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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...

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...

Women strive for larger roles in male-dominated religions

Jan. 14, 2019 1:03 PM EST

Women have been elected heads of national governments on six continents. They have flown into space, served in elite combat units and won every category of Nobel Prize. The global #MeToo movement, in 15 months, has toppled a multitude of powerful men linked to sexual misconduct. Yet in most of the world's major...

Palestinians, Israeli police scuffle at Jerusalem holy site

Jan. 14, 2019 11:56 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Scuffles broke out at the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Old City on Monday after guards at the mosque refused to allow an Israeli policeman to enter for a routine security check because he was wearing a Jewish skullcap known as a kippah, a Palestinian official said. Firas Dibs, a...

The Latest: Scuffles break out at tense Jerusalem holy site

Jan. 14, 2019 7:11 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (all times local): 2 p.m. Palestinian officials say scuffles have broken out at the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Old City after guards at the mosque refused to allow an Israeli policeman to enter for a routine security check because he was...

In role reversal, Abbas pressures Hamas as Israel allows aid

Jan. 14, 2019 1:08 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Western-backed Palestinian Authority is threatening to step up pressure on Hamas amid renewed tensions in Gaza, even as Israel allows a lifeline of Qatari aid to flow directly to the Islamic militants. The unlikely role reversal reflects the two sides' conflicting priorities....

Israelis, Palestinians segregated on new West Bank highway

Jan. 10, 2019 2:15 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel inaugurated a new highway in the occupied West Bank on Thursday that features a large concrete wall segregating Israeli and Palestinian traffic. One side of Route 4370 — located northeast of Jerusalem — will be open to Israeli vehicles only, while the other half will...

Israel awards Patriots owner Kraft the 'Jewish Nobel' prize

Jan. 9, 2019 4:16 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been awarded Israel's 2019 Genesis Prize in recognition of his philanthropy and commitment to combatting anti-Semitism, organizers of the prize announced on Wednesday. The $1 million award, widely known as the "Jewish Nobel" prize, is granted...

The Latest: Israel calls on US to recognize rule over Golan

Jan. 7, 2019 4:40 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest developments from U.S. national security adviser John Bolton's trip to Israel (all times local): 10:40 p.m. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called on the U.S to recognize Israeli sovereignty of the disputed Golan Heights. Netanyahu announced that he and...

Trump adviser: US to leave Syria once IS beaten, Kurds safe

Jan. 6, 2019 11:54 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. troops will not leave northeastern Syria until Islamic State militants are defeated and American-allied Kurdish fighters are protected, a top White House aide said Sunday, signaling a pause to a withdrawal abruptly announced last month and initially expected to be completed within...