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Palestinians want leverage on Israel in international court
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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- The Palestinians formally joined the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, as part of a broader effort to put international pressure on Israel and exact a higher price for its occupation of lands sought for a Palestinian state....

Gaza artist gobbles up valuable Banksy mural on war debris
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A 33-year-old Gaza man says he has been duped into selling a valuable work by British graffiti artist Banksy for less than $200 to a local artist....

International court welcomes Palestinians as 123rd member
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The Palestinian Authority has become a member of the International Criminal Court and is marking the momentous occasion with a low-key ceremony at the court's headquarters....

APNewsBreak: France seizes moment to push for Mideast talks
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PARIS (AP) -- France sees a window of opportunity after Israel's elections to get the United States on board with a new push for Mideast peace, and is preparing a draft U.N Security Council resolution in about 12 days, according to French diplomatic officials....

Israeli premier: Nuclear deal will 'pave the way' for Iran
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's prime minister criticized the deal expected to emerge from nuclear talks in Switzerland on Tuesday, saying it will "pave the way" for Iran to have the ability to build an atomic bomb in little time....

Palestinians, Israeli Arabs mark 'Land Day'
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Palestinians and Arab citizens of Israel have marked "Land Day," an annual day of protest against what they say are discriminatory land policies by Israel....

Clinton: US-Israeli relations need to be 'constructive'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S.-Israeli relationship needs to return to "constructive footing," according to a prominent Jewish leader who spoke to the former secretary of state during the weekend....

Former Israeli Premier Olmert convicted in corruption case
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was convicted Monday of unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter in a retrial on corruption charges, the latest chapter in the downfall of a man who only years earlier hoped to lead the country to a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians....

Israel charges Palestinian for fighting with Islamic State
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Jerusalem district court has indicted a Palestinian from east Jerusalem on charges of traveling to Syria to join and fight with the Islamic State militant group....

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East
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Across the Middle East this week, a Saudi-led coalition of predominantly Sunni Arab countries launched a campaign of airstrikes targeting Shiite rebels and their allies in Yemen....