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Jan. 23, 2021 12:00 AM EST

Today in History Today is Saturday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2021. There are 342 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 23, 2020, Chinese state media said the city of Wuhan would be shutting down outbound flights and trains, trying to halt the spread of a new virus that had...

Israeli businessman and diamond-magnate, Beny Steinmetz, arrives to Geneva's courthouse for the reading of his verdict for alleged corruption of Guinean public officials and forgery documents, in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

Israeli diamond tycoon convicted in Swiss corruption trial

Jan. 22, 2021 3:14 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — A Geneva court on Friday convicted Israeli diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz on charges of corrupting foreign public officials and forging documents, in a trial over his successful bid to reap lavish iron ore resources in the Guinea. The man considered by some to be Israeli's richest man was...

Syrian state media: Israeli warplanes strike Syria, kill 4

Jan. 22, 2021 1:42 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state media said Israeli warplanes fired several missiles toward central Syria early on Friday, killing a family of four — including two children — and wounding four other people. There was no immediate comment from Israel on the claim. Separately, the Israeli...

Ultra-Orthodox attack Israeli police amid lockdown tensions

Jan. 22, 2021 3:24 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Ultra-Orthodox Jews attacked an unmarked Israeli police vehicle overnight, pelting it with stones and smashing the windows while officers were inside, and igniting a riot in which at least six people were arrested, police said Friday. The violence erupted in Bnei Brak, an ultra-Orthodox...

FILE - President Bill Clinton, center, looks on as Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, left, and PLO leader Yasser Arafat shake hands in the East Room of the White House after signing the Mideast accord in Washington on Sept. 28, 1995. A new documentary

Review: 'Human Factor' gets personal about Mideast peace

Jan. 21, 2021 5:45 PM EST

Ready for a documentary about three decades of agonizing fits and starts of the Mideast peace process, from the perspective of U.S. negotiators? You're probably thinking that doesn't sound too enticing right about now. But there’s a reason “The Human Factor,” by Israeli filmmaker Dror Moreh,...

Joe Biden's cousin Joe Blewitt speaks to the media underneath his mural painted on a wall in Ballina, Ireland, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Joe Biden's great-great grandfather Patrick Blewitt was born in Ballina, County Mayo, in 1832. He left for the US in 1850, aged 18. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

World hopes for renewed cooperation with US under Biden

Jan. 21, 2021 4:21 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — World leaders welcomed into their ranks the new U.S. President Joe Biden, noting their most pressing problems, including the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, require multilateral cooperation, an approach his predecessor Donald Trump ridiculed. Many expressed hope Biden would right...

A Sri Lankan airport worker stands next to a thermal scanner inside a terminal at the Katunayake International Airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Sri Lanka's tourism minister said that the airports in the country will be reopened for tourists according to health guidelines from Jan.21. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Latest: Sri Lanka reopens tourism after 10-month closing

Jan. 20, 2021 11:56 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka is welcoming tourists again after keeping the doors closed to visitors for nearly 10 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The government’s action Thursday is seen as an effort to revive the island nation’s tourism industry, which has been badly hit by the...

Trump pardons Israeli officer who enlisted spy Pollard

Jan. 20, 2021 5:19 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday granted a full pardon to Aviem Sella, the handler of convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, as part of the outgoing president's spree of clemency actions in his last hours in office. Pollard, a former Navy intelligence analyst, sold military secrets to...

Palestinian protesters hold signs and flags during a demonstration against a visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the northern Arab city of Nazareth, Israel, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. Netanyahu, who has spent much of his long career casting Israel's Arab minority as a potential fifth column led by terrorist sympathizers, is now openly courting their support as he seeks reelection in the country's fourth vote in less than two years. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Netanyahu courts Arab voters in election-year turnabout

Jan. 20, 2021 2:48 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has spent much of his long career casting Israel's Arab minority as a potential fifth column led by terrorist sympathizers, is now openly courting their support as he seeks reelection in the country's fourth vote in less than two years. Few Arabs are...

FILE - This Nov. 15, 2020 file photo, shows a general view of the Givat Hamatos Israeli settlement in east Jerusalem. Israeli authorities on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, advanced plans to build an additional 780 homes in West Bank settlements, an anti-settlement monitoring group said, in a last-minute surge of approvals before the friendly Trump administration leaves office later this week. Peace Now said that over 90% of the homes lay deep inside the West Bank, which the Palestinians seek as the heartland of a future independent state. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Israel pushes settlement construction as Trump leaves office

Jan. 20, 2021 2:25 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli watchdog group said Tuesday that the government approved nearly 2,600 new housing units in east Jerusalem and the West Bank settlements a day before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Israeli authorities made a major last-minute push this week to advance settlement...