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MIDEAST FLASHPOINT
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Israel stages airstrikes in Gaza Strip, response to rockets

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military on Thursday said it had carried out a series of airstrikes on Hamas facilities in the Gaza Strip in response to new rocket attacks from the Palestinian area....

US announces new assistance to Lebanese military
BEIRUT (AP) -- The United States has announced new assistance to the Lebanese military including helicopters and other advanced military equipment....

Under Putin, Russia increases clout in the Middle East

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MOSCOW (AP) -- When Russia launched a military campaign in Syria two years ago, President Vladimir Putin sought to save his ally from imminent collapse and break Russia's international isolation over a crisis in Ukraine....

Bahrain interfaith group pays unprecedented visit to Israel

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- An interfaith group from the Gulf state of Bahrain is paying an unprecedented public visit to Israel this week, receiving a warm welcome but generating uproar across the Arab world....

Israeli Jewish radical sentenced to 4 years for church arson
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli court has sentenced a Jewish extremist to four years in prison for torching a famous Holy Land church in 2015....

The Latest: Islamic Jihad drops claim of Israeli airstrike

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the fallout from the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (all times local):...

Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jewish leader Shteinman dies at 104

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, the spiritual leader of Israel's non-Hasidic ultra-Orthodox Jews of European descent and one of the country's most influential and powerful rabbis, died on Tuesday. He was 104....

Israel survey finds deep divisions, displeasure with leaders

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- With the prime minister facing a slew of corruption allegations, the peace process at a standstill and the government moving to stifle critics, it is no secret that Israel is a deeply polarized nation. But a new survey released on Tuesday shows just how divided the country has become....

The Latest: Turkish leader notes shared views with Putin

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ISTANBUL (AP) -- The Latest on Russian President Vladimir Putin's trip to Syria, Egypt and Turkey: (all times local):...

Russian and Turkish presidents meet in Ankara
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Ankara to meet his Turkish counterpart, following visits to Syria and Egypt....