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In West Bank, Fatah vote shows politics an old man's game

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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- The recent conference of the ruling Fatah party sent a disheartening message to young Palestinians: Most of those elected to top positions were in their 60s and 70s, signaling that politics under octogenarian President Mahmoud Abbas is an old man's game and that it is unlikely that fresh ideas on winning statehood will emerge from this group of veteran loyalists....

Israel rejects Paris summit, open to talk with Palestinians
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected an invitation for an international conference in Paris aimed at reviving the peace process, but expressed willingness to meet privately with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas....

New trial ordered for Chicago activist in immigration case
DETROIT (AP) -- A judge in Detroit has ordered a new trial for a Chicago activist who was granted U.S. citizenship without disclosing her conviction for bombings in Israel decades ago....

Trump son-in-law's family donated to Israeli settler groups

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump's son-in-law co-directs a family foundation that has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Jewish settlement organizations in the West Bank, according to tax records....

Lebanese women protest against rape law

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BEIRUT (AP) -- A dozen Lebanese women, dressed as brides in white wedding dresses stained with fake blood and bandages, gathered Tuesday outside government buildings in Lebanon's capital to protest a law that allows a rapist to get away with his crime if he marries the survivor....

Israel artist displays golden statue of Netanyahu in protest

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TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- Tel Aviv residents woke up Tuesday to an unusual site - a golden statue of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu displayed prominently in front of City Hall in an act of protest....

In a first, Israel denies entry to foreign boycott activist
JERUSALEM (AP) -- In a first such move, Israel has denied entry to a foreign activist involved in efforts to boycott the Jewish state....

Israel advances bill to legalize West Bank outposts
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli parliament has given initial approval to a revised bill that would legalize scores of Israeli settlement outposts built without permission on private Palestinian land in the West Bank, but would allow for the court-ordered demolition of one such outpost this month....

Ex-Israeli mayor convicted for naming street after mistress
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli court has convicted a former mayor in a series of scandals - including naming a city street after a mistress....

Israeli court sentences tycoon to 2 years in prison
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli court has sentenced one of the country's most prominent businessmen to two years in prison for securities fraud....



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