Middle East News

  • Israel locks down flashpoint Hebron after deadly attacks

    Israeli troops locked down the occupied West Bank's most populous city Hebron and surrounding villages on Saturday after two Israelis were killed in Palestinian attacks nearby. Troops closed all exit roads from Hebron except for the main northern one through the town of Halhul towards Jerusalem,…

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  • Israel bombs Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire

    Israeli air strikes hit four sites in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, causing damage but no injuries, officials said, after Palestinian militants fired a rocket that struck a building in southern Israel. The four sites included a workshop, two locations for Hamas's armed wing and a military training…

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  • Israel settlements, Palestinian incitement must stop: quartet

    The Middle East diplomatic quartet urged Israel to stop building settlements and Palestinians to cease incitement to violence in a much-awaited report on Friday that drew a frosty response from both sides. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the report by the quartet -- the United…

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  • Israel slaps security, cash curbs on Palestinians after attacks

    Israel on Friday announced a lockdown on the West Bank city of Hebron and cuts in monthly tax payments made to the Palestinian Authority, after a wave of deadly attacks. The measures, including increasing Israel's military presence in the West Bank and described as "the most substantial" in two…

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  • Germany: Cologne mayor assailant gets 14 years in prison

    BERLIN (AP) — A court on Friday sentenced a far-right extremist to 14 years in prison for the attempted murder of a leading candidate for Cologne mayor, the day before she was elected to the job last year.

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  • Israel should stop settlements, denying Palestinian development: Quartet report

    By Michelle Nichols and Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Israel should stop building settlements, denying Palestinian development and designating land for exclusive Israeli use that Palestinians seek for a future state, the Middle East peace "Quartet" recommended on Friday in a an…

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  • Czech government rejects president's call for referendum on EU, NATO

    Czech President Milos Zeman called for the Czech Republic to hold a referendum on European Union and NATO membership following Britain's shock vote to leave the EU, a suggestion quickly rebuffed by the government. Zeman said on Thursday he would back his country staying in the EU and NATO. The…

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  • Austrian far right gets second chance at presidency with vote re-run

    By Francois Murphy and Kirsti Knolle VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's presidential election runoff must be held again, the Constitutional Court ruled on Friday, handing the Freedom Party's narrowly defeated candidate another chance to become the first far-right head of state in the European Union. …

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  • Iran's Rouhani accuses West of exploiting Sunni-Shi'ite rift, raps Israel

    By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani accused Western powers of trying to exploit differences between the world's Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims to divert attention from the Israel-Palestinian conflict, state television reported on Friday. "We stand with the dispossessed…

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  • Mideast Quartet gives Israel, Palestinians 'wakeup call'

    A much-awaited report by the Middle East diplomatic quartet should serve as a "wakeup call" to Israel to halt the expansion of settlements and to the Palestinians to renounce violence, the UN envoy said Thursday. Nickolay Mladenov said ongoing Israeli construction in the West Bank was one of three…

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  • Turkey defies EU over anti-terrorism laws after Istanbul attack

    By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Turkey defied pressure from the European Union on Thursday to amend its anti-terrorism laws, saying that a suicide bomb attack at Istanbul airport this week that killed 42 people provided further vindication of its tough stance. The EU repeated that Turkey…

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  • Palestinian kills US-Israeli girl in West Bank home

    A Palestinian attacker fatally stabbed a US-Israeli teenager in her home at a Jewish settlement in the West Bank before being shot dead by security guards on Thursday. The Israeli army said the young Palestinian killed the 13-year-old in her bed after breaking into her home in the Kiryat Arba…

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  • In Egypt, Sisi's star fades as problems pile up

    Hisham Genena, Egypt's erstwhile corruption tsar, settles in a corner. "We can speak freely." It has been a long way down for Genena, a former policeman and judge who was appointed to head Egypt's corruption watchdog in 2012 and is now on trial, accused of defaming the state by exaggerating the…

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  • Palestinian kills teen in West Bank home, shot dead: army

    A Palestinian attacker Thursday fatally stabbed a 13-year-old girl in her home in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank before being shot dead by security guards, the Israeli army said. The army said the young Palestinian killed the girl in her bed after breaking into her home in the Kiryat Arba…

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  • New Philippine President Duterte vows deadly crime war

    Authoritarian firebrand Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in as the Philippines' president Thursday -- and quickly launched a foul-mouthed vow to wipe out drug traffickers and even urged ordinary Filipinos to kill addicts. Duterte, a lawyer who earned a reputation as an authoritarian figure as mayor of…

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  • Islamic State kills Christian priest in Egypt's North Sinai

    Islamist militants gunned down a Christian priest in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula as he was fixing his car, the Interior Ministry and the Coptic Orthodox Church said on Thursday. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack and threatened more attacks in the future. Father Rafael Moussa of the…

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  • Airport attack comes just as Turkey tries to rebuild bridges

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — When he took office in May, Turkey's prime minister declared it was time for the country to put its international affairs in order and reclaim its place as an oasis of stability in a war-torn region. Turkey was trying to do just that — mending fences with both Israel and…

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  • American man abused on UK tram: 'Keeping calm is vital'

    LONDON (AP) — As videos, photos and written accounts of intolerant abuse percolate across the internet in the wake of Britain's referendum to leave the European Union, Juan Jasso has become one of the country's best-known victims.

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  • Russia will countenance an Assad exit in Syria, but not yet

    By Andrew Osborn and Christian Lowe MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will countenance Syrian President Bashar al-Assad leaving office, but only when it is confident a change of leader will not trigger a collapse of the Syrian government, sources familiar with the Kremlin's thinking say. Getting to that…

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  • Amnesty, HRW want Saudis off UN rights council

    Two leading human rights groups urged UN member-states to suspend Saudi Arabia from the UN Human Rights Council over the killing of civilians in Yemen and repression at home. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said they would begin lobbying the UN General Assembly to hold a vote on…

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