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Israel to name Jordan envoy after settling spat: report
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will soon decide on Israel's new ambassador to Jordan a day after the two countries agreed to put a monthslong diplomatic spat behind them....

Hezbollah chief weighs in on Lebanon's Spielberg controversy
BEIRUT (AP) -- The leader of Hezbollah is weighing in on a local controversy surrounding Steven Spielberg's newspaper drama "The Post," saying it was wrong to screen it in Lebanese theaters....

Hezbollah denies US drug trafficking accusations
BEIRUT (AP) -- The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group has categorically dismissed allegations that it is involved in drug trafficking and money laundering....

Gaza family kills relative after Hamas says he aided Israel
RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A Palestinian family says it has killed one of its members after Gaza's Hamas rulers said he aided Israel in killing three of the militant group's commanders....

Jordan and Israel defuse crisis over embassy guard shooting
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan and Israel appeared on Thursday to be putting behind them a diplomatic crisis triggered by the killing last summer of two Jordanians by an Israeli embassy guard....

Israel digs deep to thwart tunnel threat from Gaza Strip
KISSUFIM, Israel (AP) -- Massive earthworks and mounds of sandy soil line the Israel-Gaza border as the Israeli military forges ahead with an ambitious subterranean barrier to detect and prevent attack tunnels from reaching southern Israel from the Palestinian enclave....

Lebanese journalist sentenced in absentia for army criticism
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's military court has sentenced a Lebanese journalist in absentia to six months in prison for comments critical of the Lebanese army....

Israel says it killed Palestinian sought in settler slaying

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli officials said special forces hunting the killers of a West Bank settler raided a home before dawn Thursday, killing a Palestinian suspect in a firefight that also wounded two Israeli officers....

Israel's PM unveils memorial for Mumbai attack victims
MUMBAI, India (AP) -- Israel's prime minister has visited a Jewish center in Mumbai and unveiled a memorial to 166 people who were killed by militants who rampaged through the Indian city in 2008....

Pence visit showcases dilemma facing Egypt, Jordan leaders

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CAIRO (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's upcoming visit to the Middle East comes at a time of intensely publicized friction between his administration and the Palestinian leadership, posing a dilemma for his Arab hosts - Egypt's president and Jordan's king - on how to safeguard their vital ties with Washington without appearing to ignore Palestinian misgivings....
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