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Israel stops plan for contentious east Jerusalem settlement

Dec. 06, 2021 14:58 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Jerusalem municipal officials on Monday froze plans to build a contentious large Jewish settlement at an abandoned airport in east Jerusalem. The decision to halt the Atarot settlement plan came in the wake of heavy U.S. opposition to the project. ...

Top UAE adviser makes rare trip to Iran amid nuclear talks

Dec. 06, 2021 11:10 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The national security adviser of the United Arab Emirates met Monday with Iran's hard-line president in Tehran, a major visit for the Gulf Arab federation that has long viewed the Islamic Republic as its main regional threat. The visit by Sheikh Tahnoon bin...

Talks to revive Iran nuclear deal resume; US stays distant

Nov. 29, 2021 13:56 PM EST

VIENNA (AP) — Negotiators in Vienna resumed talks Monday over reviving Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, with the United States taking part at arm's length as in previous rounds since the Trump administration pulled out of the accord three years ago. Hopes...

Israeli PM urges world powers to resist Iran's 'blackmail'

Nov. 29, 2021 06:56 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister on Monday called on world powers not to “give in to Iran’s nuclear blackmail” as negotiations commenced in Vienna. Naftali Bennett said in a video statement that was delivered to representatives of nations opening...

The Base, Hezbollah get terrorist designation in Australia

Nov. 24, 2021 14:51 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Wednesday said it intends to add far-right extremist group The Base and the entirety of the Lebanese group Hezbollah to its list of outlawed terrorist organizations as national security services grapple with a surge in neo-Nazi cells and other...

Israeli couple is home after weeklong detention in Turkey

Nov. 18, 2021 13:33 PM EST

MODIIN, Israel (AP) — An Israeli couple held by Turkey on suspicion of espionage returned home on Thursday after they were released from a weeklong detention. Mordi and Natalie Oknin arrived in central Israel where they were greeted by family and a crowd of reporters....

Israeli minister to visit Morocco, boost defense ties

Nov. 15, 2021 12:22 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz will visit Morocco later this month and sign an agreement with his counterpart on enhancing security cooperation, his office said Tuesday. Morocco was one of four Arab countries that agreed to normalize ties with...

Poland arrests 3 in connection to antisemitic demonstration

Nov. 15, 2021 08:41 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Three people have been arrested in Poland in connection with an antisemitic demonstration last week where far-right participants shouted “Death to the Jews!,” the country's interior minister said Monday. The demonstration took place last...

Polish, Israeli govts condemn antisemitic display in Poland

Nov. 13, 2021 14:11 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Israeli and Polish government officials on Saturday condemned an antisemitic incident involving Polish nationalists chanting “Death to Jews” on Poland's Independence Day this week. Participants at the gathering also burned a copy of a medieval...

Israeli couple arrested in Turkey on espionage charges

Nov. 13, 2021 04:19 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — An Israeli married couple were arrested for espionage late Friday after taking photographs of the Turkish president’s residence in Istanbul, Turkey’s official news agency said. Anadolu Agency said a Turkish national was also arrested. Police detained...