Israel rejects French peace effort proposal
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Israel rejects French peace effort proposal

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has rejected a French initiative aimed at restarting peace efforts with the Palestinians, saying direct negotiations are the best way to reach a final agreement between the sides. Paris is to host an international meeting in May of 20 countries, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, to discuss the peace process. … Continue reading

Israel treads carefully with claim to Golan
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Israel treads carefully with claim to Golan

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sparked a new diplomatic brushfire by declaring that the Golan Heights, seized from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war, is and should remain “under Israel’s sovereignty permanently.” But following tough international criticism, Israeli officials said Netanyahu’s statements had been misconstrued and that a 1981 decision to … Continue reading

Newly trained Yemeni forces rout al-Qaida from southern city
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Newly trained Yemeni forces rout al-Qaida from southern city

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni government troops newly-trained by a Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen’s Shiite rebels routed al-Qaida militants on Friday from a city in the country’s south, military officials said. Houta, the capital of Lahj province, is now firmly under government control, the officials said. The coalition-trained troops, which are loyal to Yemen’s internationally … Continue reading

DoD launches aggressive cyberwar against IS
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DoD launches aggressive cyberwar against IS

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military has launched a newly aggressive campaign of cyber-attacks against Islamic State militants, targeting the group’s abilities to use social media and the Internet to recruit fighters and inspire followers, U.S. officials told The Associated Press. The surge of computer-based military operations by U.S. Cyber Command began shortly after Defense … Continue reading