Latest Territorial disputes News

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...

Top US Navy officer urges China to avoid confrontations

Jan. 18, 2019 9:09 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. Navy's top officer said he urged China to follow international rules at sea to avoid confrontations and insisted Friday that ships should be able to pass safely though disputed areas of the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait. Chief of U.S. Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson told...

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...

Taiwan holds live-fire exercises following China threats

Jan. 17, 2019 12:55 AM EST

HSINCHU, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan held live-fire exercises along its east coast Thursday amid renewed threats from China to bring the island under its control by force if deemed necessary. Artillery and assault helicopters fired at targets off the west coast city of Taichung, while French-made Mirage fighter...

US assessment raises concerns over China attacking Taiwan

Jan. 16, 2019 6:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid increasing tensions with Beijing, the Pentagon has released a new report that lays out U.S. concerns about China's growing military might, underscoring worries about a possible attack against Taiwan. Speaking to reporters, a senior defense intelligence official said Tuesday that the...

In life and death, fight against India joins Kashmir teens

Jan. 16, 2019 6:12 AM EST

HAJIN, India (AP) — On a hot day in August, members of a Kashmiri youth soccer team watched their 16-year-old captain, Saqib Bilal Sheikh, and goalkeeper Mudassir Rashid Parray, two years his junior, walk off the field toward a man on a motorcycle. The two teenagers were not seen again until months later,...

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...

Egypt launches regional gas forum, including Israel in fold

Jan. 14, 2019 1:09 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt hosted its first ever regional gas forum on Monday, with several regional delegations attending alongside the Israeli energy minister, the first such visit by an Israeli Cabinet member since its 2011 Arab Spring uprising. Speaking after attending the closed meeting in Cairo, Yuval...

Russia tells Japan retaking Pacific islands not on horizon

Jan. 14, 2019 12:24 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat threw cold water Monday on Tokyo's hopes for a quick return of four Pacific islands at the center of territorial dispute, warning Japan it must recognize the islands as part of Russia as a starting point for talks. The stern statement from Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov,...