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File - In this Monday, July 22, 2019 file photo, Israeli forces blow up a building in a Palestinian village of Sur Baher, east Jerusalem. Israeli advocacy group has found that Israeli authorities demolished homes in Palestinian areas of east Jerusalem at a significantly higher rate in 2019 than the previous year. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Report: Israeli home demolitions in east Jerusalem spiked

Jan. 16, 2020 10:10 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities demolished homes in Palestinian areas of east Jerusalem at a significantly higher rate in 2019 than the previous year, according to an Israeli advocacy group. In a new report, Ir Amim said 104 housing units were demolished in 2019, compared() to 72 units in 2018. The...

ARCHIVO - En esta fotografía del 27 de febrero de 2018 la australiana Malka Leifer (derecha) es llevada a una corte en Jerusalén. (AP Foto/Mahmoud Illean, Archivo)

Israel extradition of Australia sex-abuse suspect hits delay

Jan. 14, 2020 2:12 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court on Tuesday said it would allow defense attorneys for a woman facing dozens of sexual abuse charges in Australia to review a psychiatrists' ruling that she is fit to stand trial for extradition. The ruling is likely to further drag out a case that already has lingered for...

Gene-editing tool's pioneers win Israel's Wolf Prize

Jan. 13, 2020 1:30 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Two global pioneers of modern gene-editing technology were awarded Monday Israel's prestigious Wolf Prize in medicine. The Wolf Foundation said it was recognizing Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier for their work in developing the gene-editing tool CRISPR. Their research has the...

Israeli police raid religious cult-like group in Jerusalem

Jan. 13, 2020 10:06 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police said Monday they had raided a cult-like group in an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Jerusalem in which dozens of women and children were being held and abused under extreme “slavery” conditions. The police's undercover investigation learned details from women...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro exits his car for a meeting with military commanders at the Defense Ministry in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Bolsonaro spoke about maintaining commercial ties with Iran this morning, saying he would speak to his foreign minister about talks with Iran and reiterated that Brazil opposes terrorism. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil says Iran summoned its chargé d'affaires after note

Jan. 7, 2020 2:38 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Iran's foreign ministry summoned Brazil's chargé d'affaires in Tehran following an official Brazilian statement that some experts interpreted as backing the U.S. killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. The conversation with Brazil's representative in Iran took place on Jan....

Polish President Andrzej Duda, left, and Archbishop of Warsaw Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz attend the 12th annual Epiphany procession in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. Epiphany, the 12th night of Christmas, marks the day the three kings visited Christ. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish president boycotts Holocaust remembrance in Israel

Jan. 7, 2020 2:28 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s president said Tuesday that he won't attend a commemoration in Israel to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp because he was not asked to speak at the forum along with world leaders who include the presidents of Russia and Germany....

In this Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 photo, Jewish Orthodox women attend an event celebrating the completion of the 7 1/2-year cycle of daily study of the Talmud, in Jerusalem. This week, Jews around the world celebrated the end of the cycle of study of the Talmud, with assemblies from Jerusalem to London to New York. Most of the celebrations were overwhelmingly male affairs. But in Jerusalem, over 3,000 people joined an event that was overwhelmingly female to recognize the dozens of women who completed the lengthy study process. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Orthodox women seek bigger role as Jews end Talmud cycle

Jan. 7, 2020 10:25 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — As Orthodox Jews worldwide conclude a grueling marathon of daily Talmud study, a growing number of Israeli women have joined the effort, spotlighting collapsing gender barriers in the male-dominated community. Over the past week, Jews around the world have celebrated the end of a 7...

Israeli troops take their position during clashes with Palestinian demonstrators during a protest over Israeli settlement activity Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in the West Bank city of Hebron.  (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Israel advances nearly 2,000 settlement homes, watchdog says

Jan. 6, 2020 1:25 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities advanced plans to build nearly 2,000 new homes in West Bank settlements, an anti-settlement watchdog group said Monday. Peace Now said nearly 800 housing units received the final approvals needed for construction to begin. It said initial approvals were given for an...

President Donald Trump delivers remarks on Iran, at his Mar-a-Lago property, Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

On foreign policy, Trump flouts risks that gave others pause

Jan. 4, 2020 10:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is not the first American leader to have Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in his sights, but he was the first to pull the trigger. It’s a pattern that has emerged throughout Trump’s presidency. On a range of national security matters, he has cast aside...

A woman mourns in a demonstration over the U.S. airstrike in Iraq that killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Tehran, Iran, Jan. 3, 2020. Iran has vowed

Cycle of revenge: What's next after killing of Iran general?

Jan. 3, 2020 4:41 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The unprecedented killing of Iran's top general in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq has sent shockwaves across the Middle East, with Iran and its allies vowing revenge amid fears of an all-out war. But while they have vast arsenals and are within striking distance of U.S. troops deployed in Syria,...