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At Least 2 Palestinians Are Killed Amid Jerusalem Protests

As tension built, the Israeli cabinet met into the night on Thursday. Ministers decided to leave the metal detectors in place, despite recommendations to remove them by the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, and other security organizations. “Israel is committed to preserving the status quo at the Temple Mount and the freedom of access to the holy places,” Israeli officials said in a statement after the cabinet meeting, adding: “The cabinet has authorized the Israel police to take any decision to ensure the freedom of access to the holy…

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The Latest: Group says 10 prominent Palestinians detained

JERUSALEM –  The Latest on developments in Israel (all times local): 9:15 a.m. An advocacy group says Israeli police have detained 10 prominent Palestinian activists in Jerusalem, including the leader of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement in the city. The Palestinian Prisoners Club says the city’s Fatah chief, Hatem Abdel Khader, was among those detained. Israeli police were not available for comment. The detentions came ahead of expected Palestinian mass protests over Israel’s decision to install metal detectors at a contested holy site in Jerusalem. Muslim leaders have urged…

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When Syria Came to Fresno: Refugees Test Limits of Outstretched Hand

His father, Joe, was not against their presence. “Anything is fine as long as they act like us,” he said. There is a tradition of refugees continuing to migrate once they reach the United States. In the 1990s, about a dozen evangelical Christian families from the former Soviet Union who originally settled in Oregon and Washington followed a leader to Delta Junction, Alaska, and established a community there. Continue reading the main story Many Hmong, an ethnic group from Laos that helped the United States during the Vietnam War, left…

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Iran president vows to “stand up to” U.S. over sanctions

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani takes part in a news conference near the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 22, 2016. Lucas Jackson / Reuters TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s president said Wednesday that it will stand up to the United States and reciprocate for any new sanctions that Washington imposes on the Islamic republic.  Hassan Rouhani’s remarks came a day after the Trump administration announced new, non-nuclear sanctions while at the same time warning Tehran that it would face consequences for breaching “the spirit” of the nuclear deal…

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Macron Denounces Anti-Zionism as ‘Reinvented Form of Anti-Semitism’

For decades, many French have held on to the idea that their ancestors had been either victims or resisters of Nazis, or of the collaborationist regime that was set up in Vichy, France. Continue reading the main story President François Mitterrand, who worked as a low-level Vichy administrator before joining the Resistance, declared in 1992 that “the French state was the Vichy regime, it was not the Republic.” He argued, as his predecessors had, that the only legitimate representatives of France were in exile with Gen. Charles de Gaulle, who…

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Senate health care bill on brink of collapse, vote tally shows

Two Republican senators have already said they’ll oppose a second version of leadership’s health care plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, and one more could kill the bill, although with Arizona senator John McCain’s absence, the vote has been delayed. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) was expected to release a cost estimate of the revised legislation Monday, but on Sunday said that estimate would be delayed. Some Republican senators had been awaiting the CBO score before deciding on whether they’d support the bill.  However, CBO was not going to…

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Whip list: Senate health care bill on brink of collapse

Two Republican senators have already said they’ll oppose a second version of leadership’s health care plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, and one more could kill the bill, although with Arizona senator John McCain’s absence, the vote has been delayed. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) was expected to release a cost estimate of the revised legislation Monday, but on Sunday said that estimate would be delayed. Some Republican senators had been awaiting the CBO score before deciding on whether they’d support the bill.  However, CBO was not going to…

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Israel reopens Jerusalem holy site after deadly shooting

Palestinians pray as Israeli police officers look on, by newly installed metal detectors, at an entrance to the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City, July 16, 2017. Ammar Awad JERUSALEM — Hundreds of Muslim worshippers visited a Jerusalem holy site Sunday after Israel reopened the compound following a rare closure in response to a deadly shooting last week that raised concerns about wider unrest.  For the first time in decades, Israel closed the site — known to Muslims as…

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Israel to reopen Jerusalem holy site after deadly assault

JERUSALEM –  Israel will gradually reopen a Jerusalem holy site Sunday after taking the rare step of shutting it down following a deadly assault there that sparked concerns of a fresh round of violence. For the first time in decades, Israel closed the site — known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount — on Friday after an attack by three Arab citizens of Israel who opened fire from the sacred site with automatic weapons and killed two police officers before being shot dead…

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Deadly attack at Jerusalem holy site

Israeli police check the body of an assailant after he was shot dead by officers at the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s Old City, July 14, 2017. REUTERS JERUSALEM — Three Palestinians opened fire on Israelis near a major Jerusalem holy site Friday, wounding three before fleeing into the sacred compound where they were killed in a gunfight with security forces, police said. Two police officers were killed in the attack, Israel’s police chief said later Friday. The rare gunfight…

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