- 3 men plead guilty in deadly shooting over drug territory Updated: May-28-16 12:37 pm
NEWARK, New Jersey - Three men have admitted their roles in the shooting death of a drug dealer whose territory they wanted to take over.
- North Korea threatens South's ships after sea border chase Updated: May-28-16 12:30 am
SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea on Saturday threatened to fire at South Korean warships if they cross into its waters, a day after the South's navy fired warning shots to chase away two North Korean ships that briefly crossed a disputed western sea boundary.
- Israeli ex-officers issue peace plan, condemn gov't inaction Updated: May-27-16 3:00 pm
JERUSALEM - A group of more than 200 Israeli military and intelligence officers criticized the government for a lack of action in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Friday and issued a detailed plan they say can end the impasse.
- West Bank outpost's impending evacuation a test for Israel Updated: May-27-16 4:29 am
AMONA OUTPOST, West Bank - The fate of 50 white caravans perched atop a West Bank hill in the Amona settler outpost is emerging as a key test for Benjamin Netanyahu's newly-expanded hard-line government.
- The Latest: G-7 wants to close gaps on fighting extremism Updated: May-27-16 1:03 am
ISE, Japan - The latest news on the Group of Seven summit in Japan, where the leaders of the seven advanced economies are meeting for two days (all times local):
- Israel's Netanyahu adds hard-liner to coalition Updated: May-25-16 8:05 pm
JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu named one of Israel's most polarizing politicians as defense minister on Wednesday, solidifying his parliamentary majority at the risk of antagonizing the international community and his own military - and clouding already slim hopes for a resumption of peace efforts.
- UN envoy says radically more must be done for Mideast peace Updated: May-25-16 7:19 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Palestinians in Gaza are growing ever more desperate and unless "radically more" is done to address the situation, it is only a matter of time before there is another escalation of violence, the U.N.'s top Mideast envoy told the Security Council on Wednesday.
- Taiwan minister hopes to work with China on health issues Updated: May-25-16 11:34 am
GENEVA - Taiwan hopes to work with China to help improve the health of people "on both sides of the Taiwan Strait" and is engaging more with the world to fight viruses like Zika, MERS, Ebola and dengue, the Taiwanese health minister said in an interview Wednesday.
- Israel's new defense minister could clash with his soldiers Updated: May-25-16 7:30 am
JERUSALEM - Israel's incoming defense minister once called for bombing Egypt, suggested just weeks ago that Israel kill Hamas' leader in the Gaza Strip and opposed the prosecution of a soldier accused of killing a wounded Palestinian. These are just a few of the positions that could put former bar bouncer Avigdor Lieberman at odds with a military he is now to command.
- China: Taiwan's female leader 'extreme' because she's single Updated: May-25-16 4:31 am
BEIJING - Taiwan's new president is "extreme" in her politics because she's an unmarried woman lacking the emotional balance provided by romantic and family life, a member of China's body for relations with the self-governing island wrote in a newspaper opinion piece.
- French premier pushes Mideast initiative with Palestinians Updated: May-24-16 10:55 am
RAMALLAH, West Bank - France's prime minister said Tuesday that peace between Israelis and the Palestinians is also important for security in Europe.
- In tough times, most Palestinians view government as corrupt Updated: May-24-16 3:22 am
RAMALLAH, West Bank - A gated community of villas with well-tended flower gardens near the West Bank town of Ramallah may help explain why Palestinians almost universally believe there is corruption in the government of President Mahmoud Abbas.
- Netanyahu proclaims support for peace, despite French rebuff Updated: May-23-16 1:11 pm
JERUSALEM - Israel's leader on Monday reiterated his support for the establishment of a Palestinian state, seeking to persuade critics that he remains committed to peace as he prepares to bring a polarizing hardliner into his Cabinet.
- New Taiwan president omits one-China principle in speech Updated: May-20-16 10:26 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan's new independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen tread carefully around the thorny issue of relations with China in her inaugural address Friday, emphasizing the importance of two decades of growing exchanges without mentioning the one-China principle fundamental to Beijing.
- Correction: Armenia-Azerbaijan story Updated: May-18-16 3:01 pm
VIENNA - In a story May 17 about the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, The Associated Press incorrectly reported the size of Nagorno-Karabakh. The region is 4,400 square kilometers (1,700 square miles), not 12,000 square kilometers (4,400 square miles).
- Palestinian history museum opens without exhibits Updated: May-18-16 3:00 pm
BIRZEIT, West Bank - The Palestinians opened a dazzling new museum Wednesday aimed at telling the tale of their history and culture, but the building is devoid of exhibits.
- Kerry in Cairo for talks on Egypt's politics, Mideast peace Updated: May-18-16 9:49 am
CAIRO - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was holding talks Wednesday with Egyptian officials on the country's political situation and to explore Egypt's ideas for supporting a new Israeli-Palestinian peace bid.
- China stages war games days ahead of Taiwan inauguration Updated: May-18-16 8:16 am
BEIJING - China is staging large-scale joint war games featuring mock beach landing, helicopter assaults and tank battles along its east coast facing Taiwan, just days before the inauguration of the self-governing island's new independence-leaning president.
- Egypt president backs French proposal for Mideast talks Updated: May-17-16 1:39 pm
CAIRO - President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Tuesday that Egypt's relations with Israel, rooted in a landmark 1979 peace treaty, can only be "warmer" if his country's former enemy reached a settlement with the Palestinians and pledged that Cairo would "make every effort" toward a solution.
- Gazans say Jordan restricting movement Updated: May-16-16 2:37 pm
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Gazans who endured a border blockade by neighboring Egypt and Israel for almost a decade thought they were finally catching a break when Israel slightly eased restrictions on travel from the Hamas-ruled territory in recent months.
- Israeli leaders clash over army's role in public discourse Updated: May-16-16 2:01 pm
JERUSALEM - A public spat between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his defense minister has exposed a simmering rift between Israel's security establishment and its hard-line government, pitting the Israeli leader in a risky showdown.
- Report: China has reclaimed 3,200 acres in South China Sea Updated: May-13-16 4:47 pm
WASHINGTON - China has reclaimed more than 3,200 acres of land in the southeastern South China Sea. But the country's focus has shifted to developing and weaponizing those man-made islands so it will have greater control over the maritime region without resorting to armed conflict, according to a new Pentagon report.
- UN panel against torture flags 'excessive force' by Israel Updated: May-13-16 8:39 am
GENEVA - A U.N. panel against torture on Friday expressed concerns about allegations of "excessive use of force," including deadly force, by Israeli security forces in Palestinian areas, and warned about authorities barring access to detained suspects, including minors.
- Chinese artist Ai Weiwei travels to Gaza for refugee project Updated: May-11-16 9:27 am
RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei is visiting the Gaza Strip as part of a documentary he is making about Middle East refugees.
- China hopes for progress with new Philippine government Updated: May-10-16 10:44 am
BEIJING - China said Tuesday that it hopes to work with the Philippines' new government to resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea, but insisted the onus is on Manila to lower tensions.