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MIDEAST FLASHPOINT
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Netanyahu says German official crossed line meeting with NGO

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BERLIN (AP) -- German officials on Friday defended a decision by the country's top diplomat to meet with an Israeli human rights group, after Israel's prime minister said the move had crossed a "red line."...

'Apartheid' furor comes amid 50 years of Israeli occupation

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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Labeling Israel's treatment of Palestinians as "apartheid" is like flinging a burning match into spilled gasoline - so combustible are the passions on both sides....

Palestinians say dozens wounded at protests for prisoners

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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Dozens of Palestinians were hurt in clashes with Israeli soldiers at demonstrations across the West Bank Friday in support of hundreds of prisoners observing the 12th day of an open-ended hunger strike, Palestinian health officials said....

Israeli media: US businessman questioned in Netanyahu probe
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli media are reporting that police have questioned an American businessman as part of a corruption probe involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu....

Jerusalem mayor: City's diverse residents 'all my children'

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Fifty years after Israel conquered east Jerusalem, the city's mayor says the upcoming anniversary is a time to celebrate, despite the deep rifts and occasional bursts of violence that disrupt daily life in the volatile city....

Palestinians strike in support of prisoners' protest

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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinians across the West Bank are observing a general strike in support of hundreds of hunger-striking prisoners held by Israel....

Abbas to stop funding electricity in Hamas-run Gaza: Israel

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel says the Palestinian self-rule government in the West Bank informed it on Thursday that it will stop paying for the electricity Israel sells to the Gaza Strip as tensions between the territory's Islamic militant Hamas rulers and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas intensify....

Israel says it repelled a wide-ranging cyberattack
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel says it has repelled a large cyberattack on government offices and private citizens....

In tense political times, NBA heading to Israel this summer

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As the NBA prepares to bring its Basketball Without Borders program to Israel this summer, league officials hope that the first trip to the country can help bring children together during a time of increasing tension....

Rights group: Israel grants permit after earlier rejection
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An international rights group says Israel has granted a work visa to its regional director that was denied earlier this year....