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  • Belfast synagogue vandalized on back-to-back days

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    A window was smashed on successive days at a synagogue in Belfast, Ireland.

    The vandalism at the Belfast Hebrew Congregation took place on Friday night and the following day, the BBC reported. In the latter incident, the replacement window was shattered.

    Police are treating the...

  • Sinai-based militants claim responsibility for bus blast in Egypt; Israel prepared to treat victims

    February 18, 2014 | 9:53 am

    The Islamist militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis said on Tuesday the bombing of a tourist bus in Egypt's Sinai that killed two South Koreans and the Egyptian driver on Sunday was a suicide attack carried out by one of its fighters, and threatened more strikes against economic...

  • Nasrallah warns Israel that Hezbollah will avenge commander’s killing

    December 20, 2013 | 9:23 am

    Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Friday vowed to avenge Israel for the killing of a senior Hezbollah commander in Beirut earlier this month.

    Hassan Laqqis, who fought in Syria's civil war for the Lebanese Shi'ite militia, was shot dead outside his home on December 4.

    ...
  • The forgotten refugees of Ghouta, Syria

    By Simone Wilson

    December 12, 2013 | 12:24 pm

    The most infamous attack over two-and-a-half years of civil war in Syria – a silent sarin gassing in the city of Ghouta that killed more than 1,500 and sent allied countries to the brink of world war – came in the middle of the night.

    When I woke up, I found that everyone in my...

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  • Fire at Palestinians’ home seen as bid to avenge Israeli soldier’s murder

    November 14, 2013 | 9:40 am

    Five Palestinians were treated for smoke inhalation after their home was set ablaze in a “price tag” attack believed to be in revenge for an Israeli soldier’s murder.

    “Regards from Eden, Revenge” was spray-painted on the house, which is located in a Palestinian village northeast...

  • Palestinian killed after firing on Israelis at bus stop

    November 7, 2013 | 2:38 pm

    Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man who opened fire at a West Bank bus stop.

    The attack occurred Thursday evening at the Tapuah Junction in the northern West Bank. Israeli media identified the weapon as a homemade gun and as a flare gun.

    It is not known if he was...

  • Report: Israel attacked two targets in Syria

    October 31, 2013 | 3:44 pm

    Israel attacked two targets in Syria, the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya network reported.

    The attacks in Latakia and Damascus on Wednesday night targeted SA-8 portable missiles that were to be transferred to Hezbollah in northern Lebanon, according to the report published Thursday...

  • Kenyan police search mall wreckage after militant attack

    September 25, 2013 | 10:02 am

    Bomb disposal experts and investigators searched through the wreckage of a Kenyan shopping mall on Wednesday after a four-day attack by Islamist militants that killed at least 72 people.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta declared three days of mourning after troops defeated the al...

  • Obama pledges U.S. support after Kenya ‘outrage’

    September 23, 2013 | 5:11 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday condemned an attack at a mall in Kenya as he prepared for a speech to the U.N. General Assembly in which he will call for international solidarity against a fresh wave of violence from Islamist extremists.

    Obama immersed himself into...

  • Smoke pours from Kenya mall as forces ‘close in’

    September 23, 2013 | 9:57 am

    Thick smoke poured from the besieged Nairobi mall where Kenyan officials said their forces were closing in on Islamists holding hostages on Monday, the third day since Somalia's al Shabaab launched a raid that has killed at least 62 people.

    It remained unclear how many gunmen and...

  • Kerry to talk peace, Syria with Netanyahu

    September 13, 2013 | 10:58 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet next week with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss peace talks with the Palestinians and the Syria crisis.

    “The purpose of the visit it to have an in-depth discussion with the Prime Minister on the final status...

  • Assad: Israel should destroy its chemical weapons too

    September 12, 2013 | 1:40 pm

    Syrian President Bashar Assad said Israel should be required to get rid of its weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons.

    “If we want stability in the Middle East, all countries should adhere to agreements and the first country to adhere to the agreements should be...

  • Pope, in Syria peace appeal, calls for end to spiral of death

    September 7, 2013 | 3:14 pm

    A somber-looking Pope Francis made an impassioned appeal before 100,000 people on Saturday to avert a widening of Syria's conflict, urging world leaders to pull humanity out of a "spiral of sorrow and death."

    Francis, who two days ago branded a military solution in Syria "a...

  • Republican Jewish Coalition endorses Obama’s Syria call

    September 4, 2013 | 9:48 am

    We hear a lot of rhetoric about putting country above politics, but the Republican Jewish Coalition comes through this week with a robust endorsement of President Obama’s call for congressional backing for a Syria strike.

    The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) issued an...

  • Kerry makes forceful case for military action against Syria

    August 30, 2013 | 11:19 am

    The Obama administration made a forceful case for limited U.S. military action against Syria on Friday, releasing evidence the Syrian government had used chemical weapons against civilians multiple times in the past year and saying the "indiscriminate, inconceivable horror" could...

  • As Israelis mob gas mask distribution centers, army urges calm

    August 29, 2013 | 9:45 am

    Daniela Hayoum arrived at a Tel Aviv post office at 7 a.m. and took a number.

    The line of people waiting for gas masks was long and Hayoum stepped away to run errands. She returned in the afternoon to find hundreds of Israelis crowding under a hot sun on the building’s wide...

  • West could hit Syria in days, envoys tell rebels

    August 27, 2013 | 9:46 am

    Western powers could attack Syria within days, envoys from the United States and its allies have told rebels fighting President Bashar Assad, sources who attended the meeting told Reuters on Tuesday.

    U.S. forces in the region are "ready to go", Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said,...

  • Alleged Syrian chemical attack against civilians ‘terribly disturbing,’ Netanyahu says

    August 22, 2013 | 9:15 am

    Israel said on Thursday it believed Syrian forces had used chemical weapons in the killing of hundreds of people in the rebel-held suburbs of Damascus, and accused the world of turning a blind eye to such attacks.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said if Syria is not...

  • Syria rebels: Chemical attack killed hundreds

    August 21, 2013 | 9:13 am

    Syria's opposition accused President Bashar Assad's forces of gassing many hundreds of people — by one report as many as 1,300 — on Wednesday in what would, if confirmed, be the world's worst chemical weapons attack in decades.

    Western and regional countries called for U.N....

  • Protesters storm Cairo building after bloodbath, U.S. to review Egypt aid

    August 15, 2013 | 3:21 pm

    Supporters of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood stormed and torched a government building in Cairo on Thursday, while families tried to identify hundreds of mutilated bodies piled in a Cairo mosque a day after they were shot dead by the security forces.

    Egypt's health ministry says 623...

  • Students as first responders

    August 7, 2013 | 1:34 pm

    First responders have been, rightly so, the focus of national attention since the terrorist attacks at the finish line of the Boston Marathon this past April. We have marveled at men and women tearing down barricades, running in the direction of smoke and chaos, unmoved by possible...

  • Wave of car bombings target Iraqi Shi’ites, killing 60

    July 29, 2013 | 11:41 am

    Car bombs ripped through busy streets and markets in Iraq on Monday, killing at least 60 people in predominantly Shi'ite areas in some of the deadliest violence since Sunni insurgents stepped up attacks this year.

    The 17 blasts, which appeared to be coordinated, were concentrated...

  • Israel accused of attacking Syrian army base, weapons convoy

    July 29, 2013 | 9:56 am

    Syrian rebel groups said Israel attacked a Syrian army base near the Golan Heights border.

    The reports follow Arab media reports that Israeli Air Force planes bombed Syrian army posts. In addition, the rebel group called the Military Revolutionary Council in Golan Quneitra said...

  • Bulgaria confirms new evidence pointing to Hezbollah in Burgas attack

    July 17, 2013 | 4:06 pm

    Bulgaria’s interior minister confirmed that his country has new evidence that Hezbollah was responsible for the deadly 2012 terrorist attack on Israeli tourists on Bulgarian soil.

    Tsvetlin Yovchev said during a news briefing Wednesday, on the eve of the one-year anniversary of...

  • At least 51 killed in Egypt, Islamists call for uprising

    July 8, 2013 | 11:49 am

    At least 51 people were killed on Monday when the Egyptian army opened fire on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, in the deadliest incident since the elected Islamist leader was toppled by the military five days ago.

    Protesters said shooting started as they performed...

  • ‘Price tag’ attackers put on same legal ground as terrorists

    July 1, 2013 | 1:04 pm

    Planning and carrying out “price tag” attacks in Israel will now be defined as “illegal organizing,” which puts the acts on the same level as Islamic terror groups.

    The new designation announced Monday by Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon means that the Jewish perpetrators of...

  • From schools to bomb shelters, Israel lagging on promise to disabled

    June 27, 2013 | 10:00 am

    A thick concrete bomb shelter sits by the side of a central street in this embattled southern Israeli town, but Naomi Moravia can’t get inside.

    Shelters like this one are crucial in Sderot, which is located about a mile from the Gaza Strip and is the frequent target of...

  • Bulgaria reveals new evidence on Hezbollah-Burgas link

    June 20, 2013 | 10:16 am

    Bulgaria claims it has previously undisclosed evidence that further implicates Hezbollah in a deadly terrorist attack last year on Bulgarian soil, JTA has learned.

    A Bulgarian representative to the European Union said Wednesday that investigators have discovered that a Hezbollah...

  • Explosions, gunfire heard around Kabul International Airport

    June 9, 2013 | 7:19 pm

    Insurgents launched a pre-dawn attack on Afghanistan's main international airport in the capital, Kabul, on Monday, police said, with explosions and gunfire heard coming from an area that also houses major foreign military bases.

    There were no immediate reports of casualties and...

  • Three arrested in 2009 attack on gay club in Tel Aviv

    June 5, 2013 | 2:12 pm

    Three suspects were arrested in connection with a 2009 shooting attack at a youth center for gays in Tel Aviv.

    The suspects, who are Jewish, were arrested on Wednesday and are scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

    A teenager and a youth adviser were killed in the Aug. 1, 2009 attack on the Bar Noar club for gay, lesbian and transgender youth.

    A gag order remains on the details of the investigation in which more than 1,000 people have been interrogated.

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