Turkey warns as Syrian government poised to enter Afrin

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey warned the Syrian government Monday against entering the Kurdish-controlled enclave in northern Syria where a major ...
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Major General Mordechai threatens Hamas

COGAT message to Hamas heads: 'Stop violent border disturbances. IDF will take harsher measures.'

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Vice President Mike Pence confirmed as AIPAC conference speaker

Vice President Mike Pence has been confirmed as keynote speaker for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee annual policy conference.

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Iranian wrestler temporarily banned after intentional loss to avoid Israeli opponent

Iran's youth and sports ministry is hailing the wrestler a hero, even though his decision resulted in suspension from international ...
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Israelis being terrorized by immigrants, top diplomat says

Right and left-wing lawmakers debate the fate of African asylum seekers to be expelled in a Knesset discussion on Israel's ...
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Turkey warns Syrian army against helping Kurdish YPG in Afrin

By Angus McDowall and Tuvan Gumrukcu BEIRUT/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey warned on Monday it would confront Syrian government forces if ...
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Putin, Qatari Emir talk Syria, economic cooperation

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani meet to discuss Syria in Moscow on January 18, 2016President Vladimir Putin and the Emir of Qatar on Monday discussed the Syrian crisis, as global powers seek to push the warring sides towards the negotiating table. "Russia plays a main role when it comes to stability in the world," Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said at the start of the meeting at the Kremlin. "We very much want to develop relations with Russia and find a solution to a number of problems related to stability in some countries of our region," he added in translated remarks released by the Kremlin.


Jail to jihad: Indonesian prisons a breeding ground for militancy

File picture shows radical Muslim cleric Aman Abdurrahman, also known as Oman Rochman, raising his hands in a holding cell as he waits with other militants for their trial in JakartaBy Randy Fabi and Kanupriya Kapoor JAKARTA (Reuters) – Afif was an inmate in a high-security Indonesian jail when he transformed from aspiring radical Islamist to soldier for Islamic State, ready to sacrifice his life for a group based thousands of miles away in the Middle East. Afif's graduation from jailbird to jihadi shines a light on a prison system where staff shortages, overcrowding and corruption have allowed extremists to mingle and emerge as determined killers in the name of Islam. Security officials say Afif, also known as Sunakim, was sentenced to seven years in prison for taking part in a militant training camp in the province of Aceh, where Islam is generally practiced in a stricter form than other parts of Indonesia.


EU agrees Israel-Palestinians statement

The European Union restated its commitment to a two-state solution and said it would closely monitor developments on the ground which undermine that outcomeEU foreign ministers on Monday agreed a statement on the stalled Middle East peace process and Israeli settlements after resolving differences over wording which some felt was too critical of Israel. "We unanimously approved (the statement), it is a good and common basis for our common position and our engagement in the region," EU external affairs head Federica Mogherini said after a meeting of bloc foreign ministers in Brussels. Both Israel and the Palestinians gave a reserved welcome to the decision by EU foreign ministers.