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The Latest: Israeli defense minister shrugs off video threat

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The Latest on the crisis along the Israel-Gaza border (all times local):...

Israeli fire in new Gaza border protest kills 2 Palestinians

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Thousands of Palestinians joined the fourth weekly protest on Gaza's border with Israel on Friday, some burning tires or flying kites with flaming rags dangling from their tails. Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops firing from across the border fence, health officials said....

Correction: Israel at 70 story
JERUSALEM (AP) -- In a story on April 18 and April 19 about Israel's 70th independence day, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Israel's founding document described the country as a "light unto the nations." While the biblical phrase has been widely used by leaders, it does not appear in the Declaration of Independence....

Romania: leaders row about relocating embassy to Jerusalem
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romania's president and the country's foreign minister on Friday downplayed a statement from the leader of Romania's ruling party that the country was ready to soon join the U.S. and move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem....

Rights group: Lebanon evicting Syrian refugees from towns
BEIRUT (AP) -- A leading international rights group says Syrian refugees are increasingly being evicted from towns in Lebanon without any legal basis....

Genesis Prize winner Portman pulls out of Israel ceremony
JERUSALEM (AP) -- U.S. actress Natalie Portman, this year's recipient of a prize dubbed the "Jewish Nobel," has pulled out of the June awards ceremony in Israel because of extreme distress over recent events in the country, the Genesis Prize Foundation said....

Israel celebrates its 70th birthday with parties and BBQ's

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel is celebrating 70 years since the modern Jewish state was established....

Israeli PM issues veiled warning to Iran over Syria tensions

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday issued a veiled warning to Iran, saying in a Memorial Day speech that his country will defend itself against anyone that tries to harm it....

Hundreds of Syrian refugees return home from Lebanon

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BEIRUT (AP) -- Hundreds of refugees in a southeastern Lebanese town returned to Syria in what they say is a voluntary decision to return to homes in the war-torn country....

The Latest: Trump sends best wishes on Israeli independence

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Latest on developments related to Israel's Memorial Day (all times local):...