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Top US diplomat visits Kuwait to boost ties with key ally

Jul. 29, 2021 04:32 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The top diplomat of the United States on Thursday began a visit to Kuwait, where he held talks with high-ranking officials in the Gulf Arab sheikhdom that has long been a staunch U.S. ally in a turbulent region. U.S. Secretary of...

Craziness: Hassan considers running triple at Olympics

Jul. 29, 2021 03:21 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Sifan Hassan's schedule on the Olympic track looks more like a list of punishments drawn up by a very angry physical education teacher. Six distance races in eight days, consisting of three 1,500-meter runs, two 5,000s, and a 10,000 to top it off. Run two...

Israel investigating death of Palestinian boy shot by troops

Jul. 29, 2021 02:34 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said it has launched an investigation into the deadly shooting of a 12-year-old Palestinian boy who residents say was killed by army fire as he traveled in a car with his father in the southern West Bank. In a statement, the...

The Latest: Filipino leader says unvaccinated may be shut in

Jul. 28, 2021 22:44 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is warning that Filipinos who refuse to get vaccinated against the coronavirus will not be allowed to leave their homes as a safeguard against the more contagious delta variant. Duterte said in televised remarks...

Illinois seeks Ben & Jerry's divestment over Israel stance

Jul. 28, 2021 22:27 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois regulators plan to warn the owner of Ben & Jerry’s to reverse the company's decision to stop selling ice cream in the West Bank and east Jerusalem or face divestment by the state, an official said Wednesday. The Israeli Boycott...

Israeli lawmakers urge Ben & Jerry's to drop settlement ban

Jul. 28, 2021 21:03 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Three-quarters of the members of the Israeli parliament on Wednesday called on Ben & Jerry's to reverse its decision to stop selling ice cream in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and contested east Jerusalem. In a letter to the...

Was Macron's phone a target for spies? French investigate

Jul. 28, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's defense minister wants to learn from her Israeli counterpart what, if anything, Israel knew about the clients of the spyware company NSO who possibly targeted the cellphones of President Emmanuel Macron and other members of the French government. ...

Wildfire in northern Lebanon scorches forest, 1 person dead

Jul. 28, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A wildfire raged in a forested area of mountainous northern Lebanon on Wednesday, reaching just outside some residential homes and killing a 15-year old who was helping firefighters put out the blaze, the civil defense and state news agency said. ...

Iran's supreme leader criticizes US as nuclear talks stalled

Jul. 28, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Wednesday called the U.S. "stubborn" in stalled nuclear talks in Vienna for discussing Tehran’s missiles and regional influence, likely signaling more trouble ahead for the negotiations. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali...

Palestinians: 12-year-old boy killed by Israeli gunfire

Jul. 28, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli troops on Wednesday shot and killed a 12-year-old Palestinian boy as he was traveling in a car with his father in the southern West Bank, Palestinian officials said. The shooting took place in Beit Ummar, a town near the city of Hebron. ...