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US pushes Saudi Arabia, Iraq on united front to counter Iran
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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday promoted a Trump administration goal of uniting Saudi Arabia and Iraq in common cause to counter Iran's growing assertiveness in the Middle East....

Texas city requires no Israel boycott for hurricane relief
HOUSTON (AP) -- A civil rights group on Friday called unconstitutional a Houston suburb's hurricane repair grant program that says residents cannot boycott Israel as a condition of receiving any money....

Lebanon arrests 4 people over stolen Salvador Dali painting
BEIRUT (AP) -- A Lebanese police official says police have arrested four people who were trying to sell a stolen painting believed to be by Spanish artist Salvador Dali....

Lebanon issues death sentences in 1982 killing of president
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BEIRUT (AP) -- A court in Lebanon sentenced in absentia on Friday two Lebanese citizens to death over the 1982 assassination of President-elect Bashir Gemayel, a move praised by his family and supporters, judicial officials said....

$50,000 payments help grieving Gaza families end blood feuds
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BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) -- As the rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas begin to reconcile, families of loved ones killed in Gaza's civil war a decade ago are also learning to get along....

Lebanon's parliament passes first budget since 2005
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's parliament has approved the country's first budget in 12 years after government failed to do so amid past political crises....

Israeli soldier who shot fatally Palestinian seeks pardon
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The office of Israel's president says it has received a plea for pardon from a soldier convicted of fatally shooting an already wounded Palestinian attacker last year....

Israel strikes Syria, responding to errant mortar fire
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says it has struck Syria in response to a mortar fired from the territory....

Hundreds of Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jews protest army draft
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police arrested 120 people on Thursday during a demonstration by ultra-Orthodox Jews who blocked roads and set fires in protest at the forced military conscription of young men from their community....

US envoy: Hamas must disarm to join Palestinian government
JERUSALEM (AP) -- President Donald Trump's Mideast envoy said on Thursday that if Hamas wants to play a role in any Palestinian government, it must renounce violence and commit to negotiations with Israel - demands the Islamic militant group has always rejected....