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Dec 29, 2013

Erdogan vows Turkish graft affair will fail to topple him

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan swore on Sunday he would survive a corruption crisis circling his cabinet, saying those seeking his overthrow would fail just like mass anti-government protests last summer.

Erdogan, who says the scandal is an international plot, accused his opponents of caring not about corruption but wanting to undermine the power of Turkey, which has been transformed economically under his 11-year leadership.

Dec 26, 2013

Opposition sees ‘deep state’ in Turkish crisis cabinet

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s opposition accused scandal-hit Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday of trying to rule via a secretive “deep state” after a cabinet reshuffle that would tighten controls on police already beleaguered by government-ordered purges.

Among 10 new loyalist ministers Erdogan named late on Wednesday was Efkan Ala, a former governor of the restive Diyarbakir province who will now wield the powerful Interior portfolio and oversee Turkish domestic security.

Dec 26, 2013

Opposition warns of “deep state” in new Turkish cabinet

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s opposition accused scandal-hit Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday of trying to rule via a secretive “deep state”, after a cabinet reshuffle that would tighten controls on police already beleaguered by government-ordered purges.

Among 10 new loyalist ministers Erdogan named late on Wednesday was Efkan Ala, a former governor of the restive Diyarbakir province who will wield the powerful Interior portfolio and oversee Turkish domestic security.

Dec 25, 2013

Turkey’s Erdogan defiant as three ministers quit over scandal

ANKARA, Dec 25 (Reuters) – Three Turkish cabinet members
resigned over a spiralling corruption scandal on Wednesday and
one of them urged a defiant Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to
follow suit.

That challenge, unprecedented in Erdogan’s 11 years in
power, raised the temperature in the week-old crisis which has
pitted the prime minister against the judiciary and reignited
anti-government sentiment simmering since mass street-protests
swept Istanbul and other cities in the summer.

Dec 22, 2013

Netanyahu seeks to slow Iran-US thaw by ramping up demands of deal

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – By ramping up his demands of any final nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears determined to stem the tide of international diplomacy which has turned against him in recent weeks.

Netanyahu was stung by an interim agreement last month for Tehran to curb its nuclear programme in return for a limited easing of sanctions, calling it a historic mistake.

Dec 22, 2013

Analysis: Netanyahu seeks to slow Iran-U.S. thaw by ramping up demands of deal

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – By ramping up his demands of any final nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears determined to stem the tide of international diplomacy which has turned against him in recent weeks.

Netanyahu was stung by an interim agreement last month for Tehran to curb its nuclear program in return for a limited easing of sanctions, calling it a historic mistake.

Dec 17, 2013

Israel frets U.S. scholars forum’s boycott may inspire others

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel dismissed as “radical leftist” a group of American scholars that has decided to boycott it but worries that other academic forums in the United States could take similar action, the deputy Israeli foreign minister said on Tuesday.

The American Studies Association (ASA) on Sunday became the largest U.S. academic group to back an anti-Israel boycott in solidarity with the Palestinians. Its vote was mostly symbolic as the group has no power to compel its some 5,000 members or any U.S. institution to heed the resolution.

Dec 9, 2013

Israeli top leaders not attending Mandela funeral

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel, once an ally of South Africa’s former apartheid rulers, will not be represented by its prime minister or president at the funeral of Nelson Mandela, officials said on Monday, citing costs and health reasons.

Palestinians, who hail South Africa’s first black leader as an inspiration in a conflict with what they call Israeli “apartheid”, will be represented by President Mahmoud Abbas – one of about 70 world leaders South Africa expects to welcome.

Dec 6, 2013

Israel clears soldier in Palestinian’s death from tear-gas shot

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s army has exonerated a soldier in the 2011 killing of a Palestinian protester with a rifle-fired tear gas canister, and an Israeli human rights group criticized the ruling as a sign of military impunity.

Mustafa Tamimi, 28, was struck in the head by the canister while chasing an army jeep during a stone-throwing demonstration in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Media photographs showed one of the jeep’s rear doors slightly ajar with smoke coming out of it as Tamimi collapsed on the road.

Nov 28, 2013
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In Israel, an Arab village builds a mosque with Chechen help

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(A new mosque with four minarets is seen in the Israeli-Arab village of Abu Ghosh, near Jerusalem November 22, 2013. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

In a Holy Land rich with religious sites, the new Abu Ghosh mosque is rare – as is the hilly village from which it rises.