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Saudi novelist wins prestigious prize for Arab fiction
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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A Saudi novelist won what is considered to be the region's top literary award for Arab fiction for a book about the trials and tribulations of a man on a journey of self-revelation through Andalusia in the 12th century during a turbulent period of history....

In tense political times, NBA heading to Israel this summer
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As the NBA prepares to bring its Basketball Without Borders program to Israel this summer, league officials hope that the first trip to the country can help bring children together during a time of increasing tension....

Palestinian activist pleads guilty to US immigration crime
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DETROIT (AP) -- A Chicago Palestinian activist with a decades-old record of bombings in Israel pleaded guilty Tuesday to concealing those convictions when she applied for U.S. citizenship....

Israel PM cancels talk with German FM in rare spat with ally
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu abruptly canceled talks Tuesday with the German foreign minister over the visiting diplomat's plans to sit down with an Israeli rights group, sparking a rare diplomatic feud with one of Israel's closest and most important allies....

Netanyahu gives German FM 'ultimatum' over meeting with NGOs
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened to cancel an upcoming meeting with Germany's foreign minister unless the visiting diplomat cancels an appointment with two groups critical of Israel's actions in the West Bank....

Israeli president: Le Pen's Holocaust denial 'disturbing'
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's president on Monday denounced French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen's recent comments denying France's role in the Holocaust as "uniquely disturbing" and urged his country not to make "unholy alliances" with rising nationalist parties in Europe....

Siren wails as Israel marks annual Holocaust Remembrance Day
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel came to a standstill on Monday as people stopped in their tracks for a two-minute siren that wailed across the country in remembrance of the Holocaust's 6 million Jewish victims....

Israel indicts hacker linked to threats on US Jewish centers
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel indicted an 18-year-old American-Israeli Jew on Monday for a wave of bomb threats against Jewish community centers in the United States that stoked fears of a rising wave of anti-Semitism....

Jewish war veterans bemoan stalling of Israel's WWII museum
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LATRUN, Israel (AP) -- Two years after Israel's prime minister vowed to complete the establishment of a museum honoring Jewish World War II veterans, funds have dried up and an abandoned construction site is all that remains of the grand project....

Israel-China construction deal reportedly bans settlements
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel and China have signed a deal to bring Chinese construction workers to Israel, but the workers will reportedly be barred from building in West Bank settlements at China's insistence....