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Europeans debate common stand on Palestine
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Frustrated by deadlock in the Middle East peace process, a growing number of European leaders and lawmakers are calling for unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state....

Palestinian president against Jewish state bill
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that he supports Israeli members of parliament who oppose the plan to formalize Israel's status as a Jewish state....

Impoverished Lebanese city is target for IS group
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TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) -- Jamal Hayak is finally fixing up his restaurant, damaged a month ago in clashes between the army and militants in this northern Lebanese city. But he has little doubt violence will erupt again, and he says he fears next time it will be Islamic State group fighters battling in Tripoli's streets....

Brazen, beloved Lebanese singer Sabah dies at 87
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BEIRUT (AP) -- Beloved for her powerful voice and brazen in the conservative Arab world for her multiple marriages, Lebanese singer, actress and entertainer Sabah never seemed far from the limelight during her six-decade career....

'Jewish state' bill tests Israeli democracy
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- In the face of a rising wave of violence, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pushing forward a plan to formalize by law Israel's status as "the Jewish state." Netanyahu says it's a needed response to those who question Israel's right to exist. But the measure would anger Israel's Arab minority and could draw international condemnation, severely testing a delicate balance between democracy and the country's Jewish character. Here's a look at the debate:...

A look at US military action across the Mideast
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BAGHDAD (AP) -- Here's a look at U.S. military action across the Middle East:...

Israeli police chief criticizes Jewish activists
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Jewish activists bent on gaining greater access to a sensitive Jerusalem holy site should not visit there, Israel's police chief said Tuesday....

Pro-Hezbollah singer detained in Lebanon over song
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanese authorities have detained a pro-Hezbollah singer over some of his songs, including one that calls Saudi Arabia a "terrorist," judicial officials and his father said Tuesday....

UN chief: Palestinian recognition gains momentum
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday the international community's failure to advance a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is spurring governments and parliaments to take action to recognize the state of Palestine - and "that momentum will grow."...

Academics vote to be forum on Israel boycotts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A key U.S. organization of Middle East scholars voted Monday to protect the rights of members who support a longstanding Palestinian call for academic boycotts of Israeli institutions but stopped short of taking a stand for or against such activities....