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Poland shuns Israel summit amid Holocaust row

Feb 18, 2019 - 9:46 PM

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis says the summit with Israel and the Visegrad Four – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – is cancelled but that there will be bilateral talks

HOLOCAUST ROW. In this file photo, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki gives a press statement at the coal mine at Stonava, near Karvina, Czech Republic on December 21, 2018. File photo by Radek Mica/AFP

Netanyahu hands Israel foreign minister role to right-wing rival

Feb 17, 2019 - 7:02 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision is seen by a number of analysts as part of political maneuvering ahead of the April 9 polls.

Yemen FM says seated next to Netanyahu in 'error'

Feb 15, 2019 - 9:57 PM

'Protocol errors are the responsibility of the organizers, as is always the case in international conferences,' Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani writes on Twitter

Israel PM hails common front with Arabs on Iran in Warsaw talks

Feb 14, 2019 - 6:25 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voices delight after an opening dinner where he spoke in the same room as top officials of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain

WARSAW TALKS. In this file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opens the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on February 10, 2019. File photo by Gali Tibbon/Pool/AFP

U.S., Israeli leaders head to Poland with eyes on pressing Iran

Feb 13, 2019 - 7:55 PM

'This is a global coalition that is built to deliver on the important mission of reducing the risk that has emanated from the Middle East for far too long,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

'GLOBAL COALITION.' US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gestures during a joint press conference with the Polish Foreign Minister on February 12, 2019 in Warsaw. (Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

U.S. Muslim lawmaker sorry for tweet that sparked anti-Semitism row

Feb 12, 2019 - 10:32 AM

'We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity,' Ilhan Omar says

ILHAN OMAR. In this file photo taken on February 7, 2019 US Representative Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, speaks during a press conference calling on Congress to cut funding for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and to defund border detention facilities, outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Turkey denounces Israel's decision over Hebron monitoring

Feb 02, 2019 - 4:29 PM

Turkey has observers in the Norway-led team tasked with promoting security for Palestinians in Hebron, which is holy to both Muslims and Jews and has been a flashpoint in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

CONFLICT. A Palestinian boy sits on a chair with a national flag as Israeli authorities demolish a school site in the village of Yatta, south of the West Bank city of Hebron and to be relocated in another area, on July 11 2018. File Photo by Hazem Bader/AFP

Main Netanyahu challenger shows his claws at election launch

Jan 30, 2019 - 7:21 AM

'Four years after completing my service as commander in chief, I am asking for your confidence so that I may lead Israel,' says Benny Gantz

CHALLENGER. Former Israeli chief of staff Benny Gantz delivers his first electoral speech in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on January 29, 2019. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Intel announces Israel expansion which gov't values at $10 billion

Jan 29, 2019 - 4:22 PM

'Intel today announced it will submit a business plan to the government of Israel for continued investment in the company's Kiryat Gat manufacturing site,' a statement from Intel's Israeli representatives says

Anti-Semitic killings in 2018 'highest' in decades – Israel

Jan 27, 2019 - 10:03 PM

The Global Anti-Semitism Report lists a total of 13 Jews killed in 3 separate attacks in 2018

SHOOTING. Police cars are parked outside the Tree of Life Synagogue after a shooting there left 11 people dead in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh on October 27, 2018. Photo by Dustin Franz / AFP

Israel to open new international airport near Red Sea

Jan 21, 2019 - 7:08 PM

The Israel Airports Authority has said that the plans for the Ramon project were revised in light of lessons learned during the 2014 Gaza war

Israel says intercepts rocket fired from Syria

Jan 20, 2019 - 10:01 PM

This comes after Damascus accuses Israel of carrying out air raids

Israel and Chad renew diplomatic ties as Netanyahu visits

Jan 20, 2019 - 5:15 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno sign defense and security cooperation agreements

PROBE. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses American-Jewish leaders in Jerusalem on February 21, 2018. Two new corruption investigations announced this week, hot on the heels of a police recommendation that Netanyahu face charges in two other cases, have fuelled growing speculation he could be forced to step down or call an early election. Photo by  Thomas Coex/AFP

Netanyahu confirms weekend strike by Israel on Iran target in Syria

Jan 13, 2019 - 6:23 PM

'Just in the last 36 hours the air force attacked Iranian warehouses containing Iranian weapons in the Damascus international airport,' says Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

PROBE. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses American-Jewish leaders in Jerusalem on February 21, 2018. Two new corruption investigations announced this week, hot on the heels of a police recommendation that Netanyahu face charges in two other cases, have fuelled growing speculation he could be forced to step down or call an early election. Photo by  Thomas Coex/AFP

Israel says all Hezbollah cross-border tunnels found

Jan 13, 2019 - 6:07 PM

The tunnels are being destroyed either with explosives or by filling them with a cement-like material to make them unusable

TUNNELS. A picture taken on December 21, 2018 from the South Lebanese village of Ramyeh shows an Israeli military outpost across the border. Israel says it has found all cross-border tunnels dug by Hezbollah from Lebanon. Photo by AFP

Florida sheriff suspended over Parkland shooting response

Jan 12, 2019 - 12:42 PM

Governor Ron DeSantis said Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel had "repeatedly failed" and "demonstrated a pattern of poor leadership" following shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and Fort Lauderdale airport in 2017.

LEADERSHIP. Broward County Sheriff, Scott Israel (C), Florida Governor Rick Scott,(R),and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi,(L), speak to the media on February 15, 2018 about the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 people were killed. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Brazil embassy move to Jerusalem a question of 'when' not 'if' – Netanyahu

Dec 31, 2018 - 9:50 AM

(UPDATED) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says President-elect Jair Bolsonaro assured him of the move

THE MOVE. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Brazil will be moving its embassy from Israel to Jerusalem. Photo from Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

The world in 2018

Dec 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A look back at some of the major events that marked 2018

Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, head to Tijuana in Mexico's Baja California State, after leaving Mexicali on November 19, 2018. - US President Trump has sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico and towards the US, in a move critics decry as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

Australia reaffirms Israel decision despite backlash

Dec 16, 2018 - 4:30 PM

A contentious embassy shift from Tel Aviv – a proposal made during a crucial Sydney by-election that critics said was timed to attract Jewish voters – will not occur until a peace settlement is achieved

DISPUTED. A picture taken from the Mount of Olives shows the Old City of Jerusalem, on December 7, 2018. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Palestinians slam Australia's move on Jerusalem

Dec 15, 2018 - 7:18 PM

A senior Palestinian official says the Australian decision to open a trade office in the city violated international law

PALESTINE REACTS. In this file photo, Palestine Liberation Organization's Secretary General Saeb Erekat speaks to journalists during a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah on September 11, 2018. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Australia recognizes west Jerusalem as capital of Israel

Dec 15, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Australia also commits to recognizing a future state of Palestine with east Jerusalem as its capital

HISTORIC CENTER. People look out at a view of the Old City of Jerusalem, with the Dome of the Rock (C) in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and the Western Wall (down) on December 5, 2017. Thomas Coex/AFP

Netanyahu: Israel would hit Iran to ensure its own survival

Dec 13, 2018 - 7:16 PM

'We do what is necessary to protect the state of Israel against the Iranian regime that openly calls for the annihilation of the Jewish state.'

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on December 11, 2016.  File photo by Abir Sultan/ AFP

Israel launches operation to destroy Hezbollah infiltration tunnels

Dec 04, 2018 - 3:10 PM

'We have launched Operation Northern Shield to expose and thwart cross-border attack tunnels dug by Hezbollah terror organization from Lebanon into Israel,' says Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus

Israel police recommend indicting Netanyahu in 3rd graft probe

Dec 02, 2018 - 6:39 PM

The case centers on regulatory benefits allegedly granted to telecommunications firm Bezeq in exchange for positive coverage from a related media company

Netanyahu welcomes U.S. vote against United Nations Golan resolution

Nov 18, 2018 - 10:47 PM

The United States voted against the United Nations resolution dropping its practise of abstaining

Netanyahu says 'unnecessary and wrong' to call snap Israeli polls

Nov 18, 2018 - 6:11 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition was thrown into crisis when Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigned, sparking speculation over whether early elections were now inevitable

EARLY ELECTION? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fends off calls for an early elections. File photo by AFP

Hamas announces ceasefire with Israel after worst escalation in years

Nov 14, 2018 - 12:24 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the military have yet to comment on the announcement

U.N. Security Council meets on Gaza violence

Nov 14, 2018 - 9:38 AM

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour says the council is 'paralyzed' and has 'failed to shoulder its responsibility' to take action to end the violence

GAZA. This file photo shows the UN Security Council during a meeting. File photo from the United Nations

The week in photos: October 27-November 2, 2018

Nov 03, 2018 - 10:26 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

MIGRANTS. A view of Honduran migrants heading in a caravan to the US resting in a basketball pitch in San Pedro Tapanatepec, Oaxaca, Mexico on October 28, 2018.  Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Taking cue from Trump, Brazil's Bolsonaro to move Israel embassy

Nov 02, 2018 - 7:53 AM

The move from Tel Aviv, which will defy Palestinians and most of the world, is the latest controversial announcement by Brazil's far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro

BRAZIL. In this file photo, Jair Bolsonaro greets supporters after voting, during the second round of the presidential elections, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 28, 2018. File photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Netanyahu ally seeks Jerusalem mayor seat in Israeli local polls

Oct 30, 2018 - 2:50 PM

One significant new element to the October 30 vote sees minority Druze cast ballots in 4 villages in the Golan Heights for the first time since Israel seized the strategic region from Syria in 1967

LOCAL ELECTIONS. An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man walks in a street littered with election campaign posters for the upcoming Jerusalem municipal elections, in Jerusalem on October 28, 2018. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Israel accuses Syria, Iran of orchestrating Gaza rocket fire

Oct 27, 2018 - 5:51 PM

The barrage of rockets triggers extensive retaliatory strikes by Israeli aircraft against Gaza that risked escalating into a wider conflict

Domestic pressures behind Jordan move to reclaim land from Israel

Oct 25, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Jordan's King Abdullah says his country has notified Israel that it wants to take back two border areas: Baqura in the northern province of Irbid and Ghumar in the southern province of Aqaba

A handout picture released by the Jordanian Royal Palace on October 21, 2018 shows Jordanian King Abdullah II speaking during a meeting with local political figures in the capital Amman.  Yousef ALLAN / Jordanian Royal Palace / AFP

Israel postpones demolition of Bedouin West Bank village

Oct 21, 2018 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor warns that Israel's planned 'evacuation by force' of the village could constitute a war crime

POSTPONED. This picture shows the village of Khan al-Ahmar in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on September 6, 2018. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

U.S. downgrades Palestinian mission into Israel embassy

Oct 19, 2018 - 7:02 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the consulate general, a separate office which handled dealings with the Palestinians, is replaced by a new Palestinian Affairs Unit inside the controversial new US embassy in Jerusalem

DOWNGRADE. The sign for the Office of the Palestinian Diplomatic Mission is taken down marking the office's closure in Washington, DC, on October 10, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Lebanon's Miss Earth 2018 bet stripped of title after photo with Miss Israel

Oct 19, 2018 - 10:11 AM

Miss Earth Lebanon organizers strip Salwa Akar of her title, following a photo of her and Israel's Dana Zerik that went viral

Israel strikes Gaza Strip after first rocket fire in weeks

Oct 17, 2018 - 10:21 PM

Israeli warplanes strike 20 targets in Gaza Strip in retaliation for rocket fire from the Palestinian territory

Palestinian protestors place their national flag on a metal structure during a demonstration on the beach near the maritime border with Israel, in the northern Gaza Strip, on October 8, 2018. The border protests since March 30 have been labelled the "Great March of Return" because they call for Palestinian refugees to return to their former homes inside what is now Israel. Said KHATIB / AFP

Australia hesitates as Jerusalem embassy move draws fire

Oct 16, 2018 - 10:41 AM

(UPDATED) Hours after first floating the idea, Scott Morrison says he will 'canvass views' from regional leaders about the decision to follow US President Donald Trump's lead

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison at a press conference in Sydney on July 25, 2014William West/AFP

Israel approves 31 settler homes in flashpoint Hebron – minister

Oct 14, 2018 - 8:46 PM

The upcoming Jewish neighborhood is the first to be constructed in 20 years

U.N. envoy 'no longer acceptable' for Palestinians

Oct 12, 2018 - 8:48 AM

A senior official says envoy Nickolay Mladenov has 'gone beyond his role' in seeking agreements between Israel and rival Palestinian faction Hamas, which controls Gaza

PH chess hauls in 3 gold medals in Asian Para Games

Oct 10, 2018 - 2:58 PM

Sander Severino bags two golds as the Filipino chessers collect a total of 6 medals in the continental games

U.N. calls on Israel, Hamas to prevent further deaths

Sep 29, 2018 - 10:14 PM

At least 193 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since March 30, the majority during Israel-Gaza border protests, while one Israeli soldier has been shot dead by a Palestinian sniper

BORDER PROTEST. In this file photo, smoke from a tire fire rises as Palestinians protest near the border with Israel east Gaza City on July 13, 2018 against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Palestinians ask U.N. court to revoke U.S. Jerusalem embassy move

Sep 29, 2018 - 9:46 PM

Palestine has filed a lawsuit against the US at the International Court of Justice 'for violating international law by moving its embassy in Israel to the occupied city of Jerusalem'

INAUGURATION. US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (C-L) claps as US President's daughter Ivanka Trump unveils an inauguration plaque during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. File photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Abbas rejects 'biased' U.S. as sole Mideast mediator

Sep 28, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas says Donald Trump has forfeited his right to be regarded as a neutral broker

PALESTINE'S LEADER. In this file photo, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during a press conference on August 26, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Abbas Momani/AFP

Israel PM lashes at Iran, claims secret atomic warehouse

Sep 28, 2018 - 2:28 PM

Iran 'hasn't abandoned its goal to develop nuclear weapons,' Benjamin Netanyahu tells the UN General Assembly

IRAN DEAL. This combination of pictures created on February 18, 2018 shows Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) as they attend the Munich Security Conference on February 18, 2018 in Munich, southern Germany. File photo by Thomas Kienzle/AFP

Israel gives Bedouin villagers until end of month to leave

Sep 23, 2018 - 7:19 PM

The fate of Khan al-Ahmar has drawn international concern, with European countries calling on Israel not to move ahead with plans to demolish it

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Israel called off police deal signing due to drug war? Malacañang silent

Sep 07, 2018 - 10:23 AM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says Malacañang did not expect any police cooperation agreement to be signed during President Rodrigo Duterte's Israel visit

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte boards a flight bound for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv after capping off a successful official visit to the State of Israel on September 5, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte's Israel trip shows consequences of his loose tongue

Sep 05, 2018 - 10:45 PM

The Philippine President's trip to Israel generate controversial headlines despite the delegation's efforts to draw attention to the positive aspects of Philippine-Israel relations

IN NUMBERS: OFWs in Israel and Jordan

Sep 05, 2018 - 4:52 PM

Overall, there are an estimated 76,000 overseas Filipino workers residing in Israel and Jordan