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Cholera has killed at least 115 people in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, the local Saba news agency said, after authorities on Sunday declared a state of emergency over the outbreak and called for international help to avert disaster. Sana’a is controlled by the armed Houthi movement, which is aligned with Iran and fighting a western-backed, Saudi-led coalition. More than 10,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in more than two years of war, which has also destroyed much of the...

Former Minister Gideon Saar, who has announced in recent weeks that he intends to return to political life, related this morning to the series of statements within the past day by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slamming the state of Israel and its policies. “We made a mistake when we paid compensation and apologized for the Marmara incident,” he said in an interview with Radio 103FM. In other interviews, Saar asserted a return to close relations with Turkey could not be expected as...

Israel has barred Palestinian athletes from participating in the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games, which will kick off in Azerbaijani capital Baku on Friday, according to a Palestinian official. Ahmad al-Ali, a spokesman for the Palestinian Olympic Committee, told Anadolu Agency that Israel had barred 25 Palestinian athletes from the blockaded Gaza Strip -- out of 105 on the Palestinian national team -- from attending the event. "Israel is not allowing 25 athletes [from Gaza] to participate in...

Palestinians are calling for a boycott of Pizza Hut after the food company's Israel branch shared a picture on social media mocking the leader of a mass hunger strike in Israeli prisons. The franchise's official Facebook page on Monday posted an image released earlier by Israeli prison authorities, allegedly showing Marwan Barhgouti breaking his hunger strike. Israel's Pizza Hut used the picture as an advertisement, writing on top of the photo: "Barghouti, if you're going to break a strike...

Pope Francis has quietly reduced sanctions against a handful of pedophile priests, applying his vision of a merciful church even to its worst offenders in ways that survivors of abuse and the pope's own advisers question.

One case has come back to haunt him: An Italian priest who received the pope's clemency was later convicted by an Italian criminal court for his sex crimes against children as young as 12. The Rev. Mauro Inzoli is now facing a second church trial after new evidence...

An Israel Defense Forces display for Independence Day in the settlement of Tekoa in the West Bank featured a booth where children could have their limbs painted to resemble shrapnel and stab wounds, with people present saying children as young as 5 were joining in. The display, which was conducted by the Etzion Brigade’s medical staff, included dummies used in the army to illustrate battle wounds, including one that looked like a pair of amputated legs. A parent told the Times of Israel...

The U.S. National Security Agency collected more than 151 million records of Americans' phone calls last year, even after Congress limited its ability to collect bulk phone records, according to an annual report issued on Tuesday by the top U.S. intelligence officer. The report from the office of Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats was the first measure of the effects of the 2015 USA Freedom Act, which limited the NSA to collecting phone records and contacts of people U.S. and allied...

UNESCO voted in favour of a resolution which describes Israel as an “occupying power” and denies its sovereignty over occupied Jerusalem. Twenty-two countries voted in favour of the resolution which was submitted to UNESCO’s Executive Board by Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Sudan. The United States, Germany, Italy and seven other board members voted against it.

The text which was voted on included the following phrase: "All legislative and administrative measures...

Daniela Greene, a translator working for the U.S. domestic security agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), married a Daesh terrorist in 2014 that she had been assigned to investigate in Syria, CNN said in an article published late Monday. The FBI employee, who had top-secret security clearance, lied to the FBI about where she was going and warned her new husband that he was under investigation, CNN said citing federal court records. The militant that Greene married has been...

Palestinian journalists were injured when Israeli forces violentenly dispersed of a peaceful sit-in in occupied East Jerusalem on Saturday, in support of a mass hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons. The Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate denounced the Israeli actions and said it will strengthen their cause and "will not prevent journalists from delivering Palestinians' message to the world".

According to Maan News, at least 13 Palestinian journalists were injured...

Israel intends to build 15,000 new settlement homes in East Jerusalem, the Housing Ministry said on Friday despite U.S. President Donald Trump's request to "hold back" on settlements as part of a possible new push for Israeli-Palestinian peace. A formal announcement of the settlement plan, quickly condemned by the chief Palestinian negotiator, could come around the time Trump is scheduled to visit Israel next month.

Housing Minister Yoav Galant told Israel Radio that his ministry and...

At least 396 civilians have been killed in U.S.-led strikes against Daesh targets in Iraq and Syria since the operation began in 2014, the U.S. military said in a statement on Sunday. The Combined Joint Task Force, in its monthly assessment of civilian casualties from the U.S. coalition's operations against the terrorist group, said it was still assessing 42 reports of civilian deaths. It added that 45 civilians were killed between November 2016 and March 2017. It reported 80 civilian deaths...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the Palestinian Authority (PA) to stop paying salaries to the families of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, Israeli media reported on Saturday. Israeli newspaper the Jerusalem Post published a link to a video in which Netanyahu said in Hebrew: “I think the first test of peace is to say to them, ‘Hey, you want peace? Prove it. Confront terrorism, stop rewarding terrorism, stop paying terrorists. It could be more than a billion...

The UN has warned that 17 million Yemenis will be in famine unless the world sends urgent humanitarian help. Antonio Guterres, the UN chief, issued a call to action on Tuesday at the aid conference held in Geneva where donor countries pledged almost $1.1bn. But UN says the amount is half of what is needed to combat what it is calling "the world's largest hunger crisis". More than two million children are acutely malnourished in Yemen. Aid workers say almost half a million of them are...

Prosecutors on Monday laid out details of the desperate final week of life for Terrill Thomas, an inmate at a Milwaukee County jail, who last April died of dehydration in solitary confinement a week after prison officials turned off the water to his cell. Country prosecutors are now looking into whether the prison guards committed a crime in the death of the 38-year-old Thomas; the preliminary hearing into the guards' conduct began Monday.

“Through an opening statement and testimony...