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  • A Palestinian boy stuck in mud after Israel forces opened rainwater stores allowing water to flood Gaza on 15 January 2020 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

    Israel floods farmlands with rainwater in eastern Gaza

    The Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture announced on Thursday that Israel had vented its dams for rainwater harvesting, leading to the flooding of farmlands near the Gaza Strip's eastern borders and the destruction of vast agricultural areas. Israel has built several dams to collect and use rainwater and vents it...
  • SANAA, YEMEN - JUNE 03: Food aid sent by World Food Program (WFP) is being distributed to needy people in Yemeni capital city Sanaa on June 03, 2020. United Nations World Food Program (WFP) sent food aid to the country to support the struggle against the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. ( Mohammed Hamoud - Anadolu Agency )

    UN: 43% of Yemen families reduce daily meals due to economic volatility

    43 per cent of Yemeni families have been forced to reduce the number of their daily meals due to the country's economic fluctuations, the United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) in Yemen announced yesterday. "Economic volatility & conflict means that many in Yemen regularly reduce the frequency or...
  • MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JANUARY 14: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY – MANDATORY CREDIT - "RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud holds a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (not seen) following their meeting in Moscow, Russia on January 14, 2021. ( Russian Foreign Ministry / Handout - Anadolu Agency )

    Saudi FM: Saudi embassy in Doha will reopen 'in days'

    Saudi Arabia's embassy in Qatar will reopen "in days", Al Arabiya TV channel said on Thursday, citing Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal Bin Farhan, Reuters reports. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt agreed earlier this month at a summit to restore diplomatic, trade and travel ties severed in 2017 over accusations...
  • Palestinian prisoners in Israel's Al Naqab Prison

    Palestinian inmate dies after receiving Israel vaccine

    Palestinian inmate Maher Saasaa has died after recently receiving the coronavirus vaccine, according to the Palestinian Commission of Detainees' and ex-Detainees' Affairs. The Israel Prisons Service announced late Wednesday the death of Saasaa, 45, from Qalqilah, in northern West Bank, who suffered from several chronic diseases. The cause of death was...
  • Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal (R) meets with US Vice President Joe Biden in Riyadh on October 27, 2011. Biden arrived in the Saudi capital with a US official delegation to offer condolences to the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz following the death of his brother, Crown Prince Sultan. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP via Getty Images)

    Al-Arabiya TV: Saudi minister optimistic US ties will be 'excellent' under Biden

    Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has voiced optimism that relations between Riyadh and Washington will be "excellent" under new US President Joe Biden, Al-Arabiya TV channel cited him as saying on Thursday, Reuters reported. Appointments made by Biden show "understanding of the common issues" by the new US administration, Prince Faisal...
  • BAGHDAD, IRAQ - JANUARY 21: A view of the explosion site is seen after a suicide bombing attack at al-Tayaran Square in Baghdad, Iraq on January 21, 2021. At least five people have been killed and eight more wounded in a suicide bombing in Iraq’s capital ( Murtadha Al-Sudani - Anadolu Agency )

    Baghdad bombing sparks global condemnation

    Condemnations are pouring in from across the world over twin suicide bombings in Iraq's capital Baghdad that killed at least 32 people and wounded 110 others. The attack rocked a busy commercial market in Baghdad when two suicide bombers detonated explosives they were carrying near al-Tayaran Square, the Iraqi Health Ministry said. The Turkish...
  • This picture taken on February 2, 2020 shows a Royal Air Maroc (RAM) Boeing 787-8 "Dreamliner" aircraft landing at Morocco's Benslimane airport, reportedly carrying repatriated Moroccan citizens from China's Wuhan province following the outbreak of the SARS-like "Wuhan coronavirus" (novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV). (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP) (Photo by FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images)

    Morocco, Israel agree to launch direct flights

    Israel and Morocco inked an agreement Thursday to operate direct flights between their countries, according to the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, Anadolu Agency reported. The daily reported the deal without disclosing additional details. Moroccan authorities have yet to comment. It is the third aviation deal signed recently between Israel and Arab countries,...
  • Twitter logo and a computer screen displaying the flag of the United States in Ankara, Turkey on 7 January 2021 [Erçin Ertürk/Anadolu Agency]

    Official twitter account changed to 'US Ambassador to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza'

    The official Twitter account of the US Ambassador to Israel had a brief name change yesterday to "US Ambassador to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza" after the inauguration of President Joe Biden. The account was quickly changed back to "US Ambassador to Israel". Asked whether this brief change...
  • Dame Helen Hyde, chair of the UK-based Foundation for Jewish Heritage (FJH), 29 November 2015 [Dame Helen Hyde DBE]

    Jewish heritage sites in Iraq and Syria to be protected from Western air strikes

    British, American and Israeli researchers have identified more than 2,000 "nationally and important Jewish heritage sites" in Europe, Iraq and Syria that have been added to Western military protection lists so as to be avoided during conflicts. The list was put together by the UK-based Foundation for Jewish Heritage...
  • Israeli forces fire at Palestinians with tear gas during a protest in the West Bank on 15 March 2019 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

    Pregnant Palestinian suffers miscarriage after Israeli tear gas attack

    A seven-month pregnant Palestinian mother suffered a miscarriage after tear gas was fired repeatedly by Israeli soldiers at her home in the village of Al-Mughayyer near Ramallah last week. Areej Abu Alya, 37, inhaled a lot of the gas and started to suffocate during the attack. She was rushed...
  • Forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed unity government are seen in front of a power plant they have captured from the Islamic State (IS) group around 23 kilometres (14 miles) west of Sirte on June 2, 2016. [MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP via Getty Images]

    Turkey's investment in Libya: Enka cooperates with Siemens to build power stations

    Turkish energy company Enka has announced that it has joined with German engineer Siemens to build two thermal power plants in Libya, the company announced. "ENKA in consortium with Siemens, is about to start the construction of the fast-track projects of Misurata 650 MW Simple Cycle Power Plant and Tripoli...
  • Saudi cleric Salman Al-Ouda

    Detained Saudi cleric's son urges Bin Salman to release his father

    The son of prominent Saudi cleric Salman Al-Ouda, who was jailed in 2017 for opposing the blockade on Qatar, has appealed for the release of his father. Writing in the Guardian, Abdullah Al-Ouda called on Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to show his commitment to reconciliation with its smaller...
  • US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Levant Affairs and Special Envoy for Syria Joel Rayburn on October 29, 2019 at the United Nations Offices in Geneva [FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images]

    Assad regime has 'nowhere left to go,' says ex-US envoy

    The Syrian regime of President Bashar Al-Assad "has nowhere left to go" and "cannot escape" international accountability, the former US special envoy for Syria said on Twitter just hours after his role ended with the inauguration of US President Joe Biden. "From Washington, we see clearly that the Assad...
  • Hamas supporters carry posters depicting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas with a red cross during a protest in Gaza [Ashraf Amra/Apaimages]

    The decree for Palestinian elections symbolises the democratic farce in Palestine

    The Palestinian legislative and presidential elections are set to be held in May and July respectively, and the Palestinian Authority is following US President Joe Biden's diplomatic path meticulously. A democratic veneer which seeks to reinstall current PA leader Mahmoud Abbas is in the offing, and Fatah is obliging....
  • Members of the Syrian Civil Defence (White Helmets) disinfect areas due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in Idlib, Syria on 11 July 2020 [White Helmets/Anadolu Agency]

    Syria's White Helmets receive $1.2m to make PPE

    Syria's White Helmets have been awarded more than $1.2 million in funding to make personal protective equipment (PPE), the Guardian has reported. The funding comes from Humanitarian Grand Challenge (HGC), a non-profit organisation funded by the UK, US, and Dutch governments. Funds from the charity have already kickstarted the...
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    Al-Aqsa Mosque's 'father of kittens' dies of COVID-19 complications

    Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem are mourning an elderly man dubbed 'the father of kittens' after he passed away on Tuesday of COVID-19 complications. Ghassan Yunis Abu Ayman has won hearts everywhere for feeding cats and birds at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem for nearly three decades. "I see...
  • A Libyan helicopter over as refugees wait to get on onboard the rescue vessel Golfo Azzurro by members of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, after being rescued from a wooden boat sailing out of control in the Mediterranean Sea near Libya on Thursday, 15 June, 2017 [Marcus Drinkwater/Anadolu Agency]

    At least 43 dead after shipwreck off Libya coast

    At least 43 were killed on Tuesday after a boat carrying migrants capsized off the Libyan coast. The boat ran into trouble when its engine stopped because of poor weather conditions just a few hours after leaving the Libyan city of Zawra early on Tuesday morning. Ten passengers survived...
  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow, Russia on 23 December 2020 [RUS Foreign Ministry Press Office/Anadolu Agency]

    Russia will not allow Syria to be arena for Israel-Iran conflict, says Lavrov

    Russia's Foreign Minister insists that Moscow refuses to allow Syria to be used as an arena for confrontation between Israel and Iran, as tensions continue to escalate in the country with Israeli air strikes on Iranian targets. Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Sergey Lavrov assured Israel that...
  • The Jewish settlement of Ramat Shlomo in Jerusalem, Israel on 16 November 2020. [Amir Levy/Getty Images]

    Israel approves more settlement homes in occupied Jerusalem and West Bank

    As new US President Joe Biden took office yesterday, the Israeli government approved the building of 2,572 new settlement units in occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank, an Israeli NGO has revealed. "Our out-of-touch government leadership continues to press on with its mad scramble to promote as much settlement...
  • View of the Palestinian Shuafat refugee camp behind Israel's apartheid wall in east Jerusalem on 3 December 2014 [Muammar Awad/Apaimages]

    Israel is an apartheid state, says B'Tselem; time to ditch the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism?

    When B'Tselem described Israel as an apartheid state in a position paper last week, it did more than just dispel long held delusions about the Zionist state. In saying that Israel "promotes and perpetuates Jewish supremacy between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River," the country's largest human rights...
  • People gather at the scene of a bomb attack in Tayaran Square in Baghdad, Iraq on 15 January 2018 [Haydar Hadi/Anadolu Agency]

    Iraq: Twin suicide bombings hit central Baghdad

    At least 28 people have been killed and scores wounded following a twin suicide bombing in Iraq's capital Baghdad this morning. It is the first suicide bombing to hit the city in nearly two years, and the first in three years to target the same commercial area, shortly after...
  • Israeli security forces near Israel's Ofer Prison in the West Bank city of Ramallah on 16 April 2015 [Shadi Hatem/Apaimages]

    Israel 'putting no pressure on Hamas to agree a prisoner swap'

    A veteran Israeli journalist and defence analyst said on Wednesday that Israel has so far failed to put pressure on Hamas to agree on a prisoner swap deal, Arabi 21 has reported. Writing in Israeli Hayom, Yoav Limor explained the reasons for Israel's failure in this matter. Hamas, he...
  • Nominated Secretary of State Antony Blinken(R) participates as US President-elect Joe Biden speaks during a cabinet announcement event in Wilmington, Delaware, on 24 November 2020. [CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images]

    Palestinians condemn Blinken's remarks about US Embassy in Jerusalem

    Palestinian leaders condemned new US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday for his remarks reiterating Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and the move of the US Embassy to the occupied city. "Blinken's remarks confirm the firmness of the US strategy to support Israel," said Sheikh Ekrema...
  • Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan parliament in Arbil, Kurdistan's capital in northern Iraq on 3 July 2014 [SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images]

    Iraq, KRG form new committee to rearrange industry, trade relations

    The federal government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) announced, on Wednesday, the formation of a new joint committee, the first in 17 years, to resolve outstanding issues related to industry and trade relations, Anadolu News Agency reported. "We have decided to form a committee to undertake...
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    Saudi Arabia beats Russia in race for China oil supply

    Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter, beat Russia, maintaining its ranking as China's largest crude supplier in 2020, Chinese government data showed on Wednesday. Data from the General Administration of Chinese Customs showed that Saudi oil shipments to China have increased by 1.9 per cent in 2020, amounting...
  • The aftermath of Israeli bulldozers razing Al-Araqeeb village in Negev [Sarah Stern‏/Twitter]

    Israeli forces demolish Al-Araqib village for 182nd time

    Israeli occupation forces demolished Al-Araqib village in the Negev Desert on Tuesday for the 182nd time, Anadolu and other agencies have reported. Local sources said that the Israeli forces entered the village with a number of bulldozers and demolished homes and tents. The residents were displaced. One of them,...
  • Members of Libya's maritime forces on 3 June 2015 [MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images]

    3 killed in Libya navy academy explosion west of Tripoli

    Three people were killed on Wednesday when a fire broke out followed by an explosion at an ammunition warehouse at a naval academy in the Janzour region, west of the Libyan capital of Tripoli. Italy's Nova News Agency quoted Libyan officer, Ali Al-Khalidi, as saying that the Naval Academy...
  • Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank on 3 September 2020 [ALAA BADARNEH/POOL/AFP/Getty Images]

    As Abbas seeks a safe exit, who's waiting in the wings?

    In January last year, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas refused to issue a decree to hold legislative and presidential elections. He argued that he would not do so until he could guarantee Israel's approval for Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem to participate. Has that guarantee now been given, allowing him...
  • Iraqi Parliament in session on 27 September 2017 [Murtadha Sudani/Anadolu Agency]

    Iraq constitution amendment committee proposes reducing parliament members to 180

    A member of the Constitutional Amendments Committee of Iraq, Mohsen Al-Saadoun, said Wednesday that the committee has proposed to reduce the number of parliament members from 329 to 180 lawmakers, Anadolu News Agency reported. Al-Saadoun said in a statement that the committee has completed amending the articles of the...
  • Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Moscow, Russia on September 24, 2020 [Russian Foreign Ministry/Anadolu Agency]

    Iran welcomes Qatar's call for regional dialogue, says foreign minister

    The Iranian Foreign Minister, Muhammad Javad Zarif, welcomed on Wednesday the Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani's invitation for a comprehensive dialogue between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and Tehran. "Iran welcomes my brother FM call for inclusive dialogue in our region," Zarif wrote...
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    Egypt imposes new taxes on cigarettes

    Egypt will begin collecting an additional one Egyptian pound ($0.064) for every pack of cigarettes sold in the local market starting July, the state-run General Authority for Health Insurance announced yesterday. The authority said in a statement that the increase in tariffs would apply to both "local and international...
  • An Israeli delegation led by National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat, and US National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien and US President Trump's senior adviser Jared Kushner (L) board the Israeli flag carrier El Al's airline on August 31, 2020 [Israel Airports / Sivan Farag/Anadolu Agency]

    The Israelisation of US foreign policy is hard to reverse

    One of the US foreign policy standards is supporting Israel at all levels, even if that means violating international laws and norms. Every new US president, before they are elected, is likely to have already made certain pledges favouring Israel during their election campaign. As soon as that president...
  • Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus, Syria on 11 February 2016 [JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images]

    Syria and Israel: Between Biden and Putin

    Israel has been talking about Syrian messages, indicating Damascus's desire to normalise relations with it. Meanwhile, Syrian sources from Ankara spoke about a meeting sponsored by Moscow at Khmeimim Air Base, between Ali Mamlouk with Gadi Eisenkot. Damascus denied news of the meeting, reaffirmed that the Golan Heights is...
  • Qatar and Saudi flags

    Qatar beats Egypt to lead negotiations with Iran

    The Gulf reconciliation between Qatar and the blockading Gulf countries (Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and Bahrain) was a positive step for the Gulf states. It will help them to emerge from the ordeal that they created, by increasing their hostility towards Iran and exaggerating their dependence on the US...
  • Saudi Arabia's king, Salman Bin Abdulaziz, receives first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, 8 January 2021 [Saudi Press Agency]

    Saudi Arabia looks for political solutions in Yemen, Syria, Libya

    The Saudi government announced on Tuesday that it is looking to achieve security and stability in the region, as well as supporting political solutions in Yemen, Syria and Libya. In a ministerial council meeting, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz stressed on the: "Importance of reaching a just and comprehensive solution...
  • ARLINGTON, VA - APRIL 25: (L-R) Former Iranian hostages Steven Kirtley, Don Hohman, Steven Lauterbach, John Limbert and Paul Needham sit together during the 25th anniversary remembrance ceremony to honor the eight U.S. servicemen who died during the 1980 attempt to free them April 25, 2005 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Eight Americans were killed April 25, 1980 in the failed attempt to rescue the 53 U.S. hostages who were being held by Iranian radicals at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    US diplomat thanks Algeria 40 years after release from detention in Iran

    On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the liberation of the US embassy hostages in Iran, one of the freed diplomats Ambassador John Limbert has sent a letter to Algeria in which he thanked "the Algerian government and people for their kindness", and mediation efforts at the time,...
  • Workers at an oil port in Libya on 24 September 2020 [AFP/Getty Images]

    Tunisia, Libya discuss strengthening oil sector cooperation

    Tunisia's Ambassador to Tripoli Assaad Ajili met with Head of the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) Mustafa Sanalla to discuss strengthening cooperation in the oil sector between the two countries. This came during Ajili's visit on Tuesday to the NOC headquarters in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, at the invitation...
  • The governor of West Darfur State in western Sudan, Muhammad Abdullah Al-Duma, has survived an assassination attempt after a number of unidentified persons opened fire on his house [@GurageFirst/Twitter]

    Governor of West Darfur survives assassination attempt

    The governor of West Darfur State in western Sudan, Muhammad Abdullah Al-Duma, has survived an assassination attempt after a number of unidentified persons opened fire on his house. The government of West Darfur State issued a statement announcing that an attack with heavy weapons targeted the governor's house on Tuesday...
  • MADRID, SPAIN- JUNE 6: Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez holds a press conference in Palace of Moncloa, İN Madrid, Spain on June 6, 2019. ( Burak Akbulut - Anadolu Agency )

    Spain's PM: 'We are concerned with stability of Maghreb region, Sahara negotiations should be resumed'

    Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has called for resuming negotiations between Morocco and the Polisario Front to reach a "fair and lasting solution" on the Western Sahara dispute. Sanchez also hopes that negotiations will achieve stability in the Maghreb region, expressing his aim to hold the postponed summit with...
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara, Turkey on December 28, 2020 [Fatih Aktaş/Anadolu Agency]

    Turkey condemns Israel's new settlement plan

    Turkey on Wednesday condemned Israel's plan to construct over 2,500 new settlement units in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, Anadolu Agency reports. "We strongly condemn the step that Israel took towards the construction of an additional illegal settlement with a total of 2,572 residences, 2,112 of which are in...
  • Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir (L), UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (C-L), Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa (C-R), and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (R) meet in the Egyptian capital Cairo on July 5, 2017, to discuss the Gulf diplomatic crisis with Qatar, as Doha called for dialogue to resolve the dispute. The Saudi foreign ministry said on July 5, 2017 that it had received Qatar's response to a 13-point list of demands issued on June 22 -- which include Doha ending support for the Muslim Brotherhood and closing broadcaster Al-Jazeera -- and would respond "at the right time". / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Khaled ELFIQI (Photo credit should read KHALED ELFIQI/AFP via Getty Images)

    Egypt and Qatar agree to resume diplomatic ties, Cairo says

    Egypt and Qatar have agreed to resume diplomatic relations, the Egyptian foreign ministry said on Wednesday, making Cairo the first to officially do so under an Arab deal to end a long-running dispute with Doha, Reuters reported. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt agreed earlier this month to...
  • The remains of 24 of Algeria's independence fighters killed during the Algerian popular resistance against French colonialism brought by plane from France, and welcomed by Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune (C) in Algiers, Algeria on 3 July 2020. [Algerian Presidency / Handout - Anadolu Agency]
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    Macron: No apology for French crimes in Algeria

    French President Emmanuel Macron has said he will not issue a public apology for colonial abuses committed in Algeria, Anadolu Agency reported. "There will be no repentance nor apologies" for France's 132-year occupation of Algeria or for the brutal War of Independence, his office was quoted as saying by public broadcaster France...
  • Signage on display in the Etihad Airways VIP Lounge at NYFW on 14 February 2018 in New York City. [Anna Webber/Getty Images for IMG]

    UAE, Qatar to resume flights after over 3-year hiatus

    Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways, a UAE flag carrier, on Wednesday announced resuming commercial flights between the two countries, Anadolu Agency reported. The Abu Dhabi government-owned carrier said the service would operate on a daily basis pending government approvals as of February 15. Qatar Airways also announced the resumption of its...
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    Trump pardons Israeli officer who recruited spy Pollard

    In his final hours in office, outgoing US President Donald Trump issued a full pardon to Aviem Sella today, an Israeli Air Force colonel who was indicted by a US federal grand jury in 1987 for espionage. Sella recruited Jonathan Pollard, who spied on America and passed US intelligence...
  • Sainsbury's Supermarket, in Chestfield, UK on 20 January 2021 [David Anstiss/Wikipedia]

    British supermarket chain to open branch in Qatar

    Qatari Diar and Ariane Holding Group have signed an agreement to open a branch of the British supermarket chain Sainsbury's in Qatar, Qatar Peninsula reports. This will be the first branch of the chain in the Gulf country. The Sainsbury's supermarket is due to be located in the heart...
  • A general view of Halamish Jewish settlement after United States announced Israeli settlements in West Bank don’t violate international law, in Ramallah, West Bank on 20 November 2019. [Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency]

    Italy criticises Israel's proposed new settlements in occupied West Bank

    Italy has expressed its "deep concern" about Israel's decision to build 800 new units in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, the Foreign Ministry in Rome said on its official website on Tuesday. "The expansion of settlements in the West Bank violates international law and could irreparably undermine...
  • Houthi fighters in Yemen [The Baghdad Post/Twitter]

    Biden to review Houthi terrorist designation and curb support for Saudi coalition

    The administration of incoming US President Joe Biden plans to review the recent designation of Yemen's Houthi movement as a "terrorist" group. It is also expected to end support for the Saudi-led coalition as the devastating Yemen war approaches the end of its sixth year. According to Biden's nominee...
  • Nominated Secretary of State Antony Blinken(R) participates as US President-elect Joe Biden speaks during a cabinet announcement event in Wilmington, Delaware, on 24 November 2020. [CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images]

    Biden's Secretary of State to include Israel and Gulf States in Iran talks

    The new US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said yesterday that the Biden administration will look to include Israel and the Gulf States in any future nuclear negotiations with Iran. Tehran refused last month to accept the inclusion of Arab states in any such talks. "The Biden administration is...
  • Paramedics vaccinate elderly people nursing home in Tel Aviv on 13 January 2021 [Nir Keidar/Anadolu Agency]

    Israel will be responsible for more Palestinian deaths if it withholds the Covid-19 vaccine

    Israel is refusing to provide Palestinians with Covid-19 vaccine in the occupied territories where it controls every aspect of their lives. This is in addition to helping to destroy the Palestinian health sector, especially in the Gaza Strip, with bombs and blockades. At least one vaccine dose is being...
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    Last heir to the Ottoman throne dies in Syria aged 90

    The last heir to the throne of the now-defunct Ottoman Empire died in a Damascus hospital on Monday after battling illness, Daily Sabah reported. 90-year-old Prince Dundar Abdulkerim Osmanoglu was born in the Syrian capital after his parents, like all descendants of the Ottman dynasty, were expelled from Turkey when the caliphate was abolished in 1924. The great grandson of Sultan Abdulhamid II, Prince Dundar was...