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Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, left, and Saudi Arabia's King Salman, center, listen to Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, right, during a group photo session ahead of an emergency Arab summit in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, May 30, 2019. King Salman opened an emergency summit of Gulf Arab leaders in the holy city of Mecca on Thursday with a call for the international community to use all means to confront Iran, but he also said the kingdom extends its hand for peace. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
May 31, 2019 - 3:45 pm
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Saudi Arabia's King Salman says Muslim heads of state are gathering in Islam's holiest city of Mecca for a summit aimed at building the future of our peoples and confronting aggressive threats to...
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Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces march over a representation of an Israeli flag during "al-Quds" Day, Arabic for Jerusalem, in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, May 31, 2019. Jerusalem Day began after the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, when the Ayatollah Khomeini declared the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan a day to demonstrate the importance of Jerusalem to Muslims. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
May 31, 2019 - 12:15 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians in the capital Tehran set fire to effigies of President Donald Trump, while in the Iraqi capital, Iran-backed militiamen marched over a large Israeli flag as part of rallies Friday marking Quds, or Jerusalem Day. The annual protests come as the Trump administration...
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Israeli border police officers walk near the scene of a stabbing attack outside the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, Friday, May 31, 2019. The incident occurred just hours before weekly Friday prayers at the nearby Al-Aqsa Mosque, when tens of thousands of people are expected for Ramadan prayers. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
May 31, 2019 - 9:30 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police shot and killed a 16-year-old Palestinian near the West Bank separation barrier on Friday, Palestinian health officials said, while in Jerusalem's Old City, an alleged Palestinian attacker was killed after stabbing and injuring two Israelis, according to Israeli...
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Pope Francis waves as he is welcomed by Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, right, and his wife Carmen, left, upon his arrival from Rome at Henri Coanda International Airport in Otopeni, near Bucharest, Romania, Friday, May 31, 2019. Pope Francis is heading to Romania for a three-day, cross-country pilgrimage that in many ways is completing the 1999 trip by St. John Paul II that marked the first-ever papal visit to a majority Orthodox country. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
May 31, 2019 - 6:26 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Pope Francis began a three-day pilgrimage to Romania on Friday that in many ways is completing the 1999 trip by St. John Paul II that marked the first-ever papal visit to a majority Orthodox country. Francis referred to that historic trip during his opening speech before...
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In this Sunday, May 26, 2019 photo, a Palestinian athlete poses for a picture at Techno-Gym in Gaza City. The Gaza Strip has a booming nocturnal gym scene that comes alive past midnight during the holy Islamic month of Ramadan, catering to Palestinians ready to reform their Ramadan routine. Besides self-discipline and prayer intended to bring adherents closer to God, the month is famed for its lavish meals and heavy desserts that follow a daylong fast, fueling weight-gain concerns among a growing group of middle-class men in the Palestinian enclave. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
May 31, 2019 - 2:10 am
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — It's past midnight, but a dozen Palestinians are still running and sweating at a gym in the Gaza Strip. During Islam's holiest month of Ramadan, Techno-Gym transforms into a late-night hot spot for young men struggling to stay in shape. In addition to self-discipline...
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Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, left, and Saudi Arabia's King Salman, center, listen to Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, right, during a group photo session ahead of an emergency Arab summit in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, May 30, 2019. King Salman opened an emergency summit of Gulf Arab leaders in the holy city of Mecca on Thursday with a call for the international community to use all means to confront Iran, but he also said the kingdom extends its hand for peace. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
May 30, 2019 - 9:48 pm
MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's King Salman opened an emergency summit of Arab leaders in Islam's holiest city of Mecca on Friday with a call for the international community to use all means to confront Iran, but he also said the kingdom remains committed to peace. King Salman delivered...
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Isaiah Joel Peoples speaks with defense attorney Richard Weese during an appearance in Santa Clara County Hall of Justice, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in San Jose, Calif., where two hate crime charges were added to his eight counts of attempted murder. The Army veteran did not enter a plea when he appeared in court. Police said he deliberately plowed his car into people at a Sunnyvale crosswalk in April. (Karl Mondon/San Jose Mercury News via AP, Pool)
May 30, 2019 - 7:11 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An Army veteran who served in Iraq ran his car into a crowd of pedestrians in California because he believed two of the people looked like they were Muslim, authorities said Thursday. The disclosure came as prosecutors filed two hate crime allegations against 34-year-old Isaiah...
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Screensavers showing King Salman are visible on computers at the press center for upcoming summits, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, May 30, 2019. Salman convenes Arab heads of state from the Gulf and Arab League to discuss escalation in tension with Iran. Arabic on computers reads, "Despite all the challenges facing our Arab nation. We are optimistic about a promising future that fulfills the hopes of our nations for leadership." (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
May 30, 2019 - 6:15 pm
MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 2:10 a.m. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made an appeal to Arab leaders gathered in Mecca to reject a White House plan for the Palestinian-Israel conflict. Speaking before King...
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May 30, 2019 - 8:18 am
MILAN (AP) — The relics of two Fatima child saints have been stolen from a church in Verona while they were traveling on a pilgrimage tour in Italy. The Rev. Andrea Ronconi said Thursday that small pieces of clothing belonging to the Portuguese shepherd children made saints in 2017 were stolen...
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before voting in the Knesset, Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced a deadline at midnight Wednesday to form a new governing coalition as he tried to stave off a crisis that could trigger an unprecedented second election this year or even force the longtime leader to step down. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
May 29, 2019 - 5:34 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's parliament voted to dissolve itself early Thursday, sending the country to an unprecedented second snap election this year as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition before a midnight deadline. The dramatic vote, less than two months after...
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