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Israel finds explosives chemical in salt destined to Gaza
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel said Tuesday that customs officials thwarted a plot to smuggle explosive materials into the Hamas-run Gaza Strip....

Survey finds bribery runs highest among courts in Mideast
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A new report released on Tuesday by an anti-corruption watchdog shows that on average, almost a third of the people in nine countries surveyed in the Middle East have had to pay a bribe to access some kind of public service....

Syrian-Australian suspect arrested in north Lebanon
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanese authorities have arrested a dual Syrian-Australian national in northern Lebanon on suspicion of terrorism, Lebanese security officials said Monday....

Gaza militants say 1 killed in training accident
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The Islamic Jihad militant group says one of its members has been killed in an explosion....

Palestinians blast Eurovision Song Contest's flag policy
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian leaders are blasting the Eurovision Song Contest for preventing their flag from being flown during the event this month....

Israel treads carefully with claim to Golan
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sparked a new diplomatic brushfire by declaring that the Golan Heights, seized from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war, is and should remain "under Israel's sovereignty permanently."...

Israel rejects French peace effort proposal
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel has rejected a French initiative aimed at restarting peace efforts with the Palestinians, saying direct negotiations are the best way to reach a final agreement between the sides....

UN to meet on May 6 on protection of Palestinian civilians
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council will hold an informal meeting on May 6 on the protection of Palestinian civilians, an issue the Palestinians have pressed for decades and say is more needed now than ever....

Hamas wins student election at top Palestinian university
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- The Palestinian's leading university in the West Bank says the Islamic militant group Hamas has won student council elections....

Statue of Nelson Mandela unveiled in West Bank
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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- A 6-meter-high (20-foot) bronze statue of Nelson Mandela has been unveiled in the West Bank city of Ramallah....