President makes surprise visit to Jerusalem school, suggests cross-school soccer games with Arab students.
By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two children were likely killed by a U.S. air strike in Syria in November, the U.S. military said on Thursday, the first time the Pentagon has acknowledged civilian casualties since it began an air campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq. Two noncombatant adults also received minor injuries in the November air strikes, which targeted an explosives manufacturing facility operated by the al Qaeda-linked Khorasan Group, the U.S. military’s Central Command said after an investigation of the reported casualties.
Emails from Hillary Clinton obtained Thursday by a US daily revealed her own sources provided intelligence on a deadly 2012 attack in Libya that conflicted with White House statements. With the State Department poised to release the emails sent by Clinton during her four-year tenure as secretary of state, the New York Times published some 350 pages it said related just to Libya and the attack on the US mission in Benghazi. A day after the attack in which ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed, Clinton was told confidentially Al-Qaeda linked militants were likely behind the assault.
Gazan terror group uses PLO leader’s iconic helicopter during graduation show for security personnel in the Strip.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he has a personal stake on ensuring that negotiations with Iran produce an agreement that keeps Tehran from producing a nuclear weapon over the long-term.
By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday pledged to elevate Tunisia as a major non-NATO ally of the United States, a gesture that recognizes the country's democratic progress after the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. The upgrade in status, shared by close U.S. allies like Israel and Japan, can help expedite defense shipments. After meeting with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi in the Oval Office, Obama said the United States will provide short-term aid so Tunisia can complete economic reforms.
Despite IRNA report of Swiss court ordering Trans-Asian Oil to pay $1.1 billion to Tehran’s national oil company, Israeli finance ministry issues noncommittal statement saying it is prohibited from transferring funds to ‘the enemy’.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the situation in Syria and Yemen as well as Ukraine with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The phone call was the latest in a string of high-level contacts between Moscow and Washington in recent days over the crises in the Middle East as well as Ukraine, a conflict that has dragged ties between the Cold War-era foes to new lows. “The situation in Syria and Yemen, including efforts by the international community to facilitate the start of a peace process in both the ‘hot spots’, was the focus,” the ministry said.