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  • Philippines President, Rodrigo Duterte.
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    Philippines lifts ban on sending labour to Kuwait

    The Philippines yesterday announced a “total lift” to a ban on sending local household workers to Kuwait. Philippine labour minister, Silvestre Bello III, told Kuwait’s Al-Qabas that the ban was “lifted permanently,” adding that the decision was made in coordination with the country’s “foreign ministry and the Department of...
  • File photo of Saudi Arabian police taken in Riyadh in 2011 [Reuters]
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    Saudi Arabia launches new campaign of arrests against Palestinian expats

    Saudi Arabia has launched a new campaign of arbitrary arrests against several Palestinian expatriates living in the kingdom for supporting the Islamic resistance movement, Hamas. The Prisoners of Conscience Twitter account which monitors the conditions of prisoners in Saudi Arabia said it has received “confirmed information” that the Saudi...
  • Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir speaks during a news conference in the desert kingdom's capital Riyadh on 15 November 2018. [Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images]
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    Saudi foreign minister praises ‘deal of the century’

      Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir has praised the US-drafted Middle East peace plan to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict known as “deal of the century” saying it contains positive elements for negotiations. “There are positive elements in Trump’s peace plan,” Al-Jubeir said on the...
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    Fierce battles near Tripoli 

    According to witnesses and forces affiliated with the Government of National Accord (GNA), fighting renewed on Thursday between the two parties to the Libyan conflict in southern Tripoli, causing the death of a least one civilian, despite the UN Security Council’s adoption of a permanent ceasefire resolution on Wednesday....
  • MV Blue Marlin carrying USS Cole
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    Sudan signs settlement agreement with families of ‘destroyer Cole’ victims

    Sudan announced, Thursday, the signing of an agreement with the families of the victims of the bombing of the American destroyer USS Cole in 2000, to fulfil the conditions for removing the country name from the “state sponsors of terrorism.” This came in a statement issued by the Sudanese...
  • Building of the International Criminal Court [File photo]
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    Sudan: National Umma Party calls for ratification of ICC’s Rome Statute 

    The Sudanese National Umma Party called, on Thursday, for the ratification of the ICC’s Rome Statute, so that Sudan becomes a state member, stressing that this step “is consistent with the principles of the right to protect the world’s populations.” This came in a statement issued by the party, led...
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    Iraq: Army hands security duties over to police in Wasit

    The Iraqi army handed security duties over to the Wasit Police Command, Thursday, 13 years after it took over security in the area. The police chief, Major General Ali Hassan Halil, announced that the Wasit Police Command had received the security file from the Rafidain Operations Command (affiliated with...
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    Saudi Arabia accuses Turkey of supporting extremist militias in three Arab countries

    Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir, confirmed that the kingdom opposes what he described as “Turkey’s incursion into Syria, and its support for extremist militias in Libya and Somalia.” Al-Jubeir stated in a press conference on the sidelines of his visit to the Romanian capital, Bucharest, to meet...
  • Israeli Minister of Transportation and Intelligence Yisrael Katz [File photo]
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    Israel suspends ties with UN Human Rights Commissioner

    Israel has suspended its ties with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights over the publication of a list of 112 companies and entities that have business ties with the Israeli illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. Israeli Foreign Minister, Israel Katz said the decision was taken...
  • Flags of the European Union and Turkey [file photo]
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    EU to give Turkey more time to avoid tax blacklisting

    European Union diplomats have reached a preliminary agreement to give Turkey more time to meet tax transparency requirements, two diplomatic sources said, in a move that could weaken the bloc’s blacklist but at the same time avoid a new clash with Ankara, reports Reuters. The EU set up a blacklist of...
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    Syrian to be tried for plotting attack on US embassy in Lebanon

    A Syrian man held on suspicion of plotting an attack on the US Embassy in Lebanon was referred to trial on Thursday along with 20 other people, the Lebanese state news agency NNA and Reuters reported. NNA said a Lebanese military judge had issued an indictment against the man...
  • US Vice President Mike Pence (R) and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) hold a press conference at US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey on October 17, 2019 [Doğukan Keskinkılıç / Anadolu Agency]
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    US rejects UN blacklist of companies with ties to illegal Israel settlements

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said the US government would not furnish any information for a database of companies operating in Israeli-controlled territories that the United Nations’ human rights office released, and said the compilation hurts peace efforts in the Middle East, according to a report...
  • Supporters of Iranian cleric and presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi gather during a rally prior to presidential elections in Tehran, Iran on May 16, 2017 [Fatemeh Bahrami / Anadolu Agency]
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    Iran starts election campaign with thousands barred from standing

    Iran’s week-long parliamentary election campaign started on Thursday, state TV reported, a vote seen as a popularity test for the clerical establishment at a time when relations with Washington are at their worst since the 1979 Islamic revolution. The Guardian Council, which must approve candidates, has rejected around 6,850 moderate or conservative...
  • Students walk through the campus of Yale University on September 27, 2018 in New Haven, Connecticut, US [Yana Paskova/Getty Images]
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    Harvard and Yale investigated for possible non-disclosure of Gulf and other foreign money

    The US Department of Education said on Wednesday it has opened an investigation into whether the universities of Harvard and Yale failed to report hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign gifts and contracts as required by law, reported Reuters. Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, may not have reported...
  • 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]
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    Iraq reopens Baghdad bridge shut for months by protests

    Iraqi authorities on Wednesday reopened one of Baghdad’s major bridges, shut for months by anti-government protesters, in a sign of a lull in unrest that has killed hundreds of people and forced the prime minister to resign last year, reports Reuters. The Sinak Bridge, one of the main routes across...
  • Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander Hossein Salami addresses Iranians 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]
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    Iran: We will strike US and Israel if they make the ‘slightest error’

    Iran is ready to strike the United States and Israel if they give it any reason to do so, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards said in a live broadcast on state television on Thursday, reported Reuters. “If you make the slightest error, we will hit both of you,” Major...
  • US President Donald Trump in New Jersey, US on 28 January 2020 [Tayfun Coşkun/Anadolu Agency]
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    US Senate advances resolution limiting Trump’s ability to wage war on Iran

    The US Senate advanced legislation on Wednesday intended to limit President Donald Trump’s ability to wage war against Iran, paving the way for a final vote as eight Republicans joined Democrats in supporting the war powers resolution, reported Reuters. The resolution would require Trump to remove US troops engaged...
  • The main library building at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as seen on September 29, 2016 [Killivalavan Solai / Wikimedia]
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    BDS resolution passed by US’ University of Illinois student body

    The student body at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) passed a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) resolution this morning that calls on the university to divest from companies that do business with Israel. Following more than six hours of debating, the final vote was 20 in favour,...
  • Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives for a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May (not pictured) in number 10 Downing Street on March 7, 2018 in London, England [Leon Neal/Getty Images]
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    Saudi denies plans for crown prince to meet Israel PM

    Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Thursday denied media reports of a possible meeting between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, amid speculation about normalising ties between Gulf Arab states and Israel, reported Reuters. “There is no meeting planned between Saudi Arabia and Israel,” Prince Faisal bin Farhan told Saudi-owned Al...
  • A general view of Khartoum's historical Omdurman Market on December 09, 2019 in Sudan [Mahmoud Hajaj / Anadolu Agency]
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    Sudan to continue to subsidise bread but with ‘justice’

    Sudan will continue to subsidise bread prices during transitional rule after Omar al-Bashir’s ouster but wants to achieve “justice” in distributing income supports, its trade and industry minister said on Wednesday, according to a report by Reuters. Bread shortages, caused by difficulties in raising hard currency to import wheat,...
  • President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan are welcomed by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan upon their arrival in Islamabad, Pakistan on February 13, 2020 [Murat Kula / Anadolu Agency]
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    200 businessmen attend Pakistan-Turkey meeting

    The Pakistan Ministry of Commerce hosted the Pakistan-Turkey Business to Business Networking Meeting during the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Islamabad today, Associated Press of Pakistan reported. Turkey and Pakistan initiated the meeting to bring together businessmen from both countries to explore ways to enhance trade...
  • Images from a Photojournalist Awar Ceremony, hosted by the Media Department in Gaza, Palestine on February 12, 2020 [Middle East Monitor]
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    Gaza Media Department honours MEMO photojournalist

    The Media Department in Gaza held an awards ceremony to honour photojournalists who received international awards and journalists who were martyred or wounded in 2018 and 2019. The ceremony is a thank you to the journalists for their achievements, which usually include confronting the Israeli occupation forces’ siege, and...
  • File photo of Saudi Arabian police officers
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    Youngest prisoner in Saudi Arabia handed 8-year prison term

    The Prisoners of Conscience account on Twitter, which monitors the conditions of prisoners in Saudi Arabia, has reported that the criminal court in the kingdom has passed a final judgement that Murtaja Qureiris, the youngest detainee in the country, is to be jailed for eight years and prevented from...
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    Naming companies profiting from Israel’s occupation boosts Palestinians in this asymmetric struggle

    An overdue report has finally been published by the UN Human Rights office which lists 112 companies benefiting from illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Almost 100 of the companies are based in Israel, while the rest are from 18 other countries including the...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an AIPAC conference in Washington, US on 6 March 2018 [Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images]
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    AIPAC is a ‘hate group’ ‘weaponizing anti-Semitism’, says US Congresswoman

    The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, better known as AIPAC, has been condemned as a “hate group” by US Congresswoman Betty McCollum. The Democratic representative for Minnesota denounced the pro-Israeli group in a scathing response to an advert which she described was “weaponizing anti-Semitism” to “incite followers” of the...
  • The avenue of Sphinxes at Luxor Temple, as seen on September 28, 2004 [Dennis Jarvis / Flickr]
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    Egypt moving Luxor sphinxes to Cairo’s Tahrir Square

    Egypt’s state-run Ahram newspaper has announced that the Supreme Council of Antiquities has installed the pyramid shaped top of the Tahrir Square obelisk. Over the next few days four ram-headed sphinxes from Karnak Temple in Luxor will be placed in the square, under the Tahrir Square development scheme. Last...
  • A picture taken on February 13, 2020 shows sign of Swiss encryption company Crypto AG at their headquaters in Steinhausen, near Zug [FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images]
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    ‘Gullible’ Middle East regimes victims of CIA ‘coup of the century’

    It is being described as one of the most successful espionage programs ever to exist. For more than half a century the CIA and the German spy agency, BND, oversaw a vast snooping industry which allowed them to pry on as many as 128 countries. Governments all over the...
  • Harvard University [Joseph Williams/Wikipedia]
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    Harvard students form ‘anti-Zionist Jewish organisation’

    A group of undergraduate students at Harvard University has formed what they call an “anti-Zionist Jewish organization” that supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. As reported by JTA, the Harvard Jewish Coalition for Peace introduced itself in a public statement posted Monday on Facebook as “a new...
  • Palestinians call for a boycott of Israeli goods, and goods produced in Israeli settlements in the West Bank city of Nablus on 7 February 2013 [Nedal Eshtayah/Apaimages]
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    Pro-Israel lawyers to fight European court ruling on settlement produce labelling

    A network of pro-Israel lawyers is gearing up to fight the implementation of a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on the labelling of produce from Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. According to right-wing news outlet Arutz Sheva, the Lawfare Project and Israel Allies Foundation “are teaming...
  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) receives an earphone during a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not seen) before talks at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany on August 29, 2019 [Abdülhamid Hoşbaş / Anadolu Agency]

    From a boycott to another peace conference, Abbas is rejecting Palestinian demands

    We should forget all about Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas’s hyperbole regarding a full boycott of Israel and the US, including security coordination. During his address to the UN Security Council on Tuesday, he communicated the expected diplomatic suggestion, another international peace conference “to bring real peace between the...
  • A picture taken on January 31, 2020 shows young Saudis gathering at the Riyadh Season Boulevard in the Saudi capital [FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images]
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    Saudi Arabia prepares for first legal Valentine’s Day

    Love (or lust?) is in the air in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as the country prepares for Valentine’s Day tomorrow following decades of the practice of marking the day being forbidden. The preparations – which include the selling and buying of gifts, flowers and chocolates in shops and...
  • Politician of Israel's Jewish Home party, Naftali Bennett seen after a swearing-in at the Israeli Prime Minister's Office on March 18, 2013 in Jerusalem [David Vaaknin-Pool/Getty Images]
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    Shin Bet reportedly slams defence minister for giving ‘green light to Jewish terror’

    The Shin Bet, Israel’s domestic security service, has issued a “rare public attack” on Defence Minister Naftali Bennett, reported the Jerusalem Post, over the cancellation of an administrative detention order for a radical Jewish Israeli right-wing activist. According to the paper, the Shin Bet told Channel 12 that Bennett’s...
  • Supporters of PKK, Armenian Youth Federation and American Rojava Center for Democracy (ARCDEM) members hold a protest against Turkey during a meeting of President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House, in Washington, United States on November 13, 2019 [Tayfun Coşkun / Anadolu Agency]
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    Syrian parliament recognises Armenian Genocide

    In a landmark move, MPs in Syria have voted unanimously to recognise and condemn the Armenian Genocide, ARMENPRESS has reported. The parliament in Damascus had previously paid homage to the memory of victims of the genocide but fell short of recognising the atrocities as such. The resolution was tabled...
  • A British Petroleum (BP) filling station seen on 20 May 2014 [Mike Mozart/Flickr]
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    BP invested $35bn in Egypt, despite widespread corruption

    British Petroleum (BP) has invested $35 billion in Egypt making it one of the largest foreign investors in the country. As analysts have pointed out, this means it more or less controls the energy supply in the country producing 50 per cent of Egypt’s natural gas consumption. The investments...
  • Lebanese security forces clash with protesters during a protest held before a session at a parliament for a vote of confidence to new government of Hassan Diab on February 11, 2020 in Beirut, Lebanon [Mahmut Geldi/ Anadolu Agency]
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    Lebanon journalist assaulted by police while covering anti-government protests

    Lebanese economic and financial affairs journalist, Mohammad Zbeeb, was reportedly assaulted by police after leaving a talk in the Beirut district of Hamra yesterday evening. The Alternative Journalists syndicate said the attack is “an attack on all journalists, the revolution and a crime against freedoms”. The group later organised...
  • Outraged Iraqi protesters storm the US Embassy in Baghdad, protesting Washington's attacks on armed battalions belong to Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi forces on December 31, 2019 [Murtadha Sudani / Anadolu Agency]
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    Hezbollah leading armed Shia groups in Iraq after Soleimani’s death

    Just a few days after the assassination of the head of Iran’s Quds Force, Qassim Soleimani, in a US drone attack in Iraq, Hezbollah met with leaders of Shia armed groups to unite them and fill the vacuum left by Soleimani and Abu Mehdi Al-Muhandis, Arabi21 revealed yesterday. Reporting...
  • Israeli forces take aim at Palestinians during a protest against US President Donald Trump’s Middle East plan in Hebron, West Bank on January 31, 2020 [Mamoun Wazwaz / Anadolu Agency]
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    US student declares plans to ‘eliminate Palestinians from the world’

    A student from the University of California-Berkeley announced his plan to join the Israeli army after he graduates to “eliminate Palestinian nationalism and Palestinians from the world.” Identified as Harel Fishbein, the speaker expressed his desire to “kill every last Palestinian until they no longer exist” during a student...
  • Image of an Israeli drone [file photo]
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    Lebanon army fires on Israel drones, forcing them to retreat

    The Lebanese army fired at an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs) at the Israeli-Lebanese border last night, forcing the drone to leave Lebanon’s airspace, the Daily Star Lebanon reported. The drone was sighted flying over the southern Lebanese town of Mais Al-Jabal and was “ return to Occupied...
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    Guterres reiterates UN commitment to two-state solution

    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has reiterated the organisation’s commitment to solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on international resolutions and the two-state solution, Qatari News Agency (QNA) reported yesterday. During a UN Security Council about the Middle East held following the announcement of the US’ “peace plan”, he reiterated respect...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestuers supporters after speaking at a Likud Party gathering on 17 November 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. [Amir Levy/Getty Images]
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    Israel’s Netanyahu slams UN human rights on companies with ties to illegal settlements

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed a report issued by the United Nations human rights office on companies and commercial entities that have business ties with illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. Netanyahu said that Tel Aviv will not stand idly by and will fight it with full...
  • Sharara oil field Libya - Wikipedia
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    Libya: Protests in Tripoli against Haftar forces’ suspension of oil production

    Hundreds of Libyans protested in the capital, Tripoli, yesterday against stopping oil production and exportation by militias loyal to renegade General Khalifa Haftar, Anadolu news agency reported. The protesters gathered in front of the Libyan Oil Corporation headquarters in Tripoli calling to reject division and allow the resumption of...
  • File photo of the entrance to the notorious Tora prison (Scorpion Prison) in Egypt [File photo]
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    HRW: Human rights advocates in Egypt are not safe

    Human rights advocates are not safe in Egypt, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said earlier this week, noting that they are regularly detained and tortured. In a statement, HRW said that there has been a “serious escalation” against human rights activists and groups. On 7 February 2020, Egyptian authorities detained...
  • Image of Palestinian Authority (PA) security services in Gaza [alresalah]
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    PA officers training in China are safe from coronavirus

    Palestinian officers who were dispatched for military training in China are safe, the spokesman of the Palestinian Interior Ministry Ghassan Nimr said yesterday. Reported by Al Watan Voice, Nimr said that the Palestinian officers are living in military colleges which are located very far from areas where there has...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [File photo]
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    Israel names judges for Netanyahu’s corruption trials

    Israel’s Ministry of Justice yesterday named three judges who will form the court panel of the Jerusalem District Court which will hear the corruption trial of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, local media reported. According to the Times of Israel, the Jerusalem District Court said that Rivka Friedman-Feldman will...
  • Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (R) and UN Special Envoy for Libya Ghassan Salame arrive on 13 November 2018 for a press conference following an international conference on Libya in Palermo. - [Filippo MONTEFORTE/ AFP/Getty Images]
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    Italy renews its support for Libya’s GNA

    Italian Foreign Minister, Luigi De Maio, yesterday reiterated his country’s support for the internationally-recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA). Speaking during his meeting with GNA President, Fayez Al-Sarraj, De Maio said Italy’s support included “backing the outcomes of the Berlin Conference on Libya, imposing arms embargo on the...
  • Iraqi Shia cleric and opposition leader Muqtada al-Sadr [File photo]
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    Iraq’s Sadr dissolves own ‘Blue Hats’ unit accused of killing protesters

    Iraq’s influential leader Muqtada Al-Sadr on Tuesday dissolved his own “Blue Hats” units for attacking and killing protesters in the Iraqi city of Najaf last week. “I announce the dissolution of the Blue Hats, and I do not accept the movement’s presence in and of itself at the...
  • Smoke rises after forces of Warlord Khalifa Haftar attacked to capital Tripoli, Libya on 19 January 2020. [Enes Canlı - Anadolu Agency]
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    While some Libyans are kidnapped or displaced, others are celebrating

    Next Monday marks nine years since the start of the foreign-backed uprising in Libya that toppled and then killed Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, plunging the country into ongoing chaos and lawlessness. The day has been remembered annually by Libyans, not as a day of celebration but, mostly, as a...
  • Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar sits during talks with Greek Foreign Minister in Athens, on January 17, 2020 [ARIS MESSINIS/AFP via Getty Images]
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    UN: Darfur mercenaries’ fighting with Haftar in Libya

    A United Nations report revealed on Tuesday that Sudanese fighters from Darfur have been fighting for the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by retired Major General Khalifa Haftar in his battle against the internationally-recognised Government of National Accord in Tripoli. The report issued by the United Nations Group of...
  • Sudanese General and Vice President of Sudanese Transitional Military Council, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (R) and Sudan's Forces of Freedom and Change coalition's leader Ahmad al-Rabiah (L) shake hands after signing an agreement in Khartoum on 17 July 2019. [Mahmoud Hjaj - Anadolu Agency]

    Is Sudan’s power-sharing government about to fall apart?

    The gap between the military and civilian government in Sudan appears to be widening. The rift is threatening the political stability of the country and the power-sharing agreement. In less than ten days, three major disagreements have rocked the transitional government pitting the civilian rulers in direct conflict with...
  • Palestinian prisoners in Israel's Al Naqab Prison
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    Israel arrested over 30,000 Palestinians in West Bank, Jerusalem since 2015

    Israeli occupation forces arrested more than 30,000 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem since 2015, including 496 in January, Arab48 reported yesterday. Among those arrested last month were 67 children and 16 women. The rate of detentions has increased sharply since 2015, reports have revealed. While 16...