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Israel Receives More Than Half of U.S. Global Military Aid

Washington, D.C. Israel is looking to boost the amount of money the U.S. State Department sends it every year for military aid to as much as $5 billion, a number that would give it not only the largest chunk of U.S. defense aid money, but also more than triple the amount any other country receives in […]

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John Kerry: Syrian President Assad Must Step Down

New York. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must step down, but the timing of his departure has to be decided through negotiation. John Kerry speaking at the 50th Munich Security Conference 2014.  Photo: Kleinschmidt / MSC. Speaking in London after talks with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Kerry urged Russia and […]

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‘Extremely Alarming’ Food Insecurity Figures in Afghanistan

New York, N.Y. The number of people in Afghanistan resorting to selling land or turning to friends or family for help because of food insecurity has doubled in the last year, according to a joint report released today by the United Nations and partner agencies. An Afghan farmer and his son bring in the wheat […]

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Highlighting Importance of Iran Deal in Israel

While traveling in Israel, Adam Szubin, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, laid out why the Iran deal is so vital to our global security.

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Gaza May Become Uninhabitable in Less Than Five Years

Gaza, Palestine.  A new report published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on assistance to the Palestinian people warns that the Gaza Strip could become “uninhabitable” by 2020 if current economic trends persist. A man holds the hands of his granddaughters near the remnants of the residential towers where the girls used […]

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U.N.: Settlement Expansion ‘Root Cause’ of Palestinian Violence

New York, N.Y.  A United Nations human rights committee has completed its annual evaluation of the situation affecting millions of people living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and has cited Israel’s policy of settlement expansion as a primary driver of the escalating violence in the area. Suffering displacement, injury and even death, children continue to […]

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Ban Condemns Israel’s Approval of New West Bank Construction

New York, N.Y.  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the announcement today that Israel has approved construction of some 300 housing units in the West Bank settlement of Beit El, as well as the planning and construction of nearly 500 housing units in a number of settlements in East Jerusalem. An Israeli settlement viewed from […]

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U.N. ‘Vital Stabilizing Factor’ for Palestine Refugees in Mideast

New York, N.Y.  Marking 65 years since the inception of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called it more than just an agency but a “lifeline,” as he paid tribute to its staff especially those who have lost their lives trying to […]

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