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In this Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 photo, Kate Hamad, originally from Grimes, Iowa, sits with her children during an interview with The Associated Press in Ramallah, West Bank. Hamad doesn't dare leave Ramallah, fearing deportation if stopped at an Israeli checkpoint on the outskirts of the autonomous Palestinian city. Activists say Israel is making it harder for foreigners with ties to Palestinians to stay in the West Bank legally, rejecting more visa requests or issuing them for shorter period. Israel denies it’s adopted tougher rules. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Foreigners linked to Palestinians face Israeli visa troublesActivists say Israel is making it harder for foreigners with ties to Palestinians to stay in the West Bank legally, rejecting more visa requests or issuing them for shorter periods
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Car bombs kill at least 27 in east Libya city of BenghaziLibyan authorities say twin car bombs have exploded as people left a mosque in a residential area of the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, killing 27 and wounding over 30
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Libyan officials say twin car bombs have exploded in a residential area of Benghazi, killing 27 and wounding over 30Libyan officials say twin car bombs have exploded in a residential area of Benghazi, killing 27 and wounding over 30
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A Turkish push into Kurdish territory.
The Latest: Haley accuses Russia of distraction on SyriaU.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley is accusing Russia of trying to distract attention from a new initiative by 24 countries to hold those who use chemical weapons in Syria accountable
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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence steps out of a car ahead of his departure from Ben Gurion International Airport, in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool photo via AP)
Pence visits Western Wall amid tensions with PalestiniansVice President Mike Pence has visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem, offering prayers at the holiest site where Jews can pray amid tensions with the Palestinians
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A Turkish soldier stops members of the media from filming as others prepare their tanks to enter combat and join a military offensive on a Kurdish-held enclave in northern Syria, at a staging area in the Hatay province,Turkey near the the border with Syria.Turkey launched an operation, codenamed Olive Branch, last week against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units in Afrin, Syria that it deems a terror group. The operation codenamed Olive Branch is on its fourth day. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Turkey urged to show restraint in assault on Syrian KurdsFrance and the United States on Tuesday urged Turkey to exercise restraint in its offensive against a Kurdish-held enclave in northern Syria, where the U.N. says an estimated 5,000 people have been displaced by the fighting
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FILE - In this  Sept. 16, 2011 file photo, Egypt's then military ruler field marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, left, and Sami Annan, then Egyptian chief of staff of the armed forces, are surrounded by military policemen as they attend the funeral of Khaled Abdel Nasser, the son of Egypt's late president Gamal Abdel Nasser, in Cairo, Egypt. A senior Muslim Brotherhood leader has written an open letter to Annan, a retired Egyptian army general seeking to run for president, listing the outlawed group's conditions for supporting his candidacy against Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, a general-turned-president who has decimated the Brotherhood since removing it from power in 2013. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)
Egypt's military arrests ex-general running for presidentEgypt's military has arrested a former general who was running for president
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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (C) looks at a book together with Western Wall Heritage Foundation Director General Mordechai Elias (R) and Rabbi of the Western Wall Shmuel Rabinovitch (L) during a visit to the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool photo via AP)
Poll: Deep partisan divide among Americans over IsraelA new opinion poll shows a significant gap between Republicans and Democrats in support for Israel, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seen as a divisive figure
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FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2017 file photo, Haider, left, and Abdullah carry belongings they collected from their damaged house to wash before returning to live in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq. Iraqi officials are hoping to raise billions dollars at a conference slated to be held in mid-February, 2018, in Kuwait aimed at helping the country recover from punishing years of war against the Islamic State group. But aid organizations caution that a crisis fatigued public, entrenched corruption in Iraq and a wasteful public sector could frustrate international efforts to secure funds. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
Iraq seeks aid to rebuild after IS, but donors could be waryIraq hopes to raise billions of dollars at a conference next month to fund reconstruction after its costly war against the Islamic State group, but many fear the country's endemic corruption could undermine the appeal
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Pascal Al-khalil, 16, who was injured by a mortar attack on the Bab Touma district, lies on her hospital bed, in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. The mortar attack on a predominantly Christian neighborhood in the Syrian capital Damascus this week has killed at least nine people and wounded more than 20 triggering calls for crushing rebels in nearby suburbs. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)
Anger in Damascus after mortar attack kills 3-year-oldThree-year-old Elias Khoury was the youngest victim of a mortar barrage on Syria's capital this week that killed eight other people and severely wounded his parents
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Palestinian cellphone company launches 3G, after Israeli banPalestinian cellphone company says it has launched 3G high-speed mobile data service in the West Bank, following a years-long Israeli ban
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Garbage floated on the sea days after an extended storm battered the Mediterranean country, at the Zouq Mosbeh costal town, north of Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. Lebanon's festering trash crisis came crashing ashore this week, after residents woke up to find a powerful winter storm had laid a mantle of waste at a beach just a few minutes' drive north of the capital, Beirut. Lebanon used to pride itself on its sparkling Mediterranean coastline, but its coastal landfills have polluted the sea with trash. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
Garbage on the beach: Flood of waste stirs uproar in LebanonWinter storm pushes trash onto Lebanese shore outside Beirut, stirring new outrage over years-old garbage crisis
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A billboard supporting Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in the presidential election scheduled for March hangs in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018.  El-Sissi is virtually guaranteed to win a second four-year term amid a heavy clampdown on dissent. Arabic reads, "So you can build it." (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
The Latest: Egypt presidential candidate to assess statusA senior worker at the campaign of Egyptian presidential hopeful Khaled Ali says they are holding an emergency meeting to assess their position following the arrest of another hopeful
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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks in Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, Pool)
The Latest: Hamas leader says US prefers Israel over ArabsTop Islamic Hamas leader accuses US of preferring Israel over its interests with Arabs in Middle East.
The Associated Press19 hours ago
A top aide to presidential hopeful Sami Annan tells the AP the former chief of staff has been arrested by the military.A top aide to presidential hopeful Sami Annan tells the AP the former chief of staff has been arrested by the military.
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