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Israeli fire in new Gaza border protest kills 4 Palestinians
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli soldiers firing Friday from across a border fence killed four Palestinians, including a 15-year-old boy, and wounded more than 150 others, health officials said, as several thousand people in blockaded Gaza staged a fourth round of weekly protests on the border with Israel....

Natalie Portman snubs 'Jewish Nobel,' triggers backlash
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Actress Natalie Portman has snubbed a prestigious prize known as the "Jewish Nobel" because of "extreme distress" over recent events in Israel, triggering an angry backlash Friday from some in the country's political establishment....

The Latest: 2 more Palestinian protesters killed in Gaza
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The Latest on the crisis along the Israel-Gaza border (all times local):...

Rights group: Lebanon evicting Syrian refugees from towns
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BEIRUT (AP) -- Local officials in Lebanon are throwing Syrian out of their towns in a violation of their rights as refugees and residents, a human rights group said in a new report released Friday....

Correction: Israel at 70 story
JERUSALEM (AP) -- In a story on April 18 and April 19 about Israel's 70th independence day, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Israel's founding document described the country as a "light unto the nations." While the biblical phrase has been widely used by leaders, it does not appear in the Declaration of Independence....

Romania: leaders row about relocating embassy to Jerusalem
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romania's president and the country's foreign minister on Friday downplayed a statement from the leader of Romania's ruling party that the country was ready to soon join the U.S. and move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem....

Israel celebrates its 70th birthday with parties and BBQ's
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel is celebrating 70 years since the modern Jewish state was established....

Israeli PM issues veiled warning to Iran over Syria tensions
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday issued a veiled warning to Iran, saying in a Memorial Day speech that his country will defend itself against anyone that tries to harm it....

Hundreds of Syrian refugees return home from Lebanon
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BEIRUT (AP) -- Hundreds of refugees in a southeastern Lebanese town returned to Syria in what they say is a voluntary decision to return to homes in the war-torn country....

The Latest: Trump sends best wishes on Israeli independence
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Latest on developments related to Israel's Memorial Day (all times local):...