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Pence tells Israel US Embassy to move to Jerusalem in 2019
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Vice President Mike Pence on Monday told Israel's parliament that the U.S. Embassy will be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by the end of 2019, ahead of schedule, receiving a rousing ovation as he pledged to barrel ahead with a plan that has set off weeks of unrest and thrown U.S. peace efforts into disarray....

The Latest: In Israel, Pence calls Iran nuke deal 'disaster'
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Israel (all times local):...

50 years after key Vietnam battles, Mattis seeks closer ties
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A half-century after the Tet Offensive punctured American hopes of victory in Vietnam, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is visiting the former enemy in search of a different kind of win: incremental progress as partners in a part of the world the Pentagon has identified as vital for the United States to compete with China and Russia....

In Syria's Aleppo, old bazaar struggles to come back to life
ALEPPO, Syria (AP) -- Fighting has long died down in Syria's largest city, but Aleppo's centuries-old market has yet to come back to life, more than a year after government forces retook rebel-held neighborhoods around the Old City....

Doctor who aided hunt for bin Laden languishes, forgotten
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- Shakil Afridi has languished in jail for years - since 2011, when the Pakistani doctor used a vaccination scam in an attempt to identify Osama bin Laden's home, aiding U.S. Navy Seals who tracked and killed the al-Qaida leader....

Tillerson sees progress in fixing Iran deal with Europeans
LONDON (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday that he sees progress in getting European support for tough new penalties against Iran that could prevent a U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal....

Rohingya Muslim refugee return to Myanmar likely delayed
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- The gradual repatriation of more than 680,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees back to Myanmar from Bangladesh, scheduled to begin Tuesday, has been delayed amid widespread fears that they are being forced to return, Bangladesh said Monday. There was no immediate confirmation from Myanmar....

Palestinian leader urges EU to recognize state, boost role
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday urged European Union countries to recognize the state of Palestine and called on the 28-nation bloc to step political efforts in the Middle East amid Arab disappointment with the U.S. role in the region....

Turkish troops face fierce battles in Syrian Kurdish enclave
HASSA, Turkey (AP) -- Intense clashes erupted Monday as Turkish troops and their allies advanced on a Kurdish enclave in Syria, the third day of the Ankara offensive aimed at ousting the U.S.-backed Kurdish militia from the area, the militia and a war monitoring group said....

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