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Amid Gaza fighting, Israel could face questions on tactics

Nov. 15, 2019 12:49 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Residents say the airstrike came without warning: With fighting raging between Israel and Islamic Jihad militants throughout Gaza, two loud blasts shook the night, destroying the Abu Malhous home and killing eight members of the family in a split second. As Israel claims...

Iran's top leader grants mass jail pardon on Islamic holiday

Nov. 14, 2019 9:27 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has pardoned thousands of prisoners including 32 activists and others being held on “security” charges. Thursday’s report by judiciary website Mizanonline.com said the 32 prisoners are mainly journalists and...

Powerful hard-liner: Iran should stop honoring nuclear deal

Nov. 14, 2019 5:12 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A prominent member of Iran’s powerful Guardian Council has told The Associated Press that the Islamic Republic should stop honoring all terms of the collapsing 2015 nuclear deal with world powers amid tensions with the United States. The comments by Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei show an...

As rockets rain down, Israel intensifies its strikes in Gaza

Nov. 13, 2019 9:03 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli aircraft struck Islamic Jihad targets throughout the Gaza Strip on Wednesday while the militant group rained scores of rockets into Israel for a second straight day as the heaviest round of fighting in months showed no signs of ending. The death toll rose to 32...

The Latest: Palestinians say new Israeli airstrike kills 5

Nov. 13, 2019 7:13 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The latest on the new escalation between Israel and Gaza (all times local): 2:10 a.m. Palestinians say a new Israeli airstrike has killed five people from a single family in central Gaza Strip. Hamas’ al-Aqsa Radio reported early Thursday that the dead include parents and their...

Saudi Arabia, Yemen’s Houthi rebels in indirect peace talks

Nov. 13, 2019 12:51 PM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi Arabia and Yemen’s Iran-backed rebels are holding indirect, behind-the-scenes talks to end the devastating five-year war in Yemen, officials from both sides have told The Associated Press. The negotiations are taking place with Oman, a Gulf Arab country that borders both...

The Latest: 8 die as Israeli planes hit Gaza

Nov. 12, 2019 3:52 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israeli airstrikes on Tuesday (all times local): 10:50 p.m. Israel has targeted two senior commanders from the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, killing one in the Gaza Strip and missing the second in Syria as it steps up its battle against Iran and its proxies across...

Israel targets Islamic Jihad leader, sending message to Iran

Nov. 12, 2019 3:22 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Tuesday targeted two senior commanders from the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, killing one in the Gaza Strip and missing the second in Syria as it stepped up its battle against Iran and its proxies across the region. The death of Bahaa Abu el-Atta and his wife as they...

Poor air quality closes schools in Iran's capital

Nov. 12, 2019 11:06 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Dangerously poor air quality has forced Iran's government to close all primary schools in the capital, Tehran, a city home to 10 million people. A thick smog is hanging over the city, caused by heavy traffic and factory pollution. It's been worsened by a lack of wind and rain in recent...

UN reports increasing violations of Iran nuclear deal

Nov. 11, 2019 3:01 PM EST

VIENNA (AP) — Uranium particles of man-made origin have been discovered at a site in Iran not declared to the United Nations, the U.N. atomic watchdog agency said Monday as it confirmed a litany of violations by Tehran of the 2015 nuclear deal. The International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran has begun...