- German foreign minister visits Gaza Updated: Jun-01-15 1:46 pm
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Germany's foreign minister paid a rare visit to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Monday, calling on Israel to ease a blockade on the territory and urging Hamas prevent rockets from being fired into Israel.
- Christian schools in Israel say budget cuts hurt community Updated: May-28-15 8:26 am
RAMLE, Israel - It was an unlikely display of protesters: nuns cloaked in white, a black-clad priest clutching a golden scepter and dozens of Arab schoolchildren picketing outside the hulking headquarters of Israel's Education Ministry. Their message, raised high on large banners: "Take your hands off our schools."
- China's army plays down South China Sea island-building Updated: May-26-15 2:49 pm
BEIJING - China's military on Tuesday compared its controversial island-building in the South China Sea to ordinary construction such as road-building going on elsewhere in the country, trying to deflect criticism over an issue seen as inflaming tensions in the region.
- Taiwan proposes plan to ease South China Sea tensions Updated: May-26-15 1:04 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou laid out a plan Tuesday to ease tensions in a vast, resource-rich Asian ocean where China has chafed against its neighbors by expanding islets with landfill to solidify its claims in the region.
- Aquino: Philippines to fly usual routes over disputed reefs Updated: May-25-15 6:25 am
MANILA, Philippines - Philippine aircraft will continue to fly their usual routes over disputed reefs in the South China Sea, the country's president said Monday, defying China's challenges to its planes and those of the United States.
- Abbas: Israeli settlement expansion blocks any peace deal Updated: May-22-15 8:05 am
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday said Israel is blocking peace by continuing to expand settlements on occupied territory, but reaffirmed his support for a two-state solution based on the pre-1967 border.
- China, US assert rights after exchange over S China Sea Updated: May-21-15 7:58 pm
BEIJING - China said Thursday it is entitled to keep watch over airspace and seas surrounding artificial islands it created in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, following an exchange in which its navy warned off a U.S. surveillance plane. The United States said its aerial patrolling was in accordance with international law and "no one in their right mind" would try to stop it.
- UN says will engage Israel on 'realistic options' for talks Updated: May-19-15 7:26 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations' new Middle East envoy said Tuesday that he and the U.N. secretary-general will engage Israel's new government to explore "realistic options" for a return to talks with the Palestinians aimed at a two-state solution within a reasonable time frame.
- AP Interview: Georgia's leader warns of Russian expansion Updated: May-19-15 11:44 am
TBILISI, Georgia - Russia is poised to use its armed forces to expand further into former Soviet states, Georgia's president said Tuesday, calling on the West never to accept any Russian aggression.
- Palestinian patients find help in Israeli hospital Updated: May-19-15 5:29 am
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The bedroom of Palestinian siblings Ahmed and Hadeel Hamdan looks like a hospital ward, filled with beeping machines, monitors, solution bags and sterilizing fluids.
- Correction: Vatican-Palestinians story Updated: May-18-15 7:47 pm
VATICAN CITY - VATICAN CITY - In a story May 16 about Pope Francis meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, The Associated Press erroneously omitted two words when quoting the pope. Francis told Abbas "you are a bit an angel of peace," not "you are an angel of peace." The original Italian quote was, "Lei e un po un angelo della pace."
- Historic bathhouse offers respite from Gaza's hardships Updated: May-18-15 3:42 am
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - After dawn prayers in Gaza, a few dozen men descend a metal staircase to gather in the steamy confines of Hamam al-Sumara, a centuries-old bathhouse where residents of the isolated territory find respite and relief.
- Pope canonizes 2 saints from 19th-century Palestine Updated: May-17-15 11:01 am
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis canonized two nuns from what was 19th-century Palestine on Sunday in hope of encouraging Christians across the Middle East who are facing a wave of persecution from Islamic extremists.
- India's Modi says progress made with China on thorny issues Updated: May-15-15 6:21 am
BEIJING - On his first visit to China as India's prime minister, Narendra Modi said Friday that two days of talks yielded progress on issues ranging from a yawning trade imbalance to their continuing border dispute.
- Israeli demolition plan for Bedouin village sparks outcry Updated: May-14-15 4:28 pm
UMM AL-HIRAN, Israel - Israelis are once again locked in a bitter settlement dispute with their Arab neighbors, but this time the conflict is not unfolding in the West Bank, but in Israel's southern desert.
- West Bank settlers optimistic over new Israeli government Updated: May-13-15 2:20 pm
JERUSALEM - As the new Israeli government prepares to take office, the West Bank settler movement appears poised to wield influence perhaps like never before.
- Holy Land Christians celebrate sainthood of Arab nuns Updated: May-13-15 3:05 am
JERUSALEM - The Holy Land's Christians are excitedly preparing for next week's canonization of two Arab nuns, bringing some joy to a tiny community that has had little to celebrate in recent years.
- ICC urges Israel to give material for preliminary Gaza probe Updated: May-13-15 2:07 am
UNITED NATIONS - The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court warned Israel Tuesday that if it doesn't provide reliable information for her preliminary probe into possible war crimes in Palestinian territories she may be forced to decide whether to launch a full-scale investigation based on Palestinian allegations.
- Analysis: New Netanyahu government headed for turmoil Updated: May-07-15 2:38 pm
JERUSALEM - Benjamin Netanyahu has managed to cobble together a government dominated by nationalist and religious allies, setting the stage for conflict with the Palestinians and much of the world and leaving Israel angrily divided.
- A look at key figures in Israel's new government Updated: May-07-15 2:14 pm
JERUSALEM - The Israeli prime minister's new coalition government is dominated by nationalists and religious parties, setting Israel on a collision course with the international community on multiple fronts. The success of that government rests largely on the key players involved.
- FIFA to study Israel-Palestinians dispute on election day Updated: May-04-15 10:09 am
GENEVA - A move to consider suspending Israel from world football will be put to FIFA's 209 member federations just before they elect their president this month.
- Former President Jimmy Carter: Gaza situation 'intolerable' Updated: May-02-15 2:34 pm
JERUSALEM - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said Saturday that eight months after a bloody war in the Gaza Strip the situation there remains "intolerable."