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Israeli soldier Elor Azaria is embraced by his mother at the start of his sentencing hearing in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. The court sentenced Azaria to 18 months in prison for the fatal shooting of a wounded Palestinian assailant. The Palestinian, Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, was lying on the ground badly wounded and already unarmed when Azaria shot him in the head. Prosecutors had asked that Sgt. Elor Azaria be sentenced to 3-5 years in prison. (Jim Hollander, Pool, via AP)
Sentencing of Israeli soldier in shooting deepens fissuresAn Israeli soldier is sentenced to 18 months in prison for killing a badly wounded Palestinian assailant as he lay on the ground in a landmark decision that has deepened fissures in Israeli society and drawn Palestinian criticism for being too lenient
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Bahrain lawmakers approve military trials for civiliansLawmakers in Bahrain have backed changing the constitution in a way that would allow civilians to be tried by military courts amid a wide-ranging crackdown on dissent
The Associated Press6 hours ago
FILE -- In this Jan. 23, 2017 file photo, U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura arrives to attend the talks on Syrian peace in Astana, Kazakhstan. Chief of staff to de Mistura, Michael Contet,  said Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, that their "main guidance" for the first intra-Syrian peace talks in 10 months will be a Security Council resolution that calls for political transition. Contet said that de Mistura is putting the "finishing touches on arrangements" for Thursday's start of talks in Geneva between government and opposition delegations, the fourth round since early last year. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)
UN says upcoming Syria talks aimed at 'political transition'A top adviser to the U.N. envoy for Syria says that their "main guidance" for the first intra-Syrian peace talks in 10 months will be a Security Council resolution that calls for political transition
The Associated Press7 hours ago
Body guards escort a vehicle that carries French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, as she leaves Dar al-Fatwa building the headquarters of the Sunni Mufti, after she refused to wear a head scarf to meet with of Lebanon's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Le Pen refused to go into a meeting with Lebanon's Grand mufti after his aides asked her to wear a head scarf. Le Pen said she met in the past with the Grand mufti of Egypt's Al-Azhar, one of the world's top Sunni clerics, without wearing a veil. Once she was told it is different here, Le Pen walked toward her car and left. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
Le Pen refuses headscarf, nixes talks with Lebanon clericFrance's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has refused to go into a meeting with Lebanon's grand mufti after his aides asked her to wear a headscarf
The Associated Press7 hours ago
The Latest: Far-right protests as refugee kids go to schoolGreek authorities have blocked access to a northern primary school after threatening far-right protests over a handful of refugee children attending afternoon classes there
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Iraqi security forces advance on the southern outskirts of Mosul, Iraq, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. A military spokesman says Iraqi forces are consolidating their gains south of Mosul ahead of moving deeper into the city's Islamic State-held western half. The spokesman of the Joint Military Operation Command, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, told The Associated Press that nearly 123 square kilometers -- about 47 square miles -- have been taken south of Mosul since the new push started on Sunday. (AP Photo/Mohammed Saad)
Iraqi forces on Mosul hilltop gird for fierce fight aheadIraqi troops are working to secure a strategic hilltop overlooking Mosul's international airport and a nearby military base, fearing the Islamic State group, which still holds both facilities, may launch another wave of nighttime counterattacks
The Associated Press9 hours ago
Jordan, Egypt back 2-state solution for Israel, PalestiniansJordan and Egypt are reasserting support for a Palestinian state, days after U.S. President Donald Trump said that peace in the Middle East does not necessarily depend on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
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Report accuses Syrian government of sectarian war strategyA new report by a Syria conflict monitoring group accuses the government of depopulating Sunni-majority areas in Syria's third largest city as it fights to consolidate its power
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FILE -- In this Feb. 7, 2009 file photo, Djibouti men and women dance during the opening ceremony of Dubai-based port operator DP World's Doraleh container terminal in Djibouti port. Dubai's government media office said Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, that an arbitration tribunal has cleared port operator DP World of allegations of wrongdoing over its operation of an East African port. The government of Djibouti brought a legal challenge against Dubai's state-backed DP World in 2014 over its 50-year deal to operate the Doraleh Container Terminal, accusing it of bribing the head of Djibouti's port authority. (AP Photo/Adam Schreck, File)
Dubai: Panel clears DP World of Djibouti allegationsDubai's government says an arbitration tribunal has cleared port operator DP World of allegations of wrongdoing over its operation of an East African port
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This Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 photo provided by The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), shows Libyan Red Crescent workers recovering bodies of people that washed ashore, near Zawiya, Libya. The Libyan Red Crescent says at least 74 bodies of African migrants have washed ashore in western Libya, the latest tragedy at sea along a perilous trafficking route to Europe. It says the bodies were found on Monday, and that more may yet surface. (Mohannad Karima/IFRC via AP)
Bodies of 74 migrants heading to Europe wash up in LibyaThe Libyan Red Crescent says at least 74 bodies of African migrants have washed ashore in western Libya, the latest tragedy at sea along a perilous but increasingly popular trafficking route to Europe
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Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei arrives to a conference titled "International Conference in Support of Palestinian Intifada," in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Iran's supreme leader has used the podium of the pro-Palestinian gathering in Tehran to call Israel a "fake" nation and a "dirty chapter" of history. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Iran's leader calls Israel a 'fake' nation, 'dirty chapter'Iran's supreme leader calls Israel a 'fake' nation and 'dirty chapter' at pro-Palestinian gathering in Tehran
The Associated Press12 hours ago
Israeli media: Military court sentences Israeli soldier to 18 months for fatal shooting of wounded Palestinian attackerIsraeli media: Military court sentences Israeli soldier to 18 months for fatal shooting of wounded Palestinian attacker
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Libyan Red Crescent says 74 bodies of migrants have washed ashore in the western city of Zawiya on the MediterraneanLibyan Red Crescent says 74 bodies of migrants have washed ashore in the western city of Zawiya on the Mediterranean
The Associated Press16 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, center, arrives at Baghdad International Airport, Iraq, on an unannounced trip Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Mattis said Monday the United States does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, shifting away from an idea proposed by President Donald Trump that has rattled Iraq's leaders. (AP Photo/Sagar Meghani)
Iraqi troops advance on western Mosul as Mattis holds talksIraqi forces push into southern outskirts of Mosul to drive IS from city's western half as Mattis discusses battle
The Associated Press20 hours ago
French far-right chief calls Assad solution to Syria crisisFrench far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen tried to raise her international profile and press her pro-Syria, pro-Christian stance with a visit to Lebanon, holding her first campaign meeting with a head of state
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