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October 31, 2018 3:04 am gmt |
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday (Tuesday) called for a cessation of hostilities in Yemen and said U.N.-led negotiations to end the civil war should begin next month. In a statement, Pompeo said missile strikes by Iran-allied Houthi rebels against Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirate...
In America
October 23, 2018 3:20 am gmt |
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A senior US official has held talks with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince in Riyadh, despite growing concern over the Saudis’ role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin met Mohammed bin Salman on Monday. Turkish officials say Mr Khashoggi was murdere...
In Latest Stories
October 22, 2018 3:13 am gmt |
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Saudi Arabia says that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered, blaming a “rogue operation” for a killing that has sparked an international outcry. Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told Fox News the act was a “tremendous mistake” and denied the influential crown prince ordered ...
In Britain
September 29, 2017 9:40 am gmt |
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Amid Saudi threats, Britain is trying to throw a wrench into a new attempt at the UN Human Rights Council to establish an independent international inquiry into the war crimes being committed by Riyadh and its allies in their war against Yemen. David Mepham, Human Rights Watch’s UK director, said the...
In Latest Stories
July 13, 2017 1:22 pm gmt |
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A video has been released reportedly showing ISIS fighters crawling out of their tunnels to surrender to Counter Terrorism units in Mosul after the city was reclaimed from jihadists. The clip, uploaded to Twitter on Wednesday, appears to show wounded fighters, one using a pair of crutches, walking aw...
In Latest Stories
July 11, 2017 12:45 pm gmt |
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The United Nations said on Monday (July 10), it welcomed an end to the fighting in Mosul, but cautioned that the humanitarian crisis in the capital of the self-declared caliphate of the Islamic State continues. Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said that the end of fighting in the Iraqi city means ̶...
In Middle East
June 22, 2017 5:13 am gmt |
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For more than 800 years, the minaret of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri has punctuated the skyline of Mosul, calling worshipers to prayer. Its notable lean earned it the nickname al-Hadba, or “the hunchback,” and a special place in the hearts of residents. But the Mosul icon was reduced to ru...
In Latest Stories
June 18, 2017 9:44 am gmt |
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Iraqi forces say they have launched an assault on Mosul’s Old City, the last district held by so-called Islamic State. Special forces are advancing on the district from the west and federal police are on the southern front, a statement said. The UN says as many as 100,000 civilians are believed...
In Latest Stories
June 7, 2017 9:26 am gmt |
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Attackers raided Iran’s parliament and opened fire at the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini a few kilometers south of the capital on Wednesday morning, in near simultaneous assaults that killed up to seven people, media reported. Tasmin news agency said there were unconfirmed reports that the attackers...
In Middle East
June 5, 2017 8:38 am gmt |
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The government of Yemen has cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, thus following a similar decision by Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. The coordinated move dramatically escalates a simmering dispute over Qatar’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood, the world’s oldest Is...
In Middle East
June 5, 2017 6:06 am gmt |
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Key Arab League nations, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE, have severed diplomatic ties with Qatar after Bahrain said it was cutting all ties and contacts with Doha accusing Qatar of backing terrorist groups and meddling in other countries’ affairs. Bahrain announced early Monday that it is ...
In Middle East
May 30, 2017 10:43 am gmt |
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A second deadly explosion has struck Baghdad, killing at least eight people and wounding 30, according to security sources and witnesses. The blast at Al-Shahada Bridge came hours after a suicide car bomber in the Karrada district killed at least 15 people and wounded dozens who were gathered at an i...
In Latest Stories
May 19, 2017 10:22 am gmt |
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Iranians voted in fiercely-contested presidential polls on Friday (May 19), standing in long lines to choose between Hassan Rouhani, the incumbent who wants normal ties with the West, and a populist challenger backed by powerful security hawks. In a warning reflecting rising political tensions amid s...
In Middle East
May 16, 2017 10:44 am gmt |
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The Syrian government delegation arrived on Tuesday (May 16) to meet with U.N. special envoy Staffan De Mistura, kicking off the new round of Geneva talks aimed at resolving the Syrian crisis. The warring government and opposition delegations arrived on Monday (May 15) in Geneva, where De Mistura sai...
In Latest Stories
April 27, 2017 7:24 am gmt |
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A large explosion has hit an area near Damascus international airport which lies about 25 km (15 miles) south-east of Syria’s capital, said the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. “The blast was huge and could be heard in Damascus,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the ...
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April 11, 2017 6:03 am gmt |
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that further U.S. strikes on Syria could push the region into a “very dangerous” situation. Rouhani told a press conference in Tehran on Monday (April 10) that the U.S. missile strikes against a Syrian airbase last week was “basically wrong̶...
In Middle East
April 6, 2017 12:36 pm gmt |
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The Syrian foreign minister reiterated on Thursday (April 6) the government’s denial it was behind a suspected chemical attack that killed scores of people in northwestern Syria. The attack on Tuesday (April 4) in Khan Sheikhoun killed at least 70 people, many of them children. Syrian Foreign M...
In Latest Stories
March 30, 2017 4:59 am gmt |
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A suicide truck bomber targeted a police checkpoint in southern Baghdad on Wednesday night, killing 17 people and wounding at least 60 others. The bomber detonated the vehicle – an oil tanker laden with explosives, security and hospital officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity under r...
In Middle East
March 27, 2017 11:58 am gmt |
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The Islamic State (IS) militants have reportedly taken nearly 200 children hostage in west Mosul in order to use them as human shields to resist the Iraqi forces’ advance on the IS-held areas in the city. The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights reported that 197 children have been taken hostage by the...