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MIDEAST FLASHPOINT
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A look at the dual justice system in the West Bank

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli and Palestinian minors accused of crimes in the West Bank are subject to two different sets of laws. Israeli settlers are prosecuted under Israeli civilian law, while Palestinians are thrust into the military justice system. Critics complain that the conviction rate in the military system is higher and the penalties stiffer. Here are some statistics about juvenile arrests between 2008 and 2013 from Israel's national police force:...

In West Bank, teen offenders face different fates

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BEIT UMAR, West Bank (AP) -- The boys were both 15, with the crackly voices and awkward peach fuzz of adolescence. They lived just a few minutes away from one another in the West Bank. And both were accused of throwing stones at vehicles, one day after the other....

Construction frenzy in Beirut alters city skyline

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BEIRUT (AP) -- One by one, the old traditional houses of Beirut are vanishing as luxury towers sprout up on every corner, altering the city's skyline almost beyond recognition amid an ongoing construction frenzy seemingly immune to tensions from the civil war raging next door....

Palestinian rock throwers arrested at holy site
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police entered the compound of Jerusalem's holiest site to disperse Palestinians who were throwing rocks at them on Sunday, as thousands of tourists packed the Old City for the Easter and Passover holidays....

Vandals damage mosque in northern Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Police say vandals have damaged a mosque in northern Israel in an attack blamed on a fringe group of Jewish extremists....

Spate of Mideast virus infections raises concerns

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A recent spate of infections from a frequently deadly Middle East virus is raising new worries about efforts to contain the illness, with infectious disease experts urging greater vigilance in combatting its spread....

Israel arrests Arab journalist over Lebanon visit
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's Shin Bet intelligence service said on Thursday that it has detained a young Israeli Arab journalist for traveling to Lebanon, which Israel considers an enemy country....

Curious about Palestine, Israeli visitors return

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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- This bustling center of Palestinian life is just a 20-minute drive from Jerusalem, but for Israelis it might as well be on the other side of the world....

Detained Berlusconi ally taken ill in Lebanon
BEIRUT (AP) -- A Lebanese security official says a longtime ally of former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi detained in Lebanon has been moved to a Beirut hospital after falling ill....

Session to elect Lebanon president on April 23

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BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's parliament speaker on Wednesday called for a meeting to elect a new president on April 23, kicking off what is expected to be a lengthy and fiercely contested vote for the country's top Christian post amid regional unrest....