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Auschwitz price-fixing claims: Israel police arrest nine

Auschwitz tickets inflated by Israeli execsNine executives at Israeli travel agencies have been arrested on suspicion of fixing the price of high school students' trips to former Nazi death camps, including Auschwitz.

Police say they are investigating allegations of a secret price-fixing arrangement by companies who organise the trips for students.

Investigators have raided the homes of executives and frozen bank accounts.

At least six travel agencies are accused of violating competition rules. They are suspected of colluding on prices before responding to an education ministry tender to take students to Holocaust memorials.


Israel employs double legal standard in West Bank, US envoy charges

Dan ShapiroUS ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro on Monday leveled sharp criticism against Israel’s West Bank settlement policy, and alleged Israel had two standards of law in the territory, one for Israelis and one another for Palestinians.

The comments — coming on the day that an Israeli mother-of-six killed by a Palestinian terrorist was laid to rest, and a pregnant woman was injured in a second attack– drew a harsh response from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, who called the remarks “unacceptable and incorrect.”


Is Iran Really So Evil?

Demonizing IranThe demonization of Iran is arguably the most bizarre and self-defeating of all U.S. foreign policies. Americans view Iran not simply as a country with interests that sometimes conflict with ours, but as a relentless font of evil. This is true across the political spectrum, from Hillary Clinton’s assertion in 2008 that she is ready to “totally obliterate” Iran to Sen. Ted Cruz’s recent description of Iranians as “people who want to kill us.” American politicians rarely speak that way about any other country. Iran occupies a unique place in our pantheon of enemies.

So what is occurring now between Iran and the United States is hard for many Americans to process. Twice in the past week, on the eve of implementation of the historic Iran nuclear deal—under which certification by the International Atomic Energy Agency will permit a partial lifting of sanctions—Tehran and Washington have behaved as though they are, if not quite like friends, then like something less than enemies.


U.S. Looking Into Reports Of Three Americans Missing In Baghdad

Three American contractors missing in IraqThe U.S. government is aware of reports that three U.S. citizens have gone missing in Iraq and is working with Iraqi authorities to find them, a U.S. State Department official said on Sunday.

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Americans on flight out of Iran

Americans on flight out of IranThe Americans imprisoned in Iran, including a Washington Post reporter held for nearly 18 months, boarded a plane Sunday to begin their journey back to the United States and awaiting families and friends.

A charter flight with the Americans on board left Tehran for Switzerland Sunday.

The men were among five Americans released after a dramatic prisoner swap between the two countries, which came just as international sanctions were lifted on Iran Saturday. as part of an international nuclear deal.


Dozens killed by Islamic State in 'massacre' in Syrian city of Deir Ezzor

Dozens killed by IsisAn attack by Islamic State on the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor has left at least 85 civilians and 50 government troops dead, a monitoring group said, with state media denouncing a “massacre”.

Syria’s state news agency Sana, quoting residents, said as many as “300 civilians” were killed in the onslaught. If confirmed it would be one of the highest tolls for a single day in Syria’s nearly five-year war.


Iran nuclear deal: International sanctions lifted

Iran sanctions removedInternational sanctions on Iran have been lifted after its compliance with obligations under its nuclear agreement with world powers was certified.

The EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, announced the lifting of sanctions in accordance with the deal "as Iran has fulfilled its commitment".

The international nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, said its inspectors had verified that Iran had taken the required steps.


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