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  • Israel reports successful test of missile-defense system
    Israel reports successful test of missile-defense system 3 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli officials announced Wednesday that a joint U.S.-Israeli missile-defense system has successfully passed a new test and is expected to be operational next year — a development that would provide an important tool in protecting the country against Hezbollah militants in Lebanon. More »

  • Egyptian Artifacts Salvaged from Robbed Tomb in Israel
    Egyptian Artifacts Salvaged from Robbed Tomb in Israel 3 hours ago

    In an underground cave in Israel, archaeologists have unearthed 3,000-year-old Egyptian artifacts that had been spared by tomb robbers. Inspectors with the Israel Antiquities Authority's (IAA) Unit for the Prevention of Antiquities Robbery say they found pickaxes and other signs of looting in a cave near Kibbutz Lahav in southern Israel. "During this period, Canaan was ruled by Egypt," Daphna Ben-Tor, curator of Egyptian archaeology at the Israel Museum, explained in a statement from the IAA. More »

  • Macedonian intel chief accused of bribery in Israel deal 4 hours ago

    SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's main left-wing opposition leader on Wednesday accused the head of the country's intelligence service of taking a large bribe for a surveillance equipment deal with Israel in 2011. More »

  • Netanyahu, Boehner hail 'strong' US, Israel ties
    Netanyahu, Boehner hail 'strong' US, Israel ties 4 hours ago

    US House Speaker John Boehner and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Wednesday the "strong" ties between their nations, amid tensions between Netanyahu and the Obama administration. More »

  • Wound-healing laser soon to be a reality: Israeli scientist 6 hours ago

    Closing wounds and surgical incisions with a laser is a step closer to reality, Israeli scientists say. The futuristic technique is better than current methods which damage tissue and can cause scarring, researchers from Tel Aviv University believe. Head of the Applied Physics Department Abraham Katzir was behind the research. More »

  • Boycott Israel
    Boycott Israel 6 hours ago

    Can an international boycott of Israeli goods and services help end its occupation of Palestinian lands? More »

  • Gazan 'tricked' into selling Banksy graffiti for a song
    Gazan 'tricked' into selling Banksy graffiti for a song 6 hours ago

    A work by world-renowned graffiti artist Banksy has been sold for less than $200 in war-ravaged Gaza, where a homeless family says they were "tricked" into parting with the valuable collector's item. More »

  • Israel says Palestinians hypocritical for joining ICC
    Israel says Palestinians hypocritical for joining ICC 6 hours ago

    Israel denounced as hypocritical Wednesday the Palestinian decision to join the International Criminal Court in order to seek to prosecute officials from the Jewish state. More »

  • Israel advances plans for largest Palestinian housing project
    Israel advances plans for largest Palestinian housing project 8 hours ago

    An Israeli committee has approved controversial plans for eventual construction of 2,200 Palestinian homes in occupied east Jerusalem, a spokeswoman said Wednesday, in the largest such project since 1967. More »

  • Israel's seizure of Palestinian funds a 'war crime'
    Israel's seizure of Palestinian funds a 'war crime' 9 hours ago

    Israel's withholding of Palestinian funds is a form of collective punishment, says rights group. More »

  • Israeli leader says world needs 'better deal' with Iran
    Israeli leader says world needs 'better deal' with Iran 9 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday made a last-ditch appeal for world powers to call off an emerging nuclear agreement with Iran, saying the world must insist on a "better deal" that links concessions to a change in Tehran's behavior. More »

  • Palestinians prepared to trigger case as they join ICC 9 hours ago

    By Thomas Escritt THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The Palestinian Authority joined the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, a move deeply opposed by Israel, vowing to hand over suspects to The Hague, including their own government officials. The Palestinians, who became the 123rd member of the world's permanent war crimes tribunal, said they would give prosecutors ample time to complete an initial inquiry into last year's Gaza conflict, but would formally request an investigation if it took too long. "If it takes more (time) than expected ... we will ... issue a referral," Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki told Reuters in an interview, adding that his government would not hesitate to hand over Palestinian suspects if the court asked for them. Accession to the court is part of the Palestinians' campaign to win global recognition of statehood, but Israel says such unilateral moves damage prospects for a negotiated solution to the decades-old conflict. More »

  • World must insist on 'better' Iran deal: Netanyahu
    World must insist on 'better' Iran deal: Netanyahu 9 hours ago

    World powers must toughen their stance to reach a "better" deal with Iran aimed at preventing it from obtaining nuclear weapons, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday. More »

  • Palestinians to receive partial salaries as Israel withholds funds 9 hours ago

    By Ali Sawafta RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - The Palestinian Authority will pay partial salaries to most of its employees for a fourth straight month in April after Israel failed to transfer revenue it collects on the Palestinians' behalf, the Palestinian Finance Ministry said. Israel started withholding around $130 million (88 million pounds) a month in tax and customs revenues in December after the Palestinians announced that they were joining the International Criminal Court, a move finalised on Wednesday. Under international pressure, Israel agreed last week to resume the transfers, saying it would immediately pay around $400 million - the withheld revenues less what the Palestinians owe for utilities supplied by Israel. More »

  • Netanyahu calls for 'better deal' with Iran over nuclear programme 10 hours ago

    By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday it was not too late for world powers locked in nuclear negotiations with Iran to demand a "better deal". He made the comments before meeting in Jerusalem with the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Boehner, a leading Republican and strong critic of the White House's policy on Iran. "Now is the time for the international community to insist on a better deal," Netanyahu said in a televised statement delivered in English. "A better deal would significantly roll back Iran's nuclear infrastructure. More »

  • Palestinian Man 'Tricked' Into Selling Banksy
    Palestinian Man 'Tricked' Into Selling Banksy 10 hours ago

    A Palestinian man has said he has been tricked into selling a potentially valuable work by Banksy for just over £100. Sky News reported that the British graffiti artist sneaked into Gaza and left behind four murals on destroyed buildings in February. Unaware of the work's value, Rabie Dardouna said he was duped into selling the door to a local artist for just 700 shekels, or about £118. Banksy's works have sold for hundreds of thousands of pounds. More »

  • Gaza man feels duped after selling Banksy mural for $175
    Gaza man feels duped after selling Banksy mural for $175 10 hours ago

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - A Palestinian man was lamenting his misfortune on Wednesday after selling his bombed-out doorway to a local artist without realizing that the image painted on it was by Banksy and could be worth a small fortune. Rabea Darduna, a father of six from northern Gaza, said he sold the iron-and-brick doorway of his destroyed house to a local man who offered him 700 shekels ($175) for it. Banksy, a British street artist who is famed for his ironic murals in unexpected places, visited Gaza earlier this year and spray-painted an image of a goddess holding her head in her hand on the door, one of a handful of paintings he did in Gaza. "I had no idea what the value of the painting was or who this Banksy is," a frustrated Darduna told Reuters by telephone. More »

  • Israel applies to join China-backed AIIB investment bank 10 hours ago

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has signed a letter of application for Israel to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the Israeli Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. More than 40 countries, including Australia, South Korea, Britain, France, Germany and Italy, have said they would sign up to the AIIB, with Japan and the United States the two notable absentees. China set a March 31 deadline to become a founding member of the AIIB, an institution that could enhance Beijing's regional and global influence. Washington initially tried to dissuade its allies from joining the AIIB, seeing it as a challenge to the World Bank and Asian Development Bank over which the U.S. exerts considerable influence, but changed tack after many signed up for it. More »

  • Israel to force African migrants to '3rd country'
    Israel to force African migrants to '3rd country' 10 hours ago

    Israel is set to force illegal African migrants to choose between leaving to a "safe third-party" country in Africa or face imprisonment, the interior ministry said. More »

  • Gaza artist gobbles up valuable Banksy mural on war debris
    Gaza artist gobbles up valuable Banksy mural on war debris 11 hours ago

    A 33-year-old Gaza man says he has been duped into selling a valuable work by British graffiti artist Banksy for less than $200 to a local artist. The popular street artist is believed to have sneaked ... More »

  • Palestinians would trigger case if ICC Gaza inquiry took too long - foreign …
    Palestinians would trigger case if ICC Gaza inquiry took too long - foreign … 11 hours ago

    The Palestinian government would allow the International Criminal Court ample time to conduct an inquiry into possible war crimes during last year's Gaza conflict, but would make a formal referral if it took too long, its foreign minister said. Speaking to Reuters after the Palestinian Authority became the ICC's 123rd member on Wednesday, Riyad al-Maliki also said his government would have no hesitation in handing over any Palestinian suspects, including himself or other senior government officials, if the ICC asked it to do so. More »

  • Palestinians join war crimes court in Israel's absence 11 hours ago

    By Thomas Escritt THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The Palestinian Authority joined the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, potentially giving the world's permanent war crimes tribunal jurisdiction over future crimes in the region. The move was marked at a signing ceremony in The Hague that was attended by diplomats and officials from more than 100 countries but not Israel, which is not a member of the court. Rights groups welcomed the step as a signal that the Palestinian Authority favours the rule of law over violence, but Israel has said it damages peace prospects and will not cooperate with the court. From April 1, ICC prosecutors will have jurisdiction over all future crimes committed on Palestinian territory or by Palestinian citizens. More »

  • Palestine joins International Criminal Court
    Palestine joins International Criminal Court 12 hours ago

    Palestine formally joined the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, a move the Palestinians hope could open the door to the possible prosecution of Israelis for alleged war crimes. More »

  • Palestine formally joins International Criminal Court
    Palestine formally joins International Criminal Court 12 hours ago

    Palestinians join The Hague-based International Criminal Court, setting scene for potential legal action against Israel. More »

  • Palestinians want leverage on Israel in international court
    Palestinians want leverage on Israel in international court 14 hours ago

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinians formally joined the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, as part of a broader effort to put international pressure on Israel and exact a higher price for its occupation of lands sought for a Palestinian state. More »

  • Israel expects hundreds of civilian casualties in next war with Hezbollah
    Israel expects hundreds of civilian casualties in next war with Hezbollah 15 hours ago

    By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel could suffer hundreds of civilian dead and damage to its vital infrastructure from Hezbollah rockets if it fights another war with the Iranian-backed Lebanese guerrilla group, according to Israeli military assessments. The scenario, published by Israeli media on Wednesday, reflected concern among security planners that since the last Lebanon war, in 2006, Hezbollah has expanded its rocket arsenal and gained battle experience helping Damascus fight the insurgency in Syria. The publication of the assessments could help build a case for more investment in Israeli civil defences and in U.S.-backed rocket interceptors like Iron Dome, which has proven effective outside Gaza, and the longer-range David's Sling, which is in final testing stages. According to the military assessments, between 1,000 and 1,500 rockets could hit Israel daily in the next full-blown conflict, killing hundreds of people and potentially paralysing key installations like airports, sea ports and power stations. More »

  • UKIP candidate replaced after 'kidnap Obama' post
    UKIP candidate replaced after 'kidnap Obama' post 15 hours ago

    A parliamentary candidate for Britain's UK Independence Party was replaced on Tuesday after writing that Israel should "kidnap" US President Barack Obama in a Facebook post. More »

  • Gazans hope ICC will make 'Israel pay'
    Gazans hope ICC will make 'Israel pay' 15 hours ago

    Holding Israel accountable. This is what Yasser al-Qassas and thousands of Gazans hope to see with the Palestinian accession to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday. More »

  • Comedian Trevor Noah comes under fire for past Twitter comments
    Comedian Trevor Noah comes under fire for past Twitter comments 16 hours ago

    Trevor Noah, the South African comedian chosen to replace Jon Stewart as the new host of the late-night comedy parody, "The Daily Show" was feeling the heat on Twitter on Tuesday for past comments he made about Jews and women. The 31-year-old son of a black South African mother and a Swiss father who uses his mixed race in his comedy routine caused offense with tweets that people found anti-Semitic, sexist and crude. He didn't look b4 crossing but I still would hav felt so bad in my german car!" Noah tweeted in 2009. In another tweet, he compared England's Manchester United football team to a white girl: "Heavy upfront but lacking in the back." Noah also poked fun at his countrymen and Israel. More »

  • Bizarre Condition Makes Tongue Resemble a Geographic Map
    Bizarre Condition Makes Tongue Resemble a Geographic Map 23 hours ago

    Known as "geographic tongue," the condition causes red, patchy shapes to appear on the tongue, formed as some areas lose the tiny reddish bumps called papillae that normally cover the tongue's surface. Geographic tongue (GT) affects the tongue's upper layer of tissue, call the epithelium. In people with GT, one type of papillae called filiform papillae becomes inflamed, said study co-author Gabriel Seiden, a physicist at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, who is currently based at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Germany. In the study, Seiden and his colleagues use math equations to explain what happens in geographic tongue. More »

  • Ten-man Belgium defeats Israel 1-0  in Euro 2016 qualifier
    Ten-man Belgium defeats Israel 1-0 in Euro 2016 qualifier Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Ten-man Belgium held on to beat Israel 1-0 in a 2016 European Championship qualifier on Tuesday after Marouane Fellaini scored an early goal and captain Vincent Kompany was sent off midway through the second half. More »

  • Constipation emergencies on the rise Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) – The number of people going to U.S. emergency rooms for constipation has been going up, and so has the cost of those visits, which reached $1.6 billion in 2011, according to a new study. “Constipation is often thought of as not a serious disease – particularly among doctors. Patients complain about it but it’s often not thought of as being medically that relevant,” said Dr. Anthony Lembo, the study’s senior author from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. His team’s previous research found that a large number of people were being hospitalized for constipation, and that led them to examine ER visits for the same issue, Lembo told Reuters Health in a phone interview. More »

  • APNewsBreak: France seizes moment to push for Mideast talks
    APNewsBreak: France seizes moment to push for Mideast talks Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — France sees a window of opportunity after Israel's elections to get the United States on board with a new push for Mideast peace, and is preparing a draft U.N Security Council resolution in about 12 days, according to French diplomatic officials. More »

  • Lausanne deal would pave way for nuclear-armed Iran: Netanyahu
    Lausanne deal would pave way for nuclear-armed Iran: Netanyahu Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    The deal being hammered out between world powers and Iran on its nuclear programme would "pave the way" to a nuclear-armed Tehran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday. More »

  • Israeli premier: Nuclear deal will 'pave the way' for Iran
    Israeli premier: Nuclear deal will 'pave the way' for Iran Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister criticized the deal expected to emerge from nuclear talks in Switzerland on Tuesday, saying it will "pave the way" for Iran to have the ability to build an atomic bomb in little time. More »