Papers leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden reveal that the NSA tracked Israeli military targets.
Though Palestinians severely condemn Israel's announcement of a wave of settlement construction that accompanied the release of 26 Palestinian prisoners, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has promised U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that Palestinians will honor their commitment to carry out peace negotiations for nine months. This includes the continued cooperation of chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, who denies threats to resign.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Egypt on the eve of ousted Mohammed Morsi's trial, pressing for reforms during the highest-level American visit to Egypt since the ouster of the country's first democratically elected president.
eBay has removed from its listings around 30 items of Holocaust memorabilia, including what was described as clothes worn by concentration camp victims, and offered to make a donation of 25,000 pounds to a suitable charity after a newspaper investigation discovered they were on sale on the e-commerce website, Britain's Mail reported.
In a show of support for President Hassan Rohani's policy of outreach to the West, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned against undermining negotiators engaged in talks with the West, a message directed apparently at hard-liners who have criticized Iran's diplomacy over its nuclear program.
Turkey's Zorlu Energy is in talks with Israeli firms over the potential for a pipeline to carry Israeli natural gas to Turkey, a project that could be worth $3.5 billion, but the political rift between the two former allies is holding up progress.
The portion of the defense budget allocated for salaries, pensions, rehabilitation and payments to families is hitting a record high of NIS 18.6 billion this year – that's more than the total Public Security Ministry budget, Israel's higher education budget, and the entire Social Affairs Ministry budget. In 2014 and the years that follow, the budget is only expected to grow.
Moriah Films studio has commanded only A-list talent since its inception – Elizabeth Taylor, Morgan Freeman, Sandra Bullock, Michael Douglas, Nicole – and they are worked for free. Its latest effort, "The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers," featuring the voices of Bullock and Christoph Waltz, opens Wednesday in Los Angeles and expands to more cities next month.
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