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Ultra-Orthodox Jews block Jerusalem roads in draft protests

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews from a radical sect are again blocking roads in Jerusalem bringing traffic to a standstill and scuffling with police and passers-by....

Palestinian activists build monument to Saddam Hussein

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QALQILIYA, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian activists have built a monument to the late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in the West Bank....

Israeli president attacks government assault on state bodies

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- In an unusually blunt address to parliament, Israel's president accused the government Monday of delegitimizing vital democratic institutions as part of a campaign of stifling opposition....

Germany signs deal on 3 new submarines for Israel
BERLIN (AP) -- Israeli says it has signed an agreement with the German government to receive three new submarines that would go into service from 2027....

US sanctions against Hezbollah will not target banks: Banker

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BEIRUT (AP) -- New U.S. sanctions against the militant Hezbollah group expected to be released in the near future are not likely to affect the country's banking sector that is the backbone of the tiny Arab country's economy, a top Lebanese banker said Monday....

Hamas: 3 missing smugglers return to Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Gaza's Hamas-run Interior Ministry says three Palestinian smugglers who were believed to have been kidnapped in a tunnel along the Egyptian border have returned home....

Tillerson seeks Arab help in US effort to isolate Iran

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DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took the Trump administration's case for isolating and containing Iran in the Middle East and beyond to two Gulf Arab nations on Sunday, pushing for Saudi Arabia and Iraq to unite to counter growing Iranian assertiveness. He also called for a quick resolution to the ongoing crisis between Qatar and its Arab neighbors, which he said was unintentionally bolstering Iran....

Jordan's king endorses Palestinian reconciliation deal

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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan's king on Sunday endorsed a fledgling Palestinian reconciliation agreement that is meant to end a decade-old political and ideological split between rivals Hamas and Fatah....

Jerusalem to move ahead with dozens of new settler homes
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The city of Jerusalem says it plans to move ahead with the construction of dozens of new settler homes in a predominantly Arab area of east Jerusalem....

Palestinian festival drops film over director's Israel trips

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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- A Palestinian film festival on Sunday canceled the screening of a movie by a Lebanese-French director following pressure by activists who opposed his previous work in Israel....
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