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US envoy meets Israel's embattled PM to discuss peace plan

Sep. 20, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.S. envoy to the Middle East met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, days after elections that left the Israeli leader's political future in doubt. Netanyahu suffered an apparent setback when he and his allies failed to secure enough seats for a narrow, right-wing...

Israel's election highlights secular-religious divide

Sep. 20, 2019 5:42 AM EDT

KFAR SABA, Israel (AP) — Yamit Dulberg considers herself a traditional Israeli woman with right-wing views who would usually vote for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party. But this week the 37-year-old mother of two cast her ballot for his main rival, in part because she's sick of his...

Iraq's stability on the line as US, Iran tensions soar

Sep. 20, 2019 5:37 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — As the United States and Israel escalate their push to contain Iranian influence in the Middle East, countries in Tehran's orbit are feeling the heat. Pro-Iranian militias across Lebanon, Syria and Iraq are being targeted, both with economic sanctions and precision airstrikes hitting their...

Syrian state TV: Drone destroyed over Damascus suburb

Sep. 19, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state TV is reporting that a drone was destroyed over a suburb of the capital, Damascus. The broadcast gave no further details about Thursday night's incident over the suburb of Aqraba. No one claimed responsibility for the sending the drone, but Aqraba is the suburb where an...

In Israel, calls for unity reveal deep divisions after vote

Sep. 19, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief rival, Benny Gantz, on Thursday each called for the formation of a unity government following Israel's inconclusive national election. But with both men demanding to be prime minister, there were no signs they could break the deadlock. The...

The Latest: Israel's president: Coalition talks start Sunday

Sep. 19, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli election (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Israel's president, Reuven Rivlin, says he will begin consultations Sunday with all of the parties elected to parliament. Rivlin's announcement Thursday is the first step toward what officials hope will be the formation of a...

Lebanon concludes Israeli drones were on attack mission

Sep. 19, 2019 8:35 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese government investigation concluded that two Israeli drones were on an attack mission when they crashed in the capital last month, one of them armed with 4.5 kilograms (10 pounds) of explosives, Lebanon's defense minister said Thursday. Elias Bou Saab said investigations show the...

The Latest: Defiant Israel PM seeks to lead ruling coalition

Sep. 19, 2019 2:39 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli election (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Israel's prime minister says he will seek to lead a ruling coalition with his religious and nationalist allies, despite falling short of a parliamentary majority in Tuesday's elections. Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday at a...

Israeli vote leaves Netanyahu's political future in doubt

Sep. 18, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — After a decade of mesmerizing world leaders, subduing his rivals and eking out dramatic election victories, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's political future is suddenly in doubt. With near-final results from Israel's election on Tuesday, he has been left well short of the parliamentary...

Israel's Arabs poised to gain new voice after tight election

Sep. 18, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Arab coalition appears poised to emerge as the main opposition bloc following Tuesday's election, a historic first that would grant a new platform to a long-marginalized minority. With more than 90% of votes counted Wednesday, the Joint List was expected to win about a dozen seats...