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The Latest | Iran president warns of 'massive' response if Israel launches 'tiniest invasion'

Apr. 17, 2024 13:43 PM EDT

Iran’s president has warned that the “tiniest invasion” by Israel would bring a “massive and harsh” response, as the region braces for potential Israeli retaliation after Iran’s attack over the weekend. President Ebrahim Raisi spoke Wednesday at an annual army parade that...

Netanyahu brushes off calls for restraint, saying Israel will decide how to respond to Iran's attack

Apr. 17, 2024 11:49 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday his country would be the one to decide whether and how to respond to Iran’s major air assault earlier this week, brushing off calls for restraint from close allies. Israel has vowed to respond to Iran’s...

The G7 eyes targeted sanctions on Iran and a message of restraint as ministers meet in Italy

Apr. 17, 2024 10:56 AM EDT

CAPRI, Italy (AP) — Group of Seven foreign ministers are meeting on the Italian resort island of Capri, with the agenda topped by calls Wednesday for targeted new sanctions against Iran over its attack against Israel and more aid to Ukraine to fight Russia’s war. Under Italy’s...

The Latest | UN chief calls for `urgent de-escalation' in the Middle East

Apr. 16, 2024 22:34 PM EDT

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling for “urgent de-escalation” of hostilities in the Middle East. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Tuesday that Guterres made the comments during a phone conversation with Iran’s foreign minister following Tehran’s weekend...

Citing safety, USC makes rare cancellation of speech by valedictorian who supported Palestinians

Apr. 16, 2024 20:38 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of Southern California canceled a commencement speech by its 2024 valedictorian who has publicly supported Palestinians, citing security concerns, a rare decision that was praised by several pro-Israel groups and lambasted by free speech advocates and the...

Israel says it will retaliate against Iran. These are the risks that could pose to Israel

Apr. 16, 2024 17:01 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is vowing to retaliate against Iran, risking further expanding the shadow war between the two foes into a direct conflict after an Iranian attack over the weekend sent hundreds of drones and missiles toward Israel. Israeli officials have not said how or when...

Artist and curators refuse to open Israel pavilion at Venice Biennale until cease-fire, hostage deal

Apr. 16, 2024 16:39 PM EDT

VENICE, Italy (AP) — The artist and curators representing Israel at this year’s Venice Biennale announced on Tuesday they won't open the Israeli pavilion exhibit until there is a cease-fire in Gaza and an agreement to release hostages seized by Hamas on Oct. 7. Their decision,...

The Latest | Israel says it will respond to Iran's attack as world leaders urge restraint

Apr. 16, 2024 00:05 AM EDT

Israel’s military chief said Monday that the country will respond after Iran launched an attack involving hundreds of drones, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles. World leaders are urging Israel not to retaliate. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak says “all sides must show...

Israeli military tells Palestinians not to return to north Gaza after witnesses say troops killed 5

Apr. 15, 2024 23:48 PM EDT

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Israeli military renewed warnings on Monday for Palestinians not to return to northern Gaza, a day after witnesses and medical officials said Israeli troops opened fire and killed five people among throngs of displaced residents trying to walk back to their...

Israel’s military chief says that Israel will respond to Iran’s weekend missile attack

Apr. 15, 2024 19:08 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s military chief said Monday that his country will respond to Iran’s weekend attack, but he did not elaborate on when and how as world leaders urged against retaliation, trying to avoid a spiral of violence in the Middle East. The Iranian attack on...