Divided Hebron, West Bank largest city, focus of violence
Middle East

Divided Hebron, West Bank largest city, focus of violence

HEBRON, West Bank (AP) — The West Bank’s largest city has become a focal point of Israeli-Palestinian violence, with near-daily deadly confrontations erupting at Israeli army checkpoints that guard enclaves of Jewish settlers in the once-thriving center of Hebron. One-third of 58 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire since mid-September were in Hebron, including two Palestinians … Continue reading

Report: Little oversight allows Mideast military corruption
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Report: Little oversight allows Mideast military corruption

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The ever-growing, secret defense budgets and poor oversight of militaries in the Middle East make them susceptible to corruption and more vulnerable to extremist violence, a watchdog group warned Thursday. The report by London-based Transparency International comes at a time of multiple military conflicts in the region, including the fight against the … Continue reading

Religion news in brief
Middle East

Religion news in brief

BALTIMO RE (AP) — A former Episcopal bishop who killed a bicyclist in Baltimore while driving drunk has been sentenced to seven years in prison. Heather Cook, who was the second ranking Episcopal bishop in Maryland, pleaded guilty last month to manslaughter, drunken driving and leaving the scene. She fatally struck 41-year-old cyclist Tom Palermo … Continue reading

Obama, Turkish president discuss fight against Islamic State
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Obama, Turkish president discuss fight against Islamic State

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama spoke Thursday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH’-jehp TY’-ihp UR’-doh-wahn) about deepening cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State group. The two also spoke after bombing attacks Saturday killed 97 people and wounded hundreds at a peace rally in Ankara, Turkey. Obama reiterated … Continue reading

Teenager becomes a focus in Israel-Palestinian conflict
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Teenager becomes a focus in Israel-Palestinian conflict

JERUSALEM (AP) — The fate of a Palestinian boy seized center stage Thursday in the battle of narratives accompanying the recent burst of deadly Israeli-Palestinian violence. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ignited an uproar in Israel after falsely claiming in a televised speech that Israelis had “summarily executed” Ahmed Manasra, when the 13-year-old actually was recovering … Continue reading

Group: Desperate situation for many South Sudan civilians
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Group: Desperate situation for many South Sudan civilians

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Despite a peace agreement, violence against civilians is continuing with killings, rapes and abductions, a consortium of more than 300 civic and aid groups in South Sudan said Thursday. The humanitarian situation is deteriorating amid persistent fighting, with aid groups having trouble getting to hard-hit communities, South Sudan’s NGO Forum said … Continue reading