World Bank: Gaza economy on ‘verge of collapse’

JERUSALEM (AP) — Gaza’s economy is on the “verge of collapse,” a new World Bank report warned Friday, saying the unemployment rate there is now the highest in the world and calling on Israel and international donors to remedy the situation. It charged that...
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Spain: Local election seen as test for new upstart parties

AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti MADRID (AP) — Spain could be set for a political upheaval in key local elections this weekend, with strong signs that voters fed up with economic crisis and corruption scandals may punish both the ruling conservative Popular Party and the leading...
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Side story of slain Salvadoran archbishop: A family divided

AP Photo/Moises Castillo SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Maria Luisa de Martinez is one of the staunchest defenders of the memory of slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero. She sits on the board of the foundation that bears his name. She’s organized commemorative...
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Terror suspect wanted in US wins Irish case, walks free

AP Photo/PETER MORRISON DUBLIN (AP) — An Algerian-born terror suspect wanted in the United States walked free from a Dublin court Thursday after five years behind bars and a two-year legal battle against extradition. U.S. authorities had sought to convict Ali Charaf...
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A look at Palmyra, the historic Syrian town captured by IS

AP Photo/Uncredited BEIRUT (AP) — A look at Palmyra, the Syrian archaeological gem captured by Islamic State fighters. LOCATION: A desert oasis surrounded by palm trees in central Syria, Palmyra is also a strategic crossroads linking the Syrian capital Damascus with the...
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Mideast youth unemployment rises amid post-Arab Spring chaos

AP Photo/Raad Adayleh KITTEH, Jordan (AP) — Fawziyeh Sharif and dozens of other young women who make jeans for the U.S. market in a factory in this village in northern Jordan consider themselves lucky – even though they spend 48 hours a week bent over sewing machines...

Report: Iranian ship with Yemen aid has arrived in Djibouti

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Iranian cargo ship loaded with aid bound for Yemen arrived in Djibouti on Thursday and is anchored offshore, a U.S. official said. Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency said the ship is in Djibouti waters and will dock “within hours.”...

Senior Israeli diplomat: ‘This land is ours’

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s new deputy foreign minister on Thursday delivered a defiant message to the international community, saying that Israel owes no apologies for its policies in the Holy Land and citing religious texts that it belongs to the Jewish people. The...

A look at EU-Russia tug-of-war over 6 east European nations

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — A quarter century after the Iron Curtain that once divided Europe opened, the European Union nations and Russia are again involved in a tug-of-war, this time over six former Soviet Republics. EU leaders are courting the six at a special summit in Riga...

US presses Israel on talks for Middle East nuclear-free zone

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States has sent a top official to Israel in an effort to revive talks on a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons, a central issue of a nuclear treaty review conference that some fear will end Friday without progress on global disarmament....