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Can Erdogan bully Turkey's armed forces into invading Syria?

Following his failure in Aleppo, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s eagerness for a military intervention in Syria is stronger than ever, but will the …

Turkey

Ya'alon: Reconciliation agreement with Turkey must include return of soldiers’ bodies from Gaza

Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon is demanding that any reconciliation agreement with Turkey include the return of the bodies of two Israeli soldiers …

Turkey

Controversy over church to mosque plan in Chicago

Plans to turn a vacant church in a Chicago suburb into a mosque have been the target of anonymous flyers.

Proposals to convert an abandoned Christian church into a mosque have met opposition from residents of a suburb outside of Chicago, evoking bitter memories of two prior battles in which Muslims …

Islam

How Iran's new petroleum contracts are producing more than oil - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Author: Reza Yeganehshakib Posted February 11, 2016

After Iran and the six world powers signed the nuclear deal last summer, the Iranian Cabinet on …

Gay imam helps young Muslims balance religion, sexuality

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Growing up in Algeria, Shaira had almost everything a young man could wish for. But he also had a big secret.

In a land where homosexuality is still a crime and a sin, he was forced to live a secret life, hiding that he was gay from everyone — even his closest family.

The …

Religion

Russian PM warns of world war in Syrian conflict

MUNICH (AP) — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says the use of ground troops in the Syrian conflict could result in world war.

Medvedev was quoted as saying in an interview published late Thursday by the German newspaper Handelsblatt that "a ground operation draws everyone taking part in it …

War

Obama to reluctantly sign trade bill that lumps together Israel and settlements

Legislation, hailed by AIPAC, includes anti-BDS provision with language White House says ‘contravenes longstanding US policy,’ but president will …

Israeli Lawmaker: Palestine Can't Be A State Because There's No Arabic 'P'

"Don't you have a brain?" one lawmaker asked her.

A conservative Israeli lawmaker said there can't be a Palestinian state because there's no "P" sound in the Arabic language.

"Palestine - There isn't even a 'P' in Arabic, so it's a borrowed term that's worth analyzing," Anat Berko said in the …

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Cheap Oil Fuels Ukrainian Hopes of a More Conciliatory Russia

KIEV, Ukraine—Ukraine’s political elite is hoping that plummeting oil prices will restrain neighboring Russia’s interventionist ambitions—and give Western sanctions on Russia a bit more bite.

Recent diplomatic overtures have raised hopes in Kiev that Moscow—which annexed Crimea and has supported …

Russia

Why Assad's Army Has Not Defected

The Syrian military's resilience should not be dismissed—nor should its support. Kamal AlamFour years ago, Turkey’s then prime minister Recep Tayyip …

Military

'Dictator' Lapid secretly cancels elections for party leadership

Yesh Atid chairperson MK Yair Lapid was revealed on Thursday to have quietly broken his promises to hold primaries and elections for his role, …

Up and running: Terror victim joins Gush Etzion run

Tomer Ditor, who was stabbed while jogging near Neve Daniel two days ago, will join Friday’s Gush Etzion Running Group.

Thirty years ago today, my father, Natan Sharansky, crossed a bridge.

**FILE 1986**
Former Soviet refusenik and prisoner, Israeli politician, human rights activist and author Natan Sharansky with his wife Avital after …

Roger Waters defends York U anti-Israel painting

British musician Roger Waters has entered the fray regarding an anti-Israeli mural at York University in Toronto, Canada.

In response to demands by …

Roger Waters

Is Bernie Sanders proud, or ashamed, to be a Jew?

Last June, after announcing his candidacy, Bernie Sanders asserted that he was proud to be Jewish:

“I’m proud to be Jewish,” the Independent from …

New Hampshire Primary

Palestinian terrorist who shot Kennedy denied parole 15th time

Parole board again throws out Sirhan Sirhan's claims he doesn't remember shooting Robert Kennedy and therefore 'isn't guilty of anything.'

Merkel knows Erdoğan means what he says

The alleged minutes of a conversation about the Syrian refugee flow between Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan, European Commission President …

Angela Merkel

Kurdish fighters surround rebel stronghold of Azaz in northern Aleppo - Map update

Over the past week, Kurdish militants of the YPG and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have captured several previously rebel-held villages in northern …

World powers agree Syria ceasefire, says John Kerry

World powers meeting on Syria have agreed to seek a nationwide "cessation of hostilities" within a week, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said.

But he said the halt would not apply to the fight with jihadist groups Islamic State (IS) and al-Nusra Front.

He also said the powers had agreed to …

War

CIA director says IS group has used, can make chem weapons

Washington (AFP) - CIA director John Brennan has said that Islamic State fighters have used chemical weapons and have the capability to make small …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Major powers agree to seek Syria ceasefire in one week, but fail to end Russian airstrikes

Truce won't apply to ISIS, Nusrah Front, U.S. Secretary of State Kerry says; Diplomatic source says deal didn't include immediate end of Russian …

Pro gov’t Yeni Şafak and Yeni Akit dailies simultaneously attacked

The İstanbul headquarters of the pro-government Yeni Akit and Yeni Şafak newspapers were simultaneously attacked with firearms and Molotov cocktails

Hürriyet

Rivlin welcomes Israel’s new sharia judges in Jerusalem ceremony

President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday welcomed Israel’s newest qadis (Muslim judges), telling them that the existence of state-supported Muslim …

Israel

Mystery capital inflows to Turkish economy highest on record

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World powers agree to 'cessation of hostilities' in Syria

(CNN) — Major world powers have agreed to a "cessation of hostilities" and to the delivery of immediate aid in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced early Friday.

He spoke in Munich, Germany, where top diplomats from more than a dozen countries, including the United States and Russia, …

John Kerry

U.S. sanctions three for Islamic State activities

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury blacklisted three people on Thursday for working for Islamic State, including one it said was a senior oil official and another it said had recruited Gulf nationals for the militant group as early as March 2014.

One of those sanctioned is Faysal Ahmad Ali …

Indian Religion

Official unsure of where Iran's enriched uranium is stored

WASHINGTON (AP) — A State Department official told lawmakers Thursday he was unsure of the precise location of tons of low-enriched uranium shipped out of Iran on a Russian vessel as part of the landmark nuclear agreement.

Ambassador Stephen Mull, the lead U.S. official overseeing the deal's …

Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Turkish president: America let the Middle East turn into “a sea of blood"

Turkey is a NATO member — and so, by treaty, an American ally. Yet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sure didn't sound like one on during a …

Middle East

Dubai is building a colossal domed city 9 times bigger than The Mall of America

Dubai is like the Texas of the Middle East: Everything is bigger.

Like, really big.

Already the home of the world's tallest building, Dubai is slated to become the host of The Mall of the World. Developer Dubai Holdings says the city won't just have a glass-domed, climate-controlled interior, but …

Architecture

Security operations against PKK in Cizre complete, minister says

Operations by Turkish security forces against Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the town of Cizre have been successfully completed but a curfew will …