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Israel reports successful test of missile-defense system

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli officials announced Wednesday that a joint U.S.-Israeli missile-defense system has successfully passed a new test and is expected to be operational next year - a development that would provide an important tool in protecting the country against Hezbollah militants in Lebanon....

Israeli leader says world needs 'better deal' with Iran

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday made a last-ditch appeal for world powers to call off an emerging nuclear agreement with Iran, saying the world must insist on a "better deal" that links concessions to a change in Tehran's behavior....

International court welcomes Palestinians as 123rd member

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The Palestinian Authority became a member of the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, saying it wanted "justice not vengeance" for alleged Israeli war crimes....

Palestinians want leverage on Israel in international court

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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- The Palestinians formally joined the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, as part of a broader effort to put international pressure on Israel and exact a higher price for its occupation of lands sought for a Palestinian state....

Gaza artist gobbles up valuable Banksy mural on war debris

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A 33-year-old Gaza man says he has been duped into selling a valuable work by British graffiti artist Banksy for less than $200 to a local artist....

APNewsBreak: France seizes moment to push for Mideast talks

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PARIS (AP) -- France sees a window of opportunity after Israel's elections to get the United States on board with a new push for Mideast peace, and is preparing a draft U.N Security Council resolution in about 12 days, according to French diplomatic officials....

Palestinians, Israeli Arabs mark 'Land Day'

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Palestinians and Arab citizens of Israel have marked "Land Day," an annual day of protest against what they say are discriminatory land policies by Israel....

Clinton: US-Israeli relations need to be 'constructive'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S.-Israeli relationship needs to return to "constructive footing," according to a prominent Jewish leader who spoke to the former secretary of state during the weekend....

Former Israeli Premier Olmert convicted in corruption case

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was convicted Monday of unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter in a retrial on corruption charges, the latest chapter in the downfall of a man who only years earlier hoped to lead the country to a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians....

Israel charges Palestinian for fighting with Islamic State
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Jerusalem district court has indicted a Palestinian from east Jerusalem on charges of traveling to Syria to join and fight with the Islamic State militant group....

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