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A look at the week ahead in golf

Jan. 28, 2020 11:25 AM EST

PGA TOUR WASTE MANAGEMENT PHOENIX OPEN Site: Scottsdale, Ariz. Course: TPC Scottsdale. Yardage: 7,261. Par: 71. Purse: $7.3 million. Winner's share: $1,314,000. Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:45 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (CBS). Defending champion: Rickie Fowler....

FILE - In this March 25, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump welcomes visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House in Washington. Trump is holding back-to-back meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief challenger ahead of the unveiling of the U.S. administration's much-anticipated plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The meetings come just a month before Netanyahu and Benny Gantz are set to face off in national elections for the third time in less than a year.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Trump to unveil his Middle East peace plan amid skepticism

Jan. 28, 2020 11:12 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is set to unveil his administration’s much-anticipated Middle East peace plan in the latest American venture to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Odds of it taking shape are long, given that the Palestinians, effectively cut off by the Trump...

New MSU student from Iran sent home after landing at airport

Jan. 28, 2020 11:11 AM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — U.S. authorities declined to admit an Iranian graduate student after he landed at an airport to start classes at Michigan State University, an attorney said. Alireza Esfidajani, 27, was stopped Sunday at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and interviewed by agents. He was held at a...

UN: Clashes in Sudan’s West Darfur force 11,000 into Chad

Jan. 28, 2020 10:49 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Tribal clashes in Sudan’s West Darfur province forced more than 11,000 people to flee into neighboring Chad over the past month, the U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday. Clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs erupted late in December in the West Darfur town of Genena, 20 kilometers (12 miles)...

This Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, photo, released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a Syrian army soldier launches a mortar round toward insurgents on the western rural Aleppo, Syria. Syrian government forces pressed in their offensive Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, closing in on a major rebel stronghold in the northwestern province of Idlib and marching against insurgents west of Aleppo, Syria's largest city, state media and opposition activists said Tuesday. (SANA via AP)

Syrian troops enter key rebel-held town amid airstrikes

Jan. 28, 2020 10:36 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian government forces Tuesday entered a key rebel-held town in the country's northwest after surrounding it on three sides, sending thousands of people fleeing to safety in areas farther north, opposition activists and pro-government media said. The push into the town of Maaret...

Migrants stand outside their makeshift tents outside the perimeter of the overcrowded Moria refugee camp on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Greece has been the first point of entry into the European Union for hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war or poverty at home, with most arriving on eastern Aegean islands from nearby Turkey. (AP Photo/Aggelos Barai)

Europe's asylum agency signs deal on boosting Greek presence

Jan. 28, 2020 10:03 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Europe's asylum agency signed a deal with Greece Tuesday that will help expand its operations in the country, which is struggling to process asylum requests amid high migrant arrivals and overcrowding in island camps. The European Asylum Support Office said in a statement that the...

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...

In this Tuesday, Jan. 21 photo, a malnourished lion rests in a zoo in Khartoum, Sudan. With the staff at the destitute Al-Qurashi Park, as the zoo in Khartoum is known, unable to feed and look after the animals, many have died off or were evacuated, leaving only three skeletal lions. (AP Photo)

Rescue mission aids starving lions in neglected Sudan zoo

Jan. 28, 2020 9:49 AM EST

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Four lions in a rundown zoo in the capital of Sudan, wasting away from hunger, are undergoing lifesaving medical treatment from an international animal rescue organization. The plight of the rail-thin lions in Al-Qurashi Park in Khartoum set off an outpouring of sympathy and...

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: Palestinians protest Trump plan in Gaza City

Jan. 28, 2020 8:36 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's release of its Mideast peace plan (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Thousands of Palestinians are protesting in Gaza City ahead of the Trump administration's announcement of its peace plan, which is expected to strongly favor Israel. The protesters...

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, left, and Israel's President Reuven Rivlin, right, sing as they attend a performance of the school choir during their visit at the Jewish Moses Mendelssohn school in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, pool)

Israeli president warns of hatred during Berlin school visit

Jan. 28, 2020 7:41 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin visited a centuries-old Jewish high school in Berlin on Tuesday, telling students from a mix of religious and ethnic backgrounds about the importance of learning about diversity and different identities in order to counter hatred. Sitting alongside German...