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White House defends Harris meeting with Israeli Cabinet official despite Netanyahu's concerns

Mar. 04, 2024 16:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris and other top Biden administration officials held talks on Monday with a member of Israel’s wartime Cabinet who came to Washington in defiance of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. White House officials said Benny Gantz, a...

Israel escalates its criticism of a UN agency in Gaza. It says 450 of its workers are militants

Mar. 04, 2024 16:02 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel ramped up its criticism of the embattled U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees Monday, saying 450 of its employees were members of militant groups in the Gaza Strip, though it provided no evidence to back up its accusation. Major international funders have...

The Latest | Israeli Cabinet member meets US officials as cease-fire talks get underway in Egypt

Mar. 04, 2024 14:09 PM EST

A top member of Israel's wartime Cabinet is meeting with U.S. officials in Washington while talks are underway in Egypt to broker a cease-fire in Gaza before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins next week. Benny Gantz, a centrist political rival of Prime Minister Benjamin...

Strikes along Israel-Lebanon border kill 4 people as US envoy visits Beirut to press a cease-fire

Mar. 04, 2024 13:30 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — An Israeli airstrike in southern Lebanon killed three paramedics from the militant group Hezbollah on Monday, state media said, hours after a missile strike blamed on the militants killed at least one foreign worker in northern Israel. The deadly violence Monday came...

A 4-year-old Gaza boy lost his arm – and his family. Half a world away, he’s getting a second chance

Mar. 04, 2024 12:46 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Omar Abu Kuwaik is far from his home in Gaza. The 4-year-old's parents and sister were killed by an Israeli airstrike, when he lost part of his arm. He’s one of the lucky ones. Through the efforts of family and strangers, Omar was brought out of...

Netanyahu leaned on his top rival to help unify Israel. Now, Benny Gantz is more popular

Mar. 04, 2024 12:36 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The top political rival of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is meeting with U.S. leaders in Washington this week to discuss the war in Gaza. Benny Gantz is a key member of Israel's War Cabinet whose popularity is on the rise — and who has a pivotal role to play in the...

6 in 10 US adults doubt mental capability of Biden and Trump, AP-NORC poll finds

Mar. 04, 2024 11:02 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A poll finds that a significant share of U.S. adults doubt the mental capabilities of 81-year-old President Joe Biden and 77-year-old Donald Trump, the former president and current Republican front-runner in what could be a rematch of the 2020 election. More than...

Rival of Netanyahu visits US, signaling wider cracks in Israel’s wartime leadership

Mar. 03, 2024 23:38 PM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rebuked a top Cabinet minister arriving in Washington on Sunday for talks with U.S. officials, according to an Israeli official, signaling widening cracks within the country’s leadership nearly five months into its war with Hamas. ...

After 10 years of trying, a Palestinian woman had twins. An Israeli strike killed them both

Mar. 03, 2024 16:57 PM EST

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — It took 10 years and three rounds of in vitro fertilization for Rania Abu Anza to become pregnant, and only seconds for her to lose her five-month-old twins, a boy and a girl. An Israeli strike hit the home of her extended family in the southern Gaza city...

US military aircraft airdrop thousands of meals into Gaza in emergency humanitarian aid operation

Mar. 02, 2024 19:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military C-130 cargo planes dropped food in pallets over Gaza on Saturday in the opening stage of an emergency humanitarian assistance authorized by President Joe Biden after more than 100 Palestinians who had surged to pull goods off an aid convoy were killed during a...