Exclusive: Amana to construct homes in south

Organization previously focused on construction in Judea and Samaria takes on projects near Gaza border.

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PA protests Maaleh Adumim construction

Mahmoud Abbas says Israeli housing construction in town east of Jerusalem is 'illegal', violates international law.

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Yemen war: Wedding party that turned into a ‘bloodbath’

Sameeh was at the wedding in April when his father Ali was killed by a Saudi airstrike in rural Yemen ...
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Marble block crushed soldier’s helmet

IDF reveals details of incident in which soldier sustained severe head injuries, amid general rise in attacks on Jews during ...
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‘Receiving the Torah twice’

Yad L’Achim’s Torah Scroll winner receives news ahead of Shavuot holiday.

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Correction: West Coast Volcanoes-Q&A story

Correction: West Coast Volcanoes-Q&A storySPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — In a story May 12 about West Coast volcanoes, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Hawaii was part of the "Ring of Fire," a Pacific Ocean area prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions due to subducting tectonic plates, and that the eruption of Kilauea had experts eyeing volcanoes on the U.S. West Coast. Experts say Hawaii is a volcanic hotspot, where persistent sources of heat from within the earth sustain volcanic activity, and separate from the Ring of Fire.


The Queen's official approval of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's marriage transcribed on vellum

The Queen's official approval of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's marriage transcribed on vellumThe official document granting permission for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to marry has been released, incorporating the symbols of America onto traditional vellum to represent the bride. The ornate Instrument of Consent, the official document confirming the approval of the Queen, features emblems for Ms Markle including a rose, the national flower of the United States, two golden poppies from her home state of California, and olive branches adopted from the Great Seal of the United States.   The Queen signed the Instrument of Consent in March, at the top of a vellum document transcribed in calligraphy and issued under the Great Seal of the Realm. The document features various emblems  Credit: Victoria Jones/PA The document states: "Now know ye that we have consented and do by these presents signify our consent to the contracting of matrimony between our most dearly beloved grandson Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales KCVO and Rachel Meghan Markle." The wording differs from the instrument signed to give consent to the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, when the bride was described as "our trusty and well-beloved Catherine" in a phrase reserved for citizens of the United Kingdom and the Queen's realms. Significantly, it includes a Commonwealth emblem, reflecting the couple's commitment as youth ambassadors in the family of nations, as well as images for Prince Harry's maternal heritage from the Spencer family.  The wording differs from the instrument signed to give consent to the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Credit: Victoria Jones/PA The design to the left of the text incorporates a red dragon, the heraldic symbol of Wales, together with the UK's floral emblems, the rose, thistle and shamrock.  It also features Prince Harry’s Label, including three tiny red escallops from the Spencer family Arms. The design to the right of the text, representing Ms Markle, also includes the rose, the national flower of the United States. To either side of it are two golden poppies, the state flower of California where Ms. Markle was born.  Between the flowers is the Welsh leek, together with Prince Harry’s Label with olive branches underneath. To the left, underneath the two main designs, is the coronet for Prince Harry with the Commonwealth emblem on the right.  The formal document gives Prince Harry the Queen's permission to marry Credit: Victoria Jones/PA Prince Harry, as sixth-in-line to the throne following the birth of Prince Louis, had to seek the permission of the Queen under the Succession to the Crown Act 2013. The Act requires the first six people in line to obtain the Queen's blessing to marry, unless they wish  to be disqualified from succeeding to the Crown.


Record abstention in Iraq's first vote after defeating IS

Record abstention in Iraq's first vote after defeating ISIraqis on Saturday inflicted a blow on a political class they view as corrupt by shunning the first legislative elections since victory over Islamic State jihadists. More than half of the nearly 24.5 million voters did not show up at the ballot box in the parliamentary election, the highest abstention rate since the first multiparty elections in 2005, although it passed off largely peacefully. One policeman was killed and five wounded by mortar in eastern Iraq, a local official said, but there were no major incidents.