Paralyzed Palestinian girl given Israeli residency

JERUSALEM – A Palestinian girl paralyzed in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza will be allowed to remain in the country for medical care. Nine-year-old Marya Amen, along with her brother and father, can stay in Israel as temporary residents. The status ensures state-sponsored health insurance and compensation for Amen, who needs a respirator to breathe.

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Israel beckons tourists to Virgin Mary sites

JERUSALEM – Israel is inviting tourists to retrace the footsteps of the Virgin Mary, in the latest campaign to bring Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land. A new itinerary developed by the Tourism Ministry helps tour operators plan pilgrimages to sites where the mother of Jesus Christ lived and traveled.

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Israeli academics to boycott settlement college

JERUSALEM – At least 165 Israeli professors have declared a boycott against a contentious Israeli college in the West Bank, organizers said Sunday, deepening an internal rift in Israel over the expansion of West Bank settlements.

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Ousted patriarch behind locked doors in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM – Six years ago, Irineos I was the patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem with about 100,000 followers. Today, he sits behind locked doors in his Old City apartment, claiming he has been imprisoned by the successor who ousted him in a dispute over sale of church land to Israelis.

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US fugitive commits suicide in Israeli prison

JERUSALEM – An Israeli doctor fighting extradition to the United States on murder charges has committed suicide in a Jerusalem jail, Israeli prison officials said Tuesday.

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War veterans hold different views of midterms

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Many active-duty and retired service members who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq say they’ve withdrawn from politics because of their experiences. Others find themselves in the center of today’s political battlefield.

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Clinton: Rich Pakistanis’ failure to help ‘unacceptable’

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BRUSSELS — The international community can’t bear sole responsibility for victims of the floods that devastated Pakistan this summer, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday, noting that the government of Pakistan must act too – and quickly – to restore electricity, repair infrastructure and stimulate economic growth.

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NATO leader says Afghan alliance strong, progress on horizon

The Secretary General of NATO pushed back Thursday against concerns that military resolve among allies in Afghanistan is weakening and stressed that 2010 will be a year of progress. “I do realize that 2009 was a very difficult year and we experienced many setbacks in Afghanistan,” Anders Rasmussen acknowledged.

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