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MIDEAST FLASHPOINT
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Lacking a plan, Abbas opts for rhetoric

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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- The Palestinian president has been speaking in increasingly belligerent tones in recent weeks, accusing Israel of committing "genocide" in Gaza and calling on Palestinians to defend a contested Jerusalem holy site "by any means."...

Iran military ready to ship equipment to Lebanon

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's defense minister said his country is ready to ship defensive materials to Lebanon to aid its army in the fight against Sunni extremists on Monday, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported....

Lebanon imposes new measures against Ebola
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon is imposing new measures to prevent the Ebola virus from reaching the Middle Eastern nation, the health minister said Monday....

Vatican warns of 'new genocide' by IS
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican has demanded that world governments do more to prevent a possible "new genocide" in northern Iraq and Syria, and for Muslim leaders in particular to repudiate the Islamic State militants who are killing and exiling the region's Christians....

Jews buy homes in contested Arab area of Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Residents of a hotly contested part of east Jerusalem said armed Israeli guards moved into two buildings in the area before dawn Monday - a step likely to raise already heightened tensions in the disputed neighborhood....

Israeli hospital treats Hamas leader's daughter
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli hospital says it has treated the daughter of Hamas' top leader in the Gaza Strip weeks after a brutal war between Israel and the Islamic militant group....

Lebanon pulled into war with Islamic State group

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BEIRUT (AP) -- With all eyes on the Islamic State group's onslaught in Iraq and Syria, a less conspicuous but potentially just as explosive front line with the extremists is emerging in Lebanon, where Lebanese soldiers and Shiite Hezbollah guerrillas are increasingly pulled into deadly fighting with the Sunni militants along the country's border with Syria....

Palestinians want Israel pullout vote this year
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Palestinian U.N. ambassador said Friday his government wants the U.N. Security Council to vote on a resolution before the end of the year that would set November 2016 as the deadline for Israeli troops to withdraw from all Palestinian territories....

Arabs from Israel risk arrest for 'Arab Idol' show

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MAJD AL-KRUM, Israel (AP) -- Their goal is to win Arab Idol, the Arab world's premiere television song competition....

Israel raises the dead with skyward cemetery

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PETAH TIKVA, Israel (AP) -- At first glance, the multi-tiered jungle of concrete off a major central Israeli highway does not appear unusual in this city of bland high-rises. But the burgeoning towers are groundbreaking when you consider its future tenants: They will be homes not for the living but rather the dead....