When 10 young Israelis and Palestinians came to Washington in June to talk, listen and learn from one another, the outbreak of war back home was never on the program. On Friday they bid farewell on the steps of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, having stuck together through a seven-week bridge-building internship overshadowed by the conflict in Gaza. "Putting aside everything that was going on at home was really hard," said Ranin Faidi, 22, one of the Palestinian participants in the annual New Story Leadership (NSL) program. "Especially when things (in Israel and Gaza) got really close to our families and friends... those were the most challenging moments," added Asi Garbarz, 27, from a kibbutz in northern Israel.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — One of the three Americans detained in North Korea and charged with "anti-state" crimes is a California man raised in the Central Valley oil town of Bakersfield by parents who were petroleum engineers.