Canada’s former Tory PM Stephen Harper quits politics

Former Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks in Ottawa on April 15, 2015Canada’s former prime minister Stephen Harper announced Friday he was quitting politics, 10 months after voters tossed his Tories out of office in a general election. Pundits suggested shunning Harper policies, notably his dismissive approach to climate change, while others have urged the party to track to the political middle to appeal to a broader electorate.

Former Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks in Ottawa on April 15, 2015Canada's former prime minister Stephen Harper announced Friday he was quitting politics, 10 months after voters tossed his Tories out of office in a general election. Pundits suggested shunning Harper policies, notably his dismissive approach to climate change, while others have urged the party to track to the political middle to appeal to a broader electorate.


Migrant influx pushes German population growth to highest since 1992

Woman wears Islamic headdress while visiting Garmisch-PartenkirchenGermany’s population registered its biggest increase in more than 20 years in 2015, data showed on Friday, as record numbers of migrants entered the country. More than a million people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and beyond flocked to Europe’s most populous nation last year, drawn by Germany’s strong economy, relatively liberal asylum laws and generous system of benefits. Net migration reached a record high of 1,139,000, more than doubling from 2014, the Federal Statistics Office said.

Woman wears Islamic headdress while visiting Garmisch-PartenkirchenGermany's population registered its biggest increase in more than 20 years in 2015, data showed on Friday, as record numbers of migrants entered the country. More than a million people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and beyond flocked to Europe's most populous nation last year, drawn by Germany's strong economy, relatively liberal asylum laws and generous system of benefits. Net migration reached a record high of 1,139,000, more than doubling from 2014, the Federal Statistics Office said.


Truck bomb strikes Turkish police station near border

A powerful truck bomb destroyed a police station killing 11 and wounding over 70 on Friday; Turkish Prime Minister blames PKK as attack comes days after Turkey mounts armed incursion into Syria.

צילום: רויטרס

A powerful truck bomb destroyed a police station killing 11 and wounding over 70 on Friday; Turkish Prime Minister blames PKK as attack comes days after Turkey mounts armed incursion into Syria.

PM intervenes in Shabbat-construction brouhaha

צילום: ערי גושן אדריכלים

Haredi ministers and MKs opposed to construction and repairs of the national train system claim that work on Shabbat is a violation of the status quo and threaten to quit the coalition, effectively bringing down the government; PM Netanyahu is forced to intervene, and a result the work will continue.

PM intervenes in Sabbath-construction brouhaha

Haredi ministers and MKs opposed to construction and repairs of the national train system claim that work on Shabbat is a violation of the status quo and threaten to quit the coalition, effectively bringing down the government; PM Netanyahu is forced t…

צילום: ערי גושן אדריכלים

Haredi ministers and MKs opposed to construction and repairs of the national train system claim that work on Shabbat is a violation of the status quo and threaten to quit the coalition, effectively bringing down the government; PM Netanyahu is forced to intervene to keep the coalition together

Some hotels in Chinese city block people from five Muslim countries

Police have ordered some low-end hotels in the Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou not to allow guests from five Muslim-majority countries to stay, though China’s foreign ministry said it had never heard of the policy. Three hotels with rooms costing about…

Police have ordered some low-end hotels in the Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou not to allow guests from five Muslim-majority countries to stay, though China’s foreign ministry said it had never heard of the policy. Three hotels with rooms costing about 150 yuan ($23) a night told Reuters that they had received police notices from as early as March telling them to turn away people from Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Afghanistan. The notice appears only to apply to cheaper hotels at the bottom of the price scale.

Unarmed Palestinian running towards IDF guard post shot dead

A Palestinian man came running at a West Bank guard post near Ofra; the soldiers followed the procedure for stopping a suspicious person and ended up shooting him; he died at the scene; no weapons or explosives were found on his person; none of the sol…

צילום: דובר צה

A Palestinian man came running at a West Bank guard post near Ofra; the soldiers followed the procedure for stopping a suspicious person and ended up shooting him; he died at the scene; no weapons or explosives were found on his person; none of the soldiers were injured.