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Israel strikes Gaza after Palestinian militants fire rockets

Oct. 23, 2020 1:28 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Friday it launched overnight airstrikes in the Gaza Strip after Palestinian militants fired two rockets, with no reports of casualties or major damage on either side. The military said fighter jets and other aircraft struck a weapons manufacturing site and...

Israeli military: Gaza militants fire 2 rockets into Israel

Oct. 22, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired a pair of rockets into southern Israel on Thursday night, the Israeli military announced, saying that its air-defense system intercepted one of the projectiles while the second fell in an open area. It was the second rocket attack this week...

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2020 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stands with Sudanese Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, the head of the ruling sovereign council, in Khartoum, Sudan. Officials in Sudan confirmed that a senior U.S.-Israeli delegation flew to Sudan on a private jet Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, and met with Burhan and others to wrap up a deal that would make Sudan the third Arab country to normalize ties with Israel this year. (Sudanese Cabinet via AP, File)

Sudanese officials: Diplomatic deal with Israel is near

Oct. 22, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Sudanese officials confirmed on Thursday that a senior U.S.-Israeli delegation flew to Sudan on a private jet this week to wrap up a deal that would make Sudan the third Arab country to normalize ties with Israel this year. Such a deal would deepen Sudan’s engagement with the West...

The headquarters of Kurdish Democratic Party burn during a protest by pro-Iranian militiamen and their supporters in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. Tens of supporters of the Popular Mobilization Forces torch the headquarters, in response to televised comments by a senior Kurdish government official calling for the ouster of militias from the heavily fortified Green Zone. The Popular Mobilization Forces is an array of militia groups, some with links to Iran, formed to fight the Islamic State group in 2014. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

AP Week in Pictures, Middle East

Oct. 22, 2020 8:23 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in the Middle East, Afghanistan & Pakistan Region between Oct. 15-21, 2020. This week’s selection includes scenes across the region, where women were trampled to death when a stampede...

A member of the production crew stands at a podium near glass barriers to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on stage ahead of the final presidential debate between Republican candidate President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. The debate will take place Thursday, Oct. 22 at the Curb Event Center at Belmont University. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Election 2020 Today: Trump, Biden face off; spoofed emails

Oct. 22, 2020 7:05 AM EDT

Here’s what’s happening Thursday in Election 2020, 12 days until Election Day: HOW TO VOTE: AP’s state-by-state interactive has details on how to vote in this election. ON THE TRAIL: President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden will be in Nashville, Tennessee. Vice President...

FILE - This combination of Sept. 29, 2020, file photos shows President Donald Trump, left, and former Vice President Joe Biden during the first presidential debate at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. Trump and Biden have starkly different visions for the international role of the United States — and the presidency.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Final debate could thrust foreign policy back into campaign

Oct. 22, 2020 1:35 AM EDT

As Joe Biden hopscotched through Iowa and New Hampshire in late 2019, he also name-dropped his way across the globe. China's Xi Jinping. German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Vladimir Putin of Russia. “I’ve met every major world leader for the last 40 years,” the former vice president and...

Medical workers wear face masks and hold placards while staging a sit-in protest at the Unknown Soldier Square in Gaza City, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Arabic reads:

Gaza nurses protest loss of Israeli permit, layoffs

Oct. 21, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A group of nurses from the Gaza Strip staged a protest in a public square on Wednesday, saying an Israeli travel ban has led the Jerusalem hospital where they worked for many years to fire them. The seven nurses gathered at a public square in Gaza City, wearing lab coats and...

A demonstrator gives the victory sign at a protest, in Khartoum, Sudan, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Protesters have taken to the streets in the capital and across the country over dire living conditions and a deadly crackdown on demonstrators in the east earlier this month. Sudan is currently ruled by a joint civilian-military government, following the popular uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir last year. (AP Photo/Marwan Ali)

Sudanese return to streets over dire living conditions

Oct. 21, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese protesters took to the streets in the capital and across the country Wednesday over dire living conditions and a deadly crackdown on demonstrators in the east earlier this month. The protests came on the anniversary of a 1964 uprising that ended six years of military rule. Sudan is...

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2019 file photo, Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat speaks at the J Street National Conference, in Washington. Erekat on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, was in critical condition and breathing with a ventilator after his coronavirus infection worsened overnight, said the Israeli hospital treating him. Hadassah Medical Center described Erekat's case as extremely challenging given his history of health problems, including a lung transplant performed in the United States three years ago. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Palestinian official Erekat undergoes bronchostomy

Oct. 21, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A doctor treating Palestinian official Saeb Erekat for COVID-19 performed a bronchostomy on Wednesday to examine the condition of his respiratory system, his daughter said. Salam Erekat said on Twitter that her father remained intubated and connected to an ECMO machine, which does the work...

FILE - This Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009 file photo shows Syrian President Bashar Assad during a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran, Iran. Syria's state media says President Bashar Assad has made a rare public visit to the coastal province of Latakia where he toured areas that suffered heavy damage in last week’s deadly wildfires. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

Syria president orders new tax breaks amid rising hardship

Oct. 21, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's president decreed a new income tax exemption Wednesday intended to provide relief to low-income earners at a time of deepening economic hardship in the war-ravaged country. The decree exempts those making 50,000 liras ($40) a month or less from paying income tax. The limit...