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Pence visits Western Wall amid tensions with Palestinians
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Vice President Mike Pence placed his hand on the hallowed Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on Tuesday as he wrapped up a four-day trip to the Mideast that ended with Palestinians still fuming over the Trump administration's decision to recognize the city as Israel's capital....

Poll: Deep partisan divide among Americans over Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The bitter divisions in the United States are being felt across the world in the Middle East, where Israel is emerging as an increasingly partisan issue in the Trump era....

Palestinian cellphone company launches 3G, after Israeli ban
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- A Palestinian cellphone provider says it has launched 3G high-speed mobile data service in the West Bank, following a years-long Israeli ban....

Garbage on the beach: Flood of waste stirs uproar in Lebanon
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ZOUQ MOSBEH, Lebanon (AP) -- Lebanon's festering trash crisis came crashing ashore this week, after residents woke up to find a powerful winter storm had laid a mantle of waste at a beach just a few minutes' drive north of the capital, Beirut....

The Latest: Hamas leader says US prefers Israel over Arabs
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Israel (all times local):...

Palestinian Christians slam Pence's pro-Israel faith
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BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian Christians say U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's brand of evangelical Christianity, with its fervent embrace of modern-day Israel as fulfilment of biblical prophecy, lacks their faith's compassion and justice, including for those who have endured half a century of Israeli occupation....

US orders extra air cargo screening for flights from Mideast
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. authorities issued an emergency order Monday requiring additional screening of cargo on flights departing for the United States from five Mideast countries, citing a threat of terrorism....

Palestinian leader urges EU to recognize state, boost role
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BRUSSELS (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday urged European Union countries to recognize the state of Palestine and called on the 28-nation bloc to step up political efforts in the Middle East amid Arab disappointment with the U.S. role in the region....

UN agency for Palestinians seeks funds after US cuts
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees on Monday launched an "unprecedented" appeal seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in response to funding cuts by the Trump administration....

Thai police arrest 2 Israeli men in compatriot's killing
BANGKOK (AP) -- Police in Thailand have arrested two Israeli men suspected of killing a fellow citizen on a Thai resort island after running him down with a car....