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rafah border crossing to close after three-day opening | palestine news


gaza's rafah border crossing with egypt will close later on monday after temporarily opening as part of the reconciliation agreement between fatah and hamas.egypt opened its largely sealed border with gaza on saturday after hamas gave the palestinian authority control over the crossing for the first time since 2007.the egypt-brokered deal is expected to lead to more regular openings of the rafah crossing.the palestinian interior ministry said about 30,000 palestinians in gaza have applied for entry to egypt in the past few months.egypt's border with the gaza strip had been sealed since august, and was largely closed for years before that.{articleguid}so far this year, the border has been open on 14 days, according to the hamas-run interior ministry in gaza.under the terms of the reconcilia






egypt temporarily reopens gaza's rafah crossing | palestine news


egypt has temporarily reopened the rafah border crossing, in one direction, to allow hundreds of stranded palestinians to return to the gaza strip, according to officials.the rafah border, the only crossing from gaza bypassing israel, opened for three days starting on saturday, allowing people in but not out."egyptian authorities reopened the rafah crossing for three days only, from saturday until monday, and only in one direction to allow those stranded on the egyptian side to return home," palestinian officials said in a statement, describing the move as a "humanitarian" gesture. read more: egypt's siege on gaza - 'rafah opens only for the dead' gaza's border authority also said that more than 20,000 palestinians, "who are considered humanitarian cases", are stuck in the strip in despera






egypt temporarily reopens gaza's rafah crossing | palestine news


egypt has temporarily reopened the rafah border crossing, in one direction, to allow hundreds of stranded palestinians to return to the gaza strip, according to officials.the rafah border, the only crossing to gaza bypassing israel, opened for three days starting on saturday, allowing people in but not out."egyptian authorities reopened the rafah crossing for three days only, from saturday until monday, and only in one direction to allow those stranded on the egyptian side to return home," palestinian officials said in a statement, describing the move as a "humanitarian" gesture. read more: egypt's siege on gaza - 'rafah opens only for the dead' gaza's border authority also said that more than 20,000 palestinians, "who are considered humanitarian cases", are stuck in the strip in desperate






egypt temporarily re-opens gaza's rafah crossing | palestine news


egypt has temporarily reopened the rafah border crossing, in one direction, to allow hundreds of stranded palestinians to return to the gaza strip, according to officials.the rafah border, the only crossing from gaza bypassing israel, opened for three days starting on saturday, allowing people in but not out."egyptian authorities reopened the rafah crossing for three days only, from saturday until monday, and only in one direction to allow those stranded on the egyptian side to return home," palestinian officials said in a statement, describing the move as a "humanitarian" gesture. read more: egypt's siege on gaza - 'rafah opens only for the dead' gaza's border authority also said that more than 20,000 palestinians, "who are considered humanitarian cases", are stuck in the strip in despera






hamas hands over gaza border crossings to pa | palestine news


palestinian hamas movement has handed over administrative control of erez and kerem shalom crossings on the israeli border and rafah crossing on the egyptian border to palestinian authority.wednesday's handover, the first in over a decade, is part of deals agreed on in the latest round of egypt-brokered reconciliation between hamas and the pa-ruled fatah political party in cairo on october 12.fatah spokesperson osama qawasmeh told al jazeera that no conditions were set by fatah or hamas over the handover."the issue is simply a matter of restoring the status quo back under the palestinian authority's control, as was the case before the 2007 split," he said, referring to the political schism that ended with hamas taking over the gaza strip after an attempted coup by us-backed fatah strongman






egypt opens rafah for first time under unity deal | news


egyptian authorities have temporarily opened the rafah border crossing with the besieged gaza strip for the first time since the signing of a power-sharing deal between palestinian political parties in cairo last month.rafah, the main crossing in gaza's south, is expected to remain open for three days, starting on saturday. hosam salem, a palestinian journalist at the crossing, said about 10 buses had left the strip by 15:00 gmt, while one bus had entered.he estimated that about 500 palestinians had been allowed to leave.the reasons for travel include medical and humanitarian ones, education purposes and the return of palestinians stuck outside. rafah is the main exit for the two million palestinians in the strip to the outside world since israel imposed an airtight land, sea and air block






egypt to temporarily reopen gaza border crossing


el-arish, egypt — egyptian officials say authorities will temporarily reopen the country's border crossing with the gaza strip for the first time since the islamic militant group hamas ceded control of its side of the crossings to the internationally recognized palestinian authority.the officials say the rafah crossing will be open for three days, starting on saturday, for humanitarian reasons. they spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to reporters.last month, hamas handed over control of gaza's crossings with israel and egypt to the palestinian authority as a step toward implementing a reconciliation deal with the rival fatah movement.rafah is gaza's main gateway to the outside world. egypt has kept rafah largely sealed off since 2013, after the ouster o






hamas hands over gaza border crossings to pa | news


hamas has handed over administrative control of five border crossings in gaza to the palestinian authority. wednesday's handover, the first in over a decade, is part of a deal agreed on in the latest round of egypt-brokered reconciliation talks between hamas and the pa-ruled fatah political party in cairo on october 12.fatah spokesperson osama qawasmeh told al jazeera that no conditions were set by fatah or hamas for the handover."the issue is simply a matter of restoring the status quo back under the palestinian authority's control, as was the case before the 2007 split," he said, referring to the political schism that ended with hamas taking over the gaza strip after an attempted coup by us-backed fatah strongman mohammad dahlan.the pa will take administrative charge of the three cargo c






jordan, iraq reopen border crossing, vital to trade


karameh border crossing, jordan — jordan and iraq have reopened their only border crossing after a two-year closure, taking a step toward stabilizing an area devastated by islamic state group extremists and allowing for a resumption of vital trade.iraq closed the crossing after large areas, including the anbar border province, fell to is. the militants have since been pushed back in u.s.-backed offensives.on wednesday, senior officials from both sides attended an opening ceremony. they did not say when the first trucks would be crossing the border.the crossing is known in jordan as karameh and in iraq as turabil. it sits along a 900-kilometer (560-mile) trade route linking jordan's capital of amman and iraq's capital of baghdad.jordan's exports to iraq dropped by more than two-thirds from






pakistan reopens major afghanistan border crossing | news


pakistan announced it had reopened a major border crossing with afghanistan on saturday, more than three weeks after at least 15 people were killed when troops from both sides exchanged fire for several hours.the chaman crossing into afghanistan's kandahar province was reopened on "humanitarian grounds" after afghan officials submitted a request, according to a statement by the pakistani military.the move to reopen the crossing comes on the first day of the muslim fasting month of ramadan in pakistan.pakistan and afghanistan have agreed to maintain a ceasefire in the border town of chaman, where nine pakistanis and six afghans were killed on may 5, according to the statement.pakistan claims the violence began when afghan forces opened fire on census workers and troops escorting them. kabul






pakistan reopens major afghanistan border crossing | news


pakistan announced it had reopened a major border crossing with afghanistan on saturday, more than three weeks after at least 15 people were killed when troops from both sides exchanged fire for several hours.the chaman crossing into afghanistan's kandahar province was reopened on "humanitarian grounds" after afghan officials submitted a request, according to a statement by the pakistani military.the move to reopen the crossing comes on the first day of the muslim fasting month of ramadan in pakistan.pakistan and afghanistan have agreed to maintain a ceasefire in the border town of chaman, where nine pakistanis and six afghans were killed on may 5, according to the statement.pakistan claims the violence began when afghan forces opened fire on census workers and troops escorting them. kabul






romania, bulgaria open new border crossing


bucharest, romania (ap) — the romanian and bulgarian prime ministers have opened a new border checkpoint between their countries, both of which want to join the visa-free schengen travel zone.romanian premier mihai tudose met bulgarian prime minister boiko borisov for the official opening ceremony tuesday of the lipnita-kaynardza crossing, which links southeast romania to northeast bulgaria.romania and bulgaria need to demonstrate that their borders are secure in order to join schengen. a statement from romania’s border police said the crossing meets required security standards.the border crossing which cost 6 million euros ($7 million) will ease international traffic and will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.romania and bulgaria, both






hamas leader heads to egypt for rare talks with officials


gaza city, gaza strip — hamas' newly chosen leader in the gaza strip on sunday traveled to cairo for talks with egyptian security officials, in the first high-level meeting between the sides in months, a hamas official said.the delegation left through the rafah border crossing, which was opened sunday for the group to cross. the border is mostly closed for the 2 million residents of gaza, part of an israeli and egyptian blockade. israel and egypt have enforced the blockade, citing security reasons, since hamas seized control of gaza a decade ago.salah bardaweel, a hamas official, said the delegation will discuss the humanitarian situation in gaza under the blockade, egypt's role in improving conditions and the need to open rafah crossing for palestinian travelers.bardaweel said the three-m






smuggled bengal tiger cub confiscated at border crossing


san diego (ap) — u.s. border officials have confiscated a bengal tiger cub after inspecting a car heading from mexico to california.the u.s. customs and border protection said in a news release thursday that the cub was found during a routine inspection of the car at about 1:30 a.m. wednesday at the otay mesa border crossing, southeast of downtown san diego.officials say the 18-year-old driver is a u.s. citizen and has been arrested.u.s. fish & wildlife service officials took custody of the cub and are working with the san diego zoo to care for it.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






expansion work closes busiest us-mexico border crossing


san diego (ap) — the busiest border crossing in the united states has officially closed for the weekend to travelers who normally drive through it daily to mexico.the san ysidro port of entry connecting san diego to tijuana closed at 3 a.m. saturday and will remain closed until noon monday for work on a $741 million expansion project.the expansion is believed to be the largest renovation of a crossing along the nearly 2,000-mile-long u.s.-mexico border. it has been in the works for years to ease congestion and boost cross-border commerce.authorities have warned that the closure for southbound traffic may cause a massive traffic jam and become a monumental headache for border businesses, workers, tourists.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.u.s. officials have advised






protesting greek farmers briefly block crossing to bulgaria


thessaloniki, greece — greek farmers angry at income cuts demanded by the country's bailout creditors have briefly blocked a border crossing to bulgaria, and are keeping a key crossing into macedonia shut for a second day.about 200 farmers closed off the promahonas crossing for nearly an hour, before freeing the road to traffic from both sides of the border tuesday.at evzoni — the busiest of the three border crossings to macedonia — dozens of trucks were lined up on both sides of the border as farmers kept up a blockade started monday.farmers also intermittently blocked roads in other parts of greece by parking tractors on the tarmac.many farmers have been hit in recent weeks with higher taxes on their income, land and fuel. the protests started last week.






thousands more rohingya muslims cross border into bangladesh


cox's bazar, bangladesh — thousands more rohingya muslims have fled myanmar and crossed into bangladesh where more than half a million others are already living in squalid and overcrowded camps to escape large-scale violence.witnesses say that a new wave of refugees started crossing the border over the weekend. an associated press photographer saw thousands of newcomers stretching for several kilometers near one border crossing tuesday. several said that they were stopped by bangladeshi border guards and spent the night in muddy rice fields.local government administrator mohammad mikaruzzman said tuesday that he heard that some 20,000 people have arrived since sunday crossing the border on foot or by boat at several points. according to the u.n. some 537,000 rohingya refugees have arrived






myanmar: the perilous journey of rohingya refugees | myanmar


rohingya refugees walk on the muddy path after crossing the bangladesh-myanmar border in teknaf, bangladesh. [mohammad ponir hossain/reuters]rohingya refugees stand in an open place during heavy rain, as they are held by border guard bangladesh after illegally crossing the border, in teknaf, bangladesh. [mohammad ponir hossain/reuters]an exhausted rohingya helps an elderly family member and a child as they arrive at kutupalong refugee camp after crossing from myanmar to the bangladesh side of the border, in ukhia. the man said he lost several family members in myanmar. [bernat armangue/ap photo]a rohingya family reaches the bangladesh border after crossing a creek of the naf river on the border with myanmar, in cox's bazar's teknaf area. [bernat armangue/ap photo]rohingya refugees sit as t






pedestrians embark on 'once in lifetime' walk over queensferry crossing


image copyrightpaimage caption competition winners take to the queensferry crossing for a one-off opportunity to walk across the bridge the first of more than 50,000 people have begun walking across the new queensferry crossing.the new road bridge over the forth has been closed to traffic in preparation for the official opening ceremony on monday.the chance to walk the £1.35bn bridge has been described as a "once in a lifetime" experience. the new crossing has no pedestrian walkway.the ballot to choose those taking part attracted 250,000 entries.joining the successful ticket holders on the 1.7 mile walk will be first minister nicola sturgeon and transport minister humza yousaf.the official opening will be carried out by the queen.image caption first minister nicola sturgeon is among the 50






activists fear uk censorship of palestine expo event | palestine news


activists in the uk have said they fear one of the largest palestinian cultural events in europe is at risk of being censored by the government.officials have given event organisers friends of al aqsa (foa) until monday to respond to a letter warning that the two-day palestine expo 2017 event at the queen elizabeth ii conference centre (qe2) in london could be cancelled by the department for communities and local government, which manages the venue.palestine expo 2017 bills itself as a celebration of palestinian history, culture, food, and entertainment, and an foa spokesperson said preparations for the event would continue regardless."we look forward to welcoming over 10,000 people to the biggest palestine event in europe to celebrate palestine culture and heritage," said foa's shamiul jo






canada border patrol responds to surge in illegal crossings


burlington, vt. (ap) — in recent months, the number of people crossing illegally from the eastern u.s. to the quebec region in canada has surged, and canadian border officials have adjusted some patrols to better deal with the influx at popular spots, officials said last week.cpl. camille habel, spokesperson for the royal canadian mounted police in quebec, said the agency arrests individuals it believes have crossed into canada illegally.habel said the agency does not keep statistics on which u.s. states people are crossing illegally from, but she said roxham road near perry mills, new york, has been a popular entry point recently. a national public radio report highlighted this area last week, saying quebec has seen the highest influx of people seeking asylum in recent months.“it’s an are






crossing the irish border - bbc news


when brexit happens, the uk will suddenly have a major land border with the eu.the frontier is 310 miles (499km) long but can you always tell when you cross one of the 300 cross-border roads? one east-west road cuts across the border four times inside six miles.read our special brexit reportvideo journalist: peter hamill






hamas, fatah sign reconciliation agreement in cairo | palestine news


palestinian political parties hamas and fatah signed a reconciliation deal in the egyptian capital, cairo, on thursday, as part of an effort to end a decade-long rift.the announcement comes after representatives from hamas and the fatah-led palestinian authority (pa) convened in cairo on tuesday to implement a unity agreement that was signed in 2011 but not put into action. at a press conference, head of the pa delegation azzam al-ahmad said the two sides agreed that the rafah border crossing between egypt and gaza would be operated by the presidential guards of pa president mahmoud abbas by november 1. "according security measures will be applied and adopted by the palestinian authority where the presidential guards will be spread all over the borders," said al-ahmad. he added that under






heading to mexico? busiest u.s. crossing closing this weekend


san diego — the busiest border crossing in the united states will close this weekend to the more than 40,000 cars that pass through it daily to mexico.the closure between san diego and tijuana for work on a $741 million expansion project presents a monumental headache for border businesses, workers, tourists and christopher enjambre. his band, minor gems, plays gigs in tijuana.“it’s already hectic now, so … damn,” he said, shaking his head in disbelief. “it’s going to be crazy.”travelers have been enduring hours-long waits on the mexican side of the border to enter the u.s. with the constant addition of security measures since the sept. 11, 2001, attacks.frequent crossers, like enjambre, 28, of chula vista, south of downtown san diego, worry they will now face long lines on both sides, mak






homeland security chief says border will still be needed


washington — homeland security secretary john kelly says the sharp decline in people crossing the southern border illegally won't continue unless his agency gets the resources needed to secure the border.kelly says a wall in the right places, will do that job. he told a senate panel that the wall won't be from "sea to shining sea," but in places where border agents say it would be most effective.in his written testimony, kelly says that fewer than 12,500 people were caught crossing the mexican border illegally in march. it was the lowest monthly tally of arrests at the border in at least 17 years. the decline in arrests is a sign that fewer people are trying to cross the border illegally.






'israel, uae, egypt plan to install dahlan gaza leader' | news


an editorial board member of israel's haaretz newspaper has said israel, egypt and the uae are planning to install mohammed dahlan, the 55-year-old exiled former fatah official, as gaza's leader.zvi barel said in an opinion piece published on thursday that the plan also aimed to see dahlan replace the palestinian authority's mahmoud abbas and the fatah movement - the ruling party in the occupied west bank - and the palestinian liberation organisation (plo).he said it was "too early to assess whether this plan will be fully implemented" as the hamas movement, which rules gaza, could reject dahlan, who used to head the pa's security services in gaza.but if successful, according to barel, egypt would ease the siege of gaza by opening the rafah border crossing and the uae would fund a power st






homeland security chief says border will still be needed


washington (ap) — homeland security secretary john kelly says the sharp decline in people crossing the southern border illegally won’t continue unless his agency gets the resources needed to secure the border.kelly says a wall in the right places, will do that job. he told a senate panel that the wall won’t be from “sea to shining sea,” but in places where border agents say it would be most effective.in his written testimony, kelly says that fewer than 12,500 people were caught crossing the mexican border illegally in march. it was the lowest monthly tally of arrests at the border in at least 17 years. the decline in arrests is a sign that fewer people are trying to cross the border illegally.alicia a. caldwell






'israel, uae, egypt plan to install dahlan gaza leader' | news


an editorial board member of israel's haaretz newspaper has said israel, egypt and the uae are planning to install mohammed dahlan, the 55-year-old exiled former fatah official, as gaza's leader.zvi barel said in an opinion piece published on thursday that the plan also aimed to see dahlan replace palestinian authority's mahmoud abbas, lead fatah movement - the ruler of the occupied west bank, and the palestinian liberation organisation (plo).he said it was "too early to assess whether this plan will be fully implemented" as hamas movement, which rules gaza could reject dahlan, who used to head pa's security services in gaza.but if successful, according to barel, egypt would ease the siege of gaza by opening the rafah border crossing and the uae would fund a power station on the egyptian s






pedestrians embark on 'once in lifetime' walk over queensferry crossing


image copyrightpaimage caption competition winners take to the queensferry crossing for a one-off opportunity to walk across the bridge the first of more than 50,000 people have completed their walk across the new queensferry crossing.the new road bridge over the forth has been closed to traffic in preparation for the official opening ceremony on monday.the chance to walk the £1.35bn bridge has been described as a "once in a lifetime" experience. the new crossing has no pedestrian walkway.the ballot to choose those taking part attracted 250,000 entries.joining the successful ticket holders on the 1.7 mile walk will be first minister nicola sturgeon and transport minister humza yousaf.the official opening will be carried out by the queen.image copyrightpaimage copyrighttraffic scotlandimage






south sudan's kiir to visit khartoum to discuss borders | south sudan news


khartoum, sudan - south sudan's president salva kiir is meeting with the president of sudan in the sudanese capital, khartoum, on wednesday, after several delays. according to aides from the two sides, border security and oil trade - two of many issues that have strained relations between the two countries - will top the agenda of the visit. south sudan gained independence from sudan in july 2011 after more than two decades of civil war, the longest-running conflict in african history."there are a lot of agreements between us (sudan and south sudan) and now we have agreed to start implementing those agreements as they were signed," awad bin auf, sudan's defence minister, told reporters after a meeting with an advanced team from south sudan on sunday. "we have previously agreed to opening 1






expansion work closes busiest us-mexico border crossing


san diego — people kicking off fall vacations in mexico this weekend won't be able to use the nation's busiest border crossing to get there.the northbound side of the san ysidro crossing connecting san diego to tijuana closed at 3 a.m. saturday and will remain closed until noon monday for work on a $741 million expansion project.the mexican side of the crossing, used by people traveling into the united states, will remain open.u.s. officials have been warning travelers for days to avoid driving to baja california until the crossing reopens. several large "road closed" signs were placed along interstate 5 early saturday morning as traffic was diverted off the freeway. those who do will be detoured east to the much smaller otay mesa crossing, and a massive traffic jam could be the result."do






hamas leader heads to egypt for rare talks with officials


gaza city, gaza strip — a hamas official says the militant group's newly elected leader has traveled to cairo for talks with egyptian security officials.the official said the rare delegation to egypt, which has had tense relations with the hamas in recent years, is led by yehiya sinwar. it is the first visit by a hamas delegation to neighboring egypt since january.the delegation left from the rafah border crossing, which was opened thursday for the group to cross. the border is mostly closed for the 2 million residents of gaza, part of an israeli and egyptian blockade.the hamas official said the talks would focus on relations with egypt, the difficult living conditions in gaza and palestinian political issues. he spoke on condition of anonymity because hamas has not yet announced the visit






february marks fewest arrests at border in recent years


washington (ap) — arrests at the mexican border plummeted to the lowest monthly level in years during president donald trump’s first full month in office.the border patrol says about 23,500 people were arrested by the border patrol trying to cross the mexican border in february.in january, about 42,500 people were caught at the border. the february figures, which also include drops in the arrests of families and children crossing the border alone, are the lowest monthly tallies since at the least the start of the 2012 budget year.it’s unclear what prompted the steep declines. the number of people caught crossing the border illegally in the winter typically is lower than during the summer, though trump has also made clear he intends to take a hard line on illegal immigration.most read stori






pakistan shuts key border crossing in wake of shrine attack


islamabad — two pakistani officials say a second key chaman border crossing into afghanistan has been closed, halting trade supplies to the neighboring landlocked country.the border closure in pakistan's southwest baluchistan province comes after a suicide bombing at a sufi shrine in southern pakistan that killed 88 people. it was seen as a tactic to pressure kabul to act against militants who pakistan says have sanctuaries in afghanistan.the pakistani officials asked to remain anonymous because they are not authorized to brief the media on the record.earlier, pakistan closed a border crossing at torkham, which connects pakistan to afghanistan's nangarhar province.the islamic state says it was behind the shrine attack and pakistani security forces have launched nationwide operations that t






heroin found hidden in suv bumper at border crossing point


nogales, ariz. (ap) — federal officers alerted by a drug-sniffing dog found 26 pounds (12 kilograms) of heroin hidden in the bumper of an suv at a border crossing point in nogales.customs and border protection says officers arrested the 28-year-old tucson man who was attempting to enter the united states from mexico on tuesday. his identity wasn’t released.the heroin had an estimated value of over $458,000.






iraqi forces capture border crossing to syria from is


beirut (ap) — iraqi forces captured saturday a border crossing point to syria from the islamic state group, increasing pressure on the extremists and getting closer to meeting up with syrian troops and their allies who reached the border earlier this month for the first time in years.tribal forces and border police, supported by iraqi and u.s.-led coalition aircraft, took part in the operation to take the al-waleed crossing, the iraqi joint operations command said in a statement.al-waleed, in the far west of iraq, fell to the islamic state group in 2015, giving the militants full control of the iraq-syria border, which they vowed to erase as part of their ambition to build their caliphate.saturday’s push by iraqi troops came nearly three weeks after iraq’s paramilitary forces — mostly shii






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