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'I still have nightmares': 13yo girl shot 5 times by Israeli soldiers speaks to RT

Speaking to RT, 13-year-old Bara'a Owaisi said she had traveled to a West Bank checkpoint after dreaming about her aunt, who had been killed</i> …

Israel

Why Ethiopian Jews Face Increasing Discrimination and Police Brutality in Israel

For five years, Avishai Baruch served proudly as an officer in the Israeli military. Since leaving active duty in 2003, he has been a willing …

Israel

The Latest: More Syrian rebels leave Homs under truce deal

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):<p>3 p.m.<p>A Syrian official says a second round of rebel evacuations from the central city of Homs is underway.<p>Homs governor Talal Barazi says 120 gunmen and their families are expected to depart al-Waer neighborhood by bus as part of …

Syria

Lindsay Lohan visits hospital for Syrian refugees in Turkey

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says American actress Lindsay Lohan has visited Syrian refugees at an Istanbul hospital and the home of a refugee family from Aleppo.<p>The Anadolu agency reported Monday that the 30-year-old actress was accompanied by Turkey's youth and sports deputy …

Turkey

India: Arrests made over attack on pregnant Dalit woman

Six people from "upper-caste" community detained for assault on woman and her family for refusing to remove carcass.<p>Six people have been arrested in connection with an attack on a pregnant woman, who refused to clear away a cow carcass from the street as part of a weeks-long strike over alleged …

India

Syrian foreign minister says cease-fire agreement 'not dead'

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said in a TV interview broadcast Monday that an internationally-brokered cease-fire for Syria is still viable, as rescue workers in Aleppo cleaned up from what they said were the worst airstrikes on rebel-held areas of the northern city in five …

Syria

Remembering the 1929 Hebron massacre

Perhaps Schissel summed it up best: “I think it’s impossible to understand the reality we face today, without knowing the history of Hebron.”<p>Tzipi …

Israel

Are Egypt's lackluster efforts leaving it isolated?

Egypt seems to be ignoring chances to upgrade its social standing in the world.

Egypt

Iran and Saudi: Edging towards outright conflict

The rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia is steadily escalating from a proxy conflict to a potential direct military confrontation. While neither …

Iran

Iran's supreme leader tells Ahmadinejad not to run again for president

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader has told former hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not to stand again in next year's elections, state media reported on Monday, effectively eliminating a major challenger to pragmatist incumbent Hassan Rouhani.<p>Ahmadinejad had not announced any plans to …

Man held for assault on Palestinian worker near Jerusalem

A man arrested on suspicion of attacking a Palestinian worker near Jerusalem was ordered to remain in prison at least until Wednesday by a Jerusalem …

Jerusalem

Would-be tourist turns war correspondent when search for Yazidi roots exposes genocide

NEW YORK — In 2012, Duezen Tekkal was a freelance journalist living in Hanover, Germany. One winter evening, as the snow fell gently outside, Tekkal …

Fresh airstrikes pound Syria’s Aleppo after war of words in UN

ALEPPO, Syria — Warplanes again pounded rebel-held areas of Syria’s Aleppo on Monday as residents warned of increasing shortages of food and …

War

Sisi at the UN: Desperation of church and state

For most world leaders, a visit to the UN general assembly is a political formality. But for an Egyptian head of state hemorrhaging support, it was …

Middle East

Hamas chief says to step down next year

Hamas political chief Khaled Meshaal said he will not run for re-election as the head of the Palestinian group next year.<p>“Khaled Meshaal will be the …

Kremlin views situation in Syria as extremely challenging

MOSCOW, September 26. /TASS/. The situation in Syria is very challenging now, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said commenting on the outcome of the …

Why calling Zionism colonialist is false - and antisemitic

There have been many articles about the student-designed course at UC Berkeley called “Palestine: A Settler Colonial Inquiry.”<p>But as far as I can …

Terror Prevention Isn’t Impossible

Terrorism<p>Terror Prevention Isn’t Impossible<p>Max Boot / Sept. 25, 2016<p>A<p>Based on the spate of recent terrorist attacks in the United States, it’s easy …

Terrorism

The Coming Political Crisis in Afghanistan

While security continues to dominate the news on Afghanistan, the long-running political crisis in this war-ravaged country is about to take a turn …

Farsnews

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syria's Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem called Sunday UN Security Council session as an attempt by the United States, …

Hamas Brags: We’ve Doubled Our Number of Weapons Since 2014 War

Sep 26, 2016<p><i>Khaled Meshaal, the political leader of Hamas, just bragged at an Al Jazeera forum in Doha that since the 2014 war, his organization has</i> …

Chuck Schumer: Anti-Semitism in too many European homes

'The Jewish people can never put the fate of Israel in the hands of Europe in any way.' says New York Senator.

Seen On An Israeli Bus

Because we can do all do with some positive stories.<p>ONLY IN ISRAEL (I witnessed both scenes at Ashkelon Bus Station): Today, an elderly man boarding …