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Academics vote to be forum on Israel boycotts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A key U.S. organization of Middle East scholars voted Monday to protect the rights of members who support a longstanding Palestinian call for academic boycotts of Israeli institutions but stopped short of taking a stand for or against such activities....

UN chief: Palestinian recognition gains momentum
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday the international community's failure to advance a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is spurring governments and parliaments to take action to recognize the state of Palestine - and "that momentum will grow."...

Israel resumes razing homes to punish attackers
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Enas Shalodi, a Palestinian mother of six, has been severely punished by Israel for something she didn't do....

Israel leader vows to pass nationality law
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's prime minister vowed Monday to pass a contentious nationality law that has threatened the stability of his fragile coalition government, but he left the door open for negotiations to soften it....

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East
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Tensions soared in Jerusalem this week after a grisly attack on a synagogue, an Egyptian doctor was acquitted in the country's first female genital mutilation trial, and Lebanese demanded the release of family members captured by militants....

Egypt willing to send troops to future Palestine
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said in remarks published Sunday that Egypt is prepared to send troops into a future Palestinian state to assist local police and guarantee Israel's security....

Lebanon PM cancels independence day celebrations
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's prime minister on Friday cancelled official independence day celebrations planned for the following day, a move that likely stemmed from the country's tense security situation and an impasse over electing its next president....

Merkel: Palestinian recognition not right path
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BERLIN (AP) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel has underlined Germany's opposition to recognizing a Palestinian state after lawmakers elsewhere in Europe backed such a move....

Food and face-lift scandals rock Lebanon
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BEIRUT (AP) -- It is often said that Lebanon has only two things going for it, food and plastic surgery....

Feds: Don't free Arab activist who hid bomb role
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DETROIT (AP) -- Federal prosecutors in Detroit are opposing the release of a Chicago Arab activist who awaits sentencing for lying about her conviction in a fatal terrorist bombing in Israel to obtain U.S. citizenship....