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Saudi official makes rare Jerusalem visit, meets Israelis
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's Foreign Ministry says a senior official has met with a visiting former military general from Saudi Arabia. The meeting marks a rare public engagement between countries that have no official relations....

Travel ban lifted off British-Australian held in Lebanon
BEIRUT (AP) -- The lawyer of a dual British-Australian national indicted in a botched attempt to kidnap two Australian-Lebanese children at the center of a custody battle says a travel ban imposed on his client has been lifted....

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections of the week in the Mideast

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Across the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan this week, scorching temperatures and regional conflicts touched the lives of people living here....

Palestinian boy who survived 2015 firebomb attack goes home

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DUMA, West Bank (AP) -- A Palestinian boy who was seriously wounded in a firebomb attack last year that killed the rest of his family has been released from an Israeli hospital and returned home to the West Bank....

French prez meets Abbas, stresses fragility of Mideast
PARIS (AP) -- President Francois Hollande has stressed the "fragility" of the Mideast situation with mounting violence in a meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas....

Year after attack, thousands march in Jerusalem gay parade

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Thousands of people waving rainbow flags marched through downtown Jerusalem Thursday in the city's annual gay pride parade in a defiant show of force a year after an extremist ultra-Orthodox Jew stabbed a 16-year-old girl to death at the march....

Israel takes on Facebook in battle against incitement

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Nine months ago, Dareen Tatour posted a poem to Facebook about her frustration over spiking violence between Israelis and Palestinians. Days later, Israeli police banged on her door in the middle of the night and arrested her, accusing her of inciting violence on the social network....

Israel renews ties with largely Muslim nation Guinea
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Israel said Wednesday it has renewed diplomatic ties with the largely Muslim African country of Guinea, the latest step in Israel's courtship of the continent, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expected another nation to soon follow suit....

Israeli parliament passes bill to allow ouster of inciters
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's parliament has passed a charged bill that would allow the assembly to oust a sitting lawmaker deemed to be inciting against the state....

Palestinian boy killed during clashes with Israeli forces
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Palestinian hospital official says a 12-year-old boy was killed after clashes erupted between Israeli forces and protesters in the West Bank....