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Australia considers moving embassy to Jerusalem

Oct. 16, 2018 10:19 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has raised the prospect of following the United States by relocating its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in a policy shift that critics described Tuesday as a desperate grab for domestic political gain to win a crucial by-election. Prime Minister Scott...

Washington has stood by Riyadh through multiple crises

Oct. 16, 2018 8:24 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has enjoyed the ultimate protected status from the United States throughout its short history. Riyadh has had a special relationship with the U.S., from President Franklin D. Roosevelt meeting Saudi Arabia's first King Abdul Aziz on Valentine's Day in 1945 to the...

Israeli defense minister: Now's the time to strike Hamas

Oct. 16, 2018 5:37 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister says the time has come to deliver a "heavy blow" to Gaza's militant Hamas leaders, after weeks of border violence. Avigdor Lieberman says he'll recommend doing so when Israel's security Cabinet meets the following day. The minister spoke on Tuesday during a visit...

Yaakov Weinroth, long-time Netanyahu lawyer, dies at 71

Oct. 16, 2018 2:20 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Yaakov Weinroth, one of Israel's most prominent attorneys and the long-time lawyer of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wide Sara, has died. He was 71. Weinroth passed away Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. He represented a series of top politicians in some of the country's...

Australia's prime minister says he is open to relocating the Australian embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

Oct. 15, 2018 5:51 PM EDT
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister says he is open to relocating the Australian embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Review: Melissa McCarthy in 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?'

Oct. 15, 2018 2:43 PM EDT

The early 1990s New York of Marielle Heller's "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" isn't so long ago but it already feels staggeringly distant. It's a New York of publishing industry cocktail parties, of book stores, lots of them, and of scheming, foul-mouthed eccentrics. Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) and her...

Israeli fire wounds 32 Palestinians in Gaza beach protest

Oct. 15, 2018 1:21 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Health Ministry says 32 Palestinians have been wounded by Israeli fire during a mass protest along the beach near the Israeli frontier. Protesters threw flaming tires over the fence Monday, while fishing boats hoisted Palestinian flags. Israeli forces responded with tear...

Israel approves funds to expand Hebron settlement

Oct. 15, 2018 12:57 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli government has approved plans to expand a Jewish settlement in the volatile West Bank city of Hebron. Sunday's decision approved $6.1 million to finance the construction of new housing, day care facilities and parks for the Hezekiya quarter in part of a former Israeli military...

Israel says troops kill Palestinian after attempted stabbing

Oct. 15, 2018 12:47 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli troops on Monday shot and killed a Palestinian man who allegedly tried to stab a soldier in the northern West Bank, the military said. The military said the alleged attacker did not wound any soldiers before he was spotted and shot. The incident came as security forces continued to...

Israeli leader aims to pass draft law, averting early vote

Oct. 15, 2018 11:34 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister says he hopes to soon pass legislation on a contentious bill that has threatened to bring down his government. Benjamin Netanyahu's comments, in a speech to the new session of parliament Monday, indicated he may be close to defusing a crisis that has threatened to...