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  • Palestinian killed in blast near ruined Gaza airport
    Palestinian killed in blast near ruined Gaza airport 23 hours ago

    A young Palestinian was killed and his brother seriously wounded in an explosion on Saturday near the Gaza Strip's abandoned airport, the health ministry said. More »

  • With united front, Arab Israeli parties seek more clout
    With united front, Arab Israeli parties seek more clout Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Israel's once-squabbling Arab parties aim to bolster their influence in parliament to defend the rights of their minority with an unprecedented alliance forged ahead of snap elections. More »

  • Egypt courts list Hamas as terrorist group, give Brotherhood leader life Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    An Egyptian court listed the Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organisation, judicial sources said on Saturday, part of a sustained crackdown on Islamists in the most populous Arab state. In a separate case earlier in the day, a court sentenced the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's top leader Mohamed Badie to life in prison while other members received the death penalty. Hamas is an offshoot of the Brotherhood, which the authorities have also declared a terrorist group in Egypt and have repressed systematically since the army ousted one of its leaders, Mohamed Mursi, from the presidency in 2013. More »

  • Hamas says Egypt listing it as terrorist organization is 'shocking and  … Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    An Egyptian court decision to list Hamas as a terrorist organization is "shocking and dangerous," the Islamist group said a statement from Gaza on Saturday. "The Egyptian court's decision to list the Hamas movement as a terror organization is shocking and is dangerous, and it targets the Palestinian people and its factions of resistance," the statement said. More »

  • Teacher denies radicalising Canadian teens headed to Syria Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    By Andrew Soong and Jake Bleiberg MONTREAL (Reuters) - A Muslim teacher once jailed by Canada as a security threat denied on Friday he had radicalised Canadian teens believed to have headed to Syria to fight with Islamic State, saying his school had had only brief contact with one of the six students. The students, four men and two women aged 18 and 19, left Montreal in January and February for Turkey and then on to Syria, according to media reports, the latest in a string of young Westerners who have become radicalised and have headed to the Middle East hoping to fight with Islamic State. The teacher, Adil Charkaoui, told a news conference in Montreal that anti-Muslim sentiment in Quebec is to blame for alienating Muslim students, not his classes, where he said only Arabic, the Koran and "basic notions" are taught. He said only one of the departed students took a course at his school, which rented classroom space from two colleges in the Montreal area. More »

  • Italian lawmakers urge recognition of Palestinian state Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Italian lawmakers on Friday backed a non-binding resolution that encourages the government to recognise Palestine as a state, a move that underlines European frustration over stalled Middle East peace negotiations. European countries have become increasingly critical of Israel, which since the collapse of the latest U.S.-sponsored talks last April has pressed on with building settlements on territory the Palestinians want for their state. Italy's Chamber of Deputies voted by 300 to 45 to pass the motion presented by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's Democratic Party (PD) "to promote the recognition of Palestine as a democratic state". While most developing countries recognise Palestine as a state, most Western European governments do not, supporting the Israeli and U.S. position that an independent Palestinian state should emerge from negotiations with Israel. More »

  • Gaza floods: dispelling the myth about Israeli 'dams'
    Gaza floods: dispelling the myth about Israeli 'dams' Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Once again this winter, following days of very heavy rainfall across the region, the banks of a riverbed running through central Gaza were breached, flooding dozens of Palestinian homes. More »

  • Banksy leaves his mark in war-ravaged Gaza
    Banksy leaves his mark in war-ravaged Gaza Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    World-renowned graffiti artist Banksy has caused a stir in the Gaza Strip, apparently secretly travelling to the Palestinian territory and painting murals on buildings ruined by the latest conflict. More »

  • Libya needs international maritime force to help stop illicit oil, weapons - … Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    By Michelle Nichols and Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Libyan authorities are unable to halt the illicit trade in oil or the flow of weapons in and out of the country, and they need an international maritime force to help, United Nations sanctions monitors said in a new report. The confidential report by the U.N. Security Council's Panel of Experts on Libya, first seen by Reuters on Thursday, will likely increase pressure on major world powers to consider intervention to stop the North African state from spinning further out of control. "The capacity of Libya to physically prevent (arms) transfers is almost nonexistent and there is no authorization to enforce the arms embargo on the high seas or in the air as there were during the 2011 revolution," the panel wrote in the report. The 15-nation Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Libya in 2011 to stop delivery of weapons to the government of former leader Muammar Gaddafi during his crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations. More »

  • Jewish MP on Arab Israeli slate rejects 'traitor' label
    Jewish MP on Arab Israeli slate rejects 'traitor' label Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    As a Jewish Israeli Communist running for election under an Arab banner, Dov Khenin is often the butt of jokes. But for some, he is nothing less than a traitor. More »

  • Britain's Banksy takes aim at Gaza's privations in mini-video Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - The eminent but anonymous British street artist known as Banksy has posted a mini-documentary on his banksy.co.uk site showing squalid conditions in Gaza six months after the end of the war between the enclave's Islamist Hamas rulers and Israel. Israel was criticised over the large number of Palestinian civilian deaths during the conflict, including by its main ally the United States. Over 2,100 Palestinians were killed during the fighting, most of them civilians and many of them children, while 67 Israeli soldiers and six civilians were killed. The two-minute documentary was posted on Thursday and like many of Banksy's murals and other art is politically charged and whimsical at the same time. More »

  • Egypt: Bomb blasts in Cairo kill one person and injure five others
    Egypt: Bomb blasts in Cairo kill one person and injure five others Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    One person was killed and five others injured, including policemen, when five bombs exploded in Cairo on 26 February. In Alwaraq, gas station worker Alaa Aly Mohamed came close to being killed by one of the bombs. Most of deadliest bomb attacks in Egypt have hit the Sinai Peninsula - a remote but strategic region bordering Gaza, Israel and the Suez Canal. More »

  • For Israeli party, a Palestinian state amounts to 'suicide'
    For Israeli party, a Palestinian state amounts to 'suicide' Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    By Maayan Lubell TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Young and ambitious, with a ready smile and a quick wit, Israeli far right leader Naftali Bennett is on a mission to prevent the creation of a Palestinian state. If, as widely expected, he takes on defence or another key portfolio after next month's election, that mission will take a big step closer to fulfilment, something his critics say could stir conflict and deepen Israel's international isolation. Forty-two-year-old Bennett, who has expanded the appeal of his pro-settler Jewish Home party to younger, more secular Israelis, is undeterred, saying the alternative would be worse -- the end of Israel and endless war. Visiting a mall in the Israeli town of Ashkelon and surrounded by a crowd of cheering supporters, Bennett stopped to talk with stall owners eager to shake his hand and chat while teenagers took selfies with him on their mobile phones. More »

  • Rebuilding Gaza could take a century if Israel keeps blockade - Oxfam Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The rebuilding of homes, schools and hospitals in Gaza could take more than a century to complete unless an Israeli blockade restricting imports of construction materials into the Gaza Strip is lifted, aid agency Oxfam said on Thursday. Gaza needs more than 800,000 truckloads of building materials to repair infrastructure damaged in the 2014 war with Israel, yet less than a quarter of one percent of the materials needed have entered Gaza in the last three months, Oxfam said. More »

  • Banksy Goes Undercover To Make Gaza Film
    Banksy Goes Undercover To Make Gaza Film Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Banksy has released a video of a satirical travel advert for Gaza after travelling to the area undercover. The film, posted on the elusive artist's website, appears to show him entering through one of the underground tunnels carrying cans of spray paint. Its caption reads: "Gaza is often described as 'the world's largest open air prison' because no-one is allowed to enter or leave. More »

  • One dead in Cairo bombings
    One dead in Cairo bombings Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    One person was killed Thursday in a bombing outside a pizzeria in the Egyptian capital as other blasts hit a police station and offices of cell phone companies, a health official said. More »

  • Six months after war, tempers fray among Gaza homeless
    Six months after war, tempers fray among Gaza homeless Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    For six months, Gazans left homeless by last year's war have waited patiently to be rehoused. But with no relief in sight and thousands still in UN shelters, tempers are fraying. More »

  • Five bombs explode in Cairo, one killed, five wounded Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    One person was killed and five others including policemen were wounded when five bombs exploded in Cairo on Thursday, security sources said. Three policemen were wounded when another device went off near a police station in the poor district of Alwaraq near Imbaba, security sources said. Three other bombs exploded in the nearby mainly middle-class district of Mohandeseen, the interior ministry said. Most of the worst in a campaign of bomb attacks in Egypt have hit the Sinai peninsula, a remote but strategic region bordering Gaza, Israel and the Suez Canal. More »

  • Dozens of suspected militants killed in Egypt’s North Sinai- sources Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Egypt’s military killed dozens of suspected Islamist militants in an operation in Sinai, security sources said on Wednesday, while state media reported the kidnapping of a businessman in the region. Apache helicopter gunships killed 18 suspected militants after they destroyed four vans in North Sinai, security sources in the remote but strategic region said. Twenty were killed when the military bombed a residence, a school and a youth centre where the suspected militants were gathering near the North Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid, the sources said. More »

  • 2014 a 'catastrophic year for millions' Amnesty warns in latest human …
    2014 a 'catastrophic year for millions' Amnesty warns in latest human … Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Amnesty International has released its latest report on the state of human rights in 160 countries, warning that millions of people are subjected to grave human rights violation. During a conference on the report, held in London on Tuesday (25th February), Amnesty International's Secretary General Salil Shetty said:"The United Nations was established 70 years ago to ensure that we would never again see the horrors witnessed in the Second World War. Amnesty suggested possible ways to tackle conflicts worldwide and reduce human rights violations and also called for the five countries permanent members of UN Security Council to renounce their veto powers in situations of mass atrocities. More »

  • Amnesty: Global response to militant violence 'shameful'
    Amnesty: Global response to militant violence 'shameful' Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Amnesty International's annual report State of the World's Human Rights makes for grim reading. Released on 25 February, the reports says governments are failing to protect millions of civilians from violence by states and armed groups, describing the global response to widespread conflict from Nigeria to Syria as "shameful and ineffective". "Our report this year for 2014/15 provides quite shocking details of the horrific violence and human rights abuses that civilians from Syria to Ukraine to Nigeria to Gaza have faced in this period. We have called it shameful," said Amnesty's General Secretary Salil Shetty at a news conference in London on 24 February. More »

  • Israeli interest rates could go below zero - central bank deputy governor
    Israeli interest rates could go below zero - central bank deputy governor Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    By Steven Scheer JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's short-term interest rates could be cut below zero and other monetary policy tools considered should the shekel strengthen further and threaten the economy's export-led recovery, a senior Bank of Israel official said. The central bank unexpectedly lowered its benchmark interest rate to a new all-time low of 0.10 percent from 0.25 percent on Monday, citing the shekel's appreciation. The currency, long overvalued against the dollar and euro, had weakened in recent months on the back of slower growth, lower interest rates and a very low inflation outlook. Bank of Israel Deputy Governor Nadine Baudot-Trajtenberg said while the central bank was "relatively comfortable" with its 2015 growth forecast of 3.2 percent "we needed to ensure that no further (dollar-shekel) depreciation takes place." "We had concern that looking forward, without the extra push, we would not necessarily maintain our growth estimate," Baudot-Trajtenberg said in an interview with Reuters. More »