A group of young Iraqis risk imprisonment to reconnect with their country’s Jewish past

Seven decades after the mass Jewish exodus from Iraq, a group of intrepid Iraqis and Israelis are holding clandestine meetings ...
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False alarm in southern Israel

Siren heard around 3:30 a.m. in the Eshkol Regional Council. IDF confirms it was a false alarm.

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No refugees in our sukkah, please!

Israelis don't want to take in foreigners fleeing from war and violence, and the government exploits the misery of the ...
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US condemns attack on Iranian military parade

State Department voices support for Iranian people following attack in the city of Ahvaz in which 25 people were killed.

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Netanyahu’s candidate lags but Jerusalem mayoral race is far from over

Cabinet member Zeev Elkin now appears to be trailing Moshe Leon, who has also played a key role for the ...
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Regev’s loyalty law

The Israeli culture minister's proposed cultural loyalty amendment is contemptible, and befits a totalitarian regime. It has absolutely nothing to ...
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Foreign jihadists flock to IS despite air strikes

The Islamic State group is recruiting foreign jihadists on an “unprecedented scale” despite international efforts to stem the tide, according to experts and extracts of a UN report published by Britain’s Guardian newspaper. Latest US figures show that around 1,000 foreign fighters are flocking to fight in Iraq and Syria every month, and experts warn that the newest militants may be more extreme than early recruits. “Many foreign fighters that originally left for Syria really did think they were going out for a humanitarian cause,” said Erin Marie Saltman, senior researcher at counter-extremism think tank Quilliam. Russian fighters constitute the biggest single fighting force from a non-Muslim country, numbering over 800, and the US-led air strikes will only strengthen their resolve, according to a local expert.

Italy PM picks Paolo Gentiloni as new foreign minister in surprise choice

Italy's Prime Minister Renzi arrives for the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in MilanROME (Reuters) – Prime Minister Matteo Renzi appointed Paolo Gentiloni, a close ally and former communications minister, to be Italy's new foreign minister on Friday, in a surprise decision. Gentiloni, who was sworn in on Friday night by President Giorgio Napolitano, replaces Federica Mogherini, who left the foreign ministry this week to become the EU's new top diplomat. As foreign minister, Gentiloni, a senior member in the prime minister's Democratic Party (PD), will now play a key role in the remaining two months of Italy's presidency of the European Union, which ends on Dec. 31. …