Iron Dome gets mysterious upgrade

Israel has successfully upgraded its Iron Dome missile-defense system, the Defense Ministry said Thursday, without elaborating on the specific improvements. A series of tests was performed to “widen the capacity and improve the performance” of t

Palestinian group calls on Bon Jovi to boycott Israel

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel created an online petition urging Bon Jovi to "reconsider his upcoming concert in apartheid Israel." Jon Bon Jovi. (photo credit:REUTERS). Share on Facebook Share on Tw

Israel Home Renovation Unearths Ancient Ritual Bath

JERUSALEM — What did an Israeli family find when they decided to renovate their Jerusalem home? A 2,000-year-old ritual bath known as a mikveh. The discovery wasn't the result of careful digging and research — workers pretty much fell into the ba

Israel to temporarily close southern Highway 12 amid Sinai tensions

IDF increases vigilance after fighters linked to ISIS control of Egyptian military vehicles, creating concern that Islamists might attempt to break into Israeli territory. Highway 12. The border fence between Israel and Egypt along Highway 12.

Obama administration will ignore ‘Israel-controlled territories’ in anti-BDS law

The language says that “discouraging” Israel boycotts would become one of the “principal negotiating objectives” of US officials. oval office. US Presidnet Barack Obama in the Oval Office at the White House [File]. (photo credit:REUTERS). Share on Facebook

Does Israel actually occupy the Gaza strip?

JERUSALEM — It's often described as a war of narratives. And few things highlight the intractability of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict more than discussions over the status of the Gaza Strip. One of the main points of contention: Is the coastal ...

Captain of TransAsia Flight 235 shut off working engine after other failed

Fifty eight people were aboard TransAsia Airways ATR-72 when it veered out of control as it flew to Kinmen, off the coast of the Chinese province of Xiamen on February 2, 2015. The passenger plane clipped a bridge and plunged into a river in Taiwan

Singapore sends condolences to Indonesia over Medan military plane crash

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has written to Indonesian President Joko Widodo to convey his condolences over the military plane crash in Medan. "I was saddened to hear of the tragic crash of the military plane in Medan,'' Mr Lee said in the 

Cash-strapped UN food agency cuts back help to Syrian refugees after ceasefire …

CANBERRA, Australia — The United Nations' food agency is cutting back on assistance to thousands of Syrian refugees after an appeal for a ceasefire to enable Syrians feed themselves went unheeded, World Food Program Executive Director Erthari

More tough talks ahead as US, Cuba seek to normalize relations

July 20 is the date when the United States and Cuba officially restore diplomatic ties. But that moment, historic as it is after a break of more than five decades, doesn't mean the tough conversations are over. Full normalization between the two ...

IS destroys famous lion statue outside Palmyra museum

Before Syria's crisis began in March 2011, more than 150,000 tourists visited Palmyra every year. (Reuters Photo). Share. Islamic State group militants destroyed a famous statue of a lion outside the main museum in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra ...

Tunisia attack: Minute’s silence to be held for victims

A minute's silence will be held across the UK at midday to remember the 38 people - including 30 Britons - killed in the Tunisia beach attack a week ago. Flags will be flown at half-mast over Whitehall and Buckingham Palace, while play at Wimbledon ...

Blazers reach 5-year $120M-plus deal with Damian Lillard

A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Damian Lillard has agreed to terms with the Portland Trail Blazers on a five-year extension worth more than $120 million. The two sides finished the negotiations on Thursday.

NBA free agency, Day 2: Jason Kidd sticks it to Knicks again

Once again, Jason Kidd tortures the Knicks. One of the biggest moves of the second day of free agency saw Greg Monroe, the adept passing big man the Knicks coveted, bypass New York and agree to a three-year, $50 million offer from Milwaukee. So Kidd ...

Cardinals Fire Rising Front-Office Star Amid Hacking Investigation

As the F.B.I. continues its investigation into a breach of the Houston Astros' database, the St. Louis Cardinals have fired their scouting director, Chris Correa, who once worked under Jeff Luhnow before Luhnow left the Cardinals to be Houston's ...

Fantasy owners must adjust Antonio Gates’ value after suspension

San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates enjoyed a fantasy football revival in 2014, catching 69 passes for 821 yards and 12 touchdowns in 16 games. He'll have to wait before building on that success. On Thursday, the NFL announced that Gates has ...

Rafael Nadal loses his edge on grass courts

WIMBLEDON, England — After having reached the final here in five consecutive appearances in the last decade, Rafael Nadal suffered his fourth consecutive loss at Wimbledon to a player ranked outside the top 100. It begs the question: Is Nadal done on ...

Red Sox use 8-run first to beat Jays 12-6

TORONTO (AP) — David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez had consecutive homers in an eight-run first inning, Xander Bogaerts had four hits and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 12-6 on Thursday night. Brock Holt also had four hits and Bogaerts 

Dwyane Wade stays in Miami

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — National Basketball Association (NBA) star Dwyane Wade has spent 12 years in Miami, and it looks like he is set for at least one more year with the Heat organization. On Friday (July 3 PHT), Wade accepted a $20 million ...

NYT Passes on Muhammed Cartoons, But Prints Condom Pope

When asked by the Examiner why the Times would happily run a several-hundred-word article on a portrait of Pope Benedict made out of condoms, currently being exhibited somewhere in Wisconsin, they explained that, unlike the Muhammed cartoon

Beatles cartoonist swings through Iowa

In the early 1960s, when a television producer asked the graphic artist Ron Campbell if he might like to make a cartoon about an upstart group called The Beatles, the artist was skeptical. "I mean, Jiminy Cricket was OK, but for the most part, insec