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Jordan calls on Israel to release woman on hunger strike

Oct. 16, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan is calling on Israel to release a Jordanian woman detained for over a month without trial on security charges. Heba al-Labadi's attorney said Wednesday that she was arrested Aug. 20 at the Allenby Bridge crossing between Jordan and the Israeli-occupied West Bank and has been on...

Trump threatens to 'destroy' Turkey's economy with sanctions

Oct. 15, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Targeting Turkey's economy, President Donald Trump announced sanctions aimed at restraining the Turks' assault against Kurdish fighters and civilians in Syria — an assault Turkey began after Trump announced he was moving U.S. troops out of the way. Some of those U.S. troops leaving...

Egypt's security clampdown mostly thwarts fresh protests

Sep. 28, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities lifted Saturday some tight security measures in the capital, Cairo, a day after they sealed off the main square and downtown thoroughfares to thwart a possible protest against the country's president. The measures were part of a harsh security clampdown following rare...

Jordan's king: Israel annexing settlements would be disaster

Sep. 17, 2019 8:22 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Jordan's King Abdullah II says if Israel goes ahead with the idea of annexing all the settlements in the West Bank it would be a "disaster" for attempts to find any two-state solution with the Palestinians. Speaking after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Tuesday, Abdullah said he...

On vote eve, Netanyahu vows total West Bank settlement annex

Sep. 16, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Monday to annex "all the settlements" in the West Bank, including an enclave deep in the heart of the largest Palestinian city, in a last-ditch move that appeared aimed at shoring up nationalist support the day before a do-over election....

Israeli PM convenes Cabinet in West Bank ahead of election

Sep. 15, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened his final pre-election Cabinet meeting on Sunday in a part of the West Bank he has vowed to annex if re-elected and laid out a plan to build a new settlement there, amid a last-ditch drive to galvanize his nationalistic base. The meeting, along...

US envoy rejects claim of 'war crime' by key UN Syria panel

Sep. 12, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The United States' top envoy for Syria rejected Thursday findings by U.N.-backed investigators that deadly airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition early this year may amount to a war crime. Ambassador James Jeffrey said the coalition takes "extreme care in every military operation we do." His...

Saudis condemn Israeli PM's West Bank annexations plans

Sep. 11, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Wednesday denounced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pre-election vow to annex parts of the West Bank as a "very dangerous escalation," adding to a chorus of international condemnations and injecting the issue of Palestinian statehood into an election campaign...

A look at the Jordan Valley Israeli PM has vowed to annex

Sep. 11, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

JERICHO, West Bank (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's last-minute vow to annex the Jordan Valley if re-elected next week has sparked Arab condemnation and injected the Palestinians into a political campaign that had almost entirely ignored them. Netanyahu has made similar promises before...

Trapped in Jordan, Syrian refugees see no way home

Sep. 11, 2019 6:02 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Seven years after fleeing the civil war in his homeland, Zahir Hamshari's life is filled with questions and doubts: How to pay the rent? How to cover the electricity bill? How to afford even basic staples like bread and bottled water? But one thing is crystal clear for him. Like many...