IN PICTURES: From Jerusalem to the Vatican, faithful commemorate day they believe Jesus was resurrected.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday Israel had released frozen tax revenue to the Authority but that he had ordered the funds to be returned because money had been deducted to cover debts to Israeli utility companies. Israel started withholding around $130 million a month in tax and customs revenue in December. The move came after the Palestinians announced that they were joining the International Criminal Court (ICC), a move finalised on April 1. Under international pressure, Israel agreed last week to resume the transfers, saying it would immediately pay around $400 million, the withheld revenue minus the amount owed by the Palestinians for utilities supplied by Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the agreement between Tehran and world powers as a "bad deal," as Barack Obama affirmed his support for long-time ally Israel despite differences over the nuclear accord. "It doesn't roll back Iran's nuclear program," Netanyahu told CNN, one of several US networks he appeared on to slam the deal Sunday. One part of the complex deal would see Iran slash by more than two-thirds the number of uranium centrifuges — which can make fuel for nuclear power but also the core of a nuclear bomb — to 6,104 from around 19,000 for 10 years. The United States and Israel have clashed over the deal, with Washington insisting it is the only path toward dismantling Iran's nuclear program.
Teachers concerned move will lead to privatization of ulpans and risk their livelihood; ministry: No changes to existing Hebrew school, we’re just providing another option to new immigrants.
Some 1,500 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Italy in five different boats were rescued in one day, Italian coastguards said. Four coastguard vessels and an Italian navy ship intervened Saturday to save three large boats carrying migrants off the Libyan coast after intercepting distress calls from satellite telephones, only to find two other migrants boats in difficulty nearby. The Italian vessels were on Sunday transferring the migrants to the island of Lampedusa and the Sicilian ports of Augusta and Porto Empedocle. In a separate incident on Saturday, 318 migrants were brought to the Sicilian port of Pozzallo after being rescued off Libya by an Icelandic navy ship taking part in a patrol for the EU borders agency Frontex.
A radio station catering specifically to northern Iraq's large displaced population began broadcasting on Sunday near the Kurdish capital Arbil. "This radio station is for all those who were forced from their homes, for all the refugees," Pascal Gollnisch said in Radio Al-Salam's inaugural broadcast. Gollnisch is a French Catholic priest whose organisation L'Oeuvre d'Orient helps Christians in the Middle East and backed the new station. "As its name suggests, it is a radio station for peace, that also gives practical help in the daily lives of all the displaced," Gollnisch said.
French music group "The Priests" had planned to advertise their upcoming June concert in Paris with a poster sporting a banner that said proceeds would go towards the cause of Christians persecuted in places such as Iraq and Syria. CHREDO, a French group that aims to raise awareness of the plight of Christians in areas such as the Middle East — where they are currently being persecuted by jihadist groups — has since asked a court to rule on the controversy and a hearing will take place on Wednesday.