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  • Sudanese children pose for a photo at a tent site in Khartoum, Sudan on 30 September 2019 [Mahmoud Hajaj/Anadolu Agency]
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    UN: Children twice as likely to live in poverty than adults

    Children are more than twice as likely to live in extreme poverty than adults, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said today, reported by Anadolu Agency. “On this International #EndPoverty Day, let us recommit to a fair globalization that Works for all children, their families and communities,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres...
  • US Vice President Mike Pence gives a speech during the conference on Peace and Security in the Middle east in Warsaw, on February 14, 2019. (JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Turkish-US delegations meeting on northern Syria ends

    An almost three-hour meeting between Turkish and US delegations on Thursday, co-chaired by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US Vice President Mike Pence, in the Turkish capital Ankara has ended, Anadolu Agency reports. The delegations met at the presidential complex and the meeting lasted for two hours and 40 minutes....
  • Turkish Coast Guard members rescue a woman after a boat carrying irregular migrants sank off in Ayvalik district of Balikesir, Turkey on May 3, 2019. At least 7 irregular migrants drowned and 5 of them are reported missing off after the boat sank off the coast of Ayvalik district of Balikesir [Turkish Coast Guard Command/Handout/Anadolu Agency]
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    Italy retrieves seven bodies from migrant shipwreck

    Italy has recovered the bodies of a child and six other people from the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea, more than a week after a crowded migrant boat capsized off the coast of the island of Lampedusa, Reuters reports. Men from the Italian coastguard, dressed in white suits and wearing masks...
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    A sham Qatar deal could have cost ex Barclays exec $64 million, court hears

    A former top Barclays executive, on trial in London on fraud charges, would have risked a 50 million pound ($64 million) “good leaver” package if he had sought a criminal deal with Qatar during the credit crisis, a court heard on Thursday, Reuters reports. It would have been “lunacy” for Roger...
  • Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad [En.kremlin.ru]
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    Kurdish aspiration suffers a blow as Russia calls for full transfer of power to Assad

    Syrian Kurds’ aspirations for a semi-autonomous region has suffered a blow with Russian insistence that a solution to the conflict must involve the transfer of control over the Turkish-Syrian border to Damascus. “We are convinced that achieving sustainable long-term stabilisation and security in this region of Syria, in the...
  • Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, Iran ON 16 October 2019 [Iranian Presidency/Anadolu Agency]
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    Iran’s president hails regional support against US sanctions

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said yesterday his country had received support from neighbouring countries – without naming them – in the fight against US sanctions. This came in a speech at a ceremony organised to mark the start of the new academic year at the University of Tehran. As...
  • Turkish military aircraft is seen at the Incirlik 10th Tanker Base Command in Saricam district, in Adana as Turkish troops along with the Syrian National Army begin Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria against PKK/YPG, Daesh terrorists, across Akcapinar district of Sanliurfa, Turkey on 9 October 2019. [İbrahim Erikan - Anadolu Agency]
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    Trump confirms that Turkey is storing Cold War-era nuclear weapons

    Donald Trump confirmed yesterday that some of America’s nuclear weapons from the Cold War era are currently being stored at Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base. The US President is the first to acknowledge publicly what many have regarded as an open secret for decades. It is believed widely that the...
  • Saudi troops [SGT. H. H. DEFFNER/Wikipedia]
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    Saudi troops arrive in Yemen’s Aden as deal with separatists stalls

    Local sources have said Saudi and Sudanese troops have arrived in Yemen’s southern province of Aden in spite of a Reuters report indicating that an agreement between Yemen’s Saudi-backed government and southern separatists was due to be signed today. The Yemeni government hopes to retake the city as its...
  • A Palestinian fab raises the Yemeni flag during a football match between Saudi Arabia and Palestine
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    PA arrests Palestinian for raising Yemen flag at football game against Saudi 

    A Palestinian fan was detained for raising the Yemeni flag during Tuesday’s dual World Cup-Asian Cup qualifier between Saudi Arabia and Palestine. Ahmad Al-Yumni, a 24-year-old construction worker from Hebron, was arrested by the Palestinian Authority (PA) for protesting against the war in Yemen. The UN says at least...
  • Iraqi President Barham Salih arrives at the Elysee Palace for his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron (not seen) in Paris, France on 25 February 2019. [Mustafa Yalçın - Anadolu Agency]
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    President: Iraq will not be dumping ground for Daesh fighters

    Iraqi President Barham Saleh has denied that his country has agreed to accept the transfer of Daesh fighters who are being held in Syria. Iraq, he added, will not be used as a “dumping ground” for the remaining members of  the terrorist organisation. “Barham received a phone call from...
  • Image of Democrat Tulsi Gabbard [Wiki Insider News/Twitter]
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    Would-be presidential candidate vows to end US support for Al-Qaeda

    Would-be Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has stated publicly that the US government has supported Al-Qaeda terrorists, not least in their bid to overthrow the Syrian government. Gabbard is the most high-profile US politician to confirm what has been speculated about widely over the years and has vowed to...
  • Sheikh Ismail Nawahda, a preacher at Al-Aqsa Mosque
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    Israel arrests Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher

    Israeli occupation forces yesterday arrested Sheikh Ismail Nawahda, a preacher at Al-Aqsa Mosque, at the Qalandia checkpoint in the occupied West Bank, Wafa news agency reported. Another 22 Palestinians were also detained yesterday from across the occupied West Bank, the news agency added. Sheikh Nawahda was taken in for...
  • UK Home Secretary Priti Patel at the Bond Conference London, UK on 20 March 2017 [Bond/Flickr]
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    UK: Priti Patel to half Channel crossings this month

    UK Home Secretary Priti Patel announced she would half channel crossings made by refugees by the end of October and virtually eliminate them by next spring, hours after the bodies of two Iraqis washed up on a beach in Le Touquet in northern France. The Channel, which connects France...
  • Khat plant [Malcolm Manners/Flickr]
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    Scores of Israelis arrested in Europe for smuggling khat

    At least 60 Israelis have been arrested in Europe on charges of smuggling large amounts of khat, local media revealed yesterday. The Jerusalem Post reported that seven Israelis were arrested in France, three in Sweden, two in Spain and two in Ireland. They were caught with tens of kilograms...
  • Armoured vehicles are seen as Turkey and the US start a joint ground patrols as part of efforts to establish safe zone east of Euphrates in Syria on 8 September 2019 [Emin Sansar/Anadolu Agency]
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    Israel demands that US should maintain strategic base in Syria

    Israel has called on the United States to maintain a military base in south-eastern Syria for strategic and geopolitical reasons, Israeli TV channel Kan reported yesterday. Al-Tanf base, set up and controlled by the US military in 2016 during the ongoing Syrian conflict, lies in a strategically important area...
  • Mohamed Helmi Hamdoun, an Egyptian lawyer
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    Egypt arrests a mother who enquired after her detained son

    After a lawyer, his wife and his brother were arrested from a café in Damanhour, a city in Lower Egypt, his mother and two sisters were also arrested after enquiring about his whereabouts. According to a Facebook post written by Major General Helmi Hamdoun, which has now been removed,...
  • King of Saudi Arabia Salman Bin Abdulaziz [SPA]
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    King Salman renews Saudi support for Palestinians

    Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdulaziz renewed on Wednesday his country’s support for the Palestinian people, Al-Watan Voice has reported. The Saudi monarch affirmed the Kingdom’s backing for the people of Palestine to establish a state on the 1967 borders during a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas....
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    Nobel Peace laureate: Yemenis will end Saudi Arabia, UAE ‘occupations’

    Yemen’s Nobel Peace Laureate activist Tawakkol Karman has said her country has almost succeeded in forcing out what she called the “Emirati occupation”, and it remains determined to do the same with Saudi Arabia. The solution to the country’s crisis, she explained, lies in “getting rid of the Saudi tutelage” and...
  • Oil tanker [Jon Olav Eikenes/Flickr]
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    Iran accuses US, Israel, Saudi Arabia of targeting its oil tanker in Red Sea

    Member of Iranian Parliament’s National Security Commission Abolfazl Hassan Beigi accused the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia of targeting his country’s oil tanker in the Red Sea, local news agencies reported. Hassan Beigi was quoted by the Iranian news agency Mehr saying that the footage from the cameras placed...
  • Image of Mohamed Dahlan [Gaza1News/Facebook]
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    Dahlan claims that ill health will stop Abbas being president

    Mohammed Dahlan insisted on Wednesday that age and ill health must necessarily prevent Mahmoud Abbas from continuing as the President of the Palestinian Authority. The Palestinian MP, who lives in Dubai, made his comments in the context of a discussion about the importance of holding elections for all Palestinian...
  • Tunisia’s independent candidate Kais Saied holds a press conference after has secured more than 72% of votes in the presidential election held on Sunday, said an exit polls agency, in Tunis, Tunisia on 13 October 2019. [Yassine Gaidi - Anadolu Agency]
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    Tunisia’s new president is an independent, but he will have to work with the political parties

    Kais Saied is the new President of Tunisia after a landslide election victory with 72.71 per cent of the votes cast. Saied received 2.7 million votes while his rival, businessman and media mogul Nabil Karoui, polled just over a million. The Election Commission confirmed the results on 14 October,...
  • Demonstrators gather to protest electricity crisis in Gaza, organized by People's Committees, as they hold placards in front of The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) headquarters in Gaza City, Gaza on July 19, 2017. [Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency]
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    Israel to decrease electricity supplies to Palestinians

    Jerusalem District Electricity Company (JDECO) has received the first warning ahead of the second phase of electricity cuts to Palestinians in the West Bank, Chairman Hisham Omari said yesterday. As reported by Wafa news agency, Al-Omari warned that the cuts will adversely affect institutions, hospitals, education, water, telecommunications, drug stores and...
  • Image of Israeli forces at the border with Jordan on 19th January 2015 [Flickr]
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    Jordan denies extending Israel’s lease over border area

    Jordan yesterday denied what Israeli media reported about the Jordanian kingdom’s approval to renew or extend Israel’s lease of Baqoura and Al-Ghamr in the Araba border area. Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Affairs, Sufyan Qudah, said that the kingdom’s decision, taken in October 2018, to terminate the...
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    Israel and the PA: security relations have never been better

    A number of Hamas cadres in the West Bank have been arrested by the Israeli army in recent weeks. This has raised questions about security coordination with the occupation authorities, as it has become common for Israel to arrest prisoners a day after they are released by the Palestinian...
  • Students who support Hamas gather to attend the debate held ahead of the student council elections, at Bir Zeit University in Ramallah, West Bank on 9 May 2017 [Issam Rimawi / Anadolu Agency]
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    Israel report: ‘Hamas will win legislative elections’

    Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian estimates suggest that Hamas will win legislative elections if they are held, a report by the Hebrew newspaper Israel Hayom stated yesterday. An Israeli security official, as well as other Palestinian and Jordanian officials, told the paper that despite the lack of political cooperation and...
  • Women in Morocco [Facebook]
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    Morocco: Living standards of 43.9% of families dropping

    A survey by Morocco’s High Commission for Planning (HCP) revealed that 43.9 per cent of households say they have been suffering from deteriorating living conditions in the past 12 months, while 32.5 per cent indicated that the situation is stable and 23.6 per cent see an “improvement”. The HCP...
  • US President Donald Trump (R) and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) in Washington, US on 16 May 2017 [Kayhan Özer/Anadolu Agency]
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    Trump warned Erdogan in letter: ‘Don’t be a tough guy’ or ‘a fool’

    US President Donald Trump warned Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a letter about Turkey’s incursion into Syria, “Don’t be a tough guy” and “Don’t be a fool!”, Reuters reports. The October 9 letter was released by the White House on Wednesday as Trump battled to control the political damage...
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    Libyan gov’t raises commercial price for kerosene as first step in reforms

    Libya’s internationally recognised government said on Wednesday it was sharply increasing the price of kerosene for industrial and commercial use as a first step to reform costly fuel subsidies and tackle smuggling, Reuters reports. The price will rise to 0.85 Libyan dinars ($0.6) per litre, which is also the...
  • People gather to protest government due to corruption, unsolved unemployment issue and inadequate public service in Baghdad, Iraq on October 02, 2019 [Murtadha Sudani / Anadolu Agency]
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    Iran-backed militias deployed snipers in Iraq protests – sources

    Iran-backed militias deployed snipers on Baghdad rooftops during Iraq’s deadliest anti-government protests in years, two Iraqi security officials told Reuters. The deployment of militia fighters, which has not been previously reported, underscores the chaotic nature of Iraqi politics amid mass protests that led to more than 100 deaths and...
  • Israeli forces carry out raids in Batn al Hava neighborhood, in Ramallah, West Bank on 25 September 2019. [Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency]
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    Israel detains 10 Palestinians in West Bank raids

    Israeli forces have detained ten Palestinians in overnight raids carried out across the occupied West Bank, according to the Israeli army, Anadolu reports. The Israeli military said in a Thursday statement that the individuals had been arrested for “suspected involvement in popular violent activities”, without elaborating about the nature...
  • Nancy Pelosi speaking with attendees at a Trump Tax Town Hall hosted by Tax March at Events on Jackson in Phoenix, Arizona, on 20 February 2018 [Gage Skidmore - Flickr]
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    Pelosi says Trump had ‘meltdown’ over House vote on Syria

    US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democratic leaders’ White House meeting was cut short after Republican President Donald Trump had a “meltdown” over a House of Representatives vote condemning his Syria withdrawal, Reuters reports. Trump was insulting to Pelosi and the meeting deteriorated into a diatribe by Trump, Senate...
  • Image of Daesh militants [Hisapntv/Twitter]
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    Two Belgian Daesh militants escape camp in north Syria -Belgium

    Two Daesh militants from Belgium have escaped custody in northern Syria in the course of Turkey’s offensive against Kurdish forces there, the head of Belgium’s security assessment agency said on Wednesday, Reuters reports. Paul Van Tigchelt, head of OCAD, told a parliamentary committee that two men and three women,...
  • People gather to protest government due to corruption, unsolved unemployment issue and inadequate public service in Baghdad, Iraq on 2 October 2019. [Murtadha Jasim Abdulzahra Al-Sudani - Anadolu Agency]
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    61 Iraqi officials sacked over protests

    The Iraqi cabinet has sacked 61 officials over recent protests that killed more than 100 people and injured thousands earlier this month, Anadolu reports. Leaked documents obtained by Anadolu Agency showed that the decision was taken during a cabinet meeting on Oct. 14. Protests rocked the capital Baghdad and...
  • Jewish settlers surround an agricultural field of Palestinians' after seizing it to start an illegal construction at Beit Jala neighborhood in Bethlehem, West Bank on 3 September 2019. [Wisam Hashlamoun - Anadolu Agency]
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    Jewish settlers attack Palestinian farmers in West Bank

    Israeli settlers on Wednesday attacked Palestinian villagers harvesting olives in the northern occupied West Bank, Anadolu reports. The attack took place in Burin village, near Nablus city, where settlers beat Palestinian villagers, according to Ghasan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank....
  • US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, DC, United States on 20 September 2019 [Kyle Mazza/Anadolu Agency]
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    US: House votes to oppose Trump’s Syria pullback

    The US House of Representatives voted Wednesday on a bipartisan resolution opposing President Donald Trump’s decision to pull back troops in northern Syria, Anadolu reports. The measure passed 354-60 with every Democrats and more than two-thirds of Republicans in favor. Sponsored by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel and Republican Michael...
  • Sudanese people march towards military headquarters after the Sudanese Professionals Association's (SPA) call in Khartoum, Sudan on April 11, 2019. [Stringer/Anadolu Agency]
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    Key rebel group halts direct peace talks with Khartoum

    Peace talks between key rebel groups and the Sudanese government hit an obstacle on Wednesday when one major group said it will not sit down for direct talks with Khartoum until its demands are met. The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, a rebel group in the states of Blue Nile...
  • Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh leads the weekly cabinet meeting which is held in the West Bank on 16 September 2019 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

    The PA is tainting Palestinian resistance

    It was only a matter of time before the Palestinian Authority would renege on its word and accept the deducted tax revenues from the Israeli government. After all, the PA is primarily concerned with prolonging its existence, even as it keeps losing any semblance of political influence. Financial constraints...
  • Moroccan journalist Hajar Raissouni
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    Moroccan king pardons journalist in abortion case

    Morocco’s king has pardoned Hajar Raissouni, a journalist sentenced to a year in prison last month for extramarital sex and an abortion, along with her fiance, a doctor and two of his colleagues, the justice ministry said on Wednesday, Reuters reports. The case of Raissouni, who had denied the...
  • A photo taken from Turkey's Sanliurfa province, shows smoke rising after Turkish Armed Forces hit targets in Rasulayn town as part of the Turkey's Operation Peace Spring on October 13, 2019 [Arif Hüdaverdi Yaman/Anadolu Agency]
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    Is NATO complying with its own Article 5 regarding Turkey’s ‘Operation Peace Spring’?

    The reaction of Western countries to Turkey’s fight against terrorists groups in north-eastern Syria requires the international community to have a serious rethink about Article 5 of the 1949 North Atlantic Treaty which founded NATO and set out its responsibilities. Turkey’s NATO journey started 67 years ago when it...
  • Image of migrants and making their journey to Europe [file photo]
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    Libyan navy rescues 90 Europe-bound migrants

    The Libyan Navy said on Wednesday it had rescued 90 irregular migrants including seven women off the Khoms town, some 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of the capital Tripoli, Anadolu reports. “Following an extensive search operation in the sea, the navy boats managed to trace the location of the...
  • Israeli forces arrest Governor of Jerusalem, Adnan Ghaith in his home on 15 October 2019 [Twitter]
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    Israel frees governor of Jerusalem, senior Fatah leader

    Israel yesterday released the governor of Jerusalem Adnan Ghaith and the Fatah part’s Secretary-General Shadi Mutwar after arresting and detaining them for several hours. Mohammed Mahmud, the lawyer for the senior Palestinian figures, stated that they were arrested during dawn raids in their homes in occupied East Jerusalem for...
  • Egyptian teachers and students shout slogans during a protest against the Minister of Education in Cairo on 10 September 2015 [Amr Sayed/Apaimages]
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    Egypt has resorted to framing teachers as terrorists

    It’s becoming a scene all too familiar, the public anger at the ruling elites, the repeated calls for mass protests, the flashpoints of demonstrations erupting in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, almost as if the 2013 revolution is incomplete. At present, Cairo is under a heavy lockdown with authorities and plainclothes...
  • Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi [Egyptian President Office/Apaimages]
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    ‘I’m proud to have a problem with Sisi,’ says Italy journalist deported from Egypt

    The Italian journalist who was detained and deported from Cairo airport last Thursday has told Hiwar TV channel that the Egyptian regime should be concerned because two officers apologised to her and told her this is not the true face of Egypt. Her comments come amid reports that the...
  • President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech at the 74th session of UN General Assembly in New York, United States on 24 September, 2019 [Murat Kula/Anadolu Agency]
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    High-profile US delegation seeks to put squeeze on Erdoğan   

    A high-profile US delegation is expected to arrive in Turkey tomorrow in an attempt to persuade Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to end his military incursion in north-east Syria. The Turkish President has so far remained defiant in his attempt to clear out Kurdish fighters from north-eastern Syria and create a...
  • Turkish Armed Forces' armoured military vehicles, personnel carriers and tanks are being dispatched from Hatay to support the units at the Syrian's Idlib border, in Hatay, Turkey on January 11, 2019 [Erdal Türkoğlu / Anadolu Agency]
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    Canada joins NATO allies in suspending arms sales to Turkey

    Canada has joined fellow NATO members in pausing arms sale to Ankara, as the Turkish government comes under pressure to halt its military operation into north-eastern Syria. Global Affairs Canada, the country’s foreign ministry, announced the decision yesterday saying that Ottawa has “temporarily suspended new export permits to Turkey.”...
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    Does Facebook impose curfews on Palestinians in the ‘blue world’?

    When the Arab youth revolted in 2011 to demand freedom and democracy in their countries, Facebook was the social media platform of choice for crowd mobilisation, a proven experience in other contexts around the world. When Palestinian youth tried to take a chance and speak out against the Israeli...
  • Damaged buildings are seen after the Saudi-led military coalition carried out air strikes in Sanaa, Yemen on 16 May 2019 [Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency]
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    US: Ex-Obama administration officials want Congress to defund war in Yemen 

    A group of former high-ranking national security officials who served in the Obama administration are calling on Congress to defund the war effort in Yemen. It was the same administration that pushed policies that led to the US supporting the Saudi-led coalition that began in March 2015. In an...
  • Palestine's football team play against Saudi Arabia in the West Bank on 15 October 2019 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]
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    Saudi accused of erasing Palestinian cause through football

    Saudi Arabia and Palestine’s national football teams faced each other yesterday in a much-anticipated game in the occupied West Bank, which saw Riyadh criticised for allowing its nationals to travel across Israel’s borders. The move to play and hold the match in the occupied West Bank is a break...
  • Egyptian police forces [file photo]
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    Egypt lawyer Amr Iman arrested at home

    Egyptian lawyer Amr Iman has been arrested from his house shortly after declaring he would start a hunger strike in solidarity with detained Egyptian activists. Amr had announced that he would strike in protest against the treatment of activists Israa Abdel Fattah and Alaa Abdel Fattah and his lawyer...
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