US Secretary of State John Kerry headed back to Israel Thursday as he continues a push to reignite peace negotiations.
Making his fourth trip to Israel since he began his tenure as the US chief diplomat in February, Kerry was due to arrive later Thursday and head straight into talks with top Israeli and Palestinian Authority leaders.
The meetings come after a long day of diplomacy in Jordan, during which he met with 10 other foreign ministers from the “Friends of Syria” group in a bid to try to end the Syrian conflict.
After whirlwind talks Thursday and Friday, Kerry will return to the region on Monday to attend the World Economic Forum in Amman.
Under President Obama’s leadership, U.S. civilian intelligence agencies have carried out a series of not-so-covert operations in so-called secret wars that have reached a huge scale. There have been nearly 400 drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen since 2008, in periods of activity that have ebbed and flowed dependent on everything from the availability of intelligence to local political tides.
US banks have delayed payment owed to millions of victims of discrimination and substandard lending practices of the housing crisis, a report shows.
Millions of troubled American homeowners have received less than half of the promised USD 5.7 billion owed to them since 2008, the Washington Post reported this week.
However, the eight companies assigned to manage the process were paid nearly USD 2 billion.
“These settlements are a reflection of the dismal response from the federal government and the banks to consumers who got bad mortgages…Their needs got pushed behind taking care of the banks,” said John Taylor, chief executive of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition.
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A seven-year-old South Korean girl was killed instantly after being struck by the body of a man as he plunged from his 10th floor apartment in an apparent suicide, a report said on Thursday.
The 40-year-old man jumped from the flat in the southern port of Busan on Wednesday evening and hit the daughter of his neighbour who was emerging from the apartment building, SBS TV station said.
The man, identified by his surname, Jang, died immediately. The girl, who was with her father, was taken to hospital but pronounced dead soon after arrival.
Jang had long been treated for mental illness and depression before the accident, SBS quoted an area police official as saying.
Police have told an elderly grandmother she must not make a massive Double Gloucester wheel for locals to chase down a hill at a popular event – because she could be liable for any injuries.
Farmer Diana Smart, 86, of Churcham, Gloucestershire, has been making a special hand-made wheel of cheese for the Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake, which sees daredevils chasing cheese down the 200-yard Cooper’s Hill near Brockworth, for a quarter of a century.
A “thank you” might be in order if you find a massive leak of a company’s sensitive customer records on the Internet and raise alarm so the problem can be fixed. But that’s not how it always goes down, as a team of investigative reporters for the Scripps News Service recently found out the hard way.