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Jordanian protesters at Israeli embassy call for ending peace treaty

AMMAN (Reuters) - Protesters gathered near the Israeli Embassy in the Jordanian capital Amman on Friday, angry that an Israeli embassy guard who shot dead a Jordanian had returned to Israel and been granted diplomatic immunity.<p>A Reuters witness said around 200 people had assembled peacefully in the …

Israel

Deadly freak storm hits Istanbul with hailstones as large as golf balls and floods sweep city

A freak storm has caused injuries in Istanbul and shocking photos showed the damage to a passenger jet which was pummeled with hail stones and big as golf balls.<p>At least ten people have been injured as heavy rain, hail and strong winds knocked down trees and a stone wall and flooded streets in the …

Weather

Israel on high alert during prayers at Jerusalem mosque

JERUSALEM — Israeli police were on high alert Friday ahead of Muslim prayers at a major Jerusalem shrine at the center of recent tensions.<p>Police …

Israel

Israel enforces strong security presence in Jerusalem ahead of Friday prayers

Palestinian men under the age of 50 will not be allowed past numerous police cordons for Friday prayers at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa Mosque for the second …

Scientists claim to disprove Biblical account of Canaanites - but they end up supporting it

A new DNA study has just been released that says that ancient Canaanites were not annihilated by the Children of Israel, but are the ancestors of …

Israeli riot police on horseback at #Jerusalem's Damascus Gate, as Friday prayers end... and we wait to see whether violence erupts. https://t.co/zXryjCVsX3

Turkish economic confidence hits four-year high

Index increases to 103.4 points in July, according to Turkish Statistical Institute<p>Yeni …

Economy

A Fair-Weather Fleet Visits Turkey

A contingent of three ships from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) were hosted as special guests in Istanbul last week. The visitors …

Turkey

Behind the Jerusalem Attack: How Trump and Netanyahu Pushed Palestinians into a Corner

Palestinians are desperate and angry as Israel’s occupation regime in East Jerusalem persists with an ever heavier hand and with unconditional US …

Israel

The metal detectors have come down. Since this was never about metal detectors, it comes as no surprise that tensions have yet to subside.<p>Muslim …

Lebanese army ‘strengthening positions’ against Daesh

| <b>Published —</b> Friday 28 July 2017<p>A man watches Lebanese army soldiers ride on a military tank in Labwe, at the entrance of the border town of Arsal, …

Syria

Amid ceasefire, rescuers clear unexploded bombs in Syria's Deraa - Region - World

With relative calm in southwest Syria since a ceasefire was reached in early July, civil defence services in rebel-held Deraa have shifted focus to …

Syria

Reports: UAE tried to bribe congressional hearing witness

The Emirati Ambassador to the UAE, Yousef Al-Otaiba, allegedly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a witness in the US congressional hearing …

Middle East

Watch: Experts discuss recent events in Jerusalem

The crisis over Jerusalem’s holy precinct continues, more than two weeks after two Palestinian citizens of Israel shot and killed two Israeli Border …

Israel

Nic Cage in Face Off With Human Rights Groups Over Kazakh Trip

Nicolas Cage has had plenty of hits, and some epic misses, over the course what is now a long acting career. Through a combination of personal quirks …

Russia

Kurdish police arrests ISIS suspects on Syria-Turkey border

ARA NewsThe Kurdish Asayish police has arrested three ISIS suspects in Afrin district, in Syria’s northwestern Aleppo province.The suspects were …

Islamic State (ISIS)

After Temple Mount surrender, PM seeks to divert attention by sliding right

<b>Hours after he caved to Palestinian demands, Netanyahu says he backs death penalty for terrorists, and it’s leaked that he’s been talking of partial</b> …

Israel

In searching for peace, let’s not ignore crime’s impact - Opinion

Conflict remains the world’s greatest problem; conflict prevention our biggest hope, but if we do not face down crime and uphold justice, we simply …

Organized Crime

Condemnation continues of Israel’s ‘absurd’, ‘shameful’ handling of embassy killings

AMMAN – Jordanians have expressed “outrage” over the way Israel treated the diplomat who killed two Jordanians in Amman on Sunday.<p>Israeli media on …

Israel

Fatah leverages Temple Mount crisis to confront Israel

Author: Shlomi Eldar<p>“Israeli security agencies have prepared a package of sanctions against the Palestinian Authority [PA] if it turns out that …

Israel

Turkish Foreign Minister: The Jews Should Appreciate Life Under the Ottomans

The Jews should appreciate how good they had it under the Ottoman Empire, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said Wednesday after Israel responded …

Ottoman Empire

28-Jul-17: In Jordan, a choice among honor and pride and those lying security cameras

There's a lot to be learned about having a neighbour like Jordan. And about how truth is perceived when the issue is really about honor.<p>Three recent …

Editor's notes: 'the Israel-Diaspora trust is lost'

On the morning of June 25, Chairman of the Jewish Agency Natan Sharansky arrived at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem for the opening session of …

Israel

‘US seeks energy domination with sanctions'

<b>US Senate has backed a bill already ratified by the House to impose sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea. To discuss the issue, Press TV</b> …

North Korea

Do Israeli settlements actually violate international law?

Professor Kontorovich skillfully explains that international law is clearly on Israel’s side when it comes to the issue of the settlements.<p>This goes …

Israel

Rabbi Kook and the call to resume construction in Hevron

As the Jewish owners of the Machpelah House in Hevron struggle for the right to live on their own property, a letter from prominent religious Zionist …

Israel

Turkish parliament passes bylaw changes

Turkey’s parliament ratified changes to a number of parliamentary bylaws before going on summer break.

Turkey

Clashes break out at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque as security measures lifted (VIDEOS)

Over 100 people were injured as clashes broke out at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem on Thursday after Palestinians were allowed to freely enter the …