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Mideast indexes drop in first day of trading post-Brexit
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Stocks tumbled in the Middle East on the first day of trading since Britain voted to leave the European Union....

Jerusalem gay pride parade attacker given life sentence
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Jerusalem court on Sunday sentenced a radical ultra-Orthodox Israeli Jew who fatally stabbed a teenage girl at a gay pride parade last year to life in prison plus 31 years....

Palestinians' Abbas disavows Jewish poisoning plot comments
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has disavowed comments he made this week about an alleged plot by rabbis calling on Jewish settlers to poison the drinking water of Palestinians....

Hezbollah vows to send more fighters to Syria's Aleppo
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BEIRUT (AP) -- Hezbollah's leader said on Friday that the Lebanese militant group will be sending more fighters to Syria's Aleppo province, where pro-government forces are battling Syrian rebels on several fronts....

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections of the week in the Mideast
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Iraqi commanders are pushing to dislodge Islamic State fighters from last pockets of territory the group still holds in the northern and western neighborhoods of the city of city of Fallujah, where the militants have dug in after largely fleeing their positions in the city center last week....

Street performance by Syrians in Lebanon opens wounds
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SAADNAYEL, Lebanon (AP) -- The small crowd broke out in giggles when a young male actor, dressed in a towel and a wig, strutted around the dusty open market in Lebanon's Bekaa valley during a street performance. He was portraying a Syrian woman coquettishly complaining of how she has no privacy with her husband in a crowded refugee tent....

Israel grants first refugee status to Sudanese asylum seeker
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel has granted refugee status to a Sudanese asylum seeker from Darfur for the first time....

Palestinian leader appeals for EU help to end occupation
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BRUSSELS (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appealed Thursday to the European Union for help to end Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories and support for a lasting peace agreement....

Turkey close to restoring diplomatic ties with Israel
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkey is close to reaching a deal with Israel to normalize diplomatic ties, a senior Turkish official said Wednesday....

Lebanese army slowly crushing extremists near Syria border
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ARSAL, Lebanon (AP) -- In a remote corner of Lebanon near the border with Syria, Lebanese troops have been quietly making steady progress, fighting against Islamic extremists holed up in the rugged mountains....