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US: Upcoming Mideast conference not aimed at demonizing Iran

Jan. 22, 2019 2:32 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States said Tuesday an international conference next month to promote peace and stability in the Middle East is not aimed at demonizing Iran. U.S. deputy ambassador Jonathan Cohen told the Security Council that the conference in Warsaw on Feb. 13-14 sponsored by the United...

Israeli shelling kills Gaza militant after officer wounded

Jan. 22, 2019 1:18 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli shelling of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday killed a Palestinian militant and wounded four others shortly after an Israeli soldier was shot on the border of the coastal enclave, authorities said. Following the incident, Israel said it would halt a key transfer of Qatari funds to the Gaza...

Israel: Advanced missile defense system successfully tested

Jan. 22, 2019 10:56 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said Tuesday that it has successfully tested the country's advanced missile defense system capable of defending against long-range ballistic missile threats. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu toured an Israeli aerospace facility following the test and leveled a thinly veiled...

US aid cuts hit Palestinians, further dimming hope for peace

Jan. 22, 2019 2:23 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Tens of thousands of Palestinians are no longer getting food aid or basic health services from America, U.S.-funded infrastructure projects have been halted, and an innovative peace-building program in Jerusalem is scaling back its activities. The Trump administration's decision last year...

Israel increasingly goes public with its strikes in Syria

Jan. 21, 2019 2:14 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Monday claimed responsibility for a series of airstrikes on Iranian military targets in Syria, drifting further away from its longstanding policy of playing down or covering up its military activities in the war-torn country. For years, Israel has remained largely silent about...

Mali al-Qaida branch claims responsibility for attack on UN

Jan. 21, 2019 1:56 PM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — SITE Intelligence Group says Mali's al-Qaida branch claimed responsibility for an attack on a United Nations peacekeeping mission that killed at least 10 peacekeepers and wounded at least 25 others Sunday in northern Mali's Kidal region. Jama'at Nusrat al-Islam Muslimeen, known as...

Israel opens new Eilat airport, angering Jordan

Jan. 21, 2019 10:40 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is inaugurating a new international airport near the Red Sea whose location has drawn criticism from neighboring Jordan. The Ramon International Airport opened Monday just north of the southern resort city of Eilat and roughly eight miles (13 kilometers) from Jordan's Aqaba airport....

The Latest: Israeli PM says Iranian sites in Syria 'pounded'

Jan. 21, 2019 6:34 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israeli airstrikes in Syria (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Israel's prime minister says the country's military "pounded" Iranian targets in Syria in response to a missile launch against Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Israel won't "allow such acts of aggression...

Bolton's test: Massaging Trump tweets into foreign policy

Jan. 21, 2019 12:43 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In President Donald Trump's Washington, matters of war and peace are decided in 280-character bursts. It's up to John Bolton to massage them into a foreign policy. The mustachioed national security adviser developed a reputation as a bureaucratic bulldozer through more than three decades...

In rare move, Israel confirms attacking Iran forces in Syria

Jan. 20, 2019 8:38 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — In an extraordinary statement, the Israeli military confirmed early Monday that it attacked Iranian military targets in Syria, hours after carrying out a rare daylight air raid near the Damascus International Airport. The statement was issued hours after Israeli missile defenses...