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Court says EU states must label Israeli settlement products

Nov. 12, 2019 5:23 AM EST

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

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...

The Latest: EU condemns Gaza rocket fire deep into Israel

Nov. 12, 2019 5:08 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israeli airstrikes on Tuesday (all times local): 12:05 p.m. The European Union is condemning the barrage of rocket attacks reaching deep into Israel after Israeli airstrikes targeted senior Islamic Jihad commanders in Gaza and Syria. The 28-nation bloc said in a statement...

Israeli airstrike kills Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza home

Nov. 12, 2019 5:03 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....

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...

Syrian state-run news agency says Israeli airstrike hit Damascus home of Islamic Jihad commander; no word on his fate

Nov. 12, 2019 1:13 AM EST
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state-run news agency says Israeli airstrike hit Damascus home of Islamic Jihad commander; no word on his fate.

Performers wounded in knife attack on stage in Saudi Arabia

Nov. 11, 2019 11:30 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Two men and a woman were wounded in a knife attack Monday evening as they performed on stage in a park in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, marking the first such incident since the kingdom began loosening restrictions on entertainment. Saudi broadcaster al-Ekhbariya reported that...

New US envoy to UAE stresses deescalation in Persian Gulf

Nov. 11, 2019 11:06 PM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Washington's new ambassador to the United Arab Emirates says the U.S. is working closely with its regional allies to deescalate tensions in the Persian Gulf after a spate of attacks on energy targets blamed on Iran. Ambassador John Rakolta told The Associated Press:...