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  • Former Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Cevdet Yilmaz
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    ‘We will not let anybody harm Turkey’s interests’ 

    Over the past decade, Turkey has found itself at the fore in some major conflicts in the Middle East, causing it to bear the brunt of an international refugee crisis and a hostile EU foreign policy. The plans of its neighbours have also forced it to adapt in order...
  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo makes a speech during the 56th Munich Security Conference at Bayerischer Hof Hotel in Munich, Germany on 15 February 2020 [Abdulhamid Hoşbaş/Anadolu Agency]
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    Pompeo to Egypt: Stop harassing US citizens

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged Egypt to stop harassing US citizens. The warning comes shortly after the release of dual US-Egypt citizen Mohamed Amashah, 24, who spent almost 500 days in an Egyptian prison. Amashah had been held in pretrial detention for allegedly misusing social media and...
  • Fadia, a 56-year-old Egyptian women (L) was kept locked up by her brother for 22 years
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    Egypt man locks his sister in a room for 22 years

    An Egyptian man who locked his sister in a house for 22 years in Upper Egypt was detained pending investigation following the discovery, reports Egypt Independent. Fadia Ismail’s imprisonment was discovered after neighbours reported her brother to the public prosecution. After she was rescued, 56-year-old Fadia was examined by a...
  • Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State Dominic Raab in London UK on 14 February 2020 [Kate Green/Anadolu Agency]

    Britain is two-faced over Saudi Arabia

    On 6 July, in a statement to the House of Commons, the Conservative Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab unveiled an important plank in Britain’s post-Brexit foreign policy. For the first time in decades the country would unilaterally invoke sanctions against individuals and organisations deemed to have grossly violated human rights...
  • Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Algerian president [Algérie résumé des infos/Facebook]

    Algeria’s Tebboune to announce plan to revive economy

    Algerian officials are working on an economic recovery plan which will help the country tackle the crisis it is facing as a result of the drop in global oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, President Abdelmajid Tebboune held a working session with Prime Minister Abdel Abdelaziz Djerad, the ministers...
  • Houthi fighters with their Rocket-Propelled Grenade launchers [FOCUS NOW/Facebook]

    Houthi sources: ‘US charity sent weapons to Yemen’

    The Houthi movement revealed the discovery of arm shipments sent by a US charitable organisation to those engaged in fighting in Yemen. The movement confirmed targeting military sites in Saudi Arabia and called on citizens and residents to stay away from those locations. According to Al Jazeera Net, Houthis’ military spokesman, Brigadier Yahya Al-Saree,...
  • Libyan Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar [File photo]

    Libya: TV footage of ovens used by Haftar to torture oppositionists

    Libya Febrayer TV yesterday aired a video showing detention facilities, which it described as “human ovens”, where oppositionists were tortured by renegade General Khalifa Haftar’s forces. The video showed very narrow cells located in the city of Tarhuna, south-east of the capital, Tripoli, with steel doors. The channel commented on the footage,...
  • Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, 15 April 2016

    Assad angered as Russia meets representatives of Syria’s Alawites

    Syria President Bashar Al-Assad is been shaken by meetings held by Russia with members of his Alawite community, NEWSru has revealed. The Russian site reported the meetings were held at the headquarters of the Russian diplomatic mission to the United Nations in Geneva, with participants saying they had received death threats as...
  • BDS protesters [Twitter]

    Fifteen years of BDS has united all Palestinians and their supporters

    Today marks 15 years since the official foundation of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in Palestine. The movement against Israeli apartheid has a long history and deep roots, but it was on 9 July 2005 that it was established formally with the publication of the “Palestinian Civil...
  • Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Guler get information on works at Combat Operations Centre in TCG Giresun as they visit Turkish Naval Task Group's ship performing duty in the Central Mediterranean upon their arrival with a military helicopter from Mitiga Airport in Tripoli, Libya on 4 July 2020. [Arif Akdoğan - Anadolu Agency]

    Turkey announces naval drills off Libya coast

    The Turkish Ministry of National Defence has announced that large-scale naval exercises off the Libyan coast will take place soon. According to the official statement, the expected manoeuvres will be called “Naftex”, adding that the maritime exercises will take place off the Libyan coast in three different regions: Barbaros,...
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    Iran: Solution to Turkey’s security issues is not through dwelling in Syria  

    Iranian Chief of Staff Mohammad Bagheri urged on Tuesday that Turkey must realise that the solution to its security issues is through “negotiation and understanding with Syria,” and not by being present in a Syrian territory. “Iran will strengthen Syrian air defence systems and enhance joint military cooperation between...
  • Israeli Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan [Quds News Network/Facebook]

    Int’l opposition to Israel annexation must not be underestimated, warns Israel official

    International opposition to Israel’s annexation plans in the occupied West Bank and the Jordan Valley “should not be underestimated,” Israeli Ambassador to both the US and the United Nations Gilad Erdan warned on Tuesday. “Israel will soon clarify to the international community the importance of defining its borders, as...
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    Qatar invests €25bn in Germany

    Qatari investments in Germany were estimated at around €25 billion with more than 300 German companies operating in the Qatari market in various sectors, Qatari Ambassador to Germany Mohammed Jaham Al-Kuwari disclosed. In an interview with the German Near and Middle East Association, Al-Kuwari notes that the Qatari economy...
  • Palestinians in Gaza came together to demonstrate against Israel's planned annexation of the West Bank [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

    US: Opportunity to implement annexation this month

    There is a window of opportunity for Israel to implement its annexation plan this month, an unnamed US source reported by Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post disclosed on Wednesday. According to Safa news agency, the Israeli newspaper reported the source stating that the US deal of the century team...
  • OIC’s Representative in Palestine Ahmed Al-Ruwaidi [OIC/Twitter]

    Israel forces attempt to raid home of OIC representative in Jerusalem

    Israeli occupation forces attempted on Wednesday night to raid the home of a representative of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in East Jerusalem, Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported. OIC’s Representative in Palestine Ahmed Al-Ruwaidi lives in Jerusalem’s neighbourhood of Silwan, but the OIC’s office is located in the West Bank...
  • 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 hails UNESCO decisions in favour of Palestine

    The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas hailed on Tuesday the unanimous decisions taken by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on 1 July, as the organisation restated several Palestinian rights. In a statement, a copy of which was sent to MEMO, Hamas’ Director of International Relations Dr...
  • Image of a Palestinian patient being treated in Gaza City on January 8, 2017 [Mohammed Dahman/Apaimages]

    Gaza: 40,000 surgeries in first half of 2020

    Palestinian doctors in Gaza have carried out 40,000 surgeries in the hospitals of the besieged coastal enclave during the first half of 2020, Safa news agency reported on Wednesday. Director of the Administration of Public Hospitals and External Clinics in Gaza Hani Hamada indicated that: “Surgeries that needed highly-skilled...
  • A statue with face mask is seen after Iranian government gradually remove the precautions against the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic leading shops to re-open in Tabriz, Iran on 12 April 2020. [Stringer - Anadolu Agency]

    Iran’s football league hit hard by pandemic

    After a four-month interruption, Iran’s football league resumed to be hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with around 22 players from two top clubs testing positive for the virus, Anadolu reports. Eleven players and a staff member of Esteghlal, one of the oldest and biggest football clubs in Iran, have...
  • Natanz Nuclear Facility, Iran [Wikipedia]

    Israel: Iran threatens retaliation against attacks on its nuclear facilities

    Iran has threatened to retaliate against the latest attacks on its nuclear facilities in Natanz, Israeli media reported on Wednesday. According to Israeli TV Channel 13, Iran threatened to take revenge for the attacks, pointing out that the Israeli army raised the state of alarm. “The Israeli army is...
  • A medical staff sets a coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid test kit at the Ministry of Transportation in Jakarta, Indonesia on 20 April 2020. [Anton Raharjo - Anadolu Agency]

    Oman coronavirus cases exceed 50,000

    The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Gulf state of Oman exceeded 50,000 on Wednesday, the health ministry said, Reuters reports. The country reported 1,210 new cases of the novel coronavirus and nine deaths in the last 24 hours, taking its total count to 50,207 cases with 233...
  • Former chairman of Nissan, Carlos Ghosn speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Lebanon on 8 January 2020. [Mahmut Geldi - Anadolu Agency]

    US says Ghosn wired money to man who helped him flee Japan

    Carlos Ghosn, the former Nissan Motor Co-chairman, wired $862,500 last year to a company managed by one of the two men who later helped him escape from Japan, U.S. prosecutors said in a Tuesday court filing, Reuters reports. The disclosure came less than a day after the men, Michael...
  • Syrian families, who have been forcibly displaced due to the ongoing attacks carried out by Assad regime and its allies, are seen at a camp in Turmanin in the western rural of Aleppo near Turkish border on a cold winter day in Idlib, Syria on 14 February 2020. [Muhammed Said - Anadolu Agency]

    Germany slams Russia, China for blocking aid to Syria

    A leading parliamentarian of Germany’s ruling party on Wednesday lambasted China and Russia for blocking a UN Security Council resolution extending cross-border aid to Syria, Anadolu reports. The Russian and Chinese action was “cynical and a crime against humanity,” said Jurgen Hardt, foreign policy spokesman for the CDU/CSU parliamentary...
  • United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres holds a press conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States on 1 August, 2019 [Atılgan Özdil/Anadolu Agency]

    UN chief warns foreign interference in Libya conflict at 'unprecedented levels'

    United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the Security Council on Wednesday that the conflict in Libya has entered a new phase “with foreign interference reaching unprecedented levels,” Reuters reports. The oil-producing country descended into chaos after the NATO-backed overthrow of leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Since 2014, Libya has...
  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) in Ukraine on 31 January 2020 [Vladimir Shtanko/Anadolu Agency]

    Pompeo says US seized Iranian weapons on way to Houthi rebels in Yemen

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Wednesday that US and partner forces seized a boat in June carrying Iranian weapons to Houthi rebels in Yemen as he renewed his call for the UN Security Council to extend an arms embargo on Iran, Reuters reports. “The Security Council...
  • Funeral ceremony held on 5 July 2020 for the Algeria's independence fighters killed during the Algerian popular resistance against French colonialism in Algiers, Algeria [ALGERIAN PRESIDENCY/Anadolu Agency]

    The return of the martyr’s remains was a new victory for Algeria’s colonial resistance

    Last week, the skulls of 24 freedom fighters were returned to Algeria by the French government. The 24 men were killed in 1849 during the French colonial occupation of Algeria (1830-1962) and their heads were taken to Paris as trophies. They were found in a museum in the French...
  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow, Russia on 30 December 2019 [Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency]

    Russia rejects UN report asserting war crimes in Syria

    Russia’s foreign minister on Wednesday slammed the UN report accusing Moscow and Damascus of war crimes in Syria, Anadolu reports. Speaking at a news conference in Moscow, Sergey Lavrov said the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria based its report on data from social networks and anonymous sources, “which...
  • Israeli soldiers search a car at a check point in Hebron, West Bank on January 26, 2017 [Wisam Hashlamoun - Anadolu Agency]

    Israel army jeep hits 5-year-old Palestinian in Hebron

    A Palestinian child was injured on Tuesday afternoon after she was run over by an Israeli army jeep in Hebron, according to the Pal Info Centre. Local sources said that a Palestinian girl aged five suffered injuries after she was hit by an Israeli army jeep in Hebron and...
  • Funeral ceremony held for the Algeria's independence fighters killed during the Algerian popular resistance against French colonialism in Algiers, Algeria [ALGERIAN PRESIDENCY/Anadolu Agency]

    Return of skulls of freedom fighters a step towards reconnecting Algeria with its glorious past

    The skulls of 24 Algerian freedom fighters, who resisted French colonialism in the middle of the 19th century, arrived in Algiers on Sunday. An emotional official and popular reception was organised for their arrival, which coincided with the 58th anniversary of Algeria’s independence. They were laid to rest at...
  • Erin O’Toole, member of Canada’s Conservative Party, 13 September 2019 [Erin O'Toole/Facebook]

    Canada PM candidate will move embassy to Jerusalem if elected

    Canadian parliament member seeking to become the country’s next prime minister has promised to move his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem if elected. Erin O’Toole, a member of Canada’s Conservative Party, claims Canada has “weakened and wavered” its support for Israel under the current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and...
  • Ben Wallace, Boris Johnson’s Defence Secretary [Wikipedia]

    UK keen to boost arms sales to Saudi, says government minister

    Following yesterday’s announcement that the UK will resume its controversial arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Britain’s Defence Minister Ben Wallace has said that the UK is keen to boost defence relations with the kingdom. Wallace made the remarks in a phone call with Riyadh’s vice defence minister Prince Khalid...
  • British humanitarian worker, Tauqir Sharif conducts aid work in Syria [Facebook/Live Updates From Syria]

    Journalist offers to intercede in kidnapping of British-born aid worker in Syria

    British author and journalist Yvonne Ridley is offering to go to war-torn Syria in an effort to secure the release of Londoner Tauqir Sharif. The aid worker was kidnapped by the rebel group controlling Idlib, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS). Ridley, who lives in Scotland, is understood to be in...
  • Online fashion retailer Shein faced backlash for selling Muslim prayer mats and passing them off as 'frilled Greek carpets', 5 July 2020 [Twitter]

    Retailer Shein apologises for selling Muslim prayer mats as ‘frilled Greek carpets’

    Online fashion retailer Shein has issued an apology after coming under fire for selling Muslim prayer mats and passing them off as “frilled Greek carpets” despite having imagery of the Kabaa on them, which is the ancient, sacred structure at the heart of Islam’s holiest city, Makkah, and the...
  • Prime Minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri in Beirut, Lebanon on 14 February 2019 [LEBANESE PRIME MINISTRY OFFICE / HANDOUT/Anadolu Agency]

    Iraq: Is Prime Minister Al-Kadhimi facing the same fate as Lebanon’s Rafic Hariri?

    Political and media circles in Iraq and beyond have been disturbed by the vile attack that claimed the life of Hisham Al-Hashimi, a researcher into terrorist groups and armed “Islamic” movements. The concern arises not only because it was an attack on a fellow citizen and the assassination of...
  • Islamic scholar Bassam Al-Tarras, 9 November 2016 [Insight Club AUB/Facebook]

    Lebanon jails Sunni scholar for life over alleged Daesh affiliation

    A Lebanese court sentenced a Sunni scholar to life and hard labour after finding him guilty of being affiliated with Daesh, local media outlets reported. Bassam Al-Tarras, the former mufti of the Rashya neighbourhood in Al-Beqaa District, was sentenced in absentia over his alleged ties to Daesh, involvement in...
  • Image of UAE money [SimonQ/Flickr]

    Report: Dubai is a haven for dirty money

    Corrupt and criminal actors from around the world, including Afghan warlords, Russian mobsters, Nigerian kleptocrats, European money launderers, Iranian sanctions-busters, and East African gold smugglers, operate through or from Dubai, says a new damning report by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The 130-page report into “Dubai’s role in facilitating...
  • Former speaker of Egypt’s Shura Council, Safwat El-Sherif [Facebook]

    Egypt holds Mubarak-era information minister in custody pending court hearing

    Egypt’s Court of Cassation yesterday ordered Mubarak-era minister of Information, Safwat El-Sherif, to be held in custody pending the hearing of an appeal he filed against a three-year prison sentence, local media reported. In September 2018, a retrial held in the Cairo Criminal Court sentenced El-Sherif to three years in...
  • Thumbnail - Egypt proposal to re-erect 'colonialist' Suez Canal statue stirs controversy
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    Egypt proposal to re-erect 'colonialist' Suez Canal statue stirs controversy

    Egypt: Century old restored Cairo palace opens to the public...
  • Muslims gather to perform the Friday Prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem on February 21, 2020. [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]

    Saudi digitises 250,000 pages of Jerusalem's Palestinian history

    The King Abdul Aziz Public Library (KAPL) in Riyadh has compiled and digitised 820 records of the Jerusalem Shariah Court, to conserve endangered collections relating to Palestinian history and cultural heritage. The archive, assembled in collaboration with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the...
  • Iraq's newly-appointed Prime Minister-designate, Mustafa al-Kadhimi on 9 April 2020 [Wikipedia]

    Iraq has a historical opportunity for progress which its Prime Minister must take

    It does not look as if Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi wants a direct confrontation with the factions which make up the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) and are loyal to Iran. He is well aware that he cannot bear losing such a confrontation. That perhaps explains why just a...
  • Syrian refugees huddle around fire for warmth [file photo]

    Russia working to close border between Turkey, Syria used for aid delivery

    Russia is seeking to use its right to veto at the United Nations Security Council to close the Bab Al-Salam border crossing; one of two crossings used to bring in aid to displaced Syrians via Turkey, Anadolu reported. The Security Council allows humanitarian organisations to deliver aid to nearly three million...
  • An official is seen as they establish a new department for coronavirus patients at Zaid Hospital within precautions against coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Sanaa, Yemen on 28 March, 2020 [Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency]

    OCHA: Men make up 76% of COVID-19 cases in Yemen

    Men make up 76 per cent of all cases of the coronavirus in Yemen, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) revealed yesterday The UN agency said in a report that as of 4 July, the number of confirmed COVID- 19 cases in Yemen reached...
  • People queue outside a bank in Lebanon on 31 March 2020 [JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images]

    Lebanon nationals seek to emigrate over economic crisis

    Many Lebanese are seeking to leave the country for good in search of a better quality of life as the economic crisis continues to bite, Al Jazeera and the National reported. Barely a week after Beirut’s International Airport re-opened in the wake of a three and a half month-long coronavirus closure, scores of...
  • Syrian refugees at a camp in Turkey, May 2015

    Syria families in Turkey marrying off ‘underage daughters for money’ amid coronavirus

    Campaigners have warned about the increasing numbers of Syrian families marrying off their underage daughters to Turkish men for money amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to a report in the Independent, ECPAT, a network of organisations working to end sexual exploitation of children, described it as an “economic coping mechanism”...
  • Libyan Army forces seen as part of "Operation Peace Storm" - Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) against the forces Khalifa Haftar in Tripoli, Libya on March 27, 2020 [Amru Salahuddien / Anadolu Agency]

    UK agrees to support Libya’s decentralisation process

    The United Kingdom has agreed to support the UN-backed Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA)’s decentralisation process and strengthen sub-national governance, the UK Embassy in Tripoli announced on Twitter. According to the tweet, the UK Embassy in Tripoli signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Libya’s government which is...
  • Image of an Army tank belonging to the Syrian government [Abkhazian Network News Agency/Wikipedia]

    In-fighting erupts between Syria intelligence, army in Damascus 

    Violent clashes broke out between Syrian regime intelligence forces and local militias affiliated with the army’s 4th Division and national defence in Damascus’ countryside, local media sources reported. Syria’s Voice of the Capital network reported yesterday that sporadic fighting broke out for the third consecutive day in the Daf Al-Shouk region...
  • Egyptian Islamic preacher Abdallah Roshdy

    Egypt suspends Islamic preacher who says women are harassed due to tight clothing

    An Egyptian Islamic preacher has been suspended pending investigation after he said that one of the main causes for sexual harassment is that women wear short and tight clothing. Preacher Abdallah Roshdy previously said that a child can be married at the age of nine if she can physically...
  • The new Sphinx International Airport in Giza governorate, Egypt, seen in an image uploaded October 12, 2018 [mahmouedgamal44 / Twitter]

    Egypt receives 4,000 visitors in first week of July

    Egypt’s tourist hot spots along the Red Sea have reported receiving over 4,000 tourists in the first week of July. The government restarted international flights on 1 July after halting air traffic for three months as part of measures to help stem the spread of coronavirus. Domestic flights have continued throughout...
  • Palestinian-American supermodel Bella Hadid

    Bella Hadid says ‘proud to be Palestinian’ after Instagram deletes story showing her father's birthplace

    Bella Hadid has hit out at Instagram after the site deleted a Story post of her father’s expired passport, which listed his place of birth as Palestine, saying she’s “proud to be Palestinian”. Hadid, 23, shared the picture last week, writing, “My baba and his birthplace of Palestine”, but...
  • Karim Tabbou in Algiers, Algeria on 2 July 2020 [RYAD KRAMDI/AFP/Getty Images]

    Algerian dissident calls for engagement in ‘real’ political process 

    A prominent Algerian dissident called on Monday for the government in Algiers to engage in a “real political process”, local media have reported. Karim Tabou also called for the release of his fellow protesters still detained by the authorities. “The best way to enjoy the spring is to set...
  • Roman Catholic clergy hold candles as they circle the edicule during the Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday) Easter procession at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City on 18 April 2019 [GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images]

    Jerusalem church leaders: Israel threatening Christian presence in the city

    As many as 13 church leaders in the occupied city of Jerusalem yesterday warned that the Israeli court’s decision concerning the Greek Orthodox Church’s property at Jaffa Gate threatens the Christian presence in the holy city, Anadolu reported. In a joint statement, they said: “We, the Heads of the Churches and...