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MIDEAST FLASHPOINT
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Israel official: plea bargain for celebrity rabbi
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli official says a multimillionaire celebrity rabbi with a following in the U.S. has accepted a plea bargain in a high-profile bribery case and could face a year in prison....

Gaza widow offers insight into world of spies

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The 48-year-old Palestinian woman's husband was shot to death in 2012 by militants in the Gaza Strip for spying for Israel. A mother of seven, she herself was jailed by Gaza's Hamas rulers for aiding and abetting a spy - her husband....

UN brokers agreement to start Gaza rebuilding
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations has brokered an agreement to enable the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, giving a lead role to the Palestinian Authority while involving the private sector, the U.N.'s top Mideast envoy said Tuesday....

West Bank settler group boasts rapid growth

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's settler population in the West Bank increased by 2 percent in the first half of the year, an advocacy group announced Tuesday, signaling robust growth in the settlements even while Israel was conducting peace talks with the Palestinians....

World Bank: Palestinian economy to shrink in 2014

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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- The Palestinian economy is expected to contract for the first time in seven years in 2014, the result of the recent Gaza war, continued Israeli and Egyptian restrictions on Palestinian trade and a drop in foreign aid, the World Bank said Tuesday....

Israeli ex-Mossad chief Yitzhak Hofi dead at 87
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Yitzhak Hofi, a former Israeli general and Mossad chief who played a key role in the country's daring 1976 commando rescue raid in Uganda, has died. He was 87....

Mideast complexities confound US coalition effort

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The Middle East has confounded outsiders for years, so it is no surprise that another U.S.-led project with a straightforward goal - destroying a marauding organization of extremists - is bumping up against age-old rivalries and a nod-and-a-wink-style political culture....

Israel court: Olmert to remain free pending appeal

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's Supreme Court on Monday postponed the start of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's prison sentence pending appeal on his conviction on corruption charges....

Argentina tops Israel in Davis Cup playoff
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Favored Argentina won both matches on Sunday, rallying to defeat Israel 3-2 in a Davis Cup World Group playoff tie....

Militants holding Lebanese soldiers release video

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BEIRUT (AP) -- An al-Qaida-linked militant group holding Lebanese soldiers and police released a video of the captive men on Sunday, as officials continue mediation to release the men....
 
 

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