Bomb rocks Jerusalem bus stop, killing woman

JERUSALEM – A bomb struck a crowded bus stop in central Jerusalem Wednesday, killing one woman and wounding more than 20 other people in what authorities said was the first major Palestinian militant attack in the city in several years. The bombing brought back memories of the second Palestinian uprising last decade.

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Desecration, attacks at ancient Jewish cemetery

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JERUSALEM – A wide patch of steep hillside overlooking Jerusalem’s Old City holds row after row of graves. Biblical prophets, revered rabbis and a prime minister are buried there. Yet many of the tombstones have been smashed, litter is strewn around and tethered donkeys defecate on top of graves.

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Israel unveils seized arms cache from cargo ship

ASHDOD, Israel – Rows of boxes, crates and containers filled with weapons stretched out on a dock Wednesday alongside a ship commandeered by Israel’s navy, a display of what Israel said was a shipment of arms, some sophisticated, to Palestinian militants in Gaza.

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Remains of St. Therese, dead over 100 years, in Israel on world tour

JERUSALEM — Remains of a revered French nun who died more than 100 years ago have traveled the world, ventured into outer space and been worshipped by hundreds of thousands of Catholics. Now the relics of St. Therese of Lisieux are making their way through the Holy Land.

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Palestinian pride on display at historic home soccer match

AL-RAM, West Bank – The Palestinian national soccer team lost to Thailand in an Olympic qualifying match deep in symbolism: it’s the first time the Palestinians have hosted a competitive match at the international level, and for excited fans in this conflict-ridden area, it marks an important step in their struggle for independence.

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Israel recognizes first Salvadoran for saving Jews during Holocaust

JERUSALEM — Israel’s Holocaust memorial has added a Salvadoran diplomat to its list of gentiles who risked their lives to help save Jews during World War II. Jose Arturo Castellanos defied his government by issuing thousands of visas and fake documents to help as many as 40,000 Jews escape death at the hands of the Nazis.

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Google Street View raises Israeli security fears

JERUSALEM — Google has for years fought claims its mapping and photography services infringed on personal privacy. Now the Internet giant is facing concerns from Israel that the technology could be used for terrorism.

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Israeli president condemns Iranian death calls

JERUSALEM – Iranian lawmakers are shaming their people by calling for anti-government protesters to be tried and executed, Israeli President Shimon Peres said Wednesday. He said the Iranian people will stop their own government, referring to the tens of thousands of protesters who took to the streets of Tehran on Monday.

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4 Israeli diplomatic missions closed by threats

JERUSALEM — Israel has temporarily closed at least four diplomatic missions abroad in response to threats against Israeli targets overseas, officials said Tuesday. The threats appeared tied to the third anniversary of the death of former Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh.

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White House Campaign Stop: Israel

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For Republicans considering taking the presidential plunge, a conspicuous jaunt to the Jewish state boosts foreign policy credentials and appeals to the conservative base in one fell swoop.

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