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Israeli workers strike nationwide to protest Teva layoffs
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's national trade union is holding a nationwide strike to protest generic drugmaker Teva's decision to lay off a quarter of its workforce....

Israelis march against corruption amid Netanyahu probe
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Thousands of Israelis are calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign at a demonstration in central Tel Aviv....

Relatives lose contact with Palestinian tycoon in Saudi
JERICHO, West Bank (AP) -- Two relatives say they have lost contact with a Jordanian-Palestinian tycoon after he flew to Saudi Arabia....

White House signals Western Wall has to be part of Israel

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senior Trump administration officials outlined their view Friday that Jerusalem's Western Wall ultimately will be declared a part of Israel, in another declaration sure to enflame passions among Palestinians and others in the Middle East....

4 Palestinians killed in latest Jerusalem fallout clashes

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Four Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire and dozens more wounded along with an Israeli officer in clashes across the West Bank and near Gaza's border on Friday as the fallout continued over President Donald Trump's announcement last week recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital....

Lebanon sets date of parliamentary elections for May 6
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon has set the date for the country's first parliamentary elections in nine years, scheduling the vote for May 6....

Lebanon: Oil and gas drilling to begin in 2019
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's energy and water minister says the country will start exploratory offshore drilling for oil and gas in 2019....

EU distances itself from Trump with comment on Jerusalem
BRUSSELS (AP) -- A European Union leader says leaders of the 28-nation bloc have reiterated their "firm commitment" to a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians, in what amounts to a rebuke of President Donald Trump's recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital....

Israeli drugmaker Teva to cut quarter of global work force

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the world's largest generic drugmaker, on Thursday said it would lay off over a quarter of its workforce as part of a global restructuring meant to salvage its ailing business....

Pence to delay Mideast trip as tax deal nears vote

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Mike Pence will delay and curtail his upcoming trip to the Middle East to be on hand for an upcoming Senate tax vote and take into account the unwillingness of Palestinians and others to meet with him while in Egypt and Israel....