• Palestinian shot by Israeli troops during protest dies

    Updated: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — An 18-year-old protester shot by Israeli troops during a demonstration over the killing of a Palestinian toddler died of his wounds Saturday, Palestinian health officials said. Ahmad Betawi, the director of the Ramallah hospital, said Laith al-Khaldi died after being shot in the chest Friday during a demonstration over the burning death of a Palestinian toddler in a fire set by suspected Jewish extremists. The Israeli military says it shot al-Khaldi near Ramallah after he hurled a fire bomb at them. Al-Khaldi was buried Saturday and small skirmishes ensued. Tensions remain high after suspected Jewish assailants set fire to a West Bank home and burned the sleeping Palestinian toddler to death

  • Syrian rebel group leaves their HQ after clash with al-Qaida

    Updated: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — Clashes between members of al-Qaida's branch in Syria and a rebel faction in the country's north believed to have been trained by the U.S. government have stopped after the rebels abandoned their headquarters, activists said Saturday. The Nusra Front meanwhile released a video showing one of the captured rebels saying that the men in the faction known as Division 30 were trained in Turkey by U.S. officers and sent back to Syria with money and weapons. The fighting came a few days after the U.S. and Turkey announced the outlines of a deal to help rebels push the Islamic State group back from a strip of territory it controls along the Syrian-Turkish border, replacing it with more moderate rebels backed by Washin

  • UK police confirm 3 bin Ladens killed in England plane crash

    Updated: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Three relatives of the late al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden were among four people killed when a private jet crashed on landing in southern England, British police confirmed Saturday. The Hampshire Police force said formal post-mortems were still being conducted, but the victims were believed to be "the mother, sister and brother-in-law of the owner of the aircraft, all of whom are from the bin Laden family." It said all three were Saudi nationals who were visiting Britain on vacation. The plane's Jordanian pilot also died. Arab media and NBC News named the relatives as Osama Bin Laden's stepmother Rajaa Hashim, his sister Sana bin Laden and her husband Zuhair Hashim.

  • UN says at least 1,332 Iraqis killed by violence in July

    Updated: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    BAGHDAD (AP) — At least 1,332 Iraqis were killed by violence in July amid the war against the Islamic State group, a slight drop from June, according to U.N. figures released Saturday. The U.N. mission to Iraq said that at least 844 civilians were among the dead, while 488 members of Iraqi security forces and pro-government militias fighting the Islamic State group were killed. It put the number of the wounded at 2,108. Baghdad was the worst affected province with 335 people killed. In June, at least 1,466 people were killed and 1,687 were wounded. The U.N. statistics largely do not include territory held by the Islamic State group, which controls about a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in its self-declared "caliphate."

  • Top Russian, US and Saudi diplomats to meet in Qatar

    Updated: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign minister has scheduled a trilateral meeting in Qatar with his U.S. and Saudi counterparts. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Sergey Lavrov will confer with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Saudi Foreign Minister Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir during his two-day trip to Doha starting Sunday. Kerry earlier has said he plans to meet separately in Doha with Lavrov to discuss Syria, Iran and the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. The ministry said that during his visit to Qatar, Lavrov will discuss the crises in Syria, Libya and Yemen, international efforts to combat the Islamic State group and Iran's role in regional affairs after last month's signing of Iran's nuclear deal. Despit

  • Analysis: Afghan govt hopes to divide and conquer Taliban

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The new leader of the Afghan Taliban faces the twin challenges of bringing together an insurgency that he ran for years under another man's name and uniting a fractured movement that has seen fighters desert for more extreme groups such as the Islamic State. Meanwhile, the Afghan government believes it can seize on the Taliban leadership crisis it has created by announcing that Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead for more than two years to further weaken the insurgency. As Afghan officials quietly expressed optimism that peace will eventually prevail, the first fissures began appearing Friday in the Taliban's veneer, when Mullah Omar's son Yacoob said that he and other senior leaders rejected the manner a

  • Suspected Jewish extremists burn Palestinian child to death

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    DUMA, West Bank (AP) — Suspected Jewish assailants set fire to a West Bank home on Friday and burned a sleeping Palestinian toddler to death in an attack that drew Palestinian rage and widespread Israeli condemnation. The attack, which threatens to set off another violent escalation, shines a light on the growing lawlessness of extremist Jewish settlers that Israel is either unable or unwilling to contain. The extremists have for years staged attacks against Palestinian property, as well as mosques, churches, dovish Israeli groups and even Israeli military bases.

  • UN nuclear chief to talk to Senate critics of Iran nuke deal

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    VIENNA (AP) — U.S. Senators who accuse the Obama administration of making secret deals with Iran that go beyond the publicly known nuclear pact will get a chance next week to question the head of the U.N. agency said to be linked to the alleged clandestine documents The announcement Friday of Yukiya Amano's trip to Washington did not mention the dispute. The International Atomic Energy Agency said only that Amano will meet members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Wednesday to "discuss the IAEA's role in verifying and monitoring nuclear-related measures" under the July 14 deal.

  • Al-Qaida attacks HQ of rebel group it calls US 'agents'

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — Members of al-Qaida's branch in Syria launched an attack early Friday on the headquarters of a rebel faction in northern Syria believed to have been trained by the U.S. government, killing at least five fighters and wounding more than a dozen, the militants and an activist group said. The Nusra Front, which has also abducted several members of the faction known as Division 30, vowed to cut off "the arms" of the American government in Syria. A statement issued in the name of Division 30, said its fighters prevented Nusra Front gunmen from storming their head office and added that the fighting is still ongoing.

  • Q&A: A look at violent Jewish attacks on Palestinians

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The torching of a West Bank home that burned a Palestinian toddler to death marks one of the most serious cases of suspected Jewish violence against Arabs. Though the attacks rarely kill and are smaller in scope than past Palestinian attacks, Jewish extremists have for years been attacking Palestinian property, as well as mosques, churches and even Israeli schools and military bases, often to counter what they perceive to be the Israeli government's soft stance toward Palestinians. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced Friday's attack as an "act of terrorism" and pledged to catch the killers.

  • UN chief calls killing of Palestinian child 'terrorist act'

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling the arson attack on a West Bank home that killed a Palestinian toddler a "terrorist act" and is blaming Israel's failure to punish repeated acts of settler violence for the tragedy. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Ban strongly condemns Friday's "murder" of 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh and calls for the perpetrators to be brought to justice. "The absence of a political process and Israel's illegal settlement policy, as well as the harsh and unnecessary practice of demolishing Palestinian houses, have given rise to violent extremism on both sides," Ban's spokesman said.

  • World Food Program cuts aid to Syrian refugees in Jordan

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The World Food Program announced new cuts Friday in food aid for Syrian refugees in Jordan, highlighting a growing funding crisis of international agencies helping millions displaced by Syria's conflict. A last-minute U.S. donation of $65 million kept food aid in Jordan going for August, though at reduced levels, the WFP said. If no additional contributions come in, half the current food aid recipients would lose all benefits by September. "This timely contribution has helped us avoid major cuts, but unless other donors step up to the plate, it will be only a matter of months before we face the same situation again," said WFP's regional director Muhannad Hadi.

  • NATO agrees on support package for Iraq

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO allies agreed Friday on a package of measures to help strengthen Iraqi security and defense forces, including in the fields of military training, demining and countering improvised explosive devices. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the aid program, approved by the alliance's 28 member nations, is designed to help Iraq by providing support in areas where NATO "is best placed to add value." Independent analysts said beefing up Iraqi defense capabilities would also contribute to stabilizing the southern border of Turkey, a NATO member, and boost the military campaign being waged by a U.S.-led coalition to defeat the Islamic State group.

  • Official: 2 Indians held near Libya's Sirte town, 2 safe

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Four Indian nationals were detained near the Libyan city of Sirte, India's foreign ministry said Friday, but declined to say who had held the men. By Friday evening two of the four men had been returned safely, Foreign Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said. Earlier in the day Swarup told reporters that the four men were held at a checkpoint about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Sirte late Thursday night. The area is under the control of Islamic State militants. Swarup gave no details of how the two men were returned safely to the university in Sirte. Three of the men had been teaching at the university. The fourth worked in nearby Jufra, Swarup said.

  • Court orders Jerusalem gay pride attacker remain in custody

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — An anti-gay ultra-Orthodox extremist suspected of stabbing revelers at Jerusalem's Gay Pride Parade appeared in court on Friday and the judge ordered that he remain in custody. The suspected attacker, Yishai Schlissel, was arrested at the pride parade the previous day, after he brandished a knife and stabbed six people. The court extended his arrest by 12 days as the investigation against him continues, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said. Schlissel was convicted of a similar attack that wounded several people at a gay pride parade in Jerusalem in 2005. Schlissel had been released from prison just three weeks ago after serving his sentence.

  • Turkey: 5 killed in clashes between authorities and PKK

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Kurdish rebels raided a Turkish police station and fired on railway workers in two separate attacks that left five dead, officials said Friday, amid renewed conflict between the security forces and insurgents that has wrecked a fragile peace process. Violence has sharply increased in Turkey in the past week, with the government launching aerial strikes against Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, bases in northern Iraq, and the rebels escalating attacks against Turkey's security forces. Some 20 people, most of them soldiers, have died in the renewed violence. PKK militants raided the police station in the town of Pozanti, in southern Adana province, late on Thursday, killing two policemen and touching off

  • French Jewish immigrants flock to Israeli coastal city

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    NETANYA, Israel (AP) — The coastal city of Netanya markets itself as the "Israeli Riviera" and walking along its main pedestrian boulevard, one would be hard-pressed to tell it apart from its twin city of Nice. Barely a word of Hebrew is spoken, and real estate ads, restaurant menus and cafe conversations are mostly in French. An increase in anti-Semitic attacks by Muslim extremists in France, home to the world's third-largest Jewish population, has spawned an unprecedented wave of immigration to Israel. Netanya, with its seaside chic and established French-speaking community, has become their top destination.

  • UN still waiting for $274 million Saudis pledged for Yemen

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The $274 million that Saudi Arabia promised months ago to fund a U.N. emergency aid appeal for Yemen hasn't arrived because the kingdom and the world body are still discussing the terms of the funding, while aid groups begin to warn that people trapped by the conflict are on the brink of starvation. The U.N. humanitarian chief this week warned that the delay is causing significant pain as the world body and aid groups use their own stretched financial resources to make up for money they had expected Saudi Arabia to provide. "Much has already been spent by U.N. agencies and their partners advancing their own funds in expectations of the original Saudi pledge of $274 million being forthcoming," Stephen O

  • Man stabs several people at Jerusalem gay pride parade

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Revelers dancing and singing through the streets of Jerusalem during the holy city's annual gay pride parade were left shrieking in pain and panic Thursday night, as an anti-gay extremist lunged into a group leading the march and stabbed six people, Israeli police and witnesses said. Police said the attacker, Yishai Schlissel, who was arrested at the scene for Thursday's attack, had been released from prison just three weeks ago, after serving a sentence for stabbing several people at the parade in 2005. Six people were wounded in the attack, two of them seriously, Eli Bin of Israel's emergency service said.

  • AP PHOTOS: Attack on gay pride parade in Jerusalem

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Revelers dancing and singing through the streets of Jerusalem during the city's annual gay pride parade were left shrieking in pain and panic Thursday after an anti-gay extremist stabbed and wounded six people. The attacker was identified by police as Yishai Schlissel, an ultra-Orthodox Jew who had recently been released from prison after serving a term for stabbing several people at a gay pride parade in 2005. An Associated Press photographer saw the attacker enter the throng with his hand in his coat, pull out a knife and start stabbing people in the back. Police grabbed the man within seconds and arrested him.




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