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Jordan and Israel defuse crisis over embassy guard shooting
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan and Israel appeared on Thursday to be putting behind them a diplomatic crisis triggered by the killing last summer of two Jordanians by an Israeli embassy guard....

Israel digs deep to thwart tunnel threat from Gaza Strip
KISSUFIM, Israel (AP) -- Massive earthworks and mounds of sandy soil line the Israel-Gaza border as the Israeli military forges ahead with an ambitious subterranean barrier to detect and prevent attack tunnels from reaching southern Israel from the Palestinian enclave....

Lebanese journalist sentenced in absentia for army criticism
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's military court has sentenced a Lebanese journalist in absentia to six months in prison for comments critical of the Lebanese army....

Israel says it killed Palestinian sought in settler slaying

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli officials said special forces hunting the killers of a West Bank settler raided a home before dawn Thursday, killing a Palestinian suspect in a firefight that also wounded two Israeli officers....

Israel's PM unveils memorial for Mumbai attack victims
MUMBAI, India (AP) -- Israel's prime minister has visited a Jewish center in Mumbai and unveiled a memorial to 166 people who were killed by militants who rampaged through the Indian city in 2008....

Pence visit showcases dilemma facing Egypt, Jordan leaders

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CAIRO (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's upcoming visit to the Middle East comes at a time of intensely publicized friction between his administration and the Palestinian leadership, posing a dilemma for his Arab hosts - Egypt's president and Jordan's king - on how to safeguard their vital ties with Washington without appearing to ignore Palestinian misgivings....

Israel's PM says India reconsidering shelved missile deal

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NEW DELHI (AP) -- Israel's prime minister said that a $500 million Spike anti-tank missile deal that India shelved with Israel is back on the table....

After US cuts, Palestinian refugee agency seeks donations

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- The U.N. agency that serves Palestinian refugees and their descendants said Wednesday it would launch a global fundraising appeal in hopes of making up for funding cuts announced by the United States....

Belgium counters US with $23 million for UN Palestinian fund

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BRUSSELS (AP) -- Belgium has stepped in to help out the U.N. Agency assisting Palestinian refugees with an immediate disbursement of $23 million after the Trump administration suspended $65 million in aid for the international organization....

Abbas says Trump's policy shift on Jerusalem was 'sinful'

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CAIRO (AP) -- The Palestinian president on Wednesday again blasted Donald Trump in a fiery and emotional speech, saying the U.S. leader's decision to recognize contested Jerusalem as Israel's capital was "sinful" and "ill-fated."...