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GOP House Members Want U.S. To Recognize Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights

The Golan Heights, the area on Israel’s northern border with Syria that stands high above Israel, is now the center of an effort by GOP members of …

Israel

Building the world’s biggest airport

China is forecast to overtake the US as the world’s biggest air-travel market by as soon as 2022. ...

Airports

The 'great-grandmother of all scandals' comes to China

<b>There is a new twist in the multi-billion-dollar financial scandal surrounding the Malaysian investment fund 1MDB - possible Chinese involvement.</b><p>Malaysia's new government - which took office only in May - has suspended three major construction projects with Chinese firms.<p>A senior ministry official …

Asia

Kim slams local North Koreans for unfinished power plant

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has blasted local officials over a delayed construction project, state media reported Tuesday, his second such rebuke over the economy in recent weeks.<p>It's unusual for state media to carry dispatches showing Kim's criticism of officials. …

North Korea

China files complaint to WTO over US plan for tariffs on $200 billion of goods

China said it filed a complaint to the World Trade Organization on Monday challenging President Donald Trump’s plan for tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.<p>The announcement, from the Ministry of Commerce, came less than a week after the U.S. Trade Representative proposed a second …

China

Kuwait Denies Leasing Islands to China

Kuwait officially denied reports stating it intends to lease its islands to China for economic projects.<p>Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister Khalid …

China

Trump Turns to Gaza as Middle East Deal of the Century Collapses

Photo by U.S. Embassy Jerusalem | CC BY 2.0The Trump administration’s “Deal of the Century” for the Palestine-Israel has, predictably, gone over like …

Israel

Apple Announces New $300 Million Clean Energy Fund in China

Apple today announced the launch of a $300 million investment fund in China which is designed to connect Apple's suppliers with renewable energy sources.<p>Apple, along with 10 initial suppliers, is investing $300 million into the China Clean Energy Fund over the course of the next four years.<p>"At …

Renewable Energy

China jails hundreds of officials for pollution violations

SHANGHAI - China has jailed hundreds of officials for failing to tackle environmental violations uncovered during inspections last year, the …

China

Inside China’s dystopian dreams: A.I., shame and lots of cameras

In the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, a police officer wearing facial recognition glasses spotted a heroin smuggler at a train station.<p>In Qingdao, a city …

China

Netanyahu crows at Israel’s listing as world’s 8th most powerful country

The same magazine said the country is also perceived as the world’s most religious state, followed by Saudi Arabia and Iran.<p>><br>• ><p>Prime Minister Benjamin …

Israel

Southeast Asian ride hailing firm Grab aims to become ‘superapp’ platform

Southeast Asia’s dominant ride-hailing company Grab has launched an open-platform strategy, allowing third party services including content providers …

Asia

Three Knesset members ascend Temple Mount, continuing wave of visits

Last week, Netanyahu lifted a three-year ban permitting Knesset members to ascend the Temple Mount.<p>><br>• ><p>ehuda Glick (R), Amir Ohana (C) and Shuli …

Israel

Pompeo holds more North Korea talks, both sides seeking to 'clarify'

SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea accused the United States on Saturday of making "gangster-like" demands in talks over its nuclear program, contradicting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hours after he left saying the old enemies had made progress on key issues.<p>During a day and a half of …

North Korea

Apple hosting event in Israel about a Design Verification Engineering course

In partnership with the Israel Tech Challenge, Apple is co-hosting an event at its Israel headquarters to discuss a new Design Verification Engineering course. This course will be a ten month-long program.<p>The 10-month course will include two parts:• <b>4 months of intensive classroom training</b> in ITC’s …

Israel

West Bank Bedouin remain wary after Israeli court suspends razing of village

KHAN AL-AHMAR, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinians and their supporters marked a temporary victory in a Bedouin village in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Friday after an Israeli judge halted demolition proceedings.<p>Khan al-Ahmar, which lies east of Jerusalem at a site whose fate has become a focus …

Israel

Pompeo reportedly gives Kim Jong Un an Elton John 'Rocket Man' CD at Trump's request

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly brought a CD with the Elton John song “Rocket Man” to give as a gift to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during his visit to the country.<p>Pompeo arrived in North Korea on Friday amid talks between the two countries over denuclearizing North Korea.<p>Pompeo …

North Korea

Israel recovers hanged spy Eli Cohen's watch from Syria

<b>A watch belonging to one of Israel's most famed spies who was caught and hanged in Syria has been recovered by Israel's Mossad intelligence agency.</b><p>It was worn by Eli Cohen, an Egyptian-born Jew recruited by Mossad in the early 1960s, who infiltrated the highest echelons of the Syrian regime.<p>He …

Middle East

Israel lays down red lines for postwar relations with Syria

JERUSALEM (AP) — As Syrian government forces press on with a furious offensive against rebel-held areas in the country's south, Israel is quietly acknowledging that President Bashar Assad's forces will soon be on its doorstep, laying down red lines for postwar relations with the Syrian …

Middle East

More than a third of Chinese millionaires want to leave China, here's where they want to go

The U.S. is the top destination among Chinese millionaires looking to move their families, and money, to another country, according to a new …

Real Estate

China to Have 12-Hour Head-Start on U.S. in Trade War's Next Act

In the brewing trade war between the U.S. and China, Beijing officials consistently seek to portray their nation as simply being on the defensive …

China

Here's What Will Happen When China and U.S. Tariffs Take Effect Friday

When mutually threatened tariffs on $34 billion goods come into effect this Friday, China will get a head start on the United States, Reuters reports.<p>…

China

People cling to ferry as it capsizes

A ferry sank off the coast of Indonesia's South Sulawesi province, killing dozens of people.

Indonesia

Pompeo heading to North Korea for nuclear talks

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will leave for North Korea on Thursday seeking agreement on a plan for the country's denuclearization, despite doubts about Pyongyang's willingness to abandon a weapons program that threatens the US and its allies.<p>In announcing Pompeo's travel plans on Monday, …

North Korea

The Jewish activists challenging Israel’s Birthright program

Travelers walked off their trip to protest its failure to address the topic of Palestine.<p>Five Americans on a Birthright trip to Israel left the …

Israel

Major state-owned Chinese banks seen selling dollars to support yuan: sources | Reuters

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Major state-owned Chinese banks were seen swapping yuan for dollars in forwards and immediately selling them into the spot market to prop up the Chinese currency, four traders said.<p>FILE PHOTO: A 100 Yuan note is seen in this illustration picture in Beijing March 7, 2011. …

Selling

Houston area JCC and YMCA’s jointly host trip to Israel

Image 1of/3<p>Caption<p>Close<p>Houston area seniors who are members of the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center and the YMCA’s of Greater Houston …

Israel

China holds top four rankings in list of world's largest banks

The top four places in the list of the world's 1,000 largest banks have been taken by banks from China. The list, issued by British magazine "The …

Bank of China

China seeks to soothe markets as trade angst rattles stocks, yuan

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's central bank moved to calm jittery financial markets on Tuesday after the yuan dropped through the psychologically significant 6.7 to the dollar mark, hitting its lowest in almost a year as anxieties over U.S. trade frictions deepened.<p>Stocks also sank in morning trade …

Stock Markets

PA condemns Light Festival as ‘Judaizing’ Jerusalem

“The truth requires that the festival be called the Festival of Dimness and not the Festival of Light.”<p>><br>• ><p>Damascus Gate, which leads to Jerusalem’s …

Israel