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  • U.S. tightens sanctions on Iranian economy

    November 22, 2011 | 10:09 am

    With new measures tightening sanctions on Iran, the United States moved one step further toward effectively cutting off the Islamic Republic’s economy from the West.

    President Obama issued the measures Monday in the form of an executive order.

    At a news conference the same day,...

  • Western states up sanctions on Iran

    November 21, 2011 | 4:16 pm

    The United States, Britain and Canada announced fresh plans on Monday to sanction Iran’s financial and energy sectors, steps analysts said would raise pressure on Tehran but were unlikely to halt its atomic program.

    The United States named Iran as an area of “primary money...

  • Report: Dozens of U.S. spies captured in Lebanon and Iran

    November 21, 2011 | 11:24 am

    Dozens of spies working for the CIA were captured recently in Lebanon and Iran, current and former U.S. officials told The Associated Press and ABC News on Monday.

    The CIA’s operations in Lebanon have been badly damaged after Hezbollah identified and captured a number of the U.S....

  • Opinion: Security is everyone’s responsibility

    November 21, 2011 | 10:47 am

    The flurry of commentary about an outbreak of hostilities between Iran and the United States or Israel has overlooked a critical issue—the security implications for the American Jewish community. Any military conflict could not only transform the geopolitical situation in the Middle...

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  • U.S. plans to slap new sanctions on Iran

    November 21, 2011 | 10:19 am

    The United States is planning to slap tougher new sanctions against Iran’s oil industry, according to reports.

    Sanctions that affect investment in Iran’s oil industry are expected to be announced Monday, The New York Times reported, less than two weeks after the United Nations’...

  • Opinion: Losing our way

    November 17, 2011 | 10:30 am

    Picture this if you will.

    During the time when US citizens were prohibited from traveling to Cuba, a member of the House of Representatives decides to disobey US law and travel to Cuba to speak at the annual observances there of the January 1, 1959 overthrow of the Batista...

  • Congress hears testimony on Holocaust claims

    November 16, 2011 | 3:21 pm

    The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee heard testimony on a number of Holocaust compensation bills.

    One bill considered in Wednesday’s testimony would make it easier for claimants to make their case against Holocaust-era insurers in U.S. courts and to press...

  • Fatah, Hamas agree to establish caretaker government without Palestinian PM Fayyad

    November 15, 2011 | 6:09 pm

    Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas agreed to hold elections next May and are due to establish a caretaker government in the coming weeks which will exclude Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Palestinian sources said Tuesday.

    According to Palestinian sources, a breakthrough in...

  • Sarko said, Obama said-but what does it all mean?

    November 14, 2011 | 3:05 pm

    Does Nicolas Sarkozy really hate Benjamin Netanyahu? Does President Obama really sympathize?

    And does it really matter?

    The fleeting, private exchange between the French and U.S. presidents at a summit in Cannes, France, made international headlines, and its meaning is still being...

  • Financially strapped UNESCO to postpone programs

    November 14, 2011 | 10:23 am

    UNESCO will postpone some of its programs and has called for emergency donations following the pullout of U.S. support, said the organization’s head.

    Irina Bokova, the general director of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, said Nov. 11 that the...

  • Polls show strong U.S. support for Israel

    November 11, 2011 | 11:55 am

    Two new polls show a majority of Americans have favorable views of Israel.

    A survey by the Anti-Defamation League, which it commissions every two years, found that 49 percent of those polled have greater sympathy for Israel than for the Palestinians, a slight increase from the 45...

  • U.S. proposes weapons sale to U.A.E

    November 11, 2011 | 11:54 am

    The Obama Administration is reportedly planning to sell thousands of advanced munitions to the United Arab Emirates.

    The proposed sale would include 4,900 joint direct attack munitions—including so-called “bunker-buster” bombs—and is expected to be presented to Congress within the...

  • US defense chief warns on Iran strike consequences

    November 10, 2011 | 4:39 pm

    Military action against Iran could have “unintended consequences” in the region, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday, hours after Tehran warned that an attack against its nuclear sites would be met by “iron fists.”

    Panetta, who took over the Pentagon’s top job in...

  • Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei warns U.S., Israel on atom site attacks

    November 10, 2011 | 8:22 am

    Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned the United States and Israel on Thursday not to launch military action against its nuclear sites, saying it would be met with “iron fists,” state television reported.

    Tension over Iran’s nuclear program has increased since Tuesday...

  • Opinion: U.S. should support Iranians' right to oppose regime

    November 9, 2011 | 4:13 pm

    U.S. State Department spokesman Marc Toner was right to recognize the right of the rebellious population of Syria to take up arms against the ruling oppressive regime.

    Rightly blaming the regime for the violent flare-up, Toner hailed “a dynamic that has been borne [sic] of the...

  • U.S.-bound plane makes emergency landing at Ben Gurion

    November 9, 2011 | 10:31 am

    A plane bound for the United States made an emergency landing at Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport after smoke was detected in the rear of the plane.

    The Continental Airlines Boeing 777 had taken off from Ben Gurion at noon, but it returned a half-hour later after pilots told air traffic...

  • UN: Iran worked on nuclear bomb design

    November 8, 2011 | 2:40 pm

    Iran appears to have worked on designing an atomic bomb and may still be conducting relevant research, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said in a hard-hitting report on Tehran’s nuclear program likely to raise tensions in the Middle East.

    Citing what it called “credible” information from...

  • Sarkozy calls Netanyahu ‘a liar’ in private conversation with Obama

    November 8, 2011 | 8:24 am

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy branded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “a liar” in a private conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama that was accidentally broadcast to journalists during last week’s G20 summit in Cannes.

    “I cannot bear Netanyahu, he’s a liar,”...

  • France won’t vote on Palestinian statehood

    November 4, 2011 | 1:33 pm

    France will abstain from voting on whether to admit Palestine as a full member of the United Nations.

    The French Foreign Ministry said Friday it sees no chance of Palestine’s statehood request passing the Security Council because the United States, which holds veto power, has...

  • Israel to halt UNESCO funding over Palestinian vote

    November 3, 2011 | 9:14 am

    Israel said on Thursday it would freeze its funding to the United Nations cultural agency UNESCO following the group’s decision to grant the Palestinians full membership.

    A statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said UNESCO’s decision this week damaged chances of...

  • Canada will not make up UNESCO shortfall, minister says

    November 2, 2011 | 12:01 pm

    Canada’s foreign affairs minister said his country would continue paying dues to UNESCO but would not offer the agency any additional money.

    John Baird said Wednesday that his government would not offer any additional voluntary payments to help offset the shortfall after the United...

  • Opinion: What happens now that the U.S. has cut UNESCO funds?

    November 1, 2011 | 1:38 pm

    The immediate consequence of UNESCO’s vote to grant the Palestinians membership is clear: A cutoff of American funding for the U.N.  agency governing the protection of cultures and sharing of scientific knowledge, which stands to lose roughly a fifth of its budget.

    What’s less...

  • Opinion: The UNESCO Mess

    November 1, 2011 | 11:27 am

    It was bound to happen sooner or later. At some point, both the president and Congress would be faced with a clear choice between U.S. national interests and the demands made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his powerful Washington lobby.

    In the larger sense, it...

  • French Jewish groups call country’s UNESCO vote a betrayal

    November 1, 2011 | 9:10 am

    French Jewish groups said they feel betrayed by their country’s vote in favor of extending UNESCO membership to the Palestinians.

    “President Sarkozy broke his word and betrayed the ties of friendship that link France and Israel,” said the UPJF, a Jewish group of business...

  • UNESCO gives Palestinians full membership

    October 31, 2011 | 9:02 am

    The United Nations’ cultural agency decided Monday to give the Palestinians full membership of the body, a vote that will boost their bid for recognition as a state at the United Nations.

    UNESCO is the first U.N. agency the Palestinians have joined as a full member since President...

  • UNESCO to vote on Monday on Palestinian entry

    October 28, 2011 | 11:40 am

    U.N. cultural agency UNESCO will vote on Monday on a Palestinian request for membership, part of a wider Palestinian campaign for recognition as a state within the wider United Nations system.

    UNESCO’s executive board decided on October 6 to allow the 193 member countries vote on...

  • Iraqis fret about security after US withdrawal

    October 21, 2011 | 4:22 pm

    Iraqis fretted about the ability of their armed forces to protect them from violence after U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday all U.S. troops would withdraw by the end of the year.

    Washington and Baghdad failed to agree on the issue of immunity for U.S. forces after months...

  • Obama respond to Gadhafi death

    October 20, 2011 | 11:48 am

    [UPDATE] President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States would be a partner to Libya following the death of Muammar Gadhafi and said the NATO mission in the North African country would “soon come to an end.”

    “This marks the end of a long and painful chapter for the people...

  • Without jobs in U.S., college grads are finding opportunities in Israel

    October 17, 2011 | 5:49 pm

    In her final months as a political science major at the University of Pittsburgh, Susanna Zlotnikov had a positive outlook about landing a job.

    But as the months passed and her network of contacts led only to dead ends, Zlotnikov decided she needed a backup. Instead of spending the...

  • Iran calls U.S. assassination charges ‘Nazi propaganda’

    October 17, 2011 | 12:11 pm

    Iran’s foreign minister accused the United States of Nazi-style propaganda for charging that Tehran was linked to an assassination plot on American soil.

    Iran has denied being involved in the alleged plot, which would have paid organized crime groups in Mexico to carry out the...

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