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Opinion: 'America's Noahide moment'

America is on a new path.<p>On January 20, Donald Trump became President of the United States. Three days later, he reinstated the “Mexico City Policy,” …

Abortion

Flash - Syrian refugee numbers pass five million: UN - France 24

GENEVA (AFP) -<p>The tally of refugees who have fled the war in Syria now exceeds five million, the United Nations said Thursday.<p>"As the number of men, women and children fleeing six years of war in Syria passes the five million mark, the international community needs to do more to help them," the UN …

Refugees

Israel says to cut another $2 million from its U.N. contribution

Israel said on Wednesday it would cut a further $2 million from its already reduced contribution this year to the United Nations in protest at resolutions taken against it at the world body's various forums.<p>Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who also holds the post of foreign minister, instructed …

Israel

BBC News

An air strike on the town of al-Mansoura, near Taqba to the south-west of Raqqa has killed a mother and her four young children, locals have told the BBC.<p>The strike also wounded the father, named by the monitoring group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), as Abdelaziz Faraj, whose leg …

Syria

A military strategy of equality

Twisted IDF equality revolution based on conceptual folly of no difference between men and women.

Israel

Turkish teacher receives International Women of Courage Award from US - LOCAL

LOCAL >Turkish teacher receives International Women of Courage Award from US<p>WASHINGTON<p>AFP photo<p>A Turkish teacher whose actions led to the arrest of a …

Secretary Of State

Judicial authority refers to president to solve new bill crisis

The crisis surrounding the newly-announched amendments to the judicial authority bill escalated on Wednesday as the advisory council of judges' clubs …

Government

Booking.com halts reservations in Turkey after court decision - BUSINESS

BUSINESS >Booking.com halts reservations in Turkey after court decision<p>ISTANBUL<p>The Netherlands-based travel fare aggregator website Booking.com on …

Law

Italian travel company organizes 4 weekly flights to Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh

One of the largest Italian travel companies is organizing four weekly flights from the cities of Naples and Bari to Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh for the …

Egypt

Himmler's telegram to the Mufti on the common war of Nazis and Arabs against Jews

Israel's National Library has unearthed a telegram from Hitler's deputy Heinrich Himmler to the Mufti of Jerusalem.<p>Believed to have been sent in …

Egypt unearths part of ancient King Khufu's boat

A plank of wood believed to be from the boat of an ancient Egyptian king has been unearthed near the Great Pyramid at Giza, archaeologists said on …

Egypt

11 ISIL, Nusra suspects detained in operation in Turkey’s Adana - CRIME

CRIME >11 ISIL, Nusra suspects detained in operation in Turkey’s Adana<p>ADANA<p>DHA photo<p>Police detained 11 suspects from the Islamic State of Iraq and …

Turkey

UK triggers Brexit, starts eyeing up Middle East

LanguageUndefined Is Britain trying to secure deals with Middle East governments procuring lucrative defence contracts and disregarding human rights …

Brexit

Dealing With Central Asia's Poisonous Nuclear Legacy

A delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Coordination Group for Uranium Legacy Sites (CGULS) visited Tajikistan last week. The …

Central Asia

Emirates plane damaged in minor collision in Singapore

DUBAI // An Emirates plane was involved in a minor collision with another aircraft on the ground at Singapore Changi Airport on Thursday.<p>Emirates …

Aviation

A reconstruction meeting for Syria will be in #London, #Assad Minister of Reconciliation and Minister of Tourism will participate https://t.co/jQP5UjuFTz

U.S. Increases Its War Effort, Leaving Peace Plan for Later

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The United States launched more airstrikes in Yemen this month than during all of last year. In Syria, it has airlifted local forces to front-line positions and has been accused of killing civilians in airstrikes. In Iraq, American troops and aircraft are central in supporting an …

Foreign Policy

EIB offers US$500 million to develop Cairo Metro line

The European Investment Bank has offered US$500 million to finance the development of the first Cairo Metro line, which extends between Helwan and …

Egypt

Turkish Airlines expands Moscow-Antalya connections with five new flights - BUSINESS

BUSINESS >Turkish Airlines expands Moscow-Antalya connections with five new flights<p>ANKARA - Anadolu Agency<p>Turkish Airlines has added five more …

Airlines

IS 'using entire Raqqa population as human shields'

As US-backed SDF fighters push on towards the IS bastion in Syria, Islamic State militants are hiding behind civilians, effectively using the entire …

Iran Denies Meddling in Arab world

Iran strongly denied any meddling on Thursday after Arab leaders condemned "foreign interference" in their affairs in a clear reference to the …

Iran

Reviewing Turkey-EU ties compulsory: PM Yıldırım - DIPLOMACY

DIPLOMACY >Reviewing Turkey-EU ties compulsory: PM Yıldırım<p>ANKARA<p>AA photo<p>It is compulsory for Turkey and the European Union to review ties, Prime …

Compensation for investigated in 'Bat Ayin Underground' affair

The judge of the Netanya Magistrate's Court, Ariel Bergner accepted the petition filed by Esther Dvir and Tama Dvir, wife and daughter of Shlomi …

Pro-gov't daily calls for investigation of German foundations in Turkey

The pro-government Yeni Şafak daily has called on Turkish authorities to launch an investigation into the German foundations in Turkey, claiming that …

Turkey

Tillerson to Lift Human Rights Conditions on Arms Sale to Bahrain

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson has decided to lift all human rights conditions on a major sale of F-16 fighter jets and other arms to Bahrain in an effort to end a rift between the United States and a critical Middle East ally, according to administration and congressional …

Iran

Erdoğan urged use of 'legitimate' actors in Syria in talks with Tillerson

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday stressed the importance of working with "right and legitimate" actors in the fight against …

Resist all construction restrictions

The heads of the Knesset Eretz Israel Lobby, MK Yoav Kish (Likud) and MK Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home) sent an urgent letter to Prime Minister …

Dershowitz: Trump was clearly talking about a two-state solution

An interview published this morning on <i>Army Radio</i> gives further insight into attorney Alan Dershowitz’s impressions of US President Donald Trump’s …

Israel