DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — The head of the U.N. agency that helps 5.3 million Palestinian refugees says it is mobilizing to replenish a $211 million shortfall in the face of U.S. funding...
Dead jellyfish, shrimp, crabs wash up on SC beach
SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Hundreds of dead jellyfish, some shrimp and crabs have washed up across the Sullivan's Island beach.
What's causing it? The Post and Courier reports it's due...
Top Afghan official supports US outreach to Taliban
DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — A top Afghan official says he supports U.S. efforts to pursue a cease-fire with the Taliban, who effectively control half of Afghanistan and refuse to negotiate with his...
Palestinians denounce Netanyahu’s annexation pledge
DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — Israel's leader will face a "real problem" if he follows through with his election campaign promise to annex Jewish settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, the...
DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — Oman's foreign minister urged Palestinians on Saturday to reassure Israel that it is not under threat in the Middle East, drawing a rare public rebuke from his Jordanian...
MOUNT SODOM, ISRAEL (AP) — Israeli researchers said Thursday they have surveyed what they now believe to be the world's longest salt cave, a network of twisting passageways at the southern tip of...
Officials confirm 10th sea lion killed by gunshot wound
SEATTLE (AP) — A necropsy has determined that a seal lion died from a gunshot wound, marking the 10th to have been found shot and killed in the Puget Sound.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports the Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network confirmed the death of the sea lion found in west Seattle last week.
Dead sea lions with gunshot wounds found
SEATTLE (AP) — Since September, six sea lions have died from gunshot wounds in central Puget Sound and Kitsap County.
The Seattle Times reports that another seven are suspected to have died from "acute trauma" caused by humans, including a decomposed sea lion with its head sliced off found washed ashore Tuesday in a West Seattle cove.
US cuts in Palestinian refugee aid mitigated by new pledges
DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees says it has nearly closed its funding gap after securing new donor pledges to make up for U.S. aid cuts.
Pierre Kraehenbuehl, the head of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, said Monday that the shortfall was reduced from $446 million to $21 million, singling out donors from Europe and the Gulf.
He says the agency no longer faces the "critical situation" created by a U.S. decision earlier this year to cut nearly $300 million of aid.
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Last body in Jordan flash flood identified, final toll at 21
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A pathologist says the last of 21 victims of a recent flash flood in Jordan has been identified after DNA testing showed that one family inadvertently buried the wrong child.
The flood, caused by heavy rains, had swept away middle school students and their teachers while they were visiting hot springs near the Dead Sea on Thursday.
Twenty victims were swiftly buried, but the body of one girl could not immediately be identified.
Death toll in Jordan flood rises to 20, mostly children
DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — The death toll from flash floods near Jordan's shore of the Dead Sea rose to 20 on Friday, in what Civil Defense officials said was one of the deadliest incidents in the kingdom involving schoolchildren.
The search for survivors continued after daybreak, with helicopters and teams with sniffer dogs scouring the rocky slopes near the Dead Sea in the Jordan Valley.
Floods sweep away students, teachers near Dead Sea, 18 dead
DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — Flash floods unleashed by heavy rains swept away middle school students and teachers visiting hot springs near the Dead Sea on Thursday, killing 18 and injuring 35 as the torrent carried some for several kilometers, a civil defense official said.
Thirteen people escaped without injuries, said Brig. Gen. Farid al-Sharaa, speaking after nightfall as large spotlights illuminated the flooded area. Some survived by clinging to rocks, he said.
Israel: 9 teenagers die in flash floods; 1 still missing
JERUSALEM (AP) — Flash floods killed nine Israeli teenagers who were hiking south of the Dead Sea on Thursday, Israel's rescue service said.
The casualties were all 18 years old. Israeli media said eight of the fatalities were female and one was male. Police said another hiker is still missing.
Earlier, spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said 25 students in a pre-army course were "caught off guard" and some were "washed away" by heavy rains while they were hiking in the area.
Enigmatic Dead Sea Scroll makes rare show in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (AP) — A fragment of an enigmatic Dead Sea Scroll has gone on public display at Jerusalem's Israel Museum for the first time since its discovery 70 years ago.
The Genesis Apocryphon, the sole copy of an ancient Jewish text elaborating on stories from the first book of the Bible, dates to the first century B.C. and was among the first seven scrolls found in the Judean Desert in 1947. The Associated Press previewed the exhibit Tuesday.
Thousands of women march for Israeli-Palestinian peace
NORTHERN DEAD SEA, West Bank (AP) — Thousands of Israeli and Palestinian women are wrapping up a march around the region, demanding that their leaders act to achieve a peace agreement.
Women Wage Peace, the group behind the demonstration, says the two-week march sends a message to leaders to work toward a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to make sure women have equal representation in any talks.
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Artist Carol Nipomnich Dixon remembers the view: the looming cliffs off the Dead Sea’s crystalline pool, warm pinks melding into icy blues mimicking a perfect sunset shared between Israel and Jordan.
Dixon had ventured to Masada for her grandson’s bar mitzvah, noting how the palest colors danced together on the storied sea, with Jordan’s tall mountains lingering above.
“There was just something both calm and ethereal about it that sticks in my memory,” she said.
DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — Digital start-ups run by young Arab entrepreneurs took center stage Saturday at the World Economic Forum, where participants said private sector-driven growth is key to solving the Middle East's stark economic problems, including 30 percent youth unemployment.
DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — The Latest on the Arab summit being held in Jordan (all times local):
Donald Trump's international envoy has told officials at an Arab summit that the U.S. president believes an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal is possible and would "reverberate positively throughout the region and the world."
DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — The Palestinian president said Tuesday that he expects this year's Arab summit to deliver a "clear message to the world" about Palestinian rights.
Mahmoud Abbas spoke to reporters on the sidelines of the summit, which brought together kings, presidents and top officials from 21 Arab countries.
The long-stalled Palestinian quest for statehood is a key issue at the gathering. Several of more than a dozen draft resolutions deal with the Palestinian issue.
DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — Arab leaders "realize the urgency" of tackling long-running regional crises, from war to high unemployment, Jordan's foreign minister said Monday after chairing a meeting of his counterparts from the region.
Ayman Safadi said he and his colleagues endorsed more than a dozen policy resolutions, including several on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, that are to be adopted Wednesday by heads of state of the 22-member Arab League at their annual gathering.
The Latest: Arab ministers adopt resolution on Jerusalem
DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — The Latest on the Arab Summit held in Jordan (all times local):
Jordan's foreign minister says Arab foreign ministers unanimously endorsed more than a dozen policy resolutions, including one rejecting unilateral steps that "jeopardize the historic and legal status" of Jerusalem.
With eye toward Trump, Arab leaders to seek consensus
DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — With an eye toward Washington, leaders of a fractured and conflict-ridden Arab world hold their annual summit this week, seeking common positions and possible leverage as President Donald Trump weighs his approach toward the region.
From their hotel on the Dead Sea, they have a view of the Israeli-occupied West Bank on the opposite shore — a visual reminder of the stalled Palestinian quest for statehood, an issue that host Jordan says will take center stage this year.
DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — The Arab League chief says 29 percent youth unemployment is one of the region's biggest challenges.
Ahmed Aboul-Gheit spoke Sunday, ahead of a summit of Arab leaders later in the week. He told economic ministers from the region that economic and social issues should take priority at the summit "because the Arab citizen is economically insecure and his trust in the future is weak."
Israel finds cave said to have contained Dead Sea scrolls
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Hebrew University says archaeologists have found a cave that once contained Dead Sea scrolls.
The university says Wednesday that while no texts were found in the cave near the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea, findings indicate that scrolls were once stored there. Storage jars, fragments of a scroll wrapping and a string used to tie the scroll were all found in the cave. It is the 12th known cave said to have contained scrolls.
Swimmers complete 7-hour crawl across shrinking Dead Sea
EIN GEDI, Israel (AP) — A multinational group of swimmers swam seven hours through the salty, soupy waters of the Dead Sea on Tuesday in a bid to draw attention to the environmental degradation of the fabled lake.
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Israel to launch expedition to find more Dead Sea Scrolls
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is embarking on a major archaeological expedition to find yet undiscovered Dead Sea Scrolls, an Israeli antiquities official said Monday.
Amir Ganor of the Israel Antiquities Authority said a government research team will spend the next three years surveying hundreds of caves in the Judean Desert near the Dead Sea, the arid region where the Dead Sea Scrolls, the world's oldest biblical manuscripts, were preserved for thousands of years and discovered in 1947.
Feds apologize for dead sea turtles in landfill
HONOLULU (AP) — Federal officials are apologizing to the public after three sea turtle carcasses were found uncovered in an Oahu landfill routinely used to dispose of the endangered sea creatures.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials said leaving dead sea turtles at the Waimanalo Gulch is a normal procedure for the agency. But they acknowledged the turtles should've been covered with dirt or cloth and said the extra measure wasn't taken because of staffing issues.