24 Nov 14
Egypt faces a new, harsher kind of repression
Nearly four years after ousting one dictator, Egyptians may be facing an even more oppressive regime.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a former army chief, is bringing military-like precision to target dissent by tightening control of the media and issuing a decree that could further obstruct justice in the nation.
Iraqi forces say retake two towns from Islamic State
Iraqi forces said on Sunday they retook two towns north of Baghdad from Islamic State fighters, driving them from strongholds they had held for months and clearing a main road from the capital to Iran.
Israeli Cabinet moves to define Israel as Jewish
In a move likely to further inflame tensions with Israel's Arab citizens, the Israeli Cabinet on Sunday approved a bill to legally define the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people.
Hezbollah claims 'pinpoint' Iranian missiles added to its arsenal
The Lebanese Shiite militant group and close ally of Iran said it has received more advanced missiles, with greater range, as talks over Iran's nuclear program wind down in Vienna.
In interviews, Finland’s leaders see peril in standoff between Russia and the West
Washington Post London Bureau Chief Griff Witte sat down for separate interviews with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja in Helsinki. The following are excerpts from those interviews.
Bennett: Time to Stop Blaming Ourselves and Fight Terror
Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett said on Saturday night that it is time for Israel to stop blaming itself for terrorist attacks and start fighting terror.
Speaking to Channel 2’s “Meet the Press” program, Bennett said that terrorists’ homes must be destroyed the same day they carry out a terror attack.
23 Nov 14
Five killed and more than 50 people injured including children hurt in stampede after strong earthquake in China
Children were trampled underfoot as they tried to flee their school during the panic after the magnitude-6.3 earthquake struck Sichuan province, western China.
Japan earthquake collapses homes, causes injuries
A strong earthquake late Saturday struck a mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 winter Olympics, knocking down at least 10 homes in a ski resort town and injuring more than 20 people, officials said. The magnitude-6.8 earthquake struck near Nagano.
Ukraine crisis: Lavrov warns over Russia 'regime change' goal
Western sanctions against Russia over its role in Ukraine are aimed at forcing regime change in Moscow, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says.
Speaking to foreign policy advisers in Moscow, Mr Lavrov referred to calls for sanctions "that will destroy the economy and cause public protests".
On Thursday, President Vladimir Putin said Moscow must guard against a "colour revolution".
Internet data plan back on political agenda
UK: A law forcing firms to hand details to police identifying who was using a computer or mobile phone at a given time is to be outlined by Theresa May.
The home secretary said the measure would improve national security.
Under the Anti-Terrorism and Security Bill, providers would have to hold on to data linking devices to users.
Netanyahu: 'Jewish State bill' reflects values I support
How can people who support the concept of two-states for two-people be opposed to a law designating Israel as the Jewish homeland, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu asked at the...cabinet meeting where he brought...the controversial "Jewish state bill" to a vote.
“People ask who needs this bill; we have managed 66 years without it,” Netanyahu said. “And I ask, who needs the basic law: Human Dignity and Liberty, we managed 45 years without it.
Iran says nuclear deal 'impossible' by November 24 deadline: ISNA
Iran says it will not be possible by a November 24 deadline to reach a comprehensive deal with world powers aimed at resolving the stand-off over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, the Iranian Students News Agency ISNA reported on Sunday.
Pipe bomb thrown at police in capital injures east Jerusalem resident
A pipe bomb was thrown at a police force securing the Shuafat refugee camp which sits just north of Jerusalem's historic Old City in the northeastern part of the capital.
Praising Allah at the National Cathedral
Recently, I had the privilege to visit the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. Someone asked me, "What were you doing there?" My response: "Worshiping Jesus Christ."
37 homes collapse, dozens injured in Japan quake
Helicopter surveys on Sunday showed more extensive damage than earlier thought from an overnight earthquake in the mountainous central Japan area that hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics.
Lavrov accuses West of seeking 'regime change' in Russia
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the West on Saturday of trying to use sanctions imposed on Moscow in the Ukraine crisis to seek "regime change" in Russia.
Ferguson grand jury decision unlikely this weekend, sources say
The grand jury considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed teenager Michael Brown is unlikely to meet and render a decision this weekend, sources told Fox News on Saturday.
Those same sources say it is likely the grand jury will wait until Monday to reconvene.
US 'to expand' 2015 Afghanistan combat role
US troops in Afghanistan will be allowed to target Taliban fighters in Afghanistan from 2015, US officials say, expanding their role after the end of major combat operations.
Guidelines approved by President Barack Obama will also provide air support for Afghan missions, US media report.
Concerned about nuclear pact, Israel weighs action against Iran: Jerusalem Post
The nuclear pact being negotiated between Iran and world powers is unpalatable to Israel, and may hasten the prospect of a military confrontation with Tehran, The Jerusalem Post reported on Saturday.
As the globe's six big nuclear powers inch toward a Nov. 24 deadline to strike a comprehensive deal with Iran, sources within Israel's government told the publication that the proposal to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions would all but guarantee the standoff would continue
Kenya bus attack: Al-Shabab 'wants religious war'
The slaughter of 28 people on a bus in Kenya is a bid to start a religious war, a senior adviser to President Uhuru Kenyatta has told the BBC.
Abdikadir Mohammed called on Kenyans of "all faiths and creeds" to stand together against the "heinous crimes".
22 Nov 14
Joe Biden to press Turkey over Islamic State role
US Vice-President Joe Biden is in Turkey to meet President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, aiming to push for a bigger Turkish role in the fight against Islamic State (IS).
Turkey has said such a role would have to be linked with plans to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Turkey has pressed for a no-fly zone in Syria but has not won US backing.
Benghazi consulate attack: Report clears US response
A US investigation has found no wrongdoing by the Obama administration in responding to the deadly 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
The inquiry by the Republican-run House Intelligence Committee also said there was no intelligence failure and no delay in sending a CIA rescue team.
The Obama administration had been accused of mishandling its response.
Madagascar plague outbreak kills 40, says WHO
An outbreak of plague in Madagascar has killed 40 people and infected almost 80 others, the World Health Organization has said.
The WHO warned of the danger of a "rapid spread" of the disease in the capital, Antananarivo.
The situation is worsened by high levels of resistance among fleas to a leading insecticide, the WHO added.
Obama to press ahead on immigration, amid Republican anger
US President Barack Obama has said he will press for further immigration reform, after Republicans condemned his use of executive powers on the issue.
Mr Obama said he had no choice but to act, accusing the Republicans of blocking a bill in Congress, and vowed to make permanent reform a reality.
HRW: Israel's demolition of Palestinian terrorists' homes is 'war crime'
Human Rights Watch on Saturday blasted Israel's policy of demolishing the homes of suspected Palestinian terrorists as "collective punishment" and a "war crime"...
The organization called for an immediate moratorium on home demolitions, saying the action leaves the families of suspected terrorists in Palestinian territories homeless and "unlawfully punishes people not accused of any wrongdoing."
Ukraine crisis: Joe Biden warns Russia faces 'isolation'
US Vice-President Joe Biden has warned Russia faces "rising costs and greater isolation" if it fails to respect the September peace deal in Ukraine.
Mr Biden, on a visit to Ukraine where he met President Petro Poroshenko, called on Russia to withdraw its military forces from Ukraine.
US Warns Citizens To Avoid Resort Of Acapulco
The U.S. Embassy in Mexico has issued a security message warning U.S. citizens to avoid the Pacific resort of Acapulco because of violence and protests.
Israel May Be Willing To Cede Parts Of East Jerusalem To The Palestinians
Israel’s deputy foreign minister intimated Friday that Israel would be prepared to cede sovereignty over Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem, which it annexed after capturing the area from Jordan in the 1967 war, as part of a permanent accord with the Palestinians.
Nuclear talks: Iran says 'no new ideas' on table
Iran's foreign minister has said he heard "no new ideas" as talks on Tehran's nuclear programme stretched into the evening in Vienna.
Mohammad Javad Zarif said he had received "no remarkable proposals to take to Tehran" after meeting US Secretary of State John Kerry for the third time in 24 hours.
Israel says Hamas planned to assassinate Lieberman in West Bank
Israel has arrested four Palestinians suspected of planning to kill Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman with an anti-tank rocket while he drove to his Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, Israeli officials say.