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Four-hour general strike begins in Israel

A general strike got under way in Israel on Monday, shutting down hospitals, banks and the country’s main international airport, but was to last only four hours, Israel’s army radio reported. The decision to let the strike go ahead on a limited basis from 6:00 am (0400 GMT) was taken…

Israel moves to expel activists as world urges probe

JERUSALEM -Israel moved swiftly on Wednesday to deport hundreds of activists detained during a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, as world pressure mounted for a full investigation of the fiasco. The accelerated deportations came after calls by global leaders on Israel to release the detainees taken off six…