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 2018-01-16 22:02 

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Eizenkot: 'Iranian threat is not theoretical'...

IDF Chief of Staff Lituenant General Gadi Eizenkot said Tuesday that the "Iranian threat is not a theoretical threat." Eizenkot was speaking at the annual conference of Yad Lebanim, which commemorates fallen soldiers, in Eilat....

 2018-01-16 21:54 

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Decision to withhold UN funds not aimed at punishing Palestinians -US official...

The US decision to withhold half of the aid it provides to Palestinians through the UN Relief and Works Agency was not aimed at punishing anyone but was due to a US desire to see reforms at the agency, the State Department said on Tuesday. "This is no...

 2018-01-16 19:58 

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IDF drill in Petah Tikva Wednesday...

The IDF will carry out a routine military exercise in the Petah Tikva area on Wednesday. An increase in military activity will be visible and some streets will be closed for awhile....

 2018-01-16 19:29 

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US to withhold $65 mln from UNRWA, provide $60 mln in aid...

WASHINGTON - The United States will give a UN agency $60 million in aid for Palestinians but will withhold a further $65 million "for future consideration," a US official said on Tuesday. In keeping back some of the aid, Washington appeared to car...

 2018-01-16 19:26 

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Saudi Arabia shoots down Yemeni missile...

A ballistic missile fired by Yemen's armed Houthi group towards Saudi Arabia's southern Jizan region was shot down by Saudi forces on Tuesday, Saudi state TV Ekhbariya reported. The station gave no further details. There were no reports of casualt...

 2018-01-16 19:24 

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Nestle selling US candy business for $2.8 billion...

NEW YORK -- Swiss food and drink giant Nestle is selling its US candy business to Italy's Ferrero for about $2.8 billion in cash. Ferrero will take over iconic chocolate brands Butterfinger and Crunch bars, as well as the sugary Nerds, SweeTarts and F...

 2018-01-16 19:14 

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For the first time in the IDF: A woman was appointed to the command of an aviation squadron...

Israeli Air Force Commandeer Major General Amikam Norkin appointed an IAF Major as the first woman to serve as an aviation squadron commander. She will be promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel and command a transport squadron....

 2018-01-16 18:21 

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29 arrested in billion shekel fraud...

Twenty nine people involved in massive organized fraud were arrested in a police operation Tuesday; three were arrested in Spain. The group allegedly stole more than NIS one billion from state coffers by printing fictitious receipts related to the constru...

 2018-01-16 18:12 

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Yemen asks Saudis for $2B to save currency, prevent 'famine'...

SANAA -- Yemen's prime minister has called on the Saudi-led coalition allied with his government to deposit $2 billion in the central bank to save the local currency from "complete collapse." In an emotional letter released Tuesday, Ahmed Abdu...

 2018-01-16 17:04 

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London man said to discuss 'death squad sent by Allah' opens...

LONDON -- A London man who talked about forming "a death squad sent by Allah" has gone on trial for allegedly plotting a series of attacks in the British capital. Prosecutor Mark Heywood told a jury at London's Central Criminal Court on Tuesda...

 2018-01-16 16:51 

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Iran's leader accuses Saudis of 'treason' against Muslims...

TEHRAN -- Iran's supreme leader has accused Saudi Arabia of "treason" against Muslims because of its alleged ties to Israel. Addressing representatives from the Muslim-majority countries in Tehran on Tuesday, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said "g...

 2018-01-16 16:16 

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Soldier accused of inciting 'price tag' attacks...

Pamphlets calling for 'price tag' revenge attacks against Palestinians for the murder of Raziel Shevah were found on a military base in the West Bank. Military Police have arrested a soldier suspected of preparing and spreading the materials....

 2018-01-16 16:11 

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Rare 16th century book returns to Prague Jewish community...

PRAGUE -- A 16th century book that belonged to Prague's Jewish community before World War II and was considered lost before it surfaced at a New York City auction has returned to the Czech Republic. Titled "Mikne Avram - Peculium Abrae," the r...

 2018-01-16 15:37 

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Netanyahu says Israel, India both face threat from radical Islam...

NEW DELHI - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday he was discussing with India ways to strengthen security cooperation against the menace of from Islamist extremism that both democracies faced. Netanyahu spoke while on a six-day tour o...

 2018-01-16 15:33 

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Cyprus, Greece and Jordan aim to bolster region's security...

NICOSIA -- Cyprus' president says the fight against extremism necessitates even closer cooperation with Greece and Jordan. Nicos Anastasiades was speaking Tuesday during talks with King Abdullah II of Jordan and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras tha...

 2018-01-16 14:59 

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Pope begs forgiveness for 'irreparable' harm from sex abuse...

SANTIAGO -- Pope Francis begged for forgiveness Tuesday for the "irreparable damage" done to children who were raped and molested by priests, opening his visit to Chile by diving head-first into a scandal that has greatly hurt the Catholic Church&...

 2018-01-16 14:55 

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Education institutions must be handicap accessible...

The Knesset Committee for Labor, Welfare and Health approved regulations requiring that education institutions be handicap accessible. Meretz MK Ilan Gilon drafted the policy that will come into law next month....

 2018-01-16 14:48 

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Supreme Court rejects former NY lawmaker Sheldon Silver's appeal...

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's bid to avoid a retrial on corruption charges after his 2015 conviction was thrown out by a lower court. Silver, a Democrat, had appealed a 2017 ruling by ...

 2018-01-16 14:46 

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'Superfast' marine internet cable to connect Israel to Spain...

NICOSIA -- A Cypriot company says its new sub-sea internet cable that will connect Israel with Spain will be powerful enough to handle up to 60 percent of the world's internet traffic at peak time. Quantum Cable Chairman Nasos Ktorides said after sign...

 2018-01-16 13:53 

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Protesters clash with police in Ukraine over new law...

At least one policeman has been injured and several protesters have been detained after scuffles outside the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev, the capital. Several hundred people were rallying on Tuesday outside the Supreme Rada to protest a new law governing...

 2018-01-16 12:57 

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Erdogan: NATO must take stance against US over border force...

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday called on NATO to take a stance against the United States, a fellow ally, over its plans to form a 30,000-strong Kurdish-led border security force in Syria. Turkey has been threatening to launch a new mili...

 2018-01-16 12:56 

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Iran adds to criticism of US-trained Kurdish force in Syria...

Iran says a US plans to form a new border security force in Syria will cause more instability and "add flames of fire" in the war-torn country. The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi says the US plan for a new Kurdish-led force will...

 2018-01-16 12:25 

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3 churches firebombed in Chile during pope visit...

Three churches have been firebombed in Chile on the first full day of Pope Francis' visit to the Andean nation. Authorities say two churches were burned in the early hours of Tuesday in the southern Araucania region. The pope is set to visit with indi...

 2018-01-16 12:25 

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Lebanon bans 'The Post' over Spielberg's support for Israel...

Lebanon's censorship authorities are recommending a ban on Steven Spielberg's newspaper drama "The Post" ahead of its planned opening this week in movie theaters in Beirut. The recommendation still needs to be signed by Interior Minister N...

 2018-01-16 12:23 

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Syrian opposition calls on Trump and EU to up pressure on Russia and Iran...

Syria's chief opposition negotiator called on US President Donald Trump and European Union leaders to increase pressure on President Bashar al-Assad, Russia and Iran to return to talks aimed at ending the six-year civil war. "It is time for Presid...

 2018-01-16 12:22 

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North Korea scoffs at Trump's 'nuclear button' tweet...

North Korea's state-run media say US President Donald Trump's tweet about having a bigger nuclear button than leader Kim Jong Un's is the "spasm of a lunatic." Rodong Sinmun, the ruling party newspaper, lashed out at Trump in a comment...

 2018-01-16 11:44 

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3 Jerusalem policeman accused of assault while questioning Arab teens...

Three policemen from Jerusalem have been charged with assault for bringing an attack dog into a room in which two Arab youth were being questioned in a bid to make them confess to the suspicions against them. One of the policeman was also accused of hitti...

 2018-01-16 11:11 

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Russian, Iranian foreign ministers discuss Syria and Iran nuclear deal...

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed the conflict in Syria and the Iran nuclear deal in a phone conversation, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. "The two sides exchanged views on ...

 2018-01-16 11:07 

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Ex-Trump chief strategist Bannon meets with House panel on Russia...

President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon will meet behind closed doors on Tuesday with a US House of Representatives committee that is probing whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election. The interview with the House ...

 2018-01-16 11:06 

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Germany report: Homes of Iranian agents who spied on Israelis raided...

German authorities have raided the homes of Iranian agents who spied on Israelis across the country. The Bild newspaper's website reported that according to the public prosecutor general's warrant, the agents belong to the Revolutionary Guards'...

 2018-01-16 11:04 

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Erdogan says Turkish operation in Syria's Afrin to be supported by rebels...

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Turkey's planned military operation against Kurdish militia forces in Syria's Afrin region will be supported by Syrian rebel fighters. His comment to reporters in parliament was the latest in a series ...

 2018-01-16 10:49 

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Minister Erdan: Hamas, Islamic Jihad know they'll only find death in terror tunnels...

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said Tuesday that "Hamas and Islamic Jihad understand they won't be able to create a strategic threat against Israel and will only find death in the terror tunnels." Speaking at a police ceremony in Be'...

 2018-01-16 10:45 

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2 women found dead in Ashkelon apartment...

Two women in their 50th have been found dead in an apartment in the central city of Ahskelon with signs of violence on their bodies....

 2018-01-16 09:52 

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Energy minister holds urgent meeting on Israel's depleted water resources...

Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources Yuval Steinitz has convened an emergency meeting on Israel's depleted water resources. "We are in an emergency situation in the water sector, and we will be promoting actions to cope ...

 2018-01-16 09:47 

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48 injured, mostly children, in German school bus accident...

A bus carrying children to school in southern Germany hit multiple cars and then slammed into the side of a building without braking, injuring 48 people early Tuesday, including 10 seriously, police said. The injured were 43 children and the bus driver, a...

 2018-01-16 09:44 

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Sweden to reissue Cold War era booklet on war threat...

Sweden says it will issue an updated version of a Cold War-era civil emergency advice booklet, reflecting Stockholm's concerns of a worsened security situation in the Baltic Sea region. Christina Andersson of the Swedish civil contingencies agency say...

 2018-01-16 09:43 

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TASS: US report detailing new Russia sanctions to be issued on Jan 29...

A US report detailing new sanctions against Russia will be published on January 29, the TASS news agency cited US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman as saying on Tuesday. Washington is expected to impose fresh penalties against Russia for its alleged meddl...

 2018-01-16 09:27 

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Leading Serb politician in Kosovo shot to death...

The lawyer for leading Serb politician in northern Kosovo Oliver Ivanovic says he has been shot dead. "Unfortunately, I wish it weren't true, but doctors declared Oliver dead at 9:30 this morning," Nebojsa Vlajic, Ivanovic's lawyer confime...

 2018-01-16 08:55 

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Freed on a court order, radical Pakistani cleric leaves jail...

Pakistani prison authorities and a lawyer say a radical, anti-US cleric imprisoned since 2009 has left the jail in Peshawar after a court ordered him released this month on health grounds. The 93-year-old Sufi Mohammad went to Afghanistan with thousands o...

 2018-01-16 07:52 

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New US Embassy denigrated by Trump set to open in London...

The new US Embassy in London, denigrated last week by President Donald Trump as too expensive and in a poor location, is set to open to the public. The embassy, in the formerly industrial Nine Elms neighborhood, will open for public business Tuesday. It r...

 2018-01-16 07:14 

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Jewish child orphaned in Mumbai attacks makes first visit...

Moshe Holtzberg, a young boy whose parents were killed at a Jewish center in Mumbai during the 2008 terror attack, returned to that city for the first time Tuesday to visit the site of the attack with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu....

 2018-01-16 07:00 

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Bangladesh agrees with Myanmar to complete Rohingya return in 2 years...

Bangladesh has agreed to complete the process of returning Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar within two years after repatriation begins, the south Asian nation said on Tuesday, following a meeting of the neighbors to implement a pact signed last year. A stateme...

 2018-01-16 06:02 

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IDF explodes bomb found found in Joseph's Tomb during mass visit...

An explosive device and a remote detonator was found inside the tunnels of Joseph's Tomb in Nablus overnight Monday, the IDF said, as thousands of worshipers were escorted by a security detail to the site. The device was destroyed in a controlled expl...

 2018-01-16 05:52 

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Hundreds converge on Times Square to protest racism, Trump...

Hundreds of Haitian-Americans and others have rallied in Times Square in New York City to denounce racism and remarks that President Donald Trump is said to have made disparaging African countries and questioning further US acceptance of Haitian immigrant...

 2018-01-15 22:04 

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Palestinian leaders urge PLO to suspend recognition of Israel...

Palestinian leaders voted on Monday to call for the suspension of recognition of Israel as they met in response to US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The vote ordered the Palestine Liberation Organisation to ...

 2018-01-15 20:46 

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Earthquake rattles Greece, felt in Athens...

ATHENS An earthquake that rattled Greece on Monday night was felt in the capital Athens, a Reuters reporter said. The US Geological Survey said the 4.4 magnitude quake struck 51 km (30 miles) south-southeast of Patras....

 2018-01-15 20:01 

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IDF detains Palestinian suspected of shooting at Samaria road...

The IDF has arrested a Palestinian suspected of shooting a homemade weapon at a road near the village of Nabi Ilyas. He is also suspected of throwing rocks at the road....

 2018-01-15 19:58 

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Spain warns Catalan leader against swearing-in from Brussels...

MADRID Former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont faced additional obstacles Monday in his attempt to stand for his old job from his bolt hole in Belgium. Legal advisers told the Catalan parliament on Monday that Puigdemont can't be sworn in unless he...

 2018-01-15 19:53 

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Trump thanks Qatar for efforts to combat terrorism...

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump on Monday thanked the ruler of Qatar for "action to counter terrorism and extremism in all forms," the White House said in a statement that suggested a warming of ties between the two countries. In June, Trump had...

 2018-01-15 19:52 

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Airbus damaged by artillery fire during clashes in Tripoli...

TRIPOLI An Airbus A319 passenger jet belonging to Libya's Afriqiyah Airways was damaged by artillery fire during clashes between rival armed groups at Tripoli's Mitiga airport on Monday.A Reuters reporter saw the plane, which was empty at the time...

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