Three Palestinians were shot dead in separate clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank on Thursday as Israel announced plans to strengthen a fence near the flash-point city of Hebron in an effort to contain a two-month spate of violence. In the first incident, the Israeli military said a clash erupted after troops […]
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Airbnb Inc. is seeking to increase its number of short-stay listings in Japan, its fastest-growing market. The number of guests for its home rental service has surged 529 percent this year from a year ago, while listings are up 373 percent to 21,000. That has created a shortage of supply, Yasuyuki Tanabe, the country manager […]
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President Barack Obama’s pardoning of a turkey named “Abe” this Thanksgiving has led some Chinese to gloat at the Japanese prime minister’s expense. As part of a peculiar annual tradition at the White House, Obama on Wednesday granted amnesty from the dinner table to two turkeys, named “Honest” and “Abe” — from the nickname for […]
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Berlin police said they carried out two raids targeting Islamists Thursday and arrested two men suspected of preparing to carry out “a serious act of violence representing a danger for the state.” The two individuals, aged 28 and 46, had been “in contact with the Islamist movement,” police spokeswoman Patricia Braemer said. The police gave […]
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Belgium lowered the security threat level in Brussels on Thursday, ending six days on maximum alert, but the prime minister warned that the risk of a Paris-style attack remained serious. “We remain on guard,” Charles Michel told a news conference. “The situation is serious, but according to indications from the security services, not as imminent […]
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Key Turkey opposition journalists jailed over reports alleging Turkey was sneaking arms to Syria rebels
In new blow to media freedoms in Turkey, a court on Thursday ordered two prominent opposition journalists jailed pending trial over charges of willingly aiding an armed group and of espionage for revealing state secrets for their reports on alleged arms smuggling to Syria. The court in Istanbul ruled that Cumhuriyet newspaper’s editor-in-chief, Can Dundar, […]