CAIRO (AP) — Libya's chaos has turned it into a lucrative magnet attracting migrants desperate to make the dangerous sea voyage to Europe. With no central authority to stop it, business is booming, with smugglers charging ever more as demand goes up, then using the profits to buy larger boats and heavier weapons to ensure no one dare touch them.
EU leaders gathering in Brussels on Thursday will consider launching a military operation against human traffickers in Libya in the biggest effort yet to halt the deadly flow of refugees trying to reach Europe by sea. As survivors laid bare the full horror of last weekend's catastrophic shipwreck near Libya, EU officials were paving the way for the approval of unprecedented action to ease their plight. The EU's top diplomat Federica Mogherini "is invited to immediately begin preparations for a possible security and defence policy operation to this effect, in accordance with international law," the draft added. A diplomatic source said EU members were preparing to approve the statement, reflecting the union's readiness to take bolder action against people smugglers, who pack rickety boats to overflying with people fleeing conflict and hardship in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Ahead of country’s 67 anniversary, Central Bureau of Statistics figures reveal Israel’s population increased by some 162,000 people since last Independence Day; number of people who made aliyah in past year stands at 32,000.
17-year-old Or Assulin is both the head of a development company and researcher into the functions of the brain. But when she was invited to light a torch in Jerusalem on Independence Day, she could not understand why she had been selected.
A 16-year-old American accused of planning to join the Islamic State group has been found guilty of illegal possession of a firearm in South Carolina, a prosecutor said Wednesday. The teenager, who has not been identified because he is a minor, conspired with another person to travel to the Middle East with the intention of joining IS and "perhaps cause trouble in the United States," prosecutor Kevin Brackett alleged. Because South Carolina does not have anti-terrorism laws, the youth was convicted on Tuesday of illegal possession of a handgun, an offense punishable by up to five years in prison, Brackett said.
Fourteen Israelis light torches at the traditional ceremony at Mt. Herzl, trailblazers who contributed to Israeli innovation and excellence.
By Ayla Jean Yackley DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) – When as a child Nezahat Eleftos discovered a bundle of photographs stashed in a family chest, her grandmother made a confession: some showed her Christian brothers who perished in mass killings in southeast Turkey during World War One. For nearly four decades, Eleftos tried to guard her grandmother Zarife's secret that she too had been born a Christian Armenian – and not a Muslim Kurd like all her neighbors in Onbasilar, a village set in the rocky hills of Turkey's Diyarbakir province. A century after the killing of Zarife's brothers and hundreds of thousands of other Armenians in Ottoman Turkish lands, stories like Eleftos's are cracking a wall of silence among Kurds, who make up 20 percent of Turkey's population. Most Western scholars and two dozen governments also regard the events of 1915 as a genocide against a civilization that flourished in what is now modern Turkey for four millennia.
Despite harsh criticism after she was selected to light a torch on Independence Day, Aharish will stand proud, telling PM Netanyahu and her other detractors: ‘I exist. And whether you like it or not, I am not going anywhere’.