No jail time in assault case spurs push to oust Alaska judge

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man drove an Alaska Native woman to a dark street, said he would kill her ...
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Israel news recap

Happy holiday! See what stories made the headlines over the last 48 hours.

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Republicans hire sex-crimes prosecutor to question Ford, schedule Friday vote on Kavanaugh

Senate Republicans have hired a sex-crimes prosecutor to question Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, but they won't say who it is.
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Marriott takes control of Panama Trump tower after long dispute

With music and fanfare, US hotel chain Marriott on Tuesday took over a hotel in Panama City mired for months ...
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The UN General Assembly Turns Into A Fight Between Trump And Iran

President Donald Trump on Tuesday attacked Iran in a heated speech at the
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Former Bush Administration Official Stands By Brett Kavanaugh's Accuser

Former U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin is supporting the woman who accused
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Palestinians, Israeli police clash at Jerusalem holy site

A Palestinian girl reacts after her mother was involved in scuffles with Israeli policemen in Jerusalem's Old CityIsraeli riot police entered one of Jerusalem's most revered and politically sensitive religious compounds on Wednesday to disperse rock-throwing Palestinians opposed to any Jewish attempts to pray there. The confrontation erupted after Israeli police tried to escort some 20 visitors onto the plaza revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's walled Old City. Israeli police in riot gear pushed onto the plaza and used stun grenades to disperse the demonstrators, but did not enter al Aqsa itself. Tensions at the site run high during Jewish holidays – Jews are now celebrating Passover – when Palestinians oppose having Jews try to pray on the compound.


Israelis, Palestinians seeking to extend peace talks: US

Palestinian female supporters of the Islamic Jihad Movement take part in a rally to commemorate Prisoners' Day and to demand the release of Palestinian prisoners, in the al-Nuseirat refugee camp, in central Gaza Strip on April 15, 2014Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are hammering out a way to extend their faltering peace talks beyond an April 29 deadline, a US official said Tuesday, refuting calls from a leading daily to call it quits. More talks between the two sides will be held on Wednesday, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, although it was not immediately clear if US lead negotiator Martin Indyk would take part. There are steps that both parties would need to take in order to improve the conditions for peace but the parties remain highly engaged," she said. The peace talks, which were kickstarted by US Secretary of State John Kerry in July after a three-year hiatus, hit a major crisis this month when both sides took what Washington has called unhelpful steps.


Saudi spy chief, architect of Syria policy, replaced

By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabian intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the architect of Riyadh’s attempts to bring down Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has been removed from his post, state media reported on Tuesday. His departure, months after he was quoted warning of a “major shift” from the United States over its Middle East policy, may help to smooth relations with Washington as Riyadh pushes for more U.S. support for Syrian rebels. Prince Bandar, who has recently spent time in the United States and Morocco for medical treatment, was replaced on an interim basis by a deputy. “Prince Bandar was relieved of his post at his own request and General Youssef al-Idrissi was asked to carry out the duties of the head of general intelligence,” state news agency SPA said, citing a royal decree.

Rouhani says Iran sanctions will unravel in months

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks during an event to mark Nawroz, the Persian New Year, in KabulPresident Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday international sanctions on Iran would unravel in months following negotiations with world powers on its nuclear program, the official IRNA news agency reported. Some international sanctions imposed over Iran's nuclear program have been eased temporarily after a deal was reached last year with world powers, but Washington has said the lifting of sanctions can only happen "in total" after a comprehensive deal is reached. "Today we already see the sanctions unraveling," he said, according to IRNA, referring to the modest easing of sanctions in return for concessions made by Rouhani's government in nuclear talks with world powers. World powers want Iran to curb its nuclear activity, which Western nations fear is aimed at giving Tehran the capability to make a nuclear weapon.


Man City, PSG ‘face Financial Fair Play sanctions’

Manchester City's Vincent Kompany (C) during their Premier League match against Liverpool at Anfield on April 13, 2014Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain both face substantial punishments for failing to comply with UEFA's Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, British newspaper the Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday. The paper said that City faced a "huge" penalty for breaching the regulations, which were introduced by European governing body UEFA to prevent clubs from spending beyond their means. According to the paper, French champions PSG will also be penalised by UEFA's Club Financial Control Body (CFCB), which was due to meet for the first time on Tuesday and Wednesday.