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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…
    - 91 days ago, 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…
    - 92 days ago, 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…
    - 92 days ago, 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…
    - 94 days ago, 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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  • BreakingTunisian Forces Kill Senior al-Qaida Member
    Tunisian special forces have killed a senior member of al-Qaida in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in a remote western area of the country, near the border with Algeria. Tunisian officials have identified the militant as Bilel Kobi, a senior aide to  Abu M…
    - 4 hours ago, 22 Jan 18, 12:16am -
  • BreakingMattis: Turkey Alerted US Before Striking Kurds in Syria
    Turkey alerted the United States before striking a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia in northern Syria, according to U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis."They warned us before they launched the aircraft that they were going to do it," Mattis told reporters…
    - 9 hours ago, 21 Jan 18, 7:21pm -
  • Iran May Try to Loosen Revolutionary Guard's Grip on Economy
    Iran's supreme leader has ordered the Revolutionary Guard to loosen its hold on the economy, the country's defense minister says, raising the possibility that the paramilitary organization might privatize some of its vast holdings.The comments this…
    - 16 hours ago, 21 Jan 18, 12:23pm -
  • Turkey Steps Up Offensive Against Syrian Kurdish Militia Amid Growing Diplomatic Pressure
    Turkish land forces have advanced into Syria trying to push a Kurdish militia out of the Afrin area. Over 40 targets were hit by Turkish jets and artillery, and there are reports of civilian casualities.Quoting YPG forces, a stringer for the VOA Ku…
    - 17 hours ago, 21 Jan 18, 10:51am -
  • Saudis Urge Oil Production Cooperation Beyond 2018
    Saudi Arabia’s energy minister urged global oil producing nations on Sunday to extend their cooperation beyond 2018, but said this might mean a new form of deal rather than continuing the same supply cuts that have boosted prices in recent mon…
    - 18 hours ago, 21 Jan 18, 10:04am -
  • Turkey: Border Town Hit by Rockets From Syria
    Four rockets fired from Syria hit a Turkish border town Sunday as Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters pushed forward with an offensive to drive Syrian Kurdish forces from an enclave in northern Syria, the state-run news agency reported.Gov. Me…
    - 19 hours ago, 21 Jan 18, 9:11am -
  • Pence Visits Jordan on Mideast Peace Mission
    Jordan's King Abdullah expressed concern about Washington's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in talks with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.During the second stop on the vice president's four-day tour of the Middle East, Penc…
    - 20 hours ago, 21 Jan 18, 7:56am -
  • Turkey Aims Airstrikes at U.S.-backed Kurdish Group in Syria
    Turkish warplanes have launched airstrikes against a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in the Syrian enclave of Afrin.Turkey says the offensive, which was expected, struck more than 100 targets, including the city of Afrin itself. The city has several hu…
    - 1 day ago, 20 Jan 18, 5:34pm -
  • UN: Millions of Iraqi Children Affected by Conflict, Poverty Face Grim Future
    The U.N. children’s fund warns that millions of Iraqi children affected by conflict and poverty face a grim future and are in desperate need of international support.UNICEF says that in Iraq more than four million children, about one quarter…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Jan 18, 1:41pm -
  • Pence Vows Firm Support of Egypt in Its Fight Against Terrorism
    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence pledged Saturday that the U.S. would continue to support Egypt in its battle against terrorism."We stand shoulder to shoulder with you," Pence said in front of reporters after meetings in Cairo with Egyptian Preside…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Jan 18, 9:26am -
  • Iraqi Activist Returns to Ancient Mosul Church IS Used to Detain, Torture People
    Mosul civilian activist Ahmed al-Rahal has returned to the ancient Tahira Church in Mosul, which was once used by the Islamic State to torture hundreds of prisoners. The church now lies in ruins following an Iraqi operation to remove IS from the city…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Jan 18, 1:51am -
  • 10 Syrians Freeze to Death Trying to Cross Mountainous Border With Lebanon
    Lebanon’s army says 10 Syrians froze to death while trying to cross into the country via a dangerous smuggling route through the mountains.Military officials say the Syrians, including two children and six women, were caught in a strong snow…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Jan 18, 10:38pm -
  • US Criticizes Turkish Shelling of Kurdish-Held Syria Region
    While the United States supports Turkey's concern about a safe and secure Turkish-Syrian border, military operations by Turkey into northeast Syria will not advance regional stability, the State Department said Friday.Turkey was reportedly intensif…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Jan 18, 8:10pm -
  • Islamic State Trials: Iraqi Judges Seek Justice Amid Disorder, Danger
    "Execution is not enough punishment for Islamic State militants," said Amar Hazzam, 45, who sells cheese and yogurt at a street market in Mosul. A few vegetable sellers gather around him and nod. "It doesn't even compare to what they did to us."Abo…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Jan 18, 7:15pm -
  • Saudi Minister Previously Detained in Corruption Crackdown to Head Davos Delegation
    Saudi Arabia's delegation to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos next week will be led by state minister Ibrahim al-Assaf, who was released from detention related to an anti-corruption purge in November, Saudi sources said.Assaf, who was also a…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Jan 18, 4:34pm -
  • China Calls Deadly Tanker Collision 'Unprecedented'
    A Chinese official says the explosion and sinking of an Iranian oil tanker in the East China Sea was without precedent, creating enormous difficulties for rescue and recovery efforts.Transport ministry official Zhi Guanglu on Friday said the sinkin…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Jan 18, 4:16pm -
  • Gaza Family Kills Relative After Hamas Says He Aided Israel
    A Palestinian family says it has killed one of its members after Gaza's Hamas rulers said he aided Israel in killing three of the militant group's commanders.The family said in a statement that a relative shot Ahmed Barhoum dead Friday but did not…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Jan 18, 3:25pm -
  • Pence Heads to the Middle East
    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence leaves Friday on a trip to the Middle East. He is the first senior administration official to visit the region since U.S. President Donald Trump announced his decision to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israe…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Jan 18, 12:45pm -
  • German Rapper-Turned-IS Pitchman Reportedly Killed in Syria
    A former German rapper who became a recruiter, fighter and propagandist for the Islamic State terror group has reportedly been killed in fighting in Syria.The pro-IS Al-Wafa media group announced the death of Denis Cuspert, who also went by the n…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Jan 18, 12:14am -
  • Israel Digs Deep to Thwart Tunnel Threat From Gaza Strip
    Massive earthworks and mounds of sandy soil line the Israel-Gaza border as the Israeli military forges ahead with an ambitious subterranean barrier to detect and prevent attack tunnels from reaching southern Israel from the Palestinian enclave. Is…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Jan 18, 8:49pm -