and contracts related to them,” and suspended the rights and privileges they received in their advisory capacity. Abbas’ decision, published by the Palestinian official news agency Wafa, made no mention of …

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Egypt takes another stab at reconciling Hamas, Fatah

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Cairo is resuming its efforts to reconcile the Fatah and Hamas Palestinian factions, taking a somewhat more hands-on approach to solving the main problem. The Fatah-led Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank wants Hamas to give up administrative control of the Gaza Strip, including ministries, security, courts, border crossings and tax collections. But Hamas refuses to …

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View the Amnesty International Report 2017/18

Palestine (State of) 2017/2018 The Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and the Hamas de facto administration in the Gaza Strip escalated their restrictions on freedom of expression. In both areas, security forces tortured and otherwise ill-treated detainees with impunity. The authorities in the West Bank took punitive actions against …

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PA signs deal to settle debts to Israel electricity firm

Palestinian electricity supplier PETL in Ramallah has reached an historic deal to settle the Palestinian Authority’s debts to the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC), Israeli economic outlet the Globe revealed yesterday. Nearly one billion shekels ($277 million) is owed by the PA to the IEC with the deal setting out a timeframe …

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جهود “تنمية واعلام المرأة- تام” تثمر بتعديل قانون العقوبات

اصدر مجلس الوزراء قرارا بتعديل قانون العقوبات رقم 16 لعام 1960، بإضافة فقرة خامسة للمادة 99 تنص على أن يستثنى من أحكام هذه المادة جرائم قتل النساء على خلفية “شرف العائلة”

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US: Communication with Palestinian Authority continues

The US State Department announced that contact between Washington and the Palestinian Authority is continuing despite the department’s decision to close the PLO office. Spokesman Heather Nauert told reporters in a briefing on Tuesday “in our view, communications are not frozen”. “Conversations will be taking place. We are in contact …

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