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Week of diplomacy: Israel-Hamas talks, Abbas at UN
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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- It's a busy week in Mideast diplomacy, book-ended by the launch of Israel-Hamas talks about a border deal for blockaded Gaza and the Palestinian president's U.N. speech about a new strategy for dealing with Israel....

Egypt to host post-Gaza war talks this week
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Egypt will host a brief round of indirect talks this week between Israelis and Palestinians on a sustained Gaza cease-fire deal, as well as negotiations between Palestinian rivals Hamas and Fatah on who should run the territory, a Palestinian official said Sunday....

State media: Suicide car bomber kills 3 in Lebanon
BEIRUT (AP) -- A suicide car bomber reportedly killed three people at a checkpoint manned by the Shiite Hezbollah militia in eastern Lebanon Saturday evening, the state-run news agency reported, as the war in Syria spilled over into its eastern neighbor....

Israeli museum unveils ancient Jewish prayer book
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli museum on Thursday unveiled what it says in the oldest known Jewish prayer book in the world, dating back to the 9th century A.D....

UN's flight marks new era on Israel-Syria front
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CAMP ZIOUANI, Golan Heights (AP) -- For four decades, a multinational United Nations mission has quietly monitored the sleepy Golan Heights - providing a symbol of stability between bitter enemies as it enforced a truce between Israel and Syria....

Israeli rising star quits politics
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A rising political star seen as a potential successor to Israel's prime minister has announced he will quit politics in a surprise move....

Celebrity rabbi takes plea bargain over bribery
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- A multimillionaire Israeli celebrity rabbi with a following in the United States has accepted a plea bargain in which he admits to attempting to bribe a senior police official, and could now face a one-year prison sentence, Israel's Justice Ministry said Wednesday....

Gaza widow offers insight into world of spies
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The 48-year-old Palestinian woman's husband was shot to death in 2012 by militants in the Gaza Strip for spying for Israel. A mother of seven, she herself was jailed by Gaza's Hamas rulers for aiding and abetting a spy - her husband....

UN brokers agreement to start Gaza rebuilding
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations has brokered an agreement to enable the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, giving a lead role to the Palestinian Authority while involving the private sector, the U.N.'s top Mideast envoy said Tuesday....

World Bank: Palestinian economy to shrink in 2014
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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- The Palestinian economy is expected to contract for the first time in seven years in 2014, the result of the recent Gaza war, continued Israeli and Egyptian restrictions on Palestinian trade and a drop in foreign aid, the World Bank said Tuesday....