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.
French foreign ministry official said that '147 heads of state and government are expected' at the highly-anticipated Conference of Parties
Bratislava intends to lodge the suit with the European Court of Justice, which adjudicates in disputes over how EU law is interpreted and applied
French President comes for talks with US President Obama on how to confront the threat posed by the ISIL group in the wake of the Paris attacks
Putin brands the downing by Turkey of a Russian warplane on the Syrian border a 'stab in the back' committed by 'accomplices of terrorists'
European and Pakistani officials are meeting to discuss the details of the procedure
Washington and Paris stepped up their fight against ISIL, with France launching its first strikes from an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean and the US calling for more international cooperation against the extremist group
Record number of complaints over story alleging one in five British Muslims had ‘sympathy for jihadis’ as it emerges that YouGov refused to carry out poll
Black Sea peninsula has been hit by power cuts since an explosion at the weekend cut power lines from Ukraine, which supplies 90 per cent of its electricity
A widely circulated picture of a woman taking a bath is not the reported suicide bomber in Paris.
Russian economy forecast to contract by minus 3.8 percent in 2015, improving to minus 0.6 percent in 2016, International Monetary Fund says
The US has issues a worldwide travel alert to remain in place until the end of February 2016.
The Israeli army has hit out at a Hamas military post in the Gaza Strip
David Cameron has revealed plans for more troops, aircraft and ships following a review of the UK defense and security plans
UN General Assembly's Third Committee has adopted a resolution urging international community to support Palestinian efforts for statehood
Soldiers in Brussels continue to monitor the streets as the Belgian government extends its terror alert