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FILE - In this March 25, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump smiles at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, after signing a proclamation at the White House in Washington.
Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to bar two Democratic congresswomen at the request of President Donald Trump infuriated Democrats and risked turning Israel into even more of a partisan issue at a time when Americans are fiercely divided and Trump faces a tough fight for re-election
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August 19, 2019
U.S. Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, both Democrats, are seen during a news conference at the Capitol, in Washington, July 15, 2019.
U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are hosting a news conference on travel restrictions to Israel and Palestine, after they were denied entry into Israel
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August 19, 2019
U.S. Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, both Democrats, are seen during a news conference at the Capitol, in Washington, July 15, 2019.
U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are hosting a news conference on travel restrictions to Israel and Palestine, after they were denied entry into Israel
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August 19, 2019
A Syrian carries the body of a child at the site of a reported regime airstrike on the village of Deir Sharqi on the eastern outskirts of Maaret al-Numan in Syria's northern province of Idlib, Aug. 17, 2019.
Syrian activists: Turkish military convoy halted by airstrikes on road after crossing into Syria, heading to rebel area
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August 19, 2019
Renamed Adrian Aryra 1 super tanker hosting an Iranian flag sails in the waters in the British territory of Gibraltar, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. Authorities in Gibraltar on Sunday rejected the United States' latest request not to release a seized…
Authorities declined repeated US requests to hold the ship under allegations it violated sanctions
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August 19, 2019
The Monastery is believed to have been visited by the Holy family when they fled their homeland out of fear of persecution by King Herod. Sunday, August 18, 2019.
Christian tradition says that after Jesus was born, his parents fled with him to Egypt to escape death. Eventually they returned to their home in what was then known as the kingdom of Judea, and one of their last stops in Egypt was said to be at a cave in the Dronka mountains. Thousands of devotees of the Virgin Mary travel to the Virgin Mary Monastery near Assiut, Egypt every August to show their devotion to the holy family. Christian children are baptized and adults hope for blessings.
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August 19, 2019
President Donald Trump speaks he meets with survivors of religious persecution in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, in Washington. The survivors come from countries including, Myanmar, New Zealand, Yemen, China, Cuba,…
Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, is the main architect of a proposed $50 billion economic development plan for the Palestinians, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon that is designed to create peace in the region
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By Reuters
August 18, 2019