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Weather front brings sandstorms, hail, rain to Middle East

Jan. 16, 2019 9:20 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A harsh weather front brought sandstorms, hail and rain to parts of the Middle East on Wednesday, with visibility down in the Egyptian capital as an orange cloud of dust blocked out the sky and pedestrians covered their faces from the wind gusts. Dusty winds whipped through Israel and the West...

Malaysia says it won't host any more events involving Israel

Jan. 16, 2019 5:22 AM EST

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's foreign minister said Wednesday that the government will not budge over a ban on Israeli athletes in a para swimming competition and has decided that the country will not host any events in the future involving Israel. Malaysia, a strong supporter of the Palestinian...

Israeli police probe suspicious attempts to appoint 2 judges

Jan. 16, 2019 4:42 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they are investigating allegations rocking Israel's legal system involving suspicious attempts to appoint two judges. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Wednesday the Lahav 433 investigative body is looking into "offenses of integrity" regarding attempts to appoint...

Florida governor goes after Airbnb over West Bank decision

Jan. 15, 2019 6:36 PM EST

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Saying he would "make them feel the heat," Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday called for sanctions against Airbnb unless it reverses its decision barring lodging listings in the disputed West Bank in the Middle East. The Republican governor, who repeatedly touted his views on...

The Latest: US criticizes Iran's attempted satellite launch

Jan. 15, 2019 5:26 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The latest on Iran's failed satellite launch into orbit on Tuesday (all times local): 1:55 a.m. The U.S. State Department is condemning Iran's failed satellite launch as an action that defies the international community. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Tuesday that...

Palestinians announce plans to again seek full UN membership

Jan. 15, 2019 4:40 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday he plans to reactivate an application for the Palestinians to have full membership in the United Nations, and his foreign minister said that will likely happen in a few weeks. Abbas made the announcement just before he took over as head...

German, Japanese leaders to attend Davos as Trump sits out

Jan. 15, 2019 3:55 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — World Economic Forum executives say Germany's Angela Merkel, Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu and Shinzo Abe of Japan will be among dozens of heads of state and government attending its annual Davos event. Forum executives offered a preview Tuesday of the Jan. 22-26 gathering of political,...

New Israeli military chief pledges to lead 'innovative' army

Jan. 15, 2019 3:04 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's new military chief took office Tuesday, pledging to lead a "lethal, efficient and innovative army" into the future as it faces grave challenges along its borders. Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi's inauguration comes shortly after the military's announcement that it has successfully...

Suspect in Brussels Jewish museum attack refuses to testify

Jan. 15, 2019 12:09 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A French citizen charged with "terrorist murder" for the slayings of four people at a Jewish museum in Belgium refused to testify at his trial Tuesday, saying he didn't commit the killings but the court had barred witnesses who could have spoken on his behalf. Mehdi Nemmouche, 33, is...

UN chief backs 2-state solution in talks with Palestinians

Jan. 14, 2019 5:15 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and stressed again that a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the only path to peace. Guterres' strong backing for an independent Palestinian state came...