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The Latest: Israel lifts public mask mandate, opens schools

Apr. 18, 2021 05:10 AM EDT

JERUSALEM — Israel has lifted a public mask mandate and fully reopened its education system in the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions following its mass vaccination drive. All primary and secondary school grades returned to classrooms on Sunday, and health...

Detention of Jerusalem candidates threatens Palestinian poll

Apr. 17, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli briefly detained three Jerusalem-based candidates for Palestinian legislative elections on Saturday, deepening a dispute over whether banning Palestinian residents of east Jerusalem from voting in next month's polls could derail them. The three...

Iran starts enriching uranium to 60%, its highest level ever

Apr. 17, 2021 01:13 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran began enriching uranium Friday to its highest-ever purity, edging close to weapons-grade levels, as it attempts to pressure negotiators in Vienna during talks on restoring its nuclear deal with world powers after an attack on its main enrichment site....

Israel: Rocket from Gaza is 2nd in 24 hours; no injuries

Apr. 16, 2021 21:52 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Israeli military says Palestinian militants fired a rocket from Gaza into the country’s south Friday, the second incident in 24 hours. The rocket caused no damage or injuries. In response, Israeli fighter jets and...

Israeli army: Rocket from Gaza hits south Israel

Apr. 15, 2021 21:49 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says a projectile fired from the Gaza Strip Thursday evening landed in south of the country, breaking weeks of relative cross-border calm. There were no reports of damage or casualties. Sirens warning of incoming rockets sounded in...

On Memorial Day, Israel mourns, reflects on vets' trauma

Apr. 14, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel marked its national Memorial Day for fallen soldiers on Wednesday, in a year when national attention has been focused on the plight of veterans suffering from psychological trauma. Memorial Day is the most solemn day on Israel’s national...

Trump-era spike of Israel settlement growth has only begun

Apr. 14, 2021 06:08 AM EDT

EFRAT, West Bank (AP) — An aggressive Israeli settlement spree during the Trump era pushed deeper than ever into the occupied West Bank — territory the Palestinians seek for a state — with over 9,000 homes built and thousands more in the pipeline, an AP investigation showed. ...

Trump-era spike in Israeli settlement growth has only begun

Apr. 14, 2021 05:46 AM EDT

EFRAT, West Bank (AP) — An aggressive Israeli settlement spree during the Trump era pushed deeper than ever into the occupied West Bank — territory the Palestinians seek for a state — with over 9,000 homes built and thousands more in the pipeline, an AP investigation showed. ...

Muslims mark Ramadan amid virus surge and new restrictions

Apr. 13, 2021 14:51 PM EDT

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Muslims in many parts of the world marked the start of Ramadan on Tuesday, but a spike in coronavirus cases in several countries has once again put curbs on the holy month's signature feasts and lengthy prayers in mosques. Still, there were...

Israel rejects ICC probe, saying it lacks jurisdiction

Apr. 08, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Thursday said it would formally reject the International Criminal Court's decision to launch a probe into potential war crimes against the Palestinians, denying that it has committed such crimes and saying the court lacks the jurisdiction to investigate. ...