Israel rejects French peace effort proposal
Middle East

Israel rejects French peace effort proposal

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has rejected a French initiative aimed at restarting peace efforts with the Palestinians, saying direct negotiations are the best way to reach a final agreement between the sides. Paris is to host an international meeting in May of 20 countries, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, to discuss the peace process. … Continue reading

Israel treads carefully with claim to Golan
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Israel treads carefully with claim to Golan

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sparked a new diplomatic brushfire by declaring that the Golan Heights, seized from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war, is and should remain “under Israel’s sovereignty permanently.” But following tough international criticism, Israeli officials said Netanyahu’s statements had been misconstrued and that a 1981 decision to … Continue reading

Speaker: Can see why Trump comments rattle Mideast allies
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Speaker: Can see why Trump comments rattle Mideast allies

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday, April 14, the whole world is watching American politics and that he can understand how Middle East allies would be rattled by Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s provocative comments. The Wisconsin Republican, who recently led a congressional delegation to the Middle East, dismissed the notion that a … Continue reading

Pakistan university attack shatters dreams, stokes fear
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Pakistan university attack shatters dreams, stokes fear

CHARSADDA, Pakistan (AP) — When Islamic militants stormed the university campus in this Pakistani town, chemistry professor Hamid Hussain was carrying a concealed pistol. Locking his students in his classroom he opened fire on the assailants, buying his pupils enough time to escape before he was gunned down. The survival of Hussain’s students in a … Continue reading

AP Conversation: Trump calls Mideast peace ‘toughest deal’
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AP Conversation: Trump calls Mideast peace ‘toughest deal’

  STERLING, Va. (AP) — Donald Trump says that if he’s elected president, he’ll know within six months whether he can achieve an elusive peace accord between Israelis and Palestinians, one of the world’s most vexing challenges. But the Republican presidential candidate says he has doubts about each side’s commitment to the peace process. “I … Continue reading

Kerry: We can defeat IS within ‘months’ of Syrian transition
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Kerry: We can defeat IS within ‘months’ of Syrian transition

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The Islamic State can be defeated within “months” of a ceasefire between Syria’s government and moderate rebels, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday, urging the world to come together behind a peace strategy recently hashed out by the United States, Russia and other countries. Kerry said air power alone … Continue reading

Big beer merger leaves future uncertain for competitors
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Big beer merger leaves future uncertain for competitors

LONDON (AP) — It’s no fun being in the middle. Heineken, Molson Coors and Carlsberg are storied brewers that trace their roots back hundreds of years and have loyal drinkers around the world. But the merger of their two biggest competitors leaves such mid-size brewers without a clear way forward. They find themselves squeezed between … Continue reading

Pentagon spending divides GOP deficit, defense hawks
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Pentagon spending divides GOP deficit, defense hawks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidates agree that Islamic extremists are running rampant, the Mideast is on fire and Russia, China and Iran are flexing their muscles, yet they are far from reaching consensus on how much is enough when it comes to spending on defense. It’s a political divide that has dogged the GOP … Continue reading

Experts and locals scrambling to document Syria’s heritage
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Experts and locals scrambling to document Syria’s heritage

BEIRUT (AP) — Scientists are slipping 3-D cameras into Syria to local activists and residents to scan antiquities. A U.S.-funded project aims to provide local conservators with resources to help safeguard relics. Inside Syria, volunteers scramble to document damage to monuments and confirm what remains. The rush is on to find creative and often high-tech … Continue reading

Thai police: Suspect’s prints match those on bomb materia
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Thai police: Suspect’s prints match those on bomb materia

BANGKOK (AP) — Police investigating last month’s Bangkok bombing said Wednesday that the fingerprints of a foreign man arrested at the Thai-Cambodia border match those found on a bottle of bomb-making material, and that they were seeking to arrest a Turkish man linked to the blast. The new suspect, identified as Emrah Davutoglu, is the … Continue reading