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Foreigners linked to Palestinians face Israeli visa troubles

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 06:18:01 UT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — American Kate Hamad doesn't dare leave Ramallah, fearing trouble, even deportation, if stopped at an Israeli checkpoint on the outskirts of the autonomous Palestinian city in the West Bank. Israel rejected her request for a visa renewal three months ago, she said, even though her Palestinian husband and their three youngest children have West Bank residency. She appealed, but hasn't heard back. "You really feel trapped and you really feel scared," said the 32-year-old from Grimes, Iowa. Hamad is among a growing number of foreigners in the West Bank who are having Israeli visa problems, according to Palestinian officials and Israeli lawyers.



Car bombs kill at least 27 in east Libya city of Benghazi

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:21:49 UT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Twin car bombs exploded as people left a mosque in a residential area of the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday night, killing 27 and wounding over 30 in an attack timed to cause mass casualties among first responders, officials said. Capt. Tarek Alkharraz, spokesman for military and police forces in Benghazi, said the first explosion went off in the Salmani neighborhood around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday and the second bomb went off a half hour later as residents and medics gathered to evacuate the wounded. Local health official Hani Belras Ali said at least 27 people died had died so far and 32 were wounded. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombings.



Libyan officials say twin car bombs have exploded in a residential area of Benghazi, killing 27 and wounding over 30

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 23:46:30 UT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyan officials say twin car bombs have exploded in a residential area of Benghazi, killing 27 and wounding over 30.



The Latest: Haley accuses Russia of distraction on Syria

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 23:39:35 UT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 1:35 a.m. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley is accusing Russia of trying to distract attention from a new initiative by 24 countries to hold those who use chemical weapons in Syria accountable by proposing that the U.N. create a new investigative body to identify perpetrators. Haley told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that if Russia wants an independent and impartial investigation, the United States is ready to re-establish the expert body known as the Joint Implementation Mechanism, or JIM, that Moscow refused to renew in November. She stressed that "anything less is unacceptable.



Pence visits Western Wall amid tensions with Palestinians

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 21:02:24 UT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence placed his hand on the hallowed Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on Tuesday as he wrapped up a four-day trip to the Mideast that ended with Palestinians still fuming over the Trump administration's decision to recognize the city as Israel's capital. On a solemn visit to the holiest site where Jews can pray, Pence tucked a small white note of prayer in the wall's cracks after touring the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.



Turkey urged to show restraint in assault on Syrian Kurds

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:14:38 UT

BEIRUT (AP) — France and the United States on Tuesday urged Turkey to exercise restraint in its offensive against a Kurdish-held enclave in northern Syria, where the U.N. says an estimated 5,000 people have been displaced by the fighting. Turkish troops and allied Syrian fighters pressed ahead with their operations in Afrin for the fourth day, approaching from three sides and meeting stiff resistance from the U.S.-allied Kurdish militia that controls the enclave. The U.N. said most of the displaced are still inside Afrin because Kurdish forces are preventing civilians from leaving and Syrian government forces are keeping them out of adjacent areas.



Egypt's military arrests ex-general running for president

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 19:17:48 UT

CAIRO (AP) — Less than two weeks after announcing his candidacy, Egypt's former chief of staff was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of incitement against the armed forces and other charges in what appeared to be a calculated move to force out the last potentially serious challenger to President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Former Gen. Sami Annan became the latest in a series of potential contenders who have dropped out or been driven from the presidential campaign. El-Sissi, himself an ex-general, is considered virtually certain to win re-election in the March 26-28 balloting. But Annan could have drawn a substantial protest vote, bolstered by his own army credentials and his calls for political inclusion.



Poll: Deep partisan divide among Americans over Israel

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:28:43 UT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The bitter divisions in the United States are being felt across the world in the Middle East, where Israel is emerging as an increasingly partisan issue in the Trump era. A new opinion poll released Tuesday showed U.S. Republicans to be far more supportive of Israel than their Democratic counterparts. It also found Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a close ally of President Donald Trump, to be a divisive figure. The findings by the Pew Research Center could be a cause for concern for Israel, which has traditionally relied on broad bipartisan support in America. "I think it's a very concerning trend," said Sallai Meridor, who served as Israeli ambassador to the U.S. a decade ago.



Iraq seeks aid to rebuild after IS, but donors could be wary

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:04:13 UT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq hopes to raise billions of dollars at a conference next month to fund reconstruction after its costly war against the Islamic State group, but many fear the country's endemic corruption could undermine the appeal. Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State group in December after driving the extremists from nearly all the territory they once held, but three years of grueling combat has taken a devastating toll, leaving entire towns and neighborhoods in ruins. Neighboring Kuwait will host an international conference in mid-February aimed at rallying support for Iraq's reconstruction. The United Nations, the United States and Saudi Arabia support the initiative, the details of which have yet to be made public. The U.



Anger in Damascus after mortar attack kills 3-year-old

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:39:10 UT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Fadi Khoury was shopping with his wife and three-year-old boy in Damascus when the barrage of mortars crashed around them, severely wounding the couple and killing their only child. Monday's attack on the eastern Bab Touma district, which occurred as children were leaving schools, was one of the deadliest launched in recent weeks by insurgents in the besieged suburbs of the capital. Fighting has intensified in recent days as government forces push into the area known as eastern Ghouta, home to some 400,000 people, which has been besieged for weeks and pounded by airstrikes and artillery. Dozens have been killed on both sides, and the siege has caused severe shortages of food, fuel and medicine.



Palestinian cellphone company launches 3G, after Israeli ban

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:59:40 UT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian cellphone provider says it has launched 3G high-speed mobile data service in the West Bank, following a years-long Israeli ban. The ban, which Israel had linked to security concerns, cost the Palestinian economy hundreds of millions of dollars. It denied Palestinians conveniences enjoyed by most of world where faster 4G service is increasingly commonplace. Spokesman Ahmed Abu Aliya says the Jawwal company launched 3G on Tuesday and that smaller competitor Wataniya is to follow Wednesday. Palestinian officials have said Israel continues to ban 3G in the Gaza Strip, dominated by the militant group Hamas. The Jawwal launch coincided with a West Bank commercial strike, called to protest U.S.



Garbage on the beach: Flood of waste stirs uproar in Lebanon

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:09:06 UT

ZOUQ MOSBEH, Lebanon (AP) — Lebanon's festering trash crisis came crashing ashore this week, after residents woke up to find a powerful winter storm had laid a mantle of waste at a beach just a few minutes' drive north of the capital, Beirut. The scenes were a national embarrassment for a country that once prided itself on its sparkling Mediterranean coastline but cannot wean itself off the convenience of throwing its trash into the sea. Prime Minister Saad Hariri ordered an immediate clean-up of Zouq Mosbeh beach, but the futility of it was immediately apparent as rough waves carried in even more trash on Tuesday. "We said it was not possible to keep dumping in the water.



The Latest: Egypt presidential candidate to assess status

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:31:50 UT

CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on events related to Egypt's elections (all times local): 4:25 p.m. A senior worker at the campaign of Egyptian presidential hopeful Khaled Ali says they are holding an emergency meeting to assess their position following the arrest of another hopeful, former military chief of staff Sami Annan. Khaled Abdel-Hameed tells The Associated Press that the campaign's meeting later Tuesday would look at "all options," including quitting the race. Egypt's military earlier Tuesday arrested Annan who was planning to run in the March 26-28 elections against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, in what appeared to be a calculated move to push him out of the race.



The Latest: Hamas leader says US prefers Israel over Arabs

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:00:18 UT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Israel (all times local): 2:50 p.m. The top Islamic Hamas leader is accusing the United States of preferring its alliance with Israel over its interests in other parts of the Middle East. Ismail Haniyeh says Tuesday that U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's tour in Israel was "unwelcome," adding that his speech before the Israeli parliament a day earlier "proves the USA has a strategic alliance with the Zionist entity." America "doesn't take the interests and requirements of the Islamic and Arab nation into consideration," Haniyeh said in a televised speech from Gaza, which his militant group controls.



A top aide to presidential hopeful Sami Annan tells the AP the former chief of staff has been arrested by the military.

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:59:26 UT

CAIRO (AP) — A top aide to presidential hopeful Sami Annan tells the AP the former chief of staff has been arrested by the military.



Egypt's military to investigate presidential hopeful, retired Gen. Sami Annan, for allegedly breaching army regulations

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:30:31 UT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's military to investigate presidential hopeful, retired Gen. Sami Annan, for allegedly breaching army regulations.



US Navy says it received Iran broadcast about naval exercise

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:45:11 UT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy says it only received a radio message from Iranian naval vessels about an ongoing Iranian exercise in the Strait of Hormuz, countering Tehran claims of a tense encounter between the two fleets. Lt. Chloe Morgan, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet in Bahrain, says an American warship in the Gulf of Oman heard the message on Monday. Morgan said on Tuesday that the American vessel "continued to execute its mission and did not alter operations as a result of the radio transmission." Iranian media had alleged its navy either "warned off" or fired "warning shots" at Saudi or American vessels during an ongoing two-day annual drill in the strait. The U.S.



Pence says US embassy will move to Jerusalem by end of 2019

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:38:00 UT

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told Israeli lawmakers Monday that the U.S. would put plans to move its embassy to Jerusalem on a fast track, drawing angry denunciations from Arabs who were forcibly removed from the hall during his speech before Israel's parliament. The Trump administration's plan to accelerate the move of the embassy, announced in the first address of a sitting American vice president to the Knesset, marked the highlight of Pence's visit celebrating President Donald Trump's decision last month to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.



Fighting rages amid Turkish push in Kurdish enclave in Syria

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:21:23 UT

HASSA, Turkey (AP) — Intense fighting flared Monday as Turkish troops and their allies advanced on a Kurdish enclave in northwestern Syria, the third day of Ankara's offensive to oust a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia from the area, according to the militia and a war monitoring group. Skirmishes between Turkish troops and Kurdish fighters also broke out farther east in Syria, threatening to widen the scope of the new front in the Syrian war that pits Turkey against Washington's main ally in the region. The Turkish ground and air offensive on Afrin, codenamed "Operation Olive Branch," began Saturday, raising tensions in the already-complicated Syrian conflict and threatening to further strain ties between Turkey and the U.S., both NATO allies.



The Latest: France tells UN that Syria is at 'a crossroads'

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:16:37 UT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on developments in Syria and Turkey's offensive on the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin (all times local): 11:15 p.m. France's U.N. ambassador says he has told the Security Council that Syria is at "a crossroads," with the worst scenario leading to fragmentation and ethnic cleansing in the conflict-torn country and the best scenario leading to peace. Ambassador Francois Delattre told reporters after closed briefings to the council Monday by the U.N. humanitarian and political chiefs that Turkey's offensive in the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin is just "part of the equation." The council issued no statement after the briefings.



AP Explains: Turkey's 'Operation Olive Branch' in Afrin

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:37:11 UT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey has launched an air and ground campaign into Afrin, a Kurdish-controlled enclave in northwestern Syria. Codenamed "Operation Olive Branch," it's the latest chapter in a decades-long conflict between Turkey and Kurdish militants. Here's a look at why this is happening now and what's at stake: ___ WHAT'S THE GOAL? Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has said Turkey wants to create a 30-kilometer (20-mile) deep "secure zone" in Afrin. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the military operation is essential for Turkey's security and Syria's territorial integrity.



VP defends Trump over vulgar remarks on African immigrants

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:40:37 UT

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Monday defended President Donald Trump over his recent comments disparaging immigration from Africa and Haiti, telling The Associated Press that the president's "heart" is aimed at a merit-based system that is blind to immigrants' "race or creed." Pence, in an interview with the AP from Jerusalem, said the president was intent on implementing a merit-based system that encourages immigration by those who will "contribute to a growing American economy and thriving communities." "I know the president's heart and I know that what President Trump wants to do is reform immigration to make our system one that puts the interests of America first," Pence said.



The Latest: Israel PM praises Pence speech, approach to Iran

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:18:57 UT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Israel (all times local): 9:15 p.m. Israel's prime minister is praising U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's speech to the Knesset as a "powerful expression of the enduring bond between our two countries," and notes their shared work to prevent Iran from destabilizing the region. Benjamin Netanyahu says the two leaders discussed "common challenges and common opportunities" in the Middle East, including Iran. He says the Trump administration is "on the right side of history" by opposing the Iran nuclear deal. Netanyahu is urging world leaders to seize the opportunity created by Trump to "correct the failings" of the deal.



UN readies aid as Turkey attacks Kurdish enclave in Syria

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:39:52 UT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The United Nations is ready to help people who might flee from the Afrin enclave, where Turkish troops are on the offensive against Kurdish fighters, the top U.N. official in Syria said Monday. Ali al-Za'tari told The Associated Press in his office in western Damascus that they are following the news but "it is still not clear" if people are fleeing the region. On Saturday, Turkey began an offensive aimed at driving out a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia, which Ankara views as a threat because of its links to Kurdish insurgents fighting in Turkey. Turkey says it aims to create a 30-kilometer (20-mile) deep "secure zone" in Afrin.



Palestinian Christians slam Pence's pro-Israel faith

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:20:54 UT

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian Christians say U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's brand of evangelical Christianity, with its fervent embrace of modern-day Israel as fulfilment of biblical prophecy, lacks their faith's compassion and justice, including for those who have endured half a century of Israeli occupation. Pence was in Jerusalem on Monday, expressing his full-throated support for Israel in a speech to parliament filled with biblical references. During an exuberant welcome, Pence and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly rejoiced in the Trump administration's decision last month to recognize contested Jerusalem as Israel's capital.



Pence defends Trump on comments disparaging Africa, says his 'heart' aimed at fair immigration system regardless of race

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:56:43 UT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Pence defends Trump on comments disparaging Africa, says his 'heart' aimed at fair immigration system regardless of race.



Pence, in AP interview, says the 'door's open' for the Palestinians to enter peace negotiations

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:53:12 UT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Pence, in AP interview, says the 'door's open' for the Palestinians to enter peace negotiations.



UN agency for Palestinians seeks funds after US cuts

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:11:06 UT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees on Monday launched an "unprecedented" appeal seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in response to funding cuts by the Trump administration. Last week the State Department notified the U.N. Relief and Works Agency that the U.S. is withholding $65 million of a planned $125 million funding installment. It also made clear that additional U.S. donations will be contingent on major changes by UNRWA, which has been heavily criticized by Israel. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians either fled or were forced from their homes during the war that led to Israel's establishment in 1948.



Egypt says 2 policemen to stand trial over detainee's death

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:57:49 UT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's state news agency says two policemen will go on trial next month on charges of killing a detainee. Dozens of people attacked a police station in Cairo's Mokattam neighborhood on Jan. 6 after a young detainee held on drug-related suspicions died in custody. Police arrested 43 protesters. The state-run MENA news agency said the two policemen will go on trial Feb. 15. No date has been set for the protesters. Anger at widespread police brutality helped spark the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Rights groups say mistreatment and torture are still widespread in Egyptian prisons, allegations denied by the government.



Yemen rebels fire rockets at military parade, killing 7

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:50:45 UT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say Houthi rebels fired Katyusha rockets on a military parade near the central city of Taiz on Monday, killing at least seven people, including a local journalist, in an apparent assassination attempt on the interior minister and his deputy. The officials said three civilians and four soldiers were killed, while a Yemeni correspondent for satellite broadcaster Russia Today was wounded. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to brief reporters. Yemen's war pits a Saudi-led coalition allied with the internationally recognized government against Shiite Houthi rebels, who are allied with Iran and control much of northern Yemen, including the capital, Sanaa.