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Telegraph airbrushes Abbas’s anti-Jewish remarks from report on PLO conference.

In a two-hour speech by Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah to the PLO’s Central Council on Sunday night, the aging Palestinian president gave a …

Israel

Israel can blame Hamas all it wants - it won't keep Gaza from descending into collapse

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman were both asked about Mondays report in Haaretz regarding warnings by senior …

Israel

Global survey finds Turkey no longer a free country

Spearheaded by America’s withdrawal from its traditional global leadership role, 2017 saw political and civil liberties around the world deteriorate …

John F. Kennedy International Airport

Qatar may ask Iran for help in hosting the World Cup

FOOTBALL’S World Cup in 2022, to be hosted by Qatar, was always billed as a regional event. Other countries in the Gulf offered hotel rooms and …

Middle East

Getting off the train - Politics

Special report<p>PoliticsGetting off the train<p>FOR 400 YEARS, says a founding myth common to Turkic peoples from China to the Aegean sea, forebears of …

Economics

Controversial 'detained' Qatari sheikh leaves UAE for Kuwait

Controversial Qatari Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali al-Thani has left the UAE - where he said he was being held captive - for Kuwait, suffering ill …

Will Abbas’ explosive comments kill the peace process?

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaking at a session of the Palestinian Central Council in Ramallah, in the West Bank, Jan. 14, 2018. …

Israel

Pakistan clerics issue Muslim fatwa forbidding suicide bombings

In Pakistan's latest move to crackdown on extremism, thousands of clerics have come together and issued a ruling on suicide bombings as forbidden, or …

Palestinian President Shows the World Who He Really Is

That wild speech is indeed a product of recent events. But it also fits a telling pattern.<p>There are two ways to understand the two-and-a-half hour rant Sunday from the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, in which he called for discarding past agreements with Israel.<p>The first way is …

Israel

Twilight of the Kurds

A Syrian girl waves a Kurdish flag in support of the independence referendum in Iraq in Qamishli, Syria, on Sept. 25, 2017. (Delil …

Middle East

Lebanon speaker urges Arab and Muslim countries to boycott the Trump admin

Speaker Nabih Berri who is in Iran to attend a conference on the Parliamentary Union of the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) Member States …

Israel

Syria

Syria

IDF officer: Israel has developed 'underground Iron Dome’

<i>Discussing the IDF’s underground ‘Iron Dome’, Maj.-Gen. Mordechai also revealed that Israel “has information on additional tunnels, and we will soon</i> …

Israel

The #Armenian Parliament recognizes the genocide against #Ezidis in #Iraq today. The resolution "Recognition and condemnation of the genocide against the #Yazidi people in #Iraq” was adopted with 91 "yes” votes & 1 abstention. #Armenia #Yezidi #Shingal #Sinjar https://t.co/1orIg9N4TH

Egypt moves to tame lawless e-commerce sector

While Egypt's e-commerce activities witnessed significant growth in 2017, laws governing electronic sales and purchases are expected to further boost …

eCommerce

Weekend

Abera Mengistu, an Israeli man with a mental disability, walked into Gaza in 2014. 'Since her son disappeared, her life has become a nightmare,' said …

Middle East

Mahmoud Abbas: Antisemitism Poster Series

Mem'ing Mahmoud

India ends decades-old subsidy for Hajj pilgrims

India’s Hindu nationalist government is ending a decades-long policy of offering discounted airfares to Muslims embarking on the hajj pilgrimage, it …

India

REPORT: Never-ending tragedies in Yemen

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Tuesday that 8.4 million people, out of Yemen’s population of 29 million, …

Middle East

Daesh Offshoot Claims Responsibility for Infamous Niger Ambush

Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahraoui, a known member of the so-called Islamic State in the Greater Sahel (ISGS), told the Mauritanian Nouakchott News Agency …

Iranian-made exoskeleton highlights potential for hardware start-ups

<b>Bourse and Bazaar | Esfandyar Batmanghelidj: A new crop of entrepreneurs are making Iran a hub for hardware development, drawing on the country’s</b> …

Startups

Is it worth fighting Turkey, Mr Trump?

The U.S. statement on Jan. 14 that a “border security unit” of around 30,000 troops in Syria will be established along the Turkish and Iraqi borders, …

Turkey

Israel's hidden propaganda war

While the BDS movement does not appear to be having a tangible impact on Israel's economy, the government is fighting it with all its might. It seems …

Middle East

Bahrain radar shows Qatar jets near UAE planes

Bahrain released radar tracks Tuesday it said showed Qatari fighter jets passing by Emirati commercial airliners bound for the island nation, …

Pentagon confirms Russia has deadly underwater nuclear weapon

A leaked Pentagon report confirms Russia has developed an underwater nuclear drone so destructive, it's known as a "doomsday" weapon.<p>This is the …

North Korea

Abbas rhetoric serves Israel's goals, Netanyahu says

The incendiary speech by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas claiming that the Oslo Accords are dead is to Israel's benefit politically, Prime …

Israel