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Supreme Court won't intervene in oldest US synagogue dispute

Mar. 18, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene Monday in a fight over control of the nation's oldest synagogue and its religious bells worth millions, leaving in place a ruling that the Rhode Island synagogue will remain the property of a New York congregation. The Congregation...

Second Israeli dies of wounds from West Bank shooting attack

Mar. 18, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military expanded its massive manhunt for a Palestinian assailant on Monday as authorities announced that a second Israeli died of wounds sustained in a West Bank shooting attack the previous day. Beilinson Hospital said Ahiad Ettinger, a 47-year-old father of 12, died of his...

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...

Iran's Rouhani urges Iranians to 'put all your curses' on US

Mar. 18, 2019 7:01 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president on Monday urged Iranians to put a curse on the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia, reiterating his long-standing charge that the U.S. and its allies are responsible for the country's ailing economy. President Hassan Rouhani's remarks were meant to deflect criticism...

Israel's Supreme Court bans Jewish extremist from election

Mar. 17, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court on Sunday banned the leader of a Jewish ultranationalist party from running in the country's April elections. Reversing the decisions of Israel's elections committee earlier this month, the court ruled to bar Jewish Power party leader Michael Ben Ari in an 8-1 vote,...

Israel gives Islamic authority deadline in holy site closure

Mar. 17, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court has set a 60-day deadline for the Jordanian-appointed council that oversees Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem to respond to its closure of a disputed structure at the city's most sensitive scared site. Jordan's Foreign Ministry called on Israel to rescind its "dangerous"...

Leading architects urge Israeli PM to cancel cable car plan

Mar. 17, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A group of leading international architects is appealing to Israel's government to halt its controversial plan to build a cable car to Jerusalem's Old City. Some 30 architects, including Spanish Santiago Calatrava, famed for designing Jerusalem's Chords Bridge, celebrated American...

Military: West Bank shooting spree kills 1 Israeli, wounds 2

Mar. 17, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian killed an Israeli and seriously wounded two others in a West Bank shooting and stabbing spree Sunday before fleeing, setting off a massive manhunt, the Israeli military said. Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said the attacker stabbed an Israeli soldier at the entrance to the Ariel...

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...

Mosque attacks spark outrage, fuel concern over Islamophobia

Mar. 15, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — World leaders expressed condolences and condemnation Friday following the deadly attacks on mosques in New Zealand, while Muslim leaders said the mass shooting was evidence of a rising tide of violent Islamophobia. In a tweet, U.S. President Donald Trump sent "warmest sympathy and best...