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Promised Land: Venezuela Jewish converts fight way to IsraelIt's not quite Moses' 40 years in the desert, but for a group of nine struggling Venezuelan converts to Judaism their torturous journey to a better life in the promised land finally has brought them to Israel
The Associated Press1 hour ago
First US aircraft carrier of Trump presidency enters GulfAmerican sailors watch as the first Revolutionary Guard vessels appear on the horizon of the Strait of Hormuz, beginning a daylong face-off that has become familiar to both Iranian and U.S. naval forces that pass through the mouth of the Persian Gulf
The Associated Press11 hours ago
This frame grab from video provided by the government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media, shows a soldier from Syrian troops firing his weapon during fighting with insurgents, in an eastern neighborhood of Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, March. 22, 2017. Syrian troop are engaged in fighting with insurgents who have tried to breach government lines in eastern neighborhoods of the capital this week. The operation is spearheaded by the al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation Committee. (Syrian Central Military Media, via AP)
US forces ferry Syrian-Kurdish fighters behind IS linesThe Pentagon says U.S. aircraft have ferried Syrian Kurdish fighters and allied forces behind Islamic State lines to spearhead an assault on a strategic town belonging to the extremist group outside its de facto capital, the Syrian city of Raqqa
The Associated Press11 hours ago
French news agency says former staffer detained in BahrainAgence France-Presse says former photographer for the French news agency arrested upon his return home to Bahrain
The Associated Press13 hours ago
Over 400 students fall ill of Egypt army's school mealsEgyptian Health Ministry officials say at least 435 students have fallen ill of suspected food poisoning in public schools across the country on Wednesday and Tuesday after consuming government-issued school meals
The Associated Press13 hours ago
More Palestinians in Jerusalem seek Israeli citizenshipMore Palestinians in historically Arab east Jerusalem are applying for Israeli citizenship, in hopes of swapping their vulnerable status as mere city residents for the rights and ease of travel that come with an Israeli passport
The Associated Press14 hours ago
This frame grab from video provided on Wednesday March 22, 2017, by Ibaa news agency, the communications arm of the al Qaeda-linked, Levant liberation committee, outlet that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows black smoke rising after a suicide bomber from the militant group of Levant Liberation Committee, blowup himself at a Syrian government forces position, in Souran Town, northern Hama, Syria. Insurgents advanced on government-held towns and positions north of the central city of Hama. An al-Qaida-linked group spearheaded the assault, launched Tuesday, by detonating a car bomb in the nearby town of Souran. (Ibaa News Agency, via AP)
The Latest: China envoy hails Syria peace talks 'momentum'China's envoy for the Syria crisis says the "momentum of peace dialogue will not be stopped" as U.N.-mediated talks are expected to resume
The Associated Press14 hours ago
Rights group urges Libyan general to probe killingsHuman Rights Watch urges powerful general in eastern Libya to investigate allegations his troops committed war crimes
The Associated Press18 hours ago
New Moroccan prime minister revives hope for end to deadlockMorocco's new prime minister is determined to succeed where his predecessor failed, and swiftly began negotiations this week with rivals to build a government and end a crisis threatening the economy and Morocco's reputation for stability
The Associated Press20 hours ago
Palestinians: Israeli shelling kills 1 along Gaza borderPalestinian officials say an Israeli shelling has killed one and wounded two others near the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah
The Associated Press21 hours ago
UN says Mosul displacement gathering pace as Iraq battles ISThe United Nations says around 45,000 people have fled the fighting between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants in western Mosul over the past week, a 22 percent increase from the previous week
The Associated Press21 hours ago
TSA: Teen denied flight to US due to Turkish airline's issueThe Transportation Security Administration says that a 17-year-old Tennessee girl was denied a flight back to the United States because a Turkish airline didn't provide necessary passenger information
The Associated Press1 day ago
Correction: Israel-Jesus Tomb Restoration storyCorrection: Israel-Jesus Tomb Restoration story
The Associated Press1 day ago
Media: Netanyahu to continue East Jerusalem constructionIsraeli media is quoting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as saying that he has no plans to limit Jewish construction in East Jerusalem
The Associated Press1 day ago
File - In this Tuesday, March 1, 2016 file photo, American servicemen and Israeli soldiers participate in a joint drill simulating a rocket attack at a base in Hatzor, central Israel. Israel is making contingency plans to evacuate up to a quarter million people from communities along the Gaza and Lebanese borders to get them away from missile attacks if war erupts again with Hamas or Hezbollah. The mass evacuations would be the biggest in Israel's history, part of a bigger plan where the army works with municipalities to keep civilians safe. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)
Israel plans mass evacuation if war erupts againIsrael is making contingency plans to evacuate up to a quarter- million people from communities along the Gaza and Lebanese borders to get them away from missile attacks if war erupts again with Hamas or Hezbollah
The Associated Press1 day ago
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