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Israel says it uncovers deep militant tunnel dug from Gaza

Oct. 20, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Tuesday that militants in the Gaza Strip dug a tunnel dozens of meters (yards) deep that crossed under the security fence around the territory before it was detected by underground sensors. Hours after the announcement, a rocket fired from Gaza was intercepted by...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus pass by a statue with a face mask at a park in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. South Korea's daily coronavirus tally has dropped below 50 for the first time in more than two weeks despite reports of small-scale local infections. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: S. Korea increases hospital, nursing home tests

Oct. 18, 2020 10:16 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 76 new cases of the coronavirus as officials begin testing tens of thousands of employees at hospitals and nursing homes to prevent transmissions at live-in facilities. The figures released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Monday brought...

The national flags of Bahrain, Israel and America, flutter in near the Israeli flag carrier El Al plane that will fly an Israeli delegation, accompanied by U.S. aides, to Bahrain to formalise relations and broaden Gulf cooperation, at Ben Gurion airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP)

Israel, Bahrain sign deal establishing formal ties

Oct. 18, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and Bahrain on Sunday agreed to establish formal diplomatic relations, making the small Gulf country the fourth Arab state to normalize ties with Israel. The U.S.-brokered agreement capped a one-day visit by a high-level delegation of American and Israeli officials to Bahrain....

Protesters chant slogans and hold signs during a protest against Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outside his residence in Jerusalem, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. Thousands of Israelis demonstrated outside Netanyahu's official residence for the first time in nearly a month, resuming the weekly protest after emergency restrictions imposed as part of a coronavirus lockdown were lifted. The protesters are demanding Netanyahu's resignation, saying he cannot serve while on trial for corruption charges and accusing him of mismanaging the country's coronavirus crisis. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

As lockdown eases, Israelis again gather against Netanyahu

Oct. 17, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Israelis demonstrated outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday night, resuming the weekly protest against the Israeli leader after emergency restrictions imposed as part of a coronavirus lockdown were lifted. The protests were curtailed...

Israel: Gaza militants fire rocket into southern Israel

Oct. 16, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip fired a rocket into southern Israel on Friday, the Israeli military said. There were no reports of casualties or damage and no one immediately claimed responsibility for the rocket fire. The Gaza-Israel border has been mostly quiet...

Israel's AG says he won't probe Netanyahu, cousin share deal

Oct. 15, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's attorney general announced Thursday he was not launching a criminal investigation into a murky company share deal between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his cousin that netted the Israeli leader an exorbitant return on investments. In a statement, Attorney General...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, arrives at the Israeli Knesset, or Parliament in Jerusalem ahead of the discussion of the peace treaty with the United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (Alex Kolomoisky/Pool Photo via AP)

Israel eases some lockdown measures as virus cases decline

Oct. 15, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel decided on Thursday to relax some of the restrictions imposed during a monthlong nationwide lockdown that was meant to drive down a raging coronavirus outbreak. The country's coronavirus Cabinet voted to resume daycare and pre-school for children up to six years old, allow...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, arrives at the Israeli Knesset, or Parliament in Jerusalem ahead of the discussion of the peace treaty with the United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (Alex Kolomoisky/Pool Photo via AP)

Israeli parliament formally approves UAE normalization deal

Oct. 15, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s parliament on Thursday voted overwhelmingly in favor of formally ratifying the country’s historic agreement normalizing diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates. Israel and the UAE announced the U.S.-brokered agreement in August, and signed a deal in a...

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2017 file photo, Palestinian laborers work at a construction site in the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem. Israeli authorities have advanced plans to build over 2,100 new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank. Wednesday's development indicates they are pressing ahead with a building boom that has gained steam during the presidency of Donald Trump.  (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

Israel OKs more than 3,000 West Bank settlement homes

Oct. 15, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel on Thursday pressed forward on plans for more than 3,000 West Bank settlement homes, making 2020 one of the most prolific years for settlement building, according to a settlement watchdog group. Thursday's approvals, along with more than 2,000 new homes approved a day...

Israeli protesters chant slogans during a demonstration against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu In Jerusalem, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Netanyahu was questioned, but not named as a suspect, in a probe related to a possible conflict of interest involving a $2 billion purchase of German submarines that implicated some of his closest associates.  (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Israeli protesters call for new investigation of Netanyahu

Oct. 14, 2020 3:08 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of Israelis protested outside Israel's Supreme Court on Wednesday, calling for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be investigated in a scandal surrounding a $2 billion submarine deal with Germany. Several Israeli businessmen, including confidants of Netanyahu and a former...