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  • U.N. chief condemns Palestinian toddler killing, urges calm 4 hours ago

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned on Friday the killing of a Palestinian child in the West Bank, saying the absence of a peace process and Israel's illegal settlement policy had sparked violent extremism by Jews and Palestinians. Jewish settlers were suspected of torching a Palestinian home in the occupied West Bank on Friday, killing an 18-month-old child and seriously injuring his parents and brother, an act that Israel's prime minister described as terrorism. "Continued failures to effectively address impunity for repeated acts of settler violence have led to another horrific incident involving the death of an innocent life. This must end," Ban's spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. More »

  • Israel's secret-keeper seeks censorship reform
    Israel's secret-keeper seeks censorship reform Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    By Dan Williams TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Sima Vaknin-Gill may be Israel's last chief military censor. After 10 years in a role that stirs frequent annoyance and occasional dread among journalists, Vaknin-Gill wants her office, which dates back to the country's wartime founding, replaced with a streamlined civilian agency more in sync with contemporary media freedoms. By law, Israeli journalists and accredited international correspondents must submit, prior to publication, any item touching upon security issues to the censor's office. More »

  • UK anti-Semitic incidents soar in first half of year - report
    UK anti-Semitic incidents soar in first half of year - report Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - The number of recorded anti-Semitic incidents in Britain soared in the first six months of this year compared with 2014, probably due to a surge in reporting among fearful Jews, a report by a Jewish community body said on Thursday. There were 473 recorded incidents between January and June this year including two classified as "extreme violence", said the Community Security Trust (CST), which advises Britain's estimated 260,000 Jews on security. Across Europe, Jews have warned of a growing undercurrent of anti-Semitism, fuelled by anger at Israeli policy in the Middle East and social tensions over immigration and increasing economic hardship under austerity policies that have helped far-right movements gain popularity. More »

  • 'Strong evidence' of Israel war crimes on 'Black Friday': A …
    'Strong evidence' of Israel war crimes on 'Black Friday': A … Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    An analysis of an Israeli assault in the Gaza Strip following the capture of one of its soldiers during last year's war in the Palestinian territory shows "strong evidence" of war crimes, Amnesty International said Wednesday. More »

  • Egypt says finishes work on New Suez Canal
    Egypt says finishes work on New Suez Canal Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    By Eric Knecht ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Egypt has finished building its New Suez Canal, its overseer said on Wednesday, a project President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi sees as a symbol of national pride and a major chance to stimulate an economy suffering double-digit unemployment. The Suez Canal is a vital source of hard currency for Egypt, particularly since the 2011 uprising that scared off tourists and foreign investment. "We have finished work on time and even before the specified time," retired Admiral Mohab Mameesh, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, said at a news conference. More »

  • Hamas renews 'revolt' call against Palestinian Authority
    Hamas renews 'revolt' call against Palestinian Authority Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Deputies of the Islamist movement Hamas which rules Gaza on Wednesday renewed calls for a "revolt" against the internationally recognised Palestinian Authority over its sweeping arrests of anti-Israeli militants. More »

  • Berlin hosting "Jewish Olympics" in stadium Hitler built
    Berlin hosting "Jewish Olympics" in stadium Hitler built Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Seven decades after Adolf Hitler sought to stop Jews from competing in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, more than 2,500 Jewish competitors will take part in the 14th European Maccabi Games from Wednesday at the same Olympic Stadium. Germany, home to the world's fast-growing Jewish population, is full of pride that the country responsible for the Holocaust in which 6 million Jews were killed will host the 10-day "Jewish Olympics", with participants from 36 nations in 19 disciplines from athletics to basketball, soccer and squash. "I think it's great that the Jewish community in Germany is growing and Jewish life has become so vibrant here again," Heiko Maas, Germany's justice minister, told Reuters ahead of the opening ceremony for the Games that will be held in the Olympic Stadium and sports complex and run to Aug. 5. More »

  • Jail for Jordanians convicted of recruiting for Hamas
    Jail for Jordanians convicted of recruiting for Hamas Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Twelve Jordanians were sentenced on Tuesday to jail terms of up to 15 years for their involvement in a cell recruiting members for the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas. More »

  • Arab ministers to meet after Jerusalem clashes
    Arab ministers to meet after Jerusalem clashes Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Arab League foreign ministers will meet in Cairo early next month to discuss clashes involving Israeli police at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, a senior Palestinian official said Monday. More »

  • Power shifts fuel talk of change in Palestinian politics
    Power shifts fuel talk of change in Palestinian politics Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    By Luke Baker and Ali Sawafta RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Rumblings in Ramallah in recent weeks have raised expectations that Palestinian politics is in play, with 80-year-old President Mahmoud Abbas, in power for more than a decade, facing a mounting challenge to his leadership. There is frequent speculation that Abbas, who was elected to a four-year term in 2005 and has not had to face a vote since then, is about to step down. Earlier this month, Abbas unexpectedly dismissed the secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization and his effective number two, Yasser Abed Rabbo, who had been critical of his decision-making for some time. More »

  • Palestinians, Israeli police clash at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Masked rock-throwing Palestinians and Israeli police using stun grenades clashed on Sunday at al-Aqsa mosque plaza, on the annual Jewish day of mourning for Jerusalem's two destroyed Biblical temples. A police spokeswoman said Palestinians had prepared makeshift barricades and used rocks, metal bars and flares to attack police who came to dismantle them. Violence at the site has flared in the past year as Palestinians have been riled by visits by non-Muslims, including ultranationalist Jews, to the compound. More »

  • Egypt extends state of emergency in North Sinai by three months Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Egypt said on Saturday it had extended by three months a state of emergency imposed on parts of Northern Sinai in October after Islamist militants stepped up attacks in the peninsula bordering Israel, Gaza and the Suez Canal. Insurgents have killed hundreds of soldiers and policemen in Sinai since mid-2013, lashing out after then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi following mass protests against his rule. Sisi went on to be elected president last year and says militancy poses an existential threat to Egypt, the most populous Arab country. More »

  • Hamas armed wing gives 25,000 Gazans combat training
    Hamas armed wing gives 25,000 Gazans combat training Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    The military wing of Hamas opened its Gaza summer camp on Saturday, aimed at providing basic combat training for 25,000 Palestinians in the embattled strip. More »

  • Islamic State claims Egypt bomb that killed four soldiers Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Islamic State's Egyptian affiliate claimed responsibility on Thursday for a bombing that the army said killed four soldiers near Rafah, a town on the border with the Gaza Strip. Egypt is battling an increasingly brazen insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula that has killed hundreds of police officers and soldiers since the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in 2013 after mass protests against his rule. The militant group Sinai Province, which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State, said in a statement posted on Twitter that it had planted the bomb on the road between Rafah and the town of Sheikh Zuweid. More »

  • Bombing kills four Egyptian soldiers in Sinai
    Bombing kills four Egyptian soldiers in Sinai Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    A roadside bomb on Thursday killed four Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula, where the army is battling Islamic State group loyalists, the military said. More »

  • Saudi downplays Hamas pilgrimage visit
    Saudi downplays Hamas pilgrimage visit Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Saudi Arabia on Thursday played down the significance of a visit by Hamas leaders, saying it was only a religious pilgrimage and Riyadh's position on the Palestinian Islamist movement was unchanged. More »

  • Saudi Arabia says relations with Hamas have not changed after meeting
    Saudi Arabia says relations with Hamas have not changed after meeting Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said on Thursday a visit to the kingdom last week by a Hamas delegation was religious rather than political and Saudi relations with the Iran-allied Palestinian group had not changed. Saudi Arabia has for years regarded Hamas with intense suspicion because the Palestinian militant group is both a traditional ally of Iran and also an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, a movement Riyadh has often seen as a threat. More »

  • Iran nuclear deal: Why aren't we talking about Iranian human rights abu …
    Iran nuclear deal: Why aren't we talking about Iranian human rights abu … Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Amid huge fanfare and relief, last week (July 14 2015) a long-negotiated deal was announced to lift sanctions against Iran in exchange for international monitoring and verification to ensure that the country does not develop nuclear weapons. As well as the possibility that it might be vetoed by the US Congress, there is also the question of whether Iran can be trusted to honour its pledge. Iran's rulers have ambitions to be a regional and, eventually, global power. More »

  • Palestinians lay first brick for Gaza reconstruction
    Palestinians lay first brick for Gaza reconstruction Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Palestinian housing minister Mufid al-Hasayneh laid a brick Wednesday for the first Gaza home to be rebuilt since the Israel-Hamas war a year ago, as frustration mounts over the slow pace of reconstruction. More »

  • Israeli forces kill Palestinian in West Bank arrest raid - witness Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Israeli security forces on an arrest raid in the occupied West Bank shot and killed a Palestinian on Wednesday when clashes broke out with residents, Palestinian sources said. A Palestinian witness told Reuters Israeli forces entered the village to carry out arrests in the village of Bruqin and that residents threw stones at the Israeli troops. The witness did not want to give his name for fear of arrest. More »

  • Chattanooga Gunman's Uncle Held In Jordan
    Chattanooga Gunman's Uncle Held In Jordan Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    An uncle of the man who shot dead five US servicemen in Tennessee has been in custody in Jordan since the day of the attack, says his lawyer. Abdel Qader al Khatib says he has been barred from seeing his client - Asaad Ibrahim Abdulazeez Haj Ali - a maternal uncle of Chattanooga gunman Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez. A Jordanian government official told the AP news agency that some of Abdulazeez's relatives in Jordan were being questioned, but declined to elaborate. More »

  • Post Iran deal, Israel looks to improve ties with Turkey Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Efforts by Israel and Turkey to restore their once strong relationship could be helped by the common threats they face from Islamic State militants and Iran, a senior Israeli diplomat said on Tuesday. Israeli-Turkish ties have soured during Tayyip Erdogan's rule in Ankara, but his Islamist-rooted AK Party's setbacks in a June 7 election and the reshaping of the region has stirred speculation about a realignment of interests. Delegates from both sides have been trying to finalise a compensation deal over the killing by Israeli marines of 10 Turks aboard a pro-Palestinian activist ship that tried to break Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip in 2010. More »