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Hamas praises deadly West Bank shooting
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- The prime minister of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday praised a shooting that killed an Israeli and wounded his wife and son as they drove through the West Bank the previous evening en route to a Seder, the traditional Passover meal that starts the weeklong Jewish holiday....

Israel irked by diplomat's tacit Nazi remark
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Israel's U.N. ambassador on Monday denounced a U.N. agency head for tacitly comparing the Jewish state to Nazi Germany and has demanded her suspension....

Israeli families gather for ritual Passover meal
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Families across Israel gathered after sundown Monday for ritual meals signaling the start of Passover, with holiday observances overshadowed by a fatal shooting in the West Bank....

British journalist Patrick Seale dies at 84
BEIRUT (AP) -- Patrick Seale, a veteran journalist and author on Middle Eastern affairs as well as one of the world's leading historians on Syria, has died in London after a battle with cancer, according to family and friends. He was 83....

Palestinian doctors caught in fight over Jerusalem
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ABU DIS, West Bank (AP) -- Since graduating from a local medical school nine years ago, Basel Nassar has been barred from serving his community in east Jerusalem, despite a shortage of doctors there....

Syria war deepens fears for Lebanon's missing
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BEIRUT (AP) -- For 22 years, Mary Mansourati has been waiting for her son, Dani, to come home. His shirts are ironed and hanging in his closet. His trousers, neatly folded, are stacked on the shelves next to his bed in the family's Beirut apartment....

African migrants in Israel hold Passover meal
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HOLOT DETENTION FACILITY, Israel (AP) -- Hundreds of African migrants gathered in Israel's Negev desert Friday to eat matzo and recall the Passover story, mere steps away from a detention facility where they are being held....

A look at the missing in Middle East's conflicts
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BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanese families have long sought to know the fates of the missing from the country's civil war and post-war years, and now the civil war in Syria is adding yet another generation to the long rolls of missing from the Middle East's conflicts. Here is a look at the numbers from several countries in the region....

Israeli peace activist Ron Pundak dies at 59
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Ron Pundak, an Israeli academic and peace activist who was instrumental in initiating peace talks with the Palestinians in the 1990s, died Friday. He was 59....

Swiss say Palestinians can join Geneva Conventions
GENEVA (AP) -- Twenty-five years after making their first bid for membership, the Palestinians can join the Geneva Conventions governing the rules of war and military occupations, the Swiss government said Friday....