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  1. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Jews' arrests for killing Palestinian boy forces Israelis to confront extremism

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 08:56pm by AP

    ... must now confront extremist elements within its society. Human rights advocates have long warned of an alarming rise in anti-Arab vandalism and vigilante attacks carried out by Jewish ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1549103/jews-arrests-killing-palestinian-boy-forces-israelis-confront-extremism
  2. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    President of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region calls for independence

    Posted Jul 04th 2014, 01:10am by AGENCIES

    ... and Iraq in the past few weeks. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Islamic State "took leadership" of the oil field from Nusra Front, the official wing of al-Qaeda in Syria. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1546179/president-iraqs-autonomous-kurdish-region-calls-independence
  3. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Israelis, Palestinians mount online battle over three kidnapped boys

    Posted Jun 19th 2014, 09:53pm by AFP

    ... wasn't long in coming, with the hashtag immediately used to flag up the rising number of Palestinian children arrested by the Israeli army. Figures published by the Palestinian prisoner rights ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1536322/israelis-palestinians-mount-online-battle-over-three-kidnapped-boys
  4. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Video of Palestinians being shot renews charges of Israel using excessive force

    Posted May 21st 2014, 09:12pm by AP

    ... revived allegations by human rights activists that the troops often use excessive force. The Israeli rights group B'Tselem said on Tuesday that the images back its findings that troops killed ... by live fire to the upper body. He said Nawara was shot in the chest and Salameh in the right side of his back. A third Palestinian was shot and seriously wounded in the chest, Saliba said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1517335/video-palestinians-being-shot-renews-charges-israel-using-excessive-force
  5. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    PLO plans to join 60 UN bodies, agreements after failed talks

    Posted Apr 28th 2014, 09:05pm by AFP

    ... their voting rights on the body. Early this month Abbas signed membership applications for 15 UN agencies and international treaties, beginning with the Fourth Geneva Convention, which defines humanitarian protections for civilians in a war zone. "This is not a move against America, or any other party. It is our right, and we agreed to suspend it for nine months," he said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1499340/plo-plans-join-60-un-bodies-agreements-after-failed-talks
  6. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Palestine chief Mahmoud Abbas says Holocaust the ‘most heinous crime’

    Posted Apr 28th 2014, 09:08pm by AP

    ... appeared to be aimed at reaching out to Israeli public opinion. While Israel's national Holocaust memorial said Abbas' comments might be a step in the right direction, Israeli Prime ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1499339/palestine-chief-mahmoud-abbas-says-holocaust-most-heinous-crime
  7. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    US ‘disappointed’ by unity deal between Palestinian factions

    Posted Apr 24th 2014, 11:31am by Reuters in Washington

    ... with a government that does not believe in its right to exist.” Republican US Representative Kay Granger The leaders of a US House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee that oversees foreign said ... be expected to negotiate with a government that does not believe in its right to exist,” she said. Hamas has battled Israel, which it refuses to recognise, while Abbas’ Fatah party has remained ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1495730/us-disappointed-unity-deal-between-palestinian-factions
  8. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Arab nations reject demand by Israel for ‘Jewish state’ recognition

    Posted Mar 10th 2014, 09:38pm by AP

    ... saying such a move would undermine the rights of Palestinian refugees. In a resolution released at the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo, the foreign ministers called the issue ... "the demand by Israel and some international parties to identify Israel as a Jewish state, which aims to annul the right of return and compensation for Palestinian refugees". ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1445526/arab-nations-reject-demand-israel-jewish-state-recognition
  9. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Ceasefire holds in Gaza after Israeli air strikes, Palestinian rocket firings

    Posted Mar 13th 2014, 11:09pm by AFP

    ... in the military or perform civilian service. The bill was voted through by 65 to 1. The lone dissenting vote on Wednesday was cast by an MP from the far-right Jewish Home, who broke coalition discipline ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1448100/ceasefire-holds-gaza-after-israeli-air-strikes-palestinian-rocket-firings
  10. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Israeli PM accuses Iran of 'brazenly lying' about rockets seized at sea

    Posted Mar 10th 2014, 09:39pm by AFP

    ... to the terror groups, and if she didn't, why not?" he said. "Nobody has the right to ignore the real, murderous actions of the regime in Tehran," he added. Ashton's visit, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1445527/israeli-pm-accuses-iran-brazenly-lying-about-rockets-seized-sea

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