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Protesters shout slogans during a protest to decry the killing of George Floyd in front of the American embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

In Israel, protesters demonstrate against Floyd killing

Jun. 2, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Over 200 demonstrators protested outside the U.S. diplomatic mission in Tel Aviv on Tuesday to decry the killing of George Floyd. The protesters held signs reading “Black Lives Matter,” “All Lives Matter” and “If you aren't livid, you're not...

This undated photo provided by the Israeli Antiquities Authority, an ancient altar is on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Israeli archaeologists said they've made a dope discovery, finding cannabis residue on artifacts from an ancient temple in southern Israel. They said it provides the first evidence of the use of hallucinogens in the Jewish religion. In a research paper, the authors said the discovery from an 8th century BC shrine offers the first proof for

Israeli scientists dig up cannabis traces in ancient temple

Jun. 1, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli archaeologists say they’ve found cannabis residue on artifacts from an ancient temple in southern Israel — providing the first evidence of the use of hallucinogenics in the ancient Jewish religion. In a research paper, the authors say the discovery from an 8th-century...

Israel passes on Chinese bid for major desalination plant

May. 26, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Tuesday awarded a contract to build a new desalination plant to a local company, turning down a bid by a Hong Kong conglomerate at a time of growing U.S. pressure to avoid Chinese investments in key infrastructure. Israel's Energy and Water Ministry said it had granted the Sorek...

Israel's opposition leader Yair Lapid poses for a photo at his office in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, May 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

AP Interview: Opposition leader says PM embarrassing Israel

May. 21, 2020 12:06 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel’s new opposition leader said Thursday that Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming corruption trial is “embarrassing” the country and that he believes the only reason the long-time prime minister is still in office is because lawmakers never imagined a...

Chinese officials pay their respect in front of the flag-draped coffin of Ambassador Du Wei, who died at his home in the coastal city of Herzliya, during a ceremony at Ben-Gurion International Airport, near Tel Aviv, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. China sent a team to Israel to repatriate the body of its ambassador. (Photo by Jack Guez/Pool via AP)

Body of Chinese ambassador who died in Israel returns home

May. 20, 2020 6:36 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel bade farewell on Wednesday to China's ambassador to the country who died earlier this week. Diplomats held a short ceremony at Ben-Gurion Airport in honor of Du Wei before his body was flown back to China. The 58-year-old ambassador, who was appointed envoy to Israel in February in...

In this Tuesday, May 19, 2020 photo released by the state-run WAM news agency, an Etihad Airways flights loaded with aid for the Palestinians to fight the coronavirus pandemic is loaded in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Etihad Airways flew aid for the Palestinians amid the coronavirus pandemic from the capital of the United Arab Emirates into Israel on Tuesday, marking the first known direct commercial flight between the two nations. (WAM via AP)

Etihad makes 1st known commercial flight between UAE, Israel

May. 19, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An unmarked Etihad Airways cargo plane flew aid to help the Palestinians fight the coronavirus pandemic from the capital of the United Arab Emirates into Israel on Tuesday, marking the first known direct commercial flight between the two nations. The UAE, home to Abu...

Israeli police officers exit the residence of the Chinese ambassador in the central Israeli city of Herzliya, Sunday, May 17, 2020. Du Wei, 58, who was appointed envoy in February in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, was found dead in his home north of Tel Aviv on Sunday, Israel's Foreign Ministry said. No cause of death was given and Israeli police said it was investigating. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Officials: Chinese ambassador to Israel found dead in home

May. 17, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Chinese ambassador to Israel was found dead in his home north of Tel Aviv on Sunday, Israel’s Foreign Ministry said. Israeli Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the ambassador's death was believed to be from natural causes. Du Wei, 58, was appointed envoy in February in the...

In this April 6, 2020, photo, Jerusalem correspondent Aron Heller, left, and cameraman Ami Ben-Tov interview a volunteer delivering food to the home of a doctor on the front lines of Israel's battle against the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

VIRUS DIARY: Navigating a flu-like illness in the corona age

May. 15, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — For those of us from a region where outbursts of violence are an occupational hazard, coping with coronavirus seemed simple enough: Stay at home and you’ll be fine. For the most part it has been. Other than taking the dog out for walks, I’ve been homebound, working...

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Lives Lost: Holocaust survivor reclaimed Nazi-looted artwork

May. 15, 2020 1:03 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — With the Nazis murdering Jews and ransacking their property outside on the infamous nights of Kristallnacht in 1938, 13-year-old David Toren sat in the sunroom of his wealthy great-uncle in Germany admiring a favorite painting depicting two men on horseback on a beach. Within a...

A health worker checks the temperature of car passengers in an effort to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, as they enter the city in the Paghman district of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

In random test of 500 in Afghan capital, one-third has virus

May. 3, 2020 9:43 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — One-third of 500 random coronavirus tests in Afghanistan's capital came back positive, health officials said Sunday, raising fears of widespread undetected infections in one of the world's most fragile states. Neighboring Iran, meanwhile, said it would reopen schools and mosques...