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Pasig River: 10 Things We No Longer See In Manila's Famous River

<i>For more interesting stories, please check out our latest book, “FilipiKnow: Amazing Facts & Figures Every Pinoy Must Know.”</i><p><i>Pristine, majestic, and</i> …

University of Michigan

The fight to define the very essence of Israel

Behind the seemingly intractable Palestinian conflict lie deeper questions about what Israel wants to be: an ‘open’ globalised democracy or a ‘closed’ Jewish state<p>Perhaps the hardest thing for people not living in Israel to grasp is that for most Israelis, talk about how to deal with the question …

Israel

Why Gaza is no Selma

<b>(CNN) —</b> Despite a culture of innovation that has mastered high-tech and even produced a Wonder Woman, Israel is not often the envy of other nations. It is a perpetual target — especially when it comes to its own self-defense.<p>Take, for example, the situation over the past two months in Gaza. Ongoing …

Israel

EU to block Trump’s Iran sanctions by activating old law

The European Commission will on Friday launch a trade defense law in response to U.S. economic sanctions against Iran in a bid to keep the nuclear …

Europe

history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 1799 - Palestine Remix

Our timeline spans more than two centuries to explain the dramatic chain of events that led to the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine. Further explore pivotal years in depth through our films.<p>SELECT A SPECIFIC ERA:<p>1799 – 1946<p>The British Mandate for Palestine, from 1917 to 1948, laid the …

Israel

State: Hamas admission invalidates NGOs’ petition

Rights groups asserted IDF’s rules had led to killing far too many Palestinians.<p>IDF soldiers stationed near the Gaza border on May 15th, 2018.. …

Israel

SHOCKER: Even Leftist Thomas Friedman Rips Hamas, Says They Committed 'An Act Of Human Sacrifice'

Appearing on CNN with Anderson Cooper, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who has spent his career attacking the Israeli right wing, …

Israel

Hamas says most of protesters killed by Israel in Gaza were members

Israel says it shows that Hamas is using border protests as a cover for terrorist attacks.<p>Israel carried out airstrikes on Hamas sites in Gaza early Thursday, hours after the militant organization said most of the protesters killed by Israeli fire this week were its members.<p>Salah Bardawil, a senior …

Israel

Liberman: Israel must withdraw immediately from U.N. Human Rights Council

Breaking news. (photo credit: JPOST STAFF)<p>Israel must withdraw immediately from the United Nations Human Rights Council and persuade the United …

Israel

Gaza’s Miseries Have Palestinian Authors

For the third time in two weeks, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have set fire to the Kerem Shalom border crossing, through which they get medicine, fuel and other humanitarian essentials from Israel. Soon we’ll surely hear a great deal about the misery of Gaza. Try not to forget that the authors of …

Israel

Falling for Hamas’s Split-Screen Fallacy

JERUSALEM — During my years in the international press here in Israel, long before the bloody events of this week, I came to respect Hamas for its keen ability to tell a story.<p>At the end of 2008 I was a desk editor, a local hire in The Associated Press’s Jerusalem bureau, during the first serious …

Israel

Netanyahu says Palestinians should "abandon the fantasy that they will conquer Jerusalem"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the fight of his life — at home and abroad.<p>He’s facing international condemnation over yesterday’s killings on the Gaza border and escalating tensions on its border with Iran, which resulted in both sides exchanging fire in Syria last week. And …

Israel

Iraq's shock election result may be turning point for Iran

Result is blow to US, but Iran will also lose out after Iraq’s protest against rule by proxy<p>The unexpectedly poor showing of Haider al-Abadi, Iraq’s prime minister, in parliamentary elections has dealt a blow to US influence in the country. It was a poor return for American backing for the Baghdad …

Middle East

What Iran Really Wants in Syria

In the wake of recent Israeli airstrikes against the T-4 airbase in Syria and the shooting down of an Israeli F-16 fighter in February, …

Middle East

Don’t think the U.S. Embassy belongs in Jerusalem? Get over it.

<i>Naftali Bennett is Israel’s minister of education and minister of diaspora affairs. He has been a member of the security cabinet since 2013 and has led the Jewish Home party since 2012.</i><p>The inauguration of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem is an important recognition of Israel’s inherent right to govern …

Israel

Taliban Kill Over 100 Afghan Soldiers and Police Officers in One Week

JALALABAD, Afghanistan — A spring offensive by Taliban insurgents has resulted in a series of attacks across Afghanistan, killing about 100 soldiers and police officers in the past week, according to officials. In the latest attack, on government offices in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Sunday, …

Afghanistan

3 Reasons Israel Would Start a Nuclear War

Israel’s nuclear arsenal is the worst-kept secret in international relations. Since the 1970s, Israel has maintained a nuclear deterrent in order to …

War

French police question parents, friend of Paris attacker

PARIS (AP) — Investigators are following the trail of a 20-year-old Frenchman born in Chechnya who rampaged through a festive Paris neighborhood slashing passers-by with a knife, raising anew the specter of terrorism in France after less than two months of calm.<p>Using a knife, the man identified as …

Terrorism

Suicide bombers attack churches in Indonesia, at least 6 dead

Suicide bombers attacked three churches in Indonesia's second-largest city of Surabaya on Sunday, killing at least six people and wounding more than 35 others, police said.<p>An unexploded bomb has also been secured by police.<p>Authorities suspect the Islamic State-inspired group Jeemah Ansharut Daulah …

Extremism

What moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem means for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

The U.S. Embassy will open in Jerusalem on Monday, in what President Donald Trump called a “long overdue step to advance the peace process” when he …

Israel

CIA weapons for Syrian rebels sold to arms black market: NYT | Reuters

(Reuters) - Weapons shipped into Jordan for Syrian rebels by the Central Intelligence Agency and Saudi Arabia were stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold to arms merchants on the black market, the New York Times reported, citing American and Jordanian officials.<p>A rebel fighter sits …

Middle East

France and Belgium face 'imminent terror attack' from armed Isil commandos who left Syria a week ago, warns Belgian intelligence

France and Belgium face an "imminent" terror attack from Isil commandos who left Syria a week ago and are already armed, according to a Belgian intelligence note cited by local media.<p>The chilling warning that two-men groups were on the verge of an attack emerged hours before the kick off of …

Inside Bangladesh’s killing fields: bloggers and outsiders targeted by fanatics

First they came for the bloggers, the atheists, the secular intellectuals. Then the three-year murder spree spread to aid workers, minority religions and Muslims who did not want their country reshaped by extremist Islam<p>The attack on Professor Rezaul Karim Siddiquee was so frenzied that its traces …

Extremism

Dutch woman arrested in Qatar after making rape claim

<b>A Dutch woman is being detained in Qatar on suspicion of adultery after she told police she had been raped.</b><p>The 22-year-old, who was on holiday, was drugged in a Doha hotel and woke up in an unfamiliar flat, where she realised she had been raped, her lawyer says.<p>She was arrested in March on …

Crime

'I'll be more useful in exile than prison' - Saudi rights lawyer

Faced with a hard choice: a long prison sentence in their country, or self-imposed exile, two Saudi lawyers who represented political dissidents had to make a difficult decision. They chose exile.<p>Despite promises of more general reforms, Taha al Haji and Abdulaziz Al Hussan say the crackdown on …

Abdul Aziz

US had extensive contact with Ayatollah Khomeini before Iran revolution

Iranian leaders have reacted with fury to reports that newly declassified US diplomatic cables revealed extensive contacts between Ayatollah Khomeini and the Carter administration just weeks ahead of Iran’s Islamic revolution.<p>It was previously known that Ruhollah Khomeini, the charismatic leader of …

South Asia

Islam is incompatible with UK values say 56% of Brits – poll

More than half of Britons polled believe Islam is incompatible with British values, according to a study carried out on behalf of a Muslim community organization.<p>The polling firm ComRes asked 2,012 people over the age of 18 for their views. The study was carried out on behalf of the Ahmadiyya …

If you think your brain is more than a computer, you must accept this fringe idea in physics

One of the most intriguing speculative arguments in physics and computer science isn't really about physics or computer science at all. It's about the brain — or more precisely, about consciousness — and it's been going on for decades. Its central question: Is the brain fundamentally like a …

Parents of 'Jihadi Jack' Letts who was 'first white Briton to join Isil' remanded in custody after denying sending him money for terrorism

The parents of a British Muslim convert, believed to have travelled to Syria to join Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria, have been remanded in custody after facing terrorism charges at court.<p>John Letts, 55, and his wife Sally Lane, 54, from Oxford, denied sending him £1,700 knowing it …

Extremism

Dispute ruptures between U.N.'s Ban Ki Moon and Saudi Arabia

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> A diplomatic fight, usually kept behind closed doors, exploded in public Thursday as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon accused Saudi Arabia and its military allies of placing "undue pressure" on the international organization.<p>A source told CNN earlier this week that the Saudis …

Middle East