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Israel: Official’s Japan comments ‘unacceptable’

By Fri, Aug 23, 2013 10:58AM UTC Comments Off

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has distanced itself from a government official who made crude comments about the World War II nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Responding to a Japanese request for clarification, a top Israeli envoy told Japan that the comments were “unacceptable” and that the official had been suspended. Danny Seaman was a...

Film highlights Filipino workers’ woes in Israel

By Fri, Aug 09, 2013 5:19PM UTC Comments Off Filipino independent film director Hannah Espia, who directed and co-wrote the film "Transit" poses at the Cultural Center of the Philippines where her film is being shown in the country's Cinemalaya film festival in Manila. Pic: AP.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A film about Filipino migrant workers in Israel who hide a 4-year-old boy to try to stop his deportation has hit close to home in the Philippines, where such emotional dramas are all too familiar to millions of overseas laborers and their siblings. “Transit,” directed and co-written by Filipino Hannah Espia,...

China urges Israel to hold talks with Palestinians

By Thu, May 09, 2013 11:05AM UTC Comments Off Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas pictured in China this week, but not at the same time. Images from AP.

BEIJING (AP) — China’s premier has urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to remove obstacles to restarting talks with the Palestinians, as Beijing seeks to bring its growing international influence to bear on the Middle East peace process. Greeting the Israeli leader at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday, Chinese Premier...

Netanyahu: Jewish people capable of own defense

By Wed, May 08, 2013 11:02AM UTC Comments Off Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, meets rabbis as he visits the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum at former site of Ohel Moshe Synagogue. Pic: AP.

SHANGHAI (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited a Shanghai neighborhood where European Jews found refuge during World War II, saying Israel’s strong military would ensure they would never again have to seek such protection from others. Netanyahu’s visit to China’s eastern financial hub on Tuesday followed Israel’s weekend airstrike on a Syrian military...

China hosting Palestinian, Israeli leaders

By Mon, May 06, 2013 3:25PM UTC Comments Off China hosting Palestinian, Israeli leaders

BEIJING (AP) — China is hosting the leaders of both Palestine and Israel this week in a sign of its desire for a larger role in the Middle East. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was welcomed by his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing on Monday, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began a visit to...

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