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  • Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen [Israel Foreign Ministry/Anadolu Agency]

    Mauritania-Israel relations suspended in 2009

    Mauritania, on Tuesday, denied participation in an environmental training program hosted by Israel, Anadolu News Agency reports. On Sunday, Israeli television channel, i24News, said Mauritania was among participants in a training program hosted by Israel to help African countries deal with desertification in the Sahara region. "Among the prominent...
  • A British Petroleum (BP) filling station seen on 20 May 2014 [Mike Mozart/Flickr]

    UK BP and UAE ADNOC bid to buy half of Israel NewMed Energy

    British multinational oil and gas firm, BP plc, and Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (Adnoc) on Tuesday announced a joint bid to buy 50 per cent of Israel's NewMed Energy in a deal valued at about $2 billion, the Times of Israel reports. According to the report, the two...
  • Police officers patrol as security measures taken in Madrid, Spain on June 28, 2022 [Dursun Aydemir - Anadolu Agency]

    Spain hotel worker arrested for alleged hate crime against Morocco players

    A 27-year-old worker at a Madrid hotel hosting the Morocco team was arrested for an alleged hate crime after posting derogatory comments on Islam and racist slurs against the players on social media, Spanish police and the hotel said on Tuesday, Reuters reports. Local police told Reuters the employee,...
  • Ramadan TV series, Al-Kasser, banned for 'insulting' Iraqis
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    Ramadan TV series banned for 'insulting' Iraqis

    READ: Iraq Parliament approves unpopular election law amendments...
  • Unauthorized settlers assault Huwara and set Palestinian property on fire.
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    Illegal settlers attack Huwara and torch Palestinian property

    READ: Israel closes Palestinian stores in Huwara...
  • Players of Morocco pose for a team photo prior to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 3rd Place match between Croatia and Morocco at Khalifa International Stadium on December 17, 2022 in Doha, Qatar [Fareed Kotb/Anadolu Agency]

    Can an Arab team win the World Cup?

    We all witnessed the great performance and deserved victory of the Moroccan team against the Brazilian team, which has won five World Cup trophies. The Moroccan win comes on the back of its excellent performance at the Qatar World Cup 2022 where it came fourth, making it the best...
  • A worker prepares moulds of plastic waste at a workshop of the startup company 'TileGreen', where it is recycled into eco-friendly interlocking tiles in the Ashir min Ramadan, in Egypt on December 8, 2022 [AHMED HASAN/AFP via Getty Images]

    In Egypt's 'Garbage City', a charity teaches children to recycle

    As a child growing up in Cairo's Manshiyat Nasser, a shanty town also known as "Garbage City", Teresa Saeed spent her free time rummaging through the piles of rubbish strewn everywhere to find paper and materials to indulge her love of drawing and painting, Reuters reports. Now 34, she...
  • US Ambassador to Israel, Tom Nides [Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Concordia Summit]

    Netanyahu to be invited to White House after suspending judicial reform

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be invited to the White House soon, US Ambassador to Tel Aviv Tom Nides, has claimed. Speaking to Israel's Army Radio this morning, Nides said it could happen after the Jewish Passover holiday in early April. "I assume after Passover, obviously; no date...
  • Israeli security forces take measures as Israeli forces demolish the house belonging to Palestinian [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]

    953 Palestine structures demolished by Israel in 2022: EU

    Israeli authorities demolished 953 Palestinian structures in the Occupied West Bank last year, according to the European Union on Tuesday, Anadolu News Agency reports. "In 2022, a total of 953 structures were demolished or seized throughout the West Bank, including Jerusalem," the EU Representative Office for the Palestinians said...
  • Palestinian Latin Forum holds an event to discuss action in defence of the Palestinian cause [Ahmad Hweidi/Middle East Monitor]

    Palestinian activists gather from across Latin America to boost cause

    The Palestinian Latin Forum has participated in the second conference of the Palestinian National Union (UPAL) held recently in Barranquilla, Colombia. The conference lasted for three days and was attended by Palestinian and foreign delegations from various countries across Latin America, including Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil, Honduras, Guatemala, Colombia and...
  • Israeli Officer General Yoav Gallant, chief of the south command, holds a press conference near the border with the Gaza Strip on 26 March 2010 [Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images]

    Israel 'fired' Defence Chief hangs on as Netanyahu hits pause

    The Israeli Defence Chief whose dismissal by Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, brought the country's political crisis to a climax is remaining in office until further notice, aides said on Tuesday, suggesting government indecision on how to proceed, Reuters reports. Beset by unprecedented nationwide protests at his nationalist-religious coalition's signature...
  • Firefighters intervene by land to control a wildfire in Rabat, Morocco on July 15, 2022. Forest fires that broke out in northern Morocco's Larache, Ouezzane, Tetouan and Taza regions have not yet been taken under full control. Over 1,000 hectares of forest area have been damaged in the past two days. Hundreds of Moroccan firefighters and soldiers have battled to put out the fire with the help of fire-fighting aircraft. However, the wild blazes are not yet under control as temperatures in the country approach 45 degrees Celsius [Jalal Morchidi - Anadolu Agency]

    Moroccan artist sets himself on fire in front ministry of Culture

    A Moroccan theatrical performer has set himself on fire in front of the Ministry of Culture building in the capital, Rabat, after he was forced into retirement, Anadolu news agency reported. In a statement, the Moroccan Ministry of Youth and Culture said it regretted the "tragic incident" and expressed its "full solidarity" with...
  • Palestinians plant trees near Israel fence on with Gaza on 28 March 2023 ahead of Land Day which is marked on 30 March each year. [Mohammed Asad/MEMO]
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    Palestinians plant trees ahead of Land Day

    READ: Palestine Land Day remembered...
  • The Iraq War: 20 years since Britain said ‘no’

    US Senate advances Bill to repeal decades-old Iraq war authorisations

    The US Senate voted overwhelmingly on Monday to advance legislation to repeal two decades-old authorisations for past wars in Iraq, as Congress pushed to reassert its role over deciding whether to send troops into combat, Reuters reports. The vote was 65 to 28 to limit debate on the measure,...
  • An Israeli bulldozer demolishes a Palestinian agricultural piece of land in area "C", in the West Bank town of Hebron, on August 25, 2021 [HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images]

    Israel issues mosque demolition order in Hebron

    The Israeli occupation authorities today posted a demolition order for a mosque in the south Hebron Hills area, Wafa has reported. According to Rateb Jabour of the Wall and Settlements Resistance Committees in Masafer Yatta, Palestinians living in the neighbourhood of Khashm Al-Daraj have to demolish the mosque but...
  • Jews plant date palms in Madinah as part of interfaith visit
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    Saudi Arabia: Jews plant date palms in Madinah as part of interfaith visit

    A group of British Jews have taken part in a rare interfaith initiative in Saudi Arabia where they were allowed to enter and plant palm trees in the sacred city of Madinah, the second holiest site in Islam after Makkah. According to the Jewish Chronicle (JC), the event, said...
  • Rwanda's Court of Appeal will rule on a 25 year sentence against ailing "Hotel Rwanda" hero Paul Rusesabagina on terrorism charges after a prosecution appeal. [SIMON WOHLFAHRT/AFP via Getty Images]

    Freed 'Hotel Rwanda' hero Rusesabagina leaves Rwanda, reaches Qatar - source

    Paul Rusesabagina, who was portrayed as a hero in the film "Hotel Rwanda" about the 1994 genocide, has arrived in Qatar after being released from prison in Rwanda last week, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday, Reuters reports. Rusesabagina, a US permanent resident, was sentenced...
  • Egypt's national flag in Cairo on 20 April 2019 [KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images]

    Egypt: Sentences upheld against 278 people accused of terror charges

    The Egyptian military court of appeals has upheld the life sentences and hard labour for 254 Egyptians and commuted the sentences of 24 who have been accused of joining the terror groups Hasm and Lewa El Thawra. The ruling means that their sentences can no longer be appealed, according...
  • Chinese President, Xi Jinping (L) is welcomed by Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud (R) at the Palace of Yamamah in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. [Royal Court of Saudi Arabia - Anadolu Agency]

    Saudi-Iran relations to strengthen regional solidarity: China President to Saudi Crown Prince

    The improved bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran will "strengthen regional solidarity", China's President Xi Jinping told Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) on Tuesday, Anadolu News Agency reports. "The recent successful dialogue between Saudi Arabia and Iran in Beijing helped improve bilateral relations between the two...
  • Egypt's Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Ahmed Issa gives a news conference in front of Khufu pyramid in Giza, Egypt. [Fadel Dawod/Getty Images]

    Egypt offers multi-entry 5-year visa in bid to boost tourism

    Egypt plans to offer tourists a multi-entry, five-year visa for $700 in a bid to boost tourism, the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities has announced. According to a report in Anadolu, Ahmed Issa told reporters on Monday that further moves have been approved to encourage foreign tourism. They include...
  • Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir gives a speech in West Jerusalem. [Saeed Qaq - Anadolu Agency]

    There is a pretence of opposition to only one form of Israel's colonial violence

    Last month, Israel's National Security Minister, the far-right extremist Itamar Ben-Gvir, sought to facilitate the process for Israeli civilians to obtain firearms, citing a rise in applications since 2022 and the recent rise in Palestinian anti-colonial resistance against state and settler terror. "We have the duty to speed up...
  • Illegal settlers sing and dance in the Ibrahimi Mosque
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    Illegal settlers sing and dance in the Ibrahimi Mosque

    READ: Pakistan strongly condemns Israel raid on Al-Aqsa Mosque...
  • Women working at the call center of the Oman Arab bank. Muscat, Oman. [Photo by: Sergio Pitamitz / VWPics/Universal Images Group via Getty Images]

    Oman: divorce rate on the rise in Sultanate, says official

    The number of divorces in the Sultanate of Oman is on the rise, an official at the Office of the Grand Mufti of the Sultanate has revealed. Sheikh Ibrahim Bin Nasser Al-Sawafi pointed out that a majority of divorces happen for "trivial reasons". According to Al-Shabiba newspaper on Monday,...
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    Euronews confuses US scholar Hamza Yusuf with new SNP leader

    The Arabic language edition of France-based Euronews has drawn ridicule on social media after a post on the news network's Facebook account mistakenly used an image of US Islamic scholar Hamza Yusuf to announce the historic election of Scotland's Humza Yousaf as the new leader of the Scottish National...
  • Thousands of Israelis take the streets as they block Ayalon highway in response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s surprise sacking of his defense minister Yoav Gallant in Tel Aviv, Israel on March 27, 2023. [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]

    Israeli embassies join strike in protest of judicial overhaul

    Israel's embassies and consulates around the world yesterday joined a general strike intended to force Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to suspend his government's plan to overhaul the judicial system, Israel's national trade union Histadrut announced. "The activities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country and abroad will...
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian give a joint news conference after an inter-delegation meeting in Tehran, Iran [Iranian Foreign Ministry - Anadolu Agency]

    Iran: Qatar played an important role in the nuclear deal, exchange of prisoners

    Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian yesterday praised the role played by Doha in the negotiations for a nuclear agreement and the prisoner exchange file with the US. Speaking to Al Jazeera, Abdollahian said: "Qatar is always moving in the right direction and has played a role in the...
  • EU Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni speaks during the Rome MED, Mediterranean Dialogues forum in Rome, Italy, [Riccardo De Luca - Anadolu Agency]

    Tunisia: European commissioner reaffirms attachment to democracy and rule of law

    The European Commissioner for the Economy, Paolo Gentiloni, said on Monday that his visit to Tunisia was a chance to "reaffirm our attachment to the values of democracy, inclusion and the rule of law." Gentiloni made his comment following the conclusion of his two days in Tunisia that began...
  • Prime Minister of Lebanon, Najib Mikati (L) meets with Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (R) in Doha, Qatar. [Governemental Palace of Lebanon - Anadolu Agency]

    Lebanese army receives sixth instalment of Qatari aid

    The Lebanese army yesterday received the sixth batch of Qatari financial aid aimed at supporting the army amid the crisis facing the country, Anadolu reported. A statement issued by the Lebanese army command said the aid presented by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, comes...
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    20 pilgrims killed as bus hits bridge in Saudi Arabia

    WATCH: Palestine calls for US action to stop Israeli violations at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa...
  • Secretary General of Amnesty International, Agnes Callamard [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]

    Amnesty accuses West of double standards over human rights abuses

    Amnesty International has accused the West of double standards in its dealing with human rights abuses. The rights group makes the allegation in its Annual Report for 2022 released on Monday. "The West's response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine also underscored its own double standards, and its inconsequential reactions...
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy, Antonio Tajani [Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency]

    Italy FM: We must not leave Tunisia in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood

    Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani yesterday reiterated the need to help Tunisia overcome the difficulties it faces and address its financial situation by securing a loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) so as not to leave the country in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood. Italian news agency AKI quoted...
  • People shout slogans during funeral ceremony of Ali El Gizavi who died during clashes breaking out after security forces destroyed some houses claiming that they are unlicensed, at al-Warraq Island in Giza, Cairo, Egypt on 16 July, 2017 [İbrahim Ramadan/Anadolu Agency]

    Egypt: Court throws out Warraq Island lawsuit demanding compensation

    An Egyptian court has thrown out a lawsuit filed by residents of Warraq Island demanding that the Egyptian government compensate them for expropriating their lands. In the lawsuit, lawyer for the families Ghanem Salih Ghanem argued that the Egyptian government's decision to expropriate the properties without proper compensation or...
  • Israeli forces intervene in Palestinians staging a protest against the illegal construction of a Jewish settlement in Ramallah, West Bank [Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency]

    West Bank confrontations as Israeli forces make arrests

    Confrontations have taken place between Israeli occupation forces and Palestinians as troops made a number of arrests in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem overnight. Fighting also took place in Jenin. Those arrested are accused of taking part in acts of popular resistance against the occupation forces and illegal...
  • A 24-year-old Algerian writer who calls herself 'The Blurred Girl' [Twitter/@Sarah Rivens]

    Algerian woman's book sales exceed Prince Harry's memoir

    A 24-year-old Algerian writer who calls herself 'The Blurred Girl' has caused a stir in Algeria and France after her books achieved a large number of sales and reads on the Internet. The Algerian writer, who writes under the pseudonym Sarah Rivens, quickly became one of the most read Algerian...
  • Ahmed Nejib Chebbi, political committee chief of Tunisia's Amal Party and leader of the opposition National Salvation Front part in a demonstration demanding the release of prominent figures opposed to the president who were arrested in recent weeks. [Photo by Hasan Mrad/DeFodi Images via Getty Images]

    Tunisia: protest held in solidarity with 'political' detainees

    The National Salvation Front in Tunisia started a sit-in protest yesterday in solidarity with the "political" detainees held in connection with the so-called "conspiracy against state security" case, Arabi21 has reported. The leader of the Front, Ahmed Nejib Chebbi, said that the protest would not end until the detainees...
  • Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar [Arif Akdoğan/Anadolu Agency]

    60,000 Syrians return from Turkiye after earthquakes

    Nearly 60,000 Syrians have voluntarily returned to their homeland after the February earthquakes, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said yesterday. Responding to recent reports about an influx of refugees from Syria, Akar stressed that his country's Syrian borders were "strictly protected against illegal crossings." "The allegations of illegal crossing...
  • Iran's top security official Ali Shamkhani (R), Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (C) and Musaid Al Aiban, the Saudi Arabia's national security adviser, pose for a photo after Iran and Saudi Arabia agree to resume diplomatic ties after several days of deliberations in Beijing, China on 10 March 2023 [Chinese Foreign Ministry]

    Saudi-Iran deal raises Israeli worries and concerns

    The agreement to renew relations between Riyadh and Tehran was not just a matter that concerned the two countries, or which helped benefit the region; for Israel it was as important as an internal affair. Israeli political, partisan and media officials were all talking about the repercussions of such...
  • In the Shadow of the Prophet Essays in Islamic History

    In the Shadow of the Prophet: Essays in Islamic History

    Few can claim to have produced a wealth of scholarship and achieved mastery over Middle Eastern history, but Roy Mottahedeh's insatiable curiosity for the past has left us with a treasure trove of works. Reading essays that he has written over the past fifty years and collected together in...
  • The exterior of the International Criminal Court is seen in The Hague, Netherlands. [Pierre Crom/Getty Images]

    The ICC's selective approach to war crimes undermines its credibility

    Given the slow and selective investigations of alleged war crimes in Palestine and Afghanistan, the International Criminal Court's speedy warrant to put Russian President Vladimir Putin on trial for alleged crimes in Ukraine begs questions about it becoming a partisan institution. Based in The Hague, the ICC is an...
  • Iraqi people gather near the Central Bank building to stage a protest against depreciation of the dinar against the US dollar in Baghdad, Iraq. [Murtadha Al-Sudani - Anadolu Agency]

    Twenty years since the Iraq invasion and what has been gained?

    Twenty years have passed since the US-led invasion of Iraq, with its harsh consequences, severe developmental setbacks and its alienation from its Arab neighbours which conspired against it, as well as its resort to the embrace of Iran. These twenty years have destroyed the civilisation of an ancient country...
  • A convoy of Palestinian ambulance vehicles moves along the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip east of Gaza City during a protest against Israel's prevention of allowing diagnositc medical equipment to enter hospitals in the Palestinian enclave, [Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images]

    Thousands at risk as Israel bans entry of medical equipment to Gaza

    The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) yesterday warned that the Israeli ban on the entry of spare parts for medical equipment to the besieged Gaza Strip risks the lives of thousands of Palestinians. "A poor healthcare system, and the lack of medical supplies and equipment has led to...
  • Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on November 14, 2022 [TUR/Agriculture Forestry Ministry/Anadolu Agency]

    Turkiye summons French envoy for hosting YPG leaders

    The Turkish Foreign Ministry yesterday summoned the French Ambassador to Ankara, Herve Magro, to protest against the French Senate hosting members of the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG). Anadolu Agency quoted Turkish diplomatic sources as saying that the ministry expressed its "strong condemnation of hosting YPG members, and...
  • People holding banners and Israeli flags gather to protest Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich outside the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington D.C., United States. [Celal Güneş - Anadolu Agency]

    Selective outrage in Palestine: the problem is not just Smotrich, but Zionism

    By his own admission, Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich is a "fascist homophobe". This declaration, which he made on 16 January, should be enough to illustrate and emphasise the violent nature of the latest political coalition concocted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in December. Although Smotrich is not the...
  • Pakistani students carry placards during a demonstration in support of Palestinians, [RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images]

    Pakistan strongly condemns Israel raid on Al-Aqsa Mosque

    Pakistan yesterday strongly condemned the Israeli occupation forces' raid on Al-Aqsa Mosque, expelling Muslim worshippers and violating the sanctity of "one of the holiest sites for Muslims". A statement posted on the official page of Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said: "Such reprehensible attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli occupation forces, during the holy month...
  • Hundreds of Muslims arrive in Al-Aqsa Mosque to perform prayer, in Jerusalem [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]

    Hamas: Expelling worshippers 'new indication of religious war' on Palestinians

    Member of Hamas Political Bureau Abroad, Sami Abu Zuhri, said yesterday that Israel's expulsion of worshippers from Al-Aqsa Mosque is new proof that Israel has been waging a religious war on Palestinians. In a statement, Abu Zuhri said: "Today's raid on Al-Aqsa Mosque and expelling worshippers confirmed the Israeli...
  • IDF Chief of Staff, Herzi Halevi [Eliezer M Goldstock/Facebook]

    Army chief: Israel facing 'external' and 'internal' threats

    Israel is facing "external" and "internal" threats, Chief of Staff of the Israeli Army, Herzi Halevi, atold active and reserve servicemen yesterday. In a public letter, Halevi said Israel "has never known such days of external threats combined with an internal storm." While tens of thousands of Israelis were storming the streets...
  • Israels parliament building (Knesset) [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]

    Israel's Labor Party proposes bill to dissolve Knesset

    Israel's Labor Party has proposed a bill to dissolve the 25th Israeli Knesset as part of efforts beingexerted to undermine the government's planned judicial overhaul, Quds Press reported yesterday. In a televised speech, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday declared his plan to delay the judicial overhaul in order to give a...
  • Bezalel Smotrich, Israeli far-right lawmaker and leader of the Religious Zionist Party

    Extremist Israel minister calls for right-wing to protest in Jerusalem

    Israel's extremist Minister of Finance Bezalel Smotrich called on supporters of the right-wing government to take to the streets in support of the authorities, Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported yesterday. Smotrich's call came following the massive demonstrations staged throughout Israel after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired Defence Minister Yoav Gallant. Netanyahu sacked Gallant after he criticised the...
  • US forces provide military training in the Al-Hasakah province, Syria [Hedil Amir/Anadolu Agency]

    US will not back off Syria mission despite deadly attacks - White House

    The United States will not back away from its nearly eight-year-old deployment to Syria, where it is battling the remnants of Daesh, despite attacks on US forces there last week by Iran-backed militia, the White House said on Monday, Reuters reports. A one-way attack drone struck a US base...
  • Israeli police officers intervene some protesters as hundreds of Israelis gather to protest against the Israeli government's plan to introduce judicial changes in Tel Aviv, Israel on March 27, 2023. [Saeed Qaq - Anadolu Agency]

    Israel PM suspends judicial reform, pledges to approve militia run by Ben-Gvir

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday announced the suspension of legislation on the planned judicial overhaul to avoid "civil war". "When there's an option to avoid civil war through dialogue, I take a time-out for dialogue,"  Netanyahu said in televised remarks. This came after 12 weeks of mass protests...