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‘The war on Syria has failed,’ Foreign Minister says in UN speech, denouncing the...

In his address to the last day of the UN General Assembly’s annual high-level debate, Mr. Mekdad stated that hegemonic countries had implemented “straightjacketed...

Iran Says US Attempting to Use Unrest to Weaken Country

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Iran faced more international criticism on Monday over the death of a woman in police custody which triggered nationwide protests, after...

Iran arrests at least 20 journalists amid nationwide anti-government protests

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Washington D.C., September 26, 2022—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Iranian authorities to end their crackdown on journalists and release...

Iran Indicts 14 in Top Nuclear Scientist’s Assassination

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). i24 News – Iran charged 14 people in connection with the killing of top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who died in...

Sheikh Qaradawi, Islamist Backer of Arab Revolts, Dies at 96

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi, a spiritual guide to the Muslim Brotherhood who championed the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings and unsettled rulers in...

Iran Will Act Decisively After Biggest Protests in Years, President Says

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Iran must deal decisively with protests which have swept the country after the death in custody of a woman detained by...

Forced out of school, but refusing to give up on education in Afghanistan |

year after the Taliban takeover, 17-year-old Mursal Fasihi is still in disbelief that she cannot go back to school. Once a dedicated student, Ms....

Palestinian President Abbas Calls on Israel to Resume Negotiations Immediately

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s call for a two-state solution was a “positive development” but said...

Iran Regrets Ukraine’s Downgrading of Ties Over Drones

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). i24 News – Iran regrets Ukraine’s decision to downgrade diplomatic ties over the country’s alleged supply of drones to Russia, the...

With help, Iraq’s spirit of hope, forward-looking youths can keep nascent democracy on track,...

“The hope embodied by the people of Iraq, had enabled them to snatch opportunities for life, progress and peace from the clutches of crisis...

Palestine calls for full UN membership and a plan to end the occupation |

“Palestine, the Observer State in this Organization for 10 years now has proved that it qualifies for full membership. You have all recognized this,”...

Avigayil and Muhammad are the Most Popular Baby Names in Israel

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). JNS.org – Avigayil and Muhammad are the most popular baby names in Israel, according to Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority, which...

Iranian security forces step up arrests of journalists as anti-state protests spread  

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Washington, D.C., September 22, 2022—Iranian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release all journalists arrested while covering mass protests around the country and restore...

101-Year-Old is Oldest to Make Aliyah From US in Five Years

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). JNS.org – A 101-year-old woman who made aliyah from New Jersey last week is the oldest immigrant to move to the Jewish...

Israeli Military, Defense Chiefs: Hezbollah Endangering Lebanese Citizens on Behalf of Iran

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Israel’s military and defense chiefs on Wednesday both warned against Hezbollah’s continued entrenchment in Lebanon, saying its activities ultimately pose a...

Palestinian Suspected of Killing 84-Year-Old Israeli Woman Found Dead in Tel Aviv After Apparent...

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Israeli security forces arrested five suspects believed to be involved with the Palestinian suspected of killing an 84-year-old woman in the...

2,000 Jews Visit Morocco to Mark ‘Yom Hiloula’ of Rabbi Haim Pinto

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). JNS.org – Amid warming relations between Israel and Morocco in the wake of the signing of the Abraham Accords two years...

Iranian photojournalist Yalda Moaiery arrested during anti-state protests 

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Washington, D.C., September 20, 2022—Iranian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release journalist Yalda Moaiery, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday. On...

Technion Ranks Tops in Europe in AI for Second Consecutive Year

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). JNS.org – The Haifa-based Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is Europe’s top university in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) for the...

209 Ethiopian ‘Olim’ and Jewish Federation Leaders Land in Israel

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). JNS.org – Dozens of community leaders from Jewish federations across the United States and Canada, as well as senior Jewish Agency...

Israel’s Herzog to Promote Unity Government – Report

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). i24 News – Israel’s President Isaac Herzog told lawmakers that he will work on establishing an “enlarged unity government” after the...

Israel’s Herzog to Pay First State Trip to Bahrain

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). i24 News – Israel’s President Isaac Herzog is set to undertake a historic trip to Bahrain, two years after the normalization...

Israel Attacks Damascus Airport, Five Soldiers Killed, Syria Says

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). Israel carried out an airstrike on Syria‘s Damascus International airport and other positions south of the capital, killing five soldiers and...

Israelis Express More Confidence in Future of Democracy; Parties Submit Final Candidate Lists

Photo credit: DiasporaEngager (www.DiasporaEngager.com). In the lead up to their fifth round of elections in recent years, Israelis are — surprisingly — expressing increased optimism...