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In West Bank, deadly clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces open new flash point

RAMALLAH, West Bank —The escalating conflict between ­Israeli forces and Palestinians flared in a new setting Friday with deadly clashes in the West Bank, raising the prospect of a front emerging in


Why is violence flaring up in Israel and Gaza?

At least 126 Palestinians and seven Israelis have so far been killed in the most severe violence to occur in the region in years. Here's a look at why it's happening.Why is violence flaring up in


The Hamas ‘Metro’ tunnel network: Secret, sprawling and in Israeli crosshairs

A ferocious series of strikes on the Gaza Strip, launched by Israel at midnight, targeted a vast network of underground tunnels used by Palestinian militants, Israeli officials said Friday.


How The CDC Change on Mask Guidance Set Off Confusion in States and Cities

SAN ANTONIO — Minnesota’s statewide mask mandate is over. But in Minneapolis, the state’s largest city, face coverings are still required.In Michigan, Kentucky and Oregon, governors cheerily told


China successfully lands rover on Mars

China's Zhurong Mars rover, mounted atop a rocket-powered lander, dropped away from its orbiting Tianwen-1 mothership Friday and descended to touchdown on the red planet, official news agencies


With strikes targeting rockets and tunnels, the Israeli tactic of ‘mowing the grass’ returns to Gaza

Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated the date that Hamas won Palestinian elections and later seized control in Gaza. It has been corrected to show that these events took place


How Lies on Social Media Are Inflaming the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

In a 28-second video, which was posted to Twitter this week by a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip appeared to launch rocket attacks


Walmart, Costco, Trader Joe's and Publix no longer require masks for vaccinated customers. See the list.

A day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new masking guidelines, retailers started announcing changes to mask policies for fully vaccinated customers.


Maryland, Virginia lifting mask mandates

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Friday that he would lift the state’s mask mandate as of Saturday, joining his counterpart in Virginia in suspending one of the most personal restrictions of the


DIARY: In Gaza, bombs drop and the conflict again hits home

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — On Friday morning, a military airstrike smashed my family's farm in the northern Gaza Strip into a jagged mass of metal and splintered trees. An Israeli bomb had slammed


After CDC change, Walmart says employees, customers can ditch masks

Masks will no longer be required for fully vaccinated Walmart employees or customers starting Tuesday, the retailer said one day after federal health officials changed guidance on face coverings.In a


Interfaith efforts strained by Israeli-Palestinian violence

The escalation of violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is dismaying American Muslims and Jews who’ve been working to build bridges between their communities and are now struggling to quell