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Ex-Israeli PM to serve 19-month jail term for corruption

Ex-Israeli PM to serve 19-month jail term for corruption

Israel’s Jerusalem Magistrate on Wednesday extended a jail sentence handed down earlier against former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert after the latter was convicted on bribery charges. Read more

Will Saudi really send ground troops to Syria?

Will Saudi really send ground troops to Syria?

As the one year anniversary of the Saudi-led coalition’s intervention in Yemen draws nearer, Saudi Brigadier General Ahmed Asiri announced to Al-Arabiya TV that the Kingdom is likely to take part in deploying ground forces to Syria to fight Daesh if needed. The UAE later announced it would do the same. This move was ... Read more

Does Palestine need elections?

Does Palestine need elections?

It is difficult to give a definite answer to the question of whether or not Palestine needs elections in light of the fact that most of the reconciliation efforts are focusing on this point, and that the majority of the factions are relying on elections for different reasons. These include an improvement in their ele... Read more

Tunisia struggles to cope with radicalised youth

Tunisia struggles to cope with radicalised youth

The Tunisian parliament has voted in favour of changes to a law which will ensure that detainees have a right to an attorney. The legislative revision comes at a time when an increasing crackdown on terrorism has resulted in rising reports of youth arrests accompanied by police brutality, as well as detention and tor... Read more

US intelligence agency rules out recapturing Mosul in 2016

US intelligence agency rules out recapturing Mosul in 2016

The US will not launch any major operation to recapture Mosul from Daesh’s group this year, a senior intelligence official said yesterday. During his speech to Congress, Marine Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart, director of the Defence Intelligence Agency, said: “The Mosul operation will be complicated. I’m not as opt... Read more

Russia proposed new plan to end Syria war

Russia proposed new plan to end Syria war

Russia proposed a new plan to Washington to resolve the Syrian crisis, noting that it did not include the removal of President Bashar Al-Assad, the Anadolu Agency reported a senior official as saying yesterday. Read more

Prosecution demands death sentence in Morsi’s ‘Qatar espionage’ case

Prosecution demands death sentence in Morsi’s ‘Qatar espionage’ case

Egypt’s public prosecution demanded on Tuesday handing down the death penalty to former President Mohammad Morsi and ten other defendants over charges of espionage and for revealing national security documents to Qatar, Anadolu reported. Read more

Turkey extends mission of naval forces in Gulf of Aden

Turkey extends mission of naval forces in Gulf of Aden

Turkish parliament yesterday approved a motion to extend the mission of its naval forces in the Gulf of Aden for one more year with immediate effect, the Anadolu Agency reported. Read more

Algerian opposition: Parliament cancelled reforms adopted in 2011

Algerian opposition: Parliament cancelled reforms adopted in 2011

The Algerian regime has cancelled major constitutional reforms adopted in 2011 during the Arab Spring, the Anadolu Agency reported the country’s former Prime Minister and current opposition leader Ali Benflis saying yesterday. Read more

Turkey: Our allies have to choose to side with us or with the terrorists

Turkey: Our allies have to choose to side with us or with the terrorists

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu yesterday asked that allies and friends choose either to be partners with Ankara or with terrorist organisations, the Anadolu Agency reported. Read more

Jordanian official: Regional crises stalling export activity to Palestine

Jordanian official: Regional crises stalling export activity to Palestine

President of Jordan’s Free Zone Investors Association (JFZIA) Nabil Rumman has said that export activities to the Palestinian market are currently “stalled” due to regional crises and rising export costs. Read more

Report: Over 1 million besieged in Syria

Report: Over 1 million besieged in Syria

Over one million Syrians are living under siege, a new report revealed. “New data gathered by Siege Watch shows that there are well over 1,000,000 Syrians under siege in locations in Damascus, Rural Damascus, Homs, Deir Ezzor and Idlib governorates,” a report issued on Tuesday by the Netherlands-based aid group PAX a... Read more

Israeli prison administration and army argue about Palestinian prisoners

Israeli prison administration and army argue about Palestinian prisoners

Disputes have broken out between the Israeli prison administration and the army over Palestinian prisoners, Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported. Read more

Selling illusions and buying time

Selling illusions and buying time

The French Initiative for a peace deal in Palestine has made a comeback after its suspension in 2014. The initiative did not enjoy the support of the United States at first, nor that of other European countries. The Palestinians and Arab states, although keen, had to attend to their own business in the UN Security Co... Read more

UN envoy welcomes Palestinian unity talks

UN envoy welcomes Palestinian unity talks

The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov yesterday welcomed the ongoing Palestinian unity talks hosted by Qatar. Read more

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