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Kerry, Lavrov to meet Thursday on Ukraine, Mideast

Brussels - US Secretary of State John Kerry will hold talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov at an OSCE meeting on Thursday in Basel, Switzerland, a US official said, with topics set to include Ukraine and the Middle East.

Australia probes report of nine-year-old bride

Sydney - The Australian government is investigating claims a nine-year-old girl from Sydney has been taken out of the country to be married in the Middle East, officials said Tuesday.

Palestinians say ceasefire with Israel extended for five days

Cairo - Palestinian negotiators in Cairo say a new ceasefire agreement has been reached with Israel to allow further negotiations on a longer-term deal.

Europe's busiest airports boost screening over U.S. fears

Paris - France on Friday said it is boosting passenger screening at its airports, responding to a request from Washington for extra security for U.S.-bound flights over fears Islamist radicals could be plotting new attacks using hard-to-detect bombs.

Spotlight on Qaeda master bombmaker over flight security

Paris - As fears rise over warnings of new explosives able to slip by standard airport security checks, eyes are turning to southern Yemen and one man in particular: master Al-Qaeda bombmaker Ibrahim al-Asiri.

Airport security ramped up over U.S. bomb fears

London - U.S.-bound travellers from Europe and the Middle East faced tighter airport security Thursday over fears that Al-Qaeda-linked militants are developing new explosives that could be slipped onto planes undetected.

Washington to tighten security for US-bound flights

Washington - US authorities plan to bolster security at some airports in Europe and the Middle East with direct flights to the United States, officials said.

Fears of extremism rise in Muslim nations

Washington - Fears about Islamic extremism are rising in nations with large Muslim populations from the Middle East to South Asia and support for radical groups is on the slide, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Mideast leaders arrive at Vatican for prayers, talks

Well, why not? When armed conflict and diplomacy fail to change people's minds, maybe prayer is the next best option after all.

Mideast talks postponed after West Bank slaying, Jerusalem unrest

Jerusalem - A planned meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators has been postponed for one day after violence in the West Bank and in Jerusalem, the Palestinian Authority acknowledged Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Israel prepares for ground offensive into Gaza

Today the IDF continues responding to rocket attacks from Hamas as two rockets were fired toward greater Tel Aviv area. An all-out Middle East war could erupt soon as Israel moves its troops toward Gaza.

Op-Ed: Israeli Defense Forces strikes Hamas as conflict intensify

The Middle East crisis intensifies as Hamas military chief, Ahmed Jabari, dies during an Israeli IDF pinpoint strike on his vehicle. The IDF launches widespread attacks on Gaza terror targets as Israel prepares nuclear strike mission on Iran.

Israeli Defense Force responds to Syrian attacks

The MiddlE East crisis continues as the IDF fire a warning shot into Syria after a shell hits the Golan Heights. Netanyahu says Israel is closely following events along the Syrian border. Analysts believe a Middle East war could erupt before 2013.

Op-Ed: Obama’s victory is bad news for Israel and Christian Americans

Obama’s reelection means bad news for Israel as Prime Minister Netanyahu congratulates Obama, while Israeli officials prepare for Obama’s second term. Obama’s reelection victory confirms the secularization of American civilization.

Op-Ed: Was Hurricane Sandy God’s judgment on America?

Today, Hurricane Sandy leaves dozens dead and billions in damages as New York City begins recovery, Israeli students pray for the Sandy’s victims, while Muslim clerics say Sandy was God's punishment on America.

WHO on high alert after SARS-like illness claims first victim

One man is dead and another is in critical condition with a new coronavirus, similar to SARS. The victims are believed to have contracted the respiratory virus in the Middle East.

Op-Ed: The U.S. war against Iran could shift the balance of power

Today, the world is on the brink of war. Iran’s Russian designed weapon systems could damage U.S. and Israeli warships in the Mideast as China takes control of disputed islands.

Op-Ed: Tensions between Washington and Jerusalem increases daily

The deteriorating relationship between U.S. President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has been obvious to the world. The two men cannot trust each other, and the tension between their opposing agendas has increased significantly.

Op-Ed: America and Israel prepare for Mideast war

This month, the USS Stennis returns to the Mideast, the U.S. deploys sea drones to the Persian Gulf to clear Iranian mines, the Israelis deploy missiles on the Egyptian border, and the U.S. is concerned about Syria’s chemical stockpile movements.

Op-Ed: Russian warplanes threaten American airspace

In early July 2012, Russian warships conduct maneuvers near Syria while its Tu-95 BEAR H nuclear-capable bombers were intercepted near America's west coast region. This action was the second U.S. air defense zone intrusion in recent weeks.

Op-Ed: Hamas rocket attacks barrage Israelis

Hamas terror rockets barrage Israel. Barak says Egypt must bring Sinai under control now. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) general warns that terror will move to the east. And the U.S. condemns rocket attacks on Israel.

Op-Ed: Brotherhood warns military as Israel prepares for Mideast war

The Muslim Brotherhood warns Egypt’s military leadership against holding on to power. Angry crowds gather in Egypt as the West warns military over power grab.

Op-Ed: Mideast crisis prelude to major war

Iran, Russia, and China plan to hold mass military exercises in Syria. Iran will unveil several home-made destroyers and missile Frigates soon, and Iran threatens to break off nuclear discussions if the West does not lift oil sanctions.

Op-Ed: Russia and America near Mideast proxy war

Russia and America conduct proxy warfare in Syria. Russia defends its arms sale to Syria, while blasting America. However, American leaders say Russian arms kill Syrians hourly, while they turn up Western pressure against Russia.

Op-Ed: The Mideast crisis continues as Iran celebrates nuclear weapons

The Mideast becomes increasingly dangerous. Iran continues pursuing nuclear weapons. Israelis encrypt UAVs as cyber-war widens. And Turkey fears the Syrian conflict will spill over into its country.

Op-Ed: Syria prepares for war, while Muslims murder Christians

A diplomat says Syria is ready for war. A new kill count for eradicating Christianity. Nigerian Muslim militants murder seven Christians in violent Church attack. And Tunisian Muslims murder Christian man.

Russia and Iran continue to support crumbling Assad regime

The Assad Regime begins to crumble; Netanyahu says Assad is slaughtering Syrian civilians with the aid of Iran and Hezbollah; Russia delivers more arms to the Syrian regime; and Russian warships visit Syria with intelligence data.

Op-Ed: Iranian Revolutionary Guard-Quds Force in Syria

Iran admits the Iranian Revolutionary Guard-Quds Force (IRGC-QF) presence in Syria. IRGC-QF has been conducting covert operations in Syria months before the Mideast revolutions began.

Germany continues supplying Israel with submarines

Today, Germany continues supplying Israel with submarines that have nuclear cruise missile launch systems. This public admission shows Israel's weapons of mass destruction (WMD) deterrence capabilities against Iran and other Mideast adversaries.

Op-Ed: Arms trafficking operations grow in Syria

Iranian weapons are being smuggled to the Assad regime by passenger planes, while Israel considers military interception options. Opposition forces cannot overthrow the Assad regime.
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S Secretary of State John Kerry announces a 72-hour halt of fighting between Israel and Hamas on Aug. 1 at an early morning news conference in New Delhi, India
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