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EU distances itself from Trump with comment on Jerusalem
BRUSSELS (AP) -- A European Union leader says leaders of the 28-nation bloc have reiterated their "firm commitment" to a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians, in what amounts to a rebuke of President Donald Trump's recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital....

Israeli drugmaker Teva to cut quarter of global work force
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the world's largest generic drugmaker, on Thursday said it would lay off over a quarter of its workforce as part of a global restructuring meant to salvage its ailing business....

Pence to delay Mideast trip as tax deal nears vote
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Mike Pence will delay and curtail his upcoming trip to the Middle East to be on hand for an upcoming Senate tax vote and take into account the unwillingness of Palestinians and others to meet with him while in Egypt and Israel....

Lebanese Cabinet approves licenses for oil drilling
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's information minister says the Cabinet has approved licenses for three international companies to carry out exploratory drilling off the Lebanese coast....

The Latest: Turkey suggests opening embassy to Palestine
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the fallout from the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (all times local):...

Israel stages airstrikes in Gaza Strip, response to rockets
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military on Thursday said it had carried out a series of airstrikes on Hamas facilities in the Gaza Strip in response to new rocket attacks from the Palestinian area....

US announces new assistance to Lebanese military
BEIRUT (AP) -- The United States has announced new assistance to the Lebanese military including helicopters and other advanced military equipment....

Under Putin, Russia increases clout in the Middle East
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MOSCOW (AP) -- When Russia launched a military campaign in Syria two years ago, President Vladimir Putin sought to save his ally from imminent collapse and break Russia's international isolation over a crisis in Ukraine....

Bahrain interfaith group pays unprecedented visit to Israel
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- An interfaith group from the Gulf state of Bahrain is paying an unprecedented public visit to Israel this week, receiving a warm welcome but generating uproar across the Arab world....

Israeli Jewish radical sentenced to 4 years for church arson
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli court has sentenced a Jewish extremist to four years in prison for torching a famous Holy Land church in 2015....