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MIDEAST FLASHPOINT
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The Latest: Palestinian threat to cut communications with US
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the status of the Palestinians' office in Washington (all times local):...

Palestinians vow to suspend talks if US closes PLO mission

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Palestinians threatened on Saturday to suspend all communication with the United States if the Trump administration follows through with plans to close their diplomatic office in Washington. The potential rupture in relations threatens to undermine President Donald Trump's bid for Mideast peace - a mission he has handed his son-in-law, Jared Kushner....

Lebanon's PM Hariri says he will be in Beirut within days

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PARIS (AP) -- Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Saturday he will return home in the coming days from where he will declare a political stance for the first time since making a strange resignation announcement from Saudi Arabia that unleashed fears of a crisis in Lebanon....

The Latest: France sees 'negative' foreign sways in Lebanon

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PARIS (AP) -- The Latest on developments surrounding Lebanon's crisis with Saudi Arabia in the wake of Prime Minister Saad Hariri's resignation (all times local):...

Israel fires 'warning shot' after Syrian border construction
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says it has fired a tank shell into Syria as a "warning shot" after the Syrian military conducted construction along their border....

Egypt opens Gaza border crossing for 3 days under PA control
RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Gaza's border crossing into Egypt ran Saturday under the Palestinian Authority's control for the first time in a decade, in a step forward for the Western-backed leadership's resuming of its functions in the Gaza Strip....

Palestinians reject 'extortion' in face of US move
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Palestinian foreign minister says the Palestinians will not give in to "extortion" after a U.S. threat to close their diplomatic mission in Washington....

Can France's Macron bring Lebanon back from the brink?

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PARIS (AP) -- French President Emmanuel Macron is trying on a new mantle: Mideast peacemaker....

Anti-corruption campaign in Saudi brings hope to businessmen

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ADMA, Lebanon (AP) -- Lebanon-based businessmen who lost enterprises through dealings with members of Saudi Arabia's royal family and others in the kingdom are closely watching a new campaign led by the powerful crown prince targeting officials, princes and tycoons in the oil-rich kingdom, hoping it will help them win back what they lost over the years....

Lebanon Prime Minister Hariri's future on uncertain path

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BEIRUT (AP) -- Saad Hariri has seen a lot in his 47 years....