Thursday, September 24, 2015


* Hajj stampede: At least 717 killed in Saudi Arabia - At least 717 people taking part in the Hajj pilgrimage have been killed in a stampede near the Islamic holy city of Mecca, officials in Saudi Arabia say.

* Russia announces naval drills in "east Mediterranean" - Russia's defence ministry on Thursday said it will hold naval drills in the "east Mediterranean" in September and October, as the West frets over a military buildup by Moscow in Syria.

* Watch: PA Puts Temple Mount Incitement into Overdrive - Abbas's 'filthy Jews' was only tip of the iceberg - former PA PM, Fatah official and websites churn out calls for violence on holy site.

* Hamas Threatens Egypt Over Gaza "Moat" - Haniyeh lashes out at Egyptian project to create water border barrier, warning "we will do our duty against those besieging Gaza."

Russia threatens response if US places new nukes in Germany - US says new weapons are upgraded versions of those in arsenal for decades.

* Rare 3,000-year-old King David era seal discovered by Temple Mount Sifting Project - 10-year-old Russian volunteer unearths unprecedented find.

* Repent! Pope Francis lectures America on immigration, abortion, gay marriage and the Syrian refugee crisis in first-ever Capitol Hill address by a sitting pontiff - Pope Francis delivered a stinging blow to nativist conservatives bent on keeping illegal immigrants and Middle Eastern refugees out of the United States, saying Thursday in a landmark address to Congress that Americans should show compassion to immigrants of all stripes.

Jordan’s king refuses to talk to Netanyahu - US diplomats urge Abdullah to help resolve Temple Mount tensions with the PM, to no avail.

* Satellite imagery reveals new Russian bases in Syria - Imagery shows another two military facilities under construction in addition to buildup of combat planes and tanks; Kerry: Supporting Assad is attracting foreign fighters who oppose him.

* "Netanyahu Government Will Fall in 2016" - It’s been in power a mere six months and already there is talk of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s current government collapsing and Israel being subjected to yet another early election.