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April 12, 2018 8:14 PM Six books shortlisted for Man Booker International Prize

“This is a shortlist emblematic of the many adventures of fiction — its making and reading,” Lisa Appignanesi, chairwoman of the 2018 Man Booker International Prize judging panel, said in a statement. “We have mesmeric meditations, raucous, sexy, state-of-the-nation stories, haunting sparseness and sprawling tales; enigmatic cabinets of curiosity, and daring 11

March 1, 2018 8:47 AM Polish law criminalizing some Holocaust speech takes effect today

Officials have said no criminal charges will be filed until completion of constitutional court review A Polish law that makes it a crime to accuse the Polish nation of crimes that were committed by Nazi Germany took effect on Thursday, part of a larger effort by the nationalist authorities to harness history for its larger purpose of defending the country's 34

February 21, 2018 4:59 PM Israel gives thousands of African migrants a choice — go to jail, or be deported to a country you’ve never seen before

Some 40,000 African migrants in Israel, nearly all from Eritrea and Sudan, began receiving deportation notices this month. The deportation plan, which is widely presumed to involve relocation to Rwanda and Uganda, has sparked outrage in Israel. KAMPALA, UGANDA—Inside the immigration office in Tel Aviv, Yohannes Tesfagabr considered his options. He could 25

February 19, 2018 9:00 AM Canada raises 'concerns' over Israel's mass deportation plan for African migrants

Liberal government faces pressure to resettle asylum seekers from Eritrea, Sudan now in Israel Canada is opposed to Israel's plan to deport or imprison thousands of African asylum seekers and has officially registered its concerns. A majority of the 37,000 citizens of Sudan and Eritrea living in Israel are being ordered out of the country beginning next month 35

February 13, 2018 9:13 AM Trial begins for Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi, accused of slapping Israeli soldier

Military judge said Tuesday the trial will be closed to the media 'for the protection of the minor' Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi is to go on trial before an Israeli military court for slapping and punching two Israeli soldiers in December in a case that has drawn wide criticism of Israel for prosecuting the teenager. It has also underscored what Palestinians 44

February 10, 2018 7:27 AM Israel, citing Iranian drone launched from Syria, strikes back with force

Israel says it is holding Iran directly responsible for the violation of airspace The Israeli military shot down an Iranian drone that infiltrated the country early Saturday and struck Iranian targets in Syria that launched it, in what the military called a "severe and irregular violation of Israeli sovereignty." The military said its planes faced heavy 31

January 20, 2018 2:58 PM Mike Pence in Egypt for security, counterterrorism talks; will visit Israel Sunday

The U.S. vice-president’s visit to the region comes more than a month after Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a step that’s enraged Palestinians. CAIRO—Vice-President Mike Pence left behind the U.S. government shutdown and readied for security and counterterrorism talks Saturday with Egypt’s leader. Pence arrived 21

January 9, 2018 2:52 PM Syria accuses Israel of airstrikes aimed at area near Damascus, Golan Heights

Israeli doesn't confirm actions, but Netanyahu says country is trying to deter Hezbollah Israeli jets and ground-to-ground missiles struck Syria early on Tuesday, Syria's army said, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated he would do what was needed to stop Hezbollah gaining "game-changing" Iranian weapons. The Syrian army said in a statement 41

December 15, 2017 12:56 PM Palestinians clash with Israeli forces as fallout over Trump’s decision on Jerusalem continues

Palestinians threw rocks at Israeli troops who responded with tear gas in the West Bank on Friday. GAZA, PALESTINIAN TERRITORY—Palestinian protesters are scuffling with Israeli forces as fallout continues over U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last week. Following Muslim prayers on Friday, Palestinians 22

December 10, 2017 11:04 AM Lebanese security forces fire tear gas at protesters near U.S. embassy

Protesters reject Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel Lebanese security forces fired tear gas and water canons at protesters near the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon on Sunday during a demonstration against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, TV footage showed. Protesters are seen near the U.S. embassy 28