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  • Israeli firm offers 'anti-terrorism' adventure to tourists
    The foreigners yell "fire, fire, fire" before shooting their automatic weapons as Israeli instructors look on -- but this is no military training.The 20 or so Jewish tourists from South America are on an "anti-terrorism" course run by former Israeli…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Aug 17, 4:10am -
  • US slams foes and allies alike in religious freedom report
    The United States issued its annual religious freedom report on Tuesday, slamming allies and foes alike for their shortcomings at a time when its own record has come under fire.Launching the first report since President Donald Trump took office, Secr…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Aug 17, 5:33pm -
  • Algeria's PM sacked after less than three months in office
    "President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Tuesday relieved Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune of his duties and appointed Ahmed Ouyahia", the president's chief of staff, in his place, the presidency said in a statement published by the official APS news ag…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Aug 17, 5:30pm -
  • 'Lot of time' needed to rebuild trust in Gulf, says Qatari foreign minister
    Qatar's foreign minister said Tuesday it will take a "lot of time" to rebuild any trust between sparring Gulf countries because of the region's continuing diplomatic crisis.As the impasse between Doha and four Arab states led by Saudi Arabia entered…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Aug 17, 5:07pm -
  • Outrage as Swiss hotel orders 'Jewish guests' to shower before swimming
    A Swiss hotel that posted signs telling Jewish clients to shower before using the pool and restricting their access to the facility's freezer has unleashed outrage and official complaints from Israel.The Paradies apartment hotel in the Alpine village…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Aug 17, 12:42pm -
  • Damascus International Fair makes return after 5-year haitus
    Organisers say firms from Britain, France and Germany will exhibit their goods and services in a private capacity, with their countries having severed relations with President Bashar al-Assad's Syria."Countries with a hostile attitude towards Syria h…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Aug 17, 6:05am -
  • Lebanon war adoptees abroad dig to unearth roots
    Dida Guigan was just two weeks old when she was whisked out of war-torn Beirut by her new parents, one of thousands of children adopted internationally during Lebanon's civil war.She spent nine years looking for her Lebanese birth mother, only to fin…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Aug 17, 2:51am -
  • More than 600,000 Syrians return home, mainly to Aleppo, says UN
    Between January and the end of July, 602,759 displaced Syrians returned to their homes, many of them citing an improved economic and security situation in the areas they had fled from, IOM said in a statement.A total of 84 percent of those who have r…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Aug 17, 11:13am -
  • Iran conservatives tighten grip on top oversight body
    Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei announced a new hardline head of one of the country's top oversight bodies on Monday, while former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad kept his seat despite a string of controversies.The appointment of former ju…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Aug 17, 8:48am -
  • Iraqi Shiite cleric visits United Arab Emirates
    Influential Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has visited the United Arab Emirates, its official news agency said Monday, his second trip in weeks to a Sunni-ruled Gulf country after Saudi Arabia.Late Sunday, Sadr met Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Aug 17, 7:45am -

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  • BreakingEast Libyan Forces Report Arrest of Commander Sought by ICC
    Security forces in eastern Libya said Thursday that they had arrested the commander of an elite forces unit who was being sought by the International Criminal Court for allegedly executing dozens of prisoners.The general command of the Libyan Natio…
    - 5 hours ago, 18 Aug 17, 2:07am -
  • BreakingUS Helping Clear 'Historic' Amount of Explosives in Mosul
    The wires protruding from the small, misshapen stuffed animal revealed the deadly booby trap tucked inside.For the people of Mosul, the sophisticated bomb was a reminder of how difficult it will be to return to homes littered with explosives hidden…
    - 6 hours ago, 18 Aug 17, 1:14am -
  • BreakingCivilian Deaths Surge in Raqqa as IS Tactics Slow US-backed Advances
    As U.S.-backed forces continue to make slow progress in their offensive to oust Islamic State (IS) from its self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa, thousands of civilians who are trapped in the city face an increasing danger of getting caught in crossfire,…
    - 7 hours ago, 18 Aug 17, 12:30am -
  • BreakingSecurity Forces Abused Civilians in Mosul Campaign, Iraq Admits
    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office said Thursday that a unit of the security forces committed "abuses" against civilians during the offensive to oust Islamic State insurgents from Mosul.His government began an investigation in May into a…
    - 7 hours ago, 17 Aug 17, 11:39pm -
  • BreakingUniversity: Iran Denies Appeal of Jailed Princeton Student
    Iranian authorities have denied the appeal of a Princeton University student who had been convicted on espionage charges and sentenced to 10 years in prison, the university and his wife said Thursday.Xiyue Wang, a history doctoral student and U.S.…
    - 8 hours ago, 17 Aug 17, 11:03pm -
  • Report: Egypt Blocks German-backed Arabic Website
    German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle said Thursday that an Arabic-language news and culture website it operates had been blocked in Egypt.A spokesman for Deutsche Welle said the broadcaster received initial reports earlier in the week that the…
    - 13 hours ago, 17 Aug 17, 6:30pm -
  • Lebanon Palestinians Wary of Promises to Improve Their Plight
    Iman Muhammad Sheikha seems to cling to the memory of her son as she describes, in minute detail, the moments surrounding his electrocution.She explains how Ahmad knocked into a high voltage cable just outside their home â€” one of thousand…
    - 13 hours ago, 17 Aug 17, 5:46pm -
  • Saudi Arabia to Allow Qatari Hajj Pilgrims Through Border Crossing
    Saudi state media reported Thursday that King Salman has approved opening a border crossing with Qatar in order to allow pilgrims to make the hajj.The Saudi Press Agency said that in addition to opening the Salwa border crossing, Saudi Arabia would…
    - 23 hours ago, 17 Aug 17, 7:51am -
  • US-backed Syrian Group Pardons 96 IS Members in Raqqa
    A U.S.-backed Syrian group known as Civil Council of Raqqa granted amnesty to 96 alleged members of the Islamic State (IS) on Wednesday in what it said was an attempt to dissuade low-ranking IS members from allegiance to the terror group.The counci…
    - 1 day ago, 16 Aug 17, 11:15pm -
  • Israel Says Will Revoke Press Credentials of Al Jazeera Reporter
    Israel intends to cancel an Al Jazeera journalist's press accreditation on the grounds that he is biased in favor of Palestinians, the director of the government press office said on Wednesday.Nitzan Chen said Al Jazeera correspondent Elias Karram'…
    - 1 day ago, 16 Aug 17, 11:03pm -
  • Security Risk Seen in Foreign Recruits Fighting for Kurds in Syria
    An influential London think tank is urging the British government to stop Britons from enlisting with a Western-backed Kurdish militia in Syria that's battling the Islamic State terror group on the ground that it, too, is a terrorist organization.T…
    - 1 day ago, 16 Aug 17, 11:01pm -
  • US-backed Syrian Civil Council Pardons Dozens of Islamic State Members
    In an attempt to stabilize Raqqa after the Islamic State, the U.S.-backed Raqqa Civil Council on Wednesday announced it has pardoned 96 local members of IS who reportedly did not engage in crimes. VOA’s Mahmoud Bali reports.
    - 1 day ago, 16 Aug 17, 8:54pm -
  • Iraq Asks World's Help in Investigating IS Crimes
    Iraq asked for international help Wednesday to collect and preserve evidence of crimes by Islamic State militants and said it was working with Britain to draft a U.N. Security Council resolution to establish the investigation.Britain, international…
    - 1 day ago, 16 Aug 17, 8:29pm -
  • Lebanese, Syrian Ministers Vow to Improve Economic Ties
    Lebanese and Syrian ministers pledged Wednesday to boost economic ties. The announcement was part of a visit that has challenged the Lebanese state's policy of neutrality toward Syria's war.Government ministers from Lebanon's Hezbollah and the Shii…
    - 1 day ago, 16 Aug 17, 8:14pm -
  • Group Estimates 34,000 Gallons of Oil Spilled Off Kuwait
    An analysis of satellite imagery by a U.S.-based nonprofit organization suggests at least 34,000 gallons of oil have leaked out during a spill off the coast of Kuwait.West Virginia-based SkyTruth says satellite photos from the day of the spill off…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Aug 17, 4:48pm -
  • East Libyan Elite Forces Snub ICC Over Warrant for Commander
    An elite forces unit linked to the army that controls much of eastern Libya has snubbed international efforts to bring to justice one of its senior officers for allegedly executing dozens of prisoners.The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Aug 17, 4:26pm -
  • Report: Pace of Airstrikes, Clashes in Yemen Sharply Higher in 2017
    Yemen suffered more airstrikes in the first half of this year than in the whole of 2016, increasing the number of civilian deaths and forcing more people to flee their homes, according to a report by international aid agencies.The pace of clashes o…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Aug 17, 3:04pm -
  • Lebanon Repeals 'Marry the Rapist' Law
    Lebanon's parliament on Wednesday abolished a law that allowed rapists to avoid prison by marrying their victims.The repeal of the law, which had been in place since the 1940s, follows years of campaigning by women's rights advocates. Tunisia, Moro…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Aug 17, 1:54pm -
  • Egypt Archaeologists Discover Tombs Dating Back 2,000 Years
    Egypt's antiquities ministry says that archaeologists have discovered three tombs dating back more than 2,000 years, from the Ptolemaic Period.The discovery was made in the Nile Valley province of Minya south of Cairo, in an area known as al-Kamin…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Aug 17, 12:18pm -
  • US Air Force Upgrades Middle East Command Center
    With its wall-sized screens simultaneously showing America's air wars in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, this war room at the heart of America's biggest military campaigns is already something of a technological marvel.“It's state of the art but…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Aug 17, 1:55am -