Could a millionaire businessman save Iraq’s Sunnis?

mdf3578956By Ned Parker ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – For at least a decade, Iraqi business mogul Khamis Khanjar has bankrolled Sunni politicians and fighters alike. Now, he wants to use his multi-million dollar fortune to create an autonomous region for Iraq’s Sunnis. Khanjar’s emergence from backroom deal-maker to would-be Sunni champion is just one sign of Iraq’s continued political drift.


Israel's settlement drive is becoming irreversible, diplomats fear

Houses are seen in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim as the Palestinian village of Al-Eizariya is seen in the backgroundBy Luke Baker MITZPE YERICHO, West Bank (Reuters) – In the hills east of Jerusalem, overlooking the Palestinian city of Jericho and the Jordan Valley, stands a religious Jewish settlement whose red-tile roofs, neat gardens and brightly colored playgrounds give the sense of permanence. Mitzpe Yericho has stood on this escarpment close to the Dead Sea – the lowest point on earth – since 1978. It is one of more than 230 settlements Israelis have built on occupied land in the West Bank and East Jerusalem over the past half-century.