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Palestinians seek answers from US envoy Kushner

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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- The Palestinians are hoping for some clear answers on key disputes with Israel from U.S. envoy Jared Kushner when he returns to the region this week, a top Palestinian official said Tuesday....

Lebanon says it has driven IS from most of Syria border area
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Lebanese military is now in control of over 80 percent of the areas previously held by the Islamic State group along the border with Syria, only days after launching a broad offensive there, a spokesman said Tuesday....

Lebanon says it helped foil plot to down plane in Australia
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's interior minister says the country's police intelligence played a major role in foiling a plot to bring down an Emirati passenger plane that was supposed to take off from Australia....

Israeli leader resists calls to criticize Trump

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's prime minister faced growing calls on Thursday to denounce President Donald Trump's response to the racially charged violence and anti-Semitic displays in Charlottesville, Virginia, even at the risk of angering the American leader....

Sentence next for Chicago activist with US immigration crime
DETROIT (AP) -- A Palestinian activist from Chicago is returning to Detroit for a final court hearing before she's eventually deported for concealing her convictions in two Jerusalem bombings....

Israel to release tycoon, adviser arrested for corruption
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police say a prominent billionaire businessman and a political consultant arrested this week on an array of charges will be released under restrictive conditions....

Israel revokes Al-Jazeera reporter's press permit
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's press office said Wednesday it is revoking the credentials of a prominent Al-Jazeera reporter pending a hearing after he told another TV station that the work of Palestinian journalists is part of the "resistance."...

Israel said to have hit Hezbollah convoys dozens of times
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's former air force chief says it has carried out dozens of airstrikes on weapons convoys destined for the Lebanese Hezbollah group over the past five years....

Lebanon repeals 'marry the rapist' law

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BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's parliament on Wednesday abolished a law that allowed rapists to avoid prison by marrying their victims....

Daughter of US envoy Friedman immigrates to Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The daughter of the American ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has immigrated to Israel and taken Israeli citizenship....