Israel Announces Massive West Bank Land Grab

Israel Announces Massive West Bank Land Grab
Some 400 hectares (988 acres) in the Etzion Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem were declared “state land, on the instructions of the political echelon” by the military-run Civil Administration.

U.S. urges Israel to reverse planned West Bank land appropriation

400% rise: Fee to renounce US citizenship goes up fourfold to $2,350

Ban Ki-moon: ‘no military solution to Ukraine crisis’
UN secretary general calls for a political dialogue, as Kiev accuses Russia of launching a ‘great war’

Putin breaks ground on Russia-China gas pipeline, world’s biggest
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli have launched the construction of the first part of Gazprom’s Power of Siberia pipeline – which will deliver 4 trillion cubic meters of gas to China over 30 years.

Charges of ‘Open Aggression’ Spoil Hopes for Cease Fire in Ukraine
Key parties to the conflict in eastern Ukraine meet in Minsk as war of words between leaders and continued violence on the ground give little hope for peace

Putin Urges ‘Statehood’ Talks for Eastern Ukraine

Ukraine war pulls in foreign fighters

NATO planning ‘rapid-deployment force’ of 10,000 troops to counter Russia
NATO is reportedly working towards the creation of an expeditionary force composed of 10,000 troops from seven different member states as a result of escalating tensions with Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.

Russia-led military bloc ready to send peacekeepers to Ukraine
The head of the CSTO says its peacekeepers are ready for any operations, including in Ukraine, but their deployment requires the go-ahead from leaders of all member-countries.

As Islamic State fighters begin to blend in, defeating them no easy matter

Obama: ‘We don’t have a strategy yet’ to combat Isis militants
Pushing back against fervent speculation that he is preparing to bomb Isis in Syria, Obama said plans limited to Iraq

Saudi king warns West will be jihadists’ next target

Gay NFL player overlooked by teams: report
Michael Sam, who is seeking to become the NFL’s first openly gay player, was passed over by 31 teams Sunday just one day after being cut by St. Louis, USA Today reported.

Bills’ Eric Wood blames ESPN for lack of interest in Michael Sam

The Great Nunquisition: Why the Vatican Is Cracking Down on Sisters

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