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SodaStream chief accuses boycotters of anti-Semitism
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IDAN HANEGEV INDUSTRIAL PARK, Israel (AP) -- The chief executive of SodaStream, the beverage maker that is shuttering its West Bank factory in the face of international boycott calls, accused his company's critics Wednesday of anti-Semitism and hurting the interests of the Palestinian workers they claim to protect....

AP Interview: Rescuer says world must protect antiquities
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A reserve colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps who led an international hunt for looted antiquities from Iraq a decade ago said Wednesday that the West needs to deploy forces to protect Mideast archaeological sites from extremists like the Islamic State group....

Lebanese interior minister warns trash crisis protesters
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BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's interior minister warned protesters Wednesday against staging sit-ins or attacks targeting state institutions, saying such actions will no longer be tolerated....

Hearing set on appeal for activist over immigration crime
DETROIT (AP) -- A Chicago activist's appeal of the 18-month prison sentence she was given for lying about her convictions for bombings in Israel when she sought U.S. citizenship is scheduled to be heard this fall....

Israel asks UN to reject Palestinian attempt to raise flag
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Israel on Tuesday urged U.N. leaders to reject a Palestinian attempt to raise their flag at U.N. headquarters as early as this month's gathering of world leaders there....

Egypt gas find sparks panic in Israel about Israeli reserves
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Egypt's new natural gas bonanza is causing an uproar in Israel, with energy stocks plummeting and recriminations over indecisiveness and infighting that have delayed production from the country's own gas fields....

Palestinians: Abbas says won't seek top PLO, Fatah posts
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has told political confidants he won't seek re-election to the top posts in the Palestine Liberation Organization or his Fatah movement in upcoming elections, two participants in the meeting said Tuesday....

Protests spotlight Lebanon dysfunction, but reforms elusive
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BEIRUT (AP) -- Anti-government demonstrators in Lebanon have staged three large rallies in the past two weeks and a small group Tuesday stormed the environment ministry to press demands for reform. Here's a look at what's behind the protests, the most significant public expression of frustration with Lebanon's dysfunctional system of government in years....

Clashes during Israeli raid to arrest militant in West Bank
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- An Israeli raid to arrest a senior Hamas operative in the West Bank turned into a gunbattle Monday night, leaving several wounded in the clashes....

Egypt starts dig on Gaza border to stop smuggling tunnels
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RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Egyptian military bulldozers are digging through the sand along Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip in recent days, pressing ahead with what appears to be a renewed campaign to pressure Gaza's Hamas rulers and stamp out militant activity along the border....