An estimated 1.3 million people visited the West Bank this year, boosting the troubled economy.
Israelis and Palestinians both face heated political contests that are adding to the volatility between Israel and Hamas after a six-month cease-fire broke down last week.
A six-part series by Peter Ford, staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
The global credit meltdown and Shanghai's slowing economy are chasing away big-time renters from the world's second-tallest building.
Although commodity prices for a wide range of crops have fallen by as much as 50 percent from record highs in June, the financial crisis is expected to make food shortages dramatically worse.
The fund seeks to soften effects of the financial collapse, but many Asian leaders – citing bad advice from the '97 crisis – are wary of conditions attached to assistance.
They pledge a more coordinated response to the global financial crisis, including stronger regulation.
The G-20 nations, representing most of the world's economy and population, are convening with the knowledge that they will sink or swim together.