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U.N. says 43 Golan peacekeepers seized by Syria militants, 81 trapped

by Louis Charbonneau, Reuters

7 hours ago

A member of the U.N. Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) keeps watch of the Syrian side of the Quneitra crossing from an observation post in the Golan Heights on Aug. 28. Photo by Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Militants fighting the Syrian army have detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights and trapped another 81 in the region, and the world body is working to secure their release, the... read full article

  • Hollande calls for easing blockade, demilitarizing Gaza

    JTA

    8 hours ago

    French President Francois Hollande called for the demilitarization of the Gaza Strip and the easing of Gaza’s blockade.

    Hollande’s speech Thursday to the French diplomatic corps was the latest sign that the international community plans to press for demilitarization after the...

  • After tensions with residents, Lev Tahor leave Guatemalan village

    JTA

    8 hours ago

    Members of the controversial Haredi sect Lev Tahor left a Guatemalan village after religiously tainted disputes with its Roman Catholic Mayan residents.

    Over 200 members of the community began leaving Thursday after local leaders said they would cut services to Lev Tahor members....

  • Islamic State’s appeal presents Jordan with new test

    by Suleiman Al-Khalidi, Reuters

    9 hours ago

    He had a good job and a loving family, but it wasn't enough for a 25-year old Jordanian who abandoned his life of privilege in Amman to join the Islamic State group that has seized swathes of neighboring Iraq and Syria.

    Handsome, courteous and highly regarded in his profession as...

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  • West Africa Ebola outbreak could infect 20,000 people, WHO says

    by Stephanie Nebehay and Tim Cocks, Reuters

    1 day ago

    The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect over 20,000 people and spread to more countries, the U.N. health agency said on Thursday, warning that an international effort costing almost half a billion dollars is needed to overcome the outbreak.

    The World Health Organisation...

  • British Jews, Muslims issue joint statement for peace and tolerance

    by JTA

    1 day ago

    Jewish and Muslim leaders in the United Kingdom issued a joint statement, calling for peace in the Middle East and “constructive dialogue” between the two groups in Britain.

    “In spite of the situation in the Middle East, we must continue to work hard for good community relations...

  • Crisis deepens as Ukraine says Russian soldiers back rebel thrust

    by Richard Balmforth and Pavel Polityuk, Reuters

    1 day ago

    Ukraine's president said on Thursday that Russian troops had entered his country in support of pro-Moscow rebels who captured a key coastal town, sharply escalating a five-month-old separatist war.

    Petro Poroshenko told a meeting of security chiefs that the situation was...

  • Video shows Islamic State executing scores of Syrian soldiers

    by Sylvia Westall and Mariam Karouny, Reuters

    1 day ago

    Islamic State fighters executed scores of Syrian soldiers captures when the militants seized an airbase in the province of Raqqa at the weekend, according to a video posted on YouTube on Thursday.

    The video, confirmed as genuine by an Islamic State fighter, showed the bodies of...

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