- Israel discovers cross-border tunnel from Gaza Updated: May-05-16 8:10 am
JERUSALEM - The Israeli military discovered a tunnel Thursday stretching from the southern Gaza Strip into Israel, built by Palestinian militants to carry out attacks on Israel, the military said.
- 'Romeo and Juliet' takes on local twist in Gaza performance Updated: May-05-16 4:50 am
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" has opened to audiences in the Gaza Strip, albeit with a distinctly Palestinian twist.
- Gaza sewage spill floods farmland Updated: May-04-16 1:03 pm
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Gaza rescue crews tried to salvage livestock and produce on Wednesday after a sewage reservoir collapsed, flooding about 25 acres (10 hectares) of farmland in a new sign of the worsening water and sewage crisis in the Hamas-run territory.
- After ships and planes, Chinese singers assert sea claims Updated: May-04-16 4:56 am
BEIJING - China's military has dispatched ships and planes - even constructed new islands to assert its maritime claims. Now it's deploying a new set of tools to uphold Chinese sovereignty: Magicians, singers and actors.
- 'Waiting for order to kill:' China video seeks army recruits Updated: May-04-16 2:15 am
BEIJING - China's military is appealing to the younger generation with a slick new recruitment video featuring aircraft carriers, tanks and special forces troops, all set to a rousing rap-rock soundtrack.
- Gaza sewage crisis, festering in conflict, poisons coast Updated: May-03-16 9:07 am
SHATI REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip - Each day, millions of gallons of raw sewage pour into the Gaza Strip's Mediterranean beachfront, spewing out of a metal pipe and turning miles of once-scenic coastline into a stagnant dead zone.
- German Jews divided over fears of 1 million Muslim newcomers Updated: May-03-16 7:31 am
BERLIN - When the leader of Germany's Jews spoke out against the flow of Muslim migrants to Europe, a rabbinical student denounced his views as racist - and ignited a debate over whether Jews are right to fear unprecedented levels of immigration from Muslim lands traditionally hostile to Israel.
- UK Labour Party suspends councilors in anti-Semitism dispute Updated: May-02-16 12:58 pm
LONDON - The anti-Semitism dispute bedeviling Britain's Labour Party ahead of an election Thursday has continued with the suspension of three city councilors.
- China lays out firm conditions for improved ties with Japan Updated: Apr-30-16 9:14 am
BEIJING - China laid out firm conditions Saturday for improved ties with Japan, telling Tokyo's visiting foreign minister that there could be "no ambiguity or vacillation" in meeting Beijing's demands over historical interpretation, relations with Taiwan and other key matters.
- UN urges return to full operation of Western Sahara mission Updated: Apr-29-16 2:36 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council called Friday for the urgent return of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the disputed Western Sahara to its full operation, a rebuke to Morocco which expelled most of the mission's civilian staff to protest a perceived slight by the U.N. secretary-general.
- Russia, China in agreement on North Korea, South China Sea Updated: Apr-29-16 3:21 am
BEIJING - Denouncing what they see as outside interference in the South China Sea and Korean Peninsula, the foreign ministers of Russia and China voiced mutual support Friday as they seek to counter the influence of Washington and its allies, particularly in Asia.
- Israel treads carefully with claim to Golan Updated: Apr-28-16 5:06 pm
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sparked a new diplomatic brushfire by declaring that the Golan Heights, seized from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war, is and should remain "under Israel's sovereignty permanently."
- Israel silencing detained Palestinian journalist, says wife Updated: Apr-26-16 12:36 pm
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The wife of a detained Palestinian journalist said Tuesday that Israel is trying to silence him.
- Group: Western Sahara war is possible if no vote date set Updated: Apr-26-16 12:08 pm
MADRID - A top member of a group seeking independence for Western Sahara warned Tuesday that war is possible over the disputed territory annexed by Morocco if the U.N. Security Council fails to set a timetable for a vote on self-determination.
- AP Interview: Georgia prime minister vows course toward West Updated: Apr-25-16 4:22 pm
WASHINGTON - The prime minister of Georgia vowed that his country would continue moving on a pro-Western course and pledged to hold an honest parliamentary election this fall.
- Belize says Guatemala "amassing" troops in border areas Updated: Apr-22-16 3:53 pm
GUATEMALA CITY - The tiny Central American country of Belize has accused larger neighbor Guatemala of "amassing" troops along the two countries' border following the death of a 13-year-old boy in a shooting incident apparently involving Belizean soldiers.
- Future of Palestinian town bleak after Israel shuts quarries Updated: Apr-21-16 11:57 am
BEIT FAJAR, West Bank - The future of the Palestinian town of Beit Fajar looks bleak after Israel's military forced the shutdown of some three dozen quarries in the area, endangering 3,500 jobs and paralyzing the dominant local industry.
- Palestinian sister-city proposal stirs rancor in Colorado Updated: Apr-20-16 10:04 am
BOULDER, Colorado - This peaceful university town is 7,000 miles from the violence of the Middle East, but a proposal to become sister cities with a Palestinian community has stirred such rancor that the City Council is trying to negotiate a truce among its own residents.
- Democrat attacks policy on China, Republican defends it Updated: Apr-19-16 5:50 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's policy on the disputed South China Sea came under attack Tuesday from a fellow Democrat, and in an unusual twist, it was a Republican adversary who leapt to the administration's defense.
- Abbas: Palestinians reject 'all forms of terrorist activity' Updated: Apr-19-16 11:56 am
BERLIN - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, speaking a day after an attack on a bus in Jerusalem that wounded at least 21 people, says his administration rejects violence against civilians.
- Taiwan protests ejection from OECD steel talks, blames China Updated: Apr-19-16 6:01 am
BEIJING - Taiwan says its delegation was ejected from a meeting of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's steel committee after China complained, part of an apparent hardening of Beijing's attitude toward the island it claims as its own territory.
- World Bank urges donors to fulfill Gaza pledges Updated: Apr-18-16 8:47 am
JERUSALEM - After Israel's war against Gaza militants in 2014, Arab countries led the way in pledging reconstruction aid to the devastated seaside enclave. But a new report released Monday by the World Bank shows that Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and other Arab donors have delivered only a small fraction of what was promised.
- China criticizes Taiwan for releasing fraud suspects Updated: Apr-17-16 9:14 am
BEIJING - A Chinese spokesman criticized Taiwan after the self-ruled island released 20 fraud suspects just one day after they were deported from Malaysia, citing a lack of evidence.
- Malaysia decides not to send Taiwanese suspects to China Updated: Apr-15-16 10:12 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia deported 20 Taiwanese criminal suspects to Taiwan on Friday despite Beijing's request that they be sent to China, amid an ongoing battle over jurisdiction involving the self-ruled island. A Malaysia official said another 32 Taiwanese suspects sought by China also will be sent to Taiwan.
- Russia, Japan agree to leaders' meetings this year Updated: Apr-15-16 8:16 am
TOKYO - Top diplomats from Japan and Russia agreed Friday on scheduling their leaders' meetings this year, starting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Russia, to deepen relations overshadowed by a World War II territorial dispute and the conflict in Ukraine.