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Officials: Israel's Eisenkot named military chief
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli defense officials say a career officer with deep experience battling Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon has been selected as the country's next military chief....

Italian man seriously wounded at West Bank protest

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Italian man marching in support of Palestinians in the northern West Bank on Friday was shot and seriously wounded by Israeli forces, a Palestinian hospital official said....

Families of kidnapped Lebanese soldiers protest

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BEIRUT (AP) -- Police used water cannons to break up a protest Friday by relatives of several kidnapped Lebanese soldiers after the protesters blocked a main highway in the capital....

French Parliament debates recognizing Palestine

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PARIS (AP) -- France's government is pushing to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, amid growing pressure across Europe for recognition of a Palestinian state after decades of Mideast stalemate....

Leading Lebanese poet Saeed Akl dies at 102

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BEIRUT (AP) -- Saeed Akl, Lebanon's leading poet whose fame spread throughout the Arab world, has died, state media and officials said Friday. He was 102....

Peres criticizes Israel's 'Jewish state' bill
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's former president has come out against a bill floated by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that would define Israel as "the Jewish state."...

Pope condemns Islamic State violence
JERUSALEM (AP) -- On the eve of a trip to the Middle East, Pope Francis is urging religious and political leaders to speak out against attacks on Christians by Islamic State extremists....

Brazen, beloved Lebanese singer Sabah dies at 87

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BEIRUT (AP) -- Beloved for her powerful voice and brazen in the conservative Arab world for her multiple marriages, Lebanese singer, actress and entertainer Sabah never seemed far from the limelight during her six-decade career....

Spy balloons give police new view of Jerusalem

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police are watching from above in their attempts to keep control in Jerusalem in the face of the city's worst wave of violence in nearly a decade....

Europeans debate common stand on Palestine
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Frustrated by deadlock in the Middle East peace process, a growing number of European leaders and lawmakers are calling for unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state....

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