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MIDEAST FLASHPOINT
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Israeli ex-Mossad chief Yitzhak Hofi dead at 87
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Yitzhak Hofi, a former Israeli general and Mossad chief who played a key role in the country's daring 1976 commando rescue raid in Uganda, has died. He was 87....

Mideast complexities confound US coalition effort

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The Middle East has confounded outsiders for years, so it is no surprise that another U.S.-led project with a straightforward goal - destroying a marauding organization of extremists - is bumping up against age-old rivalries and a nod-and-a-wink-style political culture....

Israel court: Olmert to remain free pending appeal

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's Supreme Court on Monday postponed the start of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's prison sentence pending appeal on his conviction on corruption charges....

Argentina tops Israel in Davis Cup playoff
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Favored Argentina won both matches on Sunday, rallying to defeat Israel 3-2 in a Davis Cup World Group playoff tie....

Militants holding Lebanese soldiers release video

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BEIRUT (AP) -- An al-Qaida-linked militant group holding Lebanese soldiers and police released a video of the captive men on Sunday, as officials continue mediation to release the men....

Holocaust experts work to preserve WWII-era items

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- With survivors dying in growing numbers and their live testimonies soon to be a thing of the past, Holocaust commemoration efforts are increasingly focused around preserving the belongings that contain their stories....

Gaza children return to school after war

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Some half million Gaza children made a delayed return to school on Sunday after a devastating 50-day war with Israel that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and damaged hundreds of school buildings....

Syrians attacked in Lebanon after soldiers killed

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BRITAL, Lebanon (AP) -- Syrian refugee Ibrahim Abbas Ali and his family awoke in the middle of the night to the sound of gunfire outside their tent in Lebanon, and for a second time they raced off into the fields, fleeing a war that now seems to have followed them across the border....

Evidence growing that Hamas used residential areas

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Two weeks after the end of the Gaza war, there is growing evidence that Hamas militants used residential areas as cover for launching rockets at Israel, at least at times. Even Hamas now admits "mistakes" were made....

Arab allies pledge to fight Islamic State group

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JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Key Arab allies promised Thursday to "do their share" to fight Islamic State militants, but NATO member Turkey refused to join in, signaling the struggle the U.S. faces in trying to get front-line nations to put aside their regional animosities and work together to defeat a common enemy....