World Bulletin / News Desk
The United States' top military officer will visit Israel next week where he will meet the defence minister who has angered Washington by criticising its strategies in the Middle East and Ukraine.
General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, will meet Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon in Jerusalem on Sunday.
The U.S. State Department has said it is disappointed Yaalon has not apologised for remarks he made at a closed-door meeting this month ridiculing Secretary of State John Kerry's push for an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord and saying that Washington's handling of the Ukraine crisis projected weakness.
Neither the U.S. embassy nor the Israeli military, Dempsey's hosts, had published a full itinerary for the visit as of Saturday morning. One Israeli official briefed on the trip said it was likely to last until Tuesday and Dempsey may not make any public appearances.
In remarks that were leaked to the media, Yaalon, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party, suggested that Israel, should it lose faith in Washington, might have to make good on a long-standing threat to attack Iran's nuclear programme unilaterally.
He responded to Washington's condemnation by saying he valued the alliance, but stopped short of apologising.
Libyan news website Ajwa Belad said the clashes in Fashloum started after an armed group attacked a checkpoint of an anti-drugs police force.
Barack Obama said the crisis in Libya, where ISIL has built a presence, could not be ended with "a few drone strikes or a few military operations".
Gen. Dempsey says fall of Ramadi to ISIL in Anbar province is not central to Iraq's future, with US senators slamming his comments saying that it was an insult.
A county public works equipment operator struck the natural gas line which resulted in the explosion.
Eight police officers were killed and five others were wounded Friday in a ISIL suicide car bomb attack.
Three suspected assailants were killed when gunfights broke out and vehicles set alight on US border.
A bomb laden with explosives has exploded in front of the US Consulate in Erbil, with reports saying three killed, and five wounded.
A fire broke out at a mosque just before Friday prayers in Komotini city in northeastern Greece that left the roof and interior damaged.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls pledged to finance a $107 million plan to fight racism and anti-Semitism, saying in a press conference on Friday that the recent increase in prejudice is "insufferable,”.
The Iraqi leader Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a former right-hand man to Saddam Hussein, has been killed in a report in Iraqi media
More than 2000 families have fled from Ramadi as ISIL forces approach the city of Ramadi, capital of Anbar province
The U.S. Army announced the arrival of the paratroopers on April 16, saying they would train 900 members of a Ukrainian force that was called up in 2014 to bring volunteers and pro-government militia under government control.
Alex Whiting, a former senior ICC prosecutor, said a new referral could force an ICC investigation of the wider Ukraine conflict especially because of war crime allegations.
The Italian foreign ministry said its crisis team was investigating the alleged seizure of the motorised trawler from Trapani in southwestern Sicily which was carrying three Italians and four Tunisians.
Sudan has denied using cluster bombs and has accused the HRW agency of a fabricated report
On Tuesday, Kenya has offered Shabaab fighters ten days to lay down arms in an amnesty.