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China's Perfect World Raises $250 Million for Universal Slate Funding.

Perfect World, the Chinese games and film group, that provided $250 million of funding for a slate of movies by Universal Pictures, has raised a further $250 million. The cash is sourced from East West Bank and JP Morgan. Perfect World was advised by Lindsay Conner of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips. The credit line, ...

- Variety - US

West Bank telecom authorities flounder in flood of Israeli phone tech.

Increasing numbers of Palestinians are using Israeli SIM cards for better cellular service despite their illegality, and the West Bank's economy and security are paying the price.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Writing's on the wall for Trump, Zuckerberg in West Bank.

BETHLEHEM, Oct 19 — Newly daubed graffiti on the Israeli wall cutting off the occupied West Bank lambasts US President Donald Trump and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The work has appeared in recent days after secretive Australian artist...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Israel raids eight Palestinian media firms for 'incitement'.

Israeli forces raided Palestinian media offices across the occupied West Bank overnight in what a military spokeswoman Wednesday called a large-scale operation against incitement.

- The Daily Star - LB

Israel approves another 2,600 settler homes.

Israeli authorities approved another large set of plans for settlement homes in the occupied West Bank Wednesday, bringing the total for the week to more than 2,600, settlement watchdog Peace Now said.

- The Daily Star - LB

Trump, Zuckerberg, Clinton show up in new West Bank graffiti murals.

A noted Australian graffiti artist known as Lushsux created new murals Wednesday on the West Bank's security barrier wall.

- UPI - US

EU demands Israel 'reconsider' West Bank settler homes plan.

The EU on Wednesday demanded Israel reconsider plans for nearly 1,300 settler homes in the West Bank, saying they were illegal under international law and undermined the prospects for peace

- The Daily Star - LB

Israel closes Palestinian media groups in West Bank.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Israel Says No Talks with a Palestinian Government that Includes Hamas.

Israeli forces raided Palestinian media companies in the West Bank overnight in an operation the military said was carried out in response to incitement of violence against Israelis. Eight companies were ordered to shut down for six months and two people were arrested. Palestinian officials strongly condemned the raids, ...

- Voice of America - US

Palestinian Shot While Trying to Stab Troops in West Bank: Israel.

A Palestinian ran towards Israeli troops while brandishing a knife in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday and soldiers shot and wounded him, the military said.

- Breitbart - US

EU calls on Israel to stop plans for new West Bank settlements.

BRUSSELS, Oct 18 — Israel must halt new building plans for settler homes in the West Bank, the European Union's foreign service said in a statement today, warning that such settlements threatened any future peace deal with the Palestinians....

- The Malay Mail - MY

Israel carries out 'large-scale' raids on Palestinian media firms

Israeli forces raided Palestinian media offices in the occupied West Bank overnight in what a military spokeswoman Wednesday called a "large-scale operation" against incitement.

- The Daily Star - LB

Israel advances plans for 1,292 West Bank settler homes

Israeli authorities on Tuesday advanced plans for 1,292 settler homes in the occupied West Bank, in a new push by the government for such approvals, settlement watchdog Peace Now told AFP.

- France24 - FR

Israel advances plans for 1,292 West Bank settler homes

Israeli authorities advanced plans Tuesday for 1,292 settler homes in a new push by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government to expand settlements in the occupied West Bank, an NGO said.

- The Daily Star - LB

Israel advances plans for 1,292 West Bank settler homes: NGO

Israeli authorities on Tuesday advanced plans for 1,292 settler homes in the occupied West Bank, in a new push by the government for such approvals, settlement watchdog Peace Now told AFP

- The Daily Star - LB

Israel approves plans for 31 settlement homes in West Bank's Hebron

Netanyahu has made numerous announcements of settlement building recently amid pressure from his coalition's right wing

- The Globe and Mail - CA

More Israeli settlements OK'd in Hebron, says watchdog

An Israeli anti-settlement group says dozens of new housing units have been approved in the West Bank city of Hebron for the first time in over a decade.

- FOX News - US

Israel approves settlement plans in Hebron in a first since 2002

Israeli authorities Monday approved permits for 31 settler homes in Hebron in the occupied West Bank, the first such approvals for the flashpoint city since 2002, the Peace Now NGO said.

- The Daily Star - LB

U.S. launches $10M W. Bank water project

The U.S. government Sunday launched a $10 million project to improve access to wastewater treatment and water for Palestinian farmers in the Jericho area of the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

- The Daily Star - LB

US launches US$10 million water project in West Bank

JERICHO, Oct 15 — The US government on Sunday launched a US$10 million project to improve access to wastewater treatment and water for Palestinian farmers in the Jericho area of the occupied West Bank. A top aide to US President...

- The Malay Mail - MY

China withdraws candidate to lead Unesco and backs Egypt after US and Israel quit heritage body

China has withdrawn its candidate to be director general of Unesco in favour of Egypt’s candidate Moushira Khattab. The announcement follows the decision by the United States and Israel to pull out of the UN’s cultural agency in protest at what they claim is an “anti-Israel bias”. The body has been ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Palestinian Authority to resume full control of Gaza

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed an agreement Thursday on ending a decade-long split following talks mediated by Egypt in Cairo, with president Mahmud Abbas calling it a “final” accord. Under the agreement, the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority is to resume full control of the ...

- Ya Libnan - US

Exploiting Palestinian workers is not 'economic peace'

Palestinians increasingly depend on Israel's goodwill to open its gates for poor West Bank workers.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Rival Palestinian Groups Hamas, Fatah Reach Deal Over Control Of Gaza

If the Egyptian-brokered deal succeeds, the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza will be reunited under one leadership for the first time since Hamas wrested control of Gaza 10 years ago.

- NPR - US

The new Palestinian reconciliation agreement doesn't address the massive elephant in the room

REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu MustafaThe most contentious question between the rival Palestinian factions that announced a reconciliation deal Thursday is still up in the air. Both Fatah and Hamas have acknowledged that the issue of Hamas' military wing was not discussed during the talks that led to Thursday's deal, signed in Cairo ...

- Business Insider - US

Hamas, Fatah reach deal on Palestinian reconciliation

Rival Islamic factions Hamas, which controls Gaza, and the West Bank's Fatah agreed Thursday to a reconciliation deal.

- UPI - US

Palestinian rivals Fatah and Hamas say progress made in reconciliation deal

Rival factions Fatah and Hamas have said that they reached an agreement on aspects of a reconciliation deal. The two sides met in Cairo in an attempt to establish a unity government in Gaza and the West Bank.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

What's different about the latest Palestinian reconciliation effort?

Last week, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah led a delegation of several hundred PA officials to the Gaza Strip for what he described as a historic moment' in the quest to end the decade-old schism between the Fatah-dominated PA in the West Bank and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. The delegation was dispatched ...

- Brookings - US

UN envoy condemns killing of Israeli security personnel by Palestinian in West Bank

The United Nations envoy for the Israel-Palestine peace efforts has condemned today's fatal shooting attack by a Palestinian perpetrator against Israeli security personnel in the West Bank, deploring that such an incident undermines the prospect of a peaceful future for both sides.

- UN Peace & Security - INT

Israel/Palestine: Israeli Banks Supporting Settlements

– Despite their claims, Israel's largest banks are not required by domestic law to provide many of the services and financing that help support, maintain, and expand unlawful settlements in the occupied West Bank, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Related Content Israeli Law and Banking in West Bank ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

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