Syria: Death toll in Eastern Ghouta rises to more than 400

Fresh bombardment on Damascus suburb kills dozens, brings number of dead civilians to more than 400 in five days.

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Saudi Arabia increases financial aid to PA

Saudi government announces increase in financial aid to the Palestinian Authority.

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Trump considers pulling immigration agents from California, saying it would spur 'crime like nobody has ever seen'

Donald Trump has threatened to pull immigration agents from California, suggesting their removal would unleash “crime like nobody has ever ...
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Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront gunman

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The armed officer on duty at the Florida school where a shooter killed 17 people ...
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Armed deputy at Florida high school resigns after failing to engage shooter

The armed sheriff's deputy assigned to the Florida high school where 17 people were shot and killed has resigned rather ...
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Texas governor issues last-minute reprieve for son who ordered family killed

Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Thursday issued a last-minute reprieve for a death row prisoner who hired a gunman to ...
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Humanitarian ceasefire in Yemen has begun: coalition

Smoke billows following an air-strike by Saudi-led coalition on May 11, 2015, in the capital SanaaA ceasefire after weeks of Saudi-led coalition bombing in Yemen began on Tuesday night, but the coalition warned Iran-backed rebels it would strike back at any violation. 11 O'clock", coalition spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed al-Assiri said when asked whether the ceasefire had begun on schedule at 11:00 pm local time (2000 GMT). The coalition intensified its air strikes, conducting a record of more than 130 sorties from Friday to Saturday, after declaring the rebels had crossed a "red line" with deadly mortar and rocket bombardments of Saudi Arabia. Using unmanned aerial vehicles and artillery, coalition forces hit back and destroyed the vehicles which launched the rockets, he said.

Netanyahu denounces ‘resurgent’ anti-Semitism

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech at the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism conference in Jerusalem, on May 12, 2015Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced a resurgence in anti-Semitism both in the Middle East and in the West, in a speech on Tuesday at a forum about the problem. "Today there is no doubt that we are living in an age of resurgent anti-Semitism," Netanyahu said at the opening of the fifth Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism.

Refugee quotas divide EU: sources

Migrants from sub-Saharan Africa sit at a center for illegal migrants in the al-Karem district of the Libyan port city of Misrata on May 9, 2015EU plans for binding refugee quotas across the 28-nation bloc could be sunk because Britain, Ireland and Denmark do not have to accept them, European sources said Tuesday. The European Commission, the EU executive, is due to propose quotas as part of a new migration policy on Wednesday after the worst migrant shipwreck left 750 people dead in the Mediterranean last month. As the death toll mounts off its southern shores, the European Union is trying to put in place a strategy to deal with both the growing number of arriving refugees and to halt the inflow at source in conflict-torn North Africa and the Middle East. The final plan is supposed to be put before EU leaders at their June 25-26 summit but immigration is such a sensitive political issue for many member states that agreement could prove elusive, especially when it comes to sharing the burden.

Arab media forum opens in Dubai

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum (C), Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, inaugurating the opening session of the annual Arab Media Forum in Dubai on May 12, 2015The Arab Media Forum, the largest annual gathering of its kind, opened Tuesday in Dubai with lively debate on the future of the industry amid upheaval in the Middle East. Attended by around 1,500 people, the forum began with Organisation of Islamic Cooperation chief Iyad Madani addressing the image of Muslims in the world, tarnished by a wave of extremist violence.

Bill Clinton’s lucrative speeches got fast approval at State

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2010, file photo, former U.S. President Bill Clinton gestures as he delivers his keynote address at INTI International University in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. When Hillary Rodham Clinton was secretary of state, her husband won hasty approval from her department to make a lucrative series of speeches to companies, organizations and governments around the world. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — State Department officials gave speedy and sometimes only cursory consideration to potential conflicts of interest when approving former President Bill Clinton's lucrative speeches to global companies and foreign governments during Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, an Associated Press investigation has found.