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.
'As many as 30,000 newly displaced individuals may arrive in Makhmur over the coming weeks as the military offensive continues,' UNHCR says
'There has been a dramatic increase in detention of children since October 2015,' says UN High Commissioner for Human Rights spokeswoman
Report says most violations came during Jewish holiday of Passover
The talks will focus on 'how the conditions for a continuation of the peace talks in Geneva can be met, as well as how a reduction of violence and an improvement in the humanitarian situation in Syria can be achieved'
European Commission, the executive arm of the 28-nation EU, will say Turkey must still implement further measures in order to access the passportless Schengen area without visas by June
Kosovo Football Federation president Fadil Vokrri said it was a 'historic moment'
Longstanding cement ban has prevented thousands of Gazans from rebuilding homes destroyed in Israel’s 2014 military onslaught
Villages in the Central African Republic are taking the battle into their own hands using donated radios and satellites to combat LRA rebels
On Tuesday, as lawmakers begin to examine the bill, unions and student organisations are expected to hold another demonstration at the National Assembly.
The Canadian media tycoon turned politician said family obligations forced him to resign as head of Parti Québécois less than a year after being elected
Bank says $20 million could have been made in S&P 500 futures trading alone
Analyst warns Iraq's Shia parties are divided after followers of Muqtada al-Sadr occupied parliament
Attack comes day after 36 people are killed by twin car bombings in Iraq's southern city of Al-Samawah
We agreed the G7 should send a strong signal in this sense,' Japanese PM says after talks with his Italian counterpart
'France forcefully condemns the (Damascus) regime's attacks that have caused many casualties (and) calls on the supporters of the regime... to use their influence on Damascus to silence the weapons,' foreign ministry says
Khartoum has stepped up its claim to the territories after Egypt transferred two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia