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Israel says mortar fired from Gaza in first since August 26 truce

JERUSALEM/GAZA - Israel said a mortar bomb was fired at it from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in the first such attack since a seven-week war in the enclave ended on Aug 26, but Hamas said Palestinians remained committed to the truce.

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U.N. says Palestinians, Israelis reach deal on Gaza reconstruction 16 Sep 2014

UNITED NATIONS/JERUSALEM - The United Nations, Israel and the Palestinian Authority have reached a stop-gap deal to allow reconstruction work to begin in the war-torn Gaza Strip with U.N. monitoring of the use of materials, U.N. Middle East envoy Robert Serry said on Tuesday.

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U.N. Golan peacekeepers pull back from Syrian positions amid clashes 15 Sep 2014

UNITED NATIONS - U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights are pulling out from four positions and a camp on the Syrian side of the Syrian-Israeli border due to a severe deterioration of security in the region, the United Nations said on Monday.

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At a landmark Berlin rally, Merkel vows to fight anti-Semitism 15 Sep 2014

BERLIN - Germany will do all it can to fight anti-Semitism, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech on Sunday, following a surge of abuse against Jews and spreading anti-Israeli sentiment aroused by the Gaza conflict.

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At a landmark Berlin rally, Merkel vows to fight anti-Semitism 14 Sep 2014

BERLIN - Germany will do all it can to fight anti-Semitism, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech on Sunday, following a surge of abuse against Jews and spreading anti-Israeli sentiment aroused by the Gaza conflict.

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Wiretaps against Palestinians are wrong, Israeli ex-spies tell Netanyahu 12 Sep 2014

JERUSALEM - Dozens of reserve soldiers from Israel's top electronic surveillance unit say they will no longer spy on Palestinians living under occupation, in an unprecedented rebuke to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security policies.

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Iran wants U.N. atomic agency to condemn Israeli drone 'aggression' 12 Sep 2014

VIENNA - Iran has called on the U.N. atomic agency to condemn an "act of aggression" by Israel for sending, Tehran says, a drone last month to spy on a site which is at the centre of its decade-old nuclear dispute with the West.

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Blockaded Gaza faces huge challenges to rebuild after war 12 Sep 2014

GAZA/NAHAL OZ Israel - Fifty days of war in one of the most densely populated parts of the world have left swathes of Gaza in ruins. With the economy reeling under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade, the enclave now faces an almost impossible task of rebuilding.

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Syria's Nusra Front releases U.N. peacekeepers in Golan 12 Sep 2014

GOLAN HEIGHTS - Dozens of Fijian U.N. peacekeepers, released by al Qaeda-linked group Nusra Front in Syria, arrived in Israeli-held territory on the Golan Heights on Thursday, an Israeli military spokeswoman said.

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Syria's Nusra Front releases UN peacekeepers in Golan 12 Sep 2014

GOLAN HEIGHTS - Dozens of Fijian U.N. peacekeepers, released by al Qaeda-linked group Nusra Front in Syria, arrived in Israeli-held territory on the Golan Heights on Thursday, an Israeli military spokeswoman said.