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MIDEAST FLASHPOINT
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US takes tougher tone on Israeli settlements in new report

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States will endorse a tougher tone with Israel in an upcoming international report that takes the Jewish state to task over settlements, demolitions and property seizures on land the Palestinians claim for a future state, diplomats told The Associated Press....

Netanyahu offers history lesson to UN staff over resolution
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's prime minister offered on Friday to personally host a lecture on Jewish history for local U.N. staff following outrage over a resolution adopted by the U.N. cultural agency that put the Western Wall in Jerusalem - Judaism's holiest site - in quotation marks and described other Jewish sites as "so-called."...

Israeli cowboys live frontier life on Syria's doorstep

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KIDMAT ZVI, Golan Heights (AP) -- With his wide-brimmed hat, Wrangler jeans and ornate belt buckle, Yehiel Alon could easily pass for one of the Montana ranchers he once worked with. But the 53-year-old is an Israeli cowboy on the Golan Heights bordering war-torn Syria, where frontier life takes on a whole new meaning....

Israel retaliates to Gaza fire with strikes on Hamas targets
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's military says its aircraft struck infrastructure in Gaza used by the militant group Hamas that rules the coastal territory after gunmen there continued to fire mortars at forces along the border....

Israeli general touches raw nerve with Holocaust comments

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- In a reflection of the deep divisions plaguing Israel, a top general set off a controversy Thursday after appearing to liken the atmosphere in Israel to that of Nazi-era Germany during a speech marking the country's Holocaust memorial day....

'Romeo and Juliet' takes on local twist in Gaza performance

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" has opened to audiences in the Gaza Strip, albeit with a distinctly Palestinian twist....

Global gender gap in politics wide, women legislators say

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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Encouraging women to enter local politics, setting quotas in parliaments and pushing legislation on gender equality help narrow gender gaps in politics, participants at a conference of women lawmakers said Wednesday....

Gaza sewage spill floods farmland
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Gaza rescue crews tried to salvage livestock and produce on Wednesday after a sewage reservoir collapsed, flooding about 25 acres (10 hectares) of farmland in a new sign of the worsening water and sewage crisis in the Hamas-run territory....

Report: Violence against Jews dropped in 2015
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Tel Aviv University report has found a drop in violent attacks against Jews last year, but said the number remains high and that "institutional anti-Semitism" is on the rise....

UK councils face court challenge over Israel boycotts
LONDON (AP) -- A Jewish group has launched a lawsuit against British local authorities that called for boycotts of goods from Israeli settlements, claiming the actions are anti-Semitic....