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President Donald Trump speaks during an event with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump plan calls for Palestinian state, settlement freeze

Jan. 28, 2020 12:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unveiled his long-awaited Middle East peace plan Tuesday, calling for the creation of a State of Palestine with its capital in portions of east Jerusalem, saying it is a “win-win” opportunity for both Israel and the Palestinians. The plan calls for...

US officials: Trump peace plan calls for 4-year freeze in Israel settlement activity, doubling of Palestinian territory

Jan. 28, 2020 12:01 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — US officials: Trump peace plan calls for 4-year freeze in Israel settlement activity, doubling of Palestinian territory.

US officials: Trump peace plan calls for 2 states, Israel and Palestine; Palestinian capital in parts of east Jerusalem

Jan. 28, 2020 12:00 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — US officials: Trump peace plan calls for 2 states, Israel and Palestine; Palestinian capital in parts of east Jerusalem.
Palestinian hold a poster showing U.S. President Donald Trump as they protest the American peace plan in Bethlehem, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington Sunday night vowing to

The Latest: Hamas chief supports Abbas rejecting Trump plan

Jan. 28, 2020 12:00 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's release of its Mideast peace plan (all times local): 6:55 p.m. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has received a call from the leader of the rival Hamas movement, who pledged support in rejecting the Trump administration's long-awaited Mideast...

Magnitude 5.2 quake strikes off Greek island of Karpathos

Jan. 28, 2020 11:57 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An undersea earthquake with preliminary magnitude 5.2 occurred Tuesday off the Aegean Sea island of Karpathos, Greek authorities said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The University of Athens' Geodynamic Institute said the quake struck at 5:38 p.m. (1538 GMT)...

New MSU student from Iran sent home after landing at airport

Jan. 28, 2020 11:44 AM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — U.S. authorities declined to admit an Iranian graduate student after he landed at an airport to start classes at Michigan State University, an attorney said. Alireza Esfidajani, 27, was stopped Sunday at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and interviewed by agents. He was held at a...

A look at the week ahead in golf

Jan. 28, 2020 11:25 AM EST

PGA TOUR WASTE MANAGEMENT PHOENIX OPEN Site: Scottsdale, Ariz. Course: TPC Scottsdale. Yardage: 7,261. Par: 71. Purse: $7.3 million. Winner's share: $1,314,000. Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:45 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (CBS). Defending champion: Rickie Fowler....

UN: Clashes in Sudan’s West Darfur force 11,000 into Chad

Jan. 28, 2020 10:49 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Tribal clashes in Sudan’s West Darfur province forced more than 11,000 people to flee into neighboring Chad over the past month, the U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday. Clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs erupted late in December in the West Darfur town of Genena, 20 kilometers (12 miles)...

This Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, photo, released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a Syrian army soldier launches a mortar round toward insurgents on the western rural Aleppo, Syria. Syrian government forces pressed in their offensive Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, closing in on a major rebel stronghold in the northwestern province of Idlib and marching against insurgents west of Aleppo, Syria's largest city, state media and opposition activists said Tuesday. (SANA via AP)

Syrian troops enter key rebel-held town amid airstrikes

Jan. 28, 2020 10:36 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian government forces Tuesday entered a key rebel-held town in the country's northwest after surrounding it on three sides, sending thousands of people fleeing to safety in areas farther north, opposition activists and pro-government media said. The push into the town of Maaret...

Migrants stand outside their makeshift tents outside the perimeter of the overcrowded Moria refugee camp on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Greece has been the first point of entry into the European Union for hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war or poverty at home, with most arriving on eastern Aegean islands from nearby Turkey. (AP Photo/Aggelos Barai)

Europe's asylum agency signs deal on boosting Greek presence

Jan. 28, 2020 10:03 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Europe's asylum agency signed a deal with Greece Tuesday that will help expand its operations in the country, which is struggling to process asylum requests amid high migrant arrivals and overcrowding in island camps. The European Asylum Support Office said in a statement that the...