Balloons with suspicious devices explode in Kissufim

A fireman from Gaza border region witnesses a cluster of balloons, equipped with explosive materials and most likely flown from ...
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Iran arrests ‘large network’ over Ahvaz attack

Saturday's attack in Ahvaz killed 25 people at a military parade featuring Iran's Revolutionary Guard ...
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Equities slide as US and China trade blows

Asian and European stocks slid Monday as US tariffs on another $200 billion of Chinese imports took effect, clouding the ...
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Michelle Obama calls out 'nastiness of our politics' during voting rally

Michelle Obama said she hoped to get Nevada residents "fired up" to vote.
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Russia to upgrade Syrian air defences

Russia says it will send the S-300 system within weeks, after an aircraft was shot down off Syria ...
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Russia to supply Syria with S-300 anti-missile system

Defence Minister Shoigu says anti-aircraft unit, equipped with Russian tracking and guidance systems, will be transferred to region within two ...
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Campaigning wraps up for critical Turkey vote

Supporters listen to Turkish Prime Minister and Justice and Development (AK) party leader during an election campaign rally in Ankara on October 31, 2015Opinion polls are predicting a replay Sunday of the shock June election which stripped the Justice and Development Party (AKP) of its majority after 13 years of single-party rule, leaving the country without a government after coalition talks failed. Turkey goes into the election more polarised than ever on ethnic and sectarian lines, and deeply on edge after the Ankara bombings blamed on Islamic State jihadists that killed 102 people, the worst in the country’s modern history. The AKP of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is tipped to win between 40 and 43 percent of the vote, paving the way either for a shaky coalition that many analysts say will not last long — or yet another election.

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Ex-U.N. refugee agency chief urges Japan to do more to help

Sadako Ogata, former U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, speaks during an interview in TokyoBy Linda Sieg and Ami Miyazaki TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan, which accepted less than a dozen asylum seekers last year, should show more leadership on refugees and craft an immigration policy given its need for foreign workers, a former U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said on Thursday. Sadako Ogata, 88, whose great-grandfather, then-premier Tsuyoshi Inukai, was assassinated by radical naval officers in 1932, also said that while Japan’s military had a global role to play, it should not be one that involved fighting overseas. Japan announced last month it would provide some $1.6 billion to assist Syrians and Iraqis displaced by conflict and for building peace across the Middle East and Africa.

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Special forces in Syria don't mean USA entering civil war: Kerry

By Matt Spetalnick BISHKEK (Reuters) – A decision by U.S. President Barack Obama to send special forces to Syria is strictly focused on fighting Islamic State insurgents and does not signify the United States is entering the civil war there, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said. “President Obama has made a very strong and forceful and simple decision entirely in keeping with his originally stated policy that we must defeat and destroy Daesh,” Kerry said, using the Arabic term for Islamic State. “It is not a decision to enter into Syria’s civil war.

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