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French far-right chief talks about terror on Beirut trip

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BEIRUT (AP) -- French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has met with the president of Lebanon, saying their two countries should be "pillars" in organizing the fight against Islamic fundamentalism....

Israeli opposition: Netanyahu 'blinked' on peace initiative

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's opposition leader says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was ready to freeze settlement construction in most of the West Bank but ultimately backed out for fear of losing his grip on power....

Singaporean PM, hosting Netanyahu, endorses 'two-state' plan

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SINGAPORE (AP) -- Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, hosting a visit by his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, said Monday his country believes in a "two-state solution" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict....

Israeli army: Sinai militant fire hits Israel, no one hurt
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says several shells have been fired from neighboring Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, exploding in the south of the country and causing no injuries....

Ex-officials: Israeli leader spurned secret peace offer

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's prime minister turned down a regional peace initiative last year that was brokered by then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, former American officials confirmed Sunday, in apparent contradiction to Benjamin Netanyahu's stated goal of involving regional Arab powers in resolving Israel's conflict with the Palestinians....

France's Le Pen arrives in Lebanon
BEIRUT (AP) -- The far-right French leader Marine Le Pen has arrived in Beirut to meet with the Lebanese head of state and leading Christian figures....

Hamas court in Gaza sentences 3 to death for alleged spying
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Hamas military courts in Gaza have sentenced three Palestinians to death for allegedly spying for Israel and upheld the sentences of three others....

IKEA apologizes for catalog aimed at ultra-Orthodox Jews
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has apologized for a catalog aimed at Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community that contains no images of women....

Largest branch of American Judaism opposes Trump envoy pick

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The leaders of the largest branch of American Judaism declared their opposition Friday to the combative attorney President Donald Trump selected to be his envoy to Israel, citing his "extreme views" and dearth of professional foreign policy experience....

1 state or 2? Mixed messages from US on Mideast peace plans

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump and his envoys are sending mixed messages about their support for an independent Palestinian state, confusing a world that has traditionally looked to America for leadership on one of the Mideast's most intractable conflicts....


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