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PHOTO GALLERY: A selection of pictures from the past week

Oct. 12, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week's gallery includes protests sparked by fuel price hikes in Ecuador; Ultra-Orthodox Jews observing...

Israel PM's rival rejects conditions for forming government

Sep. 27, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's centrist Blue and White party, which won the most seats in elections earlier this month, on Friday rejected what it said were demands from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a unity government under his leadership with his right-wing and ultra-Orthodox Jewish allies. After...

Israel's election highlights secular-religious divide

Sep. 20, 2019 5:42 AM EDT

KFAR SABA, Israel (AP) — Yamit Dulberg considers herself a traditional Israeli woman with right-wing views who would usually vote for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party. But this week the 37-year-old mother of two cast her ballot for his main rival, in part because she's sick of his...

AP Explains: A look at Judaism's place in Israeli politics

Sep. 18, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Seven decades after Israel's founding, the debate over Judaism's place in public life rages on. Israeli political battle lines often fracture along how the country balances Jewish religion and liberal democracy. These tensions were a central issue in this week's national election, and are...

Israeli vote leaves Netanyahu's political future in doubt

Sep. 18, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — After a decade of mesmerizing world leaders, subduing his rivals and eking out dramatic election victories, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's political future is suddenly in doubt. With near-final results from Israel's election on Tuesday, he has been left well short of the parliamentary...

Netanyahu, rightist allies appear to fall short of majority

Sep. 18, 2019 1:39 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fell short of securing a parliamentary majority with his natural religious and nationalist allies in national elections Tuesday, partial results indicated, setting the stage for a period of coalition negotiations that could threaten his political...

Correction: Measles Outbreak story

Sep. 17, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Sept. 16 about measles, The Associated Press reported erroneously how long it had been since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported no new cases. The last such report was eight months ago, not 11. A corrected version of the story is below: No new measles cases...

AP Explains: Israel's parliamentary elections

Sep. 17, 2019 4:28 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is holding the country's 22nd parliamentary elections on Tuesday, with over 6.3 million people eligible to cast ballots. Coming on the heels of April elections, it is an unprecedented repeat vote largely seen as a referendum on long-seated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Here is...

Israel faces potential deadlock in a closely contested vote

Sep. 16, 2019 2:19 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is headed toward an unprecedented repeat election on Tuesday with no guarantee that the do-over vote will produce a more decisive result than the inconclusive one last April. The Israeli electorate is deeply divided along religious, ethnic and ideological lines and the fragmented...

Israeli PM's former protege could now bring his downfall

Sep. 9, 2019 8:48 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Avigdor Lieberman entered Israeli politics as a loyal protégé of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Now, the maverick politician could be the one to topple his former mentor. Lieberman, a burly, tough-talking immigrant from the former Soviet Union, forced Israel's unprecedented...