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Israel's Arab parties reunite for upcoming elections

Jun. 20, 2019 6:58 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Four political parties representing Israel's Arab minority have announced they will unite for the upcoming parliamentary elections. After last spring's disappointing showing, the move looks to boost turnout and improve Arab representation in parliament. The four factions first united in...

Hamas chief: Israel ignoring cease-fire terms for Gaza

Jun. 20, 2019 6:10 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas' chief says Israel is ignoring the terms of an indirect cease-fire agreement for the Gaza Strip. Ismail Haniyeh told foreign reporters in Gaza on Thursday that the understandings, brokered by Egypt, Qatar and the U.N., now are "in the danger zone." He said Israel has...

Sheriff on Parkland: I can train but can't give out courage

Jun. 19, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A sheriff suspended by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over the response to the Parkland school shooting testified Wednesday that he properly trained a deputy now criminally charged in the case, but he wasn't able to give him courage. Suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott...

The Latest: 2 rockets land on oil company sites in Iraq

Jun. 19, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions between Iran and the U.S. (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Iraqi officials say two rockets have landed on oil company sites in Iraq's southern Basra province, one landing near the facilities of a Turkish company just...

Israel holds large military drill amid US-Iran tensions

Jun. 19, 2019 8:19 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel wrapped up its largest military drill in years on Wednesday, with thousands of troops from the army, navy and air force simulating a future war with the militant Lebanese Hezbollah group amid fears that Iran would draw its Shiite proxy into the recent growing tensions in the Persian...

The Latest: Florida sheriff fights accusations of negligence

Jun. 18, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on a Senate hearing reviewing the suspension of a Florida sheriff who oversaw the Parkland shooting response (all times local): 7 p.m. The Florida sheriff who oversaw the response to the Parkland school shooting is fighting for his job in front of state lawmakers....

Sheriff suspended after Parkland shooting fights for his job

Jun. 18, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' decision to suspend the sheriff who oversaw the response to the Parkland school shooting was a knee-jerk reaction based on politics, not facts, a lawyer said Tuesday as a Senate hearing began on whether to uphold the suspension. The lawyer for suspended...

Q&A: A look at the standoff between the US and Iran

Jun. 18, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

Hostilities are heating up between the United States and Iran and while President Donald Trump says he's not looking to go to war with Tehran, it's unclear how the standoff can be resolved. Here's a look at what's behind the mounting tension and what's at stake for both sides, as well as U.S. allies in Europe and...

Israeli library offers glimpse of old Jewish life in Europe

Jun. 18, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's National Library has digitized a rare collection of communal ledgers from long-lost Jewish communities of Europe, offering the public a chance to study an era seen as a golden age of Jewish self-governance. The documents, known as pinkasim, were used by European Jewish communities...

Israel welcomes Mideast peace workshop although not invited

Jun. 18, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is welcoming next week's Mideast peace conference, even though government officials are not invited. Speaking at a government ceremony Tuesday, Netanyahu praised the U.S. conference in Bahrain as "an attempt by the United States to bring a better...