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Israeli team investigating 'chain of events' in lunar crash

Apr. 18, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli start-up behind last week's failed lunar landing said Thursday that it is still investigating a malfunction that caused the spacecraft to plummet to the moon's surface. SpaceIL, the non-profit that undertook the lunar mission, said that engineers in mission control received a...

Israeli police detain Jewish suspects with sacrificial goats

Apr. 18, 2019 7:37 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they detained four suspects involved in an attempt to smuggle two baby goats into Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site for a ritual sacrifice. Police said on Thursday that two Jewish minors intended "to cause provocations" by sacrificing the goats ahead of Passover. Two...

Israel's president formally nominates Netanyahu as PM

Apr. 17, 2019 11:34 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's president on Wednesday formally nominated Benjamin Netanyahu for a fourth consecutive term as prime minister, officially launching a process that is expected to result in a new government dominated by religious and nationalist parties in the coming weeks. In one of the president's...

AP Interview: Ivanka Trump says Africa would inspire her dad

Apr. 17, 2019 11:01 PM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — On a trip to Africa to promote women's economic empowerment, Ivanka Trump said Wednesday the White House should be judged by its actions toward a continent that her father has privately disparaged. In an Associated Press interview, the president's daughter and senior adviser...

Israeli envoy: no action on West Bank until after peace plan

Apr. 17, 2019 7:45 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel's U.N. ambassador said Wednesday he believes his government will take no action on annexing Jewish settlements in the West Bank until after the Trump administration releases its long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. Danny Danon told a group of reporters he thinks the...

School shootings draw attention to officers' mental health

Apr. 17, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — The first SWAT team members to see the horror in the Columbine High School library had to step around bodies and ignore a wounded student's plea for help as they searched for shooters they didn't know had already died by their own hands. As member Grant Whitus put it, officers...

Russia denies recovering remains of Israeli spy Cohen

Apr. 17, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Foreign Ministry has strongly rejected Israeli media reports claiming that Russian officials have taken the remains of legendary Israeli spy Eli Cohen out of Syria, where he was executed more than five decades ago. Cohen infiltrated the top echelons of Syria's leadership in the early...

Israel's president formally nominates Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the candidate to form the next government.

Apr. 17, 2019 1:06 PM EDT
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's president formally nominates Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the candidate to form the next government. .

Israel military exports were $7.5 billion in 2018, down 18%

Apr. 17, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Defense Ministry says the country's military exports were $7.5 billion last year, down 18% from the previous year. The ministry said on Wednesday that despite the drop, the 2018 figures were a "major success" and the second-highest level in the past decade. It said the $9.2...

Long-lost Kafka works could emerge after messy legal battle

Apr. 17, 2019 8:33 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A long-hidden trove of unpublished works by Franz Kafka could soon be revealed following a decade-long battle over his literary estate that has drawn comparisons to some of his surreal tales. A district court in Zurich upheld Israeli verdicts in the case last week, ruling that several safe...