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Palestinians visit vandalized mosque in the Arab neighborhood of Beit Safafa, in east Jerusalem, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Israeli police said Friday they are investigating after a

Vandals set fire to mosque in east Jerusalem

Jan. 24, 2020 6:43 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police said Friday they are investigating after a "room was ignited" in a mosque on the outskirts of Jerusalem and Hebrew graffiti was found on an outside wall. The graffiti was hard to make out but appears to have been left by ultranationalist Israelis. One part read,...

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.)

Israeli woman jailed in Russia yet to ask for pardon

Jan. 24, 2020 5:48 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — An Israeli woman jailed in Russia on drug charges cannot be pardoned by President Vladimir Putin until she herself petitions for it, a Kremlin spokesman said Friday. Naama Issachar, 26, was arrested in April at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, where she was transferring flights on her way from...

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020.   Pence, Russian President Vladimir Putin,  French President Emmanuel Macron, Britain’s Prince Charles, and the presidents of Germany, Italy and Austria were among the more than 40 dignitaries attending the World Holocaust Forum, which coincides with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp.  (Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP)

Trump: Mideast peace plan likely rolled out in days

Jan. 23, 2020 7:15 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he'll likely release his long-awaited Mideast peace plan before his meeting early next week at the White House with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main political rival Benny Gantz. “It’s a great plan. It’s a...

Russian pleads guilty in Virginia to large-scale card fraud

Jan. 23, 2020 6:31 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Russian national pleaded guilty Thursday to running a website that helped people commit more than $20 million in credit-card fraud. Aleksei Burkov, 29, of St. Petersburg, Russia, entered the plea to charges including fraud and money laundering in a federal court in Alexandria. He...

World leaders pose for a family photo during the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Russian President Vladimir Putin,  French President Emmanuel Macron, and the presidents of Germany, Italy and Austria were among the more than 40 dignitaries attending the World Holocaust Forum, which coincides with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp.  (Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP)

Key quotes from world leaders at Holocaust forum

Jan. 23, 2020 3:15 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The presidents of France and Germany warned of rising anti-Semitism. Israeli and American leaders lashed out at Iran. Russia's president took a swipe at eastern European members of NATO. The leaders who addressed the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem were united in condemning the murder...

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)

Leaders vow to learn from Holocaust, offer competing lessons

Jan. 23, 2020 2:40 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Speaker by speaker, world leaders on Thursday denounced the rising threat of anti-Semitism and vowed never to forget the lessons of the Holocaust at a solemn ceremony in Jerusalem marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the infamous Auschwitz death camp. But the high-powered...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, Congressional Progressive Caucus member Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and others in the Caucus, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, about the targeted killing of Iran's senior military commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Omar is kicking off her reelection campaign Thursday Jan 23, 2020, with a massive bank account and no challengers who pose a serious threat from either party. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Rep. Ilhan Omar launches reelection bid with big advantages

Jan. 23, 2020 1:57 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rep. Ilhan Omar’s congressional career got off to a rocky start just a year ago, with her provocative remarks on Israel and Jews stirring anger across the country and raising speculation that some other Minnesota Democrat might step forward to challenge her in 2020. That was then....

Pence: White House invites Israel's Netanyahu and chief rival to White House next week to discuss 'prospect of peace'

Jan. 23, 2020 1:28 PM EST
JERUSALEM (AP) — Pence: White House invites Israel's Netanyahu and chief rival to White House next week to discuss 'prospect of peace'.
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: Charles appears to snub VP Pence in Jerusalem

Jan. 23, 2020 1:10 PM 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): 7:36 p.m. Britain’s Prince Charles appeared to snub U.S. Vice President Mike...

In this June 2016, photo provided by Guila Fakhoury, her father Amer Fakhoury holds his granddaughter, Kira, in King of Prussia, Penn. At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire said Fakhoury, an American citizen jailed in his native Lebanon since September 2019 on no charges is very ill and if he dies there, then Lebanon should be subject to sanctions. The 57-year-old restaurant owner was once part of the South Lebanon Army and worked at a former prison described by human rights groups as a center for torture. His family says he's innocent. (Guila Fakhoury via AP)

Senator calls for sanctions about American jailed in Lebanon

Jan. 23, 2020 11:48 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire is drafting sanctions legislation to hold Lebanese officials accountable for jailing an American citizen without any charges as his health takes a turn for the worse. "Time is of the essence and the Lebanese government needs to understand...