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Israel abandons deal on prayer at Western Wall, angering liberal Jews

Israel’s government on Sunday scrapped a compromise to allow pluralist prayer at the Western Wall holy site in Jerusalem, bowing to pressure from ultra-religious parties in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition and angering liberal Jewish denominations with large followings in North America....

Canadian sniper kills an Islamic State fighter from more than 2 miles away, a record shot

Imagine taking a rifle to the end zone of a football field, peering through your scope at a target 38 football fields away, then squeezing the trigger and hitting that target. That’s a two-mile shot. If you’re in Los Angeles, that’s like shooting from the roof of Staples Center and hitting a target...

Will Qatar agree to Arab countries' new list of demands? Unlikely

Four Arab countries locked in a blockade of Qatar since June 5 have issued a list of 13 demands posted online by Doha-based Al Jazeera that the Persian Gulf nation is unlikely to accept: 1) Scale back diplomatic ties with Iran; close Iranian diplomatic missions in Qatar; expel members of Iran's...

Iran's anti-Israel rallies, a tradition during Ramadan, this year include ballistic missiles

Thousands of Iranians participated Friday in annual anti-Israel rallies, a heavily stage-managed show of support for the Palestinian territories that included displays of ballistic missiles. The rallies on Quds Day, after an ancient Arabic name for Jerusalem, included the usual signs condemning...

Kushner begins shuttle diplomacy in Israel and West Bank in search of a peace breakthrough

Presidential advisor Jared Kushner waded into the nitty-gritty of Middle East peace mediation for the first time on Wednesday, as the Trump administration seemed to lower expectations for a swift breakthrough by emphasizing that “peace will take time.’’ The son-in-law of President Trump, who has...

In a shake-up, Saudi king names son Mohammed bin Salman new crown prince

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Wednesday appointed his 31-year-old son, Mohammed bin Salman, as crown prince, replacing the country’s counter-terrorism czar with the young activist leader at a time when the kingdom is struggling with low oil prices, a diplomatic crisis in Qatar, war in Yemen and...

Ahead of Jared Kushner's visit to help broker peace, Israel touts new settlement

Israeli jackhammers broke ground on a new Jewish settlement in the West Bank on Tuesday, just one day before President Trump’s adviser Jared Kushner joins talks in Jerusalem and Ramallah aimed at reviving the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Kushner’s arrival to participate in a round of shuttle...

With a blockade deadline looming, families in Qatar face a tough choice: Stay or go?

Wafa Yazeedi, a doctor and single mother who runs a hospital in this tiny Persian Gulf nation, has found herself in the middle of a sudden political crisis that has engulfed parts of the Arab world — and threatened to break up her family. A blockade of Qatar that took full effect this weekend technically...

Government forces begin storming Mosul's Old City as Islamic State makes a last stand in its Iraqi 'capital'

Iraqi forces battled their way into Mosul's Old City on Sunday, starting a difficult fight for the last neighborhoods still in the hands of Islamic State. As the sun rose, a massive barrage shrouded parts of the Old City in smoke. It was a prelude to the arrival of black Humvees from Iraq's Counter-Terrorism...

Trump still lacks Syria strategy as fighting escalates

The U.S. military’s role in Syria has steadily escalated since President Trump took office, but even as fighting intensifies, the administration has said little to the public about its goals, nor has it released a long-stalled update on its strategy for the war-torn country. The latest escalation...

Russia warns U.S. after downing of Syrian jet, calling it act of aggression

Russia’s defense ministry said Monday that it was withdrawing from a Syrian airspace agreement with the United States in retaliation for the U.S. downing of a Syrian jet, and would begin considering any U.S.-led coalition planes flying west of the Euphrates River as targets. Moscow, the closest...

U.S. warplane shoots down Syrian jet near Raqqah

A U.S. warplane shot down a Syrian jet on Sunday near the Islamic State-held city of Raqqah, officials said, marking the latest escalation between the U.S. and Syria since the blood-soaked civil war began six years ago. The Pentagon said the U.S.-led coalition took the unprecedented move after...

Iraqi forces have taken back a vital conduit from Islamic State, but questions remain

Days after Islamic State blitzed through northern Iraq and snatched the city of Mosul in mid-2014, it made a powerful statement of conquest: a bulldozer punched a hole through the sand berm marking the line between Iraq and Syria, an event captured in a polished propaganda video titled “Kasr al...

Why one shopkeeper returned to his war-ravaged Syrian hometown: ‘I believe in Palmyra’

His shop has become a haunt for Syrian troops, Russian soldiers, visiting journalists and the few others who make it to this now-forlorn remnant of a town in the Syrian desert. Impromptu gatherings at a plastic table outside Issa Khateeb’s store provide a glimpse of the animated hub that Palmyra...

Russia says it might have killed Islamic State leader in airstrike

The Russian military said Friday it is investigating whether an airstrike in the Syrian desert has killed Abu Bakr Baghdadi, Islamic State’s self-described “caliph.” The death of one of the world’s most-wanted jihadist leaders would be a military victory for Russia and a setback for the militants,...

For former U.S. Special Forces operative turned aid worker, a dramatic rescue in Mosul

The sun was already scorching on a recent Friday morning when David Eubank, a former U.S. Special Forces operative turned aid worker, caught sight of the bodies. They were scattered over a street near Mosul’s now destroyed Pepsi factory. “There was a woman sprawled on her face. Dead,” Eubank said....

Tiny Qatar refuses to bend on foreign policy despite a blockade by other Persian Gulf nations

The Persian Gulf this month has been gripped by an unprecedented crisis involving Qatar and several other countries that could see thousands of people forced to move and start new lives. Ongoing tension in the region escalated to crisis level June 5 when a coalition of Arab states in the Gulf Cooperation...

Israelis, Palestinians deny Tillerson remark on payments to attackers

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson achieved a momentary consensus among Israeli and Palestinian officials — but not in the way he may have hoped. Officials in Tel Aviv and Ramallah on Wednesday denied remarks by Tillerson a day earlier before the U.S. Senate that the Palestinians had agreed to stop...

Meal served at Iraqi refugee camp sickens more than 800 and causes at least one death, U.N. says

When Harbiyah Ahmad Nejem was presented with the hot plate of rice, chicken and bean stew, she saw it as a treat for her iftar, the daily breaking of the fast during the month of Ramadan. The moment the muezzin’s evening call to prayer could be heard, the 47-year old refugee from the Iraqi city...

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