Israel Harel in Ofra, an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. (Post)

As Jewish settlement turns 40, a founder looks ahead in the West Bank

In the “mother of all settlements,” a longtime activist presses to annex the land and keep Jews on the hilltops.

    Ex-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sentenced to 8 months in prison

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced Monday to eight months in prison for accepting illegal contributions from a U.S. businessman.

    Women’s activists cross from North to South Korea, say divide can be bridged

    The event, which was led by Gloria Steinem, was controversial in the South and abroad, with critics saying it aided the Pyongyang regime.

    Japan’s push to revise its constitution isn’t a bid to deny history, Abe ally says

    But worries are growing that the government is trying to amend the U.S.-drafted charter by stealth.

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    Nigerian senator-elect wanted by U.S. for alleged drug smuggling is arrested

    Nigerian senator-elect wanted by U.S. for alleged drug smuggling is arrested

    Buruji Kashamu is suspected of being the kingpin whose scheme set off events in “Orange Is the New Black.”

    Shiite militia, Iraqi army launch counteroffensive at Ramadi

    Shiite militia, Iraqi army launch counteroffensive at Ramadi

    Iraqi prime minister had been reluctant to send in militiamen out of fears of raising tension with Sunnis.

    NATO hopes to keep a base in Afghanistan, U.S. general says

    NATO hopes to keep a base in Afghanistan, U.S. general says

    Civilians would lead the post-2016 NATO mission, but some troops would also remain in Kabul.

    Chaos in Iraqi forces contributed to Islamic State’s biggest win this year

    Chaos in Iraqi forces contributed to Islamic State’s biggest win this year

    The fall of Ramadi also showed the limited impact of U.S. airstrikes.

    In El Salvador, beatification of slain archbishop reopens old wounds

    In El Salvador, beatification of slain archbishop reopens old wounds

    Two decades after the end of the civil war, Archbishop Romero still faces criticism in his home country.

    Yes or no? Catholic Ireland decides whether to legalize gay marriage

    Yes or no? Catholic Ireland decides whether to legalize gay marriage

    Polls suggest that the government-backed amendment favoring gay marriage will be approved. But activists expressed caution.

    Officials: Mexico shootout leaves dozens dead

    Officials: Mexico shootout leaves dozens dead

    The shootout in the western state of Michoacan involved a drug cartel and security forces.

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    Preparing for tourists, Havana gets a facelift

    Ahead of what is expected to be a large surge of American travelers, a real estate market is emerging in Cuba.

    Escaping the rat race in Japan

    Some Japanese towns are taking steps to draw young people to a new kind of rural life.

    Lt. Col. Michael B. Baka honors the dead during ‘Flags In’ ceremony

    He will become deputy commander of the “Old Guard,” which performs horse-drawn funeral ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery.

    Supporters cheer referendum on gay marriage in Ireland

    In the world’s first national vote on the issue, people turned out across the country to cast their ballot.

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    Islamic State at the gates of Palmyra

    Reports indicate that militants are positioned near a famous Roman-era city in Syria.

    Thailand, Indonesia face migrant crisis

    More than 1,000 people fleeing persecution in Burma and poverty in Bangladesh have tried the dangerous boat crossing.

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    Oil on the California coast, saving honeybees, ducklings rescued from a storm drain and more.

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    Alpacas that produce wool, a bear up a tree, a baby gorilla and owlets huddling together.

    Protesters, soldiers face off in Burundi

    Violence erupted after President Pierre Nkurunziza said he would seek another term despite a constitutional limit.

    An underground city of the dead in Jerusalem

    As a result of dwindling burial space, a giant network of tunnels is being built with 22,000 crypts for the project’s first phase.

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    Herndon Monument Climb, the face of Shakespeare discovered, Ireland to vote on same-sex marriage and more.

    Flood, mudslide sweep away homes in Colombia

    An avalanche of mud and debris roared over an alpine town in western Colombia before dawn Monday, killing at least 58.

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