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RIYADH - Saudi Arabia and the Palestinians agreed on Thursday to establish a joint economic committee and a business council, as the Palestinian Authority faces a financing gap that could top $1.8 billion. Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas's PA has been in deep financial crisis since February when Israel froze transfers of VAT and customs duties it collects on the Palestinians' behalf. His administration had to impose austerity measures, cutting almost half the salaries of its employees. Abbas, who arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday, met with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Saudi Arabia, Palestinians agree on Joint Business Council

Saudi Arabia and the Palestinians agreed on Thursday to establish a joint economic committee and a business council, as the Palestinian Authority faces a financing gap that could top $1.8 billion.

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Protesters march with Palestinian flags during a demonstration in the Moroccan capital Rabat on June 23, 2019 against the US-led economic conference in Bahrain with its declared aim of achieving Palestinian prosperity. – The United States is set to co-chair a two-day conference in Bahrain from June 25, focusing on the economic aspects of President Donald Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. The Bahrain conference could see large-scale investment pledges for the Palestinian territories but is unlikely to focus heavily on the political issues at the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Photo by – / AFP)

Moroccans protest against US-led Mideast economic plan

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Egypt border closed to Gazans leaving amid Palestinian feuding

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Israel closes crossing with Gaza after border violence

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Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi was released from an Israeli prison on Sunday. - Getty

Crowds greet Palestinian teen after release from Israeli prison

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Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas (L) speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on July 14, 2018. Yuri KADOBNOV / AFP

Vladimir Putin hosts Mahmud Abbas in Moscow, days after Benjamin Netanyahu visit

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was in Moscow on Saturday to meet Vladimir Putin, just days after the Russian leader hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel to withhold families’ payments from Palestinian markets

Israel’s parliament has passed a law to freeze money transferred to the Palestinian Authority over its payments to the families of Palestinians jailed for attacks on Israelis.
Prince William visits the tomb of his great-grandmother Princess Alice in Jerusalem | AP

Prince William visits flashpoint Jerusalem mosque compound

Prince William visited Jerusalem’s super-sensitive Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Thursday as he wrapped up a landmark Middle East tour during which he has tiptoed through the region’s diplomatic minefield.

Palestinian president in ‘excellent’ health but still in hospital

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, hospitalised since May 20 with pneumonia, is in excellent health but no date has been set for his discharge, a hospital official said on Saturday.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas remains in hospital: officials

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas remained in hospital Monday, a spokeswoman said, a day after being admitted with complications following an ear operation.

Palestinian premier escapes assassination attempt during Gaza visit

An explosion targeted Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah’s convoy as he arrived in the Gaza Strip, on Tuesday, for a rare visit, lightly wounding seven people, officials and witnesses said.

Prince William to visit Palestinian Territories, Israel

Prince William will be the first senior British royal to make an official visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Kensington Palace announced on Thursday, as part of a tour which will also take in Jordan.

Investigators brave snow in hunt for clues over Russian plane crash

Investigators scoured the scene Monday after a passenger plane crashed near Moscow minutes after take-off, killing all 71 people on board, in one of Russia's worst-ever plane crashes.

Narendra Modi becomes first Indian PM to visit West Bank

Narendra Modi on Saturday became the first Indian prime minister to visit the occupied West Bank for talks with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas as part of a Middle East tour.

US VP Pence to visit Western Wall after pro-Israel speech

US Vice President Mike Pence will visit Jerusalem’s Western Wall, on Tuesday, while Palestinians plan a general strike and protests after denouncing his fervently pro-Israel speech the previous day as “messianic”.

Palestine’s Mahmud Abbas calls Donald Trump peace offer ‘slap of the century’

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas denounced US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace efforts as the “slap of the century” on Sunday after the White House recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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