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Saudi-led airstrike kills 7 in contested Yemen port city

Nov. 14, 2018 9:16 AM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition killed at least seven civilians in Yemen's rebel-held port city of Hodeida, Yemeni security and medical officials said Wednesday. The airstrike, which took place on Tuesday night, targeted a bus carrying civilians who were fleeing clashes, and...

Israeli defense minister resigns over Gaza cease-fire deal

Nov. 14, 2018 9:13 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister abruptly resigned Wednesday in protest over a cease-fire reached with Gaza militants, in a move that rocked the Israeli political scene and seemed likely to bring about early elections. Avigdor Lieberman said the cease-fire amounted to "surrender to terrorism"...

The Latest: Gaza fisherman 1st fatality since cease-fire

Nov. 14, 2018 8:33 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the cease-fire between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Palestinian officials say a Gaza fisherman has been killed by Israeli fire in northern Gaza Strip. The fishermen's union says the 20-year-old man was working Wednesday on the beach near the...

Dozens of migrants refuse to leave container ship in Libya

Nov. 14, 2018 8:18 AM EST

Dozens of migrants have barricaded themselves in a container ship in the Libyan port city of Misrata for the past five days, after being picked up at sea, and refuse to disembark, saying Libya is too dangerous for them. Loaded with cars, the ship Nivin was already bound for Misrata when it picked up 93 migrants...

The hidden toll of American drones in Yemen: Civilian deaths

Nov. 14, 2018 7:14 AM EST

ATAQ, Yemen (AP) — The United States has waged a drone war in Yemen for 16 years, trying to suppress al-Qaida's branch here. But the campaign has had a hidden cost: civilians cut down by the drones' missiles. There is no comprehensive count of civilian deaths because of the difficulty of confirming...

Architects, activists slam Jerusalem Old City cable car plan

Nov. 14, 2018 7:09 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli plan to build a cable car to Jerusalem's historic Old City has united architects and Palestinian activists in opposition to a project they say is both an eyesore and a ploy to entrench Israeli control over the city's contested eastern sector. Developers say the proposed project...

In Yemen, a race to save a boy from al-Qaida and a US drone

Nov. 14, 2018 7:03 AM EST

ATAQ, Yemen (AP) — Al-Qaida was giving away motorcycles up in the mountains — that's what the kids in town were saying the day Abdullah disappeared. Early that morning, Mohsanaa Salem woke her 14-year-old son to go buy vegetables. The sun had just risen above the mountain ridge, and winter light...

Energy agency: Global oil supply jumps, sending prices lower

Nov. 14, 2018 6:40 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The International Energy Agency said Wednesday that global oil supplies are growing rapidly as Saudi Arabia, the United States and Russia pump more oil in response to fears of higher prices as a result of renewed U.S. sanctions on Iran. The IEA said in its monthly report that...

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigns over Gaza cease-fire, making early elections likely

Nov. 14, 2018 6:07 AM EST
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigns over Gaza cease-fire, making early elections likely.

Lion elected Jerusalem mayor in victory for ultra-Orthodox

Nov. 14, 2018 1:52 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Longtime political activist Moshe Lion has been elected mayor of Jerusalem in a victory for ultra-Orthodox Jewish residents. Lion, who was backed by much of Israel's top leadership, claimed victory over Ofer Berkovitch early Wednesday in a closely contested race. Lion enjoyed the support...