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University event questioning Israel’s right to exist is cancelled

March 31st, 2015 Comments off
“A conference at the University of Southampton discussing the right of Israel to exist has been cancelled, say the organisers, who have accused the institution of bowing to pressure at the expense of free speech.

The conference, due to take place next month, described itself as “unique because it concerns the legitimacy in international law of the Jewish state of Israel”, but critics denounced it as one-sided.

Among those who condemned the conference were the Jewish Board of Deputies, and MPs including Eric Pickles, the communities secretary, and Caroline Noakes, MP for Romsey and Southampton.

The Zionist Federation UK arranged a petition opposing its staging that attracted more than 6,400 signatures. A counter-petition signed by more than 800 academics, including from Oxbridge, Russell Group and US Ivy League universities, urged Southampton to resist the pressure.”

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Sisi, previously

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APNewsBreak: France seizes moment to push for Mideast talks

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FILE - This Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 file photo shows from left : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, EU President Donald Tusk and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas marching during a rally in Paris, France. France sees a window of opportunity after Israel’s elections to get the United States on board with a new push for Mideast peace, and is preparing to present a draft U.N Security Council resolution in about 12 days, according to French diplomatic officials. The draft would define the pre-1967 frontier as a reference point for border talks but allow room for exchanges of territory, designate Jerusalem as a capital of two states and call for a fair solution for Palestinian refugees, one official told The Associated Press on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Philippe Wojazer, Pool, File)PARIS (AP) — France sees a window of opportunity after Israel's elections to get the United States on board with a new push for Mideast peace, and is preparing a draft U.N Security Council resolution in about 12 days, according to French diplomatic officials.

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Iraqi forces in ‘major Tikrit push’

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Iraqi forces have made major advances against Islamic State (IS) in Tikrit – retaking the government headquarters, officials say.
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‘Good chance’ of Iran nuclear deal

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Russia’s foreign minister says prospects of a preliminary agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme are “very good” on the final day of intense talks.
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Experts caution reality check on joint Arab force

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Smoke and flames rise from an alleged weapons storage depot at a Shiite Huthi rebel camp after an airstrike by the Saudi-led alliance on March 30, 2015 in the Yemeni capital SanaaDespite an agreement at a weekend Arab summit to establish a joint military force, serious doubts remain that it will become a reality on the ground, experts say. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced the accord on Sunday at the end of the summit he hosted in the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, setting a four-month timeframe for the 22-member Arab League to decide on the composition and rules of engagement of the joint force. "The notion of a truly joint Arab military force still remains an aspiration rather than a reality," said Frederic Wehrey, an expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. "Despite the statements of unity, there are vast differences between the Arab states and that was evident with the situation in Yemen," he said.

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Newly Released Photo Shows Tsarnaev Behind Youngest Marathon Victim – Boston.com

March 30th, 2015 Comments off

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Newly Released Photo Shows Tsarnaev Behind Youngest Marathon Victim
Boston.com
A newly released photo submitted into evidence Monday in the Boston Marathon bombing trial shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaaev standing behind the Richard family, including 8-year-old Martin Richard, the youngest victim, on Boylston Street before the blasts.
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Iran Deal Unlikely Before March 31 as Russia Leaves Talks – Bloomberg

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Iran Deal Unlikely Before March 31 as Russia Leaves Talks
Bloomberg
(Bloomberg) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said “tricky issues” remain to be resolved if diplomats are to meet their timetable and reach an outline agreement on Iran's nuclear program by the end of Tuesday. “We are working late into the night and …
Iran nuclear talks enter critical phase ahead of March 31 deadlineCBC.ca
In judging Iranian deal, the devil is not in the detailsHaaretz
Iran Nuclear Talks: As Deadline Nears, Sticking Points FesterABC News
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9 CEOs call on Indiana to modify ‘religious freedom’ law – USA TODAY

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USA TODAY

9 CEOs call on Indiana to modify 'religious freedom' law
USA TODAY
INDIANAPOLIS — A Who's Who of central Indiana corporate leaders called on Gov. Mike Pence and legislative leaders to reform the newly passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act so it can't be used to "justify discrimination based upon sexual orientation …
Internet Reacts to Indiana's New 'Religious Freedom' LawABC News
A look at widely criticized Indiana law on religious freedomMiamiHerald.com
Ensuring Religious Freedom in IndianaWall Street Journal
Christian Science Monitor –Mashable
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Dozens dead near Yemen refugee camp

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At least 40 people have died in a blast near a refugee camp in western Yemen, aid workers say, but officials deny Saudi air strikes were the cause.
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