Latest Territorial disputes News

The Latest: Trump tweets abrupt shift on Golan Heights

Mar. 22, 2019 1:25 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the United States and Israel (all times local): 12:55 a.m. President Donald Trump has abruptly declared the U.S. will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, a major shift in American policy that gives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a...

US abruptly endorses Israel's Golan sovereignty in big shift

Mar. 21, 2019 11:26 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump abruptly declared Thursday the U.S. will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, a major shift in American policy that gives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a political boost a month before what is expected to be a close election....

Taiwan leader to tour Pacific allies, with Hawaii stopover

Mar. 21, 2019 6:16 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen left Thursday on a tour of diplomatic allies in the Pacific that will end with a stopover in Hawaii. Taiwan has struggled to shore up its dwindling roster of allies as countries are choosing instead to establish relations with Beijing, which considers the...

Analysis: Pompeo skirts talk of peace plan on Israel trip

Mar. 19, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pays a visit to Israel this week but it's what he's not doing while there that may be the most notable aspect of the trip. Pompeo doesn't plan to talk publicly about the "deal of the century" that President Donald Trump said he would offer to settle the...

Rare protests erupt against Hamas' 12-year rule over Gaza

Mar. 19, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas is facing the biggest demonstrations yet against its 12-year rule of the Gaza Strip, with hundreds of Palestinians taking to the streets in recent days to protest the dire living conditions in the blockaded territory. With little tolerance for dissent, the Islamic...

Taiwan, US plan new talks this year in rebuke to Beijing

Mar. 19, 2019 4:46 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan and the U.S. will hold talks later this year as part of upgraded efforts to counter Beijing's growing pressure on the island for political unification. The talks planned for September in Taipei will include a senior official from Washington, de facto U.S. ambassador to Taipei...

Upstart party turns cannabis into key Israeli election issue

Mar. 18, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Cinderella story of Israel's current election campaign is a fringe party led by an ultranationalist libertarian with a criminal record who vows to legalize marijuana, and seems to diverge dramatically from the long list of quirky candidates of the past who have drawn attention to their...

US Navy won't alter sail-bys at sea despite China maneuver

Mar. 18, 2019 8:00 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The U.S. Navy won't alter its so-called "freedom of navigation" sail-bys in the disputed South China Sea and has pressed ahead with such operations despite a dangerous maneuver by a Chinese navy ship against an American destroyer, a senior U.S. Navy commander said Monday. Vice...

Hamas detains rights workers as it disperses Gaza protests

Mar. 16, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian rights groups say Hamas briefly detained four of their researchers as it dispersed protests in Gaza against recent tax hikes. Hundreds of Gazans gathered for a third day on Saturday to protest the tax hikes, which have made life even harder in the territory. Gaza...

Gazans protest Hamas tax hikes for a second day

Mar. 15, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hundreds of Palestinians have gathered in Gaza for a second day to protest against tax hikes by Hamas authorities that have made life even harder in the blockaded territory. In the central town of Deir al-Balah, demonstrators burned tires and blocked roads on Friday. Witnesses,...