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Rights group accuses Yemen rebels of ‘possible war crimes’

Thursday May 7, 2015
NY-based watchdog says Houthi separatists shot and killed 2 women in Aden, unlawfully detained local aid workers

Sudan unsure where downed drone came from

Thursday May 7, 2015
Army says it shot down a reconnaissance aircraft after residents report hearing explosions near military site

Lag B’Omer bonfires spark air pollution spike

Thursday May 7, 2015
Pollution up tenfold in parts of Bnei Brak, Jerusalem

Israel okays 900 East Jerusalem homes, peace group says

Thursday May 7, 2015
District planning committee said to authorize project in ultra-Orthodox neighborhood; Interior Ministry plays down report

Jewish Home makes it official with Likud deal

Thursday May 7, 2015
Final agreement for Orthodox-nationalist party to join coalition includes more funding for soldiers, schools and settlements

Obama congratulates Netanyahu on his coalition

Thursday May 7, 2015
President ‘looks forward to working’ with the prime minister, White House says in a statement

In about-face, state okays private kosher certification

Thursday May 7, 2015
Alternative organizations that fought to end rabbinate monopoly say battle will now move to who can use the word ‘kosher’

61 is the loneliest number

Thursday May 7, 2015
Netanyahu may have eked out a coalition at the last second, but papers report his quest for partners is not over as he’ll find it nearly impossible to scrape by with 61 seats

Clinic in a backpack brings Israeli relief to remote Nepal areas

Thursday May 7, 2015
After earthquake, Israeli and Nepali medics lug a field clinic on their backs to get medical care to far-flung villages

Gunmen kill 2 Egyptian policemen in Sinai

Thursday May 7, 2015
Assailants open fire at security forces outside the town of Rafah, on the border with the Gaza Strip

Britons head to polls in suspense-filled election

Thursday May 7, 2015
Country faces choice between David Cameron’s center-right Conservatives or Ed Miliband’s center-left Labour in what appears to be closest race in decades

Senate to test Iran deal oversight bill in Thursday vote

Thursday May 7, 2015
Majority in straw poll will likely jettison Republican proposals to change legislation, raising chances of passage

Iran reportedly releases seized Maersk cargo ship

Thursday May 7, 2015
Boat was impounded last week over apparent commercial dispute, in move that prompted US to send vessels to region

Ramallah blasts new Netanyahu government as ‘against peace’

Thursday May 7, 2015
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat says right-wing coalition ‘will set its sights on killing and reinforcing settlement activities’

US may sell Saudis bombs once only offered to Israel — report

Thursday May 7, 2015
Possible bunker buster sale, along with offering F-35s to UAE, being weighed as part of American effort to allay regional fears of Iran deal

Hoping to woo Herzog, Netanyahu to keep Foreign Ministry in back pocket

Thursday May 7, 2015
Likud official confirms prime minister is holding onto top portfolio in bid to convince Zionist Union to join government later on

Who is David Cameron? Elusive leader at heart of UK election

Thursday May 7, 2015
Conservative party head’s pragmatic politics have propelled him to Britain’s top position, but ahead of elections, the PM also seems slightly disengaged

Obama hosts anxious Gulf leaders amid shifting Mideast sands

Thursday May 7, 2015
‘Long overdue’ meeting next week comes as Arab States express uneasiness with White House’s courting of Iran

92 injured in Lag B’Omer revelries on Mount Meron

Wednesday May 6, 2015
Police estimate 60,000 people participated in celebration of minor holiday, marked with bonfires, at Galilee tomb

Britain votes in election which could define its future

Wednesday May 6, 2015
Neither Labour nor Conservatives expected to gain upper hand, lending power to smaller parties who will help build a governing bloc

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