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US unwilling to give up Mideast peace process yet
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The suspension of peace talks between Israel and Palestinians on Thursday delivered the harshest blow yet to Secretary of State John Kerry's ambitious, if perhaps quixotic, hope of ending the decades-long impasse at the cost of focusing on other crises around the world. But Kerry refused to accept defeat, saying "we will never give up our hope or our commitment for the possibilities" of Mideast peace....

UN chief: Syria war threatens Lebanon's stability
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. secretary-general is warning that the 3-year-old conflict in Syria poses a serious threat to the stability of neighboring Lebanon, as thousands of refugees stream into the small country and weapons and fighters are transferred out....

Israel halts peace talks with Palestinians
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel broke off Mideast peace talks and brought the U.S.-brokered process to the brink of collapse Thursday, protesting a reconciliation agreement between the Western-backed Palestinian Authority and the militant group Hamas, the Jewish state's sworn enemy....

Israeli PM: Palestinians step back from peace
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo) says a decision by Palestinian authorities to create a coalition government with Hamas is a big step backward for peace....

Arab-Israeli women break ground on pro soccer team
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PETAH TIKVA, Israel (AP) -- When the Israeli women's soccer team Hapoel Petah Tikva lost a number of its players to Israel's national team ahead of World Cup qualifiers, founder Rafi Subra made a decision that set the team apart from many of its rivals - he recruited from the Arab villages of northern Israel....

As peace deadline nears, Abbas says he has options
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is trying to show that he has alternatives if U.S.-mediated talks with Israel break off Tuesday, the deadline for agreeing on a possible extension....

Lebanese lawmakers vote, fail to elect president
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BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's Parliament has held a round of voting but failed to elect a new head of state in its first try before President Michel Suleiman's six-year term expires on May 25....

Some drama off-camera in Mideast conflict film
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AL-EIN REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank (AP) -- An American director's short film about an Israeli army raid in a Palestinian refugee camp ends with a surprise - literally involving a rabbit, though not one pulled from a hat. The story told in "The Warren" is meant to question the ways Israelis and Palestinians see each other as a result of their long-running conflict....

Lebanon sends aid to cut-off village near Syria
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TFAIL, Lebanon (AP) -- A Lebanese convoy of soldiers, clerics and Red Cross officials delivered aid Tuesday to a remote village near the Syrian border that was bombed by Syrian government aircraft and blocked by Lebanese militants fighting alongside President Bashar Assad's forces in the civil war next door....

Israeli army "invites" Arab Christians to enlist
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says it is inviting young Arab-Israeli Christians to enlist....