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  • GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - AUGUST 21: United Nations (UN) Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen speaks during a press conference at the UN Geneva Office in Geneva, Switzerland on August 21, 2020. The conference is held within the third round of talks of the Syrian Constitutional Committee, which will begin on 24th of August. ( Bayram Altuğ - Anadolu Agency )

    Syrian government, opposition agree on drafting new constitution

    The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria said on Sunday the government and opposition co-chairs of the Syrian Constitutional Committee had agreed to start the process of drafting a new constitution, Reuters reports. The committee, comprising 45 representatives of Syria's government, opposition and civil society, has a mandate to...
  • Nassr's fans cheer during the AFC Champions League quarterfinal football match between UAE's Al-Wahda and KSA's Al-Nassr on 16 October 2021, at the Mrsool Park Stadium in Riyadh. [FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images]

    Saudi Arabia to allow sports fans to attend full-capacity events

    Saudi Arabia's sports fans will be allowed to attend full-capacity events at all stadiums and other sports facilities starting on Sunday, the country's ministry of sports announced in a statement on Saturday, Reuters reports. Stadiums and other sports facilities will limit entry to fans who have received two doses...
  • Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (IKRG) President Nechirvan Barzani speaks to the press on the Iraqi early general elections in Erbil, Iraq on 10 October 10, 2021. [Ahsan Mohammed Ahmed Ahmed - Anadolu Agency]

    Qatar ruler holds talks with Kurdish leader in Doha

    Qatar's Emir, Sheikh Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, on Sunday met in Doha with head of northern Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) Nechirvan Barzani, Anadolu reports. The meeting dwelt on bilateral cooperation and a host of issues of mutual concern, said a statement released by the Amiri Diwan,...
  • A woman takes a picture as the pack rides during the fifth stage of the UAE Cycling Tour from Fujairah Marine Club to Jebel Jais on February 25, 2021. [GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images]

    Human rights group slams UAE over acquisition of women's cycling team

    The UAE has come under fire by a human rights organisation, which has raised concerns following the country's recent acquisition of a female cycling team for 2022. The current men's WorldTour team, which is sponsored by the Gulf state, announced on Tuesday that it will be buying the UCI...
  • People hold placards and Algerian flags during a rally to commemorate the brutal repression of an Oct 17, 1961 demonstration during which at least 120 Algerians were killed during a protest to support Algerian independence, near the Pont Neuf bridge on 17 October 2021 in Paris. [ALAIN JOCARD/AFP via Getty Images]

    Algerian parliament marks anniversary of 1961 Paris massacre

    Rebuffing controversial statements by France's president about the colonial period in Algeria, the nation's parliament Saturday said that on a single day in 1961, some 300 peaceful Algerians were massacred by the French police, Anadolu reports. A special session of the National People's Assembly, the lower house of Algeria's...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett listens during a meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC, on 25 August 2021. [OLIVIER DOULIERY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images]

    Report: Israeli foreign minister misled Blinken on US consulate in Jerusalem

    Lack of coordination between Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on the issue of reopening the US Consulate in East Jerusalem was the cause of tension between Tel Aviv and Washington, according to Israeli media on Sunday, Anadolu reports. Israel Hayom daily said Lapid hinted...
  • Campaigners hold posters as Richard Ratcliffe, husband of jailed British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, delivers a petition and a letter addressed to the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi to demand her release, at the Iranian Embassy in London on February 21, 2018. [TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images]

    Iran court upholds jail term for UK-Iranian aid worker, lawyer says

    An Iranian appeals court has upheld a one-year prison term for British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on security offences, her lawyer was quoted by an Iranian news website as saying on Saturday, Reuters reports. "The appeals court has approved the lower court's verdict without holding a hearing," attorney Hojjat...
  • A man is tested using Laser-based DPI technology at a testing center at the Dubai-Abu Dhabi border on August 10, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. [Francois Nel/Getty Images]

    UAE's daily COVID-19 cases fall below 100

    The United Arab Emirates on Sunday recorded a drop in daily COVID-19 cases to below 100 for the first time since the start of the outbreak last year as it hosts a huge world fair to which it hopes to attract millions of visits, Reuters reports. The Health Ministry...
  • Tunisian Minister of Civil Society and Human Rights Mehdi Ben Gharbia arrives for the first cabinet meeting on 31 August 2016 at the Carthage Palace near Tunis. [FETHI BELAID/AFP via Getty Images]

    Tunisian lawmaker detained over suspected tax fraud, money laundering

    A Tunisian court on Sunday ordered a lawmaker to be detained over suspected tax fraud and money laundering – the fourth parliamentarian to be taken into custody since President Kais Saied seized near total control of the country in July, Reuters reports. Mehdi Ben Gharbia, a businessman and former...
  • Dr Thani Ahmad Al Zeyoudi at the 22nd World Energy Congress (WEC) in Daegu, South Korea, on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 [SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images]

    Turkish trade delegation meets UAE officials on trade ties

    A Turkish trade delegation held talks with officials in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on ways of boosting trade cooperation between the two countries, according to the UAE state news agency WAM on Sunday, Anadolu reports. The talks, which were headed by UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade...
  • The logo of the African Union (AU) is seen at the entrance of the AU headquarters on 13 March, 2019, in Addis Ababa [Ludovic MARIN/POOL/AFP/Getty]

    Hamas hails efforts to revoke Israel's AU observer status

    Palestinian resistance group Hamas on Sunday welcomed a decision to postpone the approval of Israel's observer status in the African Union (AU), Anadolu reports. "The decision by the AU Executive Council to postpone taking a final decision to grant the occupation state observer status is a step in the...
  • A smoke plume rises in Marib in central Yemen, on November 22, 2020 [AFP via Getty Images]

    Yemen rebels reject US call to halt Marib assault

    Houthi rebels in Yemen on Sunday rejected a US call for allowing safe passage for civilians and halting its military offensive in the central Marib province, Anadolu reports. In a tweet, rebel spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam argued that the Houthis were fighting al-Qaeda and Daesh/ISIS militants in al-Abdiyah district in...
  • Israeli troops are pictured in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on the border with Syria on 3 January, 2020 [JALAA MAREY/AFP via Getty Images]

    Syria accuses Israel of assassinating intel officer near Golan border

    Syria has accused Israel of being behind the assassination of a high-ranking government official near the border of occupied Syrian Golan Heights yesterday. Midhat Al-Saleh, 54, an intelligence officer, was the head of Syria's Golan Affairs Office and a former lawmaker. According to the state-run SANA news agency, Saleh...
  • People holding banners stage a protest outside Beirut Palace of Justice to support the lead investigator Judge Tarek Bitar of last year's Beirut Port blast as they chant slogans against Hezbollah in Beirut, Lebanon on 13 October 2021. [Mahmut Geldi - Anadolu Agency]

    Hezbollah, media affiliates demand complete closure of Beirut blast inquiry

    Media outlets affiliated with the Iran-backed Lebanese Shia movement Hezbollah has said that the group demands the complete closure of the independent investigation into the Beirut blast, an issue which has sparked considerable sectarian tensions and violence this week. In an article published on the pro-Hezbollah Lebanese news site...
  • Cyclists travelled 2,400km to spell out ‘Refugees Welcome’ in the UK
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    Cyclists travelled 2,400km to spell out 'Refugees Welcome' in the UK

    Two​​ cyclists broke the world record for the largest GPS drawing ever created, spelling out 'Refugees Welcome' to raise funds for a charity welcoming in refugees. Georgie, from Glasgow, and David, from Bournemouth, are part of a community of cyclists called Thighs Of Steel, who have raised over a...
  • Former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki in Tunisia, on 7 September 2019 [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]

    Tunisia: Moncef Marzouki to be investigated

    The Public Prosecution of the Court of Appeal in Tunis has launched an investigation on Friday into the statements of former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki on French TV channel France24 last Monday. The official spokesperson for the Court of Appeal, Habib Tarkhani, confirmed that the Minister of Justice Leila...
  • Turkish Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank in Ankara, Turkey on 6 October 2021 [Aytaç Ünal/Anadolu Agency]

    UK may buy Turkish drones, Industry Minister says

    The United Kingdom may consider the purchase of Turkish drones, Turkey's minister of industry and technology revealed yesterday. Speaking to CNN Turk, Mustafa Varank said that "the UK is very interested in Turkish armed drones. Now, they have to decide. We presented them with the options. Right now, they're...
  • Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian in Yemen on June 16, 2015 [AFP via Getty Images]

    Iran, China hold talks on nuclear deal

    Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian held talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the Iran nuclear deal alongside bilateral relations and regional and international developments, according to the country's foreign ministry on Saturday, Anadolu reports. The two top diplomats discussed over the phone "the latest status of the...
  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) in Istanbul, Turkey on 16 October 2021 [Serhat Çağdaş/Anadolu Agency]

    German chancellor in Istanbul to meet Turkey president

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday arrived at the Huber Mansion in Istanbul to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Anadolu Agency reports. Merkel and Erdogan boarded a golf cart and visited the beach area of the mansion. Standing next to the flags of Turkey and Germany, the two...
  • Sudan: Thousands of rally in Khartoum to ‘restore’ revolution
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    Sudan: Thousands of rally in Khartoum to 'restore' revolution

    Thousands of Sudanese demonstrated in front of the presidential palace in Khartoum on Saturday to demand the "restoration of the revolution" and better living conditions, Anadolu Agency reports. Waving the national flag, demonstrators carried banners reading "Patient people are hungry" and "One people, one army" among others, according to an...
  • Iranians seen during a rally prior to presidential elections in Tehran, Iran on May 16, 2017. ( Fatemeh Bahrami - Anadolu Agency )

    Iran and Saudi Arabia: Rapprochement under American eyes

    Since 1979, when Iranian students stormed the US Embassy in Tehran and held American diplomats captive, the US strategy towards Iran has been aggressive. The US led the whole world to isolate Iran, turning it into a pariah state even among its neighbours and fellow Muslim countries. The US...
  • Self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA) Chief of Staff, Khalifa Haftar arrives for a conference on Libya on November 12, 2018 at Villa Igiea in Palermo [FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images]

    Libya: Martyrs' families call for continuing lawsuits against Haftar's militia

    The Association of the Families of the Martyrs of the Burkan of Al-Ghadab in Libya (AFMBA) called on Friday to continue filing lawsuits against the militia of Khalifa Haftar for crimes committed during its attack on the capital in 2019. This came in a video statement read by the...
  • Thumbnail - Giant refugee puppet ‘Amal’ reaches Paris en route to UK
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    Giant refugee puppet 'Amal' reaches Paris en route to UK

    "Little Amal", the 3.5-metre-tall puppet depicting the journey of a Syrian refugee, arrived in the French capital on Wednesday. She met on Friday with children at Place du Trocadero near the Eiffel tower, Anadolu Agency reported. Her stop in Paris is part of "The Walk", an 8,000-kilometre journey across Europe hoping to raise awareness about the plight...
  • IAEA experts seen during the inspection of a nuclear reactor site at Japan's Fukushima on 7 November 2018 [J. Donovan/IAEA]

    Iran accuses IAEA of 'double standards', 'ignoring' Israel

    Iran has strongly criticised the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)'s position on Friday, which it accused of "dualism" in its dealings with Iran on the one hand, and Israel on the other. Iran's ambassador to the IAEA, Kazem Gharibabadi, posted a tweet on Thursday evening stating: "The silence and...
  • Lebanese security forces take measures near the scene after a shooting in the district Tayouneh of Beirut, Lebanon on 14 October, 2021 [Hussam Shbaro/Anadolu Agency]

    Iran blames Israel for Lebanon's unrest

    As it condemned the killing of Shia protesters in Beirut, Iran declared that the shootings are seditions backed by the "Zionist entity", Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported on Friday. "Iran believes that the people, the government, the army and the resistance in Lebanon will successfully overcome seditions backed...
  • Israeli bulldozers backed by police forces tear down a car maintenance shop belonging to a Palestinian family in area of Harayik, Hebron, West Bank on 25 August 2021. [Mamoun Wazwaz - Anadolu Agency]

    MEP Chris MacManus: 'EU cannot remain silent as Israel demolishes Palestine homes'

    Member of European Parliament Chris MacManus has asserted that the European Union (EU) cannot continue to remain silent as new data shows a sharp increase in the demolition of Palestinian homes by the Israeli occupation, Wafa News Agency reported on Friday. "From January to August of this year, the...
  • Azerbaijani military officers in Zangilan, Azerbaijan on 8 November 2020 [Arif Hüdaverdi Yaman/Anadolu Agency]

    Azerbaijan-Israel relations and Iran's national security concerns

    In 1991, Israel was one of the first countries to recognise the independence of the Republic of Azerbaijan. As a neighbour of Iran, Azerbaijan's expanding relations with Israel have always been one of Tehran's major security concerns. In the 1990s, 20 per cent of Azerbaijan's territory was occupied by...
  • Deputy head of Hamas's regional politburo, Khalil Al-Hayya in Gaza City, Gaza on 17 September 2021 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]

    Hamas presents 3 stages of reformation following Cairo visit

    Member of Hamas Political Bureau Khalil Al-Hayya announced on Friday that his movement had presented its vision to rearrange the Palestinian national home during the latest visit of its delegation to Cairo. Speaking to Al-Aqsa TV, Al-Hayya explained that his movement's vision to rearrange the Palestinian national home consists...
  • Prime minister of Sudan Abdalla Hamdok announces major Cabinet reshuffle during a news conference on 8 February 2021 in Khartoum, Sudan. [Mahmoud Hjaj - Anadolu Agency]

    Sudan: Hamdok proposes roadmap to end political crisis

    Sudan's Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok on Friday presented a roadmap to end the country's "worst and most dangerous" crisis between the political and military components of the government, news agencies reported. Speaking on state TV, Hamdok announced: "The coup attempt opened the door for discord, and for all the...
  • A Palestinian man holds News Israeli Shekels' bills marked with stickers reading "Free Palestine" on March 7, 2011 in the West Bank city of Ramallah, as part of a campaign aimed to peacefully express opposition to Israel's occupation. [ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images]

    Shin Bet to reveal payments made to Palestine collaborator

    Following a request by the Palestinian Authority (PA), Israeli internal security agency Shin Bet will reveal payments made to a Palestinian collaborator, Quds Net News Agency reported on Friday. Quds Net News Agency disclosed that the Israeli District Court in Jerusalem took the decision at the beginning of the...
  • In this photo illustration a computer and a mobile phone screens display the Netflix logo on March 31, 2020 [OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP/Getty Images]

    Israel's terror against Gaza's children on Netflix

    The celebration of Children's Day on 12 October made me remember and rewatch the documentary Born in Gaza (2014) on Netflix by Italian-Argentinian war correspondent, writer and filmmaker Hernán Zin. The documentary was shot during the 2014 offensive on the Gaza Strip and portrays the daily lives of ten...
  • Pope Francis waves during his weekly outdoors general audience on May 26, 2021 at the San Damaso courtyard in the Vatican [ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images]

    Roman Catholic Church abuse in France

    Comparing grotesque crimes against humanity, while trying to work out which are the worst, is a wretched task. Acts of profound evil have implications well beyond their direct victims, so judging their long-term consequences is extremely difficult. What is certain to many in France right now, however, is that...
  • Gazans stage a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails in Gaza City, Gaza on 14 October 2021 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]

    More Palestine prisoners to join hunger strike

    More Palestinian prisoners will join the hunger strike in Israeli jails should the Israel Prison Service (IPS) not meet their demands and lift its sanctions, Quds Press reported on Friday. According to a statement issued by the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS), Quds Press said that the "resistance programme" for...
  • A police officer keeps watch from an observation tower at the Gilboa Prison in northern Israel on September 6, 2021 [JALAA MAREY/AFP via Getty Images]

    Ten years after the exchange deal, the Israeli shock has not allayed

    These days, Palestinians and Israelis commemorate the 10th anniversary of the conclusion of the prisoner exchange agreement between the occupation and Hamas in 2011. Even after all these years, Israelis have a negative assessment of it. This is because the released prisoners have returned to resisting the occupation, and...
  • British Professor David Miller [Youtube screenshot]

    The checkpoint between academic freedom and Israel needs to be lifted

    The public debate around three high-profile cases related to academic freedom in UK universities has exposed the contradictions and double standards at the centre of this row, the result of which will be nothing less than a hierarchy of protected speech and the right to hurt and offend some...
  • Thumbnail - Campaign to save Palestinian farmers from settler attacks
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    Campaign to save Palestinian farmers from settler attacks

    READ: Gaza marks Palestine Heritage Day...
  • Gazans stage a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails in Gaza City, Gaza on October 14, 2021 [Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency]

    Hospitalised Palestinian prisoner enters 86th day of hunger strike

    Today marks the 86th day of Miqdad Al-Qawasmeh's hunger strike, protesting against his continued administrative detention—being held without charge or trial. Last week, the International Red Cross expressed concern for Miqdad and another prisoner, Kayed Nammoura's well-being, saying that there were concerns "about potentially irreversible consequences of such prolonged...
  • BEIRUT, LEBANON - OCTOBER 14: Hundreds of supporters of the Shia group Amal Movement and Hezbollah gather during a protest held to demand the dismissal of judicial investigator Tarek Bitar, who is handling the 2020 Beirut port probe, in Beirut, Lebanon on October 14, 2021. Panic and fear gripped the city after gunfire broke out at a protest by supporters of Hezbollah and the Amal Movement near the Palace of Justice. At least six Lebanese protesters were killed and 30 others wounded in gunfire during the protest. ( Houssam Shabaro - Anadolu Agency )

    Hezbollah: We will not be dragged into a new Lebanon civil war

    Hezbollah said today it would not be dragged into a civil war, a day after seven Shia were killed in Beirut's bloodiest street violence in more than a decade, Reuters reports. Senior Hezbollah leader Hashem Safieldin repeated Hezbollah's accusation that the Christian Lebanese Forces party, a group that had a powerful...
  • JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JUNE 15: Israelis hold flags as they march near Damascus Gate during the flag march on June 15, 2021 in Jerusalem, Israel. Authorities had denied permission for the march several times, worried that its route through the Old City would stoke tensions that have been high since, and preceding, the 11 days of fighting between Israel and Hamas last month. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)

    Why Israeli fascists are more honest than liberal Zionists

    The Palestinian citizens of Israel "are here by mistake—because Ben-Gurion didn't finish the job and throw you out in 1948." That was the latest rant this week from fascist Israeli lawmaker, Bezalel Smotrich, in Israel's parliament. Speaking from the Knesset podium, Smotrich was attacking Palestinian lawmakers from the Joint...
  • A general view of the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, is seen on April 9, 2007, 180 miles south of Tehran, Iran. [Majid Saeedi/Getty Images]

    EU official: Iran not ready to return to nuclear talks

    Iran is not ready to return to talks with world powers over its nuclear programme yet and its new negotiating team wants to discuss the texts that will be put forward when it meets with the EU in Brussels in the next few weeks, a senior EU official said...
  • Know Your Rights and Claim Them: A Guide for Youth

    Know Your Rights and Claim Them: A Guide for Youth

    Whether it is Israeli soldiers assualting and detaining groups of Palestinian schoolchildren, Syrian refugee children stranded in camps in sub zero temperatures without protection and food, or Uyghur minors separated from their parents and forced into state orphanages, there is plenty of evidence that the rights of children are...
  • 15-year-old Tareq Zbeidi at the hospital [B'Tselem]

    Israeli settlers hang and torture Palestinian teen with fire, human rights group reveals

    Israeli human rights group, B'Tselem, revealed harrowing details of the Palestinian teenager who was kidnapped and tortured with fire by a group of Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank two months ago, in a report released last week. On August 17th, 15-year-old Tareq Zbeidi and five of his...
  • New Foreign Minister Othman Jerandi (at the rostrum) takes oath as President of Tunisia Kais Saied (R) attends the swearing-in ceremony at the Presidential Palace of Carthage in Tunis, Tunisia on 11 October 2021. [Tunisian Presidency - Anadolu Agency]

    Tunisia condemns US Congress claims it's democracy is 'in danger'

    Tunisian President Kais Saied yesterday expressed his country's dissatisfaction with US Congress discussions on democracy in the North African state. In a meeting with the US Ambassador to Tunisia, Donald Blom, at the Carthage Palace, Saied "informed the US ambassador of his dissatisfaction with the inclusion of the situation in Tunisia on the agenda of US Congress." "The President has indicated that relations between the two countries will remain strong, despite the fact that a number of Tunisians are trying to distort what is happening in Tunisia and trying to find people to hear them abroad," a Tunisian statement added. On Tuesday, the United States, in the words of State Department spokesperson Edward Price, congratulated Tunisia on the...
  • Former Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman [Wikipedia]

    Ex-Shin Bet chief: Israel's poor dialogue with the Palestinian Authority strengthened Hamas

    Israel's poor communications with the Palestinian Authority had weakened the Arab government and strengthened resistance movement Hamas, former Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman said yesterday. In a ceremony which saw Argaman replaced by Roman Bar yesterday, the outgoing spy chief said: "Poor dialogue between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and the steps taken by Abu Mazen, led to the weakening of the authority, whether economically or popularly."...
  • News

    Tunisia president threatens Moncef Marzouki with travel ban

    Tunisian President Kais Saied yesterday launched an attack on his predecessor and threatened to withdraw his diplomatic passport and ban him from travel. Amnesty International has monitored the Tunisian authorities' imposition of an "arbitrary travel ban" on more than 50 citizens since last July. Saied denounced some politicians abroad "conspiring" against the internal and external security of the state. He said,...
  • Chairman of the Sovereignty Council of Sudan, Gen. Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman al-Burhan and Deputy Chairman of the Sovereignty Council, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo in Khartoum, Sudan on September 22, 2021 [Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency]

    Sudan calls for 'new political inclusion' during transition period

    Sudan's Sovereign Council chief, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, yesterday called for the inclusion of "new political factions" in the county's transitional government. Speaking in his meeting with the ambassadors and heads of missions of African states, as well as the African Union representative in Sudan, Mohamed Belaish, Al-Burhan said that...
  • Members of an Orthodox Jewish community put a label from the "International Rescue Committee for Jewish Families of the Lev Tahor Settlement" on the window of a bus in Guatemala city on September 25,2016. [JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP via Getty Images]

    Israel stops hundreds of Jews from moving to Iran as asylum seekers

    Israeli authorities have stopped dozens of Jewish families of the Lev Tahor ultra-Orthodox sect from fleeing to Iran where they had applied for asylum. "Israel and the US are working to prevent members of an extremist ultra-Orthodox sect from moving to Iran, amid fears they could be used as a bargaining...
  • Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Majid Takht Ravanchi delivers a speech during the UN Security Council on implementation of the resolution that endorsed the Iran nuclear deal at United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States on 26 June 2019. [Atılgan Özdil - Anadolu Agency]

    Iran warns Israel over rising threats to nuclear program

    Iranian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Majid Takht Ravanchi warned of Israel's growing threats against his country's nuclear programme, reiterating that the threats should be condemned as a violation of international laws. In a letter submitted to the current president of the Security Council on Wednesday, Ravanchi...
  • A peace dove flies past a relief of Alfred Nobel after it was released in front of the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway, on 8 October 2021. [ALI ZARE/NTB/AFP via Getty Images]

    Empty gestures or substantive change? On the Nobel Prize in Literature and its discontents

    The fact that Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature is welcome news, especially as the Swedish Academy is historically known for lacking in diversity, as if intellectual creativity is largely confined to Western intellectual circles. It is premature to suggest that the Academy has finally decided...
  • A general view of the UNESCO meeting during the 40th session of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France on 13 November 2019. [Mustafa Yalçın - Anadolu Agency]

    Hamas welcomes UNESCO pro- Palestine resolutions

    Hamas yesterday welcomed two resolutions adopted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in favour of Palestine at the 212th session of its executive board held in Paris. The Palestinian Foreign Ministry in Gaza said the resolutions on occupied Palestine and cultural and educational institutions were unanimously...
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