Leading American Jewish organizations have long claimed to be devoted to forging bipartisan support for Israel in the United States. Yet this is what bipartisanship on Israel looks like on the eve of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint meeting of Congress:
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BEIRUT — The first Syrian rebel group to be given U.S. weapons collapsed on Sunday after losing control of its headquarters to Syria’s main al-Qaida affiliate, further complicating American-led efforts to counter the rise of extremism in Syria.
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — A military judge has lifted his restraining order and is again allowing female prison guards to touch an alleged war criminal while moving him between Guantanamo’s most clandestine prison and legal appointments.
The cinematography is as crisp and chilling as a horror movie. Men in orange jumpsuits kneel on a beach beneath a sky of broken clouds. Executioners hover over them, dressed in black, knives aglint. A masked militant reads the death sentence. The camera pans across praying faces. Knives are raised, and 21 men are beheaded, blood spilling into the sand and mixing with the waves.
TEHRAN, Iran—Enraged at unremitting flight delays, frustrated Iranian airline passengers have adopted a novel form of protest: spontaneous sit-ins staged inside idle aircraft.
MOSCOW — At least 20,000 people marched through central Moscow on Sunday to pay respects to Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, whose shooting death Friday night near Red Square shocked Russia’s beleaguered opposition and the democratic world.
Igniting fresh controversy, Austria’s parliament has approved significant changes to the country’s “Law on Islam” — a revamping of a 103-year-old law to expand certain legal protections while also placing new restrictions on Muslim organizations and how adherents practice their faith.
MEXICO CITY — The Vatican is issuing a mea culpa in a spat with Mexico over critical remarks by Pope Francis on the “terror” engulfing the Latin American country.
BEIRUT — An estimated 1,600 people have been killed since U.S.-led airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria began five months ago, a monitoring group said Monday.
KIEV — A bomb killed two people on Sunday at a march in the city of Kharkiv commemorating the first anniversary of the ouster of former president Viktor Yanukovych, and Ukrainian officials said Russia was behind the attack.