Netanyahu fails to form new Israeli government, prolonging deadlock

JERUSALEM (NYTIMES) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel failed to form a new government by the midnight on Tuesday (May 4) deadline, putting his political future in jeopardy as he stands trial on corruption charges and prolonging a political deadlock that has only worsened after four elections in two years. Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, may now give a rival, […]

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Israeli PM Netanyahu says would stand aside for a year to avoid 'left-wing' government

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday (May 3) he would let his estranged former protege Naftali Bennett serve as premier ahead of him in a coalition to prevent a “left-wing government”. But Bennett, a right-wing nationalist who emerged as a kingmaker following Israel’s inconclusive March 23 vote, swiftly dampened the notion that a deal with Netanyahu […]

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Iran FM Javad Zarif asks Soleimani family for 'forgiveness' after leak

TEHERAN (AFP) – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday (May 2) asked the family of Qasem Soleimani for “forgiveness” following his leaked comments that the revered late commander had played too big a role in diplomacy. Lieutenant-General Soleimani, the commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ foreign operations arm, was killed in a US air strike in neighbouring Iraq last […]

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Israel Mourns After a Religious Festival Turns Into Disaster

At least 45 people died in what witnesses described as a “human avalanche” after some slipped on a wet floor in a narrow passageway where people were pouring out of one area of the celebrations. By Isabel Kershner JERUSALEM — Israelis mourned on Friday the loss of life when a joyous pilgrimage that drew tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews […]

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Polluted Lebanon lake spews out tonnes of dead fish

QARAOUN, LEBANON (AFP) – Tonnes of dead fish have washed up on the shore of a highly polluted lake in eastern Lebanon in the past few days, an official said Thursday (April 29). It was not immediately clear what caused the fish kill in Lake Qaraoun on the Litani river, which several local fisherman said was unprecedented in scale. A […]

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US disagrees that Israel carrying out 'apartheid' against Palestinians

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States on Wednesday (April 28) voiced disagreement with Human Rights Watch’s allegation that Israel is committing “apartheid” against the Palestinians but said it was committed to condemning abuses. “It is not the view of this administration that Israel’s actions constitute apartheid,” a State Department spokesman said. President Joe Biden’s State Department, however, said it would […]

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Rouhani says leak sought to sow 'discord' amid Iran nuclear talks

TEHERAN (AFP) – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday (April 28) the leak of an audio recording of his Foreign Minister sought to sow domestic “discord” during talks aimed at reviving a nuclear deal. The controversial comments by top diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif, in which he said the military was too influential in diplomacy, were leaked as Iran and […]

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Israel retaliates after Syrian missile lands near nuclear reactor

JERUSALEM (REUTERS) – A Syrian surface-to-air missile exploded in southern Israel on Thursday (April 22), the Israeli military said, in an incident that triggered warning sirens in an area near the secretive Dimona nuclear reactor. There were no immediate reports of any injuries or damage in Israel. The military said that in response to the launch, it attacked several missile […]

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Iran Rattled as Israel Repeatedly Strikes Key Targets

BEIRUT, Lebanon — In less than nine months, an assassin on a motorbike fatally shot an Al Qaeda commander given refuge in Tehran, Iran’s chief nuclear scientist was machine-gunned on a country road, and two separate, mysterious explosions rocked a key Iranian nuclear facility in the desert, striking the heart of the country’s efforts to enrich uranium. The steady drumbeat […]

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