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UN: North Korea ships chemicals for Syria’s weapons program

August 22, 2017, 4:03 PM A new UN report confirms that North Korea has been shipping items to the Syrian government agency responsible for the country's chemical weapons program. Two such shipments were intercepted in the last six months by UN member states, says the report which was submitted to ...

Official in Tehran: Five days for resuming high-grade uranium enrichment

August 22, 2017, 12:33 PM Iran can resume high-grade uranium enrichment within five days if the United States tears up the 2015 nuclear deal, the head of its Atomic Energy Organization said on Tuesday. 'If we make a determination, at most in five days we can start 20 per cent enrichment in Fordo ,' ...

Palestinian vehicle loaded with guns intercepted crossing into Israel

August 22, 2017, 11:17 AM A joint IDF-Police patrol Tuesday sighted a suspicious Palestinian vehicle heading from the Mt. Hebron district across the border into southern Israel. When they caught up with the vehicle, they found it contained a quantity of M4 rifles. The driver was detained.

Taliban warns Trump Afghanistan will be US “graveyard”

August 22, 2017, 11:01 AM Taliban said that Afghanistan would become “another graveyard” for the US if it did not withdraw its troops. This was the group’s response to President Donald Trump’s address Monday night on his plans for the Afghanistan war. He said a hasty US ...

Can Putin keep Hizballah from Israel’s borders?

August 22, 2017, 9:55 AM Israel’s northern borders with Syria and Lebanon were on edge this week, as Prime Minister Binyamin prepared to raise Israel’s concerns about southern Syria at a critical meeting with President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, Aug. 23.. Their Sweida offensive has ...

Once-in-a-century solar eclipse begins

August 21, 2017, 7:37 PM The full eclipse of the sun by the moon for the first time in 99 years is visible in 14 US states. Its longest duration is 2 mins 40 secs. Excited Americans are warned that viewing the celestial event with the naked eye could cause blindness.

Spain confirms: Man shot dead was fugitive Barcelona terror driver

August 21, 2017, 7:29 PM Younes Abouyaaqoub, the terrorist who smashed a car into Barcelona’s Las Ramblas Blvd. last Thursday, is confirmed by the Spanish Interior Ministry as having been shot dead by police in the Subirats area 30km west of Barcelona. He had been on the run. A bomb squad ...

Barcelona terror deaths rise to 15

August 21, 2017, 5:35 PM Police now confirm 15 dead from last week’s terrorist attacks in Barcelona claimed by ISIS, which also left more than 130 injured. Younes Abouyaaaqoub, whose car mowed down crowds on the city’s Las Ramblas Blvd., is on the run and the subject of a European ...

At least one dead after car crashes Marseille bus shelters

August 21, 2017, 1:06 PM At least one person is dead and several injured after a car crashed into two bus shelters in the French city of Marseille Monday. The driver, a 35-year old man, was arrested. The bus shelters were in different parts of the city. Local police are sweeping Marseille port. The ...

Manhunt for Barcelona driver widened to Europe

August 21, 2017, 11:22 AM After failing to catch the driver of the van which trampled to death 13 people in Barcelona, Catalan officials have widened the hunt to Europe, suspecting he may have slipped across the border to France. They have not revealed his name, but he is generally believed to be ...

Moscow: 200 + Islamists killed on way to Deir ez-Zour

August 21, 2017, 11:15 AM The Defense Ministry in Moscow reported Monday that the Russian Air Force had destroyed “another large column of ISIS fighters heading for the city of Deir ez-Zour,” in eastern Syria - “their last base in Syria.” The Russian jets were described ...

NKorea threatens “merciless strike” for US-South Korean drill

August 21, 2017, 11:03 AM North Korea warned of a “second Korean War” if the US. and the South went ahead with their annual military exercises, which began Monday and scheduled to run until Aug. 31. This year, 17,500 Americans and 50,000 South Koreans are taking part, along with ...

Trump to unveil new Afghanistan strategy in Monday address

August 21, 2017, 10:37 AM President Donald Trump will outline his administration's new path for the Afghanistan war in an address Monday evening. This was announced by the White House, following his conference with national security chiefs at Camp David Friday. On Sunday, Defense Secretary James ...

Ten missing from US destroyer- merchant ship collision off Singapore

August 21, 2017, 10:31 AM A Navy guided-missile destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, collided with a commercial vessel east of the Straits of Malacca Monday morning, when the McCain was on its way to Singapore, the US Navy said. There are 10 sailors missing and five injured. A search and rescue ...

A rebel shell kills 6 in Damascus shortly after Assad’s “victory” speech

August 21, 2017, 9:42 AM The first international fair to take place in Damascus since the civil war’s outbreak six years ago was hit by a rebel shell Sunday night. Six people were killed and several injured. Thirty Iranian firms sent exhibits to the event along with other countries. In his ...

Poll: One in 3 British Jews considers leaving over anti-Semitism

August 20, 2017, 1:49 PM A YouGov survey shows that only 59 pc of Britain’s 270,000 Jews feel welcome in the UK and almost one in 10 hide their faith for fear of anti-Semitic attacks. Three-quarters believe the opposition Labor Party harbors anti-Semites, especially since Jeremy Corbyn became ...

ISIS Moroccan net primed to strike across Europe

August 20, 2017, 10:34 AM Spanish Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido promised on Saturday Aug. 19 that after the Islamic State’s two car attacks had left 14 dead and more than 130 injured, the terrorist network responsible for the violence had been “fully dismantled” and no ...

Netanyahu to meet Putin next week over Iran’s role in Syria

August 19, 2017, 11:23 PM Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Russian resort of Sochi next week, his office said on Saturday. Israel is deeply concerned about Iran’s effort to establish a permanent foothold in Syria, especially on ...

Catalan police raid home of Barcelona terror imam

August 19, 2017, 10:58 PM Catalan police are gathering the pieces of the plot by an ISIS network based in the Pyrenees town of Ripoli to carry out multiple murder attacks in Catalonia, including a reported plan to blow up the famous Sagrada Familia of Barcelonia. Saturday, the investigators raided ...

A Moroccan refugee killed two in stabbing attack in Finland

August 19, 2017, 6:15 PM Finnish police shot in the foot a terrorist who stabbed several people on a street of the southwestern Finnish town of Turku Friday. He was later identified as a refugee from Morocco who was granted asylum in Finland. Security was stepped up at Helsinki Vantaan airport and ...

Palestinian knifing attack at Tapuah junction

August 19, 2017, 6:09 PM A Palestinian tried to stab border guards Saturday at the Tapuah junction east of Ariel in Samaria The guards shot him dead. On guard was slightly hurt.

ISIS claims knife attack injuring 8 in Russia

August 19, 2017, 4:37 PM The Islamic State media quickly took responsibility for the knife attack which injured 8 people in the central Russian city of Surgut Saturday. The assailant was shot dead by a police patrol. The attack took place two days after an ISIS cell in Spain killed 13 people and ...

Eight injured in knife attack in central Russia

August 19, 2017, 12:39 PM A man armed with a knife attacked people in the central Russian city of Surgut, injuring eight. A police patrol shot the assailant dead. They are trying to identify him and find the motive for the attack. Surgut is the provincial capital of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area, ...

Three armies fighting for control of Syrian-Lebanese border

August 19, 2017, 11:27 AM Lebanese chief of staff Gen. Joseph Aloun announced Saturday the launch of the Dawn of Outskirts operation to clear ISIS and Nusra Front out of the Ras Baalbek and Al-Qaa areas of the northern Lebanese Beqaa Valley. According to a separate statement, the Syrian and ...

Two dead in stabbing at the Finnish town of Turku

August 18, 2017, 9:19 PM An assailant was shot and injured by a policeman after he knifed several people at the southwestern Finnish town of Turku Friday. Two of his victims have since died of their wounds. Security has been boosted at Helsinki Vantaan airport and eastern train stations in case of ...

All Israelis visiting Barcelona accounted for

August 18, 2017, 2:07 PM None of the 20,000 Israel tourists visiting Barcelona when the town was attacked by terrorists Thursday came to harm. All 30 unaccounted for later that day have been located. The attack which left 13 people dead and injured up to 100 was claimed by the Islamic State.

Two dead in stabbing at the Finnish town of Turku

August 18, 2017, 9:19 PM An assailant was shot and injured by a policeman after he knifed several people at the southweestern Finnish town of Turku Friday. Two of his victims have since died of their wounds. Security has been boosted at Helsinki Vantaan airport and eastern train stations in case of ...

Steve Bannon leaves as senior Trump’s senior strategic adviser

August 18, 2017, 9:18 PM Steve Bannon, a strong figure alongside Donald Trump as his senior strategic adviser, announced in a joint statement with Chief of Staff John Kelly that Friday would be his last day at the White House. “We are grateful for his service and wish him the best,” ...

The ISIS special Al-Kharsha Brigade hits Spain

August 18, 2017, 3:08 PM Spain this week suffered the biggest Islamic State onslaught to be mounted in Europe since Nov/ 14, 2015, when they murdered 140 people in Paris. The Spanish offensive claimed the lives of 14 civilians and 7 terrorists. More than 100 victims are in hospital, 20 with serious ...

All Israelis visiting Barcelona accounted for except for one

August 18, 2017, 2:07 PM None of the 20,000 Israel tourists visiting Barcelona when the town was attacked by terrorists Thursday came to harm. All 30 unaccounted for later that day have been located, except for one. The attack which left 13 people dead and injured up to 100 was claimed by the ...

Second attack: 5 terrorists shot dead running down Cambrils pedestrians

August 18, 2017, 7:25 AM Early Friday, Catalan police reported they had killed five terrorists wearing suicide belts in a shootout, after they drove their Audi A3 into pedestrians in Camrbils, two hours’ drive south of Barcelona. Six civilians and one police officer were knocked over and ...

ISIS claims Barcelona attack that killed 13 people

August 17, 2017, 11:06 PM A statement carried by the Islamic State’s media arm -- the Aamaq news agency -- said Thursday's attack in Barcelona was carried out by 'soldiers of the Islamic State.' It says the attack was in response to IS calls for its followers to target countries participating ...

Barcelona terrorist driver identified as Driss Oukabir

August 17, 2017, 10:12 PM Barcelona police have identified the terrorist who Thursday drove a van down Las Ramblas, murdering 13 people and injuring 56, as Driss Oukabir, who was born in Morocco in 1989 and lived in Spain. A Facebook page in his name identified him as being from Marseille and living ...

Second Barcelona terror suspect killed in shootout with police

August 17, 2017, 9:44 PM The suspect got out of a car and was shot dead when he opened fire on a police checkpoint, three hours after a van plowed into Las Ramblas crowds in Barcelona, killing 13 people. The driver was captured holed up in a nearby restaurant holding hostages. An accomplice got ...

Foreign Ministry: 30 Israelis out of contact after Barcelona attack

August 17, 2017, 8:42 PM Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu visited the Foreign Ministry crisis center and contacted the Israeli embassy in Spain. He is being updated on the situation. The Israeli consul is on his way from Madrid to render aid if needed. Hundreds of Israelis are visiting Barcelona. ...

At least 13 killed in terrorist van attack in Barcelona. Driver fled

August 17, 2017, 7:57 PM A white van went careering down the Las Ramblas Blvd in central Barcelona Thursday, Aug. 17.crashing into crowds in massive terror attack which killed at least 13 people and injured dozens. Police are hunting for the driver and another man who fled on foot, and may be holed ...

Terrorist kills at least 13 in Barcelona car attack

August 17, 2017, 7:51 PM On of the terrorists who crashed a van into crowds on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas Blvd Thursday, Aug, 17 killing at least 13 people and injuring 56, 17, was captured holding diners hostage in a nearby restaurant. The hostages were led out with raised hands. Ten of the ...

Dunford: Peace with NKorea possible, but so is military option

August 17, 2017, 5:40 PM General Joe Dunford, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters in Beijing Thursday that peace with North Korea is a “possibility” but warned that the US has 'credible, viable military options' for dealing with Kim Jung-un regime regime. Dunford ...

Iran and Turkey fail in bid for coordination in Syria

August 17, 2017, 4:06 PM The most high-powered Iranian officials to visit Ankara since the 1979 Iranian Islamic Revolution failed in their mission to coordinate withTurkey their policy and military operations in Syria. The delegation, which arrived Wednesday, was led by Iran’s Armed Forces ...

Major collision leaves 10 injured on Israel’s coastal highway

August 17, 2017, 11:56 AM During a police chase Thursday after two stolen cars on the coastal highway, a police officer fired in the air, bringing the two cars to halt on the spot and causing a major pileup. One of the 10 people injured is in dangerous condition.

A suicide bomber blows himself up at Hamas checkpoint

August 17, 2017, 10:49 AM Officials in Gaza report that a Palestinian suicide bomber early Thursday blew himself up at a Hamas checkpoint on the Egyptian border, injuring several Hamas operatives. One died later. They attributed the attack to the Islamic State. A man accompanying the suicide bomber ...

Hamas: We’ve built many towns underground. Israel is scared

August 16, 2017, 8:26 PM The new Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar, said Wednesday that his movement doesn’t war with Israel, but if it does happen, “Hamas will pulverize Israel.” He claimed that many towns have been built under ground - not just tunnels, as Israel says. ...

Iran’s top soldier and Rev Guards commander in Ankara

August 16, 2017, 8:39 PM Iran’s Armed Forces Chief, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Baqeri, and the head of the Revolutionary Guards ground forces arrived in Ankara Wednesday. This was the first visit to Turkey by top Iranian military officials since the 1979 Iranian Islamic revolution. They went into ...

Trump praises Kim for “wise decision”

August 16, 2017, 3:57 PM US President Donald Trump praised Kim Jong Un, the leader of the North Korea, on Wednesday for delaying a decision on attacking against the US territory of Guam and pausing an escalation in tensions between the two countries. 'Kim Jong Un of North Korea made a very wise and ...

More arrests as terror stalks Jerusalem again

August 16, 2017, 3:48 PM Three major Israeli counter-terror operations in a week are a measure of the intensity of terrorist plots for the commission of mass-casualty strikes in Jerusalem. Although Israel’s security authorities are cagey with the information they release on the mostly covert ...

Rehovot rail station reopened. Suspicious object proved harmless

August 16, 2017, 11:06 AM Police found a suspicious bag toted by a tourist at the Rehovot railway station to be innocent. The incident occurred Wednesday morning, But meanwhile the station was evacuated and closed for several hours while explosive experts examined the bag.

US: New sanctions unrelated to Iran nuclear deal

August 16, 2017, 10:03 AM US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Tuesday that the latest US sanctions against Iran were unrelated to its 2015 nuclear deal with the six world powers. Iran, she said, must stop its “missile launches, support for terrorism, disregard for human rights ...

IDF demolishes home of Palestinian Halamish killer

August 16, 2017, 9:40 AM In an operation heavily secured by the Border Police, IDF forces early Wednesday demolished the two-floor home at Kubar, near Ramallah, of the Palestinian terrorist who knifed to death three members of the Salomon family in Halamish on July 21. In a local disturbance staged ...

Saudi Arabia and Iraq to re-open border crossing after 27 years

August 15, 2017, 5:47 PM Saudi Arabia and Iraq agree to re-open their Arar border crossing for trade for the fist time since 1990 when ties were cut following Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. Saudi and Iraqi officials toured the site Monday. The governor of Anbar province said troops had ...

Air Force air defense exercise over central Israel

August 15, 2017, 9:57 PM A pre-planned exercise for testing Air Force aerial defense systems set off loud explosions overTel Aviv and other parts of central Israel Tuesday night. They were caused by anti-air fire from a local base. The drill was on the IAF’s annual work schedule.