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Israeli workers strike nationwide to protest Teva layoffs
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's national trade union on Sunday held a half-day nationwide strike to protest generic drugmaker Teva's decision to lay off a quarter of its workforce, snarling traffic and shuttering key services across the country....

Correction: Israel-Palestinians story
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- In a story Dec. 15 about deadly Israeli-Palestinian violence, The Associated Press erroneously referred to Jerusalem's Western Wall as Judaism's holiest site. The Western Wall is the holiest site where Jews can pray, while the neighboring hilltop compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism....

Israelis march against corruption amid Netanyahu probe
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Thousands of Israelis are calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign at a demonstration in central Tel Aviv....

Relatives lose contact with Palestinian tycoon in Saudi
JERICHO, West Bank (AP) -- Two relatives say they have lost contact with a Jordanian-Palestinian tycoon after he flew to Saudi Arabia....

White House signals Western Wall has to be part of Israel
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senior Trump administration officials outlined their view Friday that Jerusalem's Western Wall ultimately will be declared a part of Israel, in another declaration sure to enflame passions among Palestinians and others in the Middle East....

Lebanon sets date of parliamentary elections for May 6
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon has set the date for the country's first parliamentary elections in nine years, scheduling the vote for May 6....

Lebanon: Oil and gas drilling to begin in 2019
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's energy and water minister says the country will start exploratory offshore drilling for oil and gas in 2019....

EU distances itself from Trump with comment on Jerusalem
BRUSSELS (AP) -- A European Union leader says leaders of the 28-nation bloc have reiterated their "firm commitment" to a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians, in what amounts to a rebuke of President Donald Trump's recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital....

Pence to delay Mideast trip as tax deal nears vote
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Mike Pence will delay and curtail his upcoming trip to the Middle East to be on hand for an upcoming Senate tax vote and take into account the unwillingness of Palestinians and others to meet with him while in Egypt and Israel....

Lebanese Cabinet approves licenses for oil drilling
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's information minister says the Cabinet has approved licenses for three international companies to carry out exploratory drilling off the Lebanese coast....