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After US cuts, Palestinian refugee agency seeks donations

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- The U.N. agency that serves Palestinian refugees and their descendants said Wednesday it would launch a global fundraising appeal in hopes of making up for funding cuts announced by the United States....

Belgium counters US with $23 million for UN Palestinian fund

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BRUSSELS (AP) -- Belgium has stepped in to help out the U.N. Agency assisting Palestinian refugees with an immediate disbursement of $23 million after the Trump administration suspended $65 million in aid for the international organization....

Abbas says Trump's policy shift on Jerusalem was 'sinful'

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CAIRO (AP) -- The Palestinian president on Wednesday again blasted Donald Trump in a fiery and emotional speech, saying the U.S. leader's decision to recognize contested Jerusalem as Israel's capital was "sinful" and "ill-fated."...

Lebanon reverses move to ban Spielberg's 'The Post'

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BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanese authorities have reversed a decision to ban Steven Spielberg's newspaper drama "The Post" ahead of its opening in theaters across the country, a local cinema manager said Wednesday....

Palestinian teen to be held until trial for slapping troops

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OFER MILITARY BASE, West Bank (AP) -- An Israeli military court has denied bail for a 16-year-old Palestinian girl, ordering her held until her trial on charges that she slapped and pushed two Israeli soldiers....

Jewish child orphaned in Mumbai attacks makes 1st visit back

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NEW DELHI (AP) -- Moshe Holtzberg, a boy whose parents were killed at a Jewish center in Mumbai during a 2008 terror attack, returned to India for the first time Tuesday to visit the site of the attack....

Netanyahu says US Embassy to move to Jerusalem this year

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he's certain that the U.S. Embassy will be moved to Jerusalem in the coming year, much sooner than Trump administration officials have estimated....

US withholds $65 million from Palestinian aid programs

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration on Tuesday cut tens of millions of dollars in money for Palestinian refugees, demanding that the U.N. agency responsible for the programs undertake a "fundamental re-examination," the State Department said....

Analysis: With a vent at Trump, Abbas exits 'peace process'

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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- There seems to be no going back for Mahmoud Abbas after the Palestinian leader cursed and ridiculed President Donald Trump and his aides in a pugnacious speech - a very public break with the 82-year-old's long-standing efforts to cultivate Washington's goodwill as the sole pathway to Palestinian statehood....

Israel reopens Gaza crossing after Hamas tunnel destroyed
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says it has reopened a key border crossing with the Gaza Strip after destroying a tunnel built under it by the Hamas militant group...