French authorities opened a manslaughter inquiry Monday into the May crash of an EgyptAir plane that killed 66 people, saying there is no evidence so far to link it to terrorism.
Prosecutor's office spokesman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said the inquiry was launched as an accident investigation, not a terrorism investigation. She said French authorities are "not at all" favoring the theory that the plane was downed deliberately, though the status of the inquiry could eventually change if evidence emerges to that effect.Full Story
Jordanian intelligence officials stole millions of dollars of weapons that the CIA and Saudi Arabia had supplied for Syrian rebels, then sold them on the black market, The New York Times and Al-Jazeera reported.
The military equipment had been shipped into Jordan as part of the Central Intelligence Agency's secret program to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels to fight troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.Full Story
New lawyers representing the son of slain Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi announced Monday they will ask the International Criminal Court to quash the case against him as he has now been tried and convicted by a Libyan court.Full Story
Palestinians and Israeli police clashed at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound for a second day straight on Monday, with Islamic officials accusing Israeli authorities of breaking a tacit agreement on access during Ramadan.Full Story
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday his country's maritime blockade on the Gaza Strip would remain in place following a deal with Turkey to normalize relations.Full Story
Bahrain on Monday jailed five Shiites on charges linked to "terrorism" and revoked their citizenships, the prosecution said, as authorities in the Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom crack down on the opposition.Full Story
UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Monday welcomed a deal between Israel and Turkey to normalize relations after years of acrimony, calling it a "hopeful signal for the stability of the region."
"I welcome today's announcement of the normalization of relations between Israel and Turkey," Ban told journalists as he met Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.Full Story
A breakthrough Israel-Turkey deal following six years of acrimony will see Israel pay $20 million (18.14 million euros) in compensation for a deadly 2010 commando raid, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Monday.
The deal will also see the two countries exchange ambassadors "as soon as possible", Yildirim told a press conference in Ankara.Full Story
Israeli and Turkish leaders on Monday lauded a deal reached at the weekend to restore ties after six years of acrimony over a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed that his country's maritime blockade of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip would remain following the agreement, though Turkey obtained aid concessions for the Palestinian enclave.Full Story