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  • Image of US Military helicopters and troops in on 19 October, 2016 [File photo]

    US considers cutting military aid to Iraq, if troops expelled

    The US is considering cutting off military aid to Iraq if the government of Baghdad decides to expel US troops from the country, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on Wednesday. The WSJ revealed that it had reviewed emails between the State Department and the Department of Defence, in...
  • People gather to protest the US air strike in Iraq that killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani, who headed Iran's Revolutionary Guards' elite Quds force in Sanaa, Yemen on January 6, 2020. [Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency]

    Iran’s path to normalising relations with the Arabs

    Away from the “clanking of weapons” and the noise of threats and intimidation, the time has come for the Iranian leadership to reconsider its regional policies, and as a consequence and a priority, it must conduct a broader and deeper review of its internal policies as well. This is...
  • Security forces stand guard as people stage a protest in Beirut, Lebanon on 15 December 2019 [Mahmut Geldi/Anadolu Agency]

    Lebanon: Schools shut down following clashes between protesters and security forces

    Tens of private and public schools have shut down on Wednesday following clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces in the capital of Beirut. In Beirut all public middle schools were closed on Wednesday, while only three out of the 18 high schools were open to students. Meanwhile, schools...
  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank on 3 October 2019 [İssam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

    Israel concerned of Hamas victory if Abbas dies

    Israeli Military Intelligence, known as Aman, has announced it is concerned about the possible imminent death of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and the subsequent victory of Hamas, Shehab News Agency reported on Wednesday. These concerns were highlighted in the annual report of Aman for 2020, the release of...
  • Refugees in Sudan [file photo]

    UN appeals for $477 million for refugees in Sudan

    The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has appealed for $477 million to help more than 900,000 refugees in Sudan, in addition to nearly a quarter of a million of their Sudanese hosts this year. “Sudan has a long history of hosting refugees and asylum seekers but also struggles...
  • Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Turkish National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar meet with Fayez al-Sarraj (L), Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) on current issues on Libya in Moscow, Russia on 13 January 2020. [Cem Özdel - Anadolu Agency]

    Libya is blundering between Russia, US and the West’s interests

    Confirmed calls for a ceasefire in Libya made by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin led the two sides of the conflict in the war-torn country to announce reaching a ceasefire agreement on 12 January. After discussions, the two sides agreed to sign the...
  • Israeli forces opened rainwater stores allowing water to flood Gaza on 15 January 2020 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

    Gaza farmers: ‘Israel destroyed all of our crops’ 

    After the dams which were built in areas controlled by Israel to block rainwater streaming through valleys crossing the Gaza Strip had been opened twice, Gazan farmers claim that all of their crops were completely destroyed. Speaking to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, Palestinian farmer, Mahmoud Shamali, explained: “The opening of the...
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    Putin and Assad caught mocking Trump

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  • Israeli Education Minister, Naftali Bennett [World Trade Organization/Flickr]
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    Israel announces 7 nature reserves in West Bank and expansion of 12 others

    The Israeli defence minister, Naftali Bennett, on Wednesday approved the creation of seven nature reserves and the expansion of 12 others in Area C of the occupied West Bank, a statement confirmed. In his statement, Bennett ordered the Israeli Civil Administration – the Israeli governing body that operates in...
  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (R) meets with Khalifa Haftar eastern Libya-based military commander at the Russian Foreign Ministry's Reception House in Moscow, Russia on 13 January 2020. [Russian Foreign Ministry / Handout - Anadolu Agency]

    Official: UAE embassy in Moscow obstructed ceasefire agreement in Libya

    Chairman of the Libyan High Council of State, Khaled Al-Mishri, announced on Wednesday that the United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s embassy in Moscow has obstructed the reaching of a ceasefire agreement in Libya. Al-Mishri informed reporters in the Libyan capital of Tripoli that: “A Gulf country was present in the...
  • Officials inspect pieces of of a Boeing 737 plane belonging to a Ukrainian International Airlines after it crashed in Iran on 10 January 2020 [Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency]

    Iran arrests person who filmed Ukraine plane shooting

    The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced on Wednesday that they have arrested the person who filmed the downing of a Ukrainian plane, Flight PS752, with an Iranian missile last week, killing all 176 passengers on board. The IRGC have disclosed that investigations into the identification of the person...
  • A child runs away after airstrikes of Assad regime hit Binnish village in Idlib, Syria on January 11, 2020. At least 17 civilians were reported dead. [Izzeddin İdilbi/Anadolu Agency]

    Syria: 313 civilians killed in Idlib since November 2019

    More and more civilians are losing their lives or getting displaced in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib as the regime, Iran-backed groups and Russia intensify airstrikes, Anadolu reports. A total of 313 civilians, including 100 children, were killed, 1,843 others injured and 382,466 Syrians were forced to flee their...
  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani signs the memory book for the victims of Ukrainian 737 plane, which Iran announced to unintentionally shot down in Tehran, during a memorial for the victims at the presidential building in Tehran, Iran 25 on January 2020. [ranian Presidency / Handout - Anadolu Agency ]

    Iranians bury dead from downed plane after days of rage on the street

    Iranians buried their dead from an airliner shot down by the military as authorities on Wednesday identified more of the 176 victims of last week’s crash, which led to days of rage against Iran’s rulers followed by a police crackdown, Reuters reports. Emotions have been running high as the...
  • Algerian lawyers stage a protest march against the candidacy of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika for a fifth term in Algiers, Algeria on 7 March 2019 [Farouk Batiche/Anadolu Agency]

    Algerian lawyers strike against tax rises

    Algerian lawyers held on Wednesday a one-day strike across the country’s courts in opposition to new taxes approved by the General Budget Law of 2020. This comes in response to the call of Algeria’s National Bar Association, which includes more than 50 thousand lawyers, to boycott the administrative work...
  • Image of military vehicles and soldiers of Egyptian Armed Forces in Egypt

    Egypt launches largest military base in Middle East

    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi yesterday inaugurated Bernice military base, the largest in the region of the red sea, official media has reported. The inauguration ceremony was attended by several Arab and foreign officials and ministers, including the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the...
  • Image of air missiles setting off [file photo]

    Rockets hit Iraqi military base hosting Americans

    An Iraqi military base hosting American troops in the north of the country’s capital city of Baghdad was attacked by a missile. According to a statement by the Iraqi army, the Al-Taji base was targeted by eight Russian-manufactured Katyusha missiles, but it was said to have only hit its...
  • Turkish President and leader of Justice and Development (AK) Party Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during the party's group meeting at Turkish Grand National Assembly in Ankara, Turkey on 14 January 2020. [Arda Küçükkaya - Anadolu Agency]

    Erdogan, Trump discuss Libya developments in phone call

    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump discussed developments in Libya in a phone call on Wednesday, the White House and Turkey’s presidency said, days ahead of a summit in Berlin that will address the Libyan conflict, Reuters reports. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will host leaders of...
  • A Jewish settler is seen at an agricultural field of Palestinians' after seizing it to start an illegal construction at Beit Jala neighborhood in Bethlehem, West Bank on 3 September 2019. [ Wisam Hashlamoun - Anadolu Agency]

    Israel seizes Palestinian lands in Bethlehem

    Israeli forces yesterday issued orders to seize hundreds of dunums of agricultural land in Bethlahm’s southern occupied towns of Al-Khader and Irtas. The head of the Commission for the Resistance of the Wall and Settlements, Hasan Breijieh, told local media that the orders were issued to seize 350 dunums of...
  • Members of the Sudanese Army block roads in Khartoum, Sudan on 14 January 2020. [Mahmoud Hajaj - Anadolu Agency]

    Sudan: Al-Burhan announces elimination of rebellion

    Head of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, announced that the Sudanese army had contained what he described as “a rebellion” inside the Intelligence’s Operation Authority, after seizing the institution’s headquarters and re-opening the country’s airspace. This came in a press statement held by Al-Burhan, today, Wednesday, who...
  • Flames and smokes rise after Israeli warplanes carried out airstrikes over Jabalia neighborhood in Gaza Strip, on 15 January 2020. [Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency]

    Israeli warplanes hit Gaza

    Israel carried out airstrikes on the Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire on Wednesday, according to the Israeli military, Reuters reports. No casualties were reported on either side of the Israel-Gaza border. Two of the projectiles launched from Gaza were shot down by Israel’s Iron Dome air defence...
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    France’s Macron says he raised concerns with Japan over Ghosn detention

    French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday he had previously spoken to Japan’s prime minister about the conditions former Nissan-Renault boss Carlos Ghosn was being held under, Reuters reports. After fleeing Japan in late December, Ghosn said he had been treated “brutally” by Tokyo prosecutors and that he was...
  • Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Istanbul, Turkey on 11 January 2020. [Fatih Aktaş - Anadolu Agency]

    Turkey: Libya’s Haftar wants military solution

    Renegade Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar is seeking a military solution to the lingering conflict in the country, Turkey’s foreign minister said Wednesday, Anadolu reports. “This is true that Haftar does not want peace. He seeks a military solution, not a political process,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a panel in the...
  • Anti-government protesters chant at riot police who would later use tear gas and water cannon to disperse demonstrators as they clashed for the second day in a row near the Parliament building on 15 December 2019 in Downtown Beirut, Lebanon. [Sam Tarling/Getty Images]

    UN official: Lebanon politicians to blame for economic collapse

    Lebanese politicians are to blame for the country’s economic collapse, a senior UN official said on Wednesday, rebuking a ruling elite that has failed to draw up a rescue plan for a country hit by more violent protests, Reuters reports. With banks tightly limiting access to cash, lenders were...
  • A child hold a flag of Libya during a demonstration against eastern military commander Khalifa Haftar, who is based in the east of the country, and in support of the UN-recognised government of national accord (GNA) at Martyrs' Square in Tripoli on 10 January 2020. [Hazem Turkia - Anadolu Agency]

    EU prepares for migration wave amid Libya crisis

    EU will be prepared in case of any migration wave from Libya amid crisis in the region, an EU official said on Wednesday, Anadolu reports. “Being prepared, not acting ad hoc is a very important strands in our thinking for the migration policy,” said Dana Spinant, spokeswoman for the...
  • Foreign labourers work at a construction site in Dubai on 28 May 2008. [REUTERS/Jumana El Heloueh]

    Tourist visa scam traps Indian migrants in abusive jobs in UAE

    Exploitative employers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are increasingly using tourist visas to hire Indians in a scam that leaves migrants open to labour abuse, police and activists said, Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. Indian migrants on visit visas – quicker and cheaper to obtain than work permits –...
  • Lighting candles for Giulio Regeni, in his memory and for truth and justice for him and for the hundreds of Egyptians forcibly disappeared each year, on February 2017 [Flickr]

    Egypt forms a new team to investigate the death of Regeni

    Egypt formed a new team to investigate the death of an Italian student who was tortured and murdered in Cairo in 2016, Egypt’s public prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday, Reuters reports. Giulio Regeni, a 28-year-old postgraduate student at Cambridge University, vanished in Cairo in January 2016. His body was...
  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank on 11 November 2019 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

    Calls for Palestinian elections are welcome, but under what conditions?

    The turn of the year triggers a strong feeling that for change to begin the new decade and year must begin with positive work on the provision of elections in Palestine. Long overdue following a protracted electoral hiatus, Palestinian legislative and presidential elections are a vital component of bridging...
  • Anadolu Agency office in Cairo in Egypt in 23 June 2016 [Stringer/Anadolu Agency]
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    Egypt detains 4 Turkey agency journalists 

    Turkey’s state-run news agency, Anadolu, said that Egyptian police raided its office in Cairo today and detained four of its staff members. It said it had no information on where its employees were taken to following the raid. One of those arrested is a Turkish national, it added. The...
  • A Turkish military helicopter on 8 September 2019 [Emin Sansar/Anadolu Agency]

    As US blocks deal, Pakistan extends deadline for delivery of Turkey military helicopters

    The Pakistan Army extended the deadline for Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) to deliver the T129 attack helicopter, Anadolu Agency reported. Since Turkey agreed to purchase the Russian S-400 air defence system leading to heightened tensions with the US which called on Ankara to walk away from the arms deal....
  • The Strait of Hormuz, Between Iran, Oman and the UAE

    Is the Strait of Hormuz the key to Iran asserting its dominance?

    Increasing tensions between Iran and the US have led to fears of a widening conflict in the Middle East, with energy market participants increasingly concerned that the fallout could soon disrupt regional crude supplies. Some analysts have been warning that as Iran controls the vital trade route, the Strait...
  • Daesh's brides and their children [Twitter]

    UK tells Daesh mother her 4 children can return home if she stays in Syria

    The British government has offered the return of four children belonging to a couple who joined Daesh in Syria, on the condition that the mother stay behind. Mehak Aslam, along with her husband Shahan Choudhury, travelled to Syria in 2014 to join Daesh at the height of their so-called...
  • An Iranian woman carries an image of Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani, who was killed by a US airstrike in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, during an anti-US rally to protest the killing at Palestine Square in the capital Tehran, Iran on January 4, 2020 [Fatemeh Bahrami / Anadolu Agency]

    Malaysia PM compares Soleimani assassination to Khashoggi murder

    Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad yesterday slammed the US assassination of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani and drew parallels with the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Both killings took place “across boundaries” and were in breach of laws and constituted immoral...
  • American singer Lionel Richie in Washington, D.C. on 2 December 2017 [State Department Photo/Wikipedia]

    Lionel Richie ignores calls to boycott Israel concert

    American singer Lionel Richie announced in a video message released last week that he is excited for his first performance in Israel on March 2 as part of his “Hello” world tour. Despite pressure from the women’s grassroots social justice movement Code Pink to cancel his concert due to...
  • A Palestinian boy stuck in mud after Israel forces opened rainwater stores allowing water to flood Gaza on 15 January 2020 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
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    Israel floods Gaza once again

    READ: Israel opens rainwater stores, floods Gaza farmland...
  • Iraqis continue to take part in anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq on 10 January 2020 [Murtadha Sudani/Anadolu Agency]

    Iraq: Assassinating the press and the game of recycling politicians

    Journalist Ahmed Abdel Samad and his colleague, photographer Ghali Al-Tamimi, were added to the list of Iraqi women and men martyrs after being assassinated three days ago by what has become officially known in Iraq as “gunfire of unknown gunmen” who fled to “unknown destinations.” This cliché, ready-made term...
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    Turkey water pipeline to Cyprus bursts

    READ: Israel, Greece, Cyprus to sign gas pipeline deal...
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    Lebanon protesters unleash ‘week of anger’

    READ: UN strips Lebanon, Yemen of voting privileges...
  • Jordanians, during a protest, hold up a caricature of a man with no money to reflect the high cost of living in Jordan [File Photo]

    Global debt hits $253tn in September 

    The volume of global debt reached its highest level last September, hitting $253 trillion, the Institute of International Finance (IIF) announced yesterday, adding that it was set to grow in 2020. The IIF report said the debt increase was mainly driven by large borrowing by governments and non-financial corporations, marking...
  • Syrian government forces [File photo]

    Israel attacked T-4 airbase, says Syria army 

    According to the Syrian Ministry of Defence, the Israeli Air Force attacked the T-4 military airport near the city of Homs in western Syria, SANA reported yesterday. “ 22.10 pm on Tuesday January 14, 2020, the Israeli warplanes perpetrated a new aggression on T4 airport from the direction...
  • A view of construction works in Ramot, a Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem on October 04, 2018. ( Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency )

    UN urged to publish database of Israel settlement-complicit businesses

    Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq has renewed its call for the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to publish its database of businesses complicity in Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). Al-Haq issued its “call for action” ahead of what will be the three-year anniversary in March...
  • Hacker [File photo]

    Amnesty demands Israel prevent NSO from exporting spyware to rights abusers

    Amnesty International has urged Israeli authorities to prevent notorious tech company NSO Group from exporting spyware products to human rights abusers, ahead of a court case starting tomorrow. A judge at Tel Aviv District Court will tomorrow begin hearing arguments as to why the Israeli government should restrict the...
  • Egyptian Liquified Natural Gas [file photo]

    Israel starts gas exports through Egypt

    Israel began pumping natural gas to Egypt for the first time today under a $15 billion, 15-year deal to liquefy and re-export the gas to Europe, Reuters reported. Tel Aviv and Cairo’s energy ministries issued a rare joint statement announcing the implementation of the estimated $19.5 billion deal to...
  • Syrian forces in Tal Abyad, Syria on 12 January 2020 [Bekir Kasım/Anadolu Agency]

    2,000 Syria fighters arrive in Libya to confront Haftar’s forces

    Two thousand Syrian opposition fighters have travelled through Turkey to Libya to fight alongside the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) against the advancing forces of warlord Khalifa Haftar, as reported by the UK-based newspaper the Guardian revealed today. The deployment of the fighters comes amid speculation and uncertainty...
  • Ahmed Zahran, a Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike on 15 January 2020

    Palestinian prisoner released after 113 days on hunger strike

    Palestinian prisoner Ahmad Zahran has been released after spending 113 days on hunger strike in Israeli detention, the head of the  Palestinian Commission of Prisoners and ex-Prisoners’ Affairs, Qadri Abu Bakr, announced yesterday. “Following a 113-day hunger strike Zaher was able to reach an agreement with the Israeli prison administration...
  • Palestinian prisoners in Israel's Al Naqab Prison

    Israel rearrests Palestinian prisoner as he was being released

    Israeli occupation authorities rearrested Palestinian Ismail Afanan as he was being released, Al-Quds newspaper reported yesterday. The prisoner was taken out of Al Naqab Prison after completing an 18-year term but was rearrested and sent to Al Maskopia Detention Centre in Jerusalem. Occupation authorities also issued summons to his...
  • A classroom in Doha, Qatar on 31 October 2019

    Qatar to teach human rights in schools

    The Qatari National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) and Ministry of Education and Higher Education yesterday launched the guide on human rights on the sidelines of the Doha International Book Fair. The guide, which will be incorporated into the educational curricula from primary school during the next academic year, covers...
  • Palestinian construction workers work at the site in Gaza city on 9 September 2013 [Ashraf Amra/Apaimages]

    Israel may increase number of work permits for Palestinian labourers from Gaza

    Israeli occupation authorities are expected to issue work permits for Palestinian labourers from the occupied Gaza Strip, Ma’an news agency reported yesterday. According to Israeli media, the Israeli government is expected to take a series of measures towards easing the 13-year-old Israeli siege on Gaza. One of these measures,...
  • Aidarous Al-Zubaidi, head of the UAE-backed South Transitional Council [file photo]

    UAE-backed Yemen group, Hadi government complete prisoner swap

    The President of the Yemeni Southern Transitional Council (STC), Aidarus Al-Zoubaidi, yesterday received a number of STC prisoners who had been released under the peace deal signed in Saudi Arabia, the Anadolu Agency reported. Earlier on Saturday, the Yemeni government handed over 29 prisoners affiliated with the opposition STC...
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    Israel soldiers beat Palestinian man for not carrying his ID card

    A Palestinian security guard was brutally assaulted by Israeli occupation forces after he failed to show them identification documents, video footage has shown. Omar Hendi, who lives in the Shuafat refugee camp in occupied East Jerusalem and works as an Israeli-licensed security guard on the Jerusalem light rail, was...
  • Prison cell door [File photo]

    Twitter campaign calls for Saudi Arabia to release Palestine prisoners

    Social media activists on Monday launched a campaign calling for Saudi Arabia to release Palestinian and Jordanian prisoners from its jails, Safa news agency reported. The Twitter account Prisoners of Conscience, which highlights the plight of prisoners in  Saudi Arabia, initiated the campaign under the Arabic hashtags “Palestinian and...