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State witness turning point in Netanyahu corruption case

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Now that one of Benjamin Netanyahu's closest confidants has turned state witness, according to Israeli media reports Wednesday, it may mark a turning point for the beleaguered prime minister facing a slew of corruption allegations that could topple him from power....

AP Exclusive: Migrant recounts his deportation from Israel

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KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Inside the immigration office in Tel Aviv, Yohannes Tesfagabr considered his options. He could not return to Eritrea, a country he risked his life to flee in 2010. He hoped to avoid the fate of compatriots who languished in a desert jail for illegally staying in Israel....

President says Egypt 'scored a goal' with Israel gas deal
CAIRO (AP) -- The Egyptian president declared on Wednesday that his country "scored a goal" by signing a $15 billion deal with an Israeli company to supply natural gas that will help turn Egypt into a regional energy hub....

A look at the scandals surrounding Israel's prime minister

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is fighting for his political life as a dizzying array of scandals has engulfed him, his family and his inner circle....

Lebanon gets tough on the press ahead of elections

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BEIRUT (AP) -- A string of court cases and judicial investigations against Lebanese media figures is testing this country's reputation as a forum for ideas in a region blanketed by censorship and threats to the press....

Palestinian leader calls for peace conference by mid-2018

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ruled out the United States as a broker for peace with Israel on Tuesday, calling for an international peace conference by mid-2018 with the key goals of full U.N. membership for the state of Palestine and a timeframe for a two-state solution....

The Latest: Envoy says US extends hand to Palestinians

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Latest on the U.N. Security Council meeting on Mideast issues (all times local):...

Lawyers for Hariri assassination suspect calls for acquittal
LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- Lawyers for one of four alleged Hezbollah members accused of involvement in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri called Tuesday on judges at a U.N.-backed tribunal to acquit him, saying prosecutors have not presented enough evidence for a conviction....

Israeli settler leader says settlements grew rapidly in 2017

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- The number of Jewish settlers in the West Bank grew at nearly twice the rate of Israel's overall population last year, a settler leader said Monday, predicting that settlement growth would surge even more in the coming years thanks in part to the Trump presidency....

Scandals highlight Israeli leader's media obsession
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Benjamin Netanyahu came to prominence as a star of the media age, an upgrade from older Israeli politicians in his telegenic poise, mastery of message and gift for the sound bite in English and Hebrew. But those skills may have morphed into a darker obsession with controlling the media that now accounts for much of the scandal threatening his rule....