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CIA, Israel plotted senior Hezbollah commander's killing: report

Washington - The CIA and Israel's spy agency Mossad were behind an elaborate plot to kill Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh in a 2008 car bomb attack in Syria, the Washington Post reported.

Hezbollah head says not seeking new war but warns Israel

Birut - Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said Friday his Shiite militant group is not seeking confrontation with Israel but does not fear a new war or taking the conflict beyond Lebanon's borders.

Argentine prosecutor laid to rest amid mystery over his death

La Tablada - The special prosecutor whose mysterious death set off a political firestorm in Argentina was laid to rest Thursday, as an investigation tries to determine whether he died by his own hand or was murdered.

Hezbollah, Israel on edge as border fighting erupts

Beirut - Tensions are escalating along Israel's border and occupied territories, as a Hezbollah unit launched a strike that killed at least four IDF soldiers, initial reports said.

Hezbollah will pay 'full price' for deadly attack: Israel

- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Lebanon's Hezbollah it will pay the "full price" after missiles killed two Israeli soldiers in an attack that raised fears of another all-out war.

Israel air force hits Syrian army after Golan rocket fire

Jerusalem - Israeli warplanes struck Syrian army targets on the Golan Heights early Wednesday hours after rockets hit the Israeli-held sector, in what the Jewish state said was "a clear message" to Damascus.

Rights group chides Israel 'policy' of bombing Gaza homes

Jerusalem - An Israeli rights group Wednesday criticised the government for what it called a deliberate policy of launching air strikes on homes that killed hundreds of civilians during last year's Gaza war.

Israel expels 43 spys for refusal to spy on Palestinians

The top electronic surveillance unit in the Israeli Defense Force has cleaned house, expelling 43 operatives for refusing to spy on Palestinians, it was reported Channel 1 TV.

Rockets fired from Syria hit Israeli-held Golan: Army

Jerusalem - At least two rockets fired from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday prompting Israeli forces to return fire, the army said.There were no immediate reports of casualties on the Israeli side.

UN halts Gaza house repairs saying donors failed to pay up

Gaza - The UN agency for Palestinian refugees said on Tuesday that it cannot afford to repair Gaza homes damaged in last year's war with Israel because donors have failed to pay.

Argentina to disband intelligence service after prosecutor death

Buenos Aires - President Cristina Kirchner said that she will disband Argentina's intelligence service after a prosecutor was found dead just hours before he was to make explosive allegations against her.

Argentina pledges 'full security' for journalists after one flees

Buenos Aires - A top aide to President Cristina Kirchner offered assurances Monday that journalists enjoy "full security" in Argentina after a reporter who revealed the suspicious death of a key prosecutor fled to Israel.

Reporter flees Argentina after threats in dead prosecutor case

Buenos Aires - A reporter who broke the story that an Argentine prosecutor was found dead shortly before he was about to make explosive allegations about President Cristina Kirchner fled Argentina on Sunday after threats."Now safe in Tel Aviv. Thanks everybody.

Obama official: Israel will 'pay price' for 'spat in face'

Washington - A 'spat' between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu escalated on Friday, as a White House official blasted the leader of one of America's closest allies — and vowed retaliation for his perceived disrespect.

Op-Ed: Can Hezbollah and Syria really afford to confront Israel?

Recent clashes coupled with the escalation of tensions between Israel and the Hezbollah, along with its Iranian and Syrian patrons, brings to one's mind this very question.

Israel fights back against ICC Gaza war crimes inquiry

Tel Aviv - Israel is attempting to delegitimize the International Criminal Court in the wake of its decision to launch an inquiry into possible Israeli war crimes committed during last year's Gaza offensive.

Obama will not meet U.S.-bound Netanyahu

Washington - U.S. President Barack Obama has refused to meet Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu, who will make a controversial visit to the United States in early March as he fights for re-election.

Op-Ed: The dire prospect of another Israel-Hezbollah war

Here's to hoping that the present threats by Hezbollah and Iran to retaliate against the recent Israel strike in Syria doesn't escalate into full-blown war.

Israel 'failed to minimise civilian toll in Gaza war'

Jerusalem - Israeli conduct during last summer's war in the Gaza Strip increased the number of civilian casualties, an independent report has said, by failing to differentiate between military targets and civilian populations.

Palestinian knife attack wounds 12 on Tel Aviv bus

Telavi - A knife-wielding Palestinian attacked passengers on a morning rush-hour bus in Tel Aviv Wednesday, wounding 12 people, before being shot by a passing prison officer in the latest lone-wolf attack.

Israel Arabs declare nationwide strike after Bedouin deaths

Jerusalem - Leaders of Israel's 1.7 million Arabs declared a general strike throughout the country on Tuesday in protest at the recent deaths of two Bedouin men in confrontations with police.

Iran general killed with Hezbollah fighters in Israel raid

Birut - An Israeli strike on Syria killed an Iranian general, Tehran confirmed Monday, as thousands of supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah gathered to bury one of six fighters killed in the same raid.

Israel strike on Syria 'also killed six Iranians'

Birut - An Israeli strike on Syria that killed six members of Hezbollah also killed six Iranian solders, including commanders, a source close to the Lebanese Shiite group told AFP on Monday.

Six Hezbollah fighters killed in Israeli strike

Birut - Six Hezbollah fighters were killed Sunday in an Israeli air strike on the Syrian side of the Golan, including the son of assassinated senior commander Imad Mughniyeh.

Canada's Baird denounces ICC war crimes probe of Israel

Jerusalem - Canada's top diplomat denounced Sunday the International Criminal Court for opening a preliminary probe into possible war crimes by Israel, which counts on his country as one of its staunchest allies.

US blasts ICC war crimes probe of Israel as 'tragic irony'

Washington - The United States joined Israel in condemning the International Criminal Court decision to open a preliminary probe into possible war crimes committed against Palestinians, blasting it as a "tragic irony".

ICC prosecutor opens probe into war crimes against Palestinians

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court's prosecutor on Friday opened a preliminary probe into possible war crimes committed against Palestinians, a move immediately blasted by Israel as "scandalous".

Turkish PM compares Netanyahu with 'Paris terrorists'

Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had committed crimes against humanity comparable to those behind the Paris attacks that left 17 dead.

Israel buries Jews slain in Paris attack

Jerusalem - Israel held an emotional funeral Tuesday for four Jews killed by an Islamist gunman in Paris, with thousands turning out to mourn the victims of an attack that shook the Jewish community.

Israel set to hold funerals for Jews slain in Paris attack

Jerusalem - Crowds of mourners are set to attend the funeral in Jerusalem Tuesday of four Jews killed in an Islamist attack on a Paris kosher supermarket, after their bodies were flown to Israel.
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