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Israeli cowboys live frontier life on Syria's doorstep
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KIDMAT ZVI, Golan Heights (AP) -- With his wide-brimmed hat, Wrangler jeans and ornate belt buckle, Yehiel Alon could easily pass for one of the Montana ranchers he once worked with. But the 53-year-old is an Israeli cowboy on the Golan Heights bordering worn-torn Syria, where frontier life takes on a whole new meaning....

Israeli general touches raw nerve with Holocaust comments
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- In a reflection of the deep divisions plaguing Israel, a top general set off a controversy Thursday after appearing to liken the atmosphere in Israel to that of Nazi-era Germany during a speech marking the country's Holocaust memorial day....

Israel discovers new cross-border tunnel from Gaza Strip
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military said it uncovered a new tunnel Thursday stretching from southern Gaza Strip into Israel and built by Palestinian militants seeking to stage attacks in Israel, a discovery that comes amid an escalation in violence between Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers....

'Romeo and Juliet' takes on local twist in Gaza performance
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" has opened to audiences in the Gaza Strip, albeit with a distinctly Palestinian twist....

Global gender gap in politics wide, women legislators say
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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Encouraging women to enter local politics, setting quotas in parliaments and pushing legislation on gender equality help narrow gender gaps in politics, participants at a conference of women lawmakers said Wednesday....

Gaza sewage spill floods farmland
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Gaza rescue crews tried to salvage livestock and produce on Wednesday after a sewage reservoir collapsed, flooding about 25 acres (10 hectares) of farmland in a new sign of the worsening water and sewage crisis in the Hamas-run territory....

Report: Violence against Jews dropped in 2015
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Tel Aviv University report has found a drop in violent attacks against Jews last year, but said the number remains high and that "institutional anti-Semitism" is on the rise....

UK councils face court challenge over Israel boycotts
LONDON (AP) -- A Jewish group has launched a lawsuit against British local authorities that called for boycotts of goods from Israeli settlements, claiming the actions are anti-Semitic....

Films play special role in remembering Holocaust
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust museum has kicked off its annual remembrance ceremonies with a special screening of the Oscar-winning film "Son of Saul," acknowledging the unique role movies play in maintaining the memory of the Holocaust....

UN needs $80 million for schools for Palestinian refugees
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees expressed hope Tuesday that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait will come up with $80 million to ensure that 500,000 boys and girls who are refugees can start the next school year on time in August....