Middle East - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Middle East AP Top Stories May 22 P Here's the latest for Monday May 22nd: President Donald Trump visits Israel; Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn invokes the 5th amendment;... Mon, 22 May 2017 21:15:00 GMT 2017-05-22T21:15:00Z Questions about Russia chase Trump during first Israel visit JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump solemnly placed a note in the ancient stones of Jerusalem's Western Wall on Monday, sending a signal of solidarity to an ally he's pushing to work harder toward peace with the Palestinians. But his historic gesture— and his enthusiastic embrace of Israel's leader — were shadowed even here by reminders of Trump's tumult back home ... Mon, 22 May 2017 20:38:00 GMT 2017-05-22T20:38:00Z Israel: Palestinian killed attacking police as Trump visited JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police said a Palestinian attacker was killed after he tried to stab officers near Jerusalem as President Donald Trump visited the city on Monday, while clashes erupted in the West Bank as Palestinians declared a strike in solidarity with hundreds of hunger striking prisoners held in Israeli jails. Police said the attempted stabbi... Mon, 22 May 2017 20:01:00 GMT 2017-05-22T20:01:00Z Letter: Flynn cites 'public frenzy,' invokes 5th Amendment WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, invoked his constitutional right against self-incrimination on Monday and declined to hand over documents sought under subpoena by a Senate panel investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. In a letter to the Senate intelligence committee , Flynn's attorn... Mon, 22 May 2017 19:57:00 GMT 2017-05-22T19:57:00Z Iran's president criticizes US after Trump's sharp words TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani took barbed swipes at the U.S. and its ally Saudi Arabia on Monday, hitting back at both a day after President Donald Trump used his first foreign trip to the kingdom to call for further isolation of Iran. The 68-year-old cleric, a political moderate within Iran who secured a resounding ... Mon, 22 May 2017 19:19:00 GMT 2017-05-22T19:19:00Z Trump: 'Hopeful Signs' for Middle East Peace Standing next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Donald Trump said he has seen, "many hopeful signs" that "we can truly achieve a... Mon, 22 May 2017 18:56:00 GMT 2017-05-22T18:56:00Z AP Report: Trump Receives Warm Welcome in Israel President Donald Trump wrapped up the first day of his historic stop in Israel Monday, where he visited the Western Wall and met with Israeli Prime Minister... Mon, 22 May 2017 18:38:00 GMT 2017-05-22T18:38:00Z Haley wants UN to shift aid focus to nations hosting Syrians AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — President Donald Trump's U.N. ambassador called Monday for the U.N. and aid agencies to shift focus in how they support Syrians in need by boosting support for roads, schools and hospitals in neighboring countries that have been overwhelmed by millions of refugees. Speaking in Jordan, host to some 660,000 Syrian refugees, Nikki Haley ... Mon, 22 May 2017 18:36:00 GMT 2017-05-22T18:36:00Z Trump administration wavers on location of Western Wall JERUSALEM (AP) — As President Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the hallowed Western Wall on Monday, it remained unclear whether his administration was changing longstanding U.S. policy by declaring the wall's location to be Israel, versus Jerusalem. Heading to Israel on the second stop in the president's nine-day tour of the M... Mon, 22 May 2017 17:39:00 GMT 2017-05-22T17:39:00Z Trump And Netanyahu Discuss Iran in Jerusalem President Donald Trump told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday the deal with Iran "was a terrible, terrible, thing for the U.S." to enter... Mon, 22 May 2017 17:37:00 GMT 2017-05-22T17:37:00Z The Latest: White House puts 'Jerusalem, Israel' on website WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to the Western Wall (all times local): 12:45 p.m. The White House has put "Jerusalem, Israel," on its website. U.S. policy doesn't hold that the city is part of Israel. Rather, Democratic and Republican administrations have said Jerusalem's status must be solved through U.S. negotiation. ... Mon, 22 May 2017 17:15:00 GMT 2017-05-22T17:15:00Z Senators warn of fiscal fallout after Erdogan visit violence WASHINGTON (AP) — The senators who oversee the U.S. foreign aid budget have warned the Turkish government there could be fiscal repercussions if Ankara fails to punish the bodyguards responsible for a violent incident in Washington. In a letter to the Turkish ambassador to the United States, Sens. Lindsey Graham and Patrick Leahy say there could be "poten... Mon, 22 May 2017 17:11:00 GMT 2017-05-22T17:11:00Z Melania Trump and Sara Netanyahu Visit Hospital First Lady Melania Trump visited a hospital in Jerusalem on Monday with the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Mrs. Trump was introduced... Mon, 22 May 2017 16:21:00 GMT 2017-05-22T16:21:00Z Trump: 'I Never Mentioned' Israel to Russians President Donald Trump insisted Monday he "never mentioned Israel" during his recent Oval Office meeting with Russian officials. Trump made the comments... Mon, 22 May 2017 16:06:00 GMT 2017-05-22T16:06:00Z Tillerson: 'Moment in Time' for Mideast Peace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson referred to President Donald Trump's visit to Israel as "a moment in time" for the Israeli peace process. Mon, 22 May 2017 16:02:00 GMT 2017-05-22T16:02:00Z Trump avoids pointing to Saudis' human rights failings RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — As President Donald Trump opened his keynote address in Saudi Arabia, he lavished praise on the "magnificent" kingdom and "the grandeur of this remarkable place." Then he made clear there would be no public lecture from America on Saudi Arabia's abysmal human rights record. "We are not here to tell other peop... Mon, 22 May 2017 14:29:00 GMT 2017-05-22T14:29:00Z Trump Hopeful on Peace in Israel President Donald Trump said in Israel that there's a "great feeling for peace throughout the Middle East," expressing optimism at the start of his visit... Mon, 22 May 2017 13:57:00 GMT 2017-05-22T13:57:00Z Clashes in Syrian city of Daraa despite it being 'safe zone' BEIRUT (AP) — Intense clashes broke out in Syria's Daraa on Monday between government forces and insurgents with both sides shelling parts of the southern city that has been declared a safe zone under a recent Russia-sponsored deal, opposition activists and state media said. Daraa, the site where Syria's crisis began in March 2011 with anti-government pro... Mon, 22 May 2017 13:46:00 GMT 2017-05-22T13:46:00Z Trump greeted with selfies and politics on arrival in Israel JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump got an abrupt Israeli welcome on his arrival in Tel Aviv on Monday, with ministers asking favors and snapping selfies as they sought to get a piece of the commander in chief's attention. Walking down the red carpet upon landing at Ben-Gurion International Airport, the president was greeted by dignitaries exhibiting ... Mon, 22 May 2017 13:40:00 GMT 2017-05-22T13:40:00Z Israeli Pol's Awkward Selfie with Trump An Israeli lawmaker from Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling Likud party whipped out his cellphone and pushed himself into a selfie with US President Donald Trump... Mon, 22 May 2017 12:58:00 GMT 2017-05-22T12:58:00Z Iran reformists sweep Tehran municipal council election TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Candidates backing reform of Iran's clerically overseen government swept municipal elections in Tehran, taking all 21 local council seats in the country's capital while moderate President Hassan Rouhani won a second term in office, authorities said on Monday. Their win in Friday's election marks the first time reformists have gained to... Mon, 22 May 2017 11:59:00 GMT 2017-05-22T11:59:00Z Trump Speaks About Peace After Israel Arrival President Donald Trump spoke at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport after arriving in Israel on Monday. He called Israel 'strong, resilient and prosperous'... Mon, 22 May 2017 10:55:00 GMT 2017-05-22T10:55:00Z Trump trip to Israel possibly first flight from Saudi Arabia JERUSALEM (AP) — Even before President Donald Trump began his trip to Israel, he already may have made history. The president's flight from Riyadh to Tel Aviv on Monday was believed to be the first direct flight between Saudi Arabia and Israel. Trump landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport for a two-day visit to Israel and the Palest... Mon, 22 May 2017 10:39:00 GMT 2017-05-22T10:39:00Z AP Interview: WFP chief says 600,000 kids risk famine death AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A tough-talking former Republican governor with friends in the Trump administration has become the unexpected booster of one of the United Nations agencies facing potentially deep U.S. funding cuts. David Beasley, the new executive director of the World Food Program, told The Associated Press that he will use his Washington connection... Mon, 22 May 2017 10:34:00 GMT 2017-05-22T10:34:00Z AP Top Stories May 22 A Here's the latest for May 22nd: Trump begins Israel visit; North Korea tests missile; Three small tornadoes in Indiana; Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey... Mon, 22 May 2017 10:33:00 GMT 2017-05-22T10:33:00Z US ambassador assures Syrian refugees more help is coming ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (AP) — His skull and jaw wrapped in bandages, the young Syrian refugee stared nonchalantly into a small black box at a supermarket in this sprawling, dust-swept refugee camp. The box scanned his iris to identify him, charged his account and sent him on his way. If the boy noticed U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Hal... Mon, 22 May 2017 07:52:00 GMT 2017-05-22T07:52:00Z Boundary between Iraq, Kurdish territory divides communities ABU JARBUAH, Iraq (AP) — As Omar Rashad's combine clutters down the barley field in northern Iraq, the farmer shields his eyes from the scorching sun and points at the tall berm at the end of his land, just past a cluster of agricultural buildings. The berm he points to marks the de facto border between federal Iraq and its self-governing Kurdish region i... Mon, 22 May 2017 06:34:00 GMT 2017-05-22T06:34:00Z Trump urges Mideast nations to drive out 'Islamic extremism' RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday implored Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries to extinguish "Islamic extremism" emanating from the region, describing a "battle between good and evil" rather than a clash between the West and Islam. In a pointed departure from his predecessor, Trump all but promised he would not publi... Mon, 22 May 2017 02:25:00 GMT 2017-05-22T02:25:00Z 10 Things to Know for Monday Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday: 1. TRUMP URGES MIDEAST NATIONS TO DRIVE OUT 'ISLAMIC EXTREMISM' The president uses a speech in Saudi Arabia to describe the fight as a "battle between good and evil" rather than a clash between the West and Islam. ... Mon, 22 May 2017 01:27:00 GMT 2017-05-22T01:27:00Z At refugee camp, Haley vows Trump's US won't abandon Syrians ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (AP) — His skull and jaw wrapped in bandages, the young Syrian refugee stared nonchalantly into a small black box at a supermarket in this sprawling, dust-swept refugee camp. The box scanned his iris to identify him, charged his account and sent him on his way. If the boy noticed U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Hal... Mon, 22 May 2017 01:25:00 GMT 2017-05-22T01:25:00Z