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Tillerson's Mideast aim is a Saudi-Iraqi axis against Iran

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DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- As U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits the Middle East this weekend, he'll hope to achieve something that has eluded top American diplomats for a generation: sealing a new alliance between Saudi Arabia and Iraq that would shut the doors of the Arab world to neighboring Iran....

Texas city requires no Israel boycott for hurricane relief
HOUSTON (AP) -- A civil rights group on Friday called unconstitutional a Houston suburb's hurricane repair grant program that says residents cannot boycott Israel as a condition of receiving any money....

Lebanon arrests 4 people over stolen Salvador Dali painting
BEIRUT (AP) -- A Lebanese police official says police have arrested four people who were trying to sell a stolen painting believed to be by Spanish artist Salvador Dali....

Lebanon issues death sentences in 1982 killing of president

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BEIRUT (AP) -- A court in Lebanon sentenced in absentia on Friday two Lebanese citizens to death over the 1982 assassination of President-elect Bashir Gemayel, a move praised by his family and supporters, judicial officials said....

$50,000 payments help grieving Gaza families end blood feuds

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BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) -- As the rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas begin to reconcile, families of loved ones killed in Gaza's civil war a decade ago are also learning to get along....

Lebanon's parliament passes first budget since 2005
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's parliament has approved the country's first budget in 12 years after government failed to do so amid past political crises....

Israeli soldier who shot fatally Palestinian seeks pardon
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The office of Israel's president says it has received a plea for pardon from a soldier convicted of fatally shooting an already wounded Palestinian attacker last year....

Israel strikes Syria, responding to errant mortar fire
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says it has struck Syria in response to a mortar fired from the territory....

Hundreds of Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jews protest army draft

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police arrested 120 people on Thursday during a demonstration by ultra-Orthodox Jews who blocked roads and set fires in protest at the forced military conscription of young men from their community....

US envoy: Hamas must disarm to join Palestinian government
JERUSALEM (AP) -- President Donald Trump's Mideast envoy said on Thursday that if Hamas wants to play a role in any Palestinian government, it must renounce violence and commit to negotiations with Israel - demands the Islamic militant group has always rejected....