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Rabbis say Bahrain king wants Arab boycott of Israel to end

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Hosting a Los Angeles event with the son of Bahrain's king, two prominent U.S. rabbis let something slip out: the island nation's ruler thinks the longtime boycott of Israel by Arab countries should end....

Bet on Trump or challenge Israel? Palestinians mull strategy

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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- After more than two decades of failures, Palestinians are increasingly questioning their leaders' strategy of reaching statehood through negotiations with Israel....

Palestinian deported from US over 1970 blast lands in Jordan

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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- A 70-year-old Palestinian woman who was deported from the United States for concealing a decades-old bombing conviction arrived in Jordan on Wednesday....

Palestinian rights groups hand dossier on Israel to court
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Palestinian human rights lawyers and activists on Wednesday handed a 700-page dossier to the International Criminal Court alleging that Israeli authorities are responsible for crimes including apartheid and persecution in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem....

Trump call for keeping refugees close to home angers Lebanon

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BEIRUT (AP) -- President Donald Trump's suggestion that refugees be resettled closer to home instead of brought to the United States has angered many in Lebanon, a tiny country hosting more than 1.5 million refugees....

As Syrian war winds down, Israel sets sights on Hezbollah

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PILON MILITARY BASE, Israel (AP) -- With President Bashar Assad seemingly poised to survive the Syrian civil war, Israeli leaders are growing nervous about the intentions of his Iranian patrons and their emerging corridor of influence across the region....

Palestinian activist deported to Jordan from Chicago

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Dozens of demonstrators gathered at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Tuesday to show their support for a Chicago Palestinian activist with a decades-old record of bombings in Jerusalem prior to her deportation to Jordan....

Hamas invites Abbas to resume control of Gaza

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Hamas on Tuesday invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to send officials to Gaza to resume control of the coastal enclave the Islamic militant group seized a decade ago....

More Palestinians seek Abbas resignation; skeptical of Trump

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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- A poll indicates that 67 percent of Palestinians demand the resignation of President Mahmoud Abbas, up 5 points from June, and that three-quarters believe the Trump administration isn't serious about an Israel-Palestinian peace deal....

Hamas concessions don't guarantee Palestinian reconciliation

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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- The Islamic militant group Hamas has announced a number of key concessions to the rival Fatah movement that could potentially pave the way for reconciliation after a 10-year rift that has left the Palestinians torn between two governments. But ending the division between the bitter rivals is far away and far from certain....