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Former FBI official: Firing Strzok was justified – he, Comey and McCabe disgraced the FBI

Both supporters and opponents of President Trump should welcome the firing of disgraced FBI Agent Peter Strzok, announced Monday. He and fired FBI Director James Comey and fired Deputy Director Andrew McCabe have done more damage to America’s premier law enforcement agency than anyone in its …

Donald Trump

NATO holds unplanned meeting as Trump ramps up rhetoric

US president has been questioning the value of NATO and has called on member states to increase military spending.<p>Leaders from countries in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) held an unplanned session on Thursday as US President Donald Trump ramped up his demand for member countries to …

Angela Merkel

The one thing we’ve all missed in Syrian conflict

Some experts have pointed out that many of the key players have one thing in common: a billion-dollar gas pipeline.<p>Factor in this detail and suddenly …

What is Putin’s endgame in Syria?

The war has turned out to be a longer, more expensive commitment than Russia bargained for<p>Familiar, depressing images emerge from Ghouta in Syria: rows of tiny white shrouds, children killed in relentless airstrikes, makeshift hospitals, families huddling in basements, empty streets heaped with …

Middle East

Israel to deduct $300m a year from Palestinian Authority budget

Tel Aviv passed a law allowing the money to be taken from taxes and tariffs that the Israeli government collects on Palestinian leadership's behalf.<p>The Israeli government has been given the green light to deduct approximately $300m a year from the budget of the Palestinian Authority.<p>Israeli …

Iran's Syria predicament

There is growing pressure on Iran to withdraw its forces from Syria.<p>As Syria's civil war draws to a close, Iran's activity in the country is coming under increasing scrutiny. The US, Israel, and the Gulf states are all working towards making Iran's military presence in Syria untenable and its …

Israeli forces wound scores of women in Gaza rally

At least 134 Palestinians have been wounded as Great March of Return protests continue in besieged Gaza Strip.<p>At least 134 Palestinians have been wounded by Israeli gunfire as thousands of Palestinian women demonstrated along the heavily fortified fence with Israel in the besieged Gaza Strip.<p>Ashraf …

Demonstration

US to investigate 'FBI spying' on Trump campaign

Justice Department probe follows US president's call to check 'infiltration' allegedly ordered by Obama administration.<p>The US Department of Justice has said it will investigate whether the FBI spied on Donald Trump's presidential campaign for political motives, following the US president's call for …

Donald Trump

Israeli army kills Palestinian youth in occupied West Bank

Ezzadin Tamimi was shot dead during an arrest attempt over stone throwing, Palestinian media outlets say.<p>An Israeli soldier has killed a Palestinian youth during a raid in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh.<p>Ezzadin Tamimi was shot dead when troops came to arrest him over alleged stone …

Israel has three options in Gaza

Israel might either reoccupy Gaza, launch another massive military assault or lift the siege.<p>When Palestinians launched the Great March of Return on March 30, Israel sensed an opportunity for confrontation. It started sniping down one unarmed protester after the other while blasting propaganda …

Israeli Settlements

Israel's use of lethal force 'could amount to war crimes'

HRW accusation comes ahead of UN General Assembly meeting to discuss Israel's excessive use of force in Gaza.<p>Israel's use of lethal force against Palestinian protesters along the Gaza Strip border in recent weeks could amount to war crimes, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday.<p>The rights …

UN slams 'excessive' Israeli force against Palestinians in Gaza

The resolution, backed by 120 countries, rejected a US bid to blame Hamas for the violence that has left 129 dead.<p>The UN General Assembly on Wednesday condemned Israel for excessive use of force against Palestinian civilians, in a resolution adopted by a strong majority of 120 countries.<p>The …

Antonio Guterres

FBI deputy chief Andrew McCabe fired, says he was being targeted

Justice Department says Andrew McCabe had leaked information to reporters and misled investigators about his actions.<p>The deputy director of the FBI was fired on Friday, prompting him to say he is being targeted because he is a crucial witness into whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct …

Andrew McCabe

Pakistan Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah 'killed in drone attack'

Afghan defence ministry says Mullah Fazlullah, leader of Pakistan's Taliban, died in attack in northeastern Kunar.<p>The leader of Pakistan's Taliban armed group has been killed by a drone strike in neighbouring Afghanistan's remote Kunar province, Afghan officials have said.<p>Mullah Fazlullah, believed …

Ashraf Ghani

Obamacare Is Failing the Middle Class

Middle-class Americans, who have been hardest hit by Obamacare, are desperate for Congress to do something — anything — to lower costs.<p>Today, health …

Obamacare Debate Is Largely About Welfare For Middle-Class Americans

Republican reforms to Obamacare are staggering through the legislative process, accompanied by a cacophony of overwrought commentary. Many on the …

Health Care

New Research Shows Many In Middle-Aged, Middle Class Can't Afford ACA Policies in 2018

Those predisposed to like the Affordable Care Act are pointing to the dwindling number of counties in which no insurer is willing to sell insurance. The fear of numerous “bare counties” appears to have gone away. Their celebration is understandable: those predisposed to dislike the Affordable Care …

The Effects of Rising Health Care Costs on Middle-Class Economic Secur...

Rising costs for health care services and health insurance premiums represent a growing burden for middle-class families across all age groups. The …

Middle-Class Families Confront Soaring Health Insurance Costs

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Consumers here at first did not believe the health insurance premiums they saw when they went shopping for coverage this month on HealthCare.gov. Only five plans were available, and for a family of four with parents in their mid-30s, the cheapest plan went typically for more …

Middle-Class Families Would Face Higher Costs, Worse Coverage Under Senate Health Bill

The effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been rightfully described as resulting in devastating cuts to lower-income …

With or Without Obamacare, Health-Care Costs Are Battering the Middle Class

Whatever happens to Obamacare in Washington, the rest of America will be left with a problem it’s had for decades: Health-care spending is growing at …

ObamaCare is making the middle class the new uninsured

Brace yourself for the next health insurance crisis: The middle class is becoming the new uninsured.<p>The Affordable Care Act added millions of mostly …

ISIL recaptures Raqqa from Syria’s rebels

Al-Qaeda-linked group take the northern city after fierce fighting with a loose coalition of rebel groups.<p>The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has retaken the Syrian city of Raqqa after fierce fighting for the northern provincial capital, activists said.<p>The al-Qaeda-linked group has been …

Russian troops killed during rebel raid in Syria's Deir Az Zor

At least 92 Russian soldiers have been killed in Syria since September 2015, Russia's defence ministry says.<p>Four Russian military personnel and dozens of rebel fighters have been killed during a battle in eastern Syria's Deir Az Zor province, according to Russian officials.<p>Fighting erupted after …

Russian Military

Israel launches counterattacks in Gaza amid soaring tensions

Palestinian factions launch biggest assault in years amid soaring frustration over crippling 12-year Israeli siege.<p>Israel's military has launched a series of air strikes on Palestinian positions in Gaza after a barrage of rocket fire - the biggest in years - from the Strip amid soaring frustration …

UN Security Council

'Western media' and mass deception

What does the coverage of the atrocities committed by Israel in Gaza tell us about the truth of 'Western media'?<p>"Gaza-Israel border: Clashes 'leave 16 Palestinians dead and hundreds injured'." That is a typical BBC headline when Israeli soldiers start killing, with coldblooded precision, …

Defenseless

Nasrallah: US offered money for ending resistance to Israel

Hezbollah chief says the reconciliation offer was made by Dick Cheney through George Nader, an adviser to the UAE.<p>Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah says the United States under President George W Bush offered his group reconciliation and money on the condition the Lebanese movement relinquish its …

Foreign Policy

Musta'ribeen, Israel's agents who pose as Palestinians

Musta'ribeen are an elite Israeli undercover unit that disguises themselves as Arabs or Palestinians.<p>They are dressed like Palestinian protesters, speak with the same accents and expressions, and show the same mannerisms. Their faces covered with checkered keffiyehs or balaclavas, they chant …

Protest

Report: Anti-Semitism rises, but violence against Jews falls

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Violent attacks on Jews worldwide dropped in 2017 despite a rise in other forms of anti-Semitism, researchers reported Wednesday, in a year characterized by normalization and mainstreaming of anti-Semitism not seen in Europe since World War II.<p>Researchers at Tel Aviv …

Netanyahu warns Iran as Israel marks Holocaust Day

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday warned archenemy Iran not to test Israel amid escalating regional tensions as the country marked its Holocaust Remembrance Day in memory of the 6 million Jews systematically killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators during World War …