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  • Group Jewish wedding held in eastern Ukraine

    By tessc

    1 day ago

    The Jewish community of Dnepropetrovsk in eastern Ukraine held a group wedding for 19 Jewish couples.

    Most of the couples that wed Sunday were already married under Ukrainian law but had not had a Jewish wedding ceremony, or huppah, the director of the Dnepropetrovsk Jewish...

  • Hundreds of Jewish families remaining in eastern Ukraine for High Holidays

    By tessc

    1 week ago

    Hundreds of Jewish families are staying in the flashpoint eastern Ukraine cities of Donetsk and Mariupol and will spend Rosh Hashanah there.

    The families are hoping for an extended calm after the signing of a cease-fire agreement reached last week between Ukrainian troops and...

  • Obama: Russia must press Ukraine rebels to allow plane probe

    July 21, 2014 | 1:56 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama piled pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday to force pro-Russian separatists to stop blocking an international investigation into the shootdown of a passenger jet last week.

    Obama denounced the Russian role in eastern Ukraine in some...

  • U.S. considers air strikes, action with Iran to halt Iraq rebels

    June 16, 2014 | 9:25 am

    The United States said it could launch air strikes and act jointly with its arch-enemy Iran to support the Iraqi government, after a rampage by Sunni Islamist insurgents across Iraq that has scrambled alliances in the Middle East.

    Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the...

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  • Ukraine, separatists battle to control border with Russia

    June 9, 2014 | 1:00 pm

    Ukrainian border guards stand grim-faced and nervous at the remote Marynivka checkpoint on the frontier with Russia, fearing an attack by pro-Moscow separatists at any time.

    Last week they fought off an assault by up to 150 rebels seeking control over supply routes from Russia to...

  • Ukraine army targets separatists in new offensive in east

    June 3, 2014 | 12:17 pm

    Fighting raged in eastern Ukraine for the second straight day on Tuesday as the army rolled out an offensive against pro-Russia separatists holding the city of Slaviansk, with dead and wounded on both sides, the Ukrainian government said.

    Rebels in the town, a fiercely separatist...

  • U.S. concludes Assad’s forces used chemical weapons in Syria

    June 13, 2013 | 3:10 pm

    U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces used chemical weapons on a small scale against rebel fighters in Syria's civil war, the White House said on Thursday.

    The assessment, which followed President Barack Obama's demand for...

  • Austrian peacekeepers start pullout from Golan

    June 12, 2013 | 8:23 am

    Austria began the withdrawal of its 380 soldiers from the United Nations peacekeeping force on the Golan Heights.

    The Austrians, who comprise more than a third of the 1,000-member U.N. Disengagement Observer Force, crossed on Wednesday from the Syrian side of the Golan to a U.N....

  • Golan fighting spells more Syria trouble for Israel

    June 7, 2013 | 9:15 am

    Brush fires from stray mortar bombs were still ablaze on the occupied Golan Heights on Friday as Israeli farmers returned to their fields, a day after battles in Syria's civil war reached a U.N.-manned border crossing.

    Once the smoke clears, Israel could find itself facing more...

  • Syrian army fights off rebels at Israeli crossing

    June 6, 2013 | 7:59 am

    Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad fought off an attempt by rebels to seize the sole crossing between Syria and Israel on Thursday, while army troops sought to ram home strategic gains further to the north.

    A day after losing control of Qusair, an important town...

  • Syria has advanced missiles from Russia, Assad says

    May 30, 2013 | 7:10 am

    Syrian President Bashar Assad said Russia has delivered an advanced air defense system to his civil war-torn country.

    Assad reportedly made the announcement during an interview with the Hezbollah-controlled Al-Manar television network in Lebanon. Excerpts of the interview were...

  • Syria fires on Israeli military vehicle, Israel returns fire

    May 21, 2013 | 7:56 am

    Syria fired on and damaged an Israeli army jeep, and Israel retaliated with a missile attack, the Israeli military said.

    No one was injured when Syria opened fire on an Israeli army patrol early Tuesday morning in the Golan Heights, the Israel Defense Forces said. It was the...

  • Rockets from Syria land in Golan for second day

    May 7, 2013 | 10:18 am

    A mortar shell fired from Syria landed in the Golan Heights in Israel for the second straight day.

    The mortar fired on Tuesday morning landed in the central Golan Heights.

    On Monday, two projectiles fired from Syria landed in the southern Golan Heights. In both cases, no damage...

  • Alleged chemical attack kills 25 in northern Syria

    March 19, 2013 | 4:25 pm

    Syria's government and rebels accused each other of launching a deadly chemical attack near the northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday in what would, if confirmed, be the first use of such weapons in the two-year conflict.

    U.S. President Barack Obama, who has resisted overt military...

  • Syria rebels say they’re not in talks to free U.N. peacekeepers

    March 8, 2013 | 6:22 am

    Syrian rebels holding 21 U.N. peacekeepers near the Israel's Golan Heights in southern Syria said on Friday no talks were under way to free the men and gave no indication that they would be released soon.

    The men are part of the U.N. Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), which...

  • Israel urges tougher action against Assad

    May 30, 2012 | 8:26 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak called on Wednesday for tougher world action against Bashar al-Assad, saying he doubted the Syrian president “lost an hour’s sleep” over the expulsion of his envoys from several capitals after the Houla massacre.

    “These events in Syria compel the...

  • Report: Roadside bomb kills 10 Syrian security personnel near Golan

    April 20, 2012 | 8:18 am

    Ten Syrian security personnel were killed on Friday in a roadside bomb planted by “terrorists” in Sahm al Golan village in the southwest of the country, state television said.

    It said that the bomb weighed 100 kilogrammes (220 pounds) but gave no other details.

    This comes as the...

  • Syria approves new constitution amid bloodshed

    February 27, 2012 | 6:25 pm

    Syrian artillery pounded rebel-held areas of Homs as President Bashar al-Assad’s government announced that voters had overwhelmingly approved a new constitution in a referendum derided as a sham by his critics at home and abroad.

    The outside world has proved powerless to halt the...

  • Gadhafi killed as Libya’s revolt claims hometown

    October 20, 2011 | 10:03 am

    Former Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi died of wounds suffered on Thursday as fighters battling to complete an eight-month-old uprising against his rule overran his hometown Sirte, Libya’s interim rulers said.

    His killing, which came swiftly after his capture near Sirte, is the most...

  • Opinion: Don’t confuse Assad and Gadhafi

    August 31, 2011 | 10:44 am

    Think kiwis and kumquats. While it is true that they are both fruits, the similarities between them end right about there. So, too, the similarities between Libya and Syria.

    There are no significant parallels that can be extrapolated from the overthrow in Libya to the unrest and...

  • Pentagon: Rebels control most of Tripoli, Gadhafi in Libya

    August 23, 2011 | 10:40 am

    Libyan rebels appeared to be in control of most of Tripoli, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, adding that it was sticking to its assessment that leader Muammar Gadhafi had not left the country.

    Calling the situation fluid, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan said that Gadhafi’s forces...

  • Rebels seize rifles from armory in Gaddafi compound

    August 23, 2011 | 10:30 am

    Hundreds of rebel fighters on Tuesday looted an armory in part of the compound of Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi that they had overrun, seizing new sniper rifles in plastic cases, a Reuters witness said.

    One fighter, in jubilant mood, shouted “It is over, Gadhafi is finished!”...

  • Protests erupt across Syria on ‘Day of Rage’

    April 29, 2011 | 8:11 am

    Syrian security forces opened fire on demonstrations Friday in the capital Damascus and the coastal city of Latakia - the heartland the ruling elite - wounding at least five people as thousands took to the streets in several places across the country, witnesses said.

    Other...

  • U.S. official: Obama to give Libya rebels $25m in non-military aid

    April 20, 2011 | 11:50 am

    U.S. officials say the Obama administration has decided to give the Libyan opposition $25 million in non-military assistance after weeks of assessing their capabilities and intentions.

    The officials said Wednesday that Congress was briefed on the plan on Tuesday.

    They said the...

  • Libya declares cease-fire in wake of UN vote to intervene [VIDEO]

    March 18, 2011 | 8:53 am

    Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa annouces a cease-fire.

    Libya declared a ceasefire in the country and will comply with a United Nations resolution passed overnight, Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa said on Friday. The conciliatory message was in sharp contrast to comments...

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