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Trump has all but decided to withdraw from Iran nuclear deal

Trump has all but decided to withdraw from Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump has all but decided to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear accord by May 12 but exactly how he will do so remains unclear, two White House officials and a source familiar with the administration‘s internal debate said on Wednesday. There is a chance […]

China vows to crack down on rural organized crime

China vows to crack down on rural organized crime

SHANGHAI – China will crack down on organized crime in the countryside in a bid to prevent gangs from manipulating elections or exploiting rural resources, the civil affairs ministry said. The Ministry of Civil Affairs said in comments published on its website late on Wednesday it would crack down on […]

Military plane with 9 aboard crashes in Georgia, survivors unlikely

Military plane with 9 aboard crashes in Georgia, survivors unlikely

 A Puerto Rico Air National Guard cargo plane crashed on Wednesday near Savannah, Georgia, scattering fiery debris over a highway and railroad tracks, and likely killing all nine people aboard, officials said. At least five were confirmed dead, a U.S. official said on condition of anonymity, adding that the number […]

Clalit Health Services‘ hospital and clinic strike on Sunday

Clalit Health Services‘ hospital and clinic strike on Sunday

All employees — except for physicians — of the largest health fund, Clalit Health Services plan to go on strike Sunday, the Histadrut General Labor Federation announced on Wednesday. The one-day strike will affect all Clalit institutions, including its hospitals and its community clinics, which will care only for urgent […]

John Kerry questions Abbas‘s commitment to peace

John Kerry questions Abbas‘s commitment to peace

Former US secretary of state John Kerry questioned Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas‘s commitment to peace Wednesday after Abbas gave a speech riddled with antisemitism Monday. "These comments are wrong, ugly, and unacceptable – anywhere from anyone – but particularly from anyone who says he wants to be a peacemaker," […]

Clalit Health Services’ hospital and clinic strike on Sunday

Clalit Health Services’ hospital and clinic strike on Sunday

All employees – except for physicians – of the largest health fund, Clalit Health Services, are set to strike on Sunday, the Histadrut labor federation announced on Wednesday. The one-day strike will affect all Clalit institutions, including its hospitals and community clinics, which will treat only urgent cases. The strike […]

Rebels agree withdrawal deal for enclave near Syria‘s Homs

Rebels agree withdrawal deal for enclave near Syria‘s Homs

BEIRUT – Rebels accepted a deal with the Syrian government on Wednesday to evacuate their enclave near the city of Homs, a Hezbollah military media unit and a rebel official said. "The Syrian army and armed groups reached an agreement with Russian sponsorship for the armed groups to exit," said […]

Texas teen arrested for plotting ISIS-inspired mass shooting at mall

Texas teen arrested for plotting ISIS-inspired mass shooting at mall

WASHINGTON – A 17-year-old in Plano, Texas, has been arrested for plotting a mass shooting attack inspired by the Islamic State at a local shopping mall, law enforcement agencies said on Wednesday. The FBI and local police said high school student Matin Azizi-Yarand had planned the attack for mid-May and […]

Iran arrests second British-Iranian national since mid-April

Iran arrests second British-Iranian national since mid-April

BEIRUT – Iran has detained a British-Iranian dual national who works as a security analyst, the independent news site Iran Wire reported on Wednesday, the second such arrest since mid-April. Iran Wire said it had received word of the arrest of Mahan Abedin in the past week, quoting an unidentified […]

IDF opens fire at suspicious figure on Gaza border

IDF opens fire at suspicious figure on Gaza border

IDF forces opened fire at a suspicious figure who attempted to harm security infrastructure in the northern Gaza Strip Thursday morning. The suspect was then evacuated by the forces for medical treatment and further investigation. The suspect was caught in possession of a knife and a box cutter.