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Israel investigating fire at Jerusalem offices of Israeli rights group that raised suspicions of arson

January
11
,
2016
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JERUSALEM — Israeli authorities said Monday they were investigating a fire at the Jerusalem offices of an Israeli human rights group that caused extensive damage and raised suspicions of arson. A spokesman for Israel's fire and rescue...

Iran: Saudi Arabia must choose between hatred or stability

January
8
,
2016
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Iran's foreign minister says Saudi Arabia has to make "a crucial choice" — either continue supporting extremists and promoting sectarian hatred or promote good neighbourliness and regional stability. Javad Zarif said in a...

Young Palestinian women carrying out more attacks in latest round of violence against Israelis

January
6
,
2016
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NABLUS, Palestinian Territory — When Palestinian youths began a wave of grassroots and often suicidal stabbing attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians several months ago, it wasn't his three sons that Ramiz Hassoneh was worried...

Germany: More women come forward alleging sexually assaults, robberies in Cologne at New Year

January
6
,
2016
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COLOGNE, Germany — More women came forward Wednesday alleging they were sexually assaulted and robbed during New Year's Eve celebrations in the German city of Cologne, as police faced mounting criticism for their handling of the incident....

After Saudi-Iran cut, kingdom's allies start scaling down their ties to Iran as tensions soar

January
4
,
2016
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TEHRAN, Iran — Allies of Saudi Arabia followed the kingdom's lead and on Monday began scaling down their diplomatic ties to Iran in the wake of the ransacking of Saudi diplomatic missions in the Islamic Republic, violence that was sparked...

Yemen declares nighttime curfew in port city of Aden to tackle al-Qaida, militant incursions

January
4
,
2016
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SANAA, Yemen — Yemen's internationally recognized government has declared a nighttime curfew, starting Monday, in the key southern port city of Aden in a bid to push back against recent incursions by al-Qaida and other Islamic militant...

Jordan releases No. 2 Muslim Brotherhood figure from prison amid divisions in opposition group

January
4
,
2016
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AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan on Monday released a top leader of the Muslim Brotherhood opposition group after he served over two-thirds of his 18-month prison term for criticizing the United Arab Emirates, an ally of the kingdom. Zaki Bani...

Israeli military says homes of 2 Palestinian attackers are demolished, sealed off

January
4
,
2016
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JERUSALEM — The Israeli military says forces are demolishing and sealing off the Jerusalem homes of two Palestinians involved in deadly attacks against Israelis in the city last year. One attacker, Bahaa Elayan, opened fire on passengers on...

Saudi Arabia severs diplomatic ties with Iran as tensions grow over execution of Shiite cleric

January
3
,
2016
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TEHRAN, Iran — Saudi Arabia announced Sunday it was severing diplomatic relations with Shiite powerhouse Iran amid escalating tensions over the Sunni kingdom's execution of a prominent Shiite cleric. The move came hours after...

Fire breaks out in residential building near Dubai's massive New Year's fireworks display

December
31
,
2015
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Fire broke out Thursday in a residential building near Dubai's massive New Year's Eve fireworks display. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, which ran up at least 20 stories of the...