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  • RPT-Culture of violence makes for hit TV in Turkey Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 2:56 AM ET

    *Turkish TV saturated by images of brutality. ISTANBUL, Sept 18- Sefer Calinak killed his first wife when he was 17 and murdered his girlfriend a few decades later with an axe. prime-time talk show host Seda Sayan asked Calinak, who served two separate prison sentences for the murders before being released under an amnesty program.

  • Jury hears arguments in terror finance trial Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 10:22 AM ET

    NEW YORK— A U.S. jury was asked Thursday to decide whether executives at Jordan- based Arab Bank should be held responsible for a wave of suicide bombings in the early 2000 s that left several Americans dead or wounded, part of a high-stakes legal offshoot of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,.

  • JERUSALEM/ RAMALLAH, West Bank, Sept 18- Most Palestinians have known only two leaders: Yasser Arafat, the stubble-chinned firebrand fond of chequered scarves and olive fatigues, and Mahmoud Abbas, a smooth-shaven father figure who favours Western suits and ties.

  • *Views sharply differ from president and Fatah chief Abbas. RAMALLAH, West Bank, Sept 18- The Gaza war was a victory for Palestinians, and the focus must now shift to a boycott that makes Israel's occupation of the West Bank too costly to bear, says Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader serving life in prison for multiple deadly attacks.

  • UNITED NATIONS, Sept 16- The United Nations, Israel and the Palestinian Authority have reached a deal to allow reconstruction work to begin in the war-torn Gaza Strip with U.N. monitoring of the use of materials, U.N.

  • Gazans rush to enjoy life after ruinous war Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 8:54 AM ET

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip— After a ruinous war, Gaza is rushing back to a veneer of normalcy at astonishing speed. Almost none express any optimism for change in the misery in the tiny, densely populated Mediterranean coastal strip, which is suffocating under seven years of blockade by Israel and Egypt and is under the iron rule of the Hamas militant group.

  • JERUSALEM, Sept 16- Israel's economy grew at an annualised rate of 1.5 percent in the second quarter, slower than previously thought and its weakest level since early 2009, the Central Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday.

  • World Bank: Palestinian economy to shrink in 2014 Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 4:29 AM ET

    RAMALLAH, West Bank— The Palestinian economy is expected to contract for the first time in seven years in 2014, the result of the recent Gaza war, continued Israeli and Egyptian restrictions on Palestinian trade and a drop in foreign aid, the World Bank said Tuesday.

  • ICL's parent company, conglomerate Israel Corp, set a nominal fundraising target of about $522.4 million through an initial public offering of 62 million ordinary shares, ICL said in a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Sept 12- Israel Chemicals Ltd, a Tel Aviv- based maker of fertilizer and specialty chemicals, filed with U.S. regulators to list on the New York Stock Exchange. ICL, which has exclusive permits to extract potash and bromine from the Dead Sea, is a subsidiary of Israel Corp and the second largest company on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange by market value.

  • Sept 12- Israel Chemicals Ltd, a Tel Aviv- based maker of fertiliser and speciality chemicals, filed with U.S. regulators to list on the New York Stock Exchange. Morgan Stanley and Barclays are the lead underwriters for the IPO, the company said. ICL is a subsidiary of Israel Corp and the second largest company on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange by market value.

  • *Cash-strapped Gaza under Israel- Egypt blockade. *Political infighting may impede Gaza recovery. GAZA/ NAHAL OZ, Israel, Sept 12- Fifty days of war in one of the most densely populated parts of the world have left swathes of Gaza in ruins.

  • Palestinian salaries dispute puts Gaza peace at risk Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 9:23 AM ET

    GAZA/ JERUSALEM, Sept 10- Tensions between Fatah and Hamas, the two main Palestinian parties, are close to breaking point over the non-payment of salaries to Gaza's public sector workers, raising the risk of a return to conflict in the territory, officials say.

  • ISTANBUL, Sept 9- Turkey is unlikely to sign any energy deals with Israel for the construction of a gas pipeline to Turkey because of a deepening political rift over Israel's Gaza offensive, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Tuesday.

  • The FTC, which says AndroGel users paid hundreds of millions of dollars more than necessary because of the companies' actions, asked the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to order AbbVie to refund users that money.

  • *Defence Ministry seeks $3.1 billion for 2015. JERUSALEM, Sept 4- Days after Israel reached a ceasefire after 50 days of war against Hamas in Gaza, the finance ministry and the central bank are at odds over how to cover hefty defence costs in next year's budget.

  • JERUSALEM, Sept 2- Israel's longer-term credit rating depends on its defence costs and the frequency of military conflicts, but a bigger budget deficit expected for 2015 is unlikely to prompt a downgrade, Standard& Poor's said. The agency is due to issue an update on Israel's rating on Sept. 19, which coincides with the start of discussions on the 2015 budget.

  • *Palladium rises above $900 on supply worries. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 29- Palladium rose to a 13-1/ 2- year high on Friday on worries over uncertain supplies from Russia, the world's largest producer of the metal, while gold prices eased on a dollar rise and gains in U.S. equities.

  • *Palladium rises above $900 on supply worries. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 29- Palladium rose to a fresh 13-1/ 2- year high on Friday on worries over uncertain supplies from Russia, the world's largest producer of the metal, while gold prices eased on a dollar rise and gains in U.S. equities.

  • JERUSALEM, Aug 27- The Bank of Israel warned the government on Wednesday that the budget deficit would reach at least 3.5 percent of gross domestic product in 2015 if taxes aren't raised and state spending is not reduced.