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Gaza Bishop: Hamas Used Church to Fire Rockets

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Kevin Spacey Prank Calls Hillary Clinton in House of Cards Parody

In this video released by The Clinton Foundation, <i>House of Cards</i> star actor Kevin Spacey calls up former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to see if …

Caution needed with Gaza casualty figures

<b>War zones are not easy places to collect statistics.</b><p>In the Gaza conflict, most news organisations have been quoting from the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), which leads a group of humanitarian organisations known as the Protection Cluster.<p>Its recent report said that as …

Israel-Gaza Conflict Puts Interfaith Relations To The Test

When a group of Arab college students visiting New York met last week for a Ramadan iftar, they were greeted with an unexpected keynote speech.<p>Rabbi Marc Schneier, head of The Hampton Synagogue on Long Island and the leader of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, an interfaith-oriented …

REVEALED: Israel Bombed A Secret Syrian Chemical Weapons Facility One Year Ago Today

<i>@RamiAlLolah is a Middle East watcher, activist, and political analyst who has previously published insider information about Israeli strikes inside Syria.</i><p>Friday marked the first anniversary of one of the biggest air strikes that has been conducted inside Syria, and particularly in the country's …

Middle East

5 Ways To Turn Down the Social Media Flame

I’d like to say that social media doesn’t matter. Israel and its Palestinian counterparts are pursuing tactics, military and otherwise, and the …

Gaza conflict: 'fresh ceasefire attempts' after heaviest Israeli attack

Representatives from all parties said to be meeting in Cairo in fresh attempt at agreeing a ceasefire after heaviest Israeli attack on Gaza yet<p>Fresh attempts at a ceasefire in Gaza were being forged on Tuesday night in Cairo after the heaviest Israeli attack on the enclave yet left 100 people dead …

7 Things to Consider Before Choosing Sides in the Middle East Conflict

Are you "pro-Israel" or "pro-Palestine"? It isn't even noon yet as I write this, and I've already been accused of being both.<p>These terms intrigue me because they directly speak to the doggedly tribal nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. You don't hear of too many other countries being …

Exodus: Why Europe's Jews Are Fleeing Once Again

World Anti-Semitism Europe<p>The mob howled for vengeance, the missiles raining down on the synagogue walls as the worshippers huddled inside. It was a …

Turkish deputy prime minister says women should not laugh out loud

One of the most senior members of the Turkish government sparked an outcry on Tuesday, after declaring that women should not laugh loudly in public.<p>The deputy prime minister, Bülent Arinc, one of the co-founders of the ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development party (AKP), made the comment …

PLO announcement of 24-hour Gaza ceasefire disavowed by Hamas

Hopes of a new ceasefire in the three-week-old Gaza war rose and then quickly fell on Tuesday afternoon when a senior official announced a 24-hour pause in fighting, saying he was speaking on behalf of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the two main militant organisations – a statement quickly disavowed by …

Be ready for 'prolonged' Gaza war, Netanyahu says

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Signaling an escalation of Israel's Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday to be ready …

Israel Acknowledges Mortar Strike at UN School, But Denies Casualties

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With One Revealing Word, the Leader of Hamas Shows Why Peace Is So Elusive

In an interview conducted with translators, a one-word response stood out for needing no translation.<p>Khaled Meshaal, the leader of Hamas, sat down with CBS News’ Charlie Rose on Saturday for an interview that aired, in part, on Sunday morning’s “Face the Nation.”<p>“We are not fanatics,” Meshaal …

Israel approves extension of cease-fire in Gaza; Hamas rejects it

Israel late Saturday authorized an extension of the humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza for another 24 hours at the request of the United Nations, Israeli officials told CNN.<p>But Hamas rejected a cease-fire extension, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said.<p>"Any humanitarian cease-fire that does not include …

Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a …

Lufthansa to resume flights to Tel Aviv on Saturday

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany’s Lufthansa said it would resume flights to Israel’s Tel Aviv airport on Saturday July 26, lifting a ban imposed in response to fears that rockets being fired from the Gaza strip could pose a threat to aircraft.<p>“On the basis of the most up-to-date information we have …

Brief Gaza Ceasefire Begins as Palestinian Death Toll Nears 900

A 12-hour cease-fire between Israel and Hamas went into effect Saturday morning in Gaza, but not before the Gaza health ministry reported the deaths of 18 Palestinians from one family. Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qidra said the Al-Najar family had been trapped in their house by fighting in …

Israel

Israel To Pause Gaza Fighting For 12 Hours On Saturday: US official

CAIRO, July 25 (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel will begin a 12-hour pause in Gaza hostilities starting at 7 am Israeli time (0400 GMT) on Saturday, a U.S. official said on Friday.<p>The official, who spoke to reporters on …

FAA lifts ban on flights to, from Tel Aviv

The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. airlines flying to and from Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport.<p>"The agency will continue to closely monitor the very fluid situation around Ben Gurion Airport and will take additional actions, as necessary," the FAA website …

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