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Garbage on the beach: Flood of waste stirs uproar in Lebanon

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ZOUQ MOSBEH, Lebanon (AP) -- Lebanon's festering trash crisis came crashing ashore this week, after residents woke up to find a powerful winter storm had laid a mantle of waste at a beach just a few minutes' drive north of the capital, Beirut....

Pence says US embassy will move to Jerusalem by end of 2019

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told Israeli lawmakers Monday that the U.S. would put plans to move its embassy to Jerusalem on a fast track, drawing angry denunciations from Arabs who were forcibly removed from the hall during his speech before Israel's parliament....

The Latest: Israel PM praises Pence speech, approach to Iran

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Israel (all times local):...

Palestinian Christians slam Pence's pro-Israel faith

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BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian Christians say U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's brand of evangelical Christianity, with its fervent embrace of modern-day Israel as fulfilment of biblical prophecy, lacks their faith's compassion and justice, including for those who have endured half a century of Israeli occupation....

US orders extra air cargo screening for flights from Mideast
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. authorities issued an emergency order Monday requiring additional screening of cargo on flights departing for the United States from five Mideast countries, citing a threat of terrorism....

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....

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....