Israeli minister reveals covert contacts with Saudi Arabia

An Israeli cabinet minister said on Sunday that Israel has had covert contacts with Saudi Arabia amid common concerns over Iran, a first disclosure by a senior Israeli official of such contacts. In an interview on Army Radio, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz was asked why Israel was hiding its ties with Saudi Arabia. Steinitz replied: […]

Miss Iraq and Miss Israel selfie strikes a nerve

Miss Iraq Sarah Idan and Miss Israel Adar Gandelsman (no relation…) met at the Miss Universe beauty pageant and became friends. Miss Iraq posted this photo on her Instagram. What a great message of hope for the region. Good luck to both Sarah and Hadar. — Ofir Gendelman (@ofirgendelman) November 14, 2017 As contestants […]

Zimbabweans celebrate expected downfall OF Mugabe

Zimbabwe’s ruling party will dismiss President Robert Mugabe on Sunday and reinstate Emmerson Mnangagwa, the vice-president he fired, two party sources told Reuters on Saturday, as ecstatic crowds celebrated the expected downfall. Mugabe’s 37-year rule has been effectively at an end since the army seized control on Wednesday, confining him to his residence, saying it […]

The rise and fall of Grace Mugabe

The spectacular rise and fall of Zimbabwe’s uncompromising First Lady, Grace Mugabe, had an unusual beginning: an office affair. It was the early 1990s when President Robert Mugabe’s eye fell upon one of his shy young typists. She would become his wife, a ferociously ambitious politician and, more than two decades later, a contributor to […]

Fatal mass shooting at northern California elementary school

Four people were killed and several were wounded, including children, when a gunman went on a shooting rampage in Northern California  on Tuesday, an incident that ended when police shot and killed the gunman inside a car, authorities said. The shooting started around  8 a.m. after a domestic dispute turned violent, but then ranged from the house to […]

On brink of bankruptcy, Venezuela faces day of reckoning

Locked in a deep economic crisis, Venezuela’s beleaguered government has summoned creditors for crisis talks on Monday as it lurches dangerously close to defaulting on its debt. The country with the world’s largest known oil reserves is on the brink of bankruptcy, and its embattled President Nicolas Maduro is fast running out of options. With […]

Satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo gets new death threats over Islam cartoon

The Paris prosecutor’s office opened an investigation on Monday of death threats against the satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo, over a cartoon of the Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, who faces rape allegations. The investigation was opened against “written death threats” and “public praise for a terrorist act”, a judicial source told AFP. The provocative magazine, […]