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Palestinian hold a poster showing U.S. President Donald Trump as they protest the American peace plan in Bethlehem, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington Sunday night vowing to

The Latest: Israel's liberal parties against Trump plan

Jan. 28, 2020 3:29 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's release of its Mideast peace plan (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Israel’s liberal parties are coming out vocally against the Trump proposal and calls by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex West Bank land. Amir Peretz, leader of...

FILE - In this June 11,l 2019 file photo Marijuana equipment lines along a window at the Minerva medical cannabis dispensary in Santa Fe, N.M. New Mexico would legalize recreational marijuana sales without exceptions for dissenting cities and counties under a rebooted proposal form legislators that emphasizes small business opportunities and ready access to pot for 80,000 current medical cannabis patients. Legalization for the first time enjoys the full throttled support of second-year Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who set up a volunteer commission last year to vet health and public safety concerns about recreational cannabis and on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, pitched the benefits of the pot economy to a gathering business leaders. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico Legislature eyes recreational pot legalization

Jan. 28, 2020 3:16 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Democrat-backed bill to legalize recreational marijuana businesses in all towns and counties across New Mexico was set to get its first public vetting Tuesday by lawmakers. A legislative committee will convene in the afternoon on the Senate floor to accommodate crowds amid intense...

Florida considers guns in churches, government meetings

Jan. 28, 2020 2:42 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gun rights would be expanded at churches and other places of worship and for local government officials who want to carry firearms at meetings under two bills approved by a House committee Tuesday. Members of the House Criminal Justice Committee cited several shootings around the...

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2017 file photo, demonstrators carrying signs chant as they protest outside of the White House in Washington during a demonstration to denounce President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel to the U.S. by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. Trump's travel ban on travelers from predominantly Muslim countries is headed back to a federal appeals court, three years after it was first imposed. On Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2020, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond is scheduled to hear arguments in three lawsuits filed by U.S. citizens and permanent residents whose relatives have been unable to enter the U.S. because of the ban. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Court hears request to proceed with Trump travel ban cases

Jan. 28, 2020 2:37 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court appeared skeptical Tuesday as civil rights groups sought to allow legal challenges to President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from predominantly Muslim countries to move forward despite a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the ban. The ban, put in place...

A view overlooks the Jewish West Bank settlement of Ari'el, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. President Donald Trump is set to unveil his administration's much-anticipated Mideast peace plan in the latest American venture to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

West Bank settlements report rapid growth in 2019

Jan. 28, 2020 10:01 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The population of Jewish settlements in the West Bank surged by more than 3% in 2019, well above the growth rate of Israel’s overall population, a settler group said Tuesday. It predicted even higher growth this year thanks to a nascent building boom made possible by friendly...

Diginitaries arrive to put candles at a memorial site at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. Survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp gathered for commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet army's liberation of the camp, using the testimony of survivors to warn about the signs of rising anti-Semitism and hatred in the world today. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Auschwitz survivors warn of rising anti-Semitism 75 years on

Jan. 27, 2020 5:33 PM EST

OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — Survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp prayed and wept as they marked the 75th anniversary of its liberation, returning Monday to the place where they lost entire families and warning about the ominous growth of anti-Semitism and hatred in the world. “We have with us...

3 Jehovah's Witnesses convicted in Russia amid crackdown

Jan. 27, 2020 12:18 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court has convicted three adherents of the Jehovah's Witnesses of participating in a religion banned for extremism, the latest move against the denomination. Russia banned the Jehovah's Witnesses in 2017 and since then has convicted 24 members, nine of whom are imprisoned; 27 others...

Egyptian court gives life sentence for 8 IS-linked militants

Jan. 27, 2020 7:57 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced eight people to life in prison, after they were convicted of joining a local affiliate of the Islamic State group spearheading an insurgency in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. The Cairo Criminal Court gave 29 others sentences ranging from 15 to 1 year in prison....

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo a rescue worker searches the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran. The downing of a Ukrainian jetliner near Tehran highlights the limits of the civilian arm of Iran's government against the absolute power of the Shiite theocracy and the paramilitary forces beneath it. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Downing of jet in Iran reveals Islamic Republic's wider woes

Jan. 27, 2020 1:23 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Ukrainian jetliner stood ready for takeoff at Iran's main international airport bound for Kyiv, packed with passengers and so many bags on one of the cheapest routes to the West that the ground crew rushed to unload some luggage to make its weight for flight. Nearly...

Anti-government protesters hold a huge Iraqi flag as they gather during a protest in Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Iraqi protesters defy top cleric and return to the streets

Jan. 26, 2020 3:28 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — One protester was killed by security forces after hundreds of anti-government protesters flooded the streets of Iraq's capital and southern provinces on Sunday, defying a powerful Iraqi religious leader who recently withdrew his support from the popular movement. Separately, five Katyusha...