German States Launch Battle To Ban Party With Nazi Ties

    Germany’s 16 states launched a battle on Tuesday to ban the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) after the federal government failed spectacularly a decade ago to outlaw a party its critics say shows an affinity for Hitler’s Nazis.

    Temple Mount Is Off Limits for Jews Say Chief Rabbis

    Israel’s chief rabbis said in a signed declaration that Jews are prohibited from visiting the Temple Mount.

    Yair Lapid Warns Netanyahu To Take More Cautious Tone With U.S. on Iran

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should take the heat out of his row with U.S. President Barack Obama, his top coalition partner said on Tuesday, warning that the spat over Iran was not helping Israel.

    Palestinian Investigators Close To Naming Who Killed Arafat

    A Palestinian investigator said on Tuesday he would soon name the people he believed were responsible for the death of former leader Yasser Arafat, almost a decade after he started searching for suspects.

    Alan Gross, with his wife, Judy, in Jerusalem in 2005.

    U.S. Calls for Release of Alan Gross From Cuban Jail

    The United States called on Monday for the immediate release of an American contractor jailed for the past four years in Cuba, saying his continued captivity on the communist-ruled island was “gravely disappointing.”