Hamas and Israel Are in a Perilous Cycle. Is War a Miscalculation Away?

They stepped back from the brink of all-out conflict on Saturday, but none of the underlying tensions have been resolved ...
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How Pizzagate Pusher Mike Cernovich Keeps Getting People Fired

Mike Cernovich was celebrating on Friday, at least for a few hours. Disney had
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Russian Diplomat Calls for the Release of Suspected Foreign Agent Maria Butina

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says the arrest is unacceptable
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Russia demands US release 'spy', calls charges false

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his US counterpart Mike Pompeo on Saturday that the arrest of a Russian gun ...
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Spain’s Billion-Dollar Ethanol-Powered S-80 Super-Submarines Are Too Big to Fit in their Docks

And won’t start out with key air-independent propulsion technology.
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Ceasefire between Israel and Hamas holds after intense fighting

A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza appeared to be holding on Saturday after a round of intense fighting ...
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Drugs and dreams of paradise: Hezbollah and al-Qaeda in Syria

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Drugs and radical religious indoctrination go together a little too well in Syria’s true battle over the hearts and minds of young men enlisted to join ranks of radical al-Qaeda inspired groups. Dr. Yaron Friedman analyzes the rise to power of Hezbollah and new al-Qaeda-linked group, claiming they pose a bigger threat than the Syrian conflict itself

Netanyahu says EU states summon Israeli envoys over settlements

Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu gestures as he addresses the foreign media in JerusalemBy Crispian Balmer JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday some European Union states had called in Israeli ambassadors to hear protests at Israel's latest announcement of settlement-building and he criticized the move as "hypocritical". Last week, Israel issued tenders for 1,400 new homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, part of the territory Palestinians want for a state. Most countries deem Israel's settlements illegal and an obstacle to peacemaking. …


Hariri killing trial opens with Lebanon tensions high

A billboard bearing a portrait of late Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri is displayed with the Arabic slogan "The Era of Justice" on a main road in the Lebanese capital Beirut on January 16, 2014Leidschendam (Netherlands) (AFP) – Four Hezbollah members went on trial in absentia at a special UN tribunal on Thursday, accused of murdering Lebanon's former premier Rafiq Hariri in a 2005 car bombing that shook the Middle East. The trial opened in a suburb outside The Hague nine years after the huge Beirut blast that killed billionaire Hariri and just hours after another deadly car bombing in a Hezbollah stronghold near war-ravaged Syria. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon also welcomed the opening of the trial, stressed "the vital importance of combating impunity for the long-term stability and security of Lebanon". The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is unique in international justice as it was set up to try the perpetrators of a terrorist attack and because it can try the suspects in absentia.


Russia denies ‘hidden agenda’ in Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (right) and his visiting Iran's counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif attend a press conference following their meeting in Moscow, on January 16, 2014Russia denied Thursday harbouring a "hidden agenda" on Syria as it launched a fresh round of crisis diplomacy with top Syrian and Iranian diplomats ahead of historic peace talks. The allies' foreign ministers huddled in a mansion in Moscow to devise a joint stance that would ease the pressure on President Bashar al-Assad to step down when the Syrian peace talks open next week in Switzerland after months of delays. The whirlwind diplomacy came as new "fierce" clashes raged between mainstream rebels and the Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists in the northwestern edge of Syria near the Turkish border, according to British-based Observatory for Human Rights. Ahead of peace talks at the Swiss lakeside city of Montreux, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow and its allies had nothing to hide.