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FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2010, file photo Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is photographed in her chambers in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Israeli kibbutz tweaks its name to honor Ginsburg

Sep. 22, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — An Israeli kibbutz has changed its name to honor the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in a weeklong tribute to the Jewish American judge. Kibbutz Ramat Hashofet, or The Judge's Heights, is named after Julian Mack, an early 20th century Jewish American judge. The...

Jewish women pray at the Jaffa Gate to the Old City of Jerusalem, after they were turned away by police on their way to pray at the Western Wall, during a nationwide three-week lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020,. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Israelis gird for more virus restrictions amid 2nd lockdown

Sep. 22, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israelis were bracing for more coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday, days after the start of a second countrywide lockdown, as health officials sounded the alarm over a feared deluge of new patients and hospitals were ordered to open additional COVID-19 wards. Israeli Cabinet...

Lebanese army vehicles pass next to a portrait of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, as they patrol on a road that leads to the site of an explosion that rocked a Hezbollah stronghold, in the southern village of Ain Qana, Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. The powerful explosion sent thick grey smoke billowing over the village, but the cause was not clear. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

Powerful blast rocks Hezbollah stronghold in south Lebanon

Sep. 22, 2020 1:14 PM EDT

AIN QANA, Lebanon (AP) — A powerful explosion shook a Hezbollah stronghold in southern Lebanon on Tuesday, sending thick grey smoke billowing over the village, but the cause was not clear. The Lebanese army said the blast occurred in a building in the southern village of Ain Qana, above the port city of...

US President Donald Trump's envoy for Serbia-Kosovo talks Richard Grenell takes part in a meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic at the Serbia Palace in Belgrade, Serbia, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Trump's administration has been working to normalize relations between Serbia and Kosovo, two former Balkan war foes, and two weeks ago Serbian President Aleksander Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti signed an economic normalization deal at the White House. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

US delegation pledges support to Serbia, Kosovo after deal

Sep. 22, 2020 11:45 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A U.S. delegation pledged Tuesday to move forward with helping to boost business and investment between Serbia and Kosovo after the former war foes agreed at the White House this month to work together to normalize economic relations. American officials visited Serbia’s...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, U.S. President Donald Trump, Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan pose for a photo on the Blue Room Balcony after signing the Abraham Accords during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Saudi Arabia insists officially that there can be no formal ties with Israel before Palestinian statehood is achieved, but state-backed media and clerics have softened their tone toward Jews and there has been no official condemnation or criticism of the deals signed by the UAE or Bahrain with Israel. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Road to Saudi ties with Israel being paved, cautiously

Sep. 22, 2020 4:42 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia, the most powerful Arab nation and home to Islam's holiest sites, has made its official position on the region's longest-running conflict clear: Full ties between the kingdom and Israel can only happen when peace is reached with the Palestinians. Yet...

Sisters Elly Sapir, left, Dassi Erlich and Nicole Meyer, right, who claim to have been sexual abused by a former teacher pose for a photograph following a press conference in Melbourne, Australia, May 27, 2020. An Israeli court on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, approved the extradition of Malka Leifer, a former educator, wanted in Australia on charges of child sex abuse, potentially paving the way for her to stand trial after a six-year legal battle. (AAP Image/James Ross)

Australia state leader welcomes Israeli extradition ruling

Sep. 21, 2020 10:45 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian state leader on Tuesday described an Israeli court decision to extradite a former teacher wanted in Australia on charges of molesting children as a victory for abuse victims. Daniel Andrews is premier of Victoria state where Malka Leifer is accused of molesting...

Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci signs the Order of Freedom awarded to U.S President Donald Trump, in capital Pristina, Kosovo on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Kosovo's president awarded U.S. President Donald Trump with one of the country's highest medals - Kosovo's Order of Freedom - for his government's efforts on peace and reconciliation in the former war-torn region. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

US delegation visits Kosovo to invest in infrastructure

Sep. 21, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A high-level delegation from the Untied States visited Kosovo on Monday to discuss how to move ahead with projects signed at a White House meeting between Kosovo and Serbia normalizing economic ties. Officials from the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), USAID,...

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2011 file photo, Mohammed Dahlan speaks during an interview at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Palestinian security forces have detained dozens of supporters of the rival to President Mahmoud Abbas who is based in the United Arab Emirates. Dahlan, a former senior Palestinian official who was banished from the West Bank in 2010 after a falling-out with Abbas, has denied any role in the UAE’s agreement to normalize ties with Israel, which the Palestinians view as a betrayal of their cause. His political movement said Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 that dozens of its members have been detained or summoned for questioning by Palestinian security forces in the West Bank in recent days. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, File)

Palestinians arrest supporters of Abbas rival close to UAE

Sep. 21, 2020 2:50 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian security forces have detained dozens of supporters of a rival to President Mahmoud Abbas who is based in the United Arab Emirates, his political group said Monday. Mohammed Dahlan, a former senior Palestinian official who was banished from the West Bank in 2010 after...

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2019 file photo, an F-35 fighter jet arrives at the Vermont Air National Guard base in South Burlington, Vt., United States. Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz is headed to Washington on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, for talks with his U.S. counterpart on maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge in the Middle East following its historic normalization agreement with the United Arab Emirates. Since the agreement was announced last month, the UAE has made no secret about its desire to acquire F-35 warplanes and other advanced U.S.-made weaponry. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring, File)

Israeli defense chief heads to US to discuss military edge

Sep. 21, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz headed to Washington on Monday for talks with his U.S. counterpart on maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge in the Middle East following its historic normalization agreement with the United Arab Emirates. Since the agreement was...

Ultra-Orthodox Jews keep social distancing and wear face masks during a morning prayer next to their houses as synagogues are limited to twenty people during a nationwide three-week lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, in Bnei Brak, Israel, Monday, Sept 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Reports: Israeli PM's aides break quarantine after US visit

Sep. 21, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Two of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's senior aides broke quarantine regulations after returning from an official visit to Washington last week, Israeli media reported Monday. The breaches of health regulations by senior officials — which came as the country entered its...