In Confronting Saudi Arabia, Biden Tiptoes With a Close Ally

BEIRUT, Lebanon — President Biden and his administration speak less of calculated interests in dealing with the rest of the world and more of letting values like democracy and human rights guide the way. But in the administration’s handling of the public release of an intelligence assessment last week concluding that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia had […]

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Turkey sentences three to jail over Ghosn escape from Japan

ISTANBUL (AFP) – An Istanbul court on Wednesday (Feb 24) sentenced three Turks to four years and two months in prison for helping smuggle former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn in a musical instrument case from Japan to Lebanon. The court jailed two pilots and an employee of a small private airline who moved the former auto industry giant while he […]

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Israel Gives Vaccine to Far-Off Allies, as Palestinians Wait

The donations will go to nations like the Czech Republic and Honduras that accept Israeli control of Jerusalem. Critics say Israel has an obligation to inoculate Palestinians under its occupation. By Patrick Kingsley JERUSALEM — The Israeli government has pledged to send thousands of spare coronavirus vaccines to foreign allies, reigniting a debate about Israel’s responsibilities to people closer to […]

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Afghanistan begins Covid vaccine campaign amid surge in violence

KABUL (AFP) – Afghanistan on Tuesday (Feb 23) launched a Covid-19 vaccination campaign aimed at inoculating hundreds of thousands, as the war-weary nation reels from near-daily attacks by insurgents. Doctors, security personnel, and journalists were among the first volunteers to receive doses of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine, donated earlier this month by India. “Today, I congratulate the people of Afghanistan for […]

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In Israeli Election, a Chance for Arabs to Gain Influence — or Lose It

KAFR KANNA, Israel — Mansour Abbas, a conservative Muslim, is an unlikely political partner for the leaders of the Jewish state. He is a proponent of political Islam. He heads an Arab party descended from the same religious stream that spawned the militant Hamas movement. And for most of his political life, he never considered supporting the right-leaning parties that […]

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Israel Is in Talks to Free Woman Who Crossed the Syrian Frontier

JERUSALEM — Israel and Syria, long bitter foes, are engaged in Russian-mediated talks for a prisoner exchange after an Israeli woman recently crossed the frontier and was detained by the Syrian authorities, Syrian state media and Israeli officials said on Wednesday. The unusual episode had been kept under wraps, even as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called an emergency meeting of […]

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Coronavirus weakens Netanyahu's staunchest ally ahead of Israel's polls

JERUSALEM (BLOOMBERG) – About half of Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community thinks their own leaders have failed them during the coronavirus pandemic – and that could hurt Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s already troubled re-election bid. Talk of boycotting the March 23 election is percolating, according to Mr David Dror, founder of the Askaria research company. In Israel’s fractured political landscape, a […]

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Erdogan's call for constitution revamp shakes up Turkish politics

ANKARA (AFP) – Four years after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan assumed sweeping powers, he has wrong-footed his opponents once again by calling for a new constitution, sparking accusations of trying to set up a diversion from the country’s woes. Taking seemingly everyone off guard, Mr Erdogan mentioned early last week during one of his near-daily speeches that “it may […]

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