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A worker places netting at a construction site inside the Tower of David Museum in the Old City of Jerusalem, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Jerusalem's ancient citadel is devoid of tourists due to the pandemic and undergoing a massive restoration and conservation project. The Tower of David, the Old City's iconic fortress, contains remnants of successive fortifications built one atop the other stretching back over 2,500 years. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

With no visitors, Jerusalem citadel undergoes major facelift

Oct. 28, 2020 11:22 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic may be keeping tourists away from Jerusalem's ancient citadel, but it has created a rare opportunity for the site to launch a massive restoration and conservation project. In the process, Israeli archaeologists are studying the bastion's medieval past in the hope...

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2020 file photo, a helicopter flies over a base of the U.N. peacekeeping force, in the southern town of Naqoura, Lebanon. On Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, Lebanon and Israel held a second round of U.S.-mediated talks over their disputed maritime border and agreed on a third meeting. The U.S.-mediated talks are being held in a tent at the U.N. post along the border known as Ras Naqoura, on the edge of the Lebanese border town of Naqoura. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

Lebanon, Israel hold 2nd round of maritime demarcation talks

Oct. 28, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon and Israel held a second round of U.S.-mediated talks Wednesday over their disputed maritime border and agreed to continue discussions on the next day. Local news reports described the meeting as “serious” as the two sides got down to technicalities and the Lebanese...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, second right, and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, second left, attend a ceremony to sign amendments to a series of scientific cooperation agreements, at Ariel University, in the West Bank settlement of Ariel, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. The United States and Israel amended the agreements on Wednesday to include Israeli institutions in the West Bank, a step that further blurs the status of settlements widely considered illegal under international law. (Emil Salman/Pool via AP)

US, Israel extend science accords into West Bank settlements

Oct. 28, 2020 8:39 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The United States and Israel amended a series of scientific cooperation agreements on Wednesday to include Israeli institutions in the West Bank, a step that further blurs the status of settlements widely considered illegal under international law. Until now, three U.S.-Israeli science...

Israel's then-Infrastructure Minister Effie Eitam, center in blue shirt, listens to Jewish settlers when visiting Mitzpeh Assaf, an illegal outpost which Israel's Defense Minster said will be dismantled, near the settlement of Ofra, north of Jerusalem, Sunday Oct. 13, 2002. Israel plans to nominate Eitam to head the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, officials said Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Zoom 77)

Israel looks to far-right figure to head Holocaust memorial

Oct. 28, 2020 1:28 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel plans to nominate a far-right former general and Cabinet minister who once called for the expulsion of Palestinians from the West Bank to head the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, officials said Tuesday. Effie Eitam, a religious nationalist with a history of harsh rhetoric toward the...

A man wearing a face shield as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus walks on a street in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. India reports 36,470 new coronavirus cases, the lowest in more than three months in a continuing downward trend. However, the overall tally neared 8 million, the second in the world behind the U.S. with over 8.7 million positive cases. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

The Latest: India capital has its worst 1-day virus caseload

Oct. 28, 2020 12:32 AM EDT

NEW DELHI — India’s tally of confirmed coronavirus cases is moving closer to 8 million, with 43,893 new cases reported for the latest 24-hour period. The total reported Wednesday includes the highest single-day number of cases for the Indian capital of New Delhi — 4,853. The Health Ministry...

An Israeli supporter of the re-election of U.S. President Donald Trump waves American and Israeli flags from a car at a rally outside of the U.S. Embassy, in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Trump supporters rally at US Embassy in Jerusalem

Oct. 27, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A convoy of cars decorated with American flags and Trump 2020 banners on Tuesday drove from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, holding a rally outside the U.S. Embassy in support of the American president ahead of next week’s election. Some two dozen vehicles joined the procession, which was...

UAE Minister of State for Food and Water Security Mariam al-Muhairi, left, receives a gift from Erel Margalit, founder and chairman of Jerusalem Venture Partners, JVP, at the headquarter of the Government Accelerators in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Another plane full of Israeli business people excited about their newfound access to the UAE has touched down in Dubai this week. It's the latest whirlwind trip seeking to cash in on a U.S.-brokered deal to normalize relations between the countries. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Israeli delegations bask in UAE glow, even as details few

Oct. 27, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Another plane full of Israeli business people excited about their newfound access to the United Arab Emirates touched down in Dubai this week, the latest whirlwind trip seeking to cash in on a U.S.-brokered deal to normalize relations between the countries. But like the...

Today in History

Oct. 27, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Oct. 27, the 301st day of 2020. There are 65 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 27, 1904, the first rapid transit subway, the IRT, was inaugurated in New York City. On this date: In 1787, the first of the Federalist Papers, a series of...

Iran's Zarif urges UN to unite against US unilateral actions

Oct. 26, 2020 7:50 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister used his speech for the 75th anniversary of the United Nations to accuse the United States of initiating or joining eight wars since 200 that displaced 37 million people and resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of innocent lives and...

Judge refuses to block 'No Boycott of Israel' measure

Oct. 26, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday threw out a lawsuit in which a Muslim civil rights group sought to block the state of Maryland from enforcing its ban on contracting with businesses that boycott Israel. U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake didn't reach a decision on whether the executive...