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Riot police stand guard during clashes with anti-government protesters, during ongoing protests against the political elites who have ruled the country for decades, in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. Lebanese security forces used tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets in clashes with hundreds of anti-government protesters outside the country's Parliament on Sunday, as violence continued to escalate in a week of rioting in the capital. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Lebanese officials vow to step up security after riots

Jan. 20, 2020 12:59 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's top security officials vowed Monday to crack down on vandalism after a week of rioting in Beirut that left hundreds of people injured and damaged public and private property — violence that comes against the backdrop of a deepening political deadlock. The announcement...

FILE - Sept. 2, 2019, file photo, Spanish UN peacekeepers patrol along the Lebanese-Israeli border, with the Israeli village of Metulla, background, in the village of Kfar Kila, Lebanon. Israel's military said it began construction of an underground defense system Sunday along its northern frontier with Lebanon to protect against cross-border tunnels. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Israel building underground defense system on Lebanon border

Jan. 19, 2020 7:11 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military said it began construction of an underground defense system Sunday along its northern frontier with Lebanon to protect against cross-border tunnels. The infrastructure project will identify underground acoustic and seismic activity indicating tunnel digging, accompanied...

Officials: Palestinian wounds Israeli man in stabbing

Jan. 18, 2020 12:02 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian attacker stabbed and moderately wounded an Israeli man Saturday near the West Bank flashpoint city of Hebron, police said. The 22-year-old Israeli was evacuated to a hospital for treatment, according to the rescue agency Magen David Adom. The Israeli military said it arrested...

Volkswagen creating first innovation hub in North America

Jan. 17, 2020 1:02 PM EST

Volkswagen is partnering with the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to create the company's first innovation hub for developing new technology in North America, officials said Friday in a statement. Initial work at the hub in Knoxville will include research opportunities for UT...

Jordanians protest gas deal with Israel

Jan. 17, 2020 12:12 PM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Hundreds of Jordanians demonstrated in downtown Amman on Friday, calling on the government to cancel an agreement in which Israel began pumping natural gas to the kingdom this year. Jordanian security forces prevented the protesters from reaching symbolic Al-Nakheel Square in the...

Israel hits Hamas target in Gaza as balloon attacks resume

Jan. 16, 2020 5:06 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said an attack helicopter struck a Hamas target in the northern Gaza Strip late Thursday in response to the launch of incendiary balloons into Israeli territory earlier in the day. Israeli police said the balloons touched down in southern Israel and a bomb squad was...

Gov. Wolf mixes state work with personal time in Israel trip

Jan. 16, 2020 4:16 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's governor returned Thursday to the United States after a previously undisclosed trip to Israel that his office said mixed personal travel with state business. Wolf's spokesman said the governor and his wife, first lady Frances Wolf, spent three days at the end of their...

File - In this Monday, July 22, 2019 file photo, Israeli forces blow up a building in a Palestinian village of Sur Baher, east Jerusalem. Israeli advocacy group has found that Israeli authorities demolished homes in Palestinian areas of east Jerusalem at a significantly higher rate in 2019 than the previous year. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Report: Israeli home demolitions in east Jerusalem spiked

Jan. 16, 2020 10:10 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities demolished homes in Palestinian areas of east Jerusalem at a significantly higher rate in 2019 than the previous year, according to an Israeli advocacy group. In a new report, Ir Amim said 104 housing units were demolished in 2019, compared() to 72 units in 2018. The...

FILE - This Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 file photo shows the logo of the Israeli NSO Group company on a building where they had offices in Herzliya, Israel. An Israeli court heard a case Thursday calling for restrictions to be slapped on NSO Group, an Israeli company that makes surveillance software that is said to have been used to target journalists and dissidents around the world. (AP Photo/Daniella Cheslow, File)

Rights group demands Israel rein in murky spyware company

Jan. 16, 2020 8:05 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — An Israeli court heard a case Thursday calling for restrictions to be slapped on NSO Group, an Israeli company that makes surveillance software that is said to have been used to target journalists and dissidents around the world. The case, brought by Amnesty International, calls for...

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Defense Minister Naftali Bennett, visit an Israeli army base in the Golan Heights, on the Israeli-Syrian border. Bennett is ordering plans for new settler housing in the volatile West Bank city of Hebron. In a letter sent by his office to defense officials Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, Israel’s new pro-settler defense minister called for “planning processes to be advanced” for new Jewish settler housing. (Atef Safadi/Pool via AP, File)

Right-wing parties in Israel unite, rejecting fringe list

Jan. 16, 2020 2:59 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Religious-nationalist parties in Israel joined forces late Wednesday ahead of the country's unprecedented third straight election in one year. The parties came together after weeks of jockeying and shut out the fringe Jewish Power party which said it would run independently. It did so in...