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    Ex-Israel MK questioned over alleged assault of child

    Former Knesset member and NGO Monitor board member Einat Wilf has been questioned by police “over accusations that she assaulted a minor”, reported the Times of Israel. The story had been previously reported in the Israeli media but it was only yesterday that Wilf’s name was permitted for publication...
  • UK Home Secretary Priti Patel [DFID - UK Department for International Development/Flickr]

    UK’s Priti Patel one of top 10 worst MPs in last parliament

    The British Home Secretary Priti Patel has been ranked the eighth worst MP in the last parliament, according to the campaign website change.org. The new People-Power Index ranks the performance of MPs in the 2017-2019 parliament based on availability to their constituents, participation in parliament and how they bring...
  • US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) listens during a news conference on prescription drugs 10 January 2019 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. [Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images]

    US Republican candidate calls for Ilhan Omar to be hanged

    A US Republican running for congress has called for Congresswoman Ilhan Omar to be hanged, according to the American newspaper the Tampa Bay Times. In a 26 November fundraising email sent by George Buck he accuses Omar of treason on the grounds that she is secretly working for Qatar:...
  • A Palestinian farmer feeds calves and cows at a cattle farm in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on 8 April 2014. [Eyad Al Baba - Apaimaged}

    Israel releases 500 calves imported by Palestine meat traders

    Israeli occupation authorities yesterday released 500 calves imported directly by Palestinian traders after blocking them for a month, Ma’an reported. Israel banned the entry of calves to the occupied territories after the Palestinian Authority’s decision to have Palestinian traders import them directly from abroad – without the mediation of...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) holds a proclamation signed by US President Donald Trump recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, during a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on 14 April, 2019 [RONEN ZVULUN/AFP/Getty Images]

    UN officially asks Israel to leave Golan Heights

    The UN General Assembly yesterday officially asked Israel to leave the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. The request was made after the resolution was adopted after 91 UN member states voted in favour, nine rejected and 65 abstained. The resolution stipulates that Israel leaves all the Syrian Golan Heights occupied...
  • President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a meeting with representatives of Turkish community at a special event at Old Billingsgate building in London, United Kingdom on 4 December 2019. [Mehmet Ali Özcan - Anadolu Agency]

    Erdogan condemns associating Islam with terrorism

    Turkey’s president on Wednesday condemned those who use the word ‘Islam’ as an adjective to describe terrorism, Anadolu reports. “Islam is a religion of peace,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during an event at a venue in east London organized by the AK Party’s UK branch presidency where he and...
  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Brussels, Belgium on 27 September 2019 [Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency]

    Japan plans to send 270 sailors to Middle East to guard ships

    Japan is working on a plan to send about 270 seamen to the Middle East to guard ships supplying Japan under a law that allows military deployments for research and intelligence gathering, the Nikkei business daily said. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering a January visit to the Middle...
  • Image of Moroccan police [File photo]

    Morocco stops terrorist cell incited to revenge for death of Daesh leader

    The Moroccan authorities announced on Wednesday the arrest of four people who had allegedly formed a terrorist cell loyal to the Daesh militant group and had incited to revenge for the death of the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) said in a...
  • Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf of Djibouti [Foreign and Commonwealth Office/Flickr]

    Media reports: Ethiopia to establish naval base in Djibouti

    Ethiopian newspapers revealed that the country’s military will establish a base on the Red Sea’s coasts. Citing naval sources, local media outlets reported that Ethiopian authorities are preparing to start building a naval base on the coasts of Djibouti, by the Strait of Eden. The naval base’s command will...
  • The Pentagon, USA [File photo]

    Pentagon official says there are indications Iranian ‘aggression’ could occur

    A senior Pentagon official said on Wednesday there were indications that Iran could potentially carry out aggressive actions in the future, amid simmering tensions between Tehran and Washington, Reuters reports. Tensions in the Gulf have risen since attacks on oil tankers during the summer, including off the coast of...
  • Sudan's ousted President Omar al-Bashir sits in a defendant's cage during his trial of illegal acquisition and use of foreign funds in Khartoum, Sudan on 31 August 2019. [Mahmoud Hjaj - Anadolu Agency]

    Sudanese authorities arrest Bashir’s former religious advisor

    Sudanese authorities have arrested Issam al-Bashir, the former religious advisor to ousted President, Omar al- Bashir, on charges of money laundering, abuse of power as well as abusing the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Endowments’ properties. Sudan’s Akher Lahza newspaper reported that al-Bashir was stopped by anti-money laundering units...
  • Jordanian King Abdullah II (R), Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (L), King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (not seen) and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (not seen) meet within a summit to discuss ways of easing an ongoing economic crisis in Jordan, on 11 June, 2018 in Mecca, Saudi Arabia [Saudi Kingdom Handout/Anadolu Agency]

    Jordan apologises to Kuwait for Saddam chants

    A Jordanian delegation on Monday visited the Kuwaiti embassy in Amman to apologise for provocative chants by some fans during a football match between the two countries last month, Jordanian media said. The delegation included families of the fans as well as deputies and dignitaries and tribal elders asking...
  • The Iraqi flag is seen in Mosul after the city was freed from Daesh 9 July 2017 [Yunus Keleş/Anadolu Agency]

    Iraq: Militants assassinate local official

    Unidentified shooters have assassinated a local official at Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala, a security source reported yesterday. “Gunmen believed to belong to Daesh have assassinated the mayor of the Al-Jisr village – located in the north-eastern part of Diyala – Sheikh Ibrahim Al-Hamdi, near his house, and fled...
  • Iraqi demonstrators gather at Khilani Square and Sanak Bridge, near Tahrir Square of Baghdad, as anti-government protests continue in Baghdad, Iraq on 17 November, 2019 [Murtadha Sudani/Anadolu Agency]

    Official: death toll of Iraq protests rises to 460 people

    Iraq’s Independent High Commission for Human Rights said the death toll of anti-establishment protests over the past two months has increased to 460 dead and more than 17,000 wounded. Iraqi media quoted Ali al-Bayati, a member of the Commission, as saying “at least 460 demonstrators were killed during the...
  • Photos of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest demanding the finding of his body from the Consulate General of Saudi Arabia, in front of the Saudi Arabian Embassy in London, United Kingdom [Nevzat Yıldırım/Anadolu Agency]

    UN: Justice has not been ensured over Khashoggi’s murder

    The world has not done enough to ensure justice is done over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a United Nations (UN) investigator said on Tuesday. Agnes Callamard, UN’s rapporteur for extrajudicial executions, called for more action from the European Union (EU) and the United States (US) over...
  • President Donald J. Trump stands with French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as they arrived for a G7 Working Dinner in La Malbaie, Quebec on 9 June 2018 [Wikipedia]

    Trump calls Canada’s Trudeau ‘two-faced’

    US President Donald Trump on Wednesday called Canadian Premier Justin Trudeau “two-faced” when asked by a reporter about Trudeau’s jokes apparently at his expense, Anadolu reports. “He’s two-faced,” said Trump, near the end of a two-day NATO summit in London, when asked about Trudeau’s private remarks a day earlier...
  • Smoke rises after Assad regime forces carried out airstrikes that targeted civil settlements at Kafr Rumah town which is a part of a de-escalation zone, in Idlib, Syria on 3 December 2019. [Ibrahim Hatib - Anadolu Agency]

    Regime, Russian raids kill 6 civilians in Syria’s Idlib

    At least six civilians were killed when the airstrikes of Russia and Assad regime targeted Syria’s northwestern Idlib province on Wednesday, a local civil defense agency said, Anadolu reports. Besides fatalities, the airstrikes left 10 civilians injured, said the White Helmets. The warplanes struck the Saraqib district and several...
  • French President Emmanuel Macron leaves after he attended the Quartet Syria summit with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at number 10 Downing Street in London, United Kingdom on 3 December 2019. [Mehmet Ali Özcan - Anadolu Agency]

    Macron says European leaders to meet again with Erdogan

    French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday French, British and German leaders will meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan again early next year to discuss Syria, Libya and other issues, Anadolu reports. “I’m very happy that we had a very useful meeting yesterday with British Prime Minister, Chancellor Merkel...
  • President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (3rd R) meets the chairman of thee Presidential Council of Libya Fayez Al-Sarraj (3rd L) at Dolmabahce Office in Istanbul, Turkey on 27 November 2019. [Mustafa Kamacı - Anadolu Agency]

    Greece ‘registers disagreement’ with Libya-Turkey maritime accord

    Greece said on Wednesday it opposed an accord reached by Turkey and Libya to define their maritime boundaries, but said it and Ankara – both members of NATO – were committed to talks on confidence-building measures, Reuters reports. Libya and Turkey signed an agreement on boundaries in the Mediterranean...
  • US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seen during a press briefing at the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem on March 20, 2019 [Matty Stern/US Embassy Jerusalem]

    Netanyahu: Iran’s aggression growing ‘but it’s empire is tottering’

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Lisbon on Wednesday where they spoke about the threat of Iran, Reuters reports. “Iran’s aggression is growing but its empire is tottering. And I say, let’s make it totter even further,” Netanyahu said. A senior...
  • Saudi Aramco oil processing plant [File photo]

    Saudi Aramco pursues war cover after attacks -sources

    Saudi Aramco is looking to buy insurance against war and terror attacks after a damaging drone and missile attack on some of its oil facilities in September, two sources told Reuters. Aramco, the world’s largest oil company, has been looking for cover from insurers including those based at Lloyd’s...
  • People inspect the site of a bomb attack in Aden, Yemen on 1 August 2019 [Wael Shaif Thabet/Anadolu Agency]

    Aden: Second assassination of Yemen security official in 48 hours

    Unknown gunmen have reportedly killed a second security official in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden yesterday according to local sources. “Two masked gunmen on a motorbike opened fire at Salem Lahtal, the head of the Criminal Investigation Department in the Al-Arish police force, as he passed near the...
  • US Army Apache Longbow helicopters line the ramp at the airfield in Ein Al-Assad military base, Iraq, as seen on 7 January 2004 [SSGT Suzanne Jenkins, USAF]

    US airbase in Iraq struck by rockets

    Five rockets landed on US air base in Iraq, which hosts American troops in Anbar province in the west of the country, Reuters reported. No details were released of any casualties. The rockets struck the Ain Al-Asad airbase yesterday, where hundreds of US troops are stationed, the media office...
  • President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker delivers a speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France on September 12, 2018. ( European Parliament / Pool - Anadolu Agency )

    Egypt: MEPs show solidarity with detained human rights activists

    Members of the European parliament have expressed solidarity with the Egyptian-Palestinian politician Ramy Shaath and other human rights activists detained in Egypt and are calling for their release. In a series of photos published on a Twitter account in solidarity with Shaath, politicians hold up pictures of Ramy and...
  • Ali Kourani, a Lebanese man, was found guilty of being a Hezbollah operative by a US judge

    US hands ‘Hezbollah operative’ 40-year jail term

    A “Hezbollah operative” who had taken refuge in the US following the destruction of his family home by Israel during the 2006 conflict with the militant group in Lebanon, has been handed a 40-year sentence by an American judge for carrying out “covert terrorist activities” on behalf of the...
  • A skeleton of a dinosaur, 23 August 2011 [Wikipedia]

    New dinosaur species discovered in Lebanon

    Scientists have identified a previously unknown species of dinosaur that lived in what is today Lebanon an estimated 95 million years ago. The remains of the creature, which are said to be very well preserved, were uncovered in a limestone quarry over fifteen years ago, according to the study...
  • Head of the Islamic Movement in Israel Sheikh Raed Salah

    Israeli occupation police arrest niece of Sheikh Raed Salah

    Israeli occupation police arrested Muntaha Amara on Tuesday, the niece of Sheikh Raed Salah, who heads the Islamic Movement in Israel, Anadolu has reported. A video on social media showed that Amara was arrested while praying in front of the mosque of Al-Rahma Gate within the Noble Sanctuary of...
  • Palestinians hold a silent protest in Gaza to highlight the international community’s inaction in the face of the Israeli atrocities committed against prisoners on 4 December 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
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    Gazans stage silent protest in support of prisoners 

    Palestinians held a silent protest in the besieged Gaza Strip today to highlight the international community’s inaction in the face of the Israeli atrocities committed against prisoners. Mahjat AlQuds Foundation for martyrs, prisoners and the wounded organised the “Our silence is pain, your silence is failure” protest after Palestinian...
  • Protest against the treatment of Uyghurs in China, 21 May 2019

    US passes Uyghur human rights bill

    The US House of Representatives has passed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act 2019 by 407 to one sparking outrage from China. China’s policies in Xinjiang have been in the spotlight in the last few weeks after leaked government documents revealed how staff promoted repentance and confession in the...
  • Campaigners from a British Jewish anti-occupation group block the entrance to a talk by the far-right Israeli organisation, Regavim in London, UK on 1 December 2019

    Campaigners urge UK Lawyers for Israel patrons to resign over ‘far-right’ event

    Campaigners from a British Jewish anti-occupation group are urging the patrons of UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) to resign over a highly controversial event with a “far-right”, pro-settler Israeli group. On Sunday, UKLFI hosted a speaker from Regavim, an Israeli organisation notorious for its work in both promoting illegal...
  • A man casts his vote during the Israeli general elections in Tel Aviv on 9 April 2019 [Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Anadolu Agency]

    Details of draft deal between Likud, Blue and White revealed by Israel TV

    The details of a purported draft deal between Likud and Blue and White for a unity government have been revealed by Israel’s Channel 13, reported the Times of Israel. The development comes with only a week left until Israel will be forced to head to a third election in...
  • An aerial view of Pisgat Ze'ev, an illegal Israeli settlement in East Jerusalem and the largest residential neighbourhood in Jerusalem with a population of over 50,000 on October 04, 2018 [Mostafa Alkharouf /Anadolu Agency]

    Settlers rent out expropriated Palestinian land to Jerusalem Municipality

    An Israeli settler organisation is renting out part of a plot of expropriated Palestinian land to the Jerusalem Municipality who gave them the land in the first place. According to Haaretz, Israeli authorities pay “nearly 1 million shekels ($224,000) a year to the Amana settlement organisation in exchange for...
  • Smoke rises after Israel carried out air strikes over Gaza City, Gaza on 12 November, 2019 [Abed Rahim Khatib/Anadolu Agency]

    Poll: 40% of Israeli settlers near Gaza consider moving

    As many as 40 per cent of Israeli settlers in settlements adjacent to the Gaza Strip, known colloquially as the Gaza envelope, do not feel safe and are considering leaving, a new poll has found. Conducted by the Israeli parliament (Knesset) Research and Information Centre, the poll revealed that...
  • Israeli Education Minister, Naftali Bennett [World Trade Organization/Flickr]

    Israel targets finances of international anti-occupation activists 

    Israeli Defence Minister Naftali Bennett yesterday signed an executive military order targeting the economic activities of those Tel Aviv considers “terrorists” abroad, local media reported. In the first such measure of its kind, Bennett plans to carry out “targeted economic eradication”. According to Jewish Press, Bennett’s spokesman said: “The...
  • Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in Ankara, Turkey on 26 July 2019 [Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency]

    Israel bans entry of Malaysia diplomats to Palestine

    Israel has banned Malay officials from crossing its border and access the occupied Palestinian territories in apparent retaliation for anti-occupation remarks made by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad. Maan reported the Israeli Foreign Minister saying that the Malaysian diplomats would not be allowed to enter Israel or the occupied...
  • Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro give a press conference after holding a meeting at the Copacabana fort in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on December 28, 2018.(Photo by LEO CORREA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Brazil to open trade office in Jerusalem

    Israeli officials have said that Brazil is to open a trade mission, without diplomatic representation, in Jerusalem later this month, the Times of Israel reported on Monday. The Israeli newspaper said that this trade mission would not have a diplomatic statue and its employees would not be diplomats. Eduardo,...
  • Palestinian Muhammad Al-Shanbari applies physics to art by balancing items on top of each other in Beit Hanoun, Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
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    Artist keeps things balanced in Gaza 

    Two years ago, 24-year-old Muhammad Al-Shanbari began balancing objects on top of each other to make amazing models that appeared to deny gravity. Muhammad, who lives in Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza, sometimes stacks gas canisters on top of each other onto a water key at an angle which leaves...
  • Newborn babies at the intensive care unit are seen at the Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on 27 June, 2017 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

    International Committee looks forward to ‘lasting partnership to help Palestinian health sector’

    The Head of the Popular International Committee to Support Gaza has told participants at the 2nd conference for medical professionals and NGOs working to support the health sector in the Gaza Strip that he looks forward to a “lasting partnership”. Dr Essam Yousef wrote to participating organisations and individuals...
  • Students who support Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine's, gather to attend the debate held ahead of the student council elections, at Bir Zeit University in Ramallah, West Bank on May 09, 2017 [Issam Rimawi / Anadolu Agency]

    Will Palestinians actually hold legislative and presidential elections?

    The Palestinians have had some cause for optimism lately about holding democratic elections in the occupied Palestinian territories. This followed marathon meetings between the head of the Central Elections Committee (CEC), Hanna Nasir, and representatives of the Palestinian factions. After getting positive responses from both of the main factions...
  • Smoke rising from the Grand Mosque during the assault of Makkah 1979

    Remembering the 1979 Siege of Makkah

    What: Religious extremists in Saudi Arabia under the charismatic leadership of man disgruntled with Western access to the Kingdom, took over the Grand Mosque of Makkah for two weeks. When: 20 November – 4 December 1979 Where: Makkah, Saudi Arabia Some years are quiet, and others are filled with...
  • Iraqi demonstrators clash with Iraqi forces during ongoing anti-government protests at Khallani Square in Iraq's capital Baghdad on 13 November, 2019 [Murtadha Sudani/Anadolu Agency]

    Iraq: Protesters set fire to Iranian consulate, again

    Protesters in Iraq set fire to the Iranian consulate in the southern city of Najaf for the third time, local media reported Tuesday, reports Anadolu Agency. The consulate was previously torched on November 28 and December 1. Iraq has been rocked by mass protests since early October over poor...
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    Key deputy of Daesh leader arrested in Iraq

    Iraqi police arrested a key deputy of deceased Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Tuesday in Kirkuk province, reports Anadolu Agency. Abu Khaldoun was the terrorist group’s military commander for Salah al-Din province, according to Iraq’s Security Media Cell communications body. He was arrested in the town of Hawija and...
  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) meets with Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya and Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord of Libya Fayez al-Sarraj (R) within the extraordinary summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, Turkey on 13 December, 2017 [Kayhan Özer/Anadolu Agency]

    Libya hails deal with Turkey on maritime boundaries

    A memorandum on maritime boundaries in the eastern Mediterranean Sea is important to secure Libya’s natural resources, the country’s High Council of State said Tuesday. Libya’s UN-recognized government has a right to sign memoranda with any country to ensure the country’s security and the protection of its resources, the council said in...
  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, Iran on 2 October 2019 [IRANIAN PRESIDENCY/Anadolu Agency]

    Iran’s Rouhani calls for release of innocent, unarmed protesters

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani yesterday called for leniency for people arrested during the protests over the recent fuel price hike for minor offenses. “There are some who… have committed an offense, not a crime. Someone has set fire to a tire; we must not keep them for what they’ve...
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    Report: 93,000 persons with disabilities in Palestine

    The number of persons with disabilities in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip has reached 93,000 people or 2.1 per cent of the total population, a new report revealed. The report published by the Central Bureau of Statistics to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on...
  • Israeli prison [File photo]

    Palestinian prisoners to begin open hunger strike in Israeli Ashkelon Prison

    Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli Ashkelon Prison announced on Tuesday their intention to go on an open-ended hunger strike in protest against escalating repressive measures by the prison administration. The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club said 33 prisoners will go on an open-ended hunger strike from Wednesday. According to the Club,...
  • Demonstrators gather to stage a protest against the government's tax policy in Beirut, Lebanon on 23 October, 2019 [Mahmut Geldi/Anadolu Agency]

    US administration releases $105 million in financial aid to Lebanon

    The administration of US President Donald Trump has finally released $105 million in security assistance to the Lebanese Armed Forces, after a month of unwarranted suspension. The Associated Press quoted on Tuesday two congressional staff members and a US administration official as saying that the decision to release the...
  • Mauritania's flag [Wikipedia]

    Mauritania: MPs call for investigating ex-president’s tenure

    Some Mauritanian lawmakers would form a parliamentary committee to investigate into the former President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz’s tenure, local media reported yesterday. “On Monday, several MPs, including opponents and a ruling majority, were deliberating the formation of a parliamentary committee to investigate the Abdel Azizi’s tenure,” local media...
  • Interpol headquarters [File photo]

    Qatar takes part in Interpol’s naval operation

    For the second year in a row, Qatar has participated in the maritime operation that was recently launched by the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), under the slogan of “30 Days at Sea.” The operation – which witnessed the participation of 60 countries – aims at combating violations of...
  • Thousands of Algerians take part in an anti-government demonstration against Bouteflika regime figures in Algiers, Algeria on 5 November, 2019 [Farouk Batiche/Anadolu Agency]

    Algeria presidential candidates to participate in first televised debate

    Algeria’s National Independent Authority for Elections (ANIE) announced on Monday that the five presidential candidates would participate in a television debate on Friday ahead of the elections scheduled for December 12. ANIE spokesman, Ali Draa said in a statement that the date of the televised debate between the five...