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Fighting Resumes In South Sudan, Despite Cease-Fire Agreement

A cease-fire deal that was hailed by the international community was broken two days later by more fighting in South Sudan on Sunday.<p>Quoting a United Nations official, Reuters reports fighting broke out in the town of Bentiu, where both sides fired.<p>Reuters adds:<p>"President Salva Kiir and rebel …

Eastern Ukraine Muddles Through Voting On Referendums

Separatists in the eastern Ukraine regions of Donetsk and Luhansk asked voters to take part in an unauthorized referendum Sunday on whether to make their region independent.<p>Transcript<p>ARUN RATH, HOST:<p>In Eastern Ukraine today, pro-Russian separatists in two provinces held unauthorized referendums on …

Separatists Vote To Split From Ukraine; Russia 'Respects' Decision

A referendum on independence from Ukraine shows strong support for secession, according to separatist leaders in the districts where Sunday's vote was held. Kiev and Western governments say the vote is illegitimate.<p>Russia, which has been accused of orchestrating the unrest in eastern Ukraine, says …

Taliban launch attacks across Afghanistan

Taliban fighters have opened fire and stormed a government building in eastern Afghanistan in the most serious of a string of attacks across the country, while in Kabul two rockets struck inside the grounds of the city's international airport but caused no damage.<p>Following the attack on Monday, …

Deadly drone attack in western Yemen

A drone strike in eastern Yemen has killed at least five people in the first such raid since the army launched an offensive against al-Qaeda-linked fighters last month.<p>The pilotless aircraft targeted a vehicle carrying "al-Qaeda members" near Al-Husun, a village in Marib province, one tribal source …

Rebels declare victory in east Ukraine poll

Pro-Russian activists have declared a resounding victory in a twin referendum on sovereignty for eastern Ukraine, despite condemnation from the international community and Kiev, who called it a "criminal farce", amid violence.<p>Roman Lyagin, election chief of the self-styled Donetsk People's …

Israel aims for two-state solution for peace

Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer joins to discuss the recently-suspended Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and what conditions must be met …

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12 Fun Facts To Make You Love Israel Even More

It's Israel's 66th birthday this week, and to celebrate, we've collected some our favorite facts about our nation.<p>The Bible describes Israel as a land flowing with milk and honey. In that respect, it's been proven at least half-right: Israel has by far the most productive dairy cows in the …

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Syria regime troops take full control of Homs

Syrian government troops have entered the last rebel-held districts of the Old City of Homs for the first time as part of a deal that also has granted opposition fighters safe passage out of the city.<p>Talal Barazi, the regional governor, said on Friday that engineering units were combing the old …

Hundreds return home to Syria's Homs

Hundreds of people have returned to Homs as the Syrian army regained control of the city, according to a correspondent with the AFP news agency.<p>The residents, displaced by three years of war, climbed over debris and inspected the ruins of their battered neighbourhoods on Friday.<p>"I had seen on …

Federalism in Libya: The never-ending debate

<b>Tripoli, Libya -</b> Jaber Mejbari spent 45 days on a hunger strike in 2012, in protest against what he called "the unjust distribution of seats" for Libya’s Barqa region in the country’s National Congress. Two years later, Mejbari says his protest did not accomplish much.<p>"We in the east are under …

Fatal gunfight near Yemen presidential palace

At least seven people have died after gunmen opened fire at two checkpoints near the presidential palace and the intelligence building in Yemen's capital, Sanaa.<p>Four soldiers and three gunmen were killed in the attacks on Friday, said Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra, reporting from the …

Palestinians revive earthen architecture

<b>Jericho, occupied West Bank</b> <b>-</b> Ahmed Dawud's neighbours thought he had lost his mind.<p>When they saw three young architects building Dawud's winter house in Jericho, in the occupied West Bank, using bags filled with a soil mix of clay, sand and gravel, they were quick to mock the 45-year-old.<p>"My …

Blackwater guard charged over Baghdad murder

A grand jury has charged a former security guard for Blackwater, the US private security company, with murder for his alleged role in a 2007 shooting of unarmed civilians in Baghdad.<p>A federal appeals court last month effectively ended a manslaughter case against the guard, Nicholas Slatten, but …

Many dead in fresh wave of violence in Iraq

At least 22 people have died at different locations near the Iraqi capital in a fresh wave of attacks, as the country waits for the results of recent elections to be announced.<p>Police officials said the deadliest attack of the day happened on Saturday afternoon when a suicide bomber drove his …

UN slaps sanctions on CAR's ex-president

The United Nations has imposed sanctions on the Central African Republic's former president Francois Bozize and two rebel leaders for undermining peace and fuelling violence in the conflict-torn country.<p>The Security Council committee monitoring the sanctions made the unanimous decision on Saturday, …

Health of Al Jazeera's Elshamy is failing | News | Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera Arabic journalist, Abdullah Elshamy, who is detained in an Egyptian prison, has received the results of blood tests conducted at a private laboratory, proving that his health is failing.<p>The May 8 tests showed that he is suffering from acute anaemia, decreasing red blood cells and kidney …

Egypt charges 200 people with terrorism

Egypt's prosecutor general has charged 200 people with terrorism, accusing them of launching deadly attacks across the country, in the first mass trial of armed fighters since Mohammed Morsi's exit last year.<p>The accused are said to belong to Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, a Sinai-based group founded after …

Saudi Arabia reports more MERS deaths

Saudi Arabia has announced that another 13 people have died from the MERS coronavirus in the past day, as the World Health Organisation prepares for an emergency meeting over concerns about the spread of the disease.<p>The Middle East Respiratory System coronavirus has now killed 139 people and …

Deported Sudanese asylum seeker involuntarily returned to Israel

A Sudanese asylum seeker who agreed to leave Israel for a third African country, but found himself about to be deported back to Sudan from Ethiopia, …

UN readies aid in South Sudan after cease-fire deal

JUBA – The United Nations in South Sudan was readying aid on Saturday for towns ravaged by conflict, but was waiting to see if a new cease-fire deal …

Amos Oz calls perpetrators of hate crimes 'Hebrew neo-Nazis'

The writer and Israel Prize laureate Amoz Oz said on Friday that those responsible for hate crimes against Arabs and Christians are "Hebrew …

Israel suspends peace talks with Palestinians over unity deal

JERUSALEM -- Israel is suspending its involvement in peace talks and planning a series of sanctions against the Palestinians, Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu’s office announced Thursday.<p>The decision, after a six-hour Israeli Cabinet meeting, followed Wednesday’s announcement of a reconciliation …

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Israel imposes more sanctions on Palestinians

JERUSALEM -- Israel imposed a series of economic sanctions against the Palestinians Thursday amid a deadlock in peace negotiations.<p>Israel will not transfer to the Palestinians the tax revenue it collects on behalf of the<p>Palestinian Authorityand said it would use the money to cover Palestinian debts …

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Jewish Americans Ask: What Does It Mean To Be 'Pro-Israel'?

WASHINGTON (RNS) Who speaks for the American Jewish community?<p>On most any topic, there is no single answer. But on Israel, the U.S. government has come to rely on one group: the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. But today that group, charged with presenting a united …

Kerry draws fire for reported comment about 'apartheid' and Israel

Secretary of State<p>John F. Kerrywas denounced by supporters of both Israel and the Palestinians on Monday for reportedly saying that Israel could become an “apartheid” nation if it does not reach a peace deal to create a separate Palestinian state.<p>Supporters of Israel in<p>Congressand pro-Israel groups …

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The details of the unprecedented offer Israel got from the Palestinian leadership have been revealed – along with the Israeli response. Still, if you only listen to the Israeli media, you might think it was…

<b>The details of the unprecedented offer Israel got from the Palestinian leadership have been revealed – along with the Israeli response. Still, if you</b> …

On the day that many Israelis celebrated their Independence Day, thousands of Palestinian residents of Israel and Jerusalem marched to the site of the northern village of Lubya. Lubya was one of more than 500…

<i>On the day that many Israelis celebrated their Independence Day, thousands of Palestinian residents of Israel and Jerusalem marched to the site of</i> …

Thousands of Palestinians Marched in Israel For the Right of Return | VICE News

Thousands of Palestinians gathered in northern Israel on Tuesday for Israel’s Independence Day to demand the right of return for all refugees displaced during the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.<p>A group of over 10,000 Palestinian citizens of Israel congregated in the Lavie Forest near …