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  • Iraqi children are seen in a town of Mosul after the village was retaken by Peshmerga forces from Daesh on October 31, 2016 [Ahmet Izgi/Anadolu]

    UN report: 45,000 children displaced in Iraq without identity documents

    A UN report stated that 45,000 displaced children in Iraq lack personal identification documents and that many of them do not receive education two years after the defeat of Daesh. The report issued by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the High Commissioner...
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    Iran: Arab countries opened door for 'Deal of the Century'

    Arab countries’ normalisation with Israel has paved the way to the United States (US) to take unilateral decisions against the Palestinians and announcing its peace plane, Iranian foreign minister announced yesterday. “In recent years, some Arab countries supported American projects against the Palestinians and the so-called Deal of the Century,”...
  • Tunisian President Kais Saied (L) gives letter of tasking to Tunisian former Finance Minister Elyes Fakhfakh (R) to form new government at the Carthage Palace in Tunis, Tunisia on January 21, 2020 [Tunisian Presidency / Handout - Anadolu Agency]

    Tunisia: Saied to dissolve Parliament if Fakhfakh’s government dismissed

    Tunisian President Kais Saied announced yesterday, Monday, that he would call for early elections and dissolve parliament if the deputies rejected the government of Prime Minister-designate Elyes Fakhfakh after Ennahdha party refused to recognise it. Fakhfakh revealed on Saturday his government’s components, which quickly collided with the obstacle of Ennahdha’s...
  • Fayez al-Sarraj, Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) holds a press conference in Tripoli, Libya on February 15, 2020 [Hazem Turkia / Anadolu Agency]

    Tripoli government suspends Libya talks after Haftar attacks Tripoli port

    Libya’s internationally recognised government on Tuesday suspended talks hosted by the United Nations to halt warfare over the capital after eastern forces shelled Tripoli’s port, killing three people and almost hitting a highly explosive gas tanker, Reuters reports. The UN has been hosting in Geneva ceasefire talks between officers from...
  • EU flags are seen in Frankfurt, Germany on November 11, 2019 [Aysu Biçer / Anadolu Agency]

    EU adds 8 Syrians and regime entities to its sanctions list

    The European Union (EU) has decided, on Monday 17 February, to add eight prominent Syrian businessmen and two entities linked to them to the list of European sanctions imposed on the Syrian regime and its supporters. The Council of the European Union revealed in a statement that eight prominent...
  • Hadash-Ta’al leader Ahmad Tibi (L) and Ayman Odeh on 17 March 2015 [AFP PHOTO AHMAD GHARABLI/Getty]

    Arab MK tears up 'deal of the century' in Knesset and steps on it

    Ahmad Tibi, deputy in the Israeli Knesset on the joint Arab list, tore down a draft of US “Deal of the Century” and stepped on it. He said that this deal will end up “under people’s feet” referring to the incitement campaign led by the head of the Occupation...
  • Abu Dhabi, UAE [File photo]

    Bulgaria seeks gambling tycoon's extradition from UAE

    Bulgaria has asked the United Arab Emirates to extradite gambling tycoon Vasil Bozhkov, charged in absentia with extortion, influence peddling and money laundering among other offences, the justice ministry said on Monday, according to a Reuters report. Bozhkov, one of Bulgaria’s richest men, has denied wrongdoing. He has refused to...
  • Turkish Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak makes a speech during an annual evaluation meeting on 2019 at the Dolmabahce Presidential Work Office in Istanbul, Turkey on January 20, 2020 [Ahmet Bolat / Anadolu Agency]

    Turkish lira weakest since last May, as tensions rise in Syria

    Reuters reports that Turkey’s lira weakened against the dollar on Tuesday to its lowest point in regular trading since last May, as a central bank policy decision loomed and investors fretted over tensions in Syria’s Idlib, where Ankara is bulking up its military. Turkey’s central bank, which has slashed its...
  • An Iranian oil tanker [Nachoman-au/Wikipedia]

    Iran oil projects reined in because of lack of funds

    Iran has had to reduce oil production projects because of a lack of funds and a drop in income from oil exports, Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Tuesday, according to the official IRNA news agency. “All attacks are against us and the income from oil exports has been reduced. We have reduced many production projects because we don’t have money at all and...
  • Palestinian young boys look at the wreckage of Head of the Political Bureau of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh's office and close site after Israeli warplanes carry out airstrikes across the blockaded Gaza Strip despite the ceasefire, in Gaza City, Gaza on March 26, 2019 [Ali Jadallah / Anadolu Agency]

    Palestinian children are being targeted by a shadowy campaign group

    A shadowy campaign group with a hidden agenda appears to be exploiting Palestinian children from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip. Just when we thought that elements of the pro-Israel lobby surely couldn’t sink any lower, they are now scraping the bottom of the barrel at the expense...
  • Members of the Self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA) special forces attend a graduation ceremony in Benghazi on December 31, 2018 [ABDULLAH DOMA/AFP/Getty Images]

    Libya: Haftar's forces strike Tripoli port in new escalation

    Eastern Libyan forces attacked the sea port of Libya’s capital on Tuesday as they targeted a Turkish vessel bringing in arms, an eastern official said according to a report by Reuters. Eastern officials did not provide details about the alleged arms shipment at the port, which has remained open for food...
  • Demonstrators hold posters of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a pro-government demonstration to react to protests due to fuel price increase of Iran, on November 25, 2019 in Tehran, Iran [Fatemeh Bahrami / Anadolu Agency]

    Khamenei: Voting in Iran's election 'a religious duty'

    Voting in a parliamentary election this week is “a religious duty” for Iranians, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday, days before the vote seen as a referendum on the clerical establishment’s popularity, reports Reuters. Iran’s hardline Guardian Council vetting body has rejected some 6,850 moderate or conservative hopefuls...
  • Palestinian worshippers attend dawn prayer to support with the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem, at Al-Nasr Mosque, in Nablus, West Bank on February 14, 2020 [Shadi Jarar'ah / ApaImages]

    Knights of the Dawn: Palestinians channel protests through dawn prayers in the 'Great Fajr Campaign'

    Before sunrise, thousands of Palestinians streamed towards the mosque in Nablus’s Victory Square, swelling the usual crowds of morning worshippers to launch a new front in their protests against Israel and the United States. The scene has been repeated elsewhere in the West Bank, where people have begun turning out for early prayers in unprecedented...
  • An Israeli woman uses her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO group, on 28 August 2016, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv. [JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images]

    Israeli court orders Facebook to unblock account of NSO Group employee

    A Tel Aviv court ordered Facebook Inc to unblock the private account of a worker at Israeli surveillance company NSO Group, and similar rulings are expected for other employees in the coming days, an NSO spokeswoman said on Tuesday. A group of NSO employees filed suit against Facebook in November, saying the social media giant had unfairly blocked their private accounts when it sued NSO in October. Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp accused the Israeli firm...
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    Syria: Babies are freezing to death

  • Israeli people hold placards during a demonstration in support of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, Israel on 26 November, 2019 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

    Israel: Netanyahu's trial to begin on March 17

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption trial will start on March 17, two weeks after Israel holds its third national election in less than a year, the Justice Ministry said on Tuesday. Netanyahu, the first sitting Israeli prime minister to be charged with a crime, has denied any wrongdoing in the three corruption cases against him....
  • An overlook of a refugee camp during a freezing cold day in Idlib, Syria on February 13, 2020. Many civilians have left their homes in northwest Syria due to the attacks by Assad regime forces and their allies. Winter conditions make their struggle harder. ( Hadi Harrat - Anadolu Agency )

    UN urges all parties in Syria to cease violence in Idlib as almost 1m displaced 

    The UN has urged all players in Syria to end hostilities in the northwest province of Idlib and the country as a whole immediately. Speaking to the Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah today, the UN regional spokesperson for the Syrian crisis David Swanson stressed that “The world needs to wake...
  • An overlook of a refugee camp in Idlib, Syria, covered in snow, on February 13, 2020 [Hadi Harrat / Anadolu Agency]

    The Syrian regime and its Russian allies are like a pack of hyenas attacking Idlib

    For nearly two years, Idlib province in Syria has been subjected to fierce attacks by the forces of the butcher Bashar Al-Assad and the criminal Vladimir Putin. The Syrian regime and its Russian allies are like a pack of hyenas, resulting in tens of thousands of Idlib’s residents being...
  • Activists come together to protest against the crisis in Gaza in Scotland, UK [Keith Alexander/Flickr]

    Official Arab support for Palestine falls while support in the West grows

    It cannot be denied that Palestine is going through one of its biggest crises since its occupation in terms of official Arab support. Normalisation with Israel, whether open or secret, is increasing. Meetings are held between Arab officials and politicians from Tel Aviv. Economic and commercial relations between Arab...
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    Euro-Med Monitor condemns Saudi ‘blind revenge’ strike in Yemen

    The Geneva-based Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor (Euro-Med) has condemned an air raid by the Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen on Saturday which killed 31 civilians. The organisation has described the attack as a violation of international humanitarian law and has called for an immediate investigation. According to the UN Office...
  • Image of a sound system in a nightclub [file photo]

    Mahraganat music 'more dangerous than coronavirus', says Egypt parliament spokesman

    The Egyptian Music Syndicate has banned musicians performing the popular music genre Mahraganat, Arabic for festival. Born out of Egypt’s slums, it was the first genre of music to deal with issues affecting poor Egyptians with tracks like “the people want five pounds of phone credit” going viral. Mahraganat,...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seen during a meeting with Russia's Putin in Moscow, Russia on April 4, 2019 [kremlin.ru]

    Netanyahu optimistic about sabotaging ICC probe into alleged Israel war crimes

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is confident he can block the International Criminal Court (ICC) from launching an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by his country against the Palestinians in the occupied territories. While Israel is not a signatory to the ICC, it has sought to undermine the...
  • Saudi Aramco employees [Notizie Economiche/Twitter]

    Amidst global decline of oil prices, Saudi Arabia introduces new rise

    Saudi Arabia has raised fuel prices, the official Saudi news agency said on Sunday, pointing out that Aramco would update oil prices on a monthly basis. According to the Saudi Gazette, the price of petrol 91 octanes is SAR 1.55 ($0.41) per litre up from SAR 1.50 ($0.4) per...
  • Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum

    Hamas slams PA intelligence meetings with US counterparts

    A spokesman for Hamas has criticised the ongoing meetings between the Palestinian Authority intelligence service and its US counterparts. Fawzi Barhoum said that the meetings reflect the fact that PA President Mahmoud Abbas is simply not serious about ending communication and meetings with the Trump administration. “The meetings are...
  • A picture taken on May 9, 2019 from northern port of Le Havre, shows Saudi cargo ship Bahri Yanbu (R) next to British crude oil tanker Nordic Space (L) waiting in the port of Le Havre. - French President defended his country's arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on 9 May 2019 [JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER /AFP/Getty]

    Italian dock workers refuse to resupply Saudi ‘weapons’ ship

    Italian dock workers have refused to load electricity generators onto a notorious Saudi cargo ship suspected of carrying arms to be used in the war in Yemen. This is the latest in a string of protests by anti-war activists against the ship as it has made its way to...
  • People gather to stage a demonstration in support of Uyghur Turks against human rights violations of China, at Orhangazi Park in Bursa, Turkey on December 20, 2019 [Ali Atmaca / Anadolu Agency]

    Not all Uyghurs are terrorists, Turkey tells China

    Turkey’s foreign minister on Sunday said China should not label all Muslim ethnic Uyghurs as terrorists, following talks with his Chinese counterpart in Germany, AFP reported. “Whether Turk, Uyghur Turk, Han Chinese, Buddhist or Christian … it is not right to call all Uyghur Turks terrorists just because one...
  • President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) speaks with President of Russia Vladimir Putin (L) within the Berlin Conference on Libyan peace in Berlin, Germany on January 19, 2020. ( Turkish Presidency / Murat Cetinmuhurdar - Anadolu Agency )

    The battle for Idlib will make or break Russia’s relations with Turkey

    Since the outset of the Syrian revolution in 2011, Russia has been the staunchest backer of the Assad regime in Damascus. Turkey, meanwhile, has maintained its position as the closest friend and supporter of the rebel groups in Syria. Ironically, both countries have succeeded in maintaining their friendship, regardless...
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    Bahrain’s female prisoners speak out over inhumane treatment funded by UK taxpayers

    Recently released Medina Ali, who was detained in March 2017 for taking part in peaceful protests during the Arab Spring, has spoken out about the inhumane and degrading treatment of inmates in the all-female Isa Town Prison in Bahrain. Ali said she experienced “extremely harsh treatment,” including physical assault...
  • Lisa Nandy speaking at a hustings event for Labour Leader and Deputy Leader, hosted by the Co-operative Party, at the Business Design Centre on February 16, 2020 [Hollie Adams/Getty Images]

    Labour leadership candidate makes pro-Palestine pledge

    Labour leadership candidate Lisa Nandy has endorsed a series of pledges in support of the Palestinian cause amid growing concerns that the party has been making too many concessions to British pro-Israeli groups in a bid to mend ties with sections of the Jewish community critical of Jeremy Corbyn....
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) holds a joint press conference with High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Council Federica Mogherini (R) at the European Council headquarters within the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, Belgium on December 11, 2017. [Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency]

    EU delaying tactics bring it closer to Trump’s deal

    For all its purported peace-building efforts and support for Palestinian rights, the EU is committed to supporting Israel’s colonial-settler expansionism. Its feeble response to US President Donald Trump’s so-called “deal of the century” was accentuated in the recent decision to refuse to pass any official resolutions until after next...
  • Saudi medical staff leave the emergency department at a hospital in the center of the Saudi capital Riyadh on April 8, 2014 [Fayez Nuredine / AFP/ Getty images]

    Saudi family reunited with kidnapped son after 20 years

    A family in Saudi Arabia has been reunited with the son who was kidnapped from hospital soon after his birth 20 years ago, after DNA tests enabled Moussa Al-Khanizi to find his biological parents. His father Ali Al-Khanizi told Saudi news outlet Al-Ekhbariya that he never once gave up...
  • A young boy carries food aid distributed UNRWA at Al-Shati Refugee Camp in Gaza City, Gaza on 15 January 2018 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]

    Israeli siege of Gaza pushes youth unemployment up to 70%

    The Head of the Popular Committee against the Siege in the Gaza Strip said on Monday that the Israeli siege of the Palestinian territory has pushed the youth unemployment rate up to 70 per cent. Jamal Al-Khudari, MP, pointed out in a media statement that the ongoing Israeli siege...
  • Egyptian prisoners [File photo]

    20 years in prison for Egyptians who issued false death certificate 

    Two Egyptian paramedics were sentenced to 20 years in prison each, after writing a false medical report for a cancer patient to be used to issue a false death certificate, RT reported. According to Al-Sharq newspaper, RT reported that the death certificate for the woman, who is still alive,...
  • Palestinians protest against the closure of the Rafah crossing point between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip and the Israeli blockade on the territory, on 24 January 2019 in Rafah. [SAID KHATIB / AFP / Getty]

    Egypt builds separation wall on border with Gaza

    Last month the Egyptian army began construction of a new separation wall on the border shared with the besieged Gaza Strip, allegedly to reinforce security in the Sinai Peninsula, Israeli media revealed earlier this week. According to the Israeli news Channel TV7, the first phase of the wall, which...
  • A Palestinian throws a stone to Israeli forces as Israeli security forces intervene them during a demonstration to show solidarity with Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, near the Ofer Prison in Ramallah, West Bank on 5 October, 2019 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

    Israel reduces amount of bread served to Palestinian prisoners

    The Israeli Prison Services (IPS) has decided to reduce food amounts and many other services offered to Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails, Palestinian Prisoner Club (PPC) revealed on Monday. In a statement, the PPC announced that this step is part of Gilad Erdan’s Committee, which decided in 2018 to...
  • A view of a snow-covered refugee camp in Arsal, Lebanon on 10 January 2019 [Jihad Muhammad Behlok/Anadolu Agency]

    Lebanon is using racist campaigns to force refugees to leave

    A repatriation clause requested by Lebanese President Michel Aoun in the new government’s policy statement is very clear: “They must return.” Aoun is using economic and political crises as a convenient justification to ex post facto legitimise actions taken by successive governments to remove refugees from Lebanon and validate...
  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends the 28th Arab League Summit in Jordan on 29 March 2017 [ Salah Malkawi/Anadolu]

    Arab League warns that Israel may end life of PA President Abbas

    Ahmed Aboul Gheit, secretary general of the Arab League, warned on Monday that Israel may end the life of Palestinian Authority (PA) president, Mahmoud Abbas, the same way it did with the late president, Yasser Arafat, Al Watan Voice reported. His remarks came in the wake of several Israeli...
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    Morocco vote ends in ministers punch-up

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    Israeli cop who shot Palestinian boy in the face says he fired at a wall

    The Israeli police officer who shot a Palestinian child in the face over the weekend has told investigators that he only fired at a wall, reported Haaretz. 8-year-old Malek Issa was walking home from school in Issawiya, occupied East Jerusalem, when he was hit with a sponge-tipped bullet. Issa...
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    Polls suggest continued deadlock after Israel’s third election in a year

    New polls published Monday ahead of Israel’s third election in a year on 2 March suggest continued political deadlock, reported The Times of Israel, One poll conducted on behalf of Channel 13 shows opposition list Blue and White winning 36 seats, three more than Likud’s 33. The Joint List...
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    Report: Luxembourg coordinating EU pushback to Trump plan

    Luxembourg has “stepped up efforts to coordinate an EU reaction to the risk Israel will annex Palestinian territories in the West Bank”, reported EUobserver.  According to EUobserver, Luxembourg foreign minister Jean Asselborn “hosted a dinner with eight other EU foreign ministers from Belgium, Finland, France, Ireland, Malta, Spain, Slovenia,...
  • An interior view of the damaged field hospital is seen after airstrike in Aleppo on November 14 2016. [Ahmed Hasan Ubeyd/Anadolu]

    Russia air strikes shut down 2 hospitals in Aleppo

    Two hospitals went out of service in the countryside of Aleppo in Syria on Monday, due to a Russian airstrike. The Syrian opposition aircraft observatory reported that Russian planes launched raids on the cities of Kafr Nabl in the Idlib Governorate and Darat Izza, the villages of Bsanqul, Mseibin,...
  • Image of former Sudanese Prime Minister Sadiq Al-Mahdi [file photo]

    Sudan’s Al-Mahdi: ‘Normalisation with Israeli occupation is an act of betrayal’

    Head of the Sudanese Nation Umma Party, Sadiq Al-Mahdi, announced on Sunday that normalisation with the Israeli occupation will not serve Sudan’s interests. Al-Mahdi’s statement comes in light of the escalating controversy in the country after a recently held meeting between the president of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council, Abdel...
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    UAE issues operating licence for first section of nuclear plant

    The UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) has issued an operating licence for the first section of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant. The permanent representative of the UAE to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Hamad Al-Kaabi, said that the Board of Directors of FANR granted the licence...
  • Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud [Twitter]

    Saudi foreign minister calls on Germany to lift arms export ban

    Saudi foreign minister, Faisal Bin Farhan Al Saud, has called on the German government to end a ban on exporting German weapons to the kingdom, claiming that his country requires the means to defend itself. In an interview with German DPA International news agency on Monday, the Saudi minister...
  • Danish Minister of Defense Trine Bramsen attends the first meeting of NATO ministers in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization headquarter on February 12, 2020 in Brussels, Belgium [Thierry Monasse/Getty Images]

    Denmark to return troops to Iraq Ain Al-Assad Airbase

    Danish minister of defence, Trine Bramsen, announced on Monday that Danish troops will return to Iraq’s Ain Al-Assad Airbase to train Iraqi security forces on 1 March. “In the fight against terror, it is important that Iraq does not again become a hotbed of terrorists’ recruitment and training,” the...
  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov makes a speech during the 56th Munich Security Conference at Bayerischer Hof Hotel in Munich, Germany on February 15, 2020. [Abdulhamid Hoşbaş/Anadolu Agency]

    Lavrov says US ‘deal of the century’ violates international law

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that the Middle East “peace plan” known as the “deal of the century” drafted by the United States violates international law by giving concessions in favour of Israel at the expense of the Palestinians. “The US, in its usual style, suggested solving...
  • Libya civil war [FILE PHOTO]

    EU special mission to enforce arms embargo on Libya

    Italy’s Foreign Minister said on Monday that he and his counterparts across the European Union have agreed to form a special mission to enforce the UN arms embargo on Libya. Luigi di Maio explained that the mission would include a naval ship to ensure that the embargo is effective....
  • People inspect the debris of a building and huge holes after Israeli airstrikes hit the residential area of Khan Yunis, Gaza on November 14, 2019 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]

    Sad, strange and sometimes a little funny

    I receive emails from Khaled. I have never met him. He tells me that he lives in southern Gaza; that many years ago he read one of my articles on counterpunch.org. His emails often look the same. A short text and the same short ending. My responses have also...
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    Libya's rival factions dig in for long conflict

    Libya’s combatants are readying for a long conflict, as foreign weapons flood in, eastern factions close oil ports and rival alliances wrangle over revenues from Africa’s largest petroleum reserves, Reuters reports. The moves signal deepening animosity in a war that could worsen regional instability and swell the flow of migrants...