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October 11, 2018

American student remains in Israeli detention as judge considers deportation case

iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- An Israeli judge said Thursday that he would rule in the coming days on whether an American student, who allegedly supported a boycott on Israeli goods and has been detained for more than a week, could enter Israel. Lara Alqasem, 22, appeared in Tel Aviv District Court this morning to appeal an order to deport her. After an hour of deliberations, Judge Kobi Vardi announced he would make his ruling public in the coming days. Alqasem smiled as she entered the courtr..
October 11, 2018

American, Russian cosmonaut bound for ISS make emergency landing after rocket malfunction

Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images(BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan) -- A Russian cosmonaut and an American astronaut are in "good condition" after a booster rocket on their spacecraft failed and forced them to make an emergency landing Thursday. The Soyuz MS-10 rocket took off at 4:40 a.m. local time on what was supposed to be a six-hour journey to the International Space Station. Instead, the rocket suffered a malfunction shortly after taking off from Russia's spaceport in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The s..
October 11, 2018

Trump spoke to Saudis about journalist’s disappearance: ‘We’ll get to the bottom of it’

ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) -- More than a week after a prominent Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist went missing, President Donald Trump has spoken to Saudi officials "at the highest level" to press them on his disappearance, he said Wednesday. Trump declined to comment on whether he would hold the Saudis responsible, saying, "I have to find out who did it." But he said the U.S. is demanding answers: "We're demanding everything, we want to see what's going on here." Critics hav..
October 11, 2018

Hearing set for American student detained by Israel

iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- An American student detained in Israel for over a week was expected to appear in court Thursday to appeal authorities' decision to block her entry to the country over her suspected political views, as her lawyer expected a compromise deal to be offered. Lara Alqasem, 22, had a valid student visa when she landed at Ben-Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv on Oct. 16, but authorities ordered her to be deported over her alleged previous support for a movement to boycott p..