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Saudi Arabia,Egypt to lead a ground operation in Yemen against Shiite Houthi rebels

Egyptian security and military officials say Saudi Arabia and Egypt will lead a ground operation in Yemen against Shiite rebels and their allies after a campaign of airstrikes to weaken them. Three senior officials tell The Associated Press that forces would enter by land from Saudi Arabia and by sea from the Red Sea and […]

What’s Religion Got to do with it? German Co-Pilot as Terrorist

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) – Once it became clear that Andreas Lubitz, 28, deliberately crashed Germanwings Flight 9525, a reporter immediately asked “what was his religion?” (Parent company Lufthansa said…

What We Know About the Germanwings Co-Pilot

Before he locked his pilot out of the cockpit and intentionally sent 149 people to their deaths on a French mountainside, Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was an apparently happy guy with hobbies and a picturesque house in Montabaur, Germany. A neighbor who knew him tells Le Figaro that Lubitz "was...

German Pilots Cast Doubt on Blaming of Co-Pilot for Crash

German pilots reacted with anger and confusion on Thursday after French and German statements said the co-pilot on the Germanwings crash earlier this week deliberately slammed the plane into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board. Stunned at the revelations, some pilots believe that the authorities are eager to find a culprit to…

Obama: GOP has no Alternative to Obamacare b/c it was their Plan | (Web extras) “On the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, the president slams Republican critics for their unfulfilled predictions of doom and gloom.” “Obama pokes fun at GOP…

An Open Letter to President Obama About Anti-Arab Racism in Israel

Dear President Obama, Since Israel's Election Day, the White House has expressed its "deep concern" over a video message released by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in which he warned voters that the Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel - a fifth of the state's population - were "coming out in droves" to vote at the polling booths. Show More Summary

Latest on the Germanwing crash in the French Alps

Here’s what we know now about the horrific crash of a Germanwing Airbus A320 in the French Alps which disintegrated upon impact claiming the lives of 150 souls on board. The audio file has been pulled from the so-called black box that was recovered. Show More Summary

Broke Russians Swap Pricey Booze for Bath Cleaner

As an economic crisis sweeps through Russia, a dangerous trend is emerging in the heavy-drinking country: the rise in consumption of potentially lethal moonshine, medical alcohol, or even cleaning products. Layoffs, wage cuts, and price increases are combining to worsen the problem of alcoholism, which has long been a major...

Yemen’s president flees his house in Aden as Shiite Houthi rebels advance

Yemen’s embattled president fled his palace in Aden for an undisclosed location Wednesday as Shiite rebels offered cash bounty for his capture and arrested his defense minister. President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi left just hours after the rebels’ own television station said they seized an air base where U.S. troops and Europeans advised the country […]

One Pilot Locked Out of Cockpit Before Crash

A seemingly dramatic turn in the investigation of the Germanwings plane crash : Audio reveals that one pilot was locked out of the cockpit before the plane went down and tried desperately to get back inside, reports the New York Times. The other pilot never opened the door, for reasons that...

India's Supreme Court Axes Online Censorship Law, But Challenges Remain

People in India are cheering after the Indian Supreme Court struck down IT Act Section 66A, calling it a violation of free expression.

On Netanyahu’s apology to Palestinian citizens of Israel

Prime Minister elect Benjamin Netanyahu recently issued an apology to “Israeli Arabs” for his outlandishly racist Election Day remarks that “Arabs voters are going to the polls en masse.” Netanyahu chose to render his apology to a crowd...Show More Summary

Differences with Israel’s Netanyahu are on policy not personal, says Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that his differences with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are not personal but are based on fundamental policy differences over Middle East peace. Obama said it was hard to envision a path to a two-state solution to the conflict – long sought by the […]

Airbus Crashes in French Alps; 'No Survivors' Expected

An Airbus A320 has crashed in the French Alps today with an estimated 148 aboard, French media are reporting. The plane, operated by Lufthansa budget carrier Germanwings, was en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf; debris has been reported near Digne, notes NBC News. Both Germanwings and Airbus said they are...

Plane Crashes in French Alps With 148 People On Board

A plane has crashed near the village of Digne-Les-Bains in the French Alps, according to the French Prime Minister. The Germanwings Airbus A320 was flying from Barcelona in Spain to Düsseldorf in Germany. Debris has been found near the village of Digne. It was carrying 142 passengers and six crew. Germanwings is a subsidiary of…

Coalition jets continue to hit Houthi targets in Yemen

Saudi leads attack of rebel military installations in second night of raids as embattled President Hadi flees to Riyadh.

Arab foreign ministers agree to form a unified military force

Arab foreign ministers meeting in Egypt agreed a draft resolution on Thursday to form a unified military force, in a move aimed at countering growing regional security threats. The agreement came after warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck Shi’ite Muslim rebels in Yemen on Thursday, in an effort to check Iranian influence in […]

Germanwings Flight 4U9525: First picture of Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz emerges

This is the first picture to emerge of the Germanwings co-pilot believed to have killed 150 people on Germanwings flight 4U9525. Lubitz, 28, deliberately slammed the jet into the ground after locking himself in the cockpit. He was from Montabaur, a town in the district seat of the Westerwaldkreis in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, according to a […]

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