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Egypt's Coptic Orthodox leader makes rare Israeli visit
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- The leader of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church is making a rare visit to Israel to attend the funeral of a senior Coptic official in Jerusalem....

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East
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This week in the Middle East, Egyptians went to the polls in the second round of parliamentary elections, with turnout reaching nearly 30 percent, considerably less than for votes held immediately after the 2011 uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak....

Qatar bans contractors leaving country in rain-damage probe
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar has banned contractors from leaving the small, oil-rich country as it carries out a probe into how heavy rains damaged buildings and roadways....

2 Palestinians killed after attacking Israeli troops
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli troops shot and killed two Palestinians after they rammed their cars into soldiers in separate attacks in the West Bank on Friday as the country's defense minister urged Israelis to brace themselves for more violence, saying he cannot see an end to the near-daily Palestinian attacks....

Israel 'soon' to open Abu Dhabi office for renewable energy
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel "soon" will open an office focused on renewable energy in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates - even though the two nations have no diplomatic relations, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday....

Likud lawmaker's antics make him bad boy of Israeli politics
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Over the years, the Israeli parliament has seen its fair share of questionable characters. But it's unlikely anyone has ever been so perpetually engulfed in scandal in so short a time as freshman Likud lawmaker Oren Hazan....

Lebanon arrests Syrian 'terrorist' trying to flee country
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Lebanese army says it has arrested a man belonging to a "terrorist" organization as he was trying to flee Lebanon on a fake passport....

Israel tests missile to defend against airborne attacks
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's military says it has successfully tested an advanced surface-to-air missile that analysts believe could play a key role in securing the country's offshore gas fields....

Israel court allows transgender woman's cremation
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The body of an Israeli transgender woman who took her own life will be cremated despite her ultra-Orthodox family's wishes, Israel's Supreme Court ruled in documents obtained Wednesday....

Kerry in Israel for 1st time since 2014; no bold peace push
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry made his first trip to Israel in more than a year, arriving on Tuesday in the midst of a new rash of deadly attacks that have dampened hopes for peace mediation between the Jewish state and Palestinians during the Obama administration's final year. The visit includes no such ambitious agenda, the chief U.S. diplomat conceded, and is primarily focused on ending the terror....