Israel passes nationality bill into a law

Knesset passes controversial law seeking to enshrine the status of the State of Israel as the nation state of the ...
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Egypt presents new Hamas-Fatah reconciliation agreement

New initiative includes removal of Gaza sanctions, reinstatement of Palestinian Authority officials, report says.

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Minister Elkin to run independently for J’lem mayor

Likud officials: Coalition chairman Amsalem acted to torpedo Elkin's standing as Likud's candidate.

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Why do we love to hate so much?

TED speakers explore the causes and consequences of hate - and how we can fight it.

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Israel passes controversial nation-state law defining country as Jewish national homeland

62 MKs vote in favor of the bill after a stormy debate and changes to problematic clauses ■ Arab lawmakers ...
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Israel approves controversial ‘Jewish nation state’ law

Prime Minister Netanyahu hails a "defining moment" as Israeli Arab MPs condemn the legislation ...
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Putin to host John Kerry for high-stakes Sochi talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin has refused to budge on Ukraine but has signalled his readiness to mend ties with WashingtonPresident Vladimir Putin is expected to host US Secretary of State John Kerry for talks in Sochi on Tuesday, in the first visit to Russia by the US top diplomat since the start of the crisis in Ukraine. Ties between Moscow and Washington collapsed after Russia seized Crimea and buttressed separatists in eastern Ukraine, but after a year of raging tensions signs are emerging that both Russia and the West may be ready for a detente.


Saudi king’s US absence signals discontent with Iran policy

Saudi King Salman (R) meets with US President Barack Obama at Erga Palace in Riyadh on January 27, 2015Discontent with American policy toward Iran is behind the last-minute pullout by Saudi King Salman from a summit with US President Barack Obama this week, analysts say. Obama invited Salman along with five other Gulf rulers to the White House on Wednesday followed by a retreat the following day at Camp David. He hopes to shore up wavering trust while Washington tries to reach a deal to curb the nuclear programme of Shiite Iran, the regional rival to Sunni-dominated Gulf monarchies. Only the leaders of Kuwait and Qatar will now likely attend the summit, indicating "a lack of consideration, a disagreement and a lack of respect for President Barack Obama," said Abdelkhaleq Abdallah, an analyst from the United Arab Emirates.


Europe appeals for UN backing on migrants, no plan to bomb boats

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Europe appealed to the United Nations Security Council on Monday to back its plan to stem the deadly flow of migrants across the Mediterranean by dismantling people-smuggling organizations and destroying their vessels, though not by bombing. European Union leaders agreed last month to “identify, capture and destroy vessels before they are used by traffickers,” but it is unclear how that may be achieved and the 28-nation bloc wants U.N. authorization for its operation. I’m talking about a naval operation,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said after briefing the Security Council.