On Tuesday morning, 25 mortar shells were fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel, with most intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile defense system.
Sirens went off at least twice warning people to take caution, and The Jerusalem Post says one of the mortars that made it to the ground landed at a kindergarten; no students were there at the time. Palestinians in the Gaza Strip told the Post that almost immediately, the Israeli Air Force and Israeli Defense Forces artillery units retaliated by targeting Hamas positions. No injuries have been reported.
Tensions are high in the region, and at least 116 Palestinians have been killed over the last few weeks during protests along the border. Israel says that Hamas is inciting violence, a charge leaders have denied. Catherine Garcia
Just after midnight Thursday, Iranian forces in Syria fired roughly 20 rockets or projectiles at the Israeli army in Golan Heights, Israeli Defense Forces said.
A spokesman told reporters that most of the rockets were intercepted by Israeli defenses, and there was minimal damage done. Iran is backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his country's civil war, and Israel has warned Tehran not to establish a permanent military presence in Syria.
On Tuesday, the Israeli military said it spotted "irregular activity" by Iranian forces in Syria, and authorities in the Golan Heights were told to prepare bomb shelters and mobilize some reservist forces. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967, a move not recognized by the international community. Catherine Garcia
Trump on raid of Michael Cohen: "It's an attack on our country in a true sense. It's an attack on what we all stand for." pic.twitter.com/6aKs0A5Y3k
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The agents seized records about Cohen's clients, The Washington Post reports, including documents related to the $130,000 payment Cohen made to adult film star Stormy Daniels, who says she had an affair with Trump in 2006. Cohen's attorney, Stephen Ryan, said the raid, carried out under a warrant obtained by federal prosecutors in Manhattan, is related to an investigation referred by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and Trump jumped on this, calling the special counsel "the most conflicted group of people I have ever seen" and claiming FBI agents "broke" into Cohen's office.
The raid is a "whole new level of unfairness," Trump continued, and a "witch hunt." He also criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia probe, which ultimately led to the hiring of Mueller, and then mentioned multiple times that Hillary Clinton and her emails should be investigated again. Catherine Garcia
The stopgap measure will keep the federal government open through Dec. 22. Republicans, who are trying to finish work on their tax bill, need the support of Democrats to put together a two-year budget deal that will pass. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that Democrats "will not leave here without a DACA fix," meaning the budget must include deportation protection for undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children. Catherine Garcia
Hours after witnesses first described hearing explosions and gunfire in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, early Wednesday morning, Zimbabwe's army said in a televised statement that what is taking place is not "a military takeover of government" and that President Robert Mugabe is safe and under protection.
The army is targeting people who "were committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country," the statement said. "As soon as we have accomplished our mission, we expect that the situation will return to normalcy." Armed vehicles were seen lining the streets outside of Harare, the BBC reports, and witnesses told Reuters that soldiers took control of the state-run broadcaster ZBC and manhandled some staffers.
Earlier this month, Mugabe, 93, ousted Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who had been viewed as Mugabe's likely successor; the new frontrunner is Mugabe's wife, Grace. On Monday, Gen. Constantine Chiwenga said if there are any more purges in the ruling Zanu-PF party, the army "will not hesitate to step in," and the government responded Tuesday by accusing him of "treasonable conduct." Catherine Garcia
When President Trump touched down in his native New York City on Thursday evening for his first visit since the inauguration, hundreds of protesters were waiting for him outside of the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, where he was slated to give a speech.
Many carried signs, with phrases like "Not my president" and "Dump Trump," and there were also demonstrators near Trump Tower and a banner that read #NoTrumpNYC unfurled on a Staten Island Ferry. "As a lifelong New Yorker, I think there's something particularly appalling about Trump coming from this environment and just not representing New Yorkers in any way whatsoever," protester Lauren Rothman told the New York Daily News. "New York is an immigrant town. New York is a melting pot, and the policies that he represents don't represent New Yorkers. I think he should know that we don't like him and that he has no home here." Catherine Garcia
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday he had to express his "deep disappointment" in U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's earlier speech promoting a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine, saying it was "almost as unbalanced as the anti-Israel resolution passed at the U.N. last week."
The U.N. Security Council passed a resolution calling Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank a "flagrant violation" of international law, with the U.S. abstaining from the vote. A bitter Netanyahu said Kerry "paid lip service to the unremitting campaign of terrorism that has been waged by the Palestinians against the Jewish state for nearly a century. What he did was spend most of his speech blaming Israel for the lack of peace by passionately condemning a policy of enabling Jews to live in their historic homeland and in their eternal capital, Jerusalem."
Netanyahu said Israel has always "extended its hand in peace" to neighbors, and "thousands of Israeli families have paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend our country and advance peace," adding, Israelis "do not need to be lectured on the importance of peace by foreign leaders." He said that Palestinian children are not being educated "for peace" like Israeli children, and the Palestinian Authority "teaches them to lionize terrorists and murder Israelis. My vision is that Israelis and Palestinians both have a future of mutual respect, coexistence, but the Palestinian Authority tells them they will never accept and should never accept the existence of a Jewish state."
Netanyahu also claimed he has evidence that the United States "organized and advanced" the U.N. Security Council resolution, but he is refusing to share it with anyone but the incoming Trump administration, saying some of the material is "sensitive." This allegation has already been denied by Kerry. Catherine Garcia
Security has been increased at transit stations across Los Angeles County after the FBI received an anonymous phone call on Monday threatening the Metro Red Line station in Universal City.
The threat was made through a public safety line, FBI Assistant Director in Charge Deirdre Fike said during a news conference Monday night. The person said something was going to happen at the station on Tuesday, and law enforcement is working to determine the threat's credibility. Mayor Eric Garcetti urged the public to be cautious, but go about their normal routines, and Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said there will be more uniformed and undercover deputies at stations and on trains. Catherine Garcia