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CAPTION CORRECTION:CORRECTS MOTHER'S NAME: Yaffa Issachar, left, mother of Naama, who is imprisoned in Russia on drug possession charges, meets Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, accompanied by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah in Jerusalem on January 23,2020 . Putin, will be a guest of honor Thursday at a ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Red Army's liberation of the Nazi Auschwitz death camp. (Heidi Levine, Pool via AP)

The Latest: German president expresses sorrow for Holocaust

Jan. 23, 2020 10:10 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The latest on the gathering in Jerusalem of dozens of world leaders for the World Holocaust Forum, which coincides with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp (all times local): 5:10 p.m. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has expressed his “deepest...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah stand with President Vladimir Putin at Netanyahu official residence in Jerusalem on January 23,2020 . Putin, will be a guest of honor Thursday at a ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Red Army's liberation of the Nazi Auschwitz death camp. Presidents , prime ministers and royalty from around the world who arrived in Israel for the two-day World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. (Heidi Levine/Pool photo via AP)

World leaders rally in Jerusalem against anti-Semitism

Jan. 23, 2020 8:42 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Dozens of world leaders gathered Thursday in Jerusalem for the largest-ever gathering focused on commemorating the Holocaust and combating rising modern-day anti-Semitism — a politically charged event that has been clouded by rival national interpretations of the genocide. Russian...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Gil Cohen-Magen, Pool)

Israel's Netanyahu apologizes for mocking rival's 'stutter'

Jan. 22, 2020 2:55 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized Wednesday for mocking his chief political opponent stumbling over words in interviews during a campaign rally. Netanyahu drew criticism from an Israeli stuttering organization and opposition politicians after imitating Blue and White...

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2019, file photo, the sun lights the buildings behind the entrance of the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland. World leaders will gather twice to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp _ once on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Jerusalem and again on Jan. 27 at the Auschwitz site in southern Poland. The fact that there will be two competing ceremonies reflects how politically charged World War II remains for nationalist governments in Russia and Poland. (Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

Russia-Poland feud over history clouds Auschwitz anniversary

Jan. 22, 2020 2:01 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Over the next several days, world leaders will gather twice to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the most notorious of Nazi Germany’s death camps. That there will be two competing ceremonies — one in Jerusalem on Thursday and the other...

French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, greet each other ahead of the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, Israel on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2020. Dozens of world leaders have descended upon Jerusalem for the largest-ever gathering focused on commemorating the Holocaust and combating modern-day anti-Semitism.  (Atef Safadi/Pool Photo via AP)

France's Macron cool to Israeli request to criticize ICC

Jan. 22, 2020 11:10 AM EST

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday gave a lukewarm reception to an Israeli request to criticize the International Criminal Court, saying he would study the matter. Macron's response dealt a setback to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's hopes for a strong backlash against the ICC by world...

Israeli Naama Issachar gestures during an appeal hearings in a courtroom in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. An Israeli backpacker serving prison time in Russia on a drug conviction is appealing her case and says she was wasn't provided a translator or lawyer after being detained at a Moscow airport. She was arrested in April in Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, where she was transferring flights en route from India to Israel. More than nine grams of hashish were found in her luggage. She was later sentenced to 7 1/2 years. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr.)

Putin to meet mother of Israeli backpacker jailed over hash

Jan. 22, 2020 10:47 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to meet with the mother of an Israeli tourist who was jailed in Russia for carrying a few grams of hashish, the Kremlin said Wednesday. The Russian leader is set to meet with Naama Issachar's mother while he is visiting Israel on Thursday, Putin adviser...

Family members of Hamouda Abu Amra gather around campfire to get warm in the winter's cold outside their destroyed house in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. The five-story house, where 19 people lived, was bombed and destroyed in an Israeli airstrike in November during the last cross-border fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

Israeli army kills 3 Palestinians after attack at Gaza fence

Jan. 21, 2020 5:59 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Israeli military said its soldiers killed three Palestinians who crossed the Gaza border fence and threw an explosive device at troops on Tuesday. The army said its troops fired on three suspects who crossed the security fence and "hurled a grenade or an explosive device"...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Gil Cohen-Magen, Pool)

Netanyahu tries to rally global opposition to ICC case

Jan. 21, 2020 4:16 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is calling on the world to take “concrete actions” against the International Criminal Court ahead of a possible war-crimes case against Israel. The ICC's chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, said last month that there was a...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Gil Cohen-Magen, Pool)

Netanyahu renews West Bank annexation vow ahead of elections

Jan. 21, 2020 3:54 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu renewed a vow to annex Israeli settlements in the West Bank as the embattled leader kicked off a third election campaign in under a year Tuesday. Addressing Likud Party supporters at a campaign launch event in Jerusalem, Netanyahu promised to...

FILE - Sept. 2, 2019, file photo, Spanish UN peacekeepers patrol along the Lebanese-Israeli border, with the Israeli village of Metulla, background, in the village of Kfar Kila, Lebanon. Israel's military said it began construction of an underground defense system Sunday along its northern frontier with Lebanon to protect against cross-border tunnels. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Israel building underground defense system on Lebanon border

Jan. 19, 2020 7:11 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military said it began construction of an underground defense system Sunday along its northern frontier with Lebanon to protect against cross-border tunnels. The infrastructure project will identify underground acoustic and seismic activity indicating tunnel digging, accompanied...