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Nazareth Christmas celebrations will be held as normal: mayor

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JERUSALEM Nazareth, the Israeli Arab city where Jesus is thought to have been raised, will celebrate Christmas as usual, its mayor said, denying the festivities would be curtailed in protest at the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Pence trip to Middle East overshadowed by Trump's Jerusalem decision

WASHINGTON U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will underscore the U.S. partnership with Israel during a trip to the Middle East next week while seeking to shore up U.S. relations with the Arab world after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

World, Dec 15 2017

Israel questions Iranian blogger after giving her asylum

JERUSALEM/LONDON An Iranian blogger granted asylum in Israel has been questioned by its Shin Bet internal security service on suspicion of illegal communication with Iran, an Israeli official said on Friday.

World, Tech Dec 15 2017

Israeli troops kill four Palestinians, wound 160 in protests over Jerusalem

GAZA Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians and wounded 150 others with live fire on Friday, medical officials said, as protests over U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital entered a second week. | Video

World, Dec 15 2017

Erdogan says Turkey seeking to annul Trump decision on Jerusalem at U.N.

ANKARA Turkey is launching an initiative at the United Nations to annul a decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.

World, United Nations, Turkey, Dec 15 2017

Malaysia's Mahathir calls Trump a 'villain' for Jerusalem plan

KUALA LUMPUR Muslim-majority Malaysia's former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday called U.S. President Donald Trump an "international bully" and a "villain" for his move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

World, Dec 15 2017

Israel must enact law if it wants to hold militants' remains as bargaining chips: court

JERUSALEM Israel's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the state could not keep the bodies of Palestinian gunmen for use as bargaining chips to get back its own dead unless it enacted legislation permitting it to do so.

World, Dec 14 2017

Undercover Israeli agents in action

EL-BIREH, West Bank Reuters photographer Mohamad Torokman found himself staring down the barrel of a gun when he captured the moment an undercover Israeli military group shut down a Palestinian protest, in a rarely witnessed infiltration technique.

World, Dec 14 2017

Nazareth cuts back Christmas celebrations to protest Trump's Jerusalem move

JERUSALEM Nazareth, the Israeli Arab city where Jesus is thought to have been raised, has canceled some Christmas celebrations in protest at U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, an official said.

World, Dec 14 2017

Thursday Morning Briefing

Disney is set to value its deal with Twenty-First Century Fox, Theresa May heads to Brussels after a parliamentary defeat on her Brexit blueprint and Republicans reach a deal on tax legislation.