Main road to Hebron’s Cave of the Patriarchs was for Jews only, while Palestinians were only allowed on fenced, narrow path; policy ended for second time in two years.
Well-wishers hailed Iran's nuclear negotiators as they returned to Tehran Friday from reaching a potentially historic framework deal with world powers, but Israel warned it was a "very dangerous" step. As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened security chiefs to prepare Israel's response, Iranians awaited the first reaction from supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Iran and six world powers agreed the outlines of the deal aimed at curbing Tehran's nuclear drive on Thursday — in a major breakthrough in the 12-year standoff between Iran and the West.
Russia on Thursday welcomed a framework deal curbing Iran's nuclear drive, hailing it as a recognition of Tehran's "unconditional right" to pursue a civilian nuclear programme. "This deal contains the principal put forward by Russian President Vladimir Putin, which is Iran's unconditional right to a peaceful nuclear programme," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.
US president praises ‘historic’ understanding; French FM notes ‘incontestable positive developments’; Germany sees ‘big step forward’ but cautions that ‘it is too early to celebrate.’
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama heralded a framework nuclear understanding with Iran as a "historic" agreement and warned Congress Thursday against taking action that could upend work toward a final deal.
Amnesty International said Thursday it was investigating reports of serious human rights violations committed by Iraqi government and allied forces in the operation to retake the city of Tikrit. "We are very concerned by reports of widespread human rights abuses committed in the course of the military operation in the area around Tikrit," the rights watchdog's Donatella Rovera told AFP. Security forces backed by paramilitary groups and US-led air strikes recaptured Tikrit from the Islamic State group this week.
Yemeni rebels seized President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi's palace in his former southern stronghold Aden Thursday, dealing a symbolic blow to the self-exiled leader despite a week of Saudi-led air strikes. As the war-torn country descended deeper into chaos, Al-Qaeda militants freed hundreds of inmates in a jailbreak. The advance by Iran-backed rebels deep into Aden, the last bastion of Hadi supporters, appeared to further douse prospects of his returning any time soon from neighbouring Saudi Arabia. "Dozens of Huthi militia and their allies arrived in armoured troop carriers and entered Al-Maashiq presidential palace," said a senior security official who witnessed their advance.
BEIRUT (AP) — It was a bruising week for Syria's Bashar Assad. The rapid collapse of his forces on two fronts in the north and south brought the opposition its biggest victories in two years, raising serious questions about the president's ability to fend off increasingly sophisticated rebel campaigns.