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Washington – U.S. Envoy: More Than 15,000 Russian Troops Along Ukraine Border

July 25, 2014 at 02:30 PM
Washington - Russia has now amassed around 15,000 troops along the border with Ukraine, the U.S. ambassador to NATO said on Friday, offering a higher figure than one previously cited by the Pentagon. U.S. Ambassador to NATO Douglas Lute offered the estimate during a security forum in Colorado, saying there were "now up again over about 15,000 Russian troops amassed along the border with...

Jerusalem – Israel Rejects Gaza Ceasefire Plan, Wants Changes

July 25, 2014 at 01:50 PM
Jerusalem - Israel rejected on Friday international proposals for a ceasefire in its fight against Islamist militants in Gaza, but is discussing changes to the truce plan with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, a government source said. Mediators hope that a truce could come into force ahead of a Muslim festival that starts early next week, but they have struggled to resolve seemingly...

Beirut – Despite Syria Rift, Hezbollah Pledges Full Support To Hamas

July 25, 2014 at 01:45 PM
Beirut - Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah pledged full support on Friday to the Palestinian group Hamas in its conflict with Israel despite a deep rift between the two militant organizations over the civil war in Syria. "We in Hezbollah will be unstinting in all forms of support, assistance and aid that we are able to provide," Nasrallah said. "We feel we are true partners with...

Washington – White House Aide Says Republicans Might Try For Obama Impeachment

July 25, 2014 at 01:26 PM
Washington - A top White House adviser said on Friday Republicans might try to impeach President Barack Obama over his go-it-alone immigration strategy, as Obama prepared to talk about the U.S. border crisis with Central American presidents. Dan Pfeiffer, one of Obama's longest-serving advisers, told reporters that the executive actions Obama will approve at the end of the summer aimed at...

Toronto – US Fighter Jets Escort Plane Back To Toronto

July 25, 2014 at 01:22 PM
Toronto - Two U.S. F16 fighter jets escorted a plane bound for Panama City back to Toronto's Pearson Airport about 45 minutes after departure after a passenger threatened the aircraft. Sunwing Airlines spokeswoman Janine Chapman said Friday that Flight 772 departed at 7 a.m. (1100 GMT) and turned around over West Virginia when an "agitated passenger directly threatened the aircraft." Chapman...

New York – Kin Of NYC Man In Arrest Death Meet With Feds

July 25, 2014 at 01:05 PM
New York - Family members of a man who died in police custody, the Rev. Al Sharpton and others met with federal prosecutors Friday to press for an investigation into the death. "The civil rights of Eric Garner were violated," Sharpton said after the closed-door meeting with officials from the criminal division of the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn. "That led to his death." An amateur...

Jerusalem – IDF Soldier Killed On Friday

July 25, 2014 at 12:48 PM
Jerusalem - One IDF soldier was killed in action Friday afternoon in central Gaza, the IDF said, bringing the number of fallen soldiers to 35 since the start of Israel's ground offensive in Operation Protective Edge. Details of the soldier's death or identity were not immediately released...

Amman, Jordan – Jordan Shoots Down ‘aerial Target’ Near Syria

July 25, 2014 at 12:35 PM
Amman, Jordan - Jordan's air force shot down an "aerial target" near the Syrian border on Friday, a Jordanian military official said. Eyewitnesses said the object was a drone. It was not immediately clear where the object came from, but there have been reports of intense fighting in the southern Syrian province of Daraa that borders Jordan. Syria's civil war, now in its fourth year, has...

Iraq – VIDEO: Jihadist Group Islamic State Levels Prophet Jonah’s Tomb In Rigged Explosion In Mosul

July 25, 2014 at 12:14 PM
Iraq - On Thursday, the jihadist group Islamic State completely destroyed the shrine known as Prophet 'Jonah's Tomb' in Mosul after spending an hour rigging the site with explosives. AFP reports that witnesses said Islamic State first cleared local residents and worshippers at the Nabi Yunus shrine before destroying it. A rep from the Sunni endowment said, "Islamic State completely...

Paris – Gaza Officials Accuse Israel Of War Crimes At ICC

July 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Paris - Top Palestinian officials have filed a complaint to the International Criminal Court, accusing Israel of war crimes in Gaza. Palestinian Justice Minister Saleem Al-Saqqa and Ismail Jabr, the Gaza court public prosecutor, started legal proceedings Friday via a Paris-based lawyer over the 18 days of fighting between Hamas and Israel that's left 800 Palestinians and 35 Israelis...

Copenhagen, Denmark – Norway: Group From Syria En Route To Commit Terror, Jewish Museums Remain Closed

July 25, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Copenhagen, Denmark - The head analyst of Norway's intelligence agency says a group of people is en route from Syria "to carry out an act of terror in the West," adding that Norway has been "concretely named" as the target. Jon Fitje Hoffmann spoke in a live interview with Norwegian broadcaster TV2 on Friday but didn't elaborate further. He was not immediately available for further...

Ramallah, West Bank – Jewish Settler, Palestinians Killed In West Bank Violence

July 25, 2014 at 11:36 AM
Ramallah, West Bank - Five Palestinians were killed in the occupied West Bank on Friday in shootings involving both Israeli forces and a civilian who appeared to be a Jewish settler, medics and witnesses said. Three Palestinians were killed during clashes between Israeli forces shooting live bullets and protesters throwing stones near the flashpoint city of Hebron. In a separate incident...

Vienna – Israeli Team’s Soccer Match In Austria Moved On Security Grounds

July 25, 2014 at 11:30 AM
Vienna - A soccer match to be played in Austria on Saturday by Maccabi Haifa and Paderborn has been moved to a new venue due to security concerns after a violent anti-Israel protest disrupted the Israeli team's last game in the Alpine republic. The match will now take place in the town of Leogang in Salzburg province, where Maccabi Haifa's training camp is located, after the town of...

Gaza Strip – Gaza Faces Daunting Reconstruction When Elusive Truce Struck

July 25, 2014 at 11:01 AM
Gaza Strip - As the United States and regional powers strive for a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza militants, the impoverished enclave faces a daunting recovery, such is the scale of damage after almost three weeks of fighting. Israeli artillery has shredded entire neighborhoods and air strikes have pounded the scant infrastructure that barely kept the crowded strip of 1.8 million people...

Jerusalem – Israel Says Missing Soldier Definitely Dead, Body Not Found

July 25, 2014 at 10:47 AM
Jerusalem - The Israeli army announced on Friday that a soldier unaccounted for after an ambush in the Gaza Strip six days ago was definitely dead, although they had still not recovered his body. Islamist militant group Hamas said last Sunday it had captured Oron Shaul, giving his name and army ID number, but did not release a photograph of him in their hands. The Israeli military said a...

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