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The Latest: Pence: Door open for Palestinians in peace deal
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Israel (all times local):...

US orders extra air cargo screening for flights from Mideast
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. aviation security agency has issued an emergency order requiring additional screening of cargo on flights departing for the United States from five Mideast countries. It says the steps are aimed at preventing terrorist attacks....

Palestinian leader urges EU to recognize state, boost role
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BRUSSELS (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday urged European Union countries to recognize the state of Palestine and called on the 28-nation bloc to step up political efforts in the Middle East amid Arab disappointment with the U.S. role in the region....

Pence tells Israel US Embassy to move to Jerusalem in 2019
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Vice President Mike Pence on Monday told Israel's parliament that the U.S. Embassy will be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by the end of 2019, ahead of schedule, receiving a rousing ovation as he pledged to barrel ahead with a plan that has set off weeks of unrest and thrown U.S. peace efforts into disarray....

UN agency for Palestinians seeks funds after US cuts
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees on Monday launched an "unprecedented" appeal seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in response to funding cuts by the Trump administration....

Thai police arrest 2 Israeli men in compatriot's killing
BANGKOK (AP) -- Police in Thailand have arrested two Israeli men suspected of killing a fellow citizen on a Thai resort island after running him down with a car....

Families of Islamist prisoners in Lebanon rally for amnesty
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BEIRUT (AP) -- Hundreds of protesters have rallied in the Lebanese capital demanding that Islamist prisoners be part of a discussed general amnesty....

Lebanese push for more participation of women in politics
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BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon is campaigning to get at least five times more women elected to parliament this spring in its first vote in nearly 10 years, the country's first women's affairs minister says....

Analysis: Trump support carries rewards and risks for Israel
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- From recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital to cutting aid to Palestinians, President Donald Trump has given Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the unprecedented gift of strong U.S. alignment with a nationalist Israeli government....

Israel to name Jordan envoy after settling spat: report
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will soon decide on Israel's new ambassador to Jordan a day after the two countries agreed to put a monthslong diplomatic spat behind them....