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Iranian protesters hold defaced pictures of French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest against Macron and the publishing of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad they deem blasphemous, in front of French Embassy in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Macron has vowed his country will not back down from its secular ideals and defense of free speech. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Turkish leaders condemn Charlie Hebdo cartoon of Erdogan

Oct. 28, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish officials on Wednesday railed against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo over its cover-page cartoon mocking Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and accused the publication of sowing “the seeds of hatred and animosity.” The cartoon could further heighten...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, second right, and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, second left, attend a ceremony to sign amendments to a series of scientific cooperation agreements, at Ariel University, in the West Bank settlement of Ariel, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. The United States and Israel amended the agreements on Wednesday to include Israeli institutions in the West Bank, a step that further blurs the status of settlements widely considered illegal under international law. (Emil Salman/Pool via AP)

US, Israel extend science accords into West Bank settlements

Oct. 28, 2020 8:39 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The United States and Israel amended a series of scientific cooperation agreements on Wednesday to include Israeli institutions in the West Bank, a step that further blurs the status of settlements widely considered illegal under international law. Until now, three U.S.-Israeli science...

Israel's then-Infrastructure Minister Effie Eitam, center in blue shirt, listens to Jewish settlers when visiting Mitzpeh Assaf, an illegal outpost which Israel's Defense Minster said will be dismantled, near the settlement of Ofra, north of Jerusalem, Sunday Oct. 13, 2002. Israel plans to nominate Eitam to head the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, officials said Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Zoom 77)

Israel looks to far-right figure to head Holocaust memorial

Oct. 28, 2020 1:28 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel plans to nominate a far-right former general and Cabinet minister who once called for the expulsion of Palestinians from the West Bank to head the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, officials said Tuesday. Effie Eitam, a religious nationalist with a history of harsh rhetoric toward the...

Palestinians push for international conference, US is open

Oct. 26, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinian foreign minister said Monday an international peace conference is the only way to generate momentum to bring Israelis and Palestinians to negotiate a peace agreement. The U.S. ambassador said the Trump administration has “no objection” to meeting...

Palestinian teen dies after West Bank chase by Israeli army

Oct. 26, 2020 1:53 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — An 18-year-old Palestinian died early Sunday after being chased by Israeli troops in the West Bank, but the circumstances of his death remain in dispute. Relatives of Amer Snobar said that Israeli troops had beaten him to death, while the Israeli army said the man fell and hit...

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 - 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)

Hospital: Palestinian official Erekat in critical condition

Oct. 19, 2020 10:13 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat on Monday 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...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus pass by a statue with a face mask at a park in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. South Korea's daily coronavirus tally has dropped below 50 for the first time in more than two weeks despite reports of small-scale local infections. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: S. Korea increases hospital, nursing home tests

Oct. 18, 2020 10:16 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 76 new cases of the coronavirus as officials begin testing tens of thousands of employees at hospitals and nursing homes to prevent transmissions at live-in facilities. The figures released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Monday brought...

Jewish settlers fight fire in olive groves near their outpost that was caused by Israeli police's teargas canisters, used to disperse Palestinian farmers going to their groves, in the West Bank village of Burqa, East of Ramallah, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Palestinians clashed with Israeli border police in the West Bank on Friday during their attempt to reach and harvest their olive groves near a Jewish settlers outpost. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Israel settlement plans draw international condemnation

Oct. 16, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli plans to advance the building of thousands of settlement units in the occupied West Bank drew European condemnation on Friday as approvals for constructions hit a record high in 2020. The European countries warned the building perpetuates the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and...

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2017 file photo, Palestinian laborers work at a construction site in the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem. Israeli authorities have advanced plans to build over 2,100 new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank. Wednesday's development indicates they are pressing ahead with a building boom that has gained steam during the presidency of Donald Trump.  (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

Israel OKs more than 3,000 West Bank settlement homes

Oct. 15, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel on Thursday pressed forward on plans for more than 3,000 West Bank settlement homes, making 2020 one of the most prolific years for settlement building, according to a settlement watchdog group. Thursday's approvals, along with more than 2,000 new homes approved a day...