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Israeli airstrikes target Gaza sites, first since cease-fire

Jun. 16, 2021 15:27 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli airstrikes hit militant sites in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, and Palestinians responded by sending a series of fire-carrying balloons back across the border for a second straight day — further testing the fragile cease-fire that ended last month’s war...

Family left in shock by shooting of young Palestinian woman

Jun. 16, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Mai Afaneh appeared to have a happy family life and a fulfilling career. So when she left her West Bank home early on Wednesday, no one thought anything was wrong. But a short while later, her family received the devastating news that she had been shot...

Dems, GOP edging away from fight over Reps. Greene, Omar

Jun. 16, 2021 13:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats and Republicans backed away Wednesday from a tit-for-tat battle over punishing firebrand lawmakers from the other party, setting aside for now a fight that risked inflicting political damage on each side. The mutual reluctance to battle...

Israel to halt nighttime 'mapping' of Palestinian homes

Jun. 16, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it is reining in a controversial practice of conducting late-night raids of Palestinian homes in the West Bank aimed at gathering information about the houses and their inhabitants. The military has in the past defended the...

Israeli airstrikes target Gaza sites, first since cease-fire

Jun. 15, 2021 21:56 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli aircraft carried out a series of airstrikes at militant sites in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, the first such raids since a shaky cease-fire ended the war with Hamas last month. The airstrikes targeted facilities used by Hamas militants for...

Arab League backs calls for UN intervention in dam dispute

Jun. 15, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Arab foreign ministers on Tuesday backed calls for the United Nations Security Council to intervene in a lingering dispute between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia over a massive dam Addis Ababa is building on Nile River’s main tributary. The move, announced at...

Poll finds dramatic rise in Palestinian support for Hamas

Jun. 15, 2021 12:13 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A new poll released Tuesday finds a dramatic surge in Palestinian support for Hamas following last month's Gaza war, with around three quarters viewing the Islamic militants as victors in a battle against Israel to defend Jerusalem and its holy sites. ...

New Israel government vows change, but not for Palestinians

Jun. 15, 2021 02:11 AM EDT

BEITA, West Bank (AP) — Israel's fragile new government has shown little interest in addressing the decades-old conflict with the Palestinians, but it may not have a choice. Jewish ultranationalists are already staging provocations aimed at splitting the coalition and...

Fla. governor signs bill requiring moment for school prayer

Jun. 14, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited a South Florida Jewish temple to denounce anti-Semitism and stand with Israel, as the Republican governor cloaked himself in religion Monday while signing a bill into law that would require public schools in his state to set aside...

Israel OKs contentious Jerusalem march, weeks after war

Jun. 14, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's new government on Monday approved a contentious parade by Israeli nationalists through Palestinian areas around Jerusalem's Old City, setting the stage for possible renewed confrontations just weeks after an 11-day war with Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. Hamas...