The municipal elections held yesterday will show whether the Turkish people want to punish Erdogan or continue to believe in him.
The first thing I saw when we entered the first room was 4-year-old [Elad] on the carpet with three stab wounds in his left chest, and, as I thought at the time he was still alive, left another medic to attend to him.
I then entered the second room and found the 11-year-old[Yoav] who had been butchered, his throat was sliced so deep that his head was nearly detached from the body.
Then we entered the third room where we found the mother [Ruth] dead, lying on floor in pool of blood with multiple stab wounds. On a bed in same room, lying dead with single stab wound in the neck, was the father…
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One way or another, Britain will have a national referendum on EU membership. But the point of the referendum is not to vote. It is to choose between different futures. The advocates of the EU, like Lord Mandelson, argue that Britain needs to “concentrate on using all of our influence and energy in building up Britain’s influence in Europe”.
That is the same siren song Britain has heard since the days of Harold Macmillan: if only Britain really tries its hardest, if only it commits to the EU wholeheartedly, it can lead the EU in ways that serve British interests.
This hasn’t worked in the past, and it won’t work in the future. Staying in the EU means outsourcing the control of Britain’s borders, the sovereignty of Parliament, and, increasingly, its economic, fiscal, and foreign policies to Brussels…
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Israel’s prime minister has branded resolutions criticising his country’s human rights “absurd” in the face of the Syrian civil war and violations elsewhere
Benjamin Netanyahu revivedIsrael‘s historic antipathy to the UN on Sunday by accusing its human rights watchdog of “hypocrisy”, saying it had passed a series of anti-Israel resolutions while “slaughter”, executions and anti-media crackdowns were rife elsewhere in the Middle East.
“Over the weekend the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) condemned Israel five times, this at a time when the slaughter in Syria is continuing, innocent people are being hung in the Middle East and human rights are being eroded,” the Israeli prime minister told a weekly cabinet meeting.
“In many countries the…
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