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World Bank: Gaza economy on 'verge of collapse'
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Gaza's economy is on the "verge of collapse," a new World Bank report warned Friday, saying the unemployment rate there is now the highest in the world and calling on Israel and international donors to remedy the situation....

Mideast youth unemployment rises amid post-Arab Spring chaos
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KITTEH, Jordan (AP) -- Fawziyeh Sharif and dozens of other young women who make jeans for the U.S. market in a factory in this village in northern Jordan consider themselves lucky - even though they spend 48 hours a week bent over sewing machines for minimum wage....

Senior Israeli diplomat: 'This land is ours'
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's new deputy foreign minister on Thursday delivered a defiant message to the international community, saying that Israel owes no apologies for its policies in the Holy Land and citing religious texts to back her belief that it belongs to the Jewish people....

Israel court orders Palestinian woman lawmaker freed on bail
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OFER MILITARY BASE, West Bank (AP) -- An Israeli military judge ruled Thursday that jailed Palestinian legislator Khalida Jarrar, a well-known West Bank firebrand, should be released on bail, but ordered her held for at least three more days pending a possible appeal....

Israeli prime minister calls off West Bank bus segregation
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday canceled a plan that would have banned Palestinian laborers from riding on the same buses with Jewish settlers in the West Bank, just hours after it was announced - an embarrassing about-face that reflected the tensions enveloping Israel's new government....

IMF says Gaza reconstruction moving slowly
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The reconstruction of the Gaza Strip is going "far more slowly than expected" after a devastating war between Israel and the Hamas militant group last year, the International Monetary Fund said this week....

UN says will engage Israel on 'realistic options' for talks
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations' new Middle East envoy said Tuesday that he and the U.N. secretary-general will engage Israel's new government to explore "realistic options" for a return to talks with the Palestinians aimed at a two-state solution within a reasonable time frame....

American tourist dies while hiking amid heatwave in Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police say an American tourist has died while hiking during a heatwave in Israel on a trial leading to the ancient Jewish desert fortress of Masada....

Palestinian patients find help in Israeli hospital
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The bedroom of Palestinian siblings Ahmed and Hadeel Hamdan looks like a hospital ward, filled with beeping machines, monitors, solution bags and sterilizing fluids....

Correction: Vatican-Palestinians story
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- VATICAN CITY (AP) - In a story May 16 about Pope Francis meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, The Associated Press erroneously omitted two words when quoting the pope. Francis told Abbas "you are a bit an angel of peace," not "you are an angel of peace." The original Italian quote was, "Lei e un po un angelo della pace."...