Washington PostEdward Cody, Debbi Wilgoren and Craig Whitlock PARIS — Islamist guerrillas seized a number of hostages, including Americans, in a brazen attack early Wednesday on a remote gas-production facility in Algeria, and the United States vowed to take all necessary steps to deal with what it called a “terrorist act.” Algeria’s official news agency said two people [...]
Israel says it will go ahead with plans to build 1500 new settler homes in East Jerusalem – the part of the city that’s considered Palestinian land. The project was given an intermediate green light by Israeli officials on Monday. This comes less then a month after the UN granted Palestine non-member observer status. Palestinians [...]
Washington Post Joby Warrick The United States and five other world powers are hastily preparing for possible new talks with Iran amid signs that the country’s leaders might be willing to meet as early as next week to discuss scaling back nuclear activities in return for future sanctions relief. The six powers have agreed on [...]
Washington Post Max Fisher It appears that the Syrian government may have just taken a drastic measure it has conspicuously avoided over the nearly two years of fighting: cutting itself off from the Internet. Renesys, a Web-monitoring service, reported Thursday morning that sweeping outages in Syria had shut down 92 percent of the country’s routed networks. [...]
The remains of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat have been reburied – after being exhumed earlier on Tuesday. An international team of forensic experts have taken tissue samples from the remains – hoping to clear doubts over the cause of his death in 2004.
Israel’s Finance Minister told IDF radio the time left before Israel escalates its attacks can be measured in “hours, not days.” Israel is said to have issued a 36-hour ultimatum demanding that Hamas stops firing rockets at Israeli territory.
An Israeli peace activist says the Hamas military leader Ahmed Jabari, assassinated at the start of Israel’s offensive, was murdered amid talks on a long-term truce with Israel.
Press TV Though US rules have not imposed any bans on American firms to sell medicine and medical supplies to Iran, exporters have been required to apply for special licenses. Besides, as the aftermath of the sanctions, the impossibility of transferring money through banks has cast its cumbersome shadow upon medicine and healthcare in Iran [...]
Global Research John Glaser Just hours before Israel assassinated Hamas commander Ahmed Jabari on Tuesday, he received the draft proposal of a permanent truce agreement with Israel. But Israel approved the airstrike anyways, choosing escalation over resolution. Israeli peace activist Gershon Baskin, who helped negotiate the release of Gilad Shalit and maintained contacts with Hamas leaders, said the [...]
At least eight are dead and 118 wounded after a car bomb rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut. The attack in the majority Christian neighborhood killed a top-ranking security official. RT crosses over to Beirut to talk to Ali Rizk – an expert on the Middle East. ….