Israel passes nationality bill into a law

Knesset passes controversial law seeking to enshrine the status of the State of Israel as the nation state of the ...
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Egypt presents new Hamas-Fatah reconciliation agreement

New initiative includes removal of Gaza sanctions, reinstatement of Palestinian Authority officials, report says.

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Minister Elkin to run independently for J’lem mayor

Likud officials: Coalition chairman Amsalem acted to torpedo Elkin's standing as Likud's candidate.

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Why do we love to hate so much?

TED speakers explore the causes and consequences of hate - and how we can fight it.

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Israel passes controversial nation-state law defining country as Jewish national homeland

62 MKs vote in favor of the bill after a stormy debate and changes to problematic clauses ■ Arab lawmakers ...
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Israel approves controversial ‘Jewish nation state’ law

Prime Minister Netanyahu hails a "defining moment" as Israeli Arab MPs condemn the legislation ...
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Another inmate leaves Guantanamo as population slowly dwindles

The US military still has 104 prisoners in detention at its naval base in Guantanamo Bay, CubaThe trickle of detainees leaving Guantanamo Bay continued Friday with the repatriation of a Kuwaiti man, as the general overseeing the military prison denied claims the Pentagon is stalling on shutting it down. Faez Mohammed Ahmed Al-Kandari became the latest transfer, sent back to Kuwait after the United States determined he no longer posed a national security threat. President Barack Obama pledged to shut Guantanamo when he took office in 2009, but his efforts have been repeatedly thwarted by Congress.


Cologne feels anxiety and anger about Merkel’s refugee policy

By Joseph Nasr COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) – The heavy police presence outside Cologne’s Gothic cathedral is not enough to make 16-year-old Lisa Elsner feel safe going out in a city-center still reeling from mass assaults on women on New Year’s Eve. The area is a bustling hub not only for many of Cologne’s 1.2 million people but also for the tourists seeking out its historic sights, and the thousands of revelers due in town for days of raucous Rhineland carnival – now just four weeks away. The German Interior Ministry said on Friday that, out of 32 suspects identified so far, 27 were from North Africa or the Middle East, and 22 were seeking asylum.

Denmark, under fire, ups limit of valuables that refugees can keep

A group of migrants check a departure board at Copenhagen Central StationDenmark is amending a proposal to confiscate refugees' possessions to pay for their stay by raising the amount they will be allowed to keep after coming under fire from the United Nations refugee agency over its immigration policies. Immigration Minister Inger Stojberg told local news agency Ritzau on Friday that the amount refugees would be able to keep has been increased to 10,000 Danish crowns ($1,460) from the previously proposed 3,000 crowns. Several organizations, including the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) have censured the Nordic country for the proposal as well as others that will delay family reunification and make acquiring refugee and residence status more difficult.


Asylum seekers among suspects in Cologne’s New Year violence

A police vehicle patrols at the main square and in front of the central railway station in CologneBy Noah Barkin and Paul Carrel BERLIN (Reuters) – Nearly two dozen asylum seekers are among those suspected of involvement in mass assaults and muggings on New Year's Eve in Cologne, officials said on Friday, intensifying a debate about Germany's welcome for hundreds of thousands of migrants. The assaults have shocked many Germans and led to calls for tougher laws to punish migrants who commit crimes. On Friday, Cologne police chief Wolfgang Albers, who had been heavily criticism for his handling of the violence and police communications afterwards, was dismissed.


Victims’ loved ones react to TA pub attacker’s death

Dudu Bakal, father of Alon Bakal, welcomed the news that the terrorist who murdered his son was dead. “It’s good to know they took him down,” he said. Razi Shaaban, brother of cab driver Amin Shaaban, murdered by Melhem later in the day, said, “It’s good that they reached him, but it’s still difficult because my brother left behind 11 children.”