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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020.   Pence, Russian President Vladimir Putin,  French President Emmanuel Macron, Britain’s Prince Charles, and the presidents of Germany, Italy and Austria were among the more than 40 dignitaries attending the World Holocaust Forum, which coincides with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp.  (Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP)

Trump: Mideast peace plan likely rolled out in days

Jan. 23, 2020 7:15 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he'll likely release his long-awaited Mideast peace plan before his meeting early next week at the White House with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main political rival Benny Gantz. “It’s a great plan. It’s a...

Mourners attend a funeral ceremony for Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and his comrades, who were killed in Iraq in a U.S. drone strike on Friday, at the Enqelab-e-Eslami (Islamic Revolution) square in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. The processions mark the first time Iran honored a single man with a multi-city ceremony. Not even Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who founded the Islamic Republic, received such a processional with his death in 1989. Soleimani on Monday will lie in state at Tehran's famed Musalla mosque as the revolutionary leader did before him. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

The Latest: Iraq seeks Security Council condemnation of US

Jan. 7, 2020 1:18 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The latest on U.S.-Iran tensions in the wake of the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran's top general (all times local): 4 a.m. Iraq is condemning the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran’s top military commander as a “flagrant violation” of the terms of the American...

Mourners carry the coffins of Iran's Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iran-backed militias at the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf, Iraq, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. Iran has vowed

The Latest: Baghdad residents say 3 blasts hit Green Zone

Jan. 5, 2020 3:05 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on U.S.-Iran tensions (all times local): 9:50 p.m. Residents of the Iraq's capital of Baghdad say three explosions rang out heard inside the heavily-fortified Green Zone, home to the U.S. Embassy and the seat of Iraq's government. This is was the second such attack in recent days....

A Palestinian carries a picture of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, during a rally marking the 55th anniversary of the Fatah movement founding, in Gaza City, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. Fatah is a secular Palestinian party and former guerrilla movement founded by Arafat, in Gaza City, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Hamas allows rival Fatah to mark anniversary in Gaza rally

Jan. 1, 2020 10:47 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Tens of thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in Gaza on Wednesday to mark the 55th anniversary of President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement. The territory’s Hamas rulers permitted the event for the first time in years. The militant Islamic group Hamas,...

Masked Palestinians shoot in the air during a celebration marking the 55th anniversary of the Fatah movement in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Palestinian Fatah marks 55 years with West Bank marches

Dec. 31, 2019 11:13 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Hundreds of Palestinians marched through the West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday to mark the 55th anniversary of the Fatah movement led by President Mahmoud Abbas. Established by Yasser Arafat in 1965, Fatah led the armed struggle against Israel for decades as the main...

A protester walks past a poster with a defaced picture of the governor of the southern Basra province Asaad al-Eidani and Arabic that reads

Iran-backed groups accuse Iraqi president of caving to US

Dec. 27, 2019 6:11 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran-supported groups on Friday blasted Iraq's president for not naming their preferred prime minister candidate, saying his decision was at the behest of the United States, and warned him not to designate anyone who could be “an agent of the Americans.” In refusing to appoint...

People look at a poster of Israel Prime Minister and governing Likud party leader Benjamin Netanyahu at a voting center in the northern Israeli city of Hadera, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. Israel's governing Likud party was holding primaries on Thursday, in the first serious internal challenge to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his more than a decade in power.  (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israel's embattled Netanyahu wins landslide in primary

Dec. 26, 2019 7:32 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday scored a landslide victory in a primary race for leadership of the ruling Likud party, giving the embattled leader an important boost ahead of the country's third election in less than a year. The strong showing by Israel's...

A protester hits a poster with a defaced picture of Asaad al-Eidani, Iran-backed parliamentary bloc's nominee for the post of the prime minister and Arabic that reads

Iraq president offers to quit after rejecting PM nominee

Dec. 26, 2019 5:31 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's president refused on Thursday to designate a prime minister candidate nominated by the Iran-backed parliamentary bloc and offered to resign, plunging the country into further political uncertainty amid nearly three months of unprecedented mass protests. President Barham Salih said...

Protesters go through security inspection as they arrive to Tahrir Square, during ongoing protests, in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Iran-backed bloc names Basra governor for post of Iraqi PM

Dec. 25, 2019 2:46 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iranian-backed bloc in Iraq's parliament proposed Wednesday the governor of oil-rich southern Basra province as the country's next prime minister, two officials said. The nomination was promptly rejected by Iraqi protesters who want an independent candidate to take over the government. ...

In this Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 photo, a poster with a defaced photo of Qusay al-Suhail, a candidate for the prime minister's post, and Arabic that reads,

Iraqis protest as deadline to name new prime minister looms

Dec. 22, 2019 9:50 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands of protesters poured into the streets of Baghdad and Iraq's southern provinces Sunday, rejecting a nominee for the post of prime minister who some say is too close to Iran. The demonstrations comes ahead a Sunday midnight deadline for naming an interim prime minister, with no...