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Embattled US Rep. Ilhan Omar tweets 'happy Passover'

Apr. 19, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar is wishing "happy Passover" to Jews commemorating the holiday in her home state of Minnesota and around the world. Omar is a Somali American and one of the first Muslims elected to Congress. She's been criticized for remarks in recent months on Israel, Jewish...

Christian pilgrims march through Jerusalem for Good Friday

Apr. 19, 2019 9:59 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Christian pilgrims and clergy members marched through the ancient stone alleys of Jerusalem's Old City, retracing Jesus' path to crucifixion in observation of Good Friday. The faithful carried wooden crosses high on their shoulders and sang hymns to mark one of Christianity's...

Public offices shuttered across N Carolina for Good Friday

Apr. 19, 2019 7:39 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Government services across North Carolina are closing for the Christian commemoration of Good Friday, a religious holiday that recognizes when Jesus Christ was crucified in Jerusalem. State and local services in North Carolina are largely closed on Friday, along with public...

Israel demolishes home of Palestinian charged with killing

Apr. 19, 2019 6:47 AM EDT

HEBRON, West Bank (AP) — The Israeli military has demolished the family home of a Palestinian charged with the killing of a 19-year-old Israeli woman. Israeli forces bulldozed two apartments belonging to the father of Arafat Erfayieh in the West Bank city of Hebron on Friday. Erfaiyeh was arrested and...

Israeli team investigating 'chain of events' in lunar crash

Apr. 18, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli start-up behind last week's failed lunar landing said Thursday that it is still investigating a malfunction that caused the spacecraft to plummet to the moon's surface. SpaceIL, the non-profit that undertook the lunar mission, said that engineers in mission control received a...

Israeli police detain Jewish suspects with sacrificial goats

Apr. 18, 2019 7:37 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they detained four suspects involved in an attempt to smuggle two baby goats into Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site for a ritual sacrifice. Police said on Thursday that two Jewish minors intended "to cause provocations" by sacrificing the goats ahead of Passover. Two...

Israel's president formally nominates Netanyahu as PM

Apr. 17, 2019 11:34 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's president on Wednesday formally nominated Benjamin Netanyahu for a fourth consecutive term as prime minister, officially launching a process that is expected to result in a new government dominated by religious and nationalist parties in the coming weeks. In one of the president's...

AP Interview: Ivanka Trump says Africa would inspire her dad

Apr. 17, 2019 11:01 PM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — On a trip to Africa to promote women's economic empowerment, Ivanka Trump said Wednesday the White House should be judged by its actions toward a continent that her father has privately disparaged. In an Associated Press interview, the president's daughter and senior adviser...

Israeli envoy: no action on West Bank until after peace plan

Apr. 17, 2019 7:45 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel's U.N. ambassador said Wednesday he believes his government will take no action on annexing Jewish settlements in the West Bank until after the Trump administration releases its long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. Danny Danon told a group of reporters he thinks the...

School shootings draw attention to officers' mental health

Apr. 17, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — The first SWAT team members to see the horror in the Columbine High School library had to step around bodies and ignore a wounded student's plea for help as they searched for shooters they didn't know had already died by their own hands. As member Grant Whitus put it, officers...