UN panel holds first meeting on Palestinian statehood bid


Lebanese UN ambassador says committee unanimously agreed to continue meeting at expert level; Palestinian say they have 8 of 9 necessary votes, plan to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia.

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US summons Syrian envoy after embassy attack


State Department “reads the riot act” to Syrian ambassador, demands more protection for its diplomats in Damascus.

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Panel holds first meeting on Palestinian UN bid


Lebanese UN ambassador says committee unanimously agreed to continue meeting at expert level; Palestinian say they have 8 of 9 necessary votes, plan to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia.

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US: Syrian envoy summoned after American mission attacked


State Department “reads the riot act” to Syrian ambassador, demands more protection for its diplomats in Damascus.

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Why Israel can’t be a ‘Jewish State’

The Israeli government’s current mantra is that the Palestinians must recognise a “Jewish State”.

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Merkel chides Netanyahu over Jerusalem housing plans


German chancellor tells prime minister that housing program raises doubts about Israel’s willingness to return to peace talks with Palestinians; Merkel says both sides must refrain from “provocative actions.”

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Rebecca Sive: Jewish Women Are the Answer to President Obama’s Jewish Problem

Mr. President: It’s time to be a leading advocate for access to abortion, lest those Jewish women dismayed by your policies on the economy and Israel decide they might as well vote for your Republican opponent.

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‘Suicide bomber attacks paramilitary building in Turkey’


Blast goes off outside of Antalya paramilitary building in southern Turkey; no casualties reported; second blast outside gov’t building in Turkey this month, last time in Ankara.

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‘Explosion rocks parliamentary building in Turkey’


Blast goes off outside of Antalya parliamentary building in southern Turkey, CNN Turk says; no casualties reported; second blast outside gov’t building in Turkey this month, last time in Ankara.

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US official confirms al-Qaida’s al-Awlaki killed in Yemen


US-born cleric, branded a “global terrorist” by American authorities, killed in air raid, according to Yemen’s Defense Ministry; US drone aircraft had targeted but missed Alwaki in May.

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