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Jordan urges Pence to 'rebuild trust' after Jerusalem pivot

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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan's king appealed Sunday to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to "rebuild trust and confidence" in the possibility of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, following fallout from the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital....

The Latest: Israeli Arab lawmakers to boycott Pence speech

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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's Middle East tour (all times local):...

Lebanese push for more participation of women in politics

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BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon is campaigning to get at least five times more women elected to parliament this spring in its first vote in nearly 10 years, the country's first women's affairs minister says....

Analysis: Trump support carries rewards and risks for Israel

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- From recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital to cutting aid to Palestinians, President Donald Trump has given Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the unprecedented gift of strong U.S. alignment with a nationalist Israeli government....

Israel to name Jordan envoy after settling spat: report
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will soon decide on Israel's new ambassador to Jordan a day after the two countries agreed to put a monthslong diplomatic spat behind them....

Hezbollah chief weighs in on Lebanon's Spielberg controversy
BEIRUT (AP) -- The leader of Hezbollah is weighing in on a local controversy surrounding Steven Spielberg's newspaper drama "The Post," saying it was wrong to screen it in Lebanese theaters....

Hezbollah denies US drug trafficking accusations
BEIRUT (AP) -- The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group has categorically dismissed allegations that it is involved in drug trafficking and money laundering....

Gaza family kills relative after Hamas says he aided Israel
RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A Palestinian family says it has killed one of its members after Gaza's Hamas rulers said he aided Israel in killing three of the militant group's commanders....

Jordan and Israel defuse crisis over embassy guard shooting
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan and Israel appeared on Thursday to be putting behind them a diplomatic crisis triggered by the killing last summer of two Jordanians by an Israeli embassy guard....

Israel digs deep to thwart tunnel threat from Gaza Strip
KISSUFIM, Israel (AP) -- Massive earthworks and mounds of sandy soil line the Israel-Gaza border as the Israeli military forges ahead with an ambitious subterranean barrier to detect and prevent attack tunnels from reaching southern Israel from the Palestinian enclave....