Jews, Christians and Muslims make holy ground in America’s heartland

June 19, 2017

Omaha, Nebraska (CNN)When most people think of Omaha, they imagine sizzling steaks, billionaire Warren Buffet or even former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning calling out before the snap. (Remember “Omaha-Omaha”?). A rabbi, a reverend and an imam (no, it’s not a setup joke) are partners in a decadelong quest to bring together the three Abrahamic faiths — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — to share and worship on the same property. …

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Muslims keep alive Kolkata’s Jewish schools, stores and traditions

June 16, 2017

Kolkata, India (CNN)When Mitana Alexander bid goodbye to Kolkata’s Jewish Girls School in 1975, she was its last Jewish student. The bulk of the others were Muslims. They were worried because she was last remaining occupant of a Jews-only dormitory, as most Jewish girls they had known had migrated to Israkel, America or Europe “with their folks.” A new age for India’s Anglo-Indians …

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Executions in Pakistan: Is ISIS targeting China?

June 15, 2017

(CNN)The deaths of two Chinese nationals in Pakistan suggest that as Beijing’s strategic and economic footprint grows so too will the threats posed to Chinese interests. While China has often asserted that it is opposed to the terrorism perpetrated by groups such as al Qaeda or ISIS, such a position has not prompted it to join international efforts to combat them in Afghanistan or the middle East. Is ISIS targeting China? Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham’s (ISIS) …

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Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News

June 14, 2017

… went for means-testing the winter fuel allowance and ending the “triple lock” that guarantees a minimum 2.5% increase in the state pension. Mrs May might have got away with the rapid U-turn on social care – something that is almost unheard of the middle of an election campaign – if she had owned up to it but she continued to insist that nothing had changed. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May: This is the right way forward Anna …

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The questions that could determine Sessions’ fate

June 13, 2017

… during a transition? Sessions was nominated to be attorney general in the middle of November, before Kushner reportedly attempted to set up a back channel with Russian officials. He was a foreign policy adviser during the campaign and in the running to be vice president. The Kushner meetings would likely have been discussed within Trump’s inner circle. If Sessions has any information or even a view on this, it will be newsworthy. It is also the question his boss will be watching closely. …

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Election results 2017: May to finalise cabinet amid DUP talks – BBC News

June 10, 2017

… as home secretary. David Davis will also stay on as Brexit secretary and Sir Michael Fallon will keep his role as defence secretary. There could be changes elsewhere in the cabinet while nine middle-ranking and junior ministers, including Ben Gummer and Jane Ellison, lost their seats at the general election and will need to be replaced. BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith said the prime minister was facing calls from MPs to remove close advisers who have been blamed for the failure to …

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Election 2017: Pound falls sharply but UK shares rise – BBC News

June 9, 2017

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General election 2017: Security dominates campaigning – BBC News

June 6, 2017

… committee, said that while it was “inappropriate and wrong” to draw “precise links” between police numbers and individual attacks, falling numbers made it harder to gather information and counter threats. Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has accused the Conservatives of making the “wrong choices” over police budgets, “posturing” over internet surveillance powers and not putting enough pressure on allies in the middle East to turn the screw on extremist …

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Ipoh: A cultural and culinary guide to Malaysia’s rising tourism star

(CNN)Sometime after the tin slump of the 1980s, Ipoh earned a reputation for being a retirement destination, or just a pit stop on the way to Penang. “Before, there wasn’t one place where people gathered,” says Julie Song of Burps & Giggles, a cafe that’s contributed to the city’s new face. “Now, everyone who comes makes Old Town their first stop.” …

May 23, 2017
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Trump’s doublespeak in Saudi Arabia

(CNN)If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Donald Trump, it is that he has no qualms about contradicting himself to get what he wants. In Saudi Arabia, he wanted a $110 billion arms deal — not to promote peace and tolerance, as he later proclaimed in his Sunday speech. Thus, his speech will not “be remembered as the beginning of peace in the middle East,” as he loftily put it, but rather a boost to the war that is ravaging it. Nor will Trump’s speech put …

May 22, 2017
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Saudis, UAE pledge $100 million to Ivanka Trump-proposed fund

… specifically to help women in the middle East. The fund, which will be run by World Bank, not Ivanka Trump, aims to provide to female entrepreneurs with financial support in the form of capital and access to networking and financial markets, something Trump says she anticipates will be important to the future growth of women. …

May 22, 2017
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Can Donald Trump solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

… to their definition, not the other side’s definition.” Trust One of the most difficult challenges facing Trump is trust between the two parties involved, according to former US Envoy to the middle East, Dennis Ross. Ross, a William Davidson distinguished fellow and counselor at the Washington Institute, helped establish the 1995 Interim Agreement between Israel and the Palestinians as well as the 1997 Hebron Accord. A part of both the George H.W. Bush and Clinton …

May 22, 2017
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