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  • French President Emmanuel Macron makes a speech during a press conference within the EU Leaders Summit in Brussels, Belgium on 22 March, 2019 [Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency]

    France’s Macron urges more dialogue with Iran, regrets announcements on enrichment

    French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday he regretted Iran’s announcement that it would exceed the allowed enriched uranium limit, but that Paris would hold talks with Iran and its partners to avoid any further escalation in the region, reports Reuters. “I regret the Iranian announcements made today, but...
  • Mohamed Morsi in prison
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    Former Egypt President Morsi dies in court

    Former President Mohamed Morsi died on Monday in court after the conclusion of a trial session in the espionage lawsuit. According to Egyptian State Television, Morsi suffered a heart attack following the court hearing and his body has been transferred to a hospital in preparation for burial arrangements. Morsi,...
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    Egypt to pay Israel $500m over defunct energy deal   

    Egypt and Israel have agreed to a $500 million settlement over a long running dispute over a 2012 gas deal that collapsed following attacks by insurgents in the Sinai Peninsula. The final amount agreed is significantly smaller than the amount Egypt was ordered to pay by the International Chamber...
  • Bella Hadid at Met Gala 2017 [Wikicommons]

    Bella Hadid attacked for ‘insulting’ Saudi Arabia, the UAE

    Palestinian-American supermodel Bella Hadid has come under fire on social media for supposedly disrespecting Saudi Arabia and the UAE in her recent Instagram story. She is pictured with the sole of her boot facing three planes, including a Saudi plane and a UAE plane, an insult in Arab culture....
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    Miss Iraq awarded for pro-Israel work

    READ: Ex-Miss Iraq defends Israel, accuses Hamas of terrorism...
  • Sheldon Adelson attends Friends of The Israel Defence Forces (FIDF) gala in California, US on 1 November 2018 [Photo by Shahar Azran/Getty Images]

    US: Florida passes bill suppressing free speech on Israel, Palestine

    Israel has been granted protection from its critics by the state of Florida in recent amendments to the Florida Educational Equality Act (FEEA), which includes provisions that suppresses free speech. Under new definitions of anti-Semitism adopted by the American state, limits have been placed on discussions of the plight...
  • Houthi loyalists chant slogans during a rally to mark the fourth anniversary of the war on 26 March 2019 in Sana'a, Yemen. [Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images]

    Government: More than 2,700 civilians killed by Houthis in Taiz

    A Yemeni government report said more than 2,700 civilians have been shot by Houthi militants in the province of Taiz, southwest of the country. The report issued by the Ministry of Human Rights in Taiz and published on its official Facebook late on Saturday evening said “as many as...
  • Unmanned aerial vehicle ANKA of Turkish Aerospace Industries at IDEF 2015 [CeeGee / Wikipedia]

    In return for loss of US F-35 jets, Turkey has built own stealth fighter jet

    Turkey is in the process of building its own fifth generation stealth fighter jet and is set to open it up for display for the first time at the International Paris Airshow, which opens today and ends Sunday. In its statement released on Thursday, Turkish Aerospace announced that it...
  • Sudan's President Omar Al-Bashir at the Khartoum International Airport on 25 October 2018 [Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images]

    Sudan’s Bashir appears in public for first time since ouster

    Former Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir appeared in public for the first time since his ouster two months ago, while being taken to the prosecutor’s office for investigation, Reuters quoted a witness as saying. Sudanese Attorney General Al-Waleed Sayed Ahmed said on Saturday that Al-Bashir will be questioned with regards...
  • Image of a hospital in Cairo, Egypt [Alx R/Wikipedia]

    Egypt to reduce medical training, increase doctor numbers

    The Egyptian government has launched a drive to encourage more people to study medicine and enter into the profession after scores have changed field or left to work abroad as the government tackles increasing debt and a budget deficit. President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has previously announced that the state...
  • View of a crude oil importing port [REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo]

    The confusion in the Middle East is being stage managed to benefit Israel

    What exactly is happening in the Arab region? Events are running into each other with no end in sight. Everything is tangled and intertwined, as if there are invisible hands causing confusion and re-shuffling the cards to create conditions which will further their desires and interests. Those behind it...
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    Turkey FM: Iran, Russia must stop Syria regime attacking outposts

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has called on Russia and Iran to pressure the Syrian regime to stop attacking Turkish military observation points in north-western Syria. During his visit to the southern Turkish province of Hatay yesterday, Cavusoglu stated that “Turkey won’t tolerate Syrian regime harassment of its soldiers,”...
  • Police barricades are seen outside the entrance of the Saudi consulate as the waiting continues on the disappearance of Prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in Istanbul, Turkey on October 19, 2018 [Şebnem Coşkun / Anadolu Agency]

    MBS: We seek ‘justice and accountability’ for Khashoggi murder

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has sparked anger on social media after he told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was “a very painful crime”. The kingdom, he continued, has taken all “the necessary steps to hold all those involved in this crime accountable.”...
  • Jinn: Netflix's first original Arabic show sparks controversy
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    Jinn: Netflix’s first original Arabic show sparks controversy

  • Image of Mohammed El Halabi, World Vision's area development programme manager [Mohammad Awed]

    3 years and no conviction: Israel’s prosecution of World Vision staffer drags on

    A senior official of international charity World Vision remains on trial in an Israeli court, three years after he was first arrested, tortured, and charged. According to a new report published by +972 Magazine, since 2016, Israel has not provided any evidence to Mohammad El Halabi or World Vision...
  • US President Donald Trump's Assistant and Special Envoy for International Negotiations, Jason Greenblatt (2nd L) visits Nahal Oz military base near the Gaza and Israel border on 30 August 2017 [Stringer/Anadolu Agency]

    Top Trump envoy backs Friedman on West Bank annexation

    US Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt has stood behind comments made by US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, in which the latter stated Israel has “the right” to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. Speaking yesterday at a conference held by Israel’s English language daily the...
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    Please #SkipTheTrip to Israel, Toronto Raptors

    On 13 June, the Toronto Raptors won the National Basketball Association (NBA) Championship. A few days earlier, news had broken in the Israeli media that one of the team’s billionaire co-owners, Larry Tannenbaum, announced in April that if the team won, he would take them on a trip to...
  • Iran's Nuclear Facility [file photo]

    Iran will surpass uranium stockpile limit in 10 days

    Iran will reach the stockpile limit of low-level enriched uranium set by the nuclear deal in ten days, said Behrouz Kamalvandi, the spokesman for the Iranian Atomic Agency, today. “After we pass the limit of 300 kilogrammes the pace and speed of enriched uranium production at the lower rate...
  • Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi in Cairo, Egypt [Egyptian President Office/Apaimages]

    Egypt behind UAE to counter attempts to destabilise Gulf

    Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has reaffirmed his support for the UAE as it confronts attempts to destabilise the Gulf. Last week the US Navy’s fifth fleet evacuated the crew members of two crude oil tankers after receiving distress calls from the ships which were located in the Gulf...
  • Two cats, Mia and Gofret, are awarded symbolic certificates as part of the school's "A friend's pet for every class" programme, seen on June 14, 2019 in Adiyaman, Turkey [Orhan Pehlül / Anadolu Agency]
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    Cats graduate from Turkey school

  • Chairman of the Parliament of Iran, Ali Larijani in Tehran, Iran on 13 November 2016 [Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency]

    Iran Parliament Speaker hints US could have planned oil tanker attacks

    The United States could have planned the attack on the two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, IRNA news agency reported Iran’s Parliament Speaker, Ali Larijani, insinuating. “The suspicious actions against the tankers… seem to complement the economic sanctions against Iran considering that has...
  • Omar Offendum, Syrian-American hip-hop artist and activist [image provided]

    The comeback of rapper-poet Omar Offendum

    For lovers of music which fuses together the sounds of Arab America with the legendary voices of Arabic music, Omar Offendum is old-school or, better still, a pioneer. As he often notes, the Syrian-American rapper was “born in the KSA , raised in the USA, and...
  • Residents of northern Israeli town Afula demonstrate against the sale of a house to a family of Palestinian citizens on 13 June 2018 [Twitter]

    Israel mayor attends protest against sale of home to Palestinian family

    Dozens of residents of Israeli town Afula protested on Saturday night against the sale of one home to a family of Palestinian citizens, reported Haaretz. The protest was attended by Afula Mayor Avi Elkabetz, his deputy Shlomo Malihi, and some members of the city council. “Our city is being...
  • Aisha Al-Shater , daughter of the deputy Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt Khairat Al-Shater

    ‘I use my pocket as a toilet,’ daughter of senior Brotherhood leader tells court

    The detained daughter of deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood Khairat Al-Shater told an Egyptian court on Saturday that she is using her pocket as a toilet and has demanded authorities give her full access to amenities within the prison. Aisha Al-Shater was arrested along with her husband, the...
  • Israeli Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan [Quds News Network/Facebook]

    Israel minister urges annexation of settlements, calls for Abbas’ ouster

    Israel’s Public Security, Strategic Affairs and Information Minister Gilad Erdan yesterday called for the ouster of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, alongside the annexation of illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, according to reports in Arutz Sheva and the Jerusalem Post. Speaking at a conference organised by the Post...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seen at the dedication of an Israeli settlement to US President Donald Trump, in the Golan Heights on 16 June 2019 [USAmbIsrael / Twitter]

    Israel unveils illegal ‘Trump’ settlement in Golan Heights

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has unveiled an illegal settlement in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights named after US President Donald Trump. Netanyahu yesterday inaugurated the settlement – called “Ramat Trump”, Hebrew for “Trump Heights” – hailing the US President as a “great friend” of Israel. The development will...
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    Shotgun wedding in Saudi

  • Sudanese people seen attending a march to demonstrate in support of transitional military council in front of presidential palace in Khartoum, Sudan on May 31, 2019 [Mahmoud Hjaj / Anadolu Agency]

    Sudan Military Council: ‘We will not lie to the people’

    “We swear to God that we will not disappoint the Sudanese people’s trust in us,” said Major General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, Commander of the Rapid Support Forces and Vice President of the Sudanese Military Council. “We swear to God we will not lie to the Sudanese people until our...
  • US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office on 13 May 2019 in Washington, DC [Mark Wilson/Getty Images]

    Has Trump painted himself into Israel’s corner over war with Iran?

    Is America preparing to go to war with Iran? This is the question dominating discussions around dinner tables as well as boardrooms. Confined not only to the Middle East, where heightened concerns about the fall-out for the volatile region’s future forms part of the focus of debates, this is...
  • A soldier loyal to the Saudi and UAE-backed government, manning a machin gun mounted on a vehicle passing by a mural depicting the late UAE founder and president Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan, along a street in the southeastern port city of Mukalla, the capital Hadramawt province on 8 August 2018 (Photo by KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

    Yemen official: UAE planning military coup against President Hadi

    Commander of the Yemeni 4th Brigade, Mehran Al-Qubati, revealed that the United Arab Emirates security forces are planning an imminent coup in Aden against President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. “The Yemeni interior minister has instructed the legitimate government forces to be prepared to confront a possible UAE coup,” Al-Qubati...
  • Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya and Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord of Libya, Fayez al-Sarraj (C) holds a press conference on 7 August, 2017 [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]

    UN-backed Libya government announces plans to end crisis

    Chairman of Libya’s Presidential Council in the internationally recognised Government of National Accord yesterday announced a seven-point initiative to resolve the crisis in his country. Speaking at a press conference in Tripoli, Fayez Al-Sarraj said that since the beginning of its work and despite all the challenges, his government...
  • A street mural of the co-founders of the Fatah movement Khalil Al-Wizar (aka Abu Jihad) [left] and Yasser Arafat, seen in the West Bank, Palestine (undated)

    Tunisia demands probe as Israelis tour area where Fatah founder assassinated

    Members of Tunisia’s parliament have called for officials to be held accountable after Israeli media reported that a group of Zionists toured the capital Tunis, passing the street where the co-founder of the Fatah movement Khalil Al-Wizar was gunned down in 1988. MP Ziad Lakhdar called last week on...
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    Competing visions about civilian rule make any agreement in Sudan unlikely

    Historians and political scientists who have followed recent events in Sudan closely will point to the irony of the current dispute between the military and protest groups over the definition of, and demand for, civilian rule. In 1999, a well-documented split between former President Omar Al-Bashir and National Assembly...
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    Senior EU diplomat, back from Iran, shows support for nuclear deal

    The EU’s second most senior diplomat affirmed the bloc’s support for the nuclear deal between world powers with Iran, including via the use of a new payment system for barter-based trade designed to circumvent US sanctions. Helga Schmid, the secretary general of European Union external action service, visited Tehran...
  • A file photo dated May 6, 2018 shows Prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, Turkey [Omar Shagaleh / Anadolu Agency]

    Khashoggi’s son marks Father’s Day with grief

    Son of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi marked the Father’s Day with a very short but meaningful tweet on Sunday. Salah Khashoggi tweeted at his father saying “Happy Father’s Day”. @JKhashoggi Happy Father's Day — salah khashoggi (@salahkhashoggi) June 16, 2019 His father, Khashoggi, a journalist and columnist for the...
  • Prime Minister of Libya's unity government Fayez Al-Sarraj addresses the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, US, 22 September 2016. [REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz]

    Libya PM Serraj will not sit down with rival Haftar to end war

    Libya’s internationally recognised Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj said on Sunday he was not prepared to sit down with eastern commander Khalifa Haftar to negotiate an end to the two-month offensive against Tripoli, Reuters reports. His comments to Reuters suggest low prospects for a ceasefire soon in the battle for...
  • Israeli Minister of Transportation Yisrael Katz [Adi Cohen Zedek/Wikipedia]

    Official: Israel to be at US-led Bahrain peace workshop

    Israel will attend the US-led Mideast conference in Bahrain slated for June 25-26, officials announced Sunday, Anadolu reports. “Israel will be at the Bahrain conference,” Foreign Minister Israel Katz told Channel 13 News. Katz made his remarks on the sidelines of a conference in New York sponsored by Israeli...
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    Saudi-US F15C fighters fly over Arabian Gulf

    Saudi Arabia’s Royal Air Force yesterday released images of its aircraft flying in formation with the United States (US)’s F-15C fighter jets over the Persian Gulf region. The Saudi defence ministry said on Twitter that the joint exercise was “part of a larger effort to continue building military-to-military relationships...
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    UK govt. accused of silence on Trump’s ‘racist’ remarks

    A British Muslim MP on Sunday accused the UK government of turning a blind eye to US President Donald Trump’s controversial remarks on London mayor, according to a local media report, Anadolu reports. Naz Shah, the opposition Labour party MP and shadow minister for women and equalities, also said the...
  • A screen grab captured from a video shows Istanbul mayoral candidate of ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, Binali Yildirim (R) and Istanbul mayoral candidate of main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), Ekrem Imamoglu (C) attending a live televised debate, on 16 June 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. [AA/Anadolu Agency]

    Istanbul candidates clash on TV before election test for Erdogan

    Istanbul’s mayoral candidates argued over the election they contested in March and their policy plans in a rare televised debate on Sunday, a week before a re-run vote seen as a test of Turkish democracy and President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK party, Reuters reports. In the first debate of its...
  • Head Coach of South Korea National Team Uli Stielike gestures during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifying group A football match between Qatar and South Korea at the Jassim Bin Hamad stadium in Doha, Qatar on 13 June, 2017 [Mohamed Farag/Anadolu Agency]

    Football: Qatar shake up Copa with thrilling comeback against Paraguay

    Qatar fought their way back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Paraguay in their first ever Copa America game on Sunday, proving they will be no pushovers in the tournament by pulling off a thrilling revival at a near-empty Maracana stadium, Reuters reports. The 2022 World Cup...
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    Cairo’s ‘mother of Egyptian museums’ set for revamp

    Egypt on Sunday launched a revamp of the Egyptian Museum, promising to preserve and enhance the storied site even as it loses its most famous collection, Reuters reports. Located in the heart of Cairo on Tahrir Square, the Egyptian Museum has long been the foremost home for the country’s...
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    3 children, woman killed in Saudi-led coalition raid in Yemen

    Three children and a woman were killed yesterday while others were wounded in a Saudi-led coalition air strike that was targeting the Yemeni district of Abes in Sanaa’s northern province of Hajjah. “The Arab alliance fighter jets have targeted a house in Abes’ Al-Jar neighbourhood, killing three children and...
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi during a press conference in Berlin, Germany on June 2015

    Germany approves €800m arms export deal to Egypt

    The German government had approved an €800 million ($899 million) arms export deal with Egypt during the period from 1 January to 5 June 2019, the country’s economic affairs ministry announced yesterday. Responding to a request of information by the German opposition Green Party parliamentarian, Omid Nouripour, the ministry...
  • ARAMCO refinery [File photo]

    Saudi seeks oil supply protection as US and Iran face off

    Oil prices have climbed 3.4% since Thursday’s attacks. Ship insurers said insurance costs for ships sailing through the Middle East have jumped by at least 10%, Reuters reported. Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said in Japan at a meeting of energy ministers from the G20 group of nations that the kingdom...
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    Tasnim news agency: Iran to scale back nuclear deal commitments

    Iran will announce further moves on Monday to scale back compliance with an international nuclear pact that the United States abandoned last year, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday, Reuters reports. “Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation tomorrow at the Arak heavy water site will announce preparatory steps that have been...
  • Opposition leader: ‘Turkey makes its own decision on buying S-400 system’

    Turkey will make its own decision on purchasing Russian S-400 missile defense systems, according to the leader of a Turkish opposition party, Anadolu Agency reports. Speaking at an event in Istanbul on Saturday, Devlet Bahceli, head of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), said the issue is a “done deal” for Turkey....
  • Oil tanksers seen at the Al-Basra Oil Terminal in Iraq [Samuel W. Shavers/Wikipedia]

    Blast-hit tankers to be assessed off UAE coast

    The two oil tankers crippled in attacks in the Gulf of Oman last week that Washington and Riyadh have blamed on Iran are being assessed off the coast off the United Arab Emirates before their cargos are unloaded, the ships’ operators said on Sunday, Reuters reports. Damage assessment on Japan’s Kokuka...
  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Warsaw, Poland on 14 February 2019 [Omar Marques/Anadolu Agency]

    Pompeo: US does not want war with Iran, continues diplomacy

    While it is “unmistakable” that Iran was responsible for the attacks on two tankers last week, the United States does not want to go to war with Tehran, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday, Reuters reports. In an interview with “Fox News Sunday”, Pompeo said, “President Trump...
  • German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt hold a joint press conference after their meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin, Germany on 23 July, 2018 [Abdülhamid Hoşbaş/Anadolu Agency]

    Britain ‘almost certain’ Iran was behind tanker attacks, says foreign minister Hunt

    Foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Sunday Britain is “almost certain” Iran was behind attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, adding that London did not believe anyone else could have done it, Reuters reports. On Saturday, Iran summoned the British ambassador to Tehran after London blamed it for the attacks,...