Saturday, February 27, 2016


Al-Nusra Front leader urges rejection of ceasefire  Mohammad al-Jolani, head of Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, says ceasefire is shameful and should be rejected. 

Rouhani, moderates make gains in high-stakes Iran votes  President Hassan Rouhani won a resounding vote of support and his moderate allies made a strong showing in high stakes elections that could speed Iran's post-sanctions opening to the world, according to early partial results on Saturday. 

Syria conflict: Attacks reported as truce comes into effect  The first major temporary truce in Syria's five-year civil war has come into effect. 

Canadian PM: 'Islam is compatible with secular West'  In two separate TV interviews, Trudeau insists that Islam is 'not incompatible with free and open Western societies'. 

US college backs professor's free speech rights after anti-Semitic rants  Joy Karega, an assistant professor of rhetoric and composition, had made comments accusing Israel and 'Rothschild-led bankers' of responsibility for downing a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine in 2014. 

In the shadow of Iran, Israeli-US joint defense drill a success  'Juniper Cobra' exercise simulates real-life scenarios - including the threat of multiple air and missile attacks from north and south. 

Israel welcomes first Egyptian ambassador since 2012  Credentials of new Egyptian envoy Hazem Ahdy Khairat accepted by President Rivlin, signaling warming of ties with Cairo. 

* 'No Plan B for Syrian settlement' - Russian Foreign Ministry  Moscow is not discussing alternative plans for a political settlement in Syria, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov has said.

Ya'alon warns: Iran operating 'sleeper cells' in Europe  In Cyprus, Defense Minister warns that Iran is building an international terror network and plans attacks on the United States and Europe. 

Next school year to be 'Year of Jerusalem Unity', Bennett declares  Amid a wave of terror attacks in Israel's capital, education minister announces expanded curriculum emphasizing the importance of an undivided Jerusalem and its heritage 50 years after the city's reunification.