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Gulf stocks gain with Dubai closing 13 percent up
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Gulf equity markets made massive gains Thursday with Dubai's main stock market rising 13 percent, just two days after closing at its lowest point of the year....

Palestinian leader supports more talks on UN bid
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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday he supports further negotiations over a draft resolution on ending Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands that was submitted to the U.N. Security Council for a possible vote....

Draft UN resolution targets Israeli occupation
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Jordan has submitted a draft resolution on ending Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands captured in 1967 to the U.N. Security Council for a possible vote....

Israeli PM slams EU taking Hamas off terror list
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the European Union Wednesday for removing Hamas from its terrorist list, calling it a staggering example of European hypocrisy and an indication that many on the continent have learned nothing from the Holocaust....

Geneva Conventions invoke rights of Palestinians
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GENEVA (AP) -- The international community delivered a stinging rebuke to Israel's settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, saying Wednesday the practice violates its responsibilities as an occupying power....

European Parliament wants Palestinian state
STRASBOURG, France (AP) -- The European Parliament has stopped short of pushing for outright recognition of a Palestinian state, urging renewed peace talks instead....

Palestinians to submit draft for UN vote
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- An Arab-backed draft resolution on ending Israel's occupation of lands captured in 1967 is to be submitted later Wednesday to the U.N. Security Council for a vote, the Palestinian foreign minister said....

Under Abbas, majority say they can't speak freely
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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Two-thirds of Palestinians say they are afraid to criticize Mahmoud Abbas, according to a poll, and some of the Palestinian president's recent actions only seem to confirm claims that dissent comes at a price....

Israel arrests members of Jewish extremist group
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police on Tuesday arrested 10 Jewish activists from an extremist group opposed to Arab-Jewish coexistence, including its leader, in the first major clampdown against a fringe organization that has become a symbol of rising anti-Arab sentiment....

Kerry: No one should interfere in Israeli election
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LONDON (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday outlined America's opposition to any effort undermining Israel's election process, while at the same time holding out hope the U.S. and its partners could find a way to advance Mideast peace and respond to the frustrations of Palestinians....