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End Mideast conflict, Pope urges in Bethlehem

Pope Francis made a plea for peace on Sunday at the start of a pilgrimage to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, saying the prolonged Israel-Palestinian conflict had become unacceptable. On the second leg of a three-day visit to t

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Pope Francis set for historic West Bank visit

Pope Francis flies to the West Bank on Sunday to start the most delicate part of his stay in the Middle East, with visits to the Palestinian Territories and Israel, where his every word will be scrutinized. Church officials say hi

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Kerry talks: hints of success and challenge

When US Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Friday that Israel and the Palestinians had tentatively agreed to resume peace talks after three years, he did so standing alone as dusk fell over the Jordanian capital. The image

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Tech, prosperity and peace on West Bank

At first glance, it is a tech utopian's dream. For the last two years, several dozen Palestinian entrepreneurs have been getting training from Israeli high tech experts courtesy of the American firm Cisco Systems. The sessions

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Israel begins building wall on Lebanese border

Israel began building a wall on Monday along a 1-km (0.6 mile) -stretch of its border with Lebanon, saying the barrier was necessary to boost security for an Israeli frontier town across from a Lebanese village. An Israeli security fence a

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Zain says to revive deal with Paltel

Kuwaiti telecoms operator Zain said it hoped to revive and complete a deal to take majority control of Palestine Telecommunication (Paltel) by the end of the year. "We hope to complete the merger deal by the end of the year. We are now dea

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Rice meets Barak, focus on West Bank barriers

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Sunday met Israel's defense minister to discuss removing West Bank roadblocks as she began a day of meetings that aim to speed up Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. 'Let's get to work,' Rice said as

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Israel to ease some West Bank curbs

Israel announced plans on Sunday to ease some restrictions on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, responding to calls by visiting US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to take steps to bolster peace talks. A State Department document,

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