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Damascus Opens Contested Airspace to Qatar Airways

Damascus — Syria’s government has agreed to allow planes from regional aviation giant Qatar Airways to fly over the country after eight years of conflict kept its planes at bay.

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Polish Church Condemns Beating of Jewish Effigy in Poland

WARSAW, Poland — The Catholic Church in Poland poured scorn Monday on an anti-Semitic ritual enacted over the Easter holiday that involved an effigy of Judas represented by a stereotypical Jew being hanged, burned and beaten.

This picture taken on April 19, 2019 shows an effigy of Judas on Good Friday, hanging in the town of Pruchnik, southern Poland. - The World Jewish Congress has condemned the Polish town after reports that residents hung and burnt an effigy 'made to look like a stereotypical Jew' in …

Jewish Leaders Condemn Sri Lanka Bombings

Israeli and Jewish leaders leaders condemned the series of deadly bombings which killed at least 207 people and wounded hundreds more in Sri Lanka Sunday morning.

A member of the Sri Lankan security forces stands next to a broken Virgin Mary statue at St. Anthony's Shrine following a bomb attack in Kochchikade in Colombo on April 21, 2019. - The toll in a series of eight blasts in Sri Lanka on April 21 has risen to …

Runaway Saudi Sisters Plead for Help on Social Media

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Two Saudi sisters appealed for help Wednesday from the former Soviet republic of Georgia after fleeing their country, in the latest case of runaways from the ultra-conservative kingdom using social media to seek asylum.

Saudi Shiite women react during a protest on January 8, 2016 in the eastern coastal city of Qatif against the execution of prominent Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr by Saudi authorities earlier in the week. Nimr was a driving force of the protests that broke out in 2011 in the …

Iran’s Parliament Labels U.S. Troops in Mideast as Terrorist

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill labeling U.S. forces in the Middle East as terrorist, a day after the U.S. terrorism designation for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard formally took effect, state TV reported.

Wearing the uniform of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, lawmakers chant slogan during an open session of parliament in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Chanting "Death to America," Iranian lawmakers convened an open session of parliament Tuesday following the White House's decision to designate Iran's elite paramilitary Revolutionary Guard a …

Gaza Terror Balloons Spark Fires in Israel

Two small fires were started in southern Israel by balloons carrying incendiary devices from the Gaza Strip on Monday, the local fire department said. The blazes were quickly extinguished by firefighters.

Masked Palestinian protesters calling themselves the 'night confusion units' hold incendiary devices attached to ballons to be flown towards Israel, near the Gaza-Israel border east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on September 26, 2018. - The border protests since March 30 have been labelled the 'Great March of …

Hungary to Honour Scottish Missionary Who Died at Auschwitz

A Scot who gave her life to help protect Jewish schoolgirls during World War Two is to be honoured in Hungary. Jane Haining, from Dunscore, worked at the Scottish Mission school in Budapest in the 1930s and 1940s.

People hold a banner reading 'March of the Living' as they take part in the march in the centre of Budapest on April 17, 2016. The 'March of the Living' commemorates the victims of the Holocaust. / AFP / ATTILA KISBENEDEK (Photo credit should read ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)