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AP’s veteran Gaza reporter flees to Malaysia

AP’s veteran Gaza reporter flees to Malaysia

WASHINGTON — Ibrahim Barzak spent his childhood counting the days to weekends, when he would travel with his father to see friends in Tel Aviv, Herzliya, Ashdod and Jerusalem. For Barzak’s young sons, by contrast, the names of those cities conjure malevolent exotica.

Barzak, 38, has worked for the past 22 years as a journalist in his native Gaza City, most recently as the Gaza correspondent for the Associated Press. The ethos that has guided him throughout his reporting career: a commitment to facts and reality that knows no borders.

But last month, Barzak and his family — his wife, Ghadeer al Omari, and two sons, Hikmet, 8, and Ahmed, 6 — picked up and moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Pointing fingers at the United Nations

Pointing fingers at the United NationsNEW YORK — In the end, there was much to talk about at the UN General Assembly but few genuine surprises. With an eye on the jihadist group ISIS, President Obama focused on the need for the international community to counter the dangers of violent extremism. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu likened Hamas to ISIS and depicted Iran as the vanguard of Islamic militancy. As in past years, he invoked the Nazis, but this time as comparable to militant Islamists. Iranian President Hassan ...
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Firebomb thrown at Kiev’s oldest synagogue

Firebomb thrown at Kiev’s oldest synagogueKIEV — Kiev’s oldest synagogue was the target of a firebomb that burst into flames outside the building last week. The firebombing at the Great Choral Synagogue on Sept. 24, the eve of Rosh Hashanah, did not cause damage, according to the news website evreiskiy.kiev.ua, which belongs to the Jewish Kiev watchdog on anti-Semitism. Police suspect that an arsonist targeting the actual building hurled the firebomb — a glass bottle filled with a flammable substance.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 October 2014 11:19 )

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New Zealand: John Key wins

New Zealand: John Key winsSYDNEY  — John Key, the son of a Jewish refugee from Europe, won his third term as New Zealand prime minister. Key, whose mother Ruth Lazar escaped Europe on the eve of the Holocaust, returned to office with an emphatic victory on Sept.20, enabling him to form a government without relying on coalition partners. His National Party is projected to win 61 seats in the 121-member parliament, crushing the opposition Labor Party in large part thanks to its strong handling of the economy. “I be...
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ISIS? ‘Nuclear Iran 1,000 times worse’

ISIS? ‘Nuclear Iran 1,000 times worse’WASHINGTON — Saying a nuclear Iran would be a “thousand times” greater threat to the world than ISIS, Israel’s ambassador to the US warned against including Iran in any coalition to derail the jihadist group. Ron Dermer, speaking Sept. 17 to guests at a pre-Rosh Hashanah reception at his residence in suburban Maryland, also cautioned the US against accommodating Iran during the current effort to degrade ISIS. His urgent tone was the latest sign of a split between the Obama and Netanyah...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 28 September 2014 05:33 )

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Anti-Semitic graffiti in Spain due to media coverage of Gaza, watchdog group says

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