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  • Cruz demands answers on FAA flight ban to Israel

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Ted Cruz vowed Thursday to continue blocking confirmation of a series of ambassadorial and other diplomatic nominees despite the Federal Aviation Administration lifting a ban on U.S. airline flights to Israel. The State Department criticized the Republican lawmaker. Cruz...

  • UN: 9 aid trucks enter Syria without government OK

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nine trucks carrying food and other supplies crossed into Syria through a Turkish checkpoint Thursday — the first to do so under a U.N. resolution authorizing cross-border aid deliveries without Syrian government approval. Amanda Pitt, spokeswoman for the U.N. Office for...

  • Senator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential Democratic senator threatened Thursday to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won't fall into the hands of extremist militants. In a testy exchange, Sen. Bob Menendez lashed out at senior...

  • Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country's new president in the latest step toward forming a new government. But a series of attacks killed dozens of people and Islamic militants destroyed a Muslim...

  • Israel swears in new president amid Gaza war

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres ended his term as president of Israel on Thursday — a man who symbolizes hopes for peace capping a seven-decade public career amid the brutal reality of war. Peres handed the ceremonial but high-profile presidency over to Reuven Rivlin, a...

  • In the Middle East, a new alignment being born?

    The president has simply failed to respond to an outburst of violence around the world.

  • Why there can never be 'peace in the Middle East'

    Secretary of State John Kerry is the latest to think the power of his personal diplomacy can bring "peace to the Middle East." But, once again, when one side publicly calls for the destruction of the other, what is there to discuss?

  • Israeli border towns empty, adjust to new threats

    NIR AM, Israel (AP) — With deadly fighting raging next door in the Gaza Strip, southern Israeli towns along the border have turned into mini army bases as most residents have fled. Those left behind say they are long inured to near-daily salvos of rocket fire from Gaza but newly discovered...

  • European carriers suspend more Tel Aviv flights

    BERLIN (AP) — Air France and Germany's two largest airlines on Wednesday canceled more flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid the fighting between Israel and Hamas. Lufthansa and Air Berlin extended their cancelations through Thursday and Air France said it was suspending its...

  • Cruz suggests flight ban is boycott of Israel

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday questioned whether President Barack Obama used a federal agency to impose an economic boycott on Israel after the Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid fighting between...

  • Rockets found at UN Gaza school went missing

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general on Wednesday said he was "alarmed" to hear that rockets were placed in a U.N.-run school in Gaza and now "have gone missing," and he demanded a full review of such incidents. A statement by the spokesman for Ban Ki-moon expressed the U.N. chief's...

  • GOP senators demand say on Iran nuclear deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators are insisting that the House and Senate sign off on any potential nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers or else sanctions on Tehran that had been temporarily lifted could kick back in. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the top GOP senator on the...

  • Iraq: al-Maliki rejects Iran's urging to step down

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected an attempt by Iran to persuade him to step down, senior Iraqi politicians said Wednesday, underlining his determination to defy even his top ally to push for a third term in office and further exacerbating the country's political...

  • Senators push to end Hamas threat in cease-fire

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans and Democrats insisted on Wednesday that any viable cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants must eliminate the threat posed by Hamas rockets and tunnels. In a letter to President Barack Obama, three senators — Republican Lindsey Graham of South...

  • UN rights chief warns of possible Gaza war crimes

    GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights official demanded Wednesday that all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip refrain from indiscriminate attacks on civilians, warning that violations may amount to war crimes. The warning by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay came...



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