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Nowhere to run: Fear in Gaza grows amid conflict with Israel

May. 13, 2021 05:57 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Screams and flying debris enveloped Umm Majed al-Rayyes as explosions hurled her from her bed in Gaza City. Groping in the dark, the 50-year-old grabbed her four children and ran as Israeli bombs struck their apartment building Wednesday, shattering windows,...

Weary Gaza marks Muslim feast as violence spreads in Israel

May. 13, 2021 05:53 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Weary Palestinians somberly marked the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on Thursday, as Hamas and Israel traded more rockets and airstrikes and Jewish-Arab violence raged across Israel. The violence has reached deeper into Israel than...

Virus, Mideast turmoil stifle Eid al-Fitr celebrations

May. 13, 2021 03:03 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Muslims celebrated Eid al-Fitr in a subdued mood for a second year Thursday as the COVID-19 pandemic again forced mosque closings and family separations on the holiday marking the end of Ramadan. In the embattled Gaza Strip, the call to prayer...

Syrian family reunited, against the odds, in Greece

May. 13, 2021 02:48 AM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Torn apart in the deadly chaos of an air raid, a Syrian family of seven has been reunited, against the odds, three years later at a refugee shelter in Greece's second city of Thessaloniki, a centuries-old melting point of cultures overlooking the Aegean Sea. ...

As ethnic violence rocks Israel, Arabs cite deep grievances

May. 13, 2021 02:42 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — As rockets from Gaza streaked overhead, Arabs and Jews fought each other on the streets below and rioters torched vehicles, a restaurant and a synagogue in one of the worst spasms of communal violence Israel has seen in years. The mayor of the mixed...

Driven by despair, Lebanese pharmacist looks to life abroad

May. 13, 2021 02:14 AM EDT

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — The shelves are bare at the Panacea pharmacy north of Beirut. Its owner, Rita El Khoury, has spent the past few weeks packing up her career, apartment and belongings before leaving Lebanon for a new life abroad. For the 35-year-old pharmacist and...

Wealthy nations once lauded as successes lag in vaccinations

May. 13, 2021 00:44 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Some wealthy nations that were most praised last year for controlling the coronavirus are now lagging far behind in getting their people vaccinated — and some, especially in Asia, are seeing COVID-19 cases grow. In Japan, South Korea and...

Demonstrators march in opposition to Israel and Gaza bombing

May. 12, 2021 23:06 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators marched through Chicago’s main business district Wednesday in opposition to Israel and demanding an end to Israeli attacks on Palestinians in the Gaza strip that have left dozens dead. The demonstration occurred as Israel...

Israel steps up Gaza offensive, kills senior Hamas figures

May. 12, 2021 23:01 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel on Wednesday pressed ahead with a fierce military offensive in the Gaza Strip, killing as many as 10 senior Hamas military figures and toppling a pair of high-rise towers housing Hamas facilities in airstrikes. The Islamic militant group showed no signs...

Man pleads guilty to stealing $800K from disabled kids group

May. 12, 2021 22:34 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The former executive director of a suburban Chicago nonprofit created to help children with disabilities pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges he stole more than $800,000 from the organization. Stuart Nitzkin, 45, of Deerfield, Illinois, pleaded...