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Israel’s first Jordanian PhD wants to bring peace through water

Sunday May 24, 2015
Desalination researcher Amer Sweity’s years at Ben-Gurion University put him in unique position to build bridges — and pipelines

UN talks on Yemen postponed in blow to peace efforts

Sunday May 24, 2015
No explanation given for delay; Yemen’s president demands Houthis relinquish territory, surrender weapons

As Jewish settlement turns 40, a founder looks ahead

Sunday May 24, 2015
Israel Harel of Ofra doubts Netanyahu’s new term will bring increased settlement construction, the Washington Post reports

Initially wary, nuns settle in at Jewish nursing home

Sunday May 24, 2015
Sisters at a NY geriatric-care complex say ‘this is home now,’ but admit they ‘miss the bacon’

IS said to execute 217, including 14 kids, in Palmyra

Sunday May 24, 2015
Monitor records killings of 67 civilians, including women and children, and 150 regime forces in past nine days

Poland elects right-wing president who criticized predecessor’s apologies to Jews

Sunday May 24, 2015
Andrzej Duda slammed Bronislaw Komorowski for acknowledging Polish farmers’ massacre of Jewish neighbors in Jedwabne

Comedian Anne Meara, Ben Stiller’s mom, dies age 85

Sunday May 24, 2015
Meara, who had a 60-year career in film and TV with husband, was married to Jerry Stiller for 61 years

Hundreds honor four killed at Brussels Jewish Museum

Sunday May 24, 2015
Says Mayor: ‘All Jews have their place in Brussels… A year later we are still angry over this violent act’

Holocaust film ‘Son of Saul’ takes Grand Prize at Cannes

Sunday May 24, 2015
Hungarian-directed movie about life of Auschwitz worker wins festival’s runner-up award, as refugee drama ‘Dheepan’ captures Palme d’Or

Iran denies agreement on military site inspections

Sunday May 24, 2015
Oversight would be ‘regulated, seriously managed,’ says lawmaker, after deputy FM walks back accepting monitoring of nuclear facilities

Hezbollah chief: Islamic State poses ‘existential threat’ akin to Israel

Sunday May 24, 2015
Nasrallah says Israel supporting jihadist group, touts Shiite group’s victory over IDF 15 years after withdrawal from southern Lebanon

Top Muslim body urges protection of Syria’s Palmyra

Sunday May 24, 2015
Syrian Army prepares counterattack to retake ancient site after hundreds of Assad loyalists killed by jihadist group

Math genius John Nash, wife, ‘A Beautiful Mind’ inspiration, die in car crash

Sunday May 24, 2015
Nobel Prize winner, 86, and Alicia Nash, 82, killed in taxi crash in New Jersey Saturday night after receiving award in Norway

US: Iraqi troops ‘failed to fight’ Islamic State in Ramadi

Sunday May 24, 2015
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says Iraqi military lacked will to fend off jihadists, despite superior numbers

Venice police shut down mosque-inside-church exhibit

Sunday May 24, 2015
Swiss-Icelandic artist’s piece uses floor of derelict church to ‘transform’ space into historic city center’s first Muslim house of worship

Israeli arms sales to Africa mark steep rise in past year

Sunday May 24, 2015
Weapons industry exports up 40% in 2014 compared to 2013, but sales worldwide drop by nearly $1 billion

Islamic State downs Syrian military chopper

Sunday May 24, 2015
At least one crew member killed when helicopter reportedly hit by anti-aircraft missile east of Aleppo

Iraq vets frustrated by presidential debate on war

Sunday May 24, 2015
Republican party’s avoidance of taking responsibility for war irks some war vets, but others find gotcha questions about invasion insulting

Man causes airport bomb scare…for love

Sunday May 24, 2015
French police seal off airport after boyfriend uses irresponsible method to delay plane for beloved stuck in traffic

Rabbi Obama

Sunday May 24, 2015
The President is well-intentioned but simply out of synch with Iran’s intransigence and Abbas’s hostile moves

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