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Tue. Oct 18, 2016 News from Israel

  • State Comptroller's report accuses political parties of election campaign violations
  • UNESCO sticks to controversial anti-Israeli resolution
  • Assad's wife says she has rejected offers to flee Syria

State Comptroller Yosef Shapira says in his newest report that nearly all of Israel's political parties have been fined for campaign violations during the 2015 elections. Likud and HaBayit HaYehudi were fined 850,000 shekels apiece for holding what the report calls an illegal rally in Tel Aviv a few days before the election.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has adopted the controversial resolution that questions the Jewish people's connection to Jerusalem's holy sites. On Tuesday, Mexico and Brazil announced that they are changing their original position, which supported the resolution, over concerns that it was offensive and biased. Mexico's decision was made after pressure from its Jewish community.

An Israeli vehicle was stoned on Tuesday in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of At-Tur. Two of its passengers were injured. A 15-year-old resident of the neighborhood has been arrested by IDF Border Police officers following a manhunt.

Syria's first lady Asma al-Assad says she has rejected many offers to flee the country with her children. In an interview on Russian television, the British-born wife of President Bashar al-Assad said she has never thought of living anywhere else and that these offers were nothing but attempts to shake people's confidence in her husband.

Kurdish forces in Iraq are still fighting to recapture the northern city of Mosul from the hands of ISIS. CNN correspondent Nick Paton Walsh was caught in gunfire exchange while reporting from the battle zone.

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