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In this Wednesday April 4, 2018, file image, alleged jihadist leader Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud, center, takes his seat in the court room for his initial appearance on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. International Criminal Court judges rejected Wednesday an appeal by an alleged Islamic extremist from Mali who claimed the charges against him were not serious enough to merit standing trial at the global court. The decision clears the way for the trial of Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud to start later this year for alleged crimes in Timbuktu including torture, rape and persecution. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, Pool)

ICC judges OK trial for alleged Islamic extremist from Mali

Feb. 19, 2020 6:31 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges on Wednesday rejected an appeal by an alleged Islamic extremist from Mali who argued that the charges against him were not serious enough to merit standing trial at the global court. The decision clears the way for the trial of Al Hassan Ag...

FILE - This Jan. 26, 2020, file photo, shows a view of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Mitzpe Yeriho. The United Nations Human Rights Council released a list of more than 100 companies it says are operating in Israel's West Bank settlements. In a report Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, the council said the companies' activities “

UN list targets firms linked to Israeli settlements

Feb. 12, 2020 3:51 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.N. human rights office on Wednesday released a list of more than 100 companies it said are complicit in violating Palestinian human rights by operating in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank — a first-ever international attempt to name and shame businesses that has...

FILE - This Jan. 28, 2020 file photo shows a view of the Jewish West Bank settlement of Ari'el. Israel has vowed to quickly annex large parts of the occupied West Bank after being given a green light by President Donald Trump, whose newly unveiled Mideast initiative heavily favors Israel and has been rejected by the Palestinians. But the move raises complex legal questions. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File

Israel's path to annexation is lined with legal thorns

Jan. 30, 2020 12:09 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has vowed to quickly annex large parts of the occupied West Bank after getting a green light from President Donald Trump, whose newly unveiled Mideast initiative heavily favors Israel and has been rejected by the Palestinians. But the move raises complex legal questions, both in...

FILE - This Jan. 26, 2020, file photo, shows the view of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Mitzpe Yeriho. As President Donald Trump presented a Mideast plan favorable to Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, Jan. 28, announced plans to move ahead with the potentially explosive annexation of large parts of the occupied West Bank, including dozens of Jewish settlements. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

Israel could clash with international court on settlements

Jan. 29, 2020 8:46 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Emboldened by a supportive White House, Israel appears to be barreling toward a showdown with the international community over its half-century-old settlement enterprise in the West Bank. With the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court poised to launch a war crimes probe of...

FILE - In this March 25, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump welcomes visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House in Washington. A blueprint the White House is rolling out to resolve the decades-long conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians is as much about politics as it is about peace. President Donald Trump said he would likely release his long-awaited Mideast peace plan a little before he meets Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main political rival Benny Gantz. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Netanyahu tries to rally global opposition to ICC case

Jan. 25, 2020 4:41 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is calling on the world to take “concrete actions” against the International Criminal Court ahead of a possible war-crimes case against Israel. The ICC's chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, said last month that there was a...

French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, greet each other ahead of the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, Israel on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2020. Dozens of world leaders have descended upon Jerusalem for the largest-ever gathering focused on commemorating the Holocaust and combating modern-day anti-Semitism.  (Atef Safadi/Pool Photo via AP)

France's Macron cool to Israeli request to criticize ICC

Jan. 22, 2020 11:10 AM EST

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday gave a lukewarm reception to an Israeli request to criticize the International Criminal Court, saying he would study the matter. Macron's response dealt a setback to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's hopes for a strong backlash against the ICC by world...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Gil Cohen-Magen, Pool)

Netanyahu renews West Bank annexation vow ahead of elections

Jan. 21, 2020 3:54 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu renewed a vow to annex Israeli settlements in the West Bank as the embattled leader kicked off a third election campaign in under a year Tuesday. Addressing Likud Party supporters at a campaign launch event in Jerusalem, Netanyahu promised to...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives to speak about Iran, Tuesday Jan. 7, 2020, at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

US won't grant Iran foreign minister visa for UN visit

Jan. 7, 2020 6:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. won't issue Iran's foreign minister a visa to travel to the United Nations later this week, contending there was not enough time to process the request. Mohammed Javad Zarif told "CBS This Morning” on Tuesday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo informed the U.N....

Israeli troops take their position during clashes with Palestinian demonstrators during a protest over Israeli settlement activity Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in the West Bank city of Hebron.  (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Israel advances nearly 2,000 settlement homes, watchdog says

Jan. 6, 2020 1:25 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities advanced plans to build nearly 2,000 new homes in West Bank settlements, an anti-settlement watchdog group said Monday. Peace Now said nearly 800 housing units received the final approvals needed for construction to begin. It said initial approvals were given for an...