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  • Why is the U.S. funding a United Nations group that transfers weapons to terrorists?

    Last Wednesday, a United Nations relief organization discovered 20 rockets hidden in one of its schools in Gaza -- and promptly transferred those weapons to "local authorities," thus allowing them to be controlled by the terrorist group Hamas.

  • German Jewish leader condemns anti-Semitism

    BERLIN (AP) — The leader of Germany's Jewish community says he is shocked by an "explosion of evil and violent hatred of Jews" shown by protesters at pro-Gaza demonstrations across the country. The president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Dieter Graumann, said Monday that "we...

  • Overnight attacks in Iraq kill at least 16 people

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Attacks overnight in two Iraqi cities killed at least 16 people, officials said Monday as authorities struggle to stop the Sunni militants' offensive that has left huge areas in northern and western Iraq outside of government control. In one of the attacks, mortar rounds rained...

  • UN Security Council holds urgent meeting on Gaza

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council emerged from an emergency session late Sunday on the worsening situation in Gaza expressing "serious concern" about the rising civilian death toll and demanding an immediate end to the fighting. The council met at the request of Jordan, which...

  • Scores dead in first major ground battle in Gaza

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The first major ground battle in two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price Sunday: It killed 65 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers and forced thousands of terrified Palestinian civilians to flee their neighborhood, reportedly used to launch rockets...

  • UN: Iran gets rid of sensitive nuclear material

    VIENNA (AP) — Iran has turned all of its enriched uranium closest to the level needed to make nuclear arms into more harmless forms, the United Nations' nuclear agency said Sunday. The move was expected. Tehran had committed to convert or dilute its 20-percent enriched stockpile under an...

  • Amid bloodshed, frenetic Gaza hospital improvises

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — In the heart of Gaza City, as its citizens again find themselves under fire from Israeli airstrikes and artillery, the wounded and their wailing families stream into Shifa Hospital without end. Shifa, Gaza's largest hospital, only has an 11-bed emergency room and...

  • French youth, police clash at anti-Israeli protest

    SARCELLES, France (AP) — Pro-Palestinian French youth defying a ban on a protest against Israel's Gaza offensive clashed with police Sunday, setting fire to cars, pillaging stores and attacking two synagogues in Paris suburbs. Police, backed by a helicopter overhead, responded with tear gas...

  • Iraqi PM condemns jihadis' targeting of Christians

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister on Sunday condemned the Islamic State extremist group's actions targeting Christians in territory it controls, saying they reveal the threat the jihadists pose to the minority community's "centuries-old heritage." The comments from Nouri al-Maliki come a...

  • Obama is crushing the Ronald Reagan link, and Vladimir Putin knows it

    Across his remarkably successful presidency, Ronald Reagan repeatedly made the link between the U.S. economy and U.S. international security and defense. He consistently argued that weakness at home leads to weakness abroad.

  • Israeli bulldozers destroy Hamas tunnels in Gaza

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel said it widened its ground offensive early Sunday, sending more troops into Gaza after demolishing more than a dozen Hamas tunnels and intensifying tank fire on border areas. Loud explosions shook Gaza as Israeli flares lit up the night sky and Israeli...

  • Under threat, Iraq's Christians flee city of Mosul

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The message played over loudspeakers gave the Christians of Iraq's second-largest city until midday Saturday to make a choice: convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death. By the time the deadline imposed by the Islamic State extremist group expired, the vast majority of...

  • Mideast divisions cloud Gaza cease-fire efforts

    CAIRO (AP) — Even as the death toll mounts in the Gaza Strip, attempts to broker a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel have so far run aground — in part because they have become mired in the deep divisions between Mideast countries. At the center of the problems is the bitter enmity between...

  • Israel pushes in Gaza, expanding ground operation

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops pushed deeper into Gaza on Friday in a ground offensive that officials said could last up to two weeks as the prime minister ordered the military to prepare for a "significantly" wider campaign. The assault raised risks of a bloodier conflict amid...

  • In Iraq, Syria, militants try to govern as a state

    BEIRUT (AP) — Across the broad swath of territory they control bridging Syria and Iraq, extremist militants from the group known as the Islamic State have proven to be highly organized administrators. Flush with cash, they fix roads, police traffic, administer courts, and have even set up an...



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