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MIDEAST FLASHPOINT
  LATEST NEWS

UN chief to host meeting on Israeli-Palestinian conflict
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host a ministerial meeting of key global players trying to end the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Sept. 30 during the annual high-level session of the General Assembly, the United Nations announced Friday....

Supporters of Christian politician hold huge rally in Beirut

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BEIRUT (AP) -- Thousands of supporters of a Lebanese Christian leader staged a protest in downtown Beirut on Friday, demanding a new electoral law and parliament and presidential elections....

Pope eyes unity, not division in talks with Israel's Rivlin

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VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis met Thursday with Israel's president and gave him a medallion that reads: "Look for what unites, overcome that which divides."...

In directorial debut, Portman focuses on her native Israel

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- In her feature film directorial debut, Academy Award winning actress Natalie Portman brings to life the autobiographical novel of celebrated Israeli writer Amos Oz about his youth during the Jewish state's founding years....

Israel bans journalists from voicing opinions in newscasts
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli parliament has passed a law banning journalists working for the country's public broadcast authority from expressing their opinions on air....

American students attacked with firebomb in West Bank
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli authorities say five American students escaped serious harm after their car was firebombed in the volatile West Bank city of Hebron....

Israel unveils 1,800-year-old sarcophagus
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel has unveiled an 1,800-year-old sarcophagus that workers found at a building site and initially tried to conceal....

UNICEF: 40 percent school dropouts in Mideast conflict areas

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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Forty percent of children from five conflict-scarred Middle Eastern countries are not attending school, the United Nations agency for children said Thursday, warning that losing this generation will lead to more militancy, migration and a dim future for the region....

SodaStream chief accuses boycotters of anti-Semitism

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IDAN HANEGEV INDUSTRIAL PARK, Israel (AP) -- The chief executive of SodaStream, the beverage maker that is shuttering its West Bank factory in the face of international boycott calls, accused his company's critics Wednesday of anti-Semitism and hurting the interests of the Palestinian workers they claim to protect....

AP Interview: Rescuer says world must protect antiquities
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A reserve colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps who led an international hunt for looted antiquities from Iraq a decade ago said Wednesday that the West needs to deploy forces to protect Mideast archaeological sites from extremists like the Islamic State group....