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World news is all reports on stories involving politicians, conflict and revolutions outside of the United States and Israel that affect the world and the Jewish state. 'World news' helps the global environment set the political agenda through journalists situated in conflict regions reporting on the important facts.

US, allies respond to Iranian 'provocations' with studied calm

Two European diplomats said they did not expect the United States, or Britain, France and Germany to do more to pressure Iran for now despite what one described as "provocations."

By REUTERS
25/02/2021

GameStop rallies again; some puzzle over ice cream cone tweet

Analysts could not pinpoint one reason for the sharp move.

By REUTERS
25/02/2021
A demonstrator holds picture of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest in front of Saudi

US report on Khashoggi death expected to single out Saudi crown prince

The officials said the report, for which the CIA was the main contributor, assessed that the crown prince approved and likely ordered the murder of Khashoggi.

By REUTERS
25/02/2021

Rep. Meeks: The way you deal with Iran is with our allies

Meeks went on to say that he is committed to a two-state solution. “I think that’s important, and we can’t lose sight of that.”

Erdan goes ‘Down South’ for Black History Month on first official tour

“As Israel’s ambassador to the US, it is very important to me to connect with all sectors of American society, and in particular with minority groups."

Blinken: US to run for UNHRC seat, abolish anti-Israel bias

"We urge the Human Rights Council to look at how it conducts its business. That includes its disproportionate focus on Israel."

International Criminal Court, The Hague

ICC has new prosecutor, what are his, Bensouda's next steps? - analysis

Many major ICC moves seem to have been postponed long enough that Bensouda’s successor will be more dominant than her in determining them.

Trump may soon have to answer rape allegations under oath

“I am living for the moment to walk into that room to sit across the table from him,” Carroll told Reuters in an interview. “I think of it everyday.”

By REUTERS
24/02/2021

Israel signs agreement to equip German military with Trophy APS

Rafael's Trophy system is considered among the world’s most effective active protection systems.

24/02/2021

Amnesty International revokes Navalny's 'prisoner of conscience' status

Amnesty still believes that Navalny should be freed from jail.

By REUTERS
24/02/2021

Van Gogh painting to be shown in public for first time

Titled A street scene in Montmartre, the painting depicts a man and woman, strolling arm in arm past a ramshackle fence with a windmill in the background.

By REUTERS
24/02/2021
US Army Europe Commander Christopher Cavoli and US Army Europe Director of Public Affairs Joe Scrocc

How the US is trying to invest in Africa’s security

A US State Department briefing with key commanders outlines US support.

US President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks on the US response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-1

Biden rushes to address global computer chip shortage in executive order

The chip scarcity has quickly grown into a major headache for the White House.

By REUTERS
24/02/2021
Actor Gerard Depardieu poses during a photocall to promote the movie 'Saint Amour' at the 66th Berli

French actor Depardieu placed under sexual violence investigation

The judicial source said Depardieu had been placed under formal investigation on December 16 last year and that he had not been held in custody or asked to post bail.

By REUTERS
24/02/2021
View of Mount Hermon covered with snow as it seen from the northern Golan Heights, near the border w

Video shows Russian armed drones were used in Syria in recent years

The Orion drone is Russia’s answer to US armed drones, such as the Reaper.

Biden to call Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Wednesday

If carried out as planned, the call will be Biden's first conversation as president with the Saudi king.

Security officers and Red Crescent workers are seen at the site where the Ukraine International Airl

UN finds inconsistencies in Iran claims over shot-down Ukrainian plane

All 176 people on board were killed, 138 of whom had ties to Canada.

By REUTERS
24/02/2021

Friends, fellow athletes react to Tiger Woods car crash

Fellow athletes and other notable figures reacted with concern after Tiger Woods' car accident.

By REUTERS
24/02/2021
Azealia Banks

Rapper Azealia Banks ignites social media storm with wedding announcement

Here’s one representative exchange, which ends with Banks declaring, “I’m a jewcy diva now.”

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
24/02/2021
European Union flags fly outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels

European Commission joins call for rich to donate vaccines to poor - watch

Fernandez backed his host's words and noted that he and French President Emmanuel Macron were pressing to have vaccines declared a "global good"

By REUTERS
24/02/2021

Why Smitten Kitchen’s Deb Perelman is struggling with her hamantaschen

Perelman is one of the most well-established and beloved food bloggers in America and Smitten Kitchen, which has also launched two cookbooks.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
24/02/2021

AstraZeneca to miss 2nd-quarter EU vaccine supply by half - EU Official

AstraZeneca's contract with the EU, which was leaked last week, showed the company had committed to delivering 180 million doses to the 27-nation bloc in the second quarter.

By REUTERS
24/02/2021

GameStop CFO to step down after Reddit driven stock rally

GameStop has also been targeted by shareholders pushing it to focus more on digital sales rather than its mall-based locations.

By REUTERS
24/02/2021

Tiger Woods badly hurt in car crash, expected to survive

The vehicle sustained major damage and Woods was extricated from the wreck with the "jaws of life."

By REUTERS
24/02/2021

Top executives of Texas electric grid resign after storm failure

Texas Governor Greg Abbott welcomed the resignations, noting ERCOT has assured it had adequate power ahead of the storm.

By REUTERS
24/02/2021
Lawrence Ferlinghetti stands outside his bookstore in San Francisco

Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti dies at age 101

Ferlinghetti, who played a key role in a free-speech battle after he published Ginsberg's poem "Howl" in 1956, passed away on Monday evening, said City Lights Books on Twitter.

By REUTERS
23/02/2021

US pledges support for two-state solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also told Foreign Affairs Minister Gabi Ashkenazi he is opposed to one-sided actions against Israel in international forums.

US Senate confirms Biden UN nominee Thomas-Greenfield

The 100-member Senate backed Thomas-Greenfield by 78 to 20 to be Washington's representative at the UN & a member of Biden's Cabinet, comfortably exceeding the simple majority needed.

By REUTERS
23/02/2021

Poorer nations begin slicing educational funding amid coronavirus

For comparison, before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, wealthier countries had been spending an average of $8,500 per child compared to $48 in lower income countries.

US President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump offered Kim Jong-un a ride home on Air Force 1 after 2019 summit

'I can get you home in two hours if you want,' Trump reportedly told Kim, shocking everyone in the room. "Kim declined," former Deputy National Security Advisor Matthew Pottinger said.

Pfizer to ship 13m. COVID-19 vaccine doses per week to US by mid-March

Pfizer is on track to deliver 120 million doses of its two-dose regimen by the end of March, said John Young, Pfizer's chief business officer.

By REUTERS
23/02/2021
Superman

Superheroes fight loneliness in children's hospital - watch

Children and adults seen watching from behind the closed hospital windows appeared to thoroughly enjoy the performance.

By REUTERS
23/02/2021
Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of Joaquin Guzman, the Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo", arrives

US arrests wife of Mexico cartel chief El Chapo on drug charges

She was charged in a one-count complaint with conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamines for unlawful importation into the United States.

By REUTERS
23/02/2021

US Supreme Court allows release of Trump tax returns

The Supreme Court also agreed to weigh Trump administration abortion referral restriction

23/02/2021

Biden and Netanyahu talked, but what does it all mean? The scorecard

The scrutiny of the Biden-Israel relationship is just beginning.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
23/02/2021

Canada's parliament motion says China's treatment of Uighurs is genocide

"We can no longer ignore this. We must call it for what it is — a genocide," Conservative lawmaker Michael Chong said.

By REUTERS
23/02/2021

A day that will live in infamy: US crosses 500,000 COVID-19 deaths

Biden will order that US flags on federal property be lowered to half staff for five days, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.

By REUTERS
23/02/2021

Woody Allen calls HBO documentary on abuse allegation a 'hatchet job'

Allen has repeatedly denied molesting Dylan Farrow.

By REUTERS
23/02/2021
International Criminal Court, The Hague

ICC: Ex-world leaders, govt ministers concerned over Israel investigation

Three former foreign minister joint luminaries from the UK, Netherlands, Italy, Uruguay, US and other countries to caution ICC against investigating Israel

White supremacy, neo-Nazism are transnational threat, Guterres tells UNHRC

"Today, these extremist movements represent the number one internal security threat in several countries," the UN head told the virtual meeting of the council, headquartered in Geneva.

Italian ambassador and two others killed in attack on UN convoy in Congo

The Italian ambassador, Luca Attanasio, and a military policeman traveling with him were killed, the Italian foreign ministry said in a statement.

By REUTERS
22/02/2021
Protesters take part in a candlelight vigil to mark the 31st anniversary of the crackdown of pro-dem

Beijing signals Hong Kong electoral reforms to ensure 'patriots' govern

Reforms could also further skew a committee electing the city's leader in favor of the pro-Beijing camp.

By REUTERS
22/02/2021

Malcolm X's family releases letter alleging FBI, NYPD role in his death

Malcolm X was killed at New York's Audubon Ballroom while preparing to deliver a speech on February 21, 1965.

By REUTERS
22/02/2021

IAEA chief says struck deal with Iran to mitigate it cutting cooperation

US President Joe Biden has said he is ready to talk about both nations returning to the accord, although the two sides have been at odds about who makes the first step.

By REUTERS
21/02/2021

Oath Keeper claims she met with Secret Service before Capitol riot

Jessica Watkins, 38, is one of nine associates of the far-right anti-government group charged for conspiring to storm the Capitol to prevent Congress from certifying President Joe Biden's election.

By REUTERS
21/02/2021

AOC visits Texas, raises $4 million for those without power, food, water

Within a day it had raised one million, by that night it had raised two. By morning it rose to three and today it stands at four million raised.

COVID-19: India set to become world's second-largest vaccine maker

India has already pledged to supply vaccines to several other countries, including Cambodia, Mongolia, Afghanistan and various Pacific Island states. But this itself also has political motives.

21/02/2021
 A Facebook logo is displayed on a smartphone in this illustration taken January 6, 2020

Facebook takes down main page of Myanmar military

Facebook in recent years has engaged with civil rights activists and democratic political parties in Myanmar and pushed back against the military after coming under heavy international criticism.

By REUTERS
21/02/2021

Biden approves major disaster declaration for Texas -FEMA

The action makes federal funding available to individuals across the state, including assistance for temporary housing and home repairs and low-cost loans.

By REUTERS
21/02/2021

Two killed in Mandalay city in the bloodiest day of Myanmar protests

Some demonstrators fired catapults at police as they played cat and mouse through riverside streets. Police responded with tear gas and gunfire.

By REUTERS
21/02/2021
An ethnic Uighur demonstrator wears a mask as she attends a protest against China in front of the Ch

What challenges does the Uighur ethnic movement face?

China has a long history of discrimination but the world also has a role to play.

By BURHAN ULUYOL
20/02/2021

Yazidis' region is in Turkey and Iran’s crosshairs after genocide

Warmongering from Ankara appears to be in line with its need to keep attacking Iraq and Syria using “fighting terrorism” as an excuse.

Former Nazi camp guard arrives in Germany after removal from US

The 95-year-old man faces questioning by local police after arriving at Frankfurt airport

By REUTERS
20/02/2021
Vaccine (illustrative)

White House working with Facebook and Twitter to tackle anti-vaxxers

Since the onset of the pandemic, calls from lawmakers asking the companies to tackle the spread of COVID misinformation on their platforms have grown.

By REUTERS
20/02/2021

Wall Street Charging Bull sculptor Arturo Di Modica dies aged 80

Di Modica, who recently turned 80, had been fighting cancer for many years.

By REUTERS
20/02/2021

Iran spokesman says Tehran confident about lifting of US sanctions

Iran and the United States have been at odds over who should take the first step to revive the 2015 accord.

By REUTERS
20/02/2021

President-PM tensions mount in Tunis, calls for constitutional court grow

Young democracy challenged as parliament and head of state collide.

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
20/02/2021
A pedestrian walks past a BBC logo at Broadcasting House in central London

US-funded media outlets in Middle East under new management again

USAGM is now going through one of its most turbulent times.

By MIKE WAGENHEIM / THE MEDIA LINE
20/02/2021

Young Pakistani activist fights forced child marriage

Hadiqa Bashir works in Swat Valley, until recently a Pakistani Taliban stronghold.

By ARSHAD MEHMOOD / THE MEDIA LINE
20/02/2021

Stan Lee’s legacy is complicated. This new book casts a shadow on it

Lee was born Stanley Martin Lieber in New York City in 1922 to Jewish immigrants from Romania.

By JULIAN VOLOJ/JTA
20/02/2021
RALLYING IN support of US president Donald Trump at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem on January 6.

FBI arrests Capitol rioter who said Jews, Israel control other governments

He has reportedly identified as a “Groyper,” or follower of white supremacist Nick Fuentes.

By BEN SALES/JTA
20/02/2021

Biden draws sharp contrast with Trump in presidential debut on world stage

"America is unreservedly back as the leader of the free world and that is a fantastic thing," he told the conference.

By REUTERS
20/02/2021

Biden plans Texas visit, pushes for speedy disaster funds in winter storm

"As I said when I ran, I'm going to be a president for all Americans," said Biden, who lost in Texas to Trump.

By REUTERS
20/02/2021
Pro-Trump protesters storm the U.S. Capitol during a rally to contest the certification of the 2020

US charges nine Oath Keepers with conspiring to storm Capitol

More than 200 people have been charged so far for their roles in the Capitol riots that left five people dead and caused members of Congress to flee.

By REUTERS
20/02/2021

It is official: US back in the Paris climate club

Scientists and foreign diplomats have welcomed the US return to the treaty, which became official 30 days after President Joe Biden ordered the move on his first day in office.

By REUTERS
19/02/2021
A Florida Department of Health employee helps a senior who is looking to get the COVID-19 vaccine

Florida women dress up as 'grannies' to get coronavirus vaccine

Healthcare workers and residents 65-years-old and older are currently allowed to register to get vaccinated in Florida.

Heroin

Bulgarian officials find heroin in ship from Iran

The police said that the heroin was likely for the domestic market rather than destinations in Western Europe.

Tensions mount in Tunis as calls for constitutional court grow

Young democracy challenged as parliament and head of state collide

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
19/02/2021

Pinballing leadership for America’s Middle East broadcaster

US-funded media outlets in Middle East under new management – again

By MIKE WAGENHEIM / THE MEDIA LINE
19/02/2021

Fauci hopes for return to normal by Christmas, in line with Biden target

Highly contagious virus variants could increase cases and interfere with the timeline, Fauci said, but added that he still hoped for a return to normal for the fall or winter.

By REUTERS
18/02/2021

Is Facebook’s war with Australia about who will control the world?

It’s not every day that massive corporations that distribute news content seek to go after a whole country, but social media giants have increasingly been flexing their muscles.

Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision

Nearly 5,000 Hong Kong citizens sign up for new UK visa - The Times

London made changes to its visa rules to give millions of Hong Kong residents a chance to settle in Britain after China imposed a new security law.

By REUTERS
18/02/2021
Frankfurt skyline

Mayors across the world join forces to combat antisemitism, hate

“Antisemitism is not an abstract threat. It takes place in cities, counties, and towns all around the world. We must confront antisemitism where it takes place," Frankfurt Mayor Uwe Becker said.

Rush Limbaugh, conservative radio host, dies at 70

Limbaugh pioneered the American media phenomenon of conservative talk radio and became an enthusiastic combatant in the US culture wars.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
18/02/2021

Student-made robot could change COVID-19 care - watch

Rolling through the corridors of one Nigerian school is a nurse with a difference.

By REUTERS
17/02/2021

Blinken: US will pay its obligations to the WHO by end of month

Blinken noted that the US plans to provide significant financial support to COVAX through Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

Britain's Prince Philip, 99, in hospital after feeling unwell

A royal source said Philip did not have a COVID-19-related illness and that it was not an emergency.

By REUTERS
17/02/2021

Is Sheikha Latifa alive? UK asks Dubai

Dubai is now under growing international pressure to allow Latifa, who tried to flee in 2018 in a dinghy but was brought back by commando units from India, to go free.

By REUTERS
17/02/2021

Oh, the places you'll go: Destinations granted to vaccinated travelers

This is only the beginning, and hopefully, more countries will open up their borders as more people around the world get vaccinated.

A child poses for photographs with the Olympic rings in front of the Japan Olympic Museum in Tokyo ,

Tokyo Olympic committee to select woman as new chief after sexist comments

Yoshiro Mori quit as committee president last week after saying that women talk too much.

By REUTERS
17/02/2021

Taiwan: BioNTech vaccine deal on hold, potential Chinese pressure

"Certain people don't want Taiwan to be too happy," Taiwan Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said, without elaborating, in a radio interview.

By REUTERS
17/02/2021

Biden says China to face repercussions on human rights

"As long as they are engaged in activity that is contrary to basic human rights, it is going to be hard for them to do that," he said.

By REUTERS
17/02/2021

Myanmar coup opponents call for new show of force

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson decried the new criminal charge, saying it was "fabricated" by the military.

By REUTERS
17/02/2021

Wife of North Korea's Kim Jong Un makes first public appearance in a year

Ri had not been seen since January last year at an event for the Lunar New Year holiday, stoking speculation over her health and potential pregnancy.

By REUTERS
17/02/2021

Texas deep freeze leaves millions without power, 21 dead

President Joe Biden assured the governors of hard-hit sates that the federal government stands ready to offer any emergency resources needed, the White House said in a statement.

By REUTERS
17/02/2021
The entrance of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is seen in The Hague March 3, 2011.

More European countries speak out against ICC despite EU support

Austria and Lithuania join Germany, Hungary and the Czech Republic in criticizing the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber ruling.

International Criminal Court, The Hague

ICC tries to insert wedge between Israel and its allies

Netanyahu had declared the ICC decision “pure antisemitism,” adding that he viewed the institution as being politicized in the strongest terms.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić presents Michael Freund with award

Freund remarked that he hopes to visit Belgrade soon and personally meet with President Vučić.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives for an opening ceremony of a newly constructed residential c

North Korea made attempts to steal COVID-19 vaccine tech from Pfizer

South Korea's Yonhap did not report when the alleged hacking took place or whether it was successful.

By REUTERS
16/02/2021
A road leading from Erbil international airport; the airports helped lead to international financial

Iraq rocket attack kills contractor, wounds US service member

The rockets targeted Erbil in Iraq’s Kurdistan region.

Myanmar military denies coup; guarantees new elections

Violence has been limited this time though police have opened fire several times, mostly with rubber bullets, to disperse protesters.

By REUTERS
16/02/2021

'Very interesting,' Putin responds to Elon Musk's invitation to chat

Musk tagged the Kremlin's Twitter account on Sunday, tweeting: "Would you like (to) join me for a conversation on Clubhouse?"

By REUTERS
15/02/2021

Germany charges five with setting up Islamic State cell for attacks

It played an important role in radicalizing a man who plowed a vehicle into a crowd in the Swedish capital Stockholm in 2017, killing four people and injuring 15 others, it said.

By REUTERS
15/02/2021

Observing Valentine’s Day in the Middle East during a global pandemic

Arab states celebrated the day of love despite lockdowns and restrictions due to the coronavirus.

By DIMA ABUMARIA/ THE MEDIA LINE
15/02/2021
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