‘Israel in Iraq’: Kurdish referendum blasted by Iraqi papers

One Baghdad resident describes the referendum as 'a black day in the history of the Kurds,' adding that the group ...
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Police crack down on road-blocking disabled protesters

For the first time, police ticketed disabled protesters blocking a major thoroughfare on Monday.

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Minister: I was unaware of infrastructure work on Rosh Hashana

Labor Minister Katz denies responsibility for permitting construction work in Tel Aviv over Rosh Hashanah.

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‘Nationality Law’ in exchange for Supreme Court bypass law?

Haredi parties condition their support of the 'Nationality Law' on approving legislation to advance Supreme Court bypass law.

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Explained: Who are the Kurds and why are they seeking independence?

Find out why Iraq's Kurds are holding an independence referendum, who opposes the vote and what the next step is ...
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Donald Trump expands travel ban to include North Korea

Donald Trump unveiled a revamped travel ban on Sunday just as his controversial immigration order covering six Muslim-majority nations was ...
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Israel approves 284 new West Bank housing units, draws U.S. ire

Palestinian protesters run away from tear gas fired by Israeli troops during clashes near RamallahBy Jeffrey Heller and Arshad Mohammed JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israel approved on Wednesday 284 new housing units in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, drawing a U.S. accusation that its policies could expand settlements in a "potentially unlimited way." U.S. officials said the criticism from the U.S. State Department marked the first time it has suggested in public that Israel may be moving toward unlimited settlement expansion on land the Palestinians seek to establish their own state. The U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the latest language was unusually strong but reflected a change in tone rather than any major shift in U.S. policy.


Dubai opens massive Marvel-branded indoor theme park

A man puts a small boy on his shoulders to look at an animatronic dinosaur at the IMG Worlds of Adventure amusement park in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. The IMG Worlds of Adventure indoor theme park opened Wednesday in Dubai, hoping to draw thrill seekers to its air-conditioned confines. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As summer temperatures soared outside, the world's largest indoor theme park, featuring popular Marvel and Cartoon Network-branded rides, opened its doors to the public on Wednesday in the Middle East's tourist hub of Dubai — the latest in a myriad of new attractions here.


Israel approves 463 settlement homes: watchdog

Buildings under construction in the Kiryat Arba Jewish settlement on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Hebron on July 6, 2016Israel approved Wednesday the construction of 463 homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, the watchdog Peace Now said, drawing a sharp rebuke from the United States. Washington said it was "deeply concerned" by the announcement, with a senior US official slamming the "pervasive advancement of settlement activity in a new and potentially unlimited way". The approvals mostly involved new housing units, but a retroactive green light was also granted to 179 existing homes in the Ofarim settlement.


Slovak president appoints new transport minister after coalition shakeup

Slovakia's President Andrej Kiska reacts during his meeting with Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila at the Prime Minister's official residence in HelsinkiPresident Andrej Kiska named Arpad Ersek as Slovakia's new transport minister on Wednesday to shore up the governing coalition after a split in one of the four ruling parties. Prime Minister Robert Fico's leftist Smer party won a second consecutive term in an election in March but lost its parliamentary majority and had to form a coalition with three other parties. The previous transport minister, Roman Brecely, resigned on Tuesday after his centrist party Siet (Net), part of the five-month-old governing coalition, saw five out of its seven members of parliament bolt over internal disagreements.