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Iran could rally regional proxies in case of war with the US

May. 17, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — In the event of war with the United States, Iran "will not be alone." That message was delivered by the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group to a mass rally in Beirut in February marking the 40th anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution. "If America launches war on Iran, it will not...

Eurovision Song Contest decides this year's final lineup

May. 16, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The Eurovision Song Contest has decided the final 10 contestants who will battle to be crowned Europe's best pop act, following the event's second semifinal Thursday. The countries advancing to the cumulative show, held Saturday in Tel Aviv, are Netherlands, Sweden, North Macedonia,...

US in new push to resolve Israel-Lebanon sea border dispute

May. 15, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A senior U.S. official who has been mediating the maritime border dispute between Israel and Lebanon met with Lebanese officials Wednesday for a second day, signaling a new push to resolve the matter. Israel and Lebanon both claim some 860 square kilometers (330 square miles) of the...

Palestinians mark anniversary of mass displacement

May. 15, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinians on Wednesday marked the 71st anniversary of their mass displacement during the 1948 war around Israel's creation with protests across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Thousands of people streamed to the Gaza-Israel frontier as the militant Hamas group, which...

US official in Beirut to discuss border dispute with Israel

May. 14, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri received a U.S. official Tuesday as Washington mediates a maritime border dispute with Israel. Acting Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield arrived earlier in the day to begin a two-day visit to meet officials in Lebanon, which is in an economic...

Trump's election has boosted Israeli settlement construction

May. 14, 2019 8:52 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's government went on a spending binge in its West Bank settlements following the election of President Donald Trump, according to official data obtained by The Associated Press. Both supporters and detractors of the settlement movement have previously referred to a "Trump effect,"...

Dems say Trump, GOP, twisting Tlaib's Holocaust remarks

May. 13, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats from Congress to the 2020 presidential campaign trail on Monday demanded that Republicans apologize to Rep. Rashida Tlaib for mischaracterizing her remarks about the Holocaust in the latest uproar over Muslim House members and their remarks about Israel. The Michigan Democrat...

UN envoy to Mideast warns of war between Israel, Hamas

May. 13, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The U.N. envoy to the Mideast said Monday that the recent ceasefire between Gaza's Hamas rulers and Israel was the "last chance" to prevent an all-out conflict. A Qatari envoy arrived the same day in the Palestinian enclave with cash to help cement the truce, which halted the...

Terry Gou moves closer to run for Taiwan president

May. 13, 2019 6:37 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Terry Gou, head of the world's largest contract assembler of consumer electronics, stepped closer to running for president of Taiwan on Monday by announcing that he would not accept a vice presidential slot on the ticket of the opposition Nationalist Party. Gou is chairman of Foxconn,...

Politics takes center stage as Israel hosts Eurovision

May. 12, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — As host of this year's Eurovision, Israel has tried to use the hugely popular song contest to present itself as a tolerant and cosmopolitan country that is winning increased acceptance on the world stage. But despite Israel's best branding efforts, the kitschy festival is clouded in...