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In water-stressed Singapore, a search for new solutions to keep the taps flowing

Feb. 25, 2024 19:18 PM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — A crack of thunder booms as dozens of screens in a locked office flash between live video of cars splashing through wet roads, drains sapping the streets dry, and reservoirs collecting the precious rainwater across the tropical island of Singapore. A team of government employees...

Netanyahu says a cease-fire deal would only delay 'somewhat' an Israeli military offensive in Rafah

Feb. 25, 2024 18:31 PM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — An Israeli military offensive in Gaza's southernmost city of Rafah could be “delayed somewhat” if a deal is reached for a weekslong cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, and claimed that total victory in the territory would...

Caribbean leaders meet with Haiti's prime minister. Foreign force deployment is on the agenda

Feb. 25, 2024 15:57 PM EST

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Caribbean leaders met with embattled Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry on Sunday to talk about his country’s unrelenting gang violence, with one top official noting that his continued presence as head of government remains a main stumbling block to progress. ...

Israeli officials to meet on a proposed pause in Gaza while the Cabinet is set to OK a Rafah plan

Feb. 24, 2024 15:20 PM EST

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli officials will meet Saturday night on the next steps after the latest talks with the United States, Egypt and Qatar in search of a deal on pausing the fighting in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. But Netanyahu announced...

Ukraine's top diplomat tells skeptics at the UN that his country will win the war

Feb. 23, 2024 23:07 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ukraine’s foreign minister on Friday told skeptics who believe Ukraine can’t win the war with Russia that they will be proven wrong: “Ukraine will win the war.” Dmytro Kuleba, speaking at the United Nations on the eve of the second anniversary of...

Mexican church officials have helped arrange a truce between 2 warring drug cartels

Feb. 23, 2024 22:19 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Roman Catholic churchmen have helped arrange a truce between two warring drug cartels whose turf wars have blooded the state of Guerrero in southern Mexico, a priest said Thursday. It is the latest in a series of attempts by bishops and priests to get cartels to...

Two Navy SEALs drowned in the Arabian Sea. How the US charged foreign crew with smuggling weapons

Feb. 23, 2024 18:00 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two Navy SEALs drowned last month while trying to board a vessel that was intercepted by U.S. naval forces in the Arabian Sea. On Thursday, federal prosecutors unsealed a criminal complaint against four foreign nationals they say were transporting suspected Iranian-made...

Israel plans to build 3,300 new settlement homes. It says it's a response to a Palestinian attack

Feb. 23, 2024 17:39 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel plans to build more than 3,300 new homes in settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank in response to a fatal Palestinian shooting attack, a senior Cabinet minister said. The decision drew an angry response from the U.S. at a time of growing tensions over the course of...

Netanyahu seeks open-ended control over security and civilian affairs in Gaza in new postwar plan

Feb. 23, 2024 17:38 PM EST

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — A long-awaited postwar plan by Israel's prime minister shows that his government seeks open-ended control over security and civilian affairs in the Gaza Strip. That was swiftly rejected Friday by Palestinian leaders and runs counter to Washington’s vision for...

Biden administration restores Trump-rescinded policy on illegitimacy of Israeli settlements

Feb. 23, 2024 15:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday restored a U.S. legal finding dating back nearly 50 years that Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories are “illegitimate” under international law. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. believes...