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Israel launches West Bank crackdown after Palestinian attack

Dec. 13, 2018 2:51 PM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israel's military launched a West Bank manhunt Thursday, setting up checkpoints and blocking roads, after a Palestinian gunman killed two Israeli soldiers at a bus stop outside a West Bank settlement and sped away. The shooting added to a deadly week that claimed seven lives,...

Israeli forces kill Palestinian wanted in drive-by shooting

Dec. 12, 2018 5:17 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli forces killed a Palestinian suspect wanted in a drive-by shooting at a West Bank bus stop, shooting him Wednesday just hours after an Israeli baby delivered prematurely as a result of the weekend attack died. The Shin Bet security agency said Salah Barghouti, 29, was killed while...

Netanyahu hails Italy's Salvini as 'great friend of Israel'

Dec. 12, 2018 10:26 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is hailing Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini as a "great friend of Israel," despite the Italian Jewish community's outcry over his far-right policies and anti-migration views. Salvini met with Netanyahu on Wednesday in Jerusalem before...

Italy's far-right minister visits Israel, drawing criticism

Dec. 12, 2018 12:40 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — One of Europe's most divisive political figures, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, opened his visit to Israel Tuesday with warm words of support for his hosts, condemning Hezbollah as a "terrorist" organization and denouncing rising waves of anti-Semitism in Europe. Salvini is in...

Israeli troops kill Palestinian after suspected car ramming

Dec. 11, 2018 7:27 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man in the West Bank after he attempted to ram his car into them, Israeli police said Tuesday. Police said the driver struck a police vehicle and then attempted to hit forces securing an area near the West Bank city of Hebron. Police...

Church renovation lifts Christmas spirit in Bethlehem

Dec. 10, 2018 11:15 AM EST

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — A historic renovation of the Church of the Nativity is lifting spirits in the biblical town of Bethlehem ahead of Christmas, offering visitors a look at ancient mosaics and columns that have been restored to their original glory for the first time in 600 years. City officials...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's trade claims, Paris protesters' chant

Dec. 8, 2018 11:42 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager for a historic trade agreement, President Donald Trump is claiming done deals with China that aren't measuring up to the hype. He describes last week's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as "extraordinary" and a "big leap forward." China, however,...

Today in History

Dec. 7, 2018 12:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Friday, Dec. 7, the 341st day of 2018. There are 24 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 7, 1941, Japan launched a surprise attack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as part of its plan to conquer Southeast Asian territories; the raid, which claimed...

Parkland shooting victim's dad joins Trump for Hanukkah

Dec. 6, 2018 9:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The father of a Florida school shooting victim helped the White House celebrate Hanukkah on Thursday and lauded President Donald Trump as a "fighter" who has "retaken Washington for the American people." Trump said the menorah was being lit in the East Room in memory of 18-year-old Meadow...

US fails to win UN condemnation of Hamas militants in Gaza

Dec. 6, 2018 7:27 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.S.-sponsored draft resolution that for the first time would have condemned the militant Islamic group Hamas, which controls Gaza, failed to win the required two-thirds majority in the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday. Before the vote on the resolution, the 193-member world body...