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President Donald Trump, center, accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, left, and Trump's White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, right, speaks in the Oval Office at the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Washington. Trump said on Thursday that the United Arab Emirates and Israel have agreed to establish full diplomatic ties as part of a deal to halt the annexation of occupied land sought by the Palestinians for their future state. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Latest: Tel Aviv city hall lit up in Israeli, UAE flags

Aug. 13, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Here is the Latest following President Donald Trump's announcement that the United Arab Emirates and Israel will open diplomatic ties in a deal halting Israel's planned annexation of Palestinian land: 10:25 p.m. TEL AVIV, Israel — The city hall in Tel Aviv has been...

President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office at the White House, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Washington. Trump said on Thursday that the United Arab Emirates and Israel have agreed to establish full diplomatic ties as part of a deal to halt the annexation of occupied land sought by the Palestinians for their future state. White House senior adviser Jared Kushner is at right. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump says UAE to open diplomatic ties with Israel

Aug. 13, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates and Israel have agreed to establish full diplomatic ties as part of a deal to halt the annexation of occupied land sought by the Palestinians for their future state, President Donald Trump said Thursday. The announcement makes the UAE the first...

An Israeli firefighter attempts to extinguish a fire caused by a incendiary balloon launched by Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, on the Israeli side of the border between Israel and Gaza, near Or HaNer Kibbutz, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. The Israeli military said it attacked a number of Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday in response to days of launches of explosives-laden balloons from Gaza into Israeli territory. Israel says it holds Gaza's Hamas rulers responsible for all fire emanating from the territory. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Israel strikes Gaza militant sites after incendiary balloons

Aug. 13, 2020 1:42 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Israeli military said it struck Hamas militant sites in the Gaza Strip early Thursday in response to continued launches of explosives-laden balloons from the Palestinian territory into Israel. The military said its targets included a compound used by Hamas' naval force and...

Passengers sit next to their luggage as they wait to cross the border to the Egyptian side of Rafah crossing, in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Egypt reopened Rafah Crossing for three days starting Tuesday for humanitarian cases in and out of the Gaza Strip, including medical patients and people who had Egyptian and international citizenship. The border was closed since March. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Egypt allows Gazans to leave strip for first time in months

Aug. 11, 2020 6:59 AM EDT

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Egypt on Tuesday reopened Gaza’s main passenger crossing point for the first time in months for thousands of Palestinians who have been stranded on both sides of the border due to the coronavirus crisis. Gaza residents holding Egyptian passports, foreign passports and...

Israeli military strikes Hamas target in northern Gaza Strip

Aug. 9, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said late Sunday that it struck a Hamas target in the northern Gaza Strip in response to the continued launches of explosives-laden balloons from the Palestinian territory into Israel. In a brief statement, the army said an aircraft struck a Hamas observation post in...

FILE - In this April 29 2020, file photo, a resident from the Alexandra township gets tested for COVID-19 , in Johannesburg, South Africa. Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts tell The Associated Press the true toll is several times higher.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

The Latest: Brazil surpasses 100,000 deaths from COVID-19

Aug. 8, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil has surpassed a grim milestone — 100,000 deaths from COVID-19. And five months after the first reported case, the country is showing no signs of crushing the disease. The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic...

Students sit at their class on the first day of the new school year at the United-Nation run Elementary School at the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Schools run by both Palestinian government and the U.N. Refugee and Works Agency (UNRWA) have opened almost normally in the Gaza Strip after five months in which no cases of community transmission of the coronavirus had been recorded. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Gaza students back to school with few virus safety measures

Aug. 8, 2020 6:17 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of students in the isolated Gaza Strip returned to schools after five months of closure, despite the ongoing pandemic that has seen school years postponed elsewhere across the globe. The rare scene of normalcy in the Palestinian enclave came as the...

Israel strikes Gaza in response to explosive balloons

Aug. 6, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli army said it attacked targets in the northern Gaza Strip late Thursday after Palestinian militants launched explosive balloons from the territory into Israel. In a brief statement, the army said airstrikes struck “infrastrucure used for underground activities” by...

This satellite image taken on Wednesday Aug. 5, 2020 shows the port of Beirut and the surrounding area in Lebanon following a massive explosion on Tuesday. Residents of Beirut confronted a scene of utter devastation a day after a massive explosion at the port rippled across the Lebanese capital, killing at least 100 people, wounding thousands and leaving entire city blocks blanketed with glass and rubble. (Planet Labs Inc. via AP)

The Latest: Australia pledges $1.4M for Beirut relief effort

Aug. 5, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 6 a.m. Thursday The Australian government has pledged an initial 2 million Australian dollars ($1.4 million) to the relief effort in Lebanon following the deadly blast that ripped across the capital Beirut. Prime Minister Scott...

Israel downs rocket launched by Gaza militants

Aug. 2, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said it intercepted a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip on Sunday night in a rare attack punctuating months of relative calm. Air raid sirens sounded in the southern Israeli city of Sderot. The military said the Iron Dome missile defense system...