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Israeli airstrike kills Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza home

Nov. 12, 2019 5:56 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A pair of Israeli airstrikes targeted senior Islamic Jihad commanders in Gaza and in Syria early on Tuesday, escalating Israel's confrontation with Iran across the region and threatening to unleash another devastating round of cross-border violence with Palestinian militants....

Court says EU states must label Israeli settlement products

Nov. 12, 2019 5:54 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top court ruled Tuesday that EU countries must identify products made in Israeli settlements on their labels, in a decision welcomed by rights groups but likely to spark anger in Israel. The European Court of Justice said that "foodstuffs originating in the territories...

The Latest: Netanyahu says slain militant planned new attack

Nov. 12, 2019 5:45 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israeli airstrikes on Tuesday (all times local): 12:40 p.m. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the Islamic Jihad commander killed in an Israeli airstrike Gaza was planning a new attack. Netanyahu says Bahaa Abu el-Atta was the driving force behind recent attacks...

Turkey tries to shed light on White Helmets founder's death

Nov. 12, 2019 5:45 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish official says authorities are working to understand how a former British officer who helped found the White Helmets volunteer aid group in Syria died. James Le Mesurier was found dead near his home in Istanbul on Monday. Turkish police believe he fell to his death and are...

10 Things to Know for Today

Nov. 12, 2019 5:39 AM EST

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHO ARE ABOUT TO BECOME HOUSEHOLD NAMES Diplomats and career government officials, little known outside professional circles, will be testifying in live public hearings in the House impeachment inquiry this...

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu says the Islamic Jihad commander killed in Gaza airstrike was planning a new attack

Nov. 12, 2019 5:34 AM EST
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu says the Islamic Jihad commander killed in Gaza airstrike was planning a new attack.

Angered at EU, Turkey threatens to release IS prisoners

Nov. 12, 2019 5:15 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday issued a veiled threat suggesting Turkey could release the Islamic State group prisoners it holds and send them to Europe, angered at a EU decision to impose sanctions on his country over its drilling for gas in Mediterranean waters...

Afghan president: 3 Taliban released for held US, Australian

Nov. 12, 2019 4:02 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday announced that his government has released three prominent Taliban figures in an effort to get the insurgents to free an American and an Australian professor they abducted in 2016 and have held captive for over three years. At a press event...

Turkey's president, responding to EU sanctions, says he could release Islamic State prisoners and return them to Europe

Nov. 12, 2019 3:22 AM EST
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president, responding to EU sanctions, says he could release Islamic State prisoners and return them to Europe.

WFP chief vows more 'aggressive' action on sexual harassment

Nov. 12, 2019 2:01 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — In the wake of an internal survey that detailed multiple allegations of rape and sexual harassment of its female staffers, the leader of the World Food Program is vowing to go after abusers. David Beasley, the U.N. agency's executive director, said in a recent interview with The Associated...