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Trump-era spike in Israeli settlement growth has only begun

Apr. 14, 2021 04:25 AM EDT

EFRAT, West Bank (AP) — An aggressive Israeli settlement spree during the Trump era pushed deeper than ever into the occupied West Bank, territory the Palestinians seek for a state, with more than 9,000 homes built and thousands more in the pipeline, according to an AP investigation. ...

Iran president calls 60% enrichment an answer to 'evilness'

Apr. 14, 2021 03:09 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's president on Wednesday called Tehran's decision to enrich uranium up to 60% after saboteurs attacked a nuclear site “an answer to your evilness,” linking the incident to ongoing talks in Vienna over its tattered nuclear deal with world powers. ...

Iran's president says saboteurs tried to 'empty our hands' in nuclear talks; 60% enrichment 'an answer to your evilness'

Apr. 14, 2021 02:44 AM EDT
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's president says saboteurs tried to 'empty our hands' in nuclear talks; 60% enrichment 'an answer to your evilness.'

Trump-era growth of settlement growth has only begun

Apr. 14, 2021 02:22 AM EDT

EFRAT, West Bank (AP) — An aggressive Israeli settlement spree of over 9,000 homes during the Trump era pushed deeper into the occupied West Bank than ever before, according to an AP investigation. The trend puts the Biden administration in a tough bind if it follows through on pledges to...

Today in History

Apr. 14, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, April 14, the 104th day of 2021. There are 261 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 14, 1912, the British liner RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North...

20 killed, 3 injured when bus, truck crash in southern Egypt

Apr. 13, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A bus overturned while trying to pass a truck on a highway in southern Egypt on Tuesday, causing a collision that killed at least 20 people and injured three others, authorities said. The bus was travelling from Cairo when it turned over and was hit by the...

Iran says it will enrich uranium to 60%, highest level ever

Apr. 13, 2021 15:35 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran will begin enriching uranium up to 60% purity after an attack on its Natanz nuclear facility, a negotiator said Tuesday, pushing its program to higher levels than ever before though still remaining short of weapons-grade. The...

Turkey to host Afghan peace talks later this month

Apr. 13, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The United Nations, Turkey and Qatar announced Tuesday that a high-level conference between Afghanistan’s warring sides will take place in Istanbul later this month. The meeting is aimed at accelerating peace negotiations and achieving a political settlement to...

Muslims mark Ramadan amid virus surge and new restrictions

Apr. 13, 2021 14:51 PM EDT

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Muslims in many parts of the world marked the start of Ramadan on Tuesday, but a spike in coronavirus cases in several countries has once again put curbs on the holy month's signature feasts and lengthy prayers in mosques. Still, there were...

Israel to accept foreign tourists after year-long break

Apr. 13, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Tuesday said it will reopen the country to vaccinated foreign tourists in May, more than a year after closing its borders to most international visitors due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Tourism Ministry said a limited number of tourist...