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MIDEAST FLASHPOINT
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Palestinians say Gaza reconstruction pledges unfulfilled
JERUSALEM (AP) -- International donors have so far failed to deliver billions of dollars in aid money that was promised to rebuild the war-battered Gaza Strip, a Palestinian official said Monday, saying the rift between rival Palestinian factions is deterring foreign governments from sending aid....

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

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In the Middle East and the wider region this past week, Taliban gunmen attacked a school in Peshawer, Pakistan, killing 148 people -most of them children - in what was one of the country's deadliest attacks in years. In the days that followed, families buried the victims of the massacre, residents held vigils and the nation mourned its loss....

US renews elusive push for Mideast peace

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry is ending 2014 much in the same way he started it, frustrated in efforts to push Israel and Palestinians toward peace....

Gulf stocks climb with Dubai gaining 9.9 percent
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Gulf stocks have opened the week with a climb that saw Dubai's main index gaining 9.9 percent....

Saudi oil chief: No conspiracy behind oil prices

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's oil chief on Sunday dismissed allegations that his kingdom conspired to bring down oil prices in order to harm other countries and told a summit of Arab energy leaders that he was confident the market would stabilize....

Israel arrests more from Jewish extremist group

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police have arrested four Jewish activists from the extremist Lehava group opposed to Arab-Jewish coexistence....

2016 hopeful Ben Carson pledges support for Israel

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- In his first visit to Israel, prospective Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said he is in awe of the Jewish state, inspired by its ancient holy sites, impressed by the resilience of people living in a perpetual conflict zone - and deeply disappointed in President Barack Obama....

UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $850 M for oil spill
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution Friday asking Israel to pay Lebanon over $850 million in damages for an oil spill caused by an Israeli air force attack on oil storage tanks during its war with Hezbollah in July 2006....

Obama signs bill deepening US-Israeli cooperation
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has signed a bill deepening U.S.-Israeli cooperation and says the legislation reinforces "critical defense and security programs."...

In Lebanon, Syrian newborns risk statelessness

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BEIRUT (AP) -- Nearly 30,000 Syrian children born as refugees in Lebanon are in a legal limbo, not registered with any government, exposing them to the risk of a life of statelessness deprived of basic rights....
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