Exclusive: Trump complains Saudis not paying fair share for U.S. defence


WASHINGTON President Donald Trump complained on Thursday that U.S. ally Saudi Arabia was not treating the United States fairly and Washington was losing a “tremendous amount of money” defending the kingdom.

Israel strikes arms depot near Damascus airport - sources

AMMAN/BEIRUT Israeli warplanes struck a weapons supply hub operated by Lebanese group Hezbollah near Damascus airport on Thursday, targeting arms sent from Iran in commercial and military cargo aircraft, Syrian rebel and regional intelligence sources said. | Video

Palestinian Authority halts payments for Israeli electricity to Gaza - Israel

JERUSALEM The Palestinian Authority will no longer pay for the electricity Israel supplies to Gaza, Israeli officials said, a move that could lead to a complete power shutdown in the territory whose two million people already endure blackouts for much of the day.

World, 27 Apr 2017

Abbas turns screw on Hamas by cutting Gaza's electricity

GAZA With the prospect looming of a Middle East peace initiative by a new U.S. administration more sympathetic to Israel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to turn the screw on the Hamas group that has kept Gaza out of his control for a decade.

World, 27 Apr 2017

Archaeologists restore ancient Roman temple in Israeli port

CAESARIA, Israel Archaeologists in Israel have begun work to restore a once-towering ancient-Roman temple in the modern-day Mediterranean city of Caesaria.

World, 27 Apr 2017

Israel seeks U.S. backing to avert permanent Iran foothold in Syria

WASHINGTON Israel is seeking an "understanding" with the Trump administration that Iran must not be allowed to establish a permanent military foothold in Syria, Israel's intelligence minister told Reuters on Wednesday.

World, Syria, 27 Apr 2017

Israel's "Checkpoint Q": a daily hurdle for Palestinians

QALANDIYA, West Bank To one side loom towers manned by Israeli soldiers who keep watch from behind bulletproof glass. To the other stand concrete walls charred by fire bombs, pitted with bullet holes and scrawled with Palestinian graffiti. In between, barriers and steel fences block traffic or corral vehicles and pedestrians.

World, 26 Apr 2017

Israel grants work visa to Human Rights Watch official after initial denial

JERUSALEM Israel gave a one-year work visa to a Human Rights Watch researcher on Wednesday after initially denying him a permit and accusing the organisation of engaging in "Palestinian propaganda", the group said.

World, 26 Apr 2017

Netanyahu snubs German minister over plan to meet rights groups

BERLIN/JERUSALEM Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled talks on Tuesday with Germany's visiting foreign minister, snubbing Sigmar Gabriel over his decision to meet groups critical of Israel's treatment of Palestinians.

World, 26 Apr 2017

Palestinian-born activist agrees to deportation from U.S.

DETROIT A Palestinian-born activist who spent 10 years in an Israeli prison on a terrorism conviction before moving to the United States and gaining citizenship pleaded guilty on Tuesday to immigration fraud, agreeing to be deported rather than sent to prison.

World, 26 Apr 2017