- 3 Palestinians die in clashes; Israel toughens fence Updated: Nov-26-15 2:09 pm
JERUSALEM - Three Palestinians were shot and killed in separate clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank on Thursday as Israel announced plans to strengthen a fence near the flashpoint city of Hebron in an effort to contain a two-month spate of violence.
- Russia strikes back at Turkey with economic sanctions Updated: Nov-26-15 11:59 am
MOSCOW - Russia plans to retaliate against Turkey for the downing of a warplane by imposing sanctions, cutting economic ties and scrapping major investment projects.
- Japan plans to deploy troops near disputed islands Updated: Nov-26-15 4:08 am
TOKYO - Japan's deputy defense minister met with the mayor of a southern island Thursday to seek his support for the planned deployment of hundreds of troops in the region including nearby disputed East China Sea islands.
- Kerry in Israel for 1st time since 2014; no bold peace push Updated: Nov-24-15 1:41 am
JERUSALEM - Secretary of State John Kerry made his first trip to Israel in more than a year, arriving on Tuesday in the midst of a new rash of deadly attacks that have dampened hopes for peace mediation between the Jewish state and Palestinians during the Obama administration's final year. The visit includes no such ambitious agenda, the chief U.S. diplomat conceded, and is primarily focused on ending the terror.
- German department store to put Israeli wines back on shelves Updated: Nov-22-15 12:42 pm
JERUSALEM - A German department store said Sunday that it's putting eight Israeli wines back on the shelves after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused it of boycotting Israeli goods.
- Palestinian leader discusses failed peace effort Updated: Nov-18-15 2:01 pm
JERUSALEM - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has shined new light on the breakdown of a potentially history-altering round of 2008 peace talks, saying that he rejected an offer from Israel's Ehud Olmert - which included placing Jerusalem's Old City under international control - because he was not allowed to study the map.
- Israeli official says EU move is anti-Semitic Updated: Nov-10-15 10:05 am
JERUSALEM - A senior Israeli Cabinet minister has condemned a European Union plan to begin labeling West Bank settlement products as "disguised anti-Semitism."
- Carter says Russia, China potentially threaten global order Updated: Nov-07-15 11:48 pm
SIMI VALLEY, California - Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Saturday accused Russia of endangering world order, citing its incursions in Ukraine and loose talk about nuclear weapons, and said the U.S. defense establishment is searching for creative ways to deter Russian aggression and protect U.S. allies.
- Presidents of China, Taiwan meet for 1st time, shake hands Updated: Nov-07-15 1:03 pm
SINGAPORE - The leaders of China and Taiwan met Saturday for the first time since the formerly bitter Cold War foes split amid civil war 66 years ago, and though no concrete agreement resulted, both hailed the meeting as a sign of a new stability in relations.
- Timeline of China-Taiwan relations leading to historic meet Updated: Nov-07-15 4:18 am
BEIJING - China and Taiwan have been separately ruled since the Chinese civil war of the 1940s, but China claims sovereignty over the island and insists the two sides eventually unify. They have in recent years set aside that dispute to build trust and sign economic cooperation deals, and their presidents met for the first time Saturday.
- Timeline of China-Taiwan relations leading to historic meet Updated: Nov-06-15 3:52 am
BEIJING - China and Taiwan have been separately ruled since the Chinese civil war of the 1940s, but China claims sovereignty over the island and insists the two sides eventually unify. They have in recent years set aside that dispute to build trust and sign economic cooperation deals, and their presidents will meet for the first time Saturday.
- Palestinian officials: Egypt navy kills Gaza fisherman Updated: Nov-05-15 11:26 am
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Palestinian officials say a fisherman was shot and killed by Egyptian naval forces off the Gaza coast.
- Taiwan-China meeting leaves many on island democracy wary Updated: Nov-05-15 6:18 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou is running into skepticism at home over his impending historic meeting with China's president, aimed at locking in the dialogue that he has built - from zero - with Beijing during his nearly eight years in office.
- Attack on Israeli rabbi part of unchecked settler violence Updated: Nov-05-15 1:30 am
BURIN, West Bank - Rabbi Arik Ascherman's right middle finger is still bandaged from a recent confrontation in the West Bank, when a suspected extremist Jewish settler lurched at him with a knife, punching and kicking him.
- Conflict hard to ignore as stabbings reach Israeli heartland Updated: Nov-04-15 3:53 pm
RISHON LEZION, Israel - Twenty-four-year-old shopkeeper Darya Zelenkov was working her shift in a downtown clothing shop in this central Israeli city when she was startled by a knife-wielding Palestinian trying to burst in. The quick-thinking saleswoman quickly slammed the glass door in his face.
- Taiwan defined by conflicted identity, diplomatic isolation Updated: Nov-04-15 4:26 am
BEIJING - It has no membership in the United Nations. In the Olympics, it competes as "Chinese Taipei." Most nations don't recognize it as a country.
- Palestinians say amateur video backs claims of Israeli abuse Updated: Nov-03-15 4:28 pm
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Recent videos show Israeli troops shooting a wounded Palestinian at close range, pepper-spraying Palestinian medics, ramming a Palestinian with a jeep and threatening refugee camp residents with tear gas "until you die" unless they stop throwing stones.
- AP Interview: Peres says Israel could face an eternal war Updated: Nov-02-15 12:34 pm
JERUSALEM - Over a seven-decade career in politics, Shimon Peres has helped guide Israel through wars and existential threats. But now, with the country embroiled in a new wave of violence, the 92-year-old elder statesman worries that if its leaders do not get serious about pursuing peace with the Palestinians, it will be in an eternal state of war and risk losing its Jewish majority.
- Palestinian lawyer talks about viral photo of tear gas kick Updated: Nov-02-15 11:18 am
RAMALLAH, West Bank - One of the most memorable images of the current Israeli-Palestinian confrontations shows a young Palestinian lawyer in dark shades, a suit and formal legal robe as he kicks away an Israeli tear gas canister, his legs flying high above billowing white gas.
- Gaza family is first to return to rebuilt home after war Updated: Nov-01-15 6:02 am
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The al-Zazas have much to celebrate these days, after returning a few weeks ago to their neighborhood in the Gaza Strip - the first Palestinian family to move back into a completely rebuilt home since last year's war between Israel and the Islamic militant group Hamas.
- Morocco defends hold on Western Sahara - and targets IKEA Updated: Oct-31-15 10:15 am
RABAT, Morocco - Morocco is reacting aggressively to any challenges to its claims on Western Sahara, as it marks 40 years since taking control of the mineral-rich territory. Among apparent targets of its wrath: Swedish icons IKEA, Volvo and H&M.
- Palestinians give to ICC details of alleged Israeli crimes Updated: Oct-30-15 4:51 pm
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Palestinian leaders on Friday handed what they called evidence of Israeli crimes committed in the recent outburst of violence to prosecutors at the International Criminal Court.
- 20 years later, little left of Yitzhak Rabin's peace legacy Updated: Oct-30-15 9:33 am
TEL AVIV, Israel - Twenty years after Yitzhak Rabin was gunned down by a Jewish extremist opposed to his negotiations with the Palestinians, Israel is more divided than ever over Mideast peacemaking - and the people who opposed the assassinated premier with vitriol, led by Benjamin Netanyahu, now have a firm grip on power.
- Little outcry as hospitals bombed in Syria, Yemen Updated: Oct-30-15 1:50 am
BEIRUT - The first missile slammed into the field hospital in the rebel-held Syrian town of Sarmeen, killing a physiotherapist inside. Five minutes later, the aircraft returned, firing another missile that hit nearby just as the first responders were arriving. A total of 13 were killed, and the hospital organizers blamed Russian warplanes.
- Divided Hebron, West Bank largest city, focus of violence Updated: Oct-29-15 4:35 pm
HEBRON, West Bank - The West Bank's largest city has become a focal point of Israeli-Palestinian violence, with near-daily deadly confrontations erupting at Israeli army checkpoints that guard enclaves of Jewish settlers in the once-thriving center of Hebron.