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Obama Authorizes Airstrikes to Defend Syrian Rebels

President Barack Obama has authorized the use of airstrikes to defend U.S.-trained Syrian rebels if they come under attack from terrorist groups or the Assad regime, Bloomberg reported on Sunday. The broader U.S. rules of engagement, approved July 31, came after rebels fighting Islamic State (ISIS) were attacked by the Al-Nusra Front, Syria’s Al-Qaeda affiliate, […]

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Kerry Arrives in Qatar to Discuss Iran Deal

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Qatar for talks with Arab officials whose countries are wary of the nuclear deal world powers have struck with Iran, The Associated Press (AP) reported. Kerry arrived in the Qatari capital Doha on Sunday after visiting Egypt, where he also spoke in favor of the agreement reached […]

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Zionist Union MK Under Fire for Visiting ‘Occupied Territory’

An MK from the Zionist Union party is coming under fire from the left because he visited the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council. "It is precisely because of the complexity of today that I decided not to cancel and come," the MK, Danny Atar, said at the start of his tour of the region on Sunday. “At […]

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Houthi Leader Urges Militia to Keep Fighting

The leader of Yemen's Houthis urged his militia on Sunday to fight on against Yemen's Gulf Arab-backed government, dismissing its recapture of Aden last month as a 'limited' achievement made possible by Ramadan, Reuters reported. In a speech broadcast live on television, Abdel-Malek al-Houthi accused his foes of resorting to alliances with both the Islamic […]

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Rabbi investigated in parade stabbings accuses police of injuring his wife

Ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem Rabbi Idan Grossman claimed on Sunday that police injured his wife on Saturday night upon detaining her for questioning in an investigation into the couple’s possible role in the gay pride parade stabbing that wounded five and killed one teenage girl. According to Grossman, a coterie of heavily armed police officers entered his […]

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Israel Re-Opens Embassy in Paraguay

The Israeli Embassy in Asunción, Paraguay, was reopened last week in the presence of Ambassador Peleg Levy and outgoing Foreign Ministry Director-General Nissim Ben-Shitrit. Paraguay was represented at the opening by Minister of Agriculture Jorge Gattini and other top officials. The Israeli Foreign Ministry noted prominently that the government of Paraguay stood by Israel during […]

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Watch: Joint Israeli-Palestinian Prayer in Gush Etzion

The Gush Etzion Junction was the scene Sunday of a joint prayer session, where rabbis, sheikhs, and MKs gathered together to pray and commiserate over the two tragic events that occurred over the weekend – the stabbing at the Jerusalem Pride Parade, and the arson attack at the village of Duma. The event was organized […]

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Electricity demand surges as Jordan Valley hits 49°C

As temperatures escalated on Sunday to the highest level yet this season during what will be a weeklong heat wave, electricity consumption breached all-time records. Extreme heat plagued much of the country during the day, rising to as high as 49°C (120°F) at Kibbutz Gilgal and Beit Ha’arava in the southern Jordan Valley, the Israel […]

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‘Casino’ MK Questioned Over Fight Over Taxes, Police Say

MK Oren Hazan (Likud), affectionately known as the "Casino MK" over allegations that he ran such establishments in Bulgaria, was questioned for five hours at the Israel Police Lahav 443 (Major Crimes) unit, over charges that he attacked the director general of the city of Ariel last October. Police seek to charge Hazan with inappropriate […]

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France: ‘Hate Crime’ Robbery Against Prominent Jew

A French anti-Semitism watchdog group reports that burglars recently broke into the home of an elderly Jewish leader. In addition to stealing $10,000 worth of jewelry and valuables, the criminals also wrote "Dirty Jews, long live Palestine" on the wall in lipstick. The homeowner, who has been identified only as Alain B., told police that […]

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