Surrogacy bill excluding LGBT couples passes into law

Despite saying he will not support the surrogacy bill while it excludes same-sex couples, Netanyahu votes in favor of the ...
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U.S. asks court to detain alleged Russian agent pending trial

By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department asked a federal court on Wednesday to detain alleged ...
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Forbidden by Rabbinate yet approved by Tzohar

Chief Rabbinate informs public: Artichoke forbidden to eat by Rabbinate served in restaurant holding Tzohar kosher certification.

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Did Birthright give in to terrorism?

Taglit-Birthright orders participants to stay away from south during tense period of arson and rocket attacks.

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Former White House Stenographer Speaks Out: 'Trump Was Lying To The American People'

A former White House stenographer said Wednesday that she resigned because
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Barkat transfers NIS 700,000 to leftist foundation

Jerusalem municipality transfers NIS 700,000 to association that finances, among other things, 'Pride Parades' and Women of the Wall.

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Egyptians vote in constitutional referendum seen boosting Sisi

An election official stands next to boxes containing voting slips for a referendum on the new constitution in CairoBy Michael Georgy CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians vote on Tuesday in a constitutional referendum, the first ballot since the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Mursi and an event likely to spawn a presidential bid by army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Few doubt that Egyptians, who staged mass protests against Mursi's rule before his ouster, will turn out in big numbers and vote "yes" in the two-day referendum, a milestone in the army-backed government's political road map. Sisi deposed Mursi, Egypt's first freely elected head of state, in July. His Islamist foes see Sisi as the mastermind of a coup that kindled the worst internal strife in Egypt's modern history and brought back what critics call a police state.


US, Russia call for ‘local ceasefires’ ahead of Syria talks

A picture taken on January 12, 2014 shows men trying to put out a fire in a buildings in the city of Daraya, southwest of the capital DamascusMoscow and Washington made a joint call Monday for Syria's regime and rebels to agree to ceasefires in parts of their battle-scarred country ahead of peace talks this month. But the two countries continued to disagree on Iran's participation in the talks, with US Secretary of State John Kerry saying Tehran needs to accept plans for a transitional government if it wants to take part. Meeting in Paris with UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called for the ceasefires to start ahead of the so-called Geneva II talks due to begin in Montreux on January 22.


Powers, Iran eye February start to talks on nuclear settlement

By Justyna Pawlak BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Big powers and Iran are likely to start talks on a final settlement to the long dispute over its nuclear ambitions in February, shortly after a six-month deal curbing its atomic activity takes effect, a diplomatic source said on Monday. If successful, the next round of negotiations could head off the risk of lingering mistrust spiraling out of control into a wider Middle East war over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. Led by European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, the talks will face the challenge of defining a permissible scope of Iranian nuclear activity that would lay to rest Western concerns that it could yield an atomic weapon. In return, Iran – which denies having any intention to “weaponise” the enrichment of uranium for nuclear energy – wants governments in the United States and Europe to end painful economic sanctions.

Sharon funeral highlights conflicting views of Israeli leader

By Matt Spetalnick SYCAMORE FARM, Israel (Reuters) – Israel buried former prime minister Ariel Sharon at his family farm on Monday, celebrating the military achievements of a man regarded as a war hero at home but as a war criminal by many in the Arab world. Eulogized first in a ceremony in Jerusalem, and later in the green fields of his estate, speakers hailed a life entwined with that of Israel since its 1948 creation, gently alluding as well to the controversies that also defined his career. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and former British prime minister Tony Blair laid wreaths at his grave, 10 km (6 miles) from the border of the Gaza Strip, with the army on high alert lest any rockets be fired out of the Palestinian territory. Two missiles were launched into southern Israel soon after the funeral ended, the army said.

Biden voices hope for Kerry’s Mideast efforts

Israeli soldiers from a paratroopers unit rehearse at the grave site for late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who will be buried next to his wife, outside his ranch in Havat Hashikmim, southern Israel, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. A state memorial is planned for Monday with the participation of Israeli and world leaders, the prime minister's office said. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)JERUSALEM (AP) U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Monday tried to give a boost to the flagging Mideast peace process, saying he believes Israel and a future Palestine could become an "island of stability" in a turbulent region and expressing hope that leaders would make the "difficult decisions" needed for compromise.