Security

Exodus: Why Europe’s Jews Are Fleeing Once Again

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The mob howled for vengeance, the missiles raining down on the synagogue walls as the worshippers huddled inside. It was a scene from Europe in the 1930s – except this was eastern Paris on the evening of July 13th, 2014. Thousands had gathered to demonstrate against the Israeli bombardment of Gaza. But the protest soon turned violent – and against ... Read More »

Ukraine crash highlights risks of standalone systems for Ankara

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Turkey’s intentions to build a Chinese long-range anti-missile system may pose security risks, analysts say, claiming the tragic shooting of a Malaysian jetliner by pro-Russian Ukrainian rebels reveal the dangers of a stanalone system that is not connected with central radar systems Military experts agree that the rebels in Ukraine who shot down a Malaysian jetliner, killing 298 people, may have made ... Read More »

Pussy Riot pair sue Russia over imprisonment

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Two members of the feminist group, Pussy Riot, are suing the Russian government over their imprisonment for a protest in a Moscow cathedral. Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova say their prosecutions amounted to torture. They have filed a case at the European Court of Human Rights against Russia, seeking compensation. The pair are demanding 120,000 euros (£95,000) each in damages, ... Read More »

The Road to a Bad Nuclear Deal with Iran

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The decision to extend nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 beyond the July 20 deadline was based on an assessment that despite remaining lack of agreement on key issues, enough progress had been made to justify a four-month extension of the talks. U.S. Secretary of State Kerry announced on July 18 that the term was extended in order to give the parties “time ... Read More »

Ebola Virus Could Spread Worldwide, Experts Warn

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The deadly virus of Ebola could spread worldwide, experts have warned. The revelation came as infected Liberian passenger Patrick Sawyer brought the virus into Nigeria on a flight to Lagos on 20 July, spreading to the fourth African country. Sawyer died in a Nigerian hospital five days later. The virus, which first spread in Liberia in January, has also hit ... Read More »

What about Turkey and Cyprus?‎

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On July 20, two important incidents were reported by the Turkish Radio and Television ‎Corporation, the country’s national public broadcaster.‎ The first report covered how Turkish officials, including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, were bashing Israel, the ‎‎”oppressor,” for initiating a military operation in Gaza. Of course, there was no mention of this being a response to hundreds of rockets ... Read More »

After Turkey, US pulls embassy staff from Libya

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The United States evacuated its embassy in Libya on July 26, driving its staff under heavy military guard across the border to Tunisia because of escalating clashes between rival militias in Tripoli, the U.S. State Department said. Security in the Libyan capital has deteriorated following two weeks of fighting between brigades of former rebel fighters who have exchanged rocket, cannon ... Read More »

Towards a possible annexation of 44% of the Gaza Strip

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The “Israeli Defense Forces” (sic) warn Gaza residents of impending air strikes on their neighborhood. The people leave everything behind and seek shelter wherever they can. Sometimes in buildings administered by the United Nations (UNRWA). “IDF” tanks then roll in to attack them again and push them back further. On 25 July 2014 (that is to say 43 days after ... Read More »

Israel, Gaza militants agree to a 12-hour truce

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(Reuters) – A 12-hour humanitarian truce went into effect on Saturday after Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip agreed to a U.N. request for a pause in fighting, and efforts to secure a long-term cease-fire moved ahead. Israel’s military said it would hold fire starting at 8 a.m. (6 a.m. British Time) but would pursue its search ... Read More »