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Netanyahu blasts Iran for Hezbollah attack on Lebanon border

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SHEAR YASHUV, Israel (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday said that Iran is to blame for a deadly flare-up along the Israeli-Lebanese border the previous day, the deadliest escalation in the disputed zone since the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel....

Israeli center-left alliance looks to unseat Netanyahu

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dissolved his unwieldy coalition and called new elections last month, he appeared almost certain to be returned once more to office. But a new center-left alliance has surged past his Likud party in the polls, turning the March 17 contest into a toss-up....

Spain blames Israel for death of peacekeeper
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Spain's ambassador to the United Nations is blaming Israel for the death of a Spanish U.N. peacekeeper during the Israeli military's exchange of fire with the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group in a disputed border area....

Palestinians attack Gaza UN compound after aid suspended
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Dozens of Palestinians attacked a United Nations compound in Gaza City following the world body's suspension of an aid program for victims of last year's war....

Israel military says its airstrikes target Syrian army posts

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military said Wednesday it launched airstrikes targeting Syrian army artillery posts in response to rockets fired the previous day into the Israeli-held Golan Heights....

Tourists give hope to residents of battered Lebanese city

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TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) -- As the tour group made its way through the narrow alleys of the seaside city of Tripoli, marveling at its medieval architecture, residents stared back at a sight that for them was just as exotic - visitors in their poor, restive corner of Lebanon....

Palestinian girl, 14, in Israel prison for throwing rocks

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BETIN, West Bank (AP) -- The fate of a 14-year-old Palestinian girl, tried before an Israeli military court for hurling rocks at passing cars in the West Bank and sentenced to two months in prison, has gripped Palestinians who say her treatment demonstrates Israel's excessive measures against stone-throwing youth....

Group: Israel violated rules of war in strikes on Gaza homes
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A majority of Palestinians killed in dozens of Israeli attacks on Gaza homes in the 2014 war with Hamas were women, minors or the elderly, and some of the strikes violated the rules of war, an Israeli rights group said Wednesday....

Kevin Spacey skips award shows to help aspiring Arab actors

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SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Kevin Spacey skipped the Screen Actors Guild awards, which handed him a win for his wildly popular role on "House of Cards", to watch 34 young actors from across the Arab world perform a play as part of his foundation's Home Grown initiative supporting local talent....

British born Israeli journalist David Landau dead at 67
JERUSALEM (AP) -- David Landau, a British born author and journalist who was a former editor-in-chief of Israel's Haaretz newspaper and also worked for the Jerusalem Post, has died. He was 67....