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Trump's Mideast team gets close-up view of peace obstacles

Jun. 21, 2018 2:33 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — On their current Mideast tour, senior Trump administration officials are getting a close-up view of some of the towering obstacles to their yet-to-be-released blueprint for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. Blockaded Gaza — a likely focal point of any future U.S.-endorsed...

The Latest: UN awaiting formal US notice on quitting council

Jun. 20, 2018 6:45 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The latest on the U.S. decision to pull out of the United Nations' Human Rights Council (all times local): 1:40 a.m. The U.N. General Assembly says it's waiting for notification from the United States that it is withdrawing from the Human Rights Council, which is the first step toward the...

Israel strikes Hamas after heavy rocket attacks from Gaza

Jun. 20, 2018 1:20 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli warplanes struck Hamas positions in Gaza after Palestinian militants there fired dozens of rockets and mortars at southern communities early Wednesday, the military said. The Palestinian fire came hours after the Israeli military said it struck Hamas infrastructure in response to...

Allies disappointed by 'big bang' of US walkout from UN body

Jun. 20, 2018 10:27 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s Human Rights Council resumed work Wednesday after a U.S. pullout that one Western diplomat called a "Big Bang" for the Geneva body, as Russia blasted the move by the Trump administration and key allies expressed disappointment. Critics and friends alike read the latest Trump move...

UN: State, rebels committed war crimes in Syria's Ghouta

Jun. 20, 2018 8:50 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The United Nations said Wednesday that the Syrian government and rebel forces both committed war crimes during the five-year government siege of the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus and the two-month offensive to retake the area from insurgents earlier this year. In a report released in...

US leaving UN's Human Rights Council, cites anti-Israel bias

Jun. 20, 2018 6:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is leaving the United Nations' Human Rights Council, which Ambassador Nikki Haley called "an organization that is not worthy of its name." It's the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution. Haley said Tuesday the U.S. had given the...

Burning kites from Gaza damage Israeli farms, wildlife

Jun. 20, 2018 2:24 AM EDT

KIBBUTZ NIR AM, Israel (AP) — After years of rocket attacks and militant infiltrations from Gaza, residents of southern Israel are now coping with a new kind of threat: incendiary kites and balloons that have damaged farmlands and nature reserves. The crude devices launched by Palestinians inside the...

The Latest: EU says it's committed to Human Rights Council

Jun. 19, 2018 6:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. withdrawal from the United Nations' main human rights body (all times EDT): 6:35 p.m. The European Union says the Trump administration's decision to pull the United States out of the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council "risks undermining the role of the U.S. as a...

Trump administration pulls US out of UN human rights council

Jun. 19, 2018 6:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States announced Tuesday it was leaving the United Nations' Human Rights Council, with Ambassador Nikki Haley calling it "an organization that is not worthy of its name." It was the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution. Haley, Trump's...

UN envoy: Palestinian refugees 'weeks away' from major cuts

Jun. 19, 2018 2:43 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees is "weeks away from painful cuts" to its emergency assistance for Gaza and refugees elsewhere because of an unprecedented gap in its budget of more than $250 million, the U.N. Mideast envoy said Tuesday. Nikolay Mladenov told the Security...