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Pointing fingers at the United Nations

Pointing fingers at the United Nations

NEW 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 Rouhani blamed the West’s blunders for fomenting the terrorists of ISIS and characterized Iran as leading the forces of moderation in the region.

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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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Why does Qatar support Hamas?

Why does Qatar support Hamas?WASHINGTON — It was the first Persian Gulf state to establish ties with Israel, the first to welcome Israeli students and the only one to allow direct dialing to Israel. Israeli athletes shine on its courts. Now Qatar is on the outs with Israel because of its embrace of another regional pariah: Hamas. Calls are circulating in the US Congress to isolate Qatar — a state that has polished its pro-Western image in recent years, welcoming in foreign universities, backing the global news channel...
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