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The Latest: Candidates push for new Democratic leadership

Mar. 24, 2019 7:40 PM EDT

The Latest on the 2020 campaign season (all times Eastern): 7:40 p.m. Democratic presidential candidates are making it clear that there are new voices competing for voters' attention. California Sen. Kamala Harris sent a signal to the nation's old-guard that there's a time to move aside. At an Atlanta church...

Romania, Honduras recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Mar. 24, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The leaders of Romania and Honduras on Sunday announced that they will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, following the lead of President Donald Trump. Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez delivered their announcements at the American...

Palestinian dies of wounds from Israeli fire at Gaza protest

Mar. 24, 2019 6:15 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Health Ministry says a Palestinian has died of wounds sustained from Israeli gunfire at protests along the perimeter fence. The ministry says Sunday that 24-year-old Habib al-Masri was shot in the chest at protests near Beit Hanoun the previous night, and that two others...

Pompeo tours Lebanese historical sites in ancient city

Mar. 23, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

BYBLOS, Lebanon (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan spent much of the second and last day of their visit to Lebanon touring historical churches and a centuries-old citadel in this coastal city Saturday. The tour in Byblos and a nearby village came a day after Pompeo blasted the...

Legendary Israeli Mossad agent Rafi Eitan dies at 92

Mar. 23, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Rafi Eitan, a legendary Israeli Mossad spy who led the capture of Holocaust mastermind Adolf Eichmann, died Saturday. He was 92. Eitan was one of the founders of Israel's vaunted intelligence community and among its most prominent figures in Israel and abroad. "Rafi was among the heroes of...

Trump, Israeli leader have mutually beneficial relationship

Mar. 23, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was glowing as he stepped up to a podium in the backyard of his Jerusalem home to welcome U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to a holiday dinner. Less than an hour earlier, President Donald Trump had surprised the world by announcing that the U.S....

Trump's Golan statement draws strong regional condemnation

Mar. 22, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — From Syria to Turkey and beyond, President Donald Trump's abrupt declaration that Washington will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights drew strong condemnation on Friday. The Syrian government called it "irresponsible" and a threat to international...

Islamic State driven from last Syria territory, Trump says

Mar. 22, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Islamic State militants no longer control any territory in Syria, President Donald Trump proudly announced Friday, though the U.S. was still launching airstrikes and sporadic fighting continued on the ground against the group's holdouts. "It's about time," Trump exclaimed on an...

Q&A: Golan Heights an area of beauty, strategic value

Mar. 22, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — President Donald Trump's move to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights turns the tables on decades of U.S. diplomacy and international law and threatens to further inflame regional tensions. It is unlikely, though, to have much impact on the actual status of...

Pompeo at odds with Lebanese officials over Hezbollah

Mar. 22, 2019 1:48 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday called on the Lebanese people to stand up to Hezbollah's "criminality, terror and threats," and claimed U.S. sanctions on Iran and its Lebanese Shiite ally were working and that more pressure on them was forthcoming. His comments in Beirut were in...