Responding to President Trump May 12 deadline to European allies to 'fix terrible flaws' in nuclear deal, France urges EU to consider new sanctions on Iran over its involvement in Syria, ballistic missile program in last bid to save accord.
Reuters 18:15 , 19.03.18
The incumbent Russian president is expected to receive around 70% of the vote, with many voters seeing no point in going to the ballots; in effort to lure them to the polls, officials offer discounted food, employees pressured to vote by bosses.
Reuters, AP 11:22 , 18.03.18
Moscow says decision to expel 23 British diplomats is in response to Britain's 'provocative actions and groundless accusations,' warning London it was ready to take further measures in event of more 'unfriendly steps.'
Reuters 11:57 , 17.03.18
Britain, France and Germany propose newly conceived EU sanctions on Iran over its missile program in an attempt to keep the US from pulling out of the 2015 Iranian nuclear accord, a confidential joint document reveals.
Reuters 00:01 , 17.03.18
Joining forces against Moscow, US, UK, France and Germany ascribe responsibility for poisoning Russian double agent, his daughter to Russia, calling it 'first offensive use of nerve agent in Europe since Second World War'; 'There is no plausible alternative explanation' to Russian responsibility, statement says.
Associated Press 17:40 , 15.03.18
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres hails 'important first step' but stressed that 'a long way is in front of us' to fill the $350 million shortfall; Israel insists organization exacerbates issue by granting refugee status to descendents of bona fide Palestinian refugees.
Associated Press 16:01 , 15.03.18
Addressing conference in Rome for emergency funding to UNRWA after US slashes its contributions, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warns that continued shortfall could 'push the suffering in disastrous and unpredictable directions', a fact which he says 'leads to radicalization.'
Reuters and AP 11:37 , 15.03.18
President Trump appoints CIA director Mike Pompeo as the next secretary of state, while Pompeo's deputy Gina Haspel will head the intelligence agency, 'the first woman so chosen.' Trump said to be interested in a new team in place ahead of potential upcoming talks with North Korea and various trade talks.
Reuters and The Associated Press 14:53 , 13.03.18
'It was wrong that the new law was adopted on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day,' President Andrzej Duda says in interview with Polish newspaper, criticizing the expedited legislative process, but at the same time saying he never considered vetoing it.
Sever Plocker 22:10 , 12.03.18
Oskar Groening, who was sentenced in 2015 to 4 years for his role as an accessory to the murder of 300,000 at Auschwitz, passes away at age 96 without spending a single day behind bars, after prison time delayed by legal wrangling and his ill health.
Reuters 21:13 , 12.03.18
Russian president tells NBC he 'couldn't care less' about alleged Russian interference in the US presidential election, arguing 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian companies indicted in US 'do not represent' his government.
Associated Press 14:55 , 10.03.18
'The two countries agreed to work together to support the Lebanese Government and to work together to disarm Hezbollah from its weapons and counter its destabilizing role,' statement concluding Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman's visit to London says.
Liad Osmo 12:46 , 10.03.18
Protesters climb on to first-floor balcony at embassy and replace Iranian flag with their own flag; Tehran's ambassador says they belonged to 'Shirazi cult,' loyalists of Shi’ite cleric whose son was recently arrested for insulting Ayatollah Khamenei.
Reuters 09:02 , 10.03.18
Trump says deal with Pyongyang 'very much in the making,' but White House spokeswoman says the president 'will not have the meeting without seeing concrete steps and concrete actions take place by North Korea,' without detailing what actions those might be.
Reuters 08:46 , 10.03.18
Agreement comes following receipt of missive from Kim delivered by S.Korean head of National Security Office containing invitation to meet at an undetermined time and location; 'Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached,' Trump tweets.
News agencies 09:26 , 09.03.18
In the shadow of Poland's controversial Holocaust Law, President Andrzej Duda asks forgiveness for the 1968 expulsion of Jews, including Holocaust survivors and prominent intellectuals, sparked by student protests against the communist government.
Associated Press 17:43 , 08.03.18
President Trump's aggressive diplomacy possibly pays off, as South Korean delegation visits isolated North, reaches agreement to hold joint summit, talks with US on denuclearization and halt nuclear program in meantime; Kim tells delegation time to 'write a new history of national reunification,' while Trump tweets, 'We will see what happens.'
News agencies 21:36 , 06.03.18
With Polish Holocaust Law barring ascribing culpability to Poland for Holocaust entering into force Thursday, charges filed following day against Argentinean paper that used photo of anti-communist Polish force in article about massacre of Jedwabne Jews, citing 'harm to Polish nation, Polish soldiers' good reputations.'
Ynet 16:09 , 03.03.18
Moscow announces array of new strategic nuclear weapons that can't be intercepted, including nuclear-powered cruise missile, underwater drone, hypersonic missile; Putin: NATO's missile defense 'useless,' says Russia responding to US withdrawal from Cold war-era treaty banning missile defenses.
Associated Press 08:53 , 02.03.18
Israeli and Polish delegations meet in Israel on same day to discuss controversial law outlawing blaming of Poland as a nation for Holocaust crimes committed by Nazi Germany; Polish rep: 'We're ready to clarify whatever needs clarifying'; Israelis express concern over infringements on freedom of speech and research on Holocaust.
Associated Press 19:00 , 01.03.18
President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser loses clearance at the 'top secret/sensitive compartmented information' level due to concerns over ability of foreign officials, including from Israel, to exploit his lack of experience.
The Associated Press, Orly Azoulay 09:30 , 28.02.18
After Europe is given 'last chance' by US president to fix 'terrible flaws' in nuclear agreement, leaders consider framing completely new arrangement, but seek White House assurances that new terms will not be overhauled in future.
Ynet 14:20 , 27.02.18
Deputy Culture Minister Jaroslaw Sellin says the concept of 'Polokaust,' coined by Polish writer and academic Marek Kochan, 'would hurt Jewish sensitivity and unnecessarily provoke more tension between our nations.'
Reuters 13:46 , 26.02.18
Former Polish PM and current Council of Europe President Donald Tusk says discussions with other European leaders showed situation of Warsaw was 'very serious,' adds he has spoken with current PM Morawiecki about matter; Anti-Semitic sentiment 'has direct impact on Polish interests, Poland's reputation and Poland's standing in the world,' Tusk adds.
Reuters 09:20 , 24.02.18
Rick Gates, who was a deputy campaign manager for Trump, pleads guilty to charges of conspiracy against the US and lying to investigators; he was facing decades in prison on much more serious charges, but now faces a maximum sentence of nearly six years.
Reuters 22:54 , 23.02.18
Deputy foreign minister says controversial law that makes it a criminal act to blame Poles for Holocaust crimes they did not commit will not lead to criminal charges, but Poland may demand retraction of untrue statements.
Associated Press 09:37 , 22.02.18
Some of Israel's best illustrators organize caricatures exhibition about Iranian human rights violations, but EU says exhibit is controversial; it will instead be held outside of EU parliament in Brussels.
Itamar Eichner 09:35 , 21.02.18
Regional official in Poland wants two fragments of the wall that isolated the Warsaw Ghetto put on a list of historical monuments to give legal protection to 'unique historical memento, priceless to the Jewish and the Polish nation.'
Associated Press 23:14 , 20.02.18
62-year-old man who works for Israeli agricultural company in Abuja taken by militants for ransom; he was freed after ransom of tens of thousands of dollars was paid; Israeli Foreign Ministry, Embassy helped in release efforts.
Itamar Eichner 14:57 , 20.02.18
Photo posted on Morawiecki's Twitter shows him paying his respects to the Holy Cross Mountains Brigade, which collaborated with the Wehrmacht near the end of WWII; spokesman for Polish opposition party: underground force contributed to tarnishing Poland’s international image.
Itamar Eichner and AP 12:38 , 18.02.18
Ahmadreza Djalali, an Iranian scientist from Stockholm, granted citizenship by Sweden after being convicted, sentenced to death in Iran; Iran claims he had met with 'Mossad agents to deliver information on Iran's nuclear program'; Sweden demands his release.
Reuters 23:46 , 17.02.18
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki tells Munich Security Conference it won't be punishable to say there were Polish perpetrators of the Holocaust 'as there were Jewish perpetrators, as there were Russian perpetrators, as there were Ukrainian; not only German perpetrators.'
Associated Press 14:04 , 17.02.18
Two of the suspects, brothers Usama and Issam Hamade, are in custody in South Africa, while the third Samir 'Tony' Berro, remains at large; they alleged conspired to export to Lebanon electronics that can be used in drone guidance systems, one jet engine and 20 piston engines that can be used in drones, and a pair of digital video recording binoculars.
Associated Press 10:15 , 17.02.18
'We know that Lebanese Hezbollah is influenced by Iran,' US Secretary of State Tillerson concedes during press conference in Jordan; Lebanon 'would be better off without Hezbollah's terrorism and malign influence,' says undersecretary Goldstein
AFP 09:30 , 15.02.18
Nikolas Cruz, 19, was expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL; on Valentine's Day, he returned to his former school, set off the fire alarm, and opened fire at students and teachers rushing out of classrooms; present, former students remember him as a 'loner' and an 'outcast.'
Reuters, AP 09:06 , 15.02.18
On the heels of Israel's interception of Iranian UAV, strike in Syria and downing of Israeli F-16, which all took place Saturday, UN chief calls on all sides 'to work for an immediate and unconditional de-escalation of violence and exercise restraint.'
AFP 08:00 , 11.02.18
PA President Abbas tells visiting Indian PM Modi that he is counting on India's support in future Israeli-Palestinian negotiations; 'We never have, never will reject negotiations,' Abbas adds; Modi pledges $41 million in aid to Palestinians, saying he remains 'committed to Palestinian national rights.'
Assosciated Press 21:21 , 10.02.18
Racist and anti-Semitic expressions in Italy have been growing more bold, widespread and violent, with 1 in five Italians holding anti-Semitic views; anti-migrant rhetoric, meanwhile, plays major part in country's elections.
Associated Press 23:32 , 09.02.18
Arab Bank was found liable for knowingly supporting Hamas terror attacks in Israel, but US appeals court throws out verdict, saying jury in case was instructed improperly about the 'international terrorism' element of one of the plaintiffs' claims.
Reuters 18:53 , 09.02.18
Defying criticism from Israel, US, President Duda signs bill outlawing blaming Poles for 'systemic' Holocaust crimes, but refers law to constitutional court; denies violation of free speech; Polish right sense 'hidden agenda' accusing Jews of seeking financial restitution.
Associated Press 10:49 , 07.02.18
In Idlib, rescue workers report 11 people suffering from breathing problems from chemicals dropped from the air; three hospitals in area also hit in airstrike; Ghouta also hit by 'indiscriminate bombardment,' says head of International Commission of Inquiry on Syria.
Reuters, AP 14:12 , 06.02.18
US Secretary of State Tillerson and Argentine Foreign Minister Faurie agree to combat organized crime in Argentina, which raises funds for Hezbollah; 'We need to attack and eliminate' Hezbollah's terror activity in Argentina, Tillerson says.
AFP 10:16 , 05.02.18
Backing the newly approved bill outlawing suggestions of Poland's complicity in the Holocaust, the country's most powerful politician and leader of the ruling conservative, nationalistic Law and Justice party stresses it is misunderstood, and is not meant to silence those rightfully claiming specific Polish individuals as complicit, which he 'with pain and regret' agrees 'did happen.'
Associated Press 23:15 , 03.02.18
German Foreign Minister Sigmar backs Poland's decision to criminalize suggestions that the nation was complicit in the Holocaust, stating it 'was carried out by our country and no one else.'
The Associated Press and Reuters 19:56 , 03.02.18
Polish bill criminalizing suggestion of Polish complicity in Holocaust draws strong reactions from Israel, Polish minorities; US urges President Duda to veto; PM Morawiecki: 'bill raises legitimate concerns about restricting freedom, discovering Holocaust truth.'
Reuters 17:11 , 03.02.18
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Previously classified document by Republicans on House intelligence committee alleges probe of Trump campaign's potential collusion with Russia was product of political bias against Trump at the FBI and Justice Department; Democrats say memo mischaracterizes highly sensitive classified information.
Reuters 10:26 , 03.02.18
Backed by 57 senators, opposed by 23, bill penalizing anyone who uses phrases such as ‘Polish death camps’ to refer to the killing sites Nazi Germany operated in occupied Poland during World War II clears second hurdle before being sent to Polish president for final signature; ‘We want to send a clear signal to the world that we won't allow for Poland to continue being insulted.'
Reuters 08:07 , 01.02.18
UNRWA head says Russia, Kuwait and nine European countries agree to accelerate contributions intended to fill shortfall left by Trump's decision to withhold millions of dollars from the Palestinian refugee agency; 'It is clear that we have a very big task on our hand to fill that gap.'
Associated Press 19:10 , 30.01.18
Poland's lower house approves bill prescribing up to three years in prison for using phrases such as 'Polish death camp' to describe Nazi killing sites in occupied Poland; critics say would be impossible to enforce the law outside Poland.
Associated Press 11:06 , 27.01.18
Israeli and American married gay couple father twins Ethan and Aiden Dvash-Banks, but while Aiden–whose biological father Andrew is American–received citizenship, Ethan–whose biological father is Elad, an Israeli–was denied; ' These are twins, how can you differentiate between them?'
Associated Press 10:02 , 27.01.18
'We have sufficient evidence to describe this as a double homicide investigation and that both Honey and Barry Sherman were in fact targeted,' says police detective, but adds there are still no suspects.
Associated Press 09:36 , 27.01.18
In 2014, British model Amena Khan called Israel a 'sinister,' 'terrorist' and 'illegal' state, accused it of 'Torture. Murder. Rape. Genocide' and expressed hope it would be defeated; 'I deeply regret the content of the tweets I made in 2014 and sincerely apologize,' she says after puling out of campaign
AFP 10:50 , 23.01.18
Since Trump declared last chance for Iran deal to be re-negotiated, Britain, France, Germany seeking to address Iran's ballistic missile tests, regional influence while preserving the 2015 accord; Now, French FM accuses Tehran of disregarding UN resolution to refrain from working on ballistic missiles designed to carry nuclear warheads.
Reuters 19:49 , 22.01.18
Only 30 percent of respondents in worldwide Gallup poll profess satisfaction with US leadership under President Trump on one-year anniversary since inauguration, marking 'historic, unprecedented low'; only 4 countries show increase in US approval rating, including Israel.
Orly Azoulay, Washington 18:59 , 20.01.18
Central European giant reportedly rallies allies, mulls new sanctions on Iran to display serious approach to President Trump's threats to decertify Iran nuclear deal; Germany, France and Britain consider sanctions to 'punish Iran for missile program, meddling in Middle Eastern conflicts.'
Reuters 17:06 , 20.01.18
Over 80 Jewish activists, clad in religious garb, arrested for 'crowding, obstructing, or incommoding' during demonstration against Trump's plans to scrap legislation that would protect hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants from deportation.
Ynet 11:01 , 18.01.18
Still intent on diplomacy to ease tension with North Korea, US Secretary of State Tillerson says US is nevertheless ready to respond with military response should the Kim regime refuses to give up nuclear ambitions.
Associated Press 08:37 , 17.01.18
Recently unclassified documents relating to JFK assassination reveal CIA arranged for Jordan's King Hussein to meet Jewish American actress Susan Cabot; two allegedly had an affair, and rumor has it Cabot's son—who later murdered her—was Hussein's illegitimate child.
Ynet 21:38 , 16.01.18
Days after Germany summons Iran’s ambassador to reprimand Tehran against spying on individuals and groups with close ties to Israel, spokesman for the Federal Prosecutors Office says suspects believed to have ‘spied on institutions and persons in Germany on behalf of an entity associated with Iran.’
Associated Press and Reuters 13:23 , 16.01.18
According to senior officials in Washington, US president Trump is planning to cut this year's first contribution the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees by more than half, down to $60 million from $125.
Associated Press, Elior Levy 23:08 , 14.01.18
Moscow 'gradually coming to the conclusion that an internal decision by the US to leave the deal has already been made or is close to being made,' vowing to 'do everything in its power to save the agreement,' says deputy foreign minister.
AFP 16:14 , 13.01.18
Leaked draft policy document finds Obama-era assumptions of a world where nuclear weapons were less relevant to be incorrect, says US would pursue development of new nuclear weapons as a deterrent; Pentagon: Document has not been completed, not yet reviewed and approved by the president.
Reuters 10:27 , 13.01.18
After US President Trump declares 'last chance' to European allies and Congress to fix 'disastrous flaws' in agreement with Tehran or face US withdrawal, Iran's Foreign Ministry stresses 'will not accept any change in the deal, neither now nor in future'; Iranian FM accuses Trump of trying to undermine agreement.
Reuters, AP 10:14 , 13.01.18
President Trump to extend sanctions relief on Iran as part of nuclear deal; president will, however, provide both Congress and US's allies with deadline to improve deal, or he might pull out; on immigration, Trump wonders why US should allow immigrants from African 's**thole countries' to come in.
News agencies 21:57 , 12.01.18
Citing a person close to the American president, the Washington Post says the interview could take place within the next several weeks, as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.
Reuters 08:37 , 09.01.18
Iran’s foreign minister calls UN Security Council meeting centered on anti-government protests in Iran 'another foreign policy blunder for the Trump administration,' as pro-government demonstrators take to the streets with chants of 'death to America, Israel.'
Liad Osmo, Reuters and The Associated Press 12:47 , 06.01.18
Days after Kim Jong Un delivers New Year's address reminding US 'nuclear button always on my desk', Trump posts derisory tweet, insisting his ‘Nuclear Button is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works.'
Reuters 09:29 , 03.01.18
North Korea's ruler says his country's nuclear capabilities can reach anywhere in the US; 'It's not a threat, just reality,' Kim says; striking a more conciliatory tone, dictator also expresses willingness to participate in South Korean Winter Olympics, says 'We wish the Games success.'
Reuters 11:04 , 01.01.18
Charter aircraft goes down in Guanacaste, killing two crewmembers and 10 Americans, five of whom were identified as Bruce and Irene Steinberg and their sons Matthew, William and Zachary of Scarsdale, NY; rabbi says the family was involved in philanthropy and local Jewish groups.
Associated Press 10:11 , 01.01.18
In first public comments since wave of anti-government protests swept across Iran, President Rouhani deflects fire to President Trump, who supported protesters; Rouhani further says while Iranians had right to protest, criticize the government, their actions should not lead to violence—despite fact government forces have arrested more than 200, killed 2 protesters.
Reuters 21:55 , 31.12.17
India incensed, severely rebukes Palestinian Authority over participation of its ambassador in rally to "defend Jerusalem from Israel" alongside Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, leader of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist organization behind 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 173 people.
Ynet 12:47 , 30.12.17
Judge rules there is sufficient proof to conclude that the shot to the head that killed the prosecutor who accused former President Cristina Fernandez of covering up Iran’s role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in January 2015 was not self-inflicted.
Reuters 08:27 , 27.12.17
Days after UN General Assembly defies Trump by voting on resolution declaring his Jerusalem decision 'null and void', Ambassador Nikki Haley releases statement delivering on threats that world body would feel financial pinch, announcing decision to cut 2018-2019 budget by $250M; ‘We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked.’
Ynet 09:45 , 25.12.17
The latest UN sanctions against North Korea are an act of war and tantamount to a complete economic blockade against it, North Korea’s foreign ministry says, threatening to punish those who supported the measure.
Associated Press 22:40 , 24.12.17
AG Sessions orders review following Politico exposé purporting Obama administration foiled Project Cassandra, a DEA program intended to stymie drug trafficking, money laundering by Hezbollah; report said administration interceded to prevent collapse of Iran nuclear deal; 'This is a significant issue for protection of Americans,' Sessions said.
Ynet 10:21 , 23.12.17
Speaking in a joint press conference with French President Macron, PA president says Palestinians cannot accept any US-led initiative after Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital; slams threats made by the US president to impose financial cuts on countries who voted in favor of UN General Assembly resolution declaring US move 'null and void.'
Reuters and Elior Levy 13:05 , 22.12.17
After joining over 120 countries in urging Trump to reverse Jerusalem declaration, PM Najib Razak tells crowds in Malaysia his country will do everything to 'save Jerusalem,' adding Trump's threats will not cause him to 'pawn the sanctity of Islam.’
Associated Press 11:03 , 22.12.17
After Trump promises US will be 'taking names' of countries who vote against his Jerusalem declaration in Thursday's UN vote, intimating financial repercussions will be felt, Turkish president says he hopes world 'will give the US a good lesson.'
Reuters and Ynet 14:58 , 21.12.17
Juan Thompson found guilty of committing domestic terrorism with bomb threats made to Jewish groups in the name of his ex-girlfriend, New York social worker Francesca Rossi; 'Domestic terrorism is rooted in violence against women,' warns Rossi.
Associated Press 11:21 , 21.12.17
Australian man of Afghan descent with a history of mental health issues was arrested after SUV he was driving plowed into crowd on a busy Melbourne street, leaving 14 injured; witnesses say car ran a red light and sped up before hitting pedestrians; police say ramming was intentional, but there was 'no evidence to indicate terrorism.'
Associated Press, Reuters 09:48 , 21.12.17
Lawyers of 96-year-old former Nazi SS guard Oskar Groening say his 4 year jail sentence at his age violates his 'right to life'; Groening was sentenced in July 2015, but has yet to spend a day in prison as he appeals his case.
AFP 15:25 , 20.12.17
Funeral procession of Aliza Azan, her three children—Moshe, Yitzah and Henrietta—killed in accidental menorah house fire, winds through Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn with thousands of city's Syrian Jewish community in attendance; Religious Services Minister Azulai requests victims be buried in Holon cemetery, despite not being Israeli residents, is granted request.
Kobi Nachshoni 16:09 , 19.12.17
Aliza Azan and her children Moshe, 11, Yitzah, 7, and Henrietta, 3, perish in blaze; Yossi Azan—who was burned trying to save his wife and younger children—and their two teenage children are hospitalized in critical condition.
Associated Press 09:20 , 19.12.17
American president poised to outline new national security strategy that envisions nations in a perpetual state of competition, reverses Obama-era warnings on climate change and de-emphasizes multinational agreements that have dominated US foreign policy since Cold War. 'States have increasingly found common interests with Israel in confronting common threats,' document asserts.
Associated Press 14:38 , 18.12.17
Politico investigation reveals previous American administration undermined an ambitious law enforcement campaign and allowed the Lebanese terror organization to engage in drug-trafficking and money-laundering operations—including inside the US— to ensure nuclear deal would remain on track. 'This was a policy decision,' says finance analyst.
Ynet 09:26 , 18.12.17
Karin Kneissl, new Austrian minister of foreign affairs appointed by far-right Freedom Party, holds conflicting views on Israel: while she speaks Hebrew, studied at Hebrew University, she previously compared Zionism to German nationalism; Israel yet to comment on new coalition government, possibly waiting for US, European response.
Itamar Eichner 09:44 , 17.12.17
Pharmaceuticals billionaire Barry Sherman suspected of killing his wife and then himself in their Toronto mansion, according to two Canadian newspapers citing unnamed police sources; police: 'There's a whole bunch of different scenarios here. We are not ruling anything out.'
Reuters 22:56 , 16.12.17