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Israeli girl 'out of danger' after likely 'terror' attack

A nine-year-old Israeli girl was out of danger in hospital Sunday after being wounded in what police said was a probable terrorist attack in a West Bank settlement. Police said they were not ruling out the possibility of other motives for what was variously described as a shooting or a stabbing as the girl played in her garden in the Psagot settlement near Ramallah. "It seems to be a case of a terrorist attack, although at this stage no leads have been ruled out," police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP.

Israeli controls hold back Palestinian economy

The International Monetary Fund said Wednesday that Israel's tight restrictions hinder the growth of the Palestinian private sector, holding back the Palestinian economy. In a report following a mission to the West Bank and Gaza, the IMF said it expected growth in the Palestinian economy to slow this year to about 4.25 percent, with little progress expected in cutting unemployment from the current 24 percent.

Israel bans E.Jerusalem children's puppet festival

Israeli authorities have banned an east Jerusalem theatre from hosting a children's puppet festival, police and the venue's director said on Monday. El-Hakawati theatre was initially ordered closed from June 22 to 30, after a decision by Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch on the grounds that the festival's alleged sponsorship by the Palestinian Authority (PA) was illegal.

Abbas 'will seek to dissuade' premier from resigning

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will meet prime minister Rami Hamdallah in Ramallah on Friday evening in a bid to dissuade him from resigning, a source close to the premier said. Hamdallah presented his resignation on Thursday, only two weeks after taking office, in the latest crisis for the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority. "A meeting will be held at 6 pm (1500 GMT) between Abbas and Hamdallah, in which Abbas will try to convince Hamdallah to withdraw his resignation," the source told AFP.

Israel, Palestinians to resume economic links

Israel and the Palestinian Authority decided to resume economic cooperation suspended by the Jewish state last year, at a meeting of their finance ministers on Sunday. The Israeli finance ministry, announcing the agreement as host of the Jerusalem talks, said newly appointed Palestinian minister Shukri Bishara met Israel's Yair Lapid, who took office in March. They discussed "the implementation of confidence-building measures", it said, and a timetable was laid down after the meeting to renew economic ties between Israel and the Palestinians.

Israel, Palestinians to resume economic links

Israel and the Palestinian Authority decided to resume economic cooperation suspended by the Jewish state last year, at a meeting of their finance ministers on Sunday. The Israeli finance ministry, announcing the agreement as host of the Jerusalem talks, said newly appointed Palestinian minister Shukri Bishara met Israel's Yair Lapid, who took office in March. They discussed "the implementation of confidence-building measures", it said, and a timetable was laid down after the meeting to renew economic ties between Israel and the Palestinians.

Israel police parade cuffed Palestinian to protesters

Israeli police paraded a cuffed Palestinian teenager to protesters in what a human rights group charged Saturday was abuse of a "human shield" but an Israeli spokesman said was a move to calm violence. Defence for Children International-Palestine (DCI) posted a 76-second video clip on YouTube showing helmeted border policemen removing a young Palestinian it identified as "Muhammad R,17," from their armoured jeep and forcing him to stand beside them, cuffed hands raised above his head.

Israel rearrests former hunger striker

The Israeli army rearrested a Palestinian former prison hunger striker in the West Bank on Wednesday, nearly a year after his release, a Palestinian official said. Thaer Halahla, 35, who was held without charge by Israel for almost two years until June 2012, was rearrested in Ramallah, an official in the Palestinian Authority's ministry for prisoners' affairs told AFP. Since his rearrest, Halahla has been beaten by soldiers, "suffering injuries to his face and feet," a prisoners' rights group quoted his lawyer as saying.

Israel rearrests former hunger striker

The Israeli army rearrested a Palestinian former prison hunger striker in the West Bank on Wednesday, nearly a year after his release, a Palestinian official said. Thaer Halahla, 35, who was held without charge by Israel for almost two years until June 2012, was rearrested in Ramallah, an official in the Palestinian Authority's ministry for prisoners' affairs told AFP. Since his rearrest, Halahla has been beaten by soldiers, "suffering injuries to his face and feet," a prisoners' rights group quoted his lawyer as saying.

Palestinian journalists want curbs on Israel media

Palestinian journalists have demanded that authorities restrict the movement of Israeli reporters in the West Bank, a local media worker said Tuesday. A media union urged president Mahmud Abbas in a letter to block Israeli reporters from accessing Palestinian-controlled West Bank territory, in response to Israel's own restrictions on the movement of Palestinian reporters. "We are for media freedom on both sides, but this can't be one-way," Palestinian journalist Nayla Khalil told AFP.
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