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Israel identifies body as missing American student
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli forensic investigators on Friday identified a recently found body as that of a U.S. religious student who disappeared while hiking in Jerusalem last week, Israeli police said, adding that he had been buried near Jerusalem....

US delivers military aid to Lebanon
BEIRUT (AP) -- The United States has delivered the first shipment of weapons to Lebanon to help bolster its military as it faces a growing threat from Islamic militants amid the fallout from neighboring Syria's civil war....

Europe seeks role in postwar Gaza
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- European nations are offering to help enforce the cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, a scenario that could provide key international backing for maintaining the peace and step up the pressure on Hamas militants to relinquish power....

A look at the Gaza war and cease-fire halting it
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- A seven-week war between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip has ended with an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire....

Iran says purported Israeli drone came from north
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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- An Iranian general said Wednesday that a purported Israeli drone shot down near a nuclear facility in the Islamic Republic flew in from a northern country that once was part of the Soviet Union....

Syrian rebels seize border crossing with Israel
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian rebels, including fighters from an al-Qaida-linked group, seized control of a frontier crossing with Israel in the Golan Heights on Wednesday after heavy clashes with President Bashar Assad's forces, activists and rebels said....

Israel leader tries to link Hamas, Iraq extremists
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's prime minister is trying to capitalize on the gruesome video of an American journalist's beheading by the Islamic State extremist group, saying Hamas is an equally vicious foe as he tries to rally international support in Israel's war in the Gaza Strip. But the comparisons between Hamas and Islamic State are being met with reservations by Israel's allies and enemies alike....

Europe, US mull UN resolution on Gaza truce
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- With Egyptian efforts to end the Gaza war collapsing, the United States, Britain, France and Germany are discussing a possible Security Council resolution calling for a sustainable cease-fire and an international monitoring mission to ensure its implementation, U.N. diplomats said Thursday....

Some US colleges calling students back from Israel
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Some U.S. colleges are pulling students from overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages, though the relative calm beyond the immediate battle areas is raising questions in some quarters about why they had to leave....

Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- A senior Hamas leader has said the group carried out the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June - the first time anyone from the Islamic militant group has said it was behind an attack that helped spark the current war in the Gaza Strip....