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Palestine Wins ‘Observer State Status’ at U.N. over US Objections

Palestine Wins ‘Observer State Status’ at U.N. over US Objections

John Moore/Getty Images(UNITED NATIONS) — The United Nations has voted to move Palestine a small step closer to statehood. Despite opposition from the United States and Israel,  an overwhelming majority of UN member states Thursday approved a res…

UN to Vote on Recognizing Palestine as a State

UN to Vote on Recognizing Palestine as a State

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday will vote on upgrading the Palestinian Authority’s status to a “non-member observer state.”With 132 of the 193 U.N. member countries having already recognized the state…

Twin Blasts Rock Damascus Suburb, At Least 34 Dead

Twin Blasts Rock Damascus Suburb, At Least 34 Dead

Archival photo. LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Two suicide bombers detonated vehicles packed with explosives in a Damascus suburb Wednesday, killing at least 34 people in a neighborhood of religious communities largely supporting t…

Twin Blasts Rock Damascus Suburb, At Least 34 Dead

Twin Blasts Rock Damascus Suburb, At Least 34 Dead

Archival photo. LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Two suicide bombers detonated vehicles packed with explosives in a Damascus suburb Wednesday, killing at least 34 people in a neighborhood of religious communities largely supporting t…

Report: Nearly $900 Million in Cash Smuggled Out of Afghanistan

Report: Nearly $900 Million in Cash Smuggled Out of Afghanistan

Hemera/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Afghan politicians and bankers helped smuggle hundreds of millions of dollars from Kabul Bank out of the country, according to a new report released Wednesday.  Almost $900 million were funneled into the ha…

Protests Swell in Response to President Morsi’s Power Grab

Protests Swell in Response to President Morsi’s Power Grab

AFP/GettyImages(CAIRO) — Waves of protesters poured into Cairo’s Tahrir Square Tuesday to protest the far-reaching constitutional declaration made by President Mohammed Morsi last week that has essentially granted him unchecked power.The new dec…

Andrew W.K. Nixed By State Dept. as Cultural Ambassador

Andrew W.K. Nixed By State Dept. as Cultural Ambassador

State Department photo/ Public Domain(WASHINGTON) — Singer, rocker, free-form motivational speaker, and general party dude Andrew W.K. caused a stir in the music world by claiming the U.S. State Department had made him a cultural ambassador to the Mid…

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak to Leave Politics

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak to Leave Politics

Tara Todras-Whitehill-Pool/Getty Images(TEL AVIV, Israel) — In a surprise announcement, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Monday he’ll be leaving politics for good once a new government is formed following the January elections.Barak is one …

Israeli Spokesman Labels Pic of Mud-Smeared Face ‘Obama Style’

Israeli Spokesman Labels Pic of Mud-Smeared Face ‘Obama Style’

Lieutenant Sacha Dratwa/Facebook(CAIRO) — One of the Israeli military’s most visible spokesmen is under fire for a photo he posted on his Facebook page captioned “Obama style” in which his face is smeared with mud.Sacha Dratwa posted…

Israel Successfully Tests New Missile Defense System

Israel Successfully Tests New Missile Defense System

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — Israel’s defense ministry announced on Sunday that it has successfully tested a new missile defense system called David’s Sling. Israel already employs its Iron Dome short-range defense system to interce…

Egyptians Protest Against President Morsi’s Power Grab

Egyptians Protest Against President Morsi’s Power Grab

AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) — President Hosni Mubarak, ousted in a popular uprising, is currently serving a life sentence. Egypt’s first democratically elected leader is now Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Just last week Morsi was credited with l…

Cease-Fire Holds Between Israel and Hamas

Cease-Fire Holds Between Israel and Hamas

ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images(GAZA CITY, Gaza) — With a tenuous cease-fire in place and no rocket fire between Israel and Hamas for the first time in more than a week, Palestinians have begun to clean up rubble and damage inflicted by Israeli missiles…

Suicide Bombers Attack US Base in Kabul

Suicide Bombers Attack US Base in Kabul

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Two men wearing suicide vests blew themselves up near a U.S. base in the Afghan capital of Kabul early Wednesday, killing two Afghan guards. The Taliban has claimed responsibility.According to police offici…

Top Israeli Official’s Facebook, Twitter Accounts Hacked

Top Israeli Official’s Facebook, Twitter Accounts Hacked

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A group of pro-Palestinian hackers apparently managed to hack the social networking accounts of Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom and has promised to release a trove of the top official’s private emai…

Israeli Bus Explodes in Tel Aviv as Diplomats Work Toward Truce

Israeli Bus Explodes in Tel Aviv as Diplomats Work Toward Truce

MAJDI FATHI/AFP/Getty ImagesUPDATE: Israel and Hamas have agreed to a ceasefire, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Wednesday.(TEL AVIV, Israel) — A bomb ripped through an Israeli bus near the nation’s military headquarters in Tel Aviv Wedne…

Hamas Leader Dares Israel to Deploy Ground Troops

Hamas Leader Dares Israel to Deploy Ground Troops

GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images(GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip) — Hamas leader Khaled Meshal is calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bluff, a move that could backfire on the Palestinian enclave of Gaza straining to survive an onslaught of Isr…

Hillary Clinton to Travel to Middle East Amid Gaza Crisis

Hillary Clinton to Travel to Middle East Amid Gaza Crisis

Alex Wong/Getty ImagesUPDATE: A ceasefire in the Middle East is expected to be announced later Tuesday at a press conference in Cairo, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum tells ABC News.
(PHNOM PENH, Cambodia) — President Obama dispatched Secretary of State…

Phone Call Tells Gazans to Get Out; Missiles Hit Minutes Later

Phone Call Tells Gazans to Get Out; Missiles Hit Minutes Later

MAJDI FATHI/AFP/Getty Images(JABALIYA, Gaza) — Anger boiled over in Gaza on Monday as the death toll passed 100 and the civilian casualties mounted. Volleys of Palestinian militant rockets flew into Israel as Israeli drones buzzed endlessly overhead a…

Israeli Air Strike Kills Top Islamic Jihad Commander

Israeli Air Strike Kills Top Islamic Jihad Commander

MAJDI FATHI/AFP/Getty Images(GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip) — An Israeli strike on a Gaza City high-rise Monday has killed one of the top militant leaders of Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian militant group said.The second strike in two days on the downtown Gaza…

Rising Palestinian Death Toll Spurs Calls for Ceasefire in Gaza

Rising Palestinian Death Toll Spurs Calls for Ceasefire in Gaza

Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images(GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip) — Mourners on Monday buried the 11 victims of an Israeli air strike Sunday, the single deadliest incident since the escalation between Hamas and Israel began last Wednesday.Among the dead were nine m…

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