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Gazans excited over territory's first indoor mall

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- In a welcome sign of normalcy, the first indoor shopping mall - complete with an international retail chain, three-story bookstore and bustling food court - has opened in the Gaza Strip....

Netanyahu is first Israeli prime minister to visit Australia

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Australia on Wednesday for being "courageously willing to puncture U.N. hypocrisy" on anti-Israel resolutions....

Sentencing of Israeli soldier in shooting deepens fissures

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli soldier was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison for killing a badly wounded Palestinian assailant as he lay on the ground, in a landmark decision that deepened fissures in Israeli society and drew Palestinian criticism for being too lenient....

Le Pen refuses headscarf, nixes talks with Lebanon cleric

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BEIRUT (AP) -- France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen refused to don a headscarf for a meeting with Lebanon's top Sunni Muslim cleric on Tuesday and walked away from the scheduled appointment after a brief squabble at the entrance....

Dublin protesters prevent speech by Israeli ambassador
DUBLIN (AP) -- A student society at Trinity College Dublin has canceled a speech by Israel's ambassador to Ireland after a group of students chanting pro-Palestinian slogans rallied outside the event....

Iran's leader calls Israel a 'fake' nation, 'dirty chapter'

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's supreme leader on Tuesday used the podium of a pro-Palestinian gathering in Tehran to lash out at Israel, calling the Jewish state a "fake" nation in a "dirty chapter" of history....

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 soldier to be sentenced Tuesday for manslaughter
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli army says a military court on Tuesday will sentence a soldier convicted of manslaughter for fatally shooting a wounded Palestinian assailant....

Israel arrests alleged Islamic State supporter
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's domestic security agency says it arrested an Arab citizen suspected of activities linked to the Islamic State group....

After Trump remarks, Saudi repeats Palestinian state support
ROME (AP) -- Saudia Arabia is reasserting support for a Palestinian state after U.S. President Donald Trump said Mideast peace doesn't depend on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict....



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