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Top rivals join forces in challenge to Israel's Netanyahu

Feb. 21, 2019 3:20 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The two main challengers to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined forces Thursday in a united front ahead of April elections, a dramatic move that upended the campaign and suddenly created the most serious threat to the Israeli leader's decade-long grip on power. Retired military chief...

Israel aiming to land on moon with SpaceX launch

Feb. 21, 2019 2:29 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Israel is aiming to land on the moon after hitching a ride with SpaceX. A communications satellite for Indonesia is the main cargo aboard the Falcon rocket, scheduled to blast off Thursday night. But Israel's privately funded lunar lander — a first not just for Israel but...

Newspaper appeals decision to let Israeli boycott law stand

Feb. 21, 2019 11:47 AM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas newspaper is asking a federal appeals court to revive its lawsuit challenging the state's requirement that government contractors pledge to not boycott Israel. The Arkansas Times filed notice Thursday that it's appealing U.S. District Judge Brian Miller's ruling last...

UN envoy says risk of Israeli-Palestinian war looms large

Feb. 20, 2019 8:33 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The prospect of peace between Israel and the Palestinians is fading by the day as violence and radicalism grow — and "the risk of war continues to loom large," the U.N. Mideast envoy warned Wednesday. Nikolay Mladenov also told the U.N. Security Council that a negotiated...

France to adopt international definition of anti-Semitism

Feb. 20, 2019 6:05 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The French government will adopt an international organization's definition of anti-Semitism and propose a law to reduce hate speech from being circulated online, French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday. Macron, speaking at the annual dinner of a Jewish organization, said France and...

Netanyahu strikes election deal with far-right parties

Feb. 20, 2019 2:07 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday reached a preliminary election deal with two fringe religious-nationalist parties in a bid to unify his hard-line bloc ahead of April elections. Netanyahu's Likud party announced it would reserve the 28th spot on its parliamentary list...

Palestinian leader will refuse Israeli tax transfers

Feb. 20, 2019 10:41 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday said he will not accept regular monthly tax transfers from Israel if it carries out its decision to deduct amounts the Palestinians pay to the families of prisoners and people killed in fighting with Israel. Abbas accused Israel of...

Israeli official: Netanyahu-Putin meeting in Moscow delayed

Feb. 20, 2019 7:58 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli government official says a planned meeting in Moscow between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin has been postponed. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity Wednesday because of the sensitivity of the matter, says the meeting was...

Northern Red Sea coral reefs may survive a hot, grim future

Feb. 20, 2019 2:12 AM EST

EILAT, Israel (AP) — As the outlook for coral reefs across a warming planet grows grimmer, scientists in Israel have discovered a rare glimmer of hope: The corals of the northern Red Sea may survive, and even thrive, into the next century. There is broad scientific consensus that the effects of climate...

Today in History

Feb. 20, 2019 12:02 AM EST

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2019. There are 314 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 20, 2003, a fire sparked by pyrotechnics broke out during a concert by the group Great White at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, killing 100 people and...