- Palestinians: Israel to destroy homes of militants Updated: Oct-07-15 3:28 am
RAMALLAH, West Bank - A relative of one of five Palestinians arrested by Israel over the killing of an Israeli couple in the West Bank says troops took measurements of their homes in an apparent prelude to demolishing them.
- After defying quit calls, Blatter mediates between FAs Updated: Oct-06-15 6:54 pm
ZURICH - After defying pleas from FIFA sponsors to quit immediately, President Sepp Blatter is continuing regular business at soccer's governing body, presiding over a dispute between football federations on Tuesday.
- New generation of disillusioned Palestinians drives unrest Updated: Oct-06-15 6:26 pm
SURDA, West Bank - A new generation of angry, disillusioned Palestinians is driving the current wave of clashes with Israeli forces: Too young to remember the hardships of life during Israel's clampdown on the last major uprising, they have lost faith in statehood through negotiations, distrust their political leaders and believe Israel only understands force.
- The Latest: UN chief calls for probe of Palestinian deaths Updated: Oct-06-15 1:42 pm
JERUSALEM - The latest developments in ongoing tensions between Palestinians and Israel following days of violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank (all times local).
- Best-selling Swedish author Henning Mankell dead at age 67 Updated: Oct-05-15 10:54 am
STOCKHOLM - Henning Mankell, the internationally renowned Swedish crime writer whose books about the gloomy, soul-searching police inspector Kurt Wallander enticed readers around the world, died early Monday, his publisher said. He was 67.
- Netanyahu demands Abbas, PA condemn West Bank murder Updated: Oct-02-15 1:32 pm
NEW YORK - Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday demanded that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his government explicitly condemn the murder of an Israeli settler couple by suspected Palestinian gunmen in the West Bank.
- AP News in Brief at 9:58 p.m. EDT Updated: Oct-01-15 11:00 pm
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- Christian evangelicals in Jerusalem show love for Israel Updated: Oct-01-15 2:49 am
JERUSALEM - Thousands of evangelical Christians from more than 80 countries descended upon Jerusalem this week to show their support for the Jewish state, including pilgrims and politicians from countries with a history of hostility toward Israel.
- President Abbas raises Palestinian flag for first time at UN Updated: Sep-30-15 8:53 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas raised the Palestinian flag at the United Nations for the first time on Wednesday with a promise that it will be raised soon in Jerusalem, "the capital of our Palestinian state."
- Q&A: Abbas warning to Israel blunted by lack of specifics Updated: Sep-30-15 4:07 pm
RAMALLAH, West Bank - President Mahmoud Abbas seemingly made good on his threat to drop a "bombshell" in Wednesday's speech to the U.N. General Assembly when he declared that the Palestinians cannot continue to be bound by 20-year-old security and economic agreements with Israel.
- Abbas says Palestinians no longer bound by pacts with Israel Updated: Sep-30-15 3:13 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared before world leaders Wednesday that he is no longer bound by agreements signed with Israel and called on the United Nations to provide international protection for Palestinians, in the most serious warning yet that he might walk away from engagement with the Jewish state.
- FIFA to host Palestinians, Saudis for talks on venue spat Updated: Sep-30-15 12:25 pm
ZURICH - FIFA has called the Palestinian and Saudi Arabian football associations to Zurich on Monday for talks on the disputed decision to move their World Cup qualifying match to a neutral venue.
- Ahead of UN speech, Palestinian leader eschews direct talks Updated: Sep-30-15 5:20 am
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says a new "multilateral" approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is needed since direct negotiations have failed.
- World Bank: Palestinian economy worsens for third year Updated: Sep-29-15 12:01 pm
JERUSALEM - The World Bank says the Palestinian economy has worsened for a third consecutive year.
- Abbas out of options, out of synch with angry Palestinians Updated: Sep-28-15 7:53 am
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to drop a "bombshell" in a speech to the United Nations this week - prompting speculation that he will sever ties with Israel over its settlement expansion and other hard-line policies.
- Israeli officer suspended after journalists abused Updated: Sep-27-15 8:06 am
JERUSALEM - The Israeli military says it has suspended an officer after soldiers were caught on camera assaulting a pair of Agence France-Press journalists in the West Bank.
- AP Interview: Egypt's leader says country in 'ferocious war' Updated: Sep-27-15 12:39 am
NEW YORK - Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has said in an interview that the Mideast region must cooperate to defeat a worsening terrorist threat that has led to "ferocious war" in his country and some countries "sliding into a vicious cycle of failure."
- Mosque opening in Moscow attended by Putin, Abbas, Erdogan Updated: Sep-23-15 5:57 am
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin has been joined by the Turkish and Palestinian leaders at the ceremonial opening of the Russian capital's new main mosque.
- Israeli envoy's appointment in danger over settlement ties Updated: Sep-22-15 12:53 pm
JERUSALEM - In a landmark test case for Israel, the appointment of its next ambassador to Brazil is suddenly in trouble due to his ties to the West Bank settlement movement.
- Rights group says civilians harmed in Egypt's Sinai campaign Updated: Sep-22-15 12:42 am
CAIRO - The Egyptian military's campaign against Islamic insurgents in northern Sinai is harming thousands of civilians and risks turning more people against the government, Human Rights Watch said in a report Tuesday.
- Israeli archaeologists may have found fabled Maccabees tomb Updated: Sep-21-15 4:39 pm
BEN SHEMEN FOREST, Israel - Israeli archaeologists may be one step closer to solving a riddle that has vexed explorers for more than a century: the location of the fabled tomb of the biblical Maccabees.
- Vatican flag to be raised at UN just before pope arrives Updated: Sep-21-15 3:11 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The Holy See said Monday the Vatican flag will be raised for the first time at the United Nations just before Pope Francis arrives on Friday morning - without any ceremony.
- Israel struggles to counter Palestinian rock-throwing threat Updated: Sep-21-15 6:24 am
JERUSALEM - After finding high-tech solutions to halt suicide bombings and rockets, tech-savvy Israel is struggling with the resurgence of a weapon dating back to David and Goliath: the hurled rock.
- Italian coach in Hebron upends Palestinian soccer league Updated: Sep-20-15 3:31 am
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Throughout his long career, Stefano Cusin has played in Italy, France and Switzerland and coached in Bulgaria, Cameroon and the Congo. But the 46-year-old, Tuscany-born Cusin says it's only in the Palestinian soccer backwater of Hebron that he has truly rediscovered his passion for the sport.
- Holy See flag to be raised outside UN for pope's arrival Updated: Sep-18-15 6:38 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The flag of the Holy See will be raised for the first time outside U.N. headquarters the morning of Pope Francis' first visit next week, a United Nations official confirmed Friday.