10,000-year-old house among amazing finds unearthed in Israel

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Archaeologists say they’ve uncovered some stunning finds while digging at a construction site in Israel, including stone axes, a “cultic” temple and traces of a 10,000-year-old house.

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Netanyahu: Iran’s Khamenei ‘heads a cult’

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday urged the world to insist on tough negotiations that ensure Iran does not develop a nuclear weapon — while cautioning against Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s charm offensive, which he described as a strategy carried out to woo the West at the behest of the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.

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Kerry says Israel, Palestinians laid groundwork for new peace talks

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Secretary of State John Kerry announced Friday that Israel and the Palestinians have laid the groundwork to resume stalled peace talks.

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First ever Palestinian marathon: Running to change West Bank’s image

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BETHLEHEM, Israel — Jesus’ traditional birthplace has long been linked to tensions between Israel and the Palestinians. On Sunday, around 1,000 athletes took a step towards transforming Bethlehem’s modern image by running in the first official Palestinian marathon.

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'Amazing': Obama turns tourist in ancient city of Petra

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PETRA, Jordan — President Barack Obama marveled at the sights of Jordan’s ancient city of Petra on Saturday as he wrapped up a four-day Middle East tour by setting aside weighty diplomatic matters and playing tourist for a day.

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Obama appeals to Israelis: Give justice to the Palestinians. 

President Barack Obama on Thursday urged the Israeli people to put themselves in the shoes of Palestinians and recognize their “right to self-determination, their right to justice.”

In a televised speech at the Jerusalem Convention Center, Obama said there should be “two states for two peoples.”

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Obama, Netanyahu address Iran, Syria threats

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During a wide-ranging press conference in Jerusalem, President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed Middle East conflicts and a potential two-state solution.

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On historic Mideast trip, Obama says US-Israel bond is ‘unbreakable’

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Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu both spoke of the “unbreakable” bond between their two countries, after the president arrived in Israel on Wednesday.

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First weekend on job, Kerry calls Palestinian, Israeli, Canadian officials

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Incoming Secretary of State John Kerry had a busy first weekend on the job, calling Palestinian, Israeli, Turkish, Canadian and Mexican officials.

In his conversation Sunday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Kerry said President Barack Obama “is very interested in the peace process and aware of the economic hardships of the Palestinian people,” Abbas spokesman Nabel Abu Rdeneh said.

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With truce holding, children in Gaza return to school for the first time since fierce fighting began

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Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian children headed back to school for the first time Saturday in 10 days, in another indication normal life was returning after cross-border violence in which 166 Palestinians and six Israelis were killed.

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Amid the ruins, Gazans say pity the living, not the dead

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Thousands of Palestinians filled Gaza City’s main square on Thursday to celebrate their “victory” in the latest round of violence with Israel, even as rescue workers were still sifting through the rubble of a home in the neighborhood of El Nasr on the city’s outskirts.

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BREAKING: Egypt and US announce cease fire between Gaza and Israel

BREAKING NEWS: Egypt announces cease-fire between Israel, Hamas effective Wednesday evening at 9pm Cairo time (2pm ET). More details to come on this developing story at www.nbcnews.com