Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has requested an additional 14 days to form a government. The request, granted by the country’s president, underscores the difficulty of cobbling together a majority via a coalition of small right-wing parties.
Reading this massive volume is rather like entering a dilapidated mansion, cluttered with faded but eminently recognizable furniture, through and around which a sere wind blows.
In one of its final acts, the Netanyahu government proposed a new bill aimed at recognizing Israel’s Jewish character, acknowledging Jewish law as a source for legislation and no longer recognizing Arabic as the second official language.
In November 2014, President Obama accepted India’s invitation to be the chief guest at its Republic Day celebrations. He will be the first American president to do so.
Miriam Cooke begins with a contrast between the "bleak and colorless" Dubai of her first visit in 1973 and a metropolis of "fantasy architecture" that she encountered in 2008.