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Israeli forces begin evacuating 9 settler homes in West Bank

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OFRA, West Bank (AP) -- Israeli forces began evacuating nine homes in the West Bank settlement of Ofra on Tuesday, following a Supreme Court decision that ruled they were built on private Palestinian land....

Palestinian envoy warns against moving US embassy in Israel
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Palestinian's top envoy to the United States is warning that moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem could disrupt efforts to secure peace in the Middle East....

Israel to probe German submarine purchase
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's Attorney General has ordered an investigation into the purchase of German submarines months after it emerged that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's attorney represented the German firm involved in the $1.5 billion deal....

Israeli police investigate after Palestinian shot mistakenly

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police say an investigation is underway after forces at a West Bank checkpoint shot and wounded a woman thinking she was planning an attack but later found unarmed....

US general discusses military aid on Lebanon visit
BEIRUT (AP) -- The commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East has met with top officials in Lebanon to discuss American military aid and other efforts to contain the fallout from the civil war in neighboring Syria....

Israeli airstrikes wound 4 in Gaza after rocket attack
RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel carried out a series of airstrikes on militant sites across the Gaza Strip on Monday, wounding at least four people, officials said, following a rocket attack on southern Israel that caused no casualties....

Palestinian president urges protection of two-state solution
GENEVA (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday urged the international community to protect the two-state solution, in a message aimed at Israel and the new U.S. administration of President Donald Trump....

Israeli hospitals demand funds to continue treating Syrians
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli health official says Israel's hospitals will stop treating Syrian patients in non-emergency cases beginning next week unless the Israeli government fully reimburses the hospitals for years of medical treatments to those wounded in the Syrian civil war....

UN suspends Gaza staffer amid allegations of Hamas ties
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees suspended a Palestinian staffer Sunday, a spokesman for the U.N. agency said as Israel alleged the employee was elected to a leadership position with the Islamist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip....

Palestinians celebrate Bethlehem singer crowned Arab Idol
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinians are celebrating a Christian crooner from the West Bank city of Bethlehem who won this year's Arab Idol, the Arab world's premier television song competition....

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