In a small apartment in Ashkelon, Avra Mangisto’s mother cannot stop crying. She lost her elder son three years ago, and doesn’t know what became of another son; ‘We don’t know what to do,’ the father says. ‘We met with MKs, other officials, but the Shin Bet told us not to talk’.
If other events on the pope’s three-nation tour of South America were joyous ones — million-strong crowds of worshippers singing and praising the pontiff — the trip to Bolivia’s most dangerous prison was arguably a humbling descent into hell. The pontiff, who specifically requested the visit to the Palmasola prison, walked slowly through a courtyard where hundreds of prisoners and their families awaited him. Back inside the penitentiary Francis exchanged hugs and kisses with prisoners.
Two Israelis crossed the border into Gaza, possibly by accident, but more and more Palestinian are desperately risking the opposite journey for a better life in Israeli prison.
Tunisian authorities have recovered from the sea the bodies of 28 migrants believed to have died on a clandestine voyage trying to reach Italy, a civil protection source said on Friday. The bodies were found off Ben Gardane, a coastal town near the Libyan border. Tens of thousands of migrants fleeing war and hunger in Africa and the Middle East have crossed the Mediterranean to Italy and Greece this year, with the vast majority departing from the coast of Libya.
Hundreds show up in Habima Square for annual water war after official event was cancelled due to financial shortcomings.
Netanyahu assures family of Ethiopian Israeli held in Gaza that ‘Israel will do everything’ to bring him back home; Lior Lotan apologizes for threats to family.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's offer to accept 2,000 refugees from Africa and the Middle East as part of a European Union plan was thrown into doubt Friday when the junior partner in its coalition government complained of not being consulted.
Tributes flowed Friday following the death of Saudi Arabia's Prince Saud al-Faisal, the world's longest-serving foreign minister, credited with facing down successive regional crises and forging strong ties with the West. Prince Saud oversaw four decades of diplomacy for the world's biggest oil exporter before he retired in April for health reasons. A statement from the Royal Court just before midnight said the prince, who was born in 1940 and became one of the highest profile members of the kingdom's ruling elite, died Thursday in the United States.