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Thousands of Palestinians protest at Gaza border

Jan. 18, 2019 11:25 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thousands of Palestinians have gathered for a weekly protest along the fence between Gaza and Israel. The Palestinian Health Ministry says that Israeli gunfire wounded 14 Palestinians and that three medics suffered from a barrage of tear gas that targeted their ambulance. The...

Palestinian forces soldier on amid Israeli raids, US neglect

Jan. 18, 2019 2:13 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — On a cold winter's night earlier this month, a convoy of 10 Israeli armored jeeps drove into the heart of the West Bank city of Ramallah and parked in front of the Palestinian police headquarters. Soldiers fanned out, searching nearby shops for security cameras after a pair of...

Gaza zoo owner blames winter storm for lion cub deaths

Jan. 17, 2019 1:35 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The owner of a dilapidated Gaza zoo is blaming stormy weather for the death of four lion cubs. Fathi Jumaa said Thursday that he covered the cage of the day-old lions with blankets ahead of Wednesday's winter storm, but found them dead the next morning at the small zoo in the...

Gaza authorities: 6 Egyptian fishermen rescued, 1 missing

Jan. 17, 2019 8:24 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Hamas authorities say they have rescued six Egyptian fishermen in the stormy Mediterranean Sea but that one is still believed to be missing. The Hamas media office says the rough sea washed the wreckage of their boat ashore on the Nusseirat beach in central Gaza Strip...

Weather front brings sandstorms, hail, rain to Middle East

Jan. 16, 2019 2:48 PM 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. The winter's first snow fell on the Syrian...

AP WAS THERE: Shah leaves Iran as 1979 revolution looms

Jan. 16, 2019 8:46 AM EST

EDITOR'S NOTE: On Jan. 16, 1979, Iran's powerful Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi abandoned his Peacock Throne and left his nation, never to return home, setting the stage for the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution a month later. His departure and the ensuing chaos blindsided the United States, which for decades relied...

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...

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...

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...

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...