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  • Tillerson woos Gulf allies in push to undercut Iran
    Top US diplomat Rex Tillerson pursued efforts to curb Tehran's influence in talks with his country's Gulf allies Sunday, demanding that Iran pare down its involvement in Iraq as the fight against the Islamic State group draws to a close.The question…
    - 22 Oct 17, 4:42pm -
  • In Syria region under regime siege, children die of hunger
    Only a trickle of humanitarian aid ever reaches this rebel-held region east of Damascus, under a tight blockade by Assad regime forces since 2013.Eastern Ghouta is one of four "de-escalation zones" set up in May under a deal between backers of rival…
    - 22 Oct 17, 3:53pm -
  • Palestinian wrote 'Good morning' on Facebook – was arrested by Israeli police
    Police only confirmed that a Palestinian had been mistakenly arrested then released following suspicions of incitement, but a report in Haaretz newspaper provided further details.According to the report, which police would neither confirm nor deny, t…
    - 22 Oct 17, 10:01am -
  • Kurdish disarray highlights Iraq army's newfound prowess
    The speed with which Iraqi troops this week overwhelmed Kurdish forces in oil-rich Kirkuk, days after ousting the Islamic State group, marks a radical change in the balance of power, analysts say.For 14 years since the US-led invasion, the Kurds had…
    - 20 Oct 17, 11:16am -
  • Morocco's Istiqlal party elects new leader
    Morocco's oldest political party Istiqlal has elected former finance minister Nizar Baraka as its new leader, the party said on its website.On Saturday, Baraka won 924 votes, largely beating his predecessor as head of the party Hamid Chabat, who secu…
    - 8 Oct 17, 6:50am -
  • Trump says will not move US embassy to Jerusalem for now
    "I wanna give that a shot before I even think about moving the embassy to Jerusalem," Trump said on former governor Mike Huckabee's TV show, referring to efforts to forge a peace between the two sides that has eluded career diplomats for decades."We'…
    - 8 Oct 17, 2:22am -
  • Row breaks out in Iraq over Kurdish flag on Talabani coffin
    A row has broken out over the use of the Kurdish flag rather than Iraq's colours at former president Jalal Talabani's funeral, at a time of Iraqi-Kurdish tensions.Social media is abuzz with chatter over the choice of flag at Friday's funeral in Sulai…
    - 7 Oct 17, 5:23pm -
  • Israel to ease holiday restrictions for Palestinians
    On Tuesday, the army said crossings from the West Bank and Gaza into Israel would be closed to Palestinians for 11 days until midnight on October 14.But on Friday they decided those with pre-existing work permits would be allowed in "according to the…
    - 6 Oct 17, 5:15pm -
  • ISIS: Defeating the virtual caliphate
    The jihadist propaganda machine will continue to exist in hidden corners of the dark web, inciting sympathisers to action, they say."Defeating ISIL on the physical battlefield is not enough," General Joseph Votel, the top commander for US military fo…
    - 6 Oct 17, 1:56am -
  • Israel denies Turkish claim of involvement in Kurd vote
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday denied Turkish claims of covert involvement in Iraqi Kurdistan's recent independence vote, reiterating however his "sympathy" for the Kurdish people.On Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdog…
    - 1 Oct 17, 10:22am -

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  • BreakingPalestinian-American Comedian Making Her Mark in Male Dominated Field
    Comedy is a field still dominated by men, but that's changing. Among the trendsetters is Suzie Afridi, a Palestinian-American stand-up comedian. Afridi says she's probably not living the life her parents had wanted for her when she was growing up in…
    - 7 hours ago, 20 Apr 18, 3:32am -
  • BreakingIran’s Morality Police Assault Woman, Sparking Outrage
    A video of a young woman being wrestled to the ground by Iranian “morality policeâ€� for not wearing a hijab properly has sparked outrage on social media and prompted Iran’s government to launch an investigation.The video of Wedne…
    - 8 hours ago, 20 Apr 18, 2:34am -
  • BreakingPentagon: Man Linked to 9/11 Attacks on US Captured in Syria
    A man linked to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, who was said to have praised "violent jihad," was captured in Syria by U.S.-backed forces more than a month ago, the Pentagon said Thursday."We can confirm that Mohammad Haydar Zamma…
    - 8 hours ago, 20 Apr 18, 2:06am -
  • BreakingFBI Offers Reward for Info in Kidnapping Case in Syria
    The FBI is offering a $1 million reward for information leading to the return of an American journalist who disappeared in Syria in 2012.​Austin Bennett Tice was believed to have been kidnapped while covering the war in Darya, a Damascus s…
    - 10 hours ago, 20 Apr 18, 12:19am -
  • European MPs Implore US to Not Quit Iran Nuclear Pact
    More than 500 British, French and German lawmakers wrote to their U.S. counterparts Thursday, urging them to support the international pact restraining Iran’s nuclear weapons development and to keep President Donald Trump from abandoning it.…
    - 15 hours ago, 19 Apr 18, 7:36pm -
  • Mourning Arabs Fly Palestinian Flags as Israel Marks Independence Day
    Waving Palestinian flags and wearing T-shirts proclaiming Jerusalem to be "the eternal capital of Palestine," thousands of Israel's Arab minority turned out Thursday for a rally to commemorate a war lost 70 years ago.In a field south of Haifa, near…
    - 15 hours ago, 19 Apr 18, 7:28pm -
  • US: No Sign Assad Ready to Launch Another Chemical Attack
    Pentagon officials say there has been no indication the Syrian military is ready to launch another chemical weapons attack following last Saturday's missile strikes by the United States, France and Britain.But U.S. officials say Washington and its…
    - 17 hours ago, 19 Apr 18, 5:28pm -
  • Number 2 Military Leader in Eastern Libya Survives Car Bomb Attack
    The second-in-command of eastern Libyan military forces says he survived a car-bomb attack against his motorcade  in the eastern capital of Benghazi.  The attack comes amid uncertainty about the health of the top eastern Libya commander, General Kh…
    - 17 hours ago, 19 Apr 18, 5:11pm -
  • US Hopes for Success in Talks with Europeans on 'Fixing' Iran Nuclear Deal
    The United States hopes to reach agreement with Britain, France and Germany to address President Donald Trump's concerns about the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Washington's disarmament ambassador said on Thursday.The crux of the accord between Iran and…
    - 18 hours ago, 19 Apr 18, 4:32pm -
  • Strong Quake Hits Southern Iran
    An earthquake of at least magnitude 5.5 struck in southern Iran near the country’s sole nuclear power plant Thursday morning, shaking Bahrain and other areas around the Persian Gulf. There was no immediate report of damage or injuries. The…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Apr 18, 7:57am -
  • UN Wins Rare Praise for Accrediting Monitors of Iran’s Rights Record
    A U.N. council’s decision to accredit an organization highlighting Iran’s alleged human rights violations has drawn rare praise from one of the most prominent U.N. critics in the global rights community.In a Wednesday phone interview…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Apr 18, 4:30am -
  • Screening of 'Black Panther' Ends Saudi Ban on Movie Theaters
    Saudi Arabia has ended a 35-year ban on movie theaters with a private screening of the Hollywood blockbuster Black Panther.The invitation-only screening, held Wednesday at a concert hall converted into a cinema complex in the capital, Riyadh, was…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Apr 18, 9:00pm -
  • US Congress Asks White House for Larger Syria Plan
    The Trump administration’s recent airstrikes in Syria – just the latest action in a long-running conflict that has challenged U.S. presidents of both parties – has prompted a new round of questions on Capitol Hill.Lawmakers are…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Apr 18, 8:30pm -
  • US and Russia Want to Avoid Syrian Escalation, But Are They in Control?
    The U.S. and its Western allies avoided triggering a wider war in Syria last Saturday when they retaliated with precision missile strikes against President Bashar al-Assad for an alleged chemical weapons attack. But there are plenty of hazards ahead…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Apr 18, 5:19pm -
  • Hundreds of Refugees Return to Syria From Lebanon
    Several hundred Syrians who have lived for years as refugees in Lebanon left for their home country on Wednesday in a rare case of a mass return of those who left the country since the Syrian civil war began in 2011.Nearly 500 people, including chi…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Apr 18, 4:49pm -
  • Luxury Liner QE2 Reopens as Floating Hotel in Dubai
    The Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) ocean liner has been given a new lease on life as a floating hotel in Dubai, 10 years after the Gulf Arab emirate bought it for $100 million.State-owned Dubai World bought the QE2 from Cunard Line in 2007, but the 2008 f…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Apr 18, 4:31pm -
  • Iran Bans Government Bodies from Using Foreign Message Apps
    Iran's presidency has banned all government bodies from using foreign-based messaging apps to communicate with citizens, state media reported Wednesday, after economic protests organized through such apps shook the country earlier this year.Chief a…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Apr 18, 2:15pm -
  • Turkey to Hold Elections in June, More Than a Year Early
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called for early presidential and general elections on June 24 of this year. Polls had been scheduled for November 2019, but Erdogan said the unprecedented challenges facing the country made early e…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Apr 18, 1:19pm -
  • Israel at 70: Satisfaction and Grim Disquiet Share the Stage
    Is Israel a success as it turns 70? As Israelis commemorate the milestone this week, satisfaction and a grim disquiet share the stage.It has a standard of living that rivals Western Europe, without the natural resources. It can boast of scientific…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Apr 18, 12:41pm -
  • UN Security Team Comes Under Fire in Douma, Syria
    Members of a U.N. security team came under small-arms fire and an explosive was detonated as they tried to carry out a reconnaissance mission to a Syrian town awaiting chemical weapons inspectors."On arrival at Site 1, a large crowd gathered and th…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Apr 18, 12:28pm -