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  • Rached Ghannouchi, Tunisian parliament speaker and the head of the Ennahda Movement speaks during a panel in Tunis, Tunisia on January 12, 2021 [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]

    Tunisia: Ghannouchi renews pledge not to run for movement presidency

    Head of Tunisian parliament and leader of the Ennahda movement Rached Ghannouchi renewed his pledge to respect the internal law of the movement and not to amend it in order to run again for presidency. Ghannouchi affirmed on Thursday in a press statement that he: "Is not the guardian of...
  • A protester holds a sign during a demonstration against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on October 31, 2020 in Jerusalem, Israel [Amir Levy/Getty Images]

    Early elections increase indicators of an existential threat to Israel

    With the start of the fourth early elections in Israel, the political scene is witnessing unprecedented rifts and disputes. This could result in the surfacing of an unexpected electoral turnout due to the divisions within the Israeli right and left wings, and the internal differences between party members affiliated...
  • Stephanie Williams, head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on November 16, 2020 in Tunis, Tunisia [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]

    Geneva negotiations to choose members of Libya executive authority stalled

    Acting Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (ASRSG) Stephanie Williams confirmed that no progress had been made regarding the mechanism for selecting members of the new executive authority to govern the country since the launch of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) in Tunisia last November. Williams disclosed that...
  • Sudanese army soldiers in the capital Khartoum on August 31, 2019 [EBRAHIM HAMID/AFP via Getty Images]

    Sudanese Professionals Association: 'War against Ethiopia might be our last option'

    On Friday, the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) hinted at the possibility of waging war against Ethiopia, calling on the Ethiopian authorities to stop what it described as "provocations and attacks". This came in a statement by the SPA, leader of the protest movement, in conjunction with the continuing armed...
  • Leader of Nahda Movement Rachid al-Ghannouchi delivers a speech during a gathering within Nahda Movement's election campaign at Habib Burgiba Street ahead of Tunisia's presidential election in Tunis, Tunisia on 4 October 2019. [Yassine Gaidi - Anadolu Agency]

    Tunisia's Ghannouchi: 'Palestinian cause is sacred, our rejection of normalisation is indisputable'

    Speaker of Tunisian Parliament Rached Ghannouchi has announced that the Palestinian cause is sacred in Tunisia and a state of consensus prevails in the country regarding the indisputable rejection of normalisation with the Israeli occupation. The statements made by the leader of the Ennahda movement came in an interview...
  • Protest outside the Israeli Embassy in South Africa on 14 August 2020 [BDS South Africa]

    Will South Africa unravel the mystery of the Palestine-Israel #VisaScandal?

    The petition for South Africa's ANC-led government to lift punitive visa restrictions on Palestinians wanting to travel to the country is an embarrassing but necessary exercise. Many people, including veterans of the anti-apartheid struggle familiar with Palestine's freedom struggle, and aware of deep historic ties between the two liberation...
  • Egyptian Finance Minister Mohamed Maai, 18 October 2019 [Center for Global Development /Twitter]
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    Egypt minister: 'We need $1.78 bn to provide coronavirus vaccine'

    Egyptian Finance Minister Mohamed Maait announced that his country needs more than 20 billion Egyptian pounds to provide the coronavirus vaccine to 100 million citizens. "We have a contract with the Global Vaccine Alliance to get 20 million doses. We have also submitted a request to obtain the Oxford...
  • People hold a banner during a protest to demand for the closure of Guantanamo on the 19th anniversary of its opening in Brussels City Center, Belgium, on January 11, 2021 [Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency]

    Russia hopes Biden administration will keep promise and close Guantanamo Bay

    At a press conference on Friday, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova announced that Moscow hopes that the US will keep its promise and close Guantanamo Bay. Guantanamo Bay, where 19 years ago the US opened a military detention centre notorious for its human rights abuses, was once promised...
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    Egypt extends conflict with Turkey to African Sahel

    Cairo has made its conflict against Ankara a foreign policy priority, rendering all regions a potential battleground, even the African Sahel region, which has generally been excluded from the focus of the Egyptian state. The Intelligence Online website added that after Libya and the Eastern Mediterranean, Egypt is now...
  • Israeli warplanes hit several targets in Syria [Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency]

    Syria: Iran militias redeployed following Israel airstrikes

    Iranian forces and militias in Syrian have been redeployed to areas that have recently come under Israeli airstrikes, Kuwaiti Al-Mujtama magazine reported on Friday. The magazine disclosed that the redeployment took place in the cities of Deir Ez-Zor, Bokamal, and Al-Mayadeen, noting that the militias evacuated their bases outside...
  • An Israeli flag flies in front of the Dome of the Rock mosque near the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, on August 24, 2020. (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP) (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images)

    Israel settlers call for demolition of Dome of the Rock, official says

    Israeli occupation authorities have taken the measurements of the Dome of the Rock while Israeli settlers are calling for its demolition, Director of Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Omar Al-Kiswani announced on Friday. Al-Kiswani described what is being done inside Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock as "a dangerous measure". Speaking...
  • Jordanian policemen stop a vehicle and check the identification documents of its driver at a checkpoint during a COVID-19 coronavirus lockdown in the capital Amman on 9 October 2020. [KHALIL MAZRAAWI/afp/AFP via Getty Images]

    Jordan: COVID-19 cases 8 times higher than declared ones

    Jordanian Health Minister Nathir Obeidat has revealed that the actual number of COVID-19 cases in the country is eight times higher than the officially recorded number, The New Khalij reported on Friday. The minister reiterated that the situation has improved, pointing to the rate of positive results compared to...
  • A Palestinian artist paints a mural in a show of support for Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in Gaza City on April 20, 2020 [MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty Images]

    PLO accuses Israel of 'intentional medical negligence' against Palestine prisoners

    Following increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases, Qadri Abu Bakr, head of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO)'s Commission for Prisoners Affairs, accused Israel of "intentional medical negligence" against Palestinian prisoners, Anadolu Agency reported on Friday. "The situation inside Israeli jails is worrying," he expressed, noting that the number of COVID-19 cases among prisoners...
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    Saudi stops contact with Israel over leaked news of MBS-Netanyahu meeting

    Saudi Arabia has stopped contact with Israel as punishment over leaking the news of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held two months ago, London-based Saudi online newspaper Elaph reported on Thursday. According to Elaph, an unnamed senior Israeli official said that Israeli...
  • UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths in Sweden, on 13 December 2018 [Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images]

    Yemen minister slams UN envoy's discontent over US designation of Houthis as terror group

    Yemen's Minister of Religious Endowments and Guidance Mohammed Eida Shabiba has slammed Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths as he was not pleased with the US designation of Houthi militia as a terror group, Yemen Shabab reported on Friday. Speaking at the UN Security Council, Griffiths expressed his extreme concern about the impact of...
  • Former Slovak Minister of Foreign Affairs, and newly-appointed UN Libya envoy, Jan Kubis on 18 April, 2007 [TIM SLOAN/AFP via Getty Images]

    UN Security Council approves new UN Libya mediator

    The United Nations Security Council approved on Friday the appointment of veteran diplomat Jan Kubis as the UN Libya envoy, diplomats said, nearly a year after the last mediator stepped down. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had proposed that Kubis succeed Ghassan Salame, who quit the role in March last...
  • Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine logo is displayed on a screen with a syringe in the front [Ali Balıkçı/Anadolu Agency]

    Pfizer delays January vaccine delivery to Bahrain

    A January shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to the Gulf state of Bahrain will not arrive on time, the ministry of health said on Saturday, but second doses of the jab already scheduled will not be affected, reports Reuters. The small island state of Bahrain has the third-highest rate...
  • Republic of Iran Navy naval drill "Force-99" at Sea of Oman on January 14, 2021 [IRANIAN ARMY/Anadolu Agency]

    Iran fires long-range missiles into Indian Ocean in military drill

    Iran's Revolutionary Guards on Saturday fired long-range ballistic missiles into the Indian Ocean on the second day of a military exercise, state media reported, reports Reuters. The drill, which comes in the waning days of high tensions with US President Donald Trump's administration, was conducted in the country's central...
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    Was the US Embassy move to Jerusalem actually a hoax?

    There will be a collective sigh of relief from Palestinians when disgraced President Donald Trump finally leaves the White House for good on Wednesday, because no single nation has suffered more as a result of US foreign policy under this man. However, is it possible that some of Trump's...
  • A general view of the Blue Nile river as it passes through the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), near Guba in Ethiopia, on 26 December, 2019 [EDUARDO SOTERAS/AFP via Getty Images]

    UAE diplomatic delegation intervenes to reactivate Renaissance Dam negotiations

    The official Sudan News Agency (SUNA) announced on Wednesday that a delegation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Foreign Affairs concluded a one-day visit to Khartoum, as part of new efforts made by Abu Dhabi aimed at reactivating the stalled Renaissance Dam negotiations between Sudan, Ethiopia, and...
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    On the 10th anniversary of the revolution Marzouki warns of return of dictatorship

    Former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki has warned against the return of dictatorship in the country while criticising the dispersal of democratic forces and the rise of voices calling for the return of individual rule. Marzouki posted an article he wrote on his Facebook page, entitled On the tenth anniversary...
  • Russian Ilyushin Il-76, carrying the first batch of equipment of S-400 missile defense system, arrives at Murted Air Base in Ankara, Turkey on 12 July, 2019 as S-400 hardware deployment started [Turkey’s National Defense Ministry/Handout/Anadolu Agency]

    Turkey renews call for dialogue with US on S-400 missile system

    Turkey has renewed calls to the US to discuss solutions to the Russian S-400 defence system crisis while urging Washington to withdraw the sanctions imposed on Ankara in this regard. On Wednesday, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar asserted: "We are frankly convinced of the necessity of dialogue because without...
  • Protests in the UK against Saudi/UAE/US/UK's actions in Yemen [Alisdare Hickson/Flickr/cc]

    HRW calls on Biden to stop arms sales to Saudi, UAE

    Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the administration of President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday to stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in order to have a positive impact on the situation in Yemen. The organisation stated in a report published on its...
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    Libyan Imbakbaka

    Winter is definitely the season for comfort food and I am always trying to think of really hearty and delicious meals that are quick and easy to make, but also very flavourful. One of my favourite dishes is a Libyan dish called Imbakbaka. This rich and tomatoey stew filled...
  • An Iranian oil tanker [Nachoman-au/Wikipedia]

    US imposes fresh sanctions on Iran in final days of Trump presidency

    The United States on Friday sanctioned companies in Iran, China and the United Arab Emirates for doing business with the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines and on three Iranian entities over conventional arms proliferation, Reuters reported. They are the latest in a series of measures aimed at stepping up pressure...
  • Officials count ballots after Palestinians living in Israel-occupied West Bank voted in the local election, which is boycotted by several Palestinian groups, at the Banat Qasm High School in Ramallah, West Bank on May 13, 2017 [Issam Rimawi / Anadolu Agency]
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    Palestine set for 1st national elections in 14 years

    Ending a 14-year spell without elections, this spring and summer Palestinians are set to have three elections – parliamentary, presidential and National Council polls – under a decree signed by the Palestinian president on Friday, Anadolu Agency reports. Under the decree, parliamentary elections will be held on May 22, presidential elections...
  • Moroccan King Mohammed VI (L), Israel's PM Netanyahu, (C) US President Donald Trump (R) have agreed to normalise relations [COP22/Twitter] [MAYA ALLERUZZO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images] [Peter Zay - Anadolu Agency]

    Official: Trump receives Morocco's highest award for Middle East work

    US President Donald Trump on Friday received Morocco's highest award for his work in advancing a normalisation deal between Israel and Morocco, Reuters reported a senior administration official as saying. In a private Oval Office ceremony, Princess Lalla Joumala Alaoui, who is Morocco's ambassador to the United States, gave Trump...
  • GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 26: Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh of the San Francisco 49ers looks on during the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on December 26, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    NFL: New York Jets hiring first Muslim coach

    The New York Jets have announced they reached an agreement in principle to hire Lebanese-American Robert Saleh, setting him on the path to become the first Muslim head coach in American football history, Anadolu Agency reports. The team announced the yet-to-be-finalized agreement in a statement on Thursday. Saleh had been the...
  • Lebanon hospitals reach full capacity
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    Lebanon hospitals reach full capacity

    READ: Lebanese hoarding food as 11-day, 24-hour lockdown announced...
  • Military helicopters carry coalition troops from Nineveh Joint Operations Command headquarters to various parts of Mosul, on October 19 2016

    US lowers troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to 2,500

    The US has decreased its number of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to 2,500, accomplishing a key goal of President Donald Trump as he prepares to leave office next week, the Pentagon announced Friday, Anadolu Agency reports. The Afghanistan drawdown may run afoul of Congress, which just two weeks ago prohibited the...
  • A general view of the Blue Nile river as it passes through the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), near Guba in Ethiopia, on 26 December 2019. [EDUARDO SOTERAS/AFP via Getty Images]

    Egypt hopes US' Biden engages in Ethiopia dam crisis

    Egypt on Friday called on the incoming US administration to play a role in finding a solution to the Ethiopia dam crisis, Anadolu Agency reports. Egypt's official news agency quoted Motaz Zahran, the ambassador to the US, as saying that Egypt hopes incoming President Joe Biden will engage with the three parties...
  • Outgoing US President Donald Trump in Georgia, US on 4 January 2021 [Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency]

    Trump orders US Central Command to include Israel for more effective anti-Iran efforts

    Donald Trump has ordered the US military to include Israel in its Central Command (CENTCOM), which oversees the Middle East, the Wall Street Journal has reported. The move comes in the final few days of the US President's term of office. This could be critical given the deep differences...
  • Paramedics vaccinate elderly people nursing home in Tel Aviv on 13 January 2021 [Nir Keidar/Anadolu Agency]

    Palestinian prisoners in Israel to get virus vaccination next week

    Israel will start vaccinating all prisoners, including Palestinian detainees, from next week as part of its nationwide anti-Covid-19 programme, the Minister of Health has confirmed. "We are adhering to all of the coronavirus committee's guidelines," said Yuli Edelstein during his visit to a vaccination centre in Ramla. "I'm not...
  • A view of the Port of Beirut after a fire at a warehouse with explosives led to massive blasts on 4th August in Beirut, Lebanon on August 13, 2020. [Aysu Biçer - Anadolu Agency]

    Syrian businessmen linked to Beirut blast explosives

    Three Syrian businessmen have been linked to the purchase of the explosives that caused the Beirut blast last August. The link has been made in a documentary aired by Al-Jadeed on Tuesday. Open-source information on the British government's Companies House website, cited in the documentary, shows that dual Russian-Syrian...
  • Image of Qatar airways planes [GlynLowe/Flickr]

    Qatar removed from UK's safe travel corridor

    Qatar has been removed from Britain's safe travel corridor list, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps explained to the BBC on Thursday. The Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba have also been taken off the list. "Anyone arriving from these countries after 04:00 GMT on Saturday will have...
  • Yemeni children who were affected by the ongoing war carry free lunch meal they received from a charity food distribution center on November 03, 2018 in Sana’a, Yemen. [Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images]

    US ignores famine in Yemen as it designates Houthis as 'terrorists'

    The US has rejected pleas from the UN to reverse its decision to designate Yemen's Houthis as a terrorist group. The decision has been met with widescale condemnation and accusations of "political vandalism". Senior UN officials have warned of a massive famine in Yemen, which is already regarded as...
  • Total of 150 military vehicles of Turkish Armed Forces' pass through Reyhanli district of Turkey's Hatay as they are being deployed to Syria border as reinforcements, including howitzers, tanks, ammunition, armored construction machines and other military vehicles on 17 February 2020. [Burak Milli - Anadolu Agency]

    Iran to step up border security in coordination with Turkey

    Iran and Turkey are to enhance border security in a coordinated effort according to the commander of Iran's border guards, Brigadier General Ahmed Ali Kuderzi. Kuderzi made the announcement following a meeting held via video conference with other senior border officials from the Iranian provinces of west Azerbaijan and...
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    Kurdish militants fire on Syrian children while trying to recruit them forcibly

    Militants belonging to the Kurdish Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) are reported to have opened fire on children who attempted to flee after they were recruited forcibly by the militia earlier this week, Anadolu has reported. The YPG militants were in the process of rounding up over a dozen boys...
  • An aerial view of Turkish drilling vessel 'Fatih' passing under the July 15 Martyrs' Bridge as it is on the way, in Istanbul, Turkey on 29 May 2020. [Muhammed Enes Yıldırım - Anadolu Agency]

    Istanbul: municipality to build water tanks to overcome drought

    Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality is to build water storage tanks for every building over 1,000 square metres to store rainwater so that citizens can overcome drought, local media have reported. Public buildings, shopping malls and commercial properties will have adequate drainage installed to help the system to be effective. "I...
  • Saudi riyal [ArgaamPlus/Twitter]

    Saudi's grand economic vision has 'credibility gap'

    Gulf based executives have warned of a "credibility gap" after Saudi Arabia announced that it was committing itself to step up domestic investment following the double shock of low oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic. Domestic investment is expected to rise by as much as $40bn annually over the...
  • Members of the Hashed al-Shaabi, or Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on October 26, 2019.

    Iraq: new US sanctions on PMF's deputy head

    The US has imposed new sanctions on the deputy head of Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) after classifying him as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) on Wednesday. Abdul Aziz Al-Muhammadawi, also known as Abu Fadak, was appointed as deputy head last February following the assassination of his predecessor...
  • View of a crude oil importing port [REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo]

    South Korea seeks Qatar's help for release of oil tanker seized by Iran

    South Korea's Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday that Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong Kun called on Qatar during his visit on Wednesday to help his country resolve the issue of Iran's detention of the Korean oil tanker and its crew. The Yonhap News Agency quoted the ministry as saying...
  • Algerian flags flutter in front of the People's National Assembly (parliament) building in the capital Algiers, on 10 September 2020. [RYAD KRAMDI/AFP via Getty Images]

    Algeria: 5 killed and 3 wounded in roadside bomb

    Five civilians were killed and three others were wounded in a roadside bomb in eastern Algeria today, the defence ministry in Algiers has revealed. The homemade bomb exploded as a car passed by on a road in the region of Tebessa, near the Tunisian border. The ministry added that...
  • A train drives from one station to another in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on May 28, 2018. - [KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images]

    Critics question Egypt and Siemans $23bn high-speed railway deal amid economic crisis

    Egypt's transport ministry and Siemens have signed a memorandum of understanding over a high-speed electric railway set to be built in Egypt which will link the northern and eastern coasts. The railway, which will connect Ain Sokhna with the New Alamein city and pass through the Administrative Capital, will...
  • Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov in Croatia on 16 December 2020 [Stipe Majic/Anadolu Agency]

    Lavrov: Al-Ula summit will clear way for collective Gulf security system

    Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday that the agreements concluded at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held in the Saudi city of Al-Ula will help create the appropriate conditions for a collective security system in the Gulf region. "We believe the outcomes of this summit will contribute...
  • Iraqi security forces in Kirkuk, Iraq on 9 January 2021 [Ali Makram Ghareeb/Anadolu Agency]

    Iraq: government employee accused of granting citizenship to foreigners

    The Iraqi authorities announced on Thursday the arrest of a government employee accused of falsifying official documents enabling thousands of foreigners to obtain citizenship, Anadolu has reported. "A team from the Diyala investigation office seized 1,360 forged documents out of 4,333, on the basis of which Iraqi citizenship was...
  • Women and accompanying children walk by at the Kurdish-run al-Hol camp for the displaced in the al-Hasakeh governorate in northeastern Syria on 14 January 2020, where families of Daesh foreign fighters are held. [DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP via Getty Images]

    France repatriates 7 children of Daesh fighters

    France has repatriated seven children of Daesh fighters from north-east Syria. This is the latest effort by a European country to return its nationals following years of reluctance to do so. The children are aged between 2 and 11. They were living in Al-Hol and Roj camps which are...
  • People walk around at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in East Jerusalem’s Old City on 6 September 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

    Muslim scholars call for Al-Aqsa Mosque to be protected from Israeli Judaisation

    The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) expressed on Thursday its condemnation and rejection of the "aggressive" Israeli Judaisation of the occupied city of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque, Anadolu has reported. The scholars called for the city and mosque to be protected in the face of such a "heinous...
  • An Egyptian man who recovered from Covid-19 donates blood at a hospital in Cairo, Egypt on 22 July 2020 [KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

    Egypt's failure to pay $128mn debt to medical manufacturers led to oxygen crisis

    A source in the Federation of Industries has told Al-Manassa that Egypt's hospital oxygen crisis is due to the government's failure to pay its EGP 2 billion ($128 million) debt for medical supplies as coronavirus cases soar in the country. This is despite the fact that last year the...
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    Caught between covid and settlers: How a West Bank school is struggling to survive

    For the 170 pupils in Al-Maleh village in the West Bank, the three-hour journey to school was arduous. Sometimes it took three hours after they had navigated the Israeli security checkpoints, some on foot and others on donkeys. Eventually, many of them simply stopped going. In mid-2019 Mahdi Daraghma,...