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Israeli ex-minister sentenced over Australia sex abuse case

Aug. 08, 2022 11:00 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court sentenced a former health minister to probation and a fine on Monday for obstructing justice in connection with the protracted extradition case against a former teacher accused of sexually abusing her students in Australia. Yaakov Litzman, a...

Analysis: Israeli PM's Gaza gamble seems to have paid off

Aug. 08, 2022 05:25 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel’s caretaker prime minister took a gamble with his preemptive strike against Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza, less than three months before he is to compete in general elections to retain his job. Yair Lapid had counted on Gaza’s militant Hamas...

Cease-fire between Palestinians, Israel takes effect in Gaza

Aug. 08, 2022 00:33 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants took effect late Sunday in a bid to end nearly three days of violence that killed dozens of Palestinians and disrupted the lives of hundreds of thousands of Israelis. The flare-up was the worst...

Israel, militants trade fire as Gaza death toll climbs to 24

Aug. 06, 2022 17:57 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli airstrikes flattened homes in Gaza on Saturday and Palestinian rocket barrages into southern Israel persisted for a second day, raising fears of another major escalation in the Mideast conflict. Gaza’s health ministry said 24 people had been killed so far in...

From Mecca to the Vatican, exploring sacred sites with VR

Aug. 05, 2022 09:33 AM EDT

Click and gape at the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel ceiling up close. Click again and join thousands of pilgrims praying and circling around the cube-shaped Kaaba at Islam’s most sacred site. Or strap on a headset and enter the holy city of Jerusalem. There you’ll hear the murmur...

Banksy painting sprayed in West Bank resurfaces in Tel Aviv

Aug. 05, 2022 02:25 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — A long-lost painting by the British graffiti artist Banksy has resurfaced in a swank art gallery in downtown Tel Aviv, an hour’s drive and a world away from the concrete wall in the occupied West Bank where it was initially sprayed. The relocation of the...

Israel sends reinforcements to Gaza border as tensions rise

Aug. 04, 2022 14:13 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Thursday it is sending additional forces to the area around the Gaza Strip as it braces for possible attacks after the arrest of a senior militant in the West Bank this week. Authorities closed roads and other areas around Gaza after a...

Pope to Kazakhstan Sept. 13-15, may meet Russia patriarch

Aug. 01, 2022 12:02 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis will travel next month to Kazakhstan, where he could meet with Patriarch Kirill, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, who has justified Moscow’s war in Ukraine. Francis, 85, will attend an interfaith conference in the Kazakh capital, Nur-Sultan,...

Israeli court rules against evacuating West Bank settlement

Jul. 28, 2022 13:20 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli Supreme Court has cleared the way for Jewish settlers of an outpost in the occupied West Bank to remain in their homes, overturning an earlier eviction order that determined the outpost had been built improperly on privately owned Palestinian land. In...

Israel's interim leader meets Jordan's king in Amman

Jul. 27, 2022 08:45 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Israel's caretaker prime minister and Jordan's king met on Tuesday in the Jordanian capital Amman, both leaders' offices said. A statement from the office of Israeli interim premier Yair Lapid said he and King Abdullah II discussed recent regional changes, an...