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July 19, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders and Paul Richter
JERUSALEM -- U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry traveled to Ramallah on Friday in a bid to convince Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to accept the terms of a U.S. plan to restart peace talks with Israel. Kerry, who was hoping to announce a resumption in talks during his sixth trip to the region as secretary, spent much of the day in Amman, Jordan, on the telephone with Israelis and Palestinians, trying to salvage his initiative. He met twice with chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and then, after some false starts, made an unscheduled helicopter trip to Ramallah.
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January 9, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Palestinian protesters disrupted a citizens peace conference in Ramallah on Thursday, throwing stones at the meeting site until Palestinian Authority police were forced to intervene and usher the activists to safety. More than 20 Israelis and 30 Palestinians gathered in the City Inn hotel in the West Bank city for the first day of the Public Negotiating Congress, a grass-roots conference that brings citizens delegations from both sides together to negotiate an end to the decades-long conflict.
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WORLD
August 15, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived here Thursday in a bid to boost Palestinian-Israeli negotiations launched in Jerusalem the day before after three years of deadlock. Speaking at a news conference in Ramallah with his host, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Ban expressed strong support for U.S. efforts to revive the peace talks, promising to do everything he could as U.N. chief to reach the goal of two states for two people: Palestinians and Israelis.
WORLD
November 8, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- In the wake of a forensics report claiming that Yasser Arafat was killed by radioactive material, the Palestinian committee investigating his death accused Israel on Friday of poisoning the Palestinian leader. Speaking at a news conference in Ramallah about the findings of Swiss and Russian experts who conducted tests on Arafat's remains after exhuming his body last November, Tawfik Tirawi, head of the Palestinian committee, said reports from both groups confirmed that Arafat did not die of old age, illness or natural causes, but that he he was poisoned.
OPINION
October 4, 2002
"His Own Worst Enemy" (editorial, Oct. 2) overlooks several important facts regarding the Israeli incursion into Ramallah. The purpose behind this mission was to arrest many known terrorist leaders that Yasser Arafat is harboring and who are behind the suicide bombings. That Ariel Sharon executed the mission clumsily by bulldozing buildings and not stating clearly what the goal was does not obfuscate the correctness of the mission. The suicide bombing hiatus that the Israelis enjoyed for six weeks only came about through many Israeli security intercepts of attempted suicide bombings and not due to any cessation on the part of the Palestinians.
WORLD
December 25, 2010 | By Maher Abukhater, Los Angeles Times
The recent groundbreaking for a new Palestinian Authority presidential headquarters here in Ramallah underscored an unprecedented building and investment boom in the West Bank city. Land prices have tripled. International hotel chains are arriving. And master-planned housing projects are underway around town to accommodate a fast-rising population. But not everyone is thrilled with Ramallah's growth. Some worry the city is becoming the Palestinians' de facto capital, overshadowing East Jerusalem, which most Palestinians hope to one day make the center of a new Palestinian state.
NEWS
April 6, 2002 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lubna Ramadeen felt the labor pains coming on, and she knew she couldn't reach the hospital. Israeli tanks ruled the roads, and venturing out in the middle of the night could prove fatal. But military siege and necessity breed ingenuity. She telephoned her obstetrician, and by long-distance he guided the birth of Rania, a wrinkly red-faced baby girl who on Friday came into a world seized by war.
WORLD
June 4, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Israel dismantled a military checkpoint that had impeded Palestinian travel in the West Bank in an apparent goodwill gesture a day before President Obama's address to the Muslim and Arab world. But Palestinians said the removal of a major obstacle on the road from Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority government, to the northern West Bank didn't address the broader need to ease the movement of people and goods in the Palestinian territories. Israel maintains hundreds of roadblocks throughout the West Bank, saying they are needed to prevent the movement of militants.
WORLD
March 19, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater and Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
RAMALLAH, West Bank - As Israelis roll out new red carpet and line streets with American flags for President Obama's visit, the U.S. leader faces a decidedly less enthusiastic reception in the West Bank, where the mood ranges from ho-hum to don't come. On Tuesday, dozens of protesters called on Obama to cancel visits to Ramallah and Bethlehem, complaining that the president had failed to do enough to bring them statehood. Posters of Obama that had been hung along the streets of Ramallah in recent days were defaced Tuesday with spray-painted Xs or, in one case, a swastika.
WORLD
August 1, 2003 | Megan K. Stack, Times Staff Writer
In some ways, 12-year-old Lely and 13-year-old Sami are mirror images. She is Israeli; he is Palestinian. They live an hour apart -- she in Tel Aviv, he in Ramallah. Both are privileged, middle-class children, raised by educated, worldly parents, and both have been marked by nearly three years of unrelenting conflict. The Times spent a day with them to see how their worlds have been shaped by the fighting -- and by the prospects for peace.
WORLD
November 6, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Swiss forensics examiners found sufficient traces of the deadly radioactive isotope polonium-210 in the exhumed remains of Yasser Arafat to conclude with relative certainty that the late Palestinian leader died of poisoning in 2004,  Al Jazeera channel reported Wednesday. The Qatar-based broadcaster said it had obtained exclusive access to the 108-page report of the University Center of Legal Medicine in Lausanne, which it posted on its website. Examination of bone fragments, decomposed tissue and body fluids taken from Arafat's remains at his West Bank tomb a year ago found at least 18 times the normal level of polonium, the Swiss scientists reported.
WORLD
October 29, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Israel released 26 Palestinian prisoners early Wednesday, the second group out of 104 prisoners to be released as part of peace talks that were renewed during the summer. The prisoners were serving sentences related to the killings of Israelis prior to the 1993 Olso peace accords. The Israeli Cabinet approved the freeing of the 26 prisoners on Sunday, 48 hours before their  release to give time for objections. Many Israelis consider the men terrorists, but the Israeli Supreme Court rejected attempts to stop their release.
WORLD
August 15, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived here Thursday in a bid to boost Palestinian-Israeli negotiations launched in Jerusalem the day before after three years of deadlock. Speaking at a news conference in Ramallah with his host, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Ban expressed strong support for U.S. efforts to revive the peace talks, promising to do everything he could as U.N. chief to reach the goal of two states for two people: Palestinians and Israelis.
WORLD
July 19, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders and Paul Richter
JERUSALEM -- U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry traveled to Ramallah on Friday in a bid to convince Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to accept the terms of a U.S. plan to restart peace talks with Israel. Kerry, who was hoping to announce a resumption in talks during his sixth trip to the region as secretary, spent much of the day in Amman, Jordan, on the telephone with Israelis and Palestinians, trying to salvage his initiative. He met twice with chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and then, after some false starts, made an unscheduled helicopter trip to Ramallah.
WORLD
July 18, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM - Despite heavy U.S. pressure, Palestinian leaders declined Thursday to endorse the latest proposal by U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry to restart peace talks with Israel. Though no formal decision was announced, an urgent meeting in Ramallah ended with leaders saying the proposal did not go far enough in meeting their demands. “There is opposition," said Azzam Ahmad, a member of the central committee of Fatah, the dominant Palestinian faction. The decision dashed hopes that had been rising frantically during the day that a breakthrough was imminent.
WORLD
June 21, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Thousands of Palestinians gathered Friday night at city centers, coffee shops and homes across the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip, glued to their TVs to watch one of their own, 23-year-old Muhammad Assaf, compete for the title in the final round of the talent show "Arab Idol. " Large screens were put up in all West Bank cities so people could watch Assaf perform live from the Saudi MBC-TV studios in Beirut. Viewers feel confident that Assaf, who is regularly praised by the four celebrity judges for his singing ability, is going to win the title, which will be announced Saturday night.
WORLD
November 6, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Swiss forensics examiners found sufficient traces of the deadly radioactive isotope polonium-210 in the exhumed remains of Yasser Arafat to conclude with relative certainty that the late Palestinian leader died of poisoning in 2004,  Al Jazeera channel reported Wednesday. The Qatar-based broadcaster said it had obtained exclusive access to the 108-page report of the University Center of Legal Medicine in Lausanne, which it posted on its website. Examination of bone fragments, decomposed tissue and body fluids taken from Arafat's remains at his West Bank tomb a year ago found at least 18 times the normal level of polonium, the Swiss scientists reported.
NEWS
October 14, 1987
Violence flared again in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip as Palestinians protested the killing of a mother of five by Israeli police. But authorities said that there were fewer protests compared to previous days and that the only casualty was an Israeli motorist injured by stones while driving through the West Bank town of Ramallah.
WORLD
May 23, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - - Secretary of State John Kerry nibbled away at a Mideast peace plan Thursday, taking time off from a busy political schedule to drop in to a West Bank restaurant for some regional specialties. After meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Kerry stopped on his way out of Ramallah for a shawarma sandwich, Palestinian baklava and other sweets. (shawarma, a form of shredded, grilled meat, is a popular Middle Eastern snack.) Kerry arrived in Ramallah in the early afternoon for the meeting with Abbas, his fourth since March, in his effort to revive the Palestinian-Israeli peace process stalled since 2010.
WORLD
May 15, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinians held rallies and protests Wednesday to commemorate 65 years of what has come to be known as the “nakba,” or catastrophe, a reference to their displacement in the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948. Thousands of Palestinians rallied in several West Bank and Gaza cities, and others clashed with Israeli soldiers at contact points. Medics said dozens of Palestinians were treated for either tear gas inhalation, minor injuries from rubber-coated metal bullets fired by Israeli soldiers or beatings at various locations in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
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