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Palestinian gunman kills 7 near Jerusalem synagogue

Jan. 27, 2023 22:51 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian gunman opened fire outside an east Jerusalem synagogue Friday night, killing seven people, including a 70-year-old woman, and wounding three others before he was shot and killed by police, officials said. It was the deadliest attack on Israelis in years and raised...

Israel, Gaza fighters trade fire after deadly West Bank raid

Jan. 26, 2023 23:59 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Gaza militants fired rockets and Israel carried out airstrikes early Friday as tensions soared following an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank that killed nine Palestinians, including at least seven militants and a 61-year-old woman. It was the deadliest...

Blinken headed to Mideast as US alarm over violence grows

Jan. 26, 2023 18:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Egypt, Israel and the West Bank this weekend, the State Department announced Thursday, as the U.S. expressed alarm about escalating violence after Israel’s single deadliest operation in the West Bank in two decades. ...

McIlroy snubs Reed, in no mood for reconciliation in Dubai

Jan. 25, 2023 17:12 PM EST

Another battle between Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed began to take shape Wednesday. As one of the most vocal critics of the LIV Golf breakaway league, McIlroy felt mentally drained at the end of last year and decided to put his clubs away for a few weeks. “It’s...

Democrats defy McCarthy with 2 selections for Intel panel

Jan. 23, 2023 17:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are picking an early fight with the House Republican majority over committee seats, nominating two California lawmakers for the Intelligence Committee in open defiance of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's vow to block them. Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries,...

European delegation ends 1st round of questioning in Lebanon

Jan. 20, 2023 12:31 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A European legal team on Friday wrapped up the first round of questioning of Lebanese bankers and current and former Central Bank officials in Beirut, officials in Lebanon said. The questioning is part of a probe on money laundering linked to Lebanon’s Central Bank governor. ...

UN approves second term for environment chief Inger Andersen

Jan. 18, 2023 15:03 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly elected Inger Andersen of Denmark to a second four-year term as executive director of the United Nations Environment Program on Wednesday, after defeating a Russian-sponsored resolution that would have opened the job to other candidates. ...

EU lawmakers replace disgraced VP as suspect cuts plea deal

Jan. 18, 2023 14:04 PM EST

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — European Union lawmakers voted Wednesday to replace a disgraced former parliament vice president after a key suspect in a the cash-for-influence scandal rocking the EU assembly made a plea bargain with prosecutors, raising the prospect of more people getting named. ...

John Kerry tells AP he backs UAE oil chief overseeing COP28

Jan. 16, 2023 22:34 PM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. climate envoy John Kerry backs the United Arab Emirates' decision to appoint the CEO of a state-run oil company to preside over the upcoming U.N. climate negotiations in Dubai, citing his work on renewable energy projects. In an interview...

Report: Myanmar arms industry growing after army takeover

Jan. 16, 2023 04:22 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Companies from at least 13 countries have helped Myanmar build up its capacity to produce weapons that are being used to commit atrocities following a 2021 military takeover, independent international experts have found. The report released Monday by the Special...