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  • The Middle East is running out of water. Can they adapt? 15 hours ago

    Rising global population and decreasing usable water supplies will cause the world’s demand for water to surge in the next few decades and intensify conflict in many countries, experts warn. In the rankings by the World Resources Institute (WRI), fourteen of the 33 countries most likely to be water stressed in 2040 are in the Middle East, including nine considered extremely highly stressed – Bahrain, Kuwait, Palestine, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Lebanon. According to the researchers, the Middle East is already the least water-secure region in the world, because it draws heavily upon groundwater and desalinated sea water and faces "exceptional water-related challenges for the foreseeable future," they say. More »

  • Senior U.S. official to travel to Israel to discuss Iran deal 15 hours ago

    A senior U.S. Treasury official will travel to Israel this week to discuss the nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers with senior Israeli officials, the Treasury Department said on Thursday. Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Adam Szubin will travel to Israel from Friday through Monday, the Treasury said in a statement. More »

  • German support for Barenboim concert in Iran draws Israeli ire
    German support for Barenboim concert in Iran draws Israeli ire 17 hours ago

    By Tina Bellon BERLIN (Reuters) - Star conductor Daniel Barenboim is holding talks to take one of Germany's main orchestras to Iran, his employer Berlin State Opera said on Thursday, in the face of angry protests from Israel. The opera said the plans by its Israeli-Argentinian musical director had the full backing of German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, setting up a possible confrontation with Israel which called the state support for the trip a "mistake". The announcement of the visit comes at a particularly sensitive time for Israel, which is concerned that last month's nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, including Germany, could empower one of its main enemies and ease Tehran's international isolation. More »

  • Israel to use crop, water technology to win friends in Africa
    Israel to use crop, water technology to win friends in Africa 18 hours ago

    Israel wants to use its cutting-edge agricultural technology to improve food production -- and win friends -- across Africa, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday. More »

  • Jewish settlers take over homes in Arab part of Jerusalem
    Jewish settlers take over homes in Arab part of Jerusalem 18 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Ultra-nationalist Israelis took over a four-story building in the heart of an Arab neighborhood in east Jerusalem on Thursday, raising fears of fresh violence in the tense area. More »

  • Ethiopia races to preserve 'Africa's Jerusalem'
    Ethiopia races to preserve 'Africa's Jerusalem' Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Archaeologists face a race against time to save 800-year-old structures crumbling away from moisture damage. More »

  • Barenboim and Berlin orchestra confirm Tehran concert plan
    Barenboim and Berlin orchestra confirm Tehran concert plan Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Israeli-Argentinian conductor Daniel Barenboim is hoping to take one of Germany's top orchestras to Iran to perform a concert there, the Berlin State Opera said Thursday, drawing angry protests from Israel. More »

  • Abbas reopens Palestinian NGO after European pressure Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has revoked his decision to close an internationally-funded Palestinian peace centre run by a political rival following European intervention, officials said on Thursday. The Palestinian Peace Coalition (PPC) promotes, along with Israeli activists, an unofficial plan -- known as the Geneva Initiative -- for Palestinian statehood and an end to conflict with Israel. A presidential decree issued last week ordered the PPC to be shut and its assets and property in the West Bank city of Ramallah transferred to the Information Ministry. More »

  • EU envoy warns of more steps against Israeli settlements Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The European Union's outgoing envoy to the Palestinian territories says the 28-nation bloc is moving forward with measures against Jewish West Bank settlements. More »

  • Abbas heats up Palestinian politics in PLO reshuffle bid
    Abbas heats up Palestinian politics in PLO reshuffle bid Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ali Sawafta GAZA/RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - President Mahmoud Abbas is acting to shake up Palestinian politics with peace talks with Israel in deep freeze and unity efforts with Hamas Islamists who run the Gaza Strip stalled. In power for more than a decade, and facing a mounting challenge to his stewardship, Abbas, 80, resigned last week as chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization's Executive Committee, its top decision-making body. Under PLO rules, Abbas's step forces the 714-member Palestinian National Council, or parliament, into session within 30 days to elect a new committee. More »

  • Israeli military strikes target in Gaza after rocket attack Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it struck a Hamas target in the Gaza Strip after a rocket was fired at Israel. More »

  • Israel hits Hamas weapons facility in Gaza after rocket attacks
    Israel hits Hamas weapons facility in Gaza after rocket attacks Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Israel Defence Forces (IDF) have hit weapons installations in central Gaza Strip in retaliation for rocket attacks. The airstrike targeted Hamas's weapons production facility, said the IDF. No casualties were reported from either the rocket attacks or the airstrike. More »

  • Israeli air strike targets Hamas in response to rocket attack Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Israel launched an air strike against a Hamas facility on Thursday in response to a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army said. No one was hurt in the night-time rocket attack on southern Israel, the army said in a statement. There were no immediate reports of any casualties in the Palestinian enclave after warplanes struck what the Israeli military said was a weapons factory belonging to the ruling Hamas Islamist movement. More »

  • Rocket from Gaza hits southern Israel, no casualties - army Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern Israel on Thursday, causing no casualties, the Israeli army said. Salafi Jihadist groups that are proponents of global holy war endorsed by al Qaeda have claimed most of the sporadic rocket strikes on Israel from the coastal territory since the end of a 50-day Gaza war a year ago. The army said in a statement that the rocket had hit an area adjacent to the Gaza border and no injuries had been reported. More »

  • Israel's Netanyahu to visit Milan World Expo
    Israel's Netanyahu to visit Milan World Expo Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flies to Italy Thursday for talks with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and a visit to the World Expo 2015 in Milan, his office said. More »

  • Brawl at Israel hospital treating Palestinian hunger striker Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say five people have been arrested after a brawl broke out at a hospital treating a former Palestinian prisoner who recently ended a two-month hunger strike. More »

  • Israel museum repairs ancient item after damage Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's leading museum said Wednesday that a young visitor accidentally bumped into a display case and broke an ancient glass artifact, but later changed its account and said the cause of the mishap was unclear. More »

  • Palestinians could raise flag at UN before pope visit
    Palestinians could raise flag at UN before pope visit Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In a move likely to upset Israel's government, the Palestinians are seeking to raise their flag, along with the Vatican flag, at U.N. headquarters — just in time for Pope Francis' visit next month. More »

  • More Than 85,000 Sign Petition for Benjamin Netanyahu's Arrest During U.K. …
    More Than 85,000 Sign Petition for Benjamin Netanyahu's Arrest During U.K. … Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    A to the U.K. government and Parliament calling for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be arrested when he visits the U.K. next month has received more than 85,000 signatures. A report from Amnesty International, released in July, also found "strong evidence" that Israeli forces carried out war crimes and crimes against humanity on the deadliest day of the conflict, known as Black Friday. More »

  • Bale included as Wales push for Euro 2016 place
    Bale included as Wales push for Euro 2016 place Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Gareth Bale has been included in Wales's squad for next week's European 2016 qualifiers against Cyprus and Israel as his country eyes an appearance at a first major football finals in more than 50 years. More »

  • Israel frees hundreds more African migrants
    Israel frees hundreds more African migrants Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Israel released a second group of around 600 African migrants from a desert detention centre on Wednesday after a court order, the prison authorities said. More »

  • Israel-Palestine: Inside Yitzhar – the settlement that loves to hate
    Israel-Palestine: Inside Yitzhar – the settlement that loves to hate Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Just over an hour's drive from Jerusalem along Highway 60 in the West Bank, a ring of Israeli settlements sit like watchtowers on the hills surrounding the Palestinian city of Nablus and at least 10 smaller Arab villages. Yitzhar, a radical outpost of about 240 Jewish families, is the most infamous of them all. The settlement has long been associated with radical Zionism and particularly the so-called Hilltop Youth, a loose group of pro-settlement activists that are accused of carrying out acts of vandalism and violence against Palestinians and their property in the West Bank. More »

  • In Jerusalem's culture war, secular residents make gains
    In Jerusalem's culture war, secular residents make gains Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Crowds of angry ultra-Orthodox Jewish men, wearing long beards, black and white garb and large black hats, protested in the streets of Jerusalem earlier this month against a new cinema opening its doors ... More »

  • Once again, UK lets Netanyahu get away with it
    Once again, UK lets Netanyahu get away with it Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    British authorities continue supporting unjust narratives that misinterpret historical realities and cause suffering. More »

  • Aid groups appeal for end to Gaza blockade
    Aid groups appeal for end to Gaza blockade Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Some 35 aid groups from around the world, including ActionAid and Oxfam, launched a joint call Wednesday to end Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, which is in dire need of reconstruction. More »

  • Vatican Requests Its Removal From Palestinian Flag Initiative At U.N.
    Vatican Requests Its Removal From Palestinian Flag Initiative At U.N. Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    The Vatican on Tuesday asked the Palestinian U.N. mission to remove all references to it from a draft resolution the Palestinians have prepared for the General Assembly calling for the flags of Palestine and the Holy See to fly at the U.N. The draft resolution specifically refers to both the Vatican and the State of Palestine, both of which are non-member observer states at the United Nations. More »

  • India urged to use close Israeli ties for Palestine
    India urged to use close Israeli ties for Palestine Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Critics lament New Delhi's fading pro-Palestinian stance at solidarity convention as Israel relations flourish. More »

  • Israel frees hundreds of refugees from desert jail
    Israel frees hundreds of refugees from desert jail Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Supreme Court orders release of asylum seekers from detention facility, but those freed remain banned from two cities. More »

  • Israel: Professor Uri Shanas launches crowdfunding campaign to buy 1.4% of earth …
    Israel: Professor Uri Shanas launches crowdfunding campaign to buy 1.4% of earth … Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    University of Haifa's Professor Uri Shanas has launched a crowdfunding campaign to buy 1.4% of earth to turn the land into nature resorts to save plant and animal species that are on the brink of extinction. More »

  • Vatican says won't co-sponsor Palestinian flag initiative at U.N.
    Vatican says won't co-sponsor Palestinian flag initiative at U.N. Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The Vatican on Tuesday asked the Palestinian U.N. mission to remove all references to it from a draft resolution the Palestinians have prepared for the General Assembly calling for the flags of Palestine and the Holy See to fly at the U.N. The Palestinian draft resolution, which was seen by Reuters, says that the flags of non-member observer states "shall be raised at the United Nations Headquarters and Offices following the flags of the member states of the United Nations." The draft resolution specifically refers to both the Vatican and the State of Palestine, both of which are non-member observer states at the United Nations. The initiative comes one month before the scheduled appearance of Pope Francis for a major speech before a high-level gathering of the 193-nation U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 25. More »

  • Israel: Heinz loses ketchup label and can now only be branded as tomato sea …
    Israel: Heinz loses ketchup label and can now only be branded as tomato sea … Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    The iconic Heinz tomato ketchup will no longer be called ketchup in Israel after the Ministry of Health there ruled that the product did not contain enough tomato solids to be classified as ketchup. Instead, it will move a step lower and be sold as tomato seasoning, Ynet News reported, according to the Times of Israel. Heinz's competitor in Israel, Osem tested its ketchup and alleged that it contained only 21% concentrate. More »

  • Petition pushes for end to Israel's Gaza blockade
    Petition pushes for end to Israel's Gaza blockade Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    A year after the 2014 war, Gaza remains decimated, with tens of thousands of Palestinians still homeless. More »

  • Palestinians, Vatican could raise UN flags before pope visit
    Palestinians, Vatican could raise UN flags before pope visit Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In a move likely to upset Israel's government, the Palestinians and the Vatican are seeking to raise their flags at U.N. headquarters — just in time for Pope Francis' visit next month. More »

  • Israel frees hundreds of migrants from desert facility
    Israel frees hundreds of migrants from desert facility Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Israel released hundreds of African migrants from a desert detention centre Tuesday after a court order, but asylum seekers were left with few options after being barred from two cities. More »

  • Israel releases African migrants from detention center
    Israel releases African migrants from detention center Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    HOLOT DETENTION FACILITY, Israel (AP) — Faysal Hussein from Sudan walked out of Israel's desert detention center Tuesday already sweating with just a backpack, barely enough cash for bus fare and lunch, and after 19 months in custody, no idea where to go. More »