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Clashes during Israeli raid to arrest militant in West Bank
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- An Israeli raid to arrest a senior Hamas operative in the West Bank turned into a gunbattle Monday night, leaving several wounded in the clashes....

Egypt starts dig on Gaza border to stop smuggling tunnels
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RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Egyptian military bulldozers are digging through the sand along Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip in recent days, pressing ahead with what appears to be a renewed campaign to pressure Gaza's Hamas rulers and stamp out militant activity along the border....

Lebanon parliament chief promises talks on political impasse
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BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's parliament speaker on Sunday promised high-level talks to try to find a way out of long-running political gridlock that sparked large anti-government protests, including this weekend....

Israel has failed to reform Jewish radicals, critics charge
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SHIR HADASH OUTPOST, West Bank (AP) -- The Israeli government initiative has a soothing biblical name, the Hebrew Shepherd, and a serious aim: to keep ultranationalist Jewish settler youths from turning to violence and attacking Palestinians and their property....

The Latest: Lebanese group threaten to escalate protests
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BEIRUT (AP) -- Here are the latest developments regarding Lebanon's protest over the country's ongoing trash crisis (all times local):...

Lebanon: Shiny on the outside, rotting from the inside
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BEIRUT (AP) -- To the casual visitor, Lebanon may seem like a tiny slice of Mediterranean modernity and coexistence in a turbulent region plagued by violence and extremism....

PLO parliament meeting set for mid-September in West Bank
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- A top official says the parliament of the Palestine Liberation Organization will meet in the West Bank next month to elect a new leadership....

US sanctions chief visits Israel amid Iran jitters
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury's sanctions chief is visiting Israel amid concerns in Jerusalem over the nuclear deal with Iran....

EU envoy warns of more steps against Israeli settlements
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The European Union's outgoing envoy to the Palestinian territories says the 28-nation bloc is moving forward with measures against Jewish West Bank settlements....

New hospital in Jordan treats worst of Mideast's war-wounded
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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- They are among the most tragically wounded from the Middle East's multiple wars. A 14-year-old Syrian girl whose lower legs were torn off by a shell. A 15-year-old Iraqi boy who was severely burned in a car bomb explosion....