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Israel says it shot down rocket over Golan on Syria frontier


Israel’s military said its Iron Dome interceptor system shot down a rocket that had been fired at the northern part of the occupied Golan Heights on the Syria frontier on Sunday.

The military statement did not specify where the rocket had been launched from. The northern Golan is also close to Lebanese territory.

Bus bomb in Syria’s Afrin kills three


A bomb planted on a public bus in the northwest Syrian town of Afrin killed three civilians and wounded about 20, several witnesses told Reuters on Sunday.

The blast came on the first anniversary of Operation Olive Branch, an air and ground assault by Turkey on the mainly-Kurdish Afrin to drive out the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia.

Israel and Chad revive diplomatic relations, call for closer security ties

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Israel confirmed a diplomatic rapprochement with Muslim-majority Chad on Sunday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used a visit to the Chadian capital to stress their mutual interest in confronting Islamist insurgencies.

Seeking to rebuild ties with Africa damaged by the occupation of Palestinian territories in the 1967 Middle East war, Israel said in November that diplomatic links with Chad would be revived after President Idriss Deby paid the first official visit to Jerusalem by a Chadian leader.

After Westgate debacle, quick end to latest Kenyan attack shows progress


The relatively swift end to an attack on a Nairobi hotel and office complex highlights improvements in Kenya’s counterterrorism capabilities since Somali militants overran a shopping mall in the same neighborhood five years ago.

This time, the authorities flooded the area with elite units, including the paramilitary General Service Unit (GSU) and its crack Recce squad, along with a new force trained by the United States to respond to emergencies at American facilities.

Saudi-led coalition’s planes pound Yemen’s capital


Saudi-led forces launched overnight air strikes on Yemen’s capital, described by one resident on Sunday as the worst in a year, as the United Nations struggles to implement a peace deal.

A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition said its warplanes attacked seven military facilities used for drone operations in Sanaa, which is held by rival Houthi forces.

Yemen’s nearly four-year-old civil war, which pits the Iran-aligned Houthi movement against the Saudi-backed government of Abd-Rabu Mansour Hadi, has killed tens of thousands and left millions on the brink of starvation.

Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said the overnight targets included al-Dulaimi Air Base, a drone storage site, and military training sites.

Medical workers and residents told Reuters at least two civilians were killed, and others injured, and that the raids also damaged homes.

Houthi-run al-Masirah TV said on Sunday that the coalition had conducted 24 air strikes on Sanaa since Saturday evening, including four on the air base. It said a plastics factory was also hit, causing a large fire.

“The raids were very violent, the likes of which we have not seen for a year,” Sanaa resident Arwa Abdul Karim told whisper eye media “The house shook so much we thought it would fall on our heads.”

British Special Services to be awarded for Kenya operation

Britain to award its brave Special Forces soldier who saved many during DusitD2 terror attack

 One Special Air Service officer stood out in the rescue operation at DusitD2 attack –

Syria’s SDF says it captured two Islamic State militants of American nationality

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have captured two Islamic State militants of American nationality, according to a statement dated earlier this month that was sent to media on Saturday.

In the statement dated Jan. 6, 2019, the U.S.-backed SDF alliance, led by the Kurdish YPG militia, said the pair was captured during operations against Islamic State in Deir al-Zor province along with two Pakistanis and an Irish citizen.

Tough times for Amsterdam sex business


Four young men in puffa jackets jostle, slapping their palms against the glass windows, waving at women posing in lacy lingerie.

“It’s all banter. Even they know about the banter,” one tells me, gesturing towards a brothel. “They know about the English. They get enough money out of us.”

IS Beatles’: Mother loses high court challenge over evidence?


The mother of one of four suspected Islamic State fighters has lost a legal challenge against the UK’s sharing of evidence with the US without seeking assurances he would not be executed.

El Shafee Elsheikh is accused of belonging to an IS cell which is thought to have beheaded hostages.

Poland mourns stabbed Gdansk mayor


Thousands of Poles have been attending the funeral of Pawel Adamowicz, the mayor of Gdansk who was fatally stabbed last Sunday.

Large screens around St Mary’s Basilica in the city and across the country broadcast Saturday’s service live.

Israeli troops killed 290 Palestinians in 2018 report


A tally by Israeli human rights group B’Tselem says 254 Palestinians were killed in Gaza and 34 others in the West Bank and most had been “unarmed [at the time of their death] and posed no danger to anyone.”

A demonstrator holds a Palestinian flag during a protest near the Gaza-Israel buffer zone, in  southern Gaza on January 18, 2019.

Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh in car crash

The Duke of Edinburgh has been involved in a car crash while driving near the Queen’s Sandringham estate, Buckingham Palace has said.

Prince Philip, 97, was not injured in the accident, which happened as he drove a Land Rover out of a driveway onto the A149 shortly before 15:00 GMT.

Israeli museum to drop ‘McJesus’ sculpture after protests


An Israeli museum plans to withdraw a sculpture depicting the McDonald’s mascot as the crucified Jesus following protests which briefly united the country’s Christian minority, its populist culture minister and the pro-Palestinian artist.

The life-sized sculpture showing the Ronald McDonald clown on a cross has been at the center of an exhibition about consumerism and religion. Other pieces depict Jesus and the Virgin Mary as Ken and Barbie children’s dolls.

Iran ‘shooting itself in the foot’ with spying, German diplomat warns


Iran is harming Europe’s efforts to preserve the 2015 Iran nuclear accord with actions such as the case of suspected espionage involving a member of the German military, veteran German diplomat Wolfgang Ischinger said on Thursday.

But Ischinger, chairman of the Munich Security Conference, warned against any move by Europe to join Washington in withdrawing from the agreement, since the accord was intended solely to halt Iran’s nuclear program and did not address other behavior in the region or spying.

Last 19 missing after Al Shabab deadly hotel attack now accounted for

Nineteen people still missing two days after a Somali militant attack on a Nairobi hotel and office complex that killed 21 people are now accounted for, the Kenyan Red Cross said on Thursday.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Wednesday evening that a 20-hour siege had ended with security forces killing all the Somali militants who had stormed the hotel complex, forcing hundreds of people into terrifying escapes.

Turkey deports Dutch journalist, alleges link to al Qaeda offshoot


Turkey on Thursday deported a 31-year-old journalist working for a leading Dutch financial daily newspaper, accusing her of links to the militant Nusra Front, an al Qaeda offshoot involved in neighboring Syria’s war.

The Financieele Dagblad (FD) newspaper defended Ans Boersma, calling her expulsion a “flagrant violation of press freedom”.