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Stopping the temporal and spatial division of Al-Aqsa

Stopping the temporal and spatial division of Al-Aqsa

The Israeli occupation has closed the doors to Al-Aqsa Mosque from 7.30am to 11.30am, during which they prevent worshippers from entering the mosque. This is being carried out in light of Arab silence and Palestinian preoccupation with projects that only deepen the divide; projects that separate us, not unite us. Read more

Gaza gets a connection: Grooms attend weddings via Skype

Gaza gets a connection: Grooms attend weddings via Skype

In one of the wedding halls in the Gaza Strip, bride Salwa Reziq is sitting alone on stage her groom is nowhere to be seen, he works in Qatar and, because of the ongoing blockade on the Strip, is unable to attend his wedding. Read more

Abbas will not run to become president of PLO Executive Committee

Abbas will not run to become president of PLO Executive Committee

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will not run for the position of president of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), he has said. Read more

Egypt army to flood Gaza tunnels with water

Egypt army to flood Gaza tunnels with water

Egypt’s military will flood the area along the border with Gaza with water, in a new bid to destroy underground tunnels between Sinai and the Palestinian territory, a Palestinian security source told Anadolu Agency. Read more

1,325 people killed in Iraq in August: UN report

1,325 people killed in Iraq in August: UN report

At least 1,325 people were killed in August in ongoing violence across war-torn Iraq, according to a monthly report issued Tuesday by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). Read more

Women’s bank deposits in Saudi reach $16bn

Women’s bank deposits in Saudi reach $16bn

The value of women’s bank deposits in Saudi Arabia has reached $16 billion, the president of the Council of Saudi Chambers revealed yesterday. Read more

Blair, Gaza and all that gas

Blair, Gaza and all that gas

Of all the bizarre encounters the Palestinian conflict has generated, Tony Blair’s four meetings in Doha with Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal must surely rank as among the oddest. Here was the Quartet’s Middle East envoy breaking the Quartet’s own rules about not talking to Hamas until it recognises Israel - rules that Bl... Read more

Dahlan visit raises concerns about foreign control over Egyptian media

Dahlan visit raises concerns about foreign control over Egyptian media

The recent visit of Mohammed Dahlan to Egypt has sparked controversy about his role as head of a UAE channel which is funding Egyptian media outlets with the intention to control and influence them. The disgraced ex-Fatah “strongman” has been a frequent guest in the Egyptian media due to his apparent huge investment pr... Read more

341 documented cases of human rights violations in the West Bank and Gaza this year

341 documented cases of human rights violations in the West Bank and Gaza this year

The Independent Commission for Human Rights of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah has said that it has documented 341 human rights violations in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip by Palestinian authorities since the beginning of this year. Read more

Morocco’s prime minister calls for wide participation in local elections

Morocco’s prime minister calls for wide participation in local elections

Morocco’s prime minister called on Tuesday for the people of his country to participate in the local and regional elections to be held later this week. Abdelilah Benkirane made his plea during an election rally in Fez. Read more

Abbas asked us to prepare for his departure, reveals Shaath

Abbas asked us to prepare for his departure, reveals Shaath

INTERVIEW Nabil Shaath is a senior member of the central committee of Fatah, the Palestinian National Liberation Movement. He has revealed that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas asked the movement’s leadership recently to “arrange its affairs so they are not taken by surprise when he leaves this world and m... Read more

Over 3 million Iraqis currently displaced

Over 3 million Iraqis currently displaced

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has said that over 3 million Iraqis have been internally displaced from January 2014 through to 30 July, 2015. Read more

UN receives $1.77 billion donated for Syrians

UN receives $1.77 billion donated for Syrians

The UN has received $1.77 billion out of the $2.65bn pledged for the Syrians during the donor conference held in Kuwait earlier this year. The details were revealed by UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien on Tuesday during his speech at the fifth meeting o... Read more

US ready to support Tunisia politically, economically and militarily

US ready to support Tunisia politically, economically and militarily

US Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA), Ann Patterson, has expressed her "appreciation for the major role" played by Ennahda to achieve a successful democratic transition in Tunisia and to save the country from sliding into unrest similar to that witnessed by other Arab countries. Read more

Yemeni president asks Saudi Arabia for more weapons

Yemeni president asks Saudi Arabia for more weapons

Yemen’s president in exile has asked Saudi Arabia for more weapons to help with the fight against the Houthi rebels in his country. Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi made his request on Tuesday for extra support for the Yemeni National Army and the Popular Resistance in Ta’ez, Anadolu has reported. Read more

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