• AP Analysis: Few good alternatives to Palestinian state

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Trump administration appears to be easing away from longstanding U.S. support for Palestinian statehood as the preferred outcome of Middle East peace efforts, which may please some allies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel. But the alternatives are few, and each comes with daunting and combustible complications, including for Israel itself.

  • Only 5 of 11 NFL players show up for Israel-sponsored trip

    JERUSALEM (AP) — It was supposed to be a feel-good visit by a group of professional football players to give a boost to image-conscious Israel.

  • Greek soccer hero helps refugees win battle against boredom

    SKARAMANGAS, Greece (AP) — Soccer fans of a certain age may still remember Antonis Nikopolidis for his resemblance to American actor George Clooney and as the goalkeeper who helped Greece become surprise European Champions in 2004.

  • 2 state solution optional? Palestinians puzzled by US view

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met secretly with the CIA chief in the West Bank, Palestinian officials said Wednesday, as they expressed concern over the Trump administration’s suggestion that a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel is optional.

  • Trump sons Eric, Donald Jr. to attend ‘closed’ Dubai event

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — President Donald Trump’s two sons in charge of his global business empire will attend a closed-door event this coming weekend to mark the opening of the Trump International Golf Club in Dubai, organizers said Wednesday.

  • Turkey to bid to host 2024 European Championship

    ISTANBUL (AP) — The head of the Turkish soccer federation says the country will bid to host the 2024 European Championship.

  • Sri Lankan prime minister says refugees safe to come home

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Sri Lankan asylum seekers held on Pacific island camps who could potentially find new lives in the United States are free to return home without fear of persecution, Sri Lanka’s prime minister said Wednesday.

  • Reds’ Scott Feldman won’t pitch for Israel in WBC

    GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Scott Feldman won’t compete in the World Baseball Classic for Israel, choosing instead to get ready to fill a spot in the Cincinnati Reds’ rotation.