World Bulletin / News Desk
President Barack Obama will sign a bill to strengthen U.S.-Israeli military cooperation on Friday on the eve of a visit to Israel by his Republican presidential challenger, Mitt Romney.
The new bill calls for enhanced cooperation with Israel - a major beneficiary of military aid - on missile defense and intelligence, and increased access to advanced weapons.
Congress passed the legislation, the U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act, with broad support from Obama's Democrats and Republicans last week.
"The bill deepens our security cooperation with Israel by expanding our military assistance and providing Israel with access to additional equipment," White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said on Thursday.
Romney hopes his trip to Israel will resonate with Jewish voters at home. He will arrive there fromLondon on Saturday and plans to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has had a strained relationship with Obama.
Haider al-Abadi calls on Saudi-led alliance to help Iraq repatriate displaced persons and rebuild shattered infrastructure
Comprehensive dialogue hailed as promising long-term solutions to political tensions, but format is criticized
Heavy rains have deluged Zimbabwe in recent days, causing floods and killing people who attempted to cross rivers that had burst their banks.
The former National Security Agency contractor shook the American intelligence establishment to its core in 2013 with a series of devastating leaks on mass surveillance in the US and around the world.
Four other Palestinians wounded as Israeli police conduct demolition raid in the Negev desert village of Um Al Hiran.
A Nigerian air strike mistakenly bombed a camp for displaced people, killing at least 52 people and injuring many more.
Extreme weather ruins small fishing boats which saved many lives during 2015 refugee crisis
Ex-army analyst to be released from military prison May 17; was sentenced to 35 years in jail in 2013
The bilateral agreement is being dubbed “a first of its kind.” and follows the signing of an agreement by Latvia last week
Antonio Tajani will replace German Social Democratic politician Martin Schulz
A French-led military intervention that started in January 2013 helped Mali drive out rebels, but rebels remain active across large parts of the region
“Kosovo is a sovereign, independent country and we respect the right of Kosovo to manage who and what crosses its borders”, the online declaration says.
Fear of neighbouring Russia is leading many Estonians to volunteer as paramilitaries, giving up weekends for training
The move was lambasted as a "deliberate provocation" by Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci, who suggested it was part of a plan to annex the Serb-populated north of his country.
59 lawmakers from both the House of Representatives -- all Democrats -- will boycott Trump's swearing-in
Russian leader slams what he calls fabrications used to smear US president-elect