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Jewish nation state: Israel approves controversial bill

Israel Arab MPs protest and rip copies of the bill after Knesset passes nation state law Israel's parliament has passed a controversial law characterising the country as principally a Jewish state, fuelling anger among its Arab minority. The "nation state" law says Jews have a unique right to national self-determination there and

Arab League to counter US pro-Israeli stand on Jerusalem

  By Khaled Ibrahim The Arab foreign ministers met in Cairo on Thursday to discuss means of countering the recent U.S. decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Foreign ministers from 14 Arab League member-states, along with their accompanying delegations, attended Thursday’s meeting. In a press statement, Arab League Assistant Secretary-General Hossam Zaki said the gathering was intended

How Islamic State became a military threat in Iraq and Syria

By Jonathan Fenton-Harvey While the Islamic State group's reign of terror in Iraq and Syria is virtually over, multiple reports throughout its existence show irresponsible arms transfers – especially from the West and its allies, empowering the self-proclaimed caliphate. This highlights an existing danger that won't necessarily go away with IS: as long as such weapons