Fresh clashes between Palestinian, Israeli forces erupt in third Day of Rage

Three people have been reported wounded in clashes in the West Bank ■ Two Hamas militants were killed overnight Friday ...
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Trump’s Jerusalem backlash continues: Over 100 Jewish Studies scholars issue condemnation

'A declaration from the U.S. government that appears to endorse sole proprietorship over Jerusalem adds insult to ongoing injury and ...
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Israeli pharmaceutical giant Teva may cut up to 10,000 jobs to ease debt crisis, report

The leading pharmaceutical firm seeks to cut up to $2 billion in costs ■ Teva is saddled with nearly $35 ...
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Oregon cedes freedom of speech case against red light camera critic

It is, perhaps, human nature to harbor grandiose dreams of fighting a traffic ticket, even to the point of arguing ...
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Israel strikes Gaza Hamas sites after rocket attacks

Tension rises following President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital ...
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Jerusalem Denial Complex

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Why America Should Beware a Resurgent China

Why America Should Beware a Resurgent ChinaThe world is witnessing a new, more assertive phase in China’s foreign engagement under President Xi Jinping. As it makes its presence felt in every corner of the world and posits an alternative to the Western liberal-democratic order that has underpinned international relations since the end of World War II, China is beginning to experience some of the blowback that other global leaders before it have been met with. With doubts over the future of U.S. global leadership rising and democracies worldwide arguably entering a period of fatigue, we are witnessing a new, more assertive phase in China’s foreign engagement under President Xi Jinping.


Why America Should Beware a Resurgent China

Why America Should Beware a Resurgent ChinaThe world is witnessing a new, more assertive phase in China’s foreign engagement under President Xi Jinping. As it makes its presence felt in every corner of the world and posits an alternative to the Western liberal-democratic order that has underpinned international relations since the end of World War II, China is beginning to experience some of the blowback that other global leaders before it have been met with. With doubts over the future of U.S. global leadership rising and democracies worldwide arguably entering a period of fatigue, we are witnessing a new, more assertive phase in China’s foreign engagement under President Xi Jinping.


Priest gets life sentence in cold-case murder of Texas beauty queen

Priest gets life sentence in cold-case murder of Texas beauty queenA retired Catholic priest convicted of murdering a former beauty queen who came to him for confession was sentenced to life in prison by a jury in south Texas on Friday, local media reported, ending a cold case that has troubled the community for nearly 60 years. John Feit, a visiting priest in McAllen, Texas, when the second-grade teacher came to him for confession during Holy Week in 1960, was convicted on Thursday of premeditated murder in the death of Irene Garza, then 25.


Priest gets life sentence in cold-case murder of Texas beauty queen

Priest gets life sentence in cold-case murder of Texas beauty queenA retired Catholic priest convicted of murdering a former beauty queen who came to him for confession was sentenced to life in prison by a jury in south Texas on Friday, local media reported, ending a cold case that has troubled the community for nearly 60 years. John Feit, a visiting priest in McAllen, Texas, when the second-grade teacher came to him for confession during Holy Week in 1960, was convicted on Thursday of premeditated murder in the death of Irene Garza, then 25.


Sexual taboo

Mitra Farazandeh, who lives in northern Iran, says many people think she doesn’t deserve love and a sex life, because of her physical disability.

U.S. top court blocks release of Trump 'Dreamer' immigrant documents

U.S. top court blocks release of Trump 'Dreamer' immigrant documentsThe U.S. Supreme Court on Friday granted a request by President Donald Trump’s administration to block the immediate release of documents concerning his decision to end a program that shielded from deportation hundreds of thousands of young adults dubbed “Dreamers” brought into the country illegally as children. The justices put on hold an order by a federal judge in San Francisco for the administration to turn over the internal documents as part of several lawsuits he is overseeing, including one led by California’s Democratic attorney general, challenging the legality of Trump’s September decision. The court’s action will remain in effect until the justices decide whether to permanently block U.S. District Judge William Alsup’s order in the lawsuits regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created by Trump’s Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.


FBI warned Trump aide Hope Hicks over emails from Russians: report

FBI warned Trump aide Hope Hicks over emails from Russians: reportThe FBI found it necessary to deliver a special warning about Russian contacts to President Donald Trump’s close aide Hope Hicks after Trump took office last January, the New York Times reported  on Friday. Federal Bureau of Investigation officials met with Hicks at least twice, the Times said, to warn her about multiple attempts made by Russian agents to contact her via email after the election and before the January 20 inauguration. "According to former officials, American intelligence and law enforcement agencies became alarmed by introductory emails that Ms Hicks received from Russian government addresses in the weeks after Mr Trump’s election," the Times said. It said Ms Hicks is not suspected of doing anything improper. But the agents worried that the effort was part of a Russian intelligence operation that continued even after US security officials released a scathing report on Moscow’s interference in the 2016 election. The Donald Trump campaign’s Russia connections Ms Hicks, 29, a long-time personal aide to Trump, was then director of strategic communications for the White House. Since August she has served as White House communications director. According to the report she was interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Thursday and Friday for his investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian interference in the election, and whether Trump has tried to obstruct the investigation. So far Ms Hicks has not been mentioned as being suspected of wrongdoing. But her proximity to Trump could make her a key witness in any cases that arise from the investigation. Mueller has already unveiled charges against four former campaign aides, including campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn. Flynn pleaded guilty on December 1 to lying to FBI investigators over his Russian contacts in a plea deal that made clear he is assisting in the Mueller investigation of more senior campaign and White House figures. Mr Mueller’s probe has been plodding and thorough. In court documents released Friday, Mr Mueller’s team reported having amassed more than 400,000 documents and financial records for the Manafort case, which focuses on money laundering, after exercising 15 search warrants.  


New Mexico school gunman was ex-student investigated by FBI

New Mexico school gunman was ex-student investigated by FBIA gunman who killed two students at a New Mexico high school and then took his own life was a former student who was investigated by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation last year after he asked online about buying weapons for a mass shooting, officials said on Friday. Authorities identified the shooter in Thursday’s attack as 21-year-old William Atchison, who worked at a gas station in Aztec, New Mexico, and was an enthusiast of active shooter gaming websites. Atchison disguised himself as a student, entered the school as students got off buses, and was in a bathroom preparing for the shooting when Francisco Fernandez, a pupil at the school known for his computer skills, entered the restroom, officials said.