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Germany's Merkel: keep working on 2-state Mideast solution
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BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is stressing the need to work for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after President Donald Trump signaled that he could accept a different outcome....

Palestinians: 3 dead in Gaza-Egypt smuggling tunnel
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Palestinian authorities say three workers have died after inhaling toxic gas in a smuggling tunnel beneath Gaza's border with Egypt....

UN rights office slams Israeli soldier's 'lenient' sentence
GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N. human rights office said Friday it's "deeply disturbed" by the "lenient" 18-month prison sentence handed down by a Tel Aviv military court against an Israeli soldier who killed a badly wounded Palestinian assailant as he lay on the ground after he had stabbed another soldier....

Palestinian protesters throw shoes at Trump picture
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HEBRON, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian protesters have thrown shoes at a banner depicting U.S. President Donald Trump in protest of his Mideast policies....

Israel denies work visa to Human Rights Watch official
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli authorities have rejected a request from Human Rights Watch to grant a work permit to its regional director, accusing the group of engaging in Palestinian "propaganda," the group said Friday....

Israeli prime minister meets Australian opposition leader
SYDNEY (AP) -- Australia's opposition leader Bill Shorten says he raised his Labor Party's concerns about Israel's settlements in Palestinian territories during discussions with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu....

Palestinian leader: Factions committed to Lebanon's security
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BEIRUT (AP) -- Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas began a three-day visit to Beirut on Thursday, saying Palestinian factions are committed to preserving security in refugee camps around Lebanon....

Israel reinstates life term of Hamas prisoner freed in swap
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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- An Israeli court has ordered a senior Hamas member to complete his life sentence after he was freed in a 2011 swap of hundreds of inmates for an Israeli soldier held by the militant Islamic group, a Palestinian activist said Thursday....

Israeli court rejects plea bargain in ex-Chief Rabbi case
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Jerusalem court rejected a plea bargain with a former chief rabbi of Israel over corruption charges, adding another year of prison time....

Egypt denies reports about giving Sinai to Palestinians
CAIRO (AP) -- The spokesman for Egypt's president is categorically denying Israeli reports that Egypt has proposed giving up part of Sinai Peninsula for the Palestinians to set up an independent state....