PA Chairman: Deal between Hamas, Israel, must include us

Palestinian Authority chairman says any deal between Hamas and Israel must include PA, all funds to Gaza must go through ...
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Jeremy Corbyn was filmed endorsing BDS in 2015

Film of Labour leader Corbyn supporting BDS, saying boycott 'promotes the peace process,' resurfaces on web.

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US consulate in Haifa to close down

US closes Haifa Consular Agency 'until further notice,' citizen services will be available in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv.

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Gaza residents protest in Tel Aviv: ‘We’re not cannon fodder’

Israelis living near the Gaza Strip call on the government to restore their sense of security; 'We realized that if ...
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Former UN Sec. General Kofi Annan dies at 80

Annan devoted his life to making the world more peaceful, US Amb. Nikki Haley says.

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Abbas: No separate Palestinian state in Gaza

As Egypt mediates ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas, Palestinian president insists he will 'never accept the separation of Gaza ...
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Turkey to let U.S. strike Islamic State from Incirlik air base: WSJ

Turkey has agreed to allow the U.S. military to launch air strikes against Islamic State militants from a U.S. air base in Incirlik, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing defense officials. Local media in Turkey said an agreement was finalized late on Wednesday, but Reuters could not immediately confirm the report. The White House said President Barack Obama and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan spoke on Wednesday, but it declined to say whether they had reached an agreement on the air base.

U.S., Iran both counter-attack critics of nuclear deal

By Patricia Zengerle and Bozorgmehr Sharafedin Nouri WASHINGTON/DUBAI (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani both counter-attacked on Thursday against conservatives at home who are trying to block last week’s nuclear deal. In Washington, Kerry told skeptical lawmakers that rejection of the accord would give Tehran “a great big green light” to accelerate its atomic program. Rouhani, elected two years ago on a promise to reduce the international isolation of the country of nearly 80 million people, defended the agreement following criticism from the Revolutionary Guards and conservative lawmakers that it endangers Iran’s security.

Amnesty protests ‘staggering execution spree’ in Iran

Amnesty International protested at what it called a "staggering execution spree" in Iran so far this year that has seen almost 700 people put to deathAmnesty International on Thursday protested at what it called a "staggering execution spree" in Iran so far this year that has seen almost 700 people put to death. "At this shocking pace, Iran is set to surpass the total number of executions in the country" recorded by Amnesty for the whole of 2014. Said Boumedouha, deputy head of Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa Programme, said the spike "paints a sinister picture of the machinery of the state carrying out premeditated, judicially-sanctioned killings on a mass scale".


At least 10 feared dead after migrant boat sinks off Libyan coast

Naval personnel lower a patrol dinghy into the sea from the Belgian Navy Vessel Godetia, one of the EU vessels taking part in the Triton migrant rescue operation, during operations off the Sicilian harbour of Augusta, Italy, on June 18, 2015At least 10 migrants who were seeking to reach Europe are feared dead after their inflatable dinghy capsized off the coast of Libya, a local prosecutor on the Italian island of Sicily said Thursday. A UNHCR spokesman had earlier said that the potential toll could reach up to 40, but prosecutor Francesco Paolo Giordino said it would be closer to "about a dozen". "From what I managed to find out, the victims were on an inflatable boat that was carrying about 100 migrants," said Giordino.


France’s Hollande discussses Iran nuclear deal with Rouhani

France's President Francois Hollande (R) shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (L) on September 24, 2013 in New YorkFrench President Francois Hollande conferred with Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani Thursday on "conditions for implementing" the Iran nuclear accord, Hollande's office said. Hollande "expressed the wish for Iran to contribute positively to the resolution of crises in the Middle East," it added. The conversation marks the latest step by Western leaders to beef up contacts with Iran since the July 14 deal in Vienna.


Japan’s Nikkei to buy Financial Times for £844m

Pearson is selling the FT Group for £844 million ($1.31 billion, 1.2 billion euros)British publisher Pearson on Thursday said it had agreed to sell its salmon-pink business newspaper the Financial Times to Japanese media group Nikkei for £844 million ($1.31 billion, 1.2 billion euros). Pearson said it was selling the FT Group, which includes FT.com. In a video interview with the FT, Pearson's chief executive John Fallon said the company wanted to focus on being "the world's best education company".


Coalition-trained Iraqi troops join battle against IS

Iraqi military members at the Counter Terrorism Service training location during a visit by US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter on July 23, 2015 in BaghdadIraqi troops trained by the US-led coalition have joined the battlefield for the first time, a US pentagon spokesman said Thursday, and are battling the Islamic State group to retake Ramadi. "As many as 3,000" Iraqi soldiers trained and armed by the coalition are taking part in ongoing operations to reconquer the Anbar provincial capital, Colonel Steven Warren said. "This is a development we are very satisfied to hear," he told reporters in Baghdad during a visit by US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter.