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FILE - This Feb. 27, 2018 file photo, Australian Malka Leifer, right, is brought to a courtroom in Jerusalem. An Israeli court ruled Tuesday, May 26, 2020, that Leifer who is wanted on pedophilia charges in Australia, is fit to stand trial for extradition. The ruling capped a years-long legal battle in the case of Leifer, a former educator who is accused of sexually abusing former students. She has been fighting extradition from Israel for six years and the legal wrangle to bring her before an Australian court has caused a diplomatic strain between the two allies. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Israeli president calls Australian PM after teacher's ruling

May. 27, 2020 5:30 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said he spoke Wednesday with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, following an Israeli court ruling that a former teacher accused of sexually abusing her students in Australia was fit to stand trial and be extradited. Rivlin noted that the matter was...

In this Sunday, April 5, 2020, Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan, center, ignoring social distancing rules and not wearing mask, speaks with journalists during the arrival of Lebanese passengers who were stuck in Saudi Arabia and other countries because of the coronavirus outbreak, outside Rafik Hariri Airport, in Beirut. From the U.S. president to the British prime minister's top aide and far beyond, leading officials around the world are refusing to wear masks or breaking confinement rules meant to protect their populations from the coronavirus and slow the pandemic. While some are punished when they're caught, or publicly repent, others shrug off the violations as if the rules don't apply to them. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Hypocrisy gone viral? Officials set bad COVID-19 examples

May. 27, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — “Do as I say, but not as I do” was the message many British saw in the behavior of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's key aide, who traveled hundreds of miles with coronavirus symptoms during the country's lockdown. While Dominic Cummings has faced calls for his firing but support...

FILE - In this March 23, 2020 file photo, German Economy Minister, Peter Altmaier, left, tries to shake hands with German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, right, prior to a press conference in Berlin, Germany. From the U.S. president to the British prime minister's top aide and far beyond, leading officials around the world are refusing to wear masks or breaking confinement rules meant to protect their populations from the coronavirus and slow the pandemic. While some are punished when they're caught, or publicly repent, others shrug off the violations as if the rules don't apply to them. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, pool, File)

Hypocrisy gone viral? Officials set bad COVID-19 examples

May. 27, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Few countries seem immune to the perception leaders are bending the rules of their own governments during the coronavirus pandemic. From U.S. President Donald Trump to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, global decision-makers have frequently set bad examples, whether it’s...

Poland's chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich, delivers letters with birthday greetings from the Israeli and Polish presidents, to Anna Kozminska, a 101-year-old Polish woman who is believed to the be oldest living person recognized by Yad Vashem for rescuing Jews during the Holocaust, in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, May 22, 2020. Both Reuven Rivlin of Israel and Andrzej Duda of Poland praised Kozminska in letters for her courage in risking her own life help Jews during the German occupation of Poland. (Grazyna Pawlak via AP)

Presidents of Poland, Israel honor 101-year-old WWII heroine

May. 22, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The presidents of Israel and Poland have sent birthday greetings to a 101-year-old Polish woman who is believed to be the be oldest living person recognized by Yad Vashem for rescuing Jews during the Holocaust. Reuven Rivlin of Israel and Andrzej Duda of Poland praised Anna Kozminska...

FILE - In this Saturday, May 2, 2020 file photo, a woman holds a poster of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and Benny Gantz, that reads,

Netanyahu secures backing to form new Israeli government

May. 7, 2020 2:21 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formally received the support of a majority of lawmakers to lead a new government on Thursday, paving the way for a controversial power-sharing deal with rival-turned-partner Benny Gantz. Later in the day, Israel's figurehead president, Reuven...

Israeli Air Force aerobatic team flies in formation during celebrations for Israel's 72nd Independence Day, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, April 29, 2020. The Israeli government announced a complete lockdown over their Independence Day to control the country's coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Israel marks its Independence Day under coronavirus lockdown

Apr. 29, 2020 9:21 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israelis celebrated their Independence Day at home Wednesday amid a nationwide lockdown aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The national holiday, which honors the creation of Israel after the end of the British Mandate in 1948, is usually a festive occasion, with...

This undated photo provided by the family of Arie Even, shows Israeli, Arie Even.  On March 20, 2020, the 88-year-old Holocaust survivor was infected last month in his assisted living facility in Jerusalem and became Israel’s first coronavirus fatality. (Family of Arie Even via AP)

Lives Lost: Holocaust survivor was Israel’s 1st virus victim

Apr. 17, 2020 1:12 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — As a child in Hungary, Arie Even survived the Holocaust by taking shelter along with his mother and brother after his father was shipped to a notorious concentration camp. Even’s well-connected grandfather found them refuge in a Swiss-protected home in Budapest before they were...

A woman wears protective face mask amid concerns over the country's coronavirus outbreak, as she holds a banner during a protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, April 16, 2020. The demonstrators accused Netanyahu of using the coronavirus crisis as cover to undermine the country's democratic institutions. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Israeli president asks parliament to choose prime minister

Apr. 16, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s president on Thursday asked the Knesset to choose a new prime minister, giving parliament three weeks to agree upon a leader or plunge the country into an unprecedented fourth consecutive election in just over a year. President Reuven Rivlin made the move after his prime...

FILE - In this March. 1, 2020 file photo, people walk next to election campaign billboards showing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and Benny Gantz, left, in Bnei Brak, Israel. Israel’s president on Sunday, April 12, 2020, turned down a request from Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz for a two-week extension to form a new coalition government. The announcement means that Gantz and Netanyahu have a midnight deadline on Monday night to reach a power-sharing deal. If they fail, the country could be forced into a fourth consecutive election in just over a year. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

Netanyahu, rival, miss coalition deadline but continue talks

Apr. 15, 2020 7:57 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief rival missed a midnight deadline Wednesday to form an emergency government to tackle the coronavirus threat and prevent another costly and divisive election. But the sides agreed to continue the discussions. Representatives from...

FILE - In this March. 1, 2020 file photo, people walk next to election campaign billboards showing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and Benny Gantz, left, in Bnei Brak, Israel. Israel’s president on Sunday, April 12, 2020, turned down a request from Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz for a two-week extension to form a new coalition government. The announcement means that Gantz and Netanyahu have a midnight deadline on Monday night to reach a power-sharing deal. If they fail, the country could be forced into a fourth consecutive election in just over a year. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

Israeli PM and rival look to finalize emergency unity deal

Apr. 14, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief rival met Tuesday in an effort to finalize an agreement on an emergency government that would tackle the coronavirus threat and prevent another costly and divisive election. The meeting between Netanyahu and former military chief...