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How does this end? With Hamas holding firm and fighting back in Gaza, Israel faces only bad options

May. 23, 2024 04:59 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Diminished but not deterred, Hamas is still putting up a fight after seven brutal months of war with Israel, regrouping in some of the hardest-hit areas in northern Gaza and resuming rocket attacks into nearby Israeli communities. Israel initially made tactical...

Over 1 million claims related to toxic exposure granted under new veterans law, Biden announces

May. 21, 2024 16:19 PM EDT

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — President Joe Biden, aiming to highlight his legislative accomplishments this election year, traveled to New Hampshire on Tuesday to discuss how he's helped military veterans get benefits as a result of burn pit or other toxic exposure during their service. ...

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, supreme leader's protege, dies at 63 in helicopter crash

May. 20, 2024 09:52 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, a hard-line protege of the country's supreme leader who helped oversee the mass executions of thousands in 1988 and later led the country as it enriched uranium near weapons-grade levels, launched a major attack on Israel and...

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange facing pivotal moment in long fight to stay out of US court

May. 19, 2024 02:59 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The host of a news conference about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition fight wryly welcomed journalists last week to the “millionth” press briefing on his court case. Deborah Bonetti, director of the Foreign Press Association, was only half joking....

They were treating waves of wounded in Gaza. Then an Israeli assault trapped the foreign doctors

May. 17, 2024 19:32 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The 35 American and other international doctors came to Gaza in volunteer teams to help one of the territory’s few hospitals still functioning. They brought suitcases full of medical supplies and had trained for one of the worst war zones in the world. They knew the health care...

A look at assassinations and assassination attempts this century

May. 17, 2024 04:10 AM EDT

Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico was seriously wounded in an apparent assassination attempt just weeks before a Europe-wide election that has been deeply divisive. He was shot multiple times in an attack in the town of Handlova that authorities described as politically motivated, although...

Today in History: May 16, Nazis crush Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

May. 16, 2024 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, May 16, the 137th day of 2024. There are 229 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 16, 1943, the nearly month-long Warsaw Ghetto Uprising came to an end as German forces crushed the Jewish...

US special operations leaders are having to do more with less and learning from the war in Ukraine

May. 12, 2024 13:56 PM EDT

FORT LIBERTY, N.C. (AP) — Forced to do more with less and learning from the war in Ukraine, U.S. special operations commanders are juggling how to add more high-tech experts to their teams while still cutting their overall forces by about 5,000 troops over the next five years. The...

Iraqi government asks the United Nations to wind down its political mission in the country

May. 10, 2024 17:56 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi government has requested that the United Nations end a mission set up to promote governance and human rights reforms in the country by the end of 2025, the latest in a series of international bodies operating in the nation that Iraq has sought to wind down. ...

Syria's Kurdish-led force hands over 2 IS militants suspected in 2014 mass killing of Iraqi troops

May. 10, 2024 15:01 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s U.S.-backed Kurdish-led force has handed over to Baghdad two Islamic State group militants suspected of involvement in mass killings of Iraqi soldiers in 2014, a war monitor said Friday. The report by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights came a day after...