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UK Foreign Secretary visits Israel and West Bank and calls for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza

Jul. 14, 2024 10:06 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The new British foreign secretary called for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza during a visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories on Sunday, his second international trip since Labour’s resounding victory in elections earlier this month. David Lammy...

UN chief urges funds for Palestinians, saying Israel is forcing Gazans 'to move like human pinballs'

Jul. 13, 2024 01:11 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations chief appealed for funding Friday for the beleaguered U.N. agency helping Palestinian refugees in Gaza and elsewhere in the Middle East, accusing Israel of issuing evacuation orders that force Palestinians “to move like human pinballs across a landscape...

The Latest | Israel says it will reopen border crossing with hard-hit northern Gaza

Jul. 12, 2024 12:13 PM EDT

Israel says it's taking steps to increase the flow of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip, including reopening a key border crossing into hard-hit northern Gaza. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced the plans early Friday, just hours after President Joe...

Senior UK jurists have joined calls to stop arms sales to Israel. Other allies face similar pressure

Jul. 12, 2024 12:12 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — More than 600 British jurists, including three retired judges from the U.K. Supreme Court, are calling on the government to suspend arms sales to Israel, piling pressure on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak after the deaths of three U.K. aid workers in an Israeli strike. ...

UK police say human remains found in 2 suitcases discovered in southwestern England are from 2 men

Jul. 12, 2024 11:25 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Human remains found in two suitcases discovered near a bridge in the southwestern England city of Bristol are from two adult men, police said Friday. A manhunt for a man seen behaving suspiciously before the discovery Wednesday has widened. He is believed to have...

UK's new justice secretary outlines emergency measures to relieve prison overcrowding

Jul. 12, 2024 10:43 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s new justice secretary on Friday outlined emergency plans to relieve prison overcrowding, clearing the way for early release of thousands of prisoners to ensure the beleaguered system continues to function. Shabana Mahmood, who took over after the...

4 migrants die while attempting to cross the English Channel from northern France

Jul. 12, 2024 10:10 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Four migrants have died while trying to cross the English Channel on an inflatable boat from France to the U.K., French authorities said Friday. The migrants' vessel capsized and punctured off the coast of Boulogne-sur-Mer, in northern France, the prefecture...

Man sentenced to life over plot to kidnap, rape and murder UK TV personality Holly Willoughby

Jul. 12, 2024 09:18 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A man was sentenced to life in prison Friday for plotting to kidnap, rape and murder Holly Willoughby, one of Britain’s most high-profile television personalities. At the sentencing hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court, around 40 miles (65 kilometers) east of London,...

Today in History: July 12, Disco Demolition Night

Jul. 12, 2024 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, July 12, the 194th day of 2024. There are 172 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 12, as an angry reaction to the popularity of disco music, the Chicago White Sox held the “Disco...

Western envoys criticize South Sudan security bill that could allow warrantless detentions

Jul. 11, 2024 22:27 PM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The U.S. and other western governments criticized a controversial security bill in South Sudan that would allow the government to detain people without warrants, saying it would undermine open political and civil space ahead of the country’s elections. ...