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Media: Israel to conclude Arab car ramming wasn't attack
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quoted by Israeli media Thursday as saying he may have been wrong to call an Israeli Arab driver who struck and killed a policeman and was fatally shot last month a terrorist, as Israeli media reported that a preliminary investigation has determined that the car ramming was unintentional....

Israel names conservative judges to Supreme Court
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's justice minister says new conservative judges named to the supreme court will make right-wing Israelis trust the court, which has long been accused of liberal bias....

In Lebanon gyms, playtime and escape for Syrian children
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BEIRUT (AP) -- Every Sunday, the gymnasium along Beirut's airport highway echoes with the shouting and laughter of dozens of Syrian children enjoying a rare escape from a grim and confined life in exile....

Israeli prime minister hopes to triple trade with Australia
SYDNEY (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that he hoped to triple bilateral trade with Australia as the countries forge closer technology and aviation ties....

Gazans excited over territory's new indoor mall
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- In a welcome sign of normalcy, a new Western-style indoor shopping mall - complete with an international retail chain, three-story bookstore and bustling food court - has opened in the Gaza Strip....

Sentencing of Israeli soldier in shooting deepens fissures
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli soldier was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison for killing a badly wounded Palestinian assailant as he lay on the ground, in a landmark decision that deepened fissures in Israeli society and drew Palestinian criticism for being too lenient....

Le Pen refuses headscarf, nixes talks with Lebanon cleric
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BEIRUT (AP) -- France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen refused to don a headscarf for a meeting with Lebanon's top Sunni Muslim cleric on Tuesday and walked away from the scheduled appointment after a brief squabble at the entrance....

Dublin protesters prevent speech by Israeli ambassador
DUBLIN (AP) -- A student society at Trinity College Dublin has canceled a speech by Israel's ambassador to Ireland after a group of students chanting pro-Palestinian slogans rallied outside the event....

Iran's leader calls Israel a 'fake' nation, 'dirty chapter'
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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's supreme leader on Tuesday used the podium of a pro-Palestinian gathering in Tehran to lash out at Israel, calling the Jewish state a "fake" nation in a "dirty chapter" of history....

Singaporean PM, hosting Netanyahu, endorses 'two-state' plan
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SINGAPORE (AP) -- Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, hosting a visit by his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, said Monday his country believes in a "two-state solution" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict....