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Under Putin, Russia increases clout in the Middle East.

When Russia launched a military campaign in Syria two years ago, President Vladimir Putin sought to save his ally from imminent collapse and break Russia's ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Trump's Jerusalem move reignites Palestinian cause.

Plight of Palestinians takes centre stage after US decision to recognise Jerusalem as capital of Israel.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Trump's Jerusalem move: All the latest updates.

Here are the latest developments since Donald Trump's decision to recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

- Al Jazeera - QA

News24.com | ICC: Failure to arrest Sudan's president undermines court.

The prosecutor of the ICC is accusing some of its members including Jordan, Uganda and Chad of undermining the tribunal's "reputation and credibility" by refusing to arrest Sudan's president who is accused of genocide in Darfur.

- News24.com - ZA

Turkey Says World Must Recognise East Jerusalem as Palestinian Capital.

Muslim nations must press the world to recognise East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, Turkey said on Wednesday as it opened an Islamic summit called in response to a U.S. decision to recognise the city as Israel's capital, reported Reuters. The meeting of leaders and ministers from more than 50 Muslim ...

- Novinite - BG

OIC must push East Jerusalem as Palestine capital: Turkish FM.

Turkey's foreign minister on Dec. 13 urged the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to encourage other countries worldwide to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine based on the 1967 borders.

- Hürriyet - TR

The beloved Jerusalem is hijacked.

Poets as diverse as William Blake and Yehuda Amichai have sung the praises of the heavenly Jerusalem, a land without strife or rancour, war or bitterness, envy, acquisitiveness or hatred. Until last week and President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's de facto capital, Israel, Fatah, Hamas and their ...

- TheCitizen - TZ

Turkish, Palestinian leaders meet ahead of OIC summit.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met on Tuesday in Istanbul with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ahead of an emergency summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation over the Jerusalem issue, TASS informs referring to Sabah daily.

- AzerNews - AZ

Hamas announces beginning of third intifada against US decision on Jerusalem.

Hamas has announced the beginning of the third intifada six days after US President Donald Trump announced the decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Sputnik International reported.

- AzerNews - AZ

UN and partners launch plan to support five million Syrian refugees.

UN and partners launch plan to support five million Syrian refugees...

- MENAFN - JO

Jordanian FM: US decision on Jerusalem will only serve extremists and their agenda.

Jordanian FM: US decision on Jerusalem will only serve extremists and their agenda...

- MENAFN - JO

Egyptian singer jailed over banana video

Shyma performs in underwear while suggestively eating fruit in the video that raised ire in the conservative country

- GulfNews - AE

Under Putin, Russia increases clout in the Middle East

MOSCOW — When Russia launched a military campaign in Syria two years ago, President Vladimir Putin sought to save his ally from imminent collapse and break Russia's international isolation over a crisis in Ukraine.He achieved...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Israel hits Hamas in Gaza after rocket fire at Israeli city

JERUSALEM — The Israeli military says it has carried out airstrikes in Gaza is response to rocket fire toward southern Israel.The military says it struck a Hamas military compound in southern Gaza early on Wednesday. No casualties...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Islamic nations seek response to Trump's move on Jerusalem

ISTANBUL — Leaders and top officials of the world's Islamic nations are coming together in Turkey to try and forge a united stance against President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.The summit...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

International Focus: Israel

Israel, China Agree to Clean Agricultural Tech Agreement In an effort to boost the amount of clean energy and agricultural technology exported from Israel to China, China signed a $300 million trade agreement in September. The deal focuses on selling “clean meat” , also known as lab meat or bio meat, grown ...

- WebWire - US

Exact origin of hummus is still highly contested, but Lebanon still holding world record

By Diana Spechler At Akramawi, a 65-year-old hummus joint by Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, a cook named Nader Tarawe was showing me how to prepare hummus. The recipe for hummus b'tahini , consists of chickpeas, tahini, garlic and lemon. Since it's relatively simple to make, the variations

- Ya Libnan - US

Trump's Jerusalem move: Soleimani says Iran Is ready to back Palestinian forces

Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Qassem Soleimani says his nation is ready to support Palestinian forces in the Gaza Strip, days after the U.S. recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Soleimani, commander of the Al Quds force, made the offer in a phone call late Monday with leaders of groups in Gaza, according to ...

- Ya Libnan - US

Under Putin, Russia increases clout in the Middle East

When Russia launched a military campaign in Syria two years ago, President Vladimir Putin sought to save his ally from imminent collapse and break Russia's international isolation over a crisis in Ukraine.

- FOX News - US

Israel hits Hamas in Gaza after rocket fire at Israeli city

The Israeli military says it has carried out airstrikes in Gaza is response to rocket fire toward southern Israel.

- FOX News - US

YouTube TV rolls out to 34 new metro area markets, bringing the total to 83 US markets

Jordan Crook / TechCrunch: YouTube TV rolls out to 34 new metro area markets, bringing the total to 83 US markets  —  The unbundling of the cable media empire is well underway, as players like Netflix grow and others like Hulu and YouTube offer live TV service.  —  YouTube TV, in particular, is executing an ...

- Mediagazer - US

Arab Migrants Arrested over Swedish Synagogue Firebombing

Police in Sweden arrested two Syrian men and one Palestinian man in connection with the recent firebombing of a synagogue in the Swedish city of Gothenburg.

- TruthRevolt.org - US

Egyptian singer jailed over video inciting debauchery

CAIRO - An Egyptian court jailed a little-known singer for two years on Tuesday for inciting debauchery, judicial sources said, after she appeared in a music video in her underwear and suggestively eating a banana.

- Reuters - US

Multibillion-dollar Appeal Launched for More Than 5 Million Syrian Refugees

U.N. and private aid agencies are appealing for $4.4 billion to support more than five million destitute Syrian refugees and the impoverished communities hosting them in five neighboring countries. The U.N. refugee agency reports that, after more than six years of war in Syria, more than half a million people have been ...

- Voice of America - US

Putin Declares ‘Mission Accomplished’ on Syria; but, Could It Prove Premature?

Vladimir Putin confirmed last week he would seek a fifth term as Russia’s president next March — and this week, he kicked off his re-election campaign, not in his home country, but overseas in the Middle East. With stops in Egypt, Turkey and Syria, where he declared Monday that Russia’s military had ...

- Voice of America - US

Migrants Stranded on Greek Island: 'This Is Not A Life'

Syrian migrant Bashar Wakaa and his heavily pregnant wife are days away from the birth of their third child, stranded on the Greek island of Lesbos in a muddy, garbage-strewn olive grove with no running water or toilets. Nearby, three Syrian men share a flimsy tent designed for two. Like the expectant couple, they arrived ...

- Voice of America - US

Number of Jailed Journalists Hits Record High, Advocacy Group Says

The Committee to Protect Journalists identified 262 journalists imprisoned for their journalism as of Dec. 1. More than half were in Turkey, China or Egypt.

- International NY Times - US

Celebrating Hanukkah where the dominant winter holiday isn’t Christmas

Yael Horovitz, who immigrated to Israel from Australia, always loved the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, but the emphasis there...

- Deseret News - US

Vladimir Putin Says Russian Troops Will Partially Withdraw From Syria

Russian airstrikes tipped Syria's civil war in Assad's favor

- Yahoo! News - US

Hezbollah Shifts Its Focus to Israel in the Wake of Washington's Jerusalem Move

The group hopes this marks the 'beginning of the end' of the Jewish state

- Yahoo! News - US

Iran,S President Would Kiss the Hands of Terrorists

Iran Focus London, 12 Dec - The President of Iran has praised terrorists in an address to the mullahs' parliament on Sunday, December 10. Hassan Rouhani, wrongly described as a moderate by some in the West, described the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its mercenary militias across the Middle East as an element of ...

- Iran Focus - UK

Turkish president meets Palestinian counterpart in Istanbul

, Dec 13 : Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday met his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas in Istanbul, here.The leaders met at the Beylerbeyi Palace, where they had a closed-door meeting that lasted for about one hour, the Anadolu News agency quoted a Turkish presidential source, as saying.This meeting was ...

- Sify - IN

Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants killed in Gaza

, Dec 13 : Several clashes between security forces and Palestinians in the wake of United States President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel have broken out on the Gaza border, leading to the death of two Palestinians.The IDF has, however, denied carrying out a strike in northern Gaza ...

- Sify - IN

Recep Tayyip Erdogan seeks to galvanise Muslim leaders over Jerusalem

Turkey President will on Wednesday seek to marshal Muslim leaders towards a coordinated response to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel`s capital.

- Zee News - IN

Briton accused of smuggling prescription drugs into Egypt stuck in cell for longer before case heard

Laura Plummer, a British woman arrested in Egypt for smuggling prescription drugs, may have to spend more time in jail before her case is properly heard.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

ICC: Failure to arrest Sudan's president undermines court

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court is accusing some of its members including Jordan, Uganda and Chad of undermining the tribunal's "reputation and credibility" by refusing to arrest Sudan's president who is accused of genocide in Darfur.

- FOX News - US

Bahrain interfaith group pays unprecedented visit to Israel

An interfaith group from the Gulf state of Bahrain is paying an unprecedented public visit to Israel this week, receiving a warm welcome but generating uproar across the Arab world.

- FOX News - US

Russian Official Says Most Of Recent Telephone Bomb Threats Came From Syria

A top Russian official said on December 12 that most of the phone calls conveying fake bomb threats that prompted evacuations recently in dozens of Russian cities came from Syria.

- Radio Free Europe - US

French Minister Says Iran Seeking To Expand Military Influence In Middle East

France's foreign minister has accused Iran of trying to create an "axis" of military and political influence stretching from Tehran through Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon to the Mediterranean Sea.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Egyptian singer jailed for music video 'inciting debauchery'

A female Egyptian singer has been jailed for a sexually suggestive music video in which she appears in underwear and eats a banana. It caused a stir in the conservative country.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Protesters burn Israeli flags in Vancouver

Pro-Palestinian protesters burn Israeli flags during demonstration against Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

- Arutz Sheva - IL

Klukowski and Bannon Talk Trump's Jerusalem Move on Breitbart News Daily

Ken Klukowski joined Stephen K. Bannon on Breitbart News Daily, discussing the political ramifications of President Donald Trump's bold decision' to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

- Breitbart - US

Palestinian doubts about Trump grow

A billboard welcoming US President Donald Trump is seen in Bethlehem as he arrives in the West Bank city to meet with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas on May 23, 2017.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Award-winning Palestinian cartoonist takes dig at Trump

Mohammad Sabaneeh, Palestine's controversial caricaturist, has published a book with his cartoons that has been collecting awards at home and abroad.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Sudan-born model exposes blight of racism in Egypt

Sudan-born model Fatima Ali began speaking out four years ago against the daily racism she faces in Egypt and is compiling her writing on the subject into a book.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Egyptian women get inheritance rights

The Egyptian parliament passed a law guaranteeing women's rights to inheritance, which was widely welcomed, especially by women in Upper Egypt.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Was Trump's Jerusalem declaration a honey trap?

The presentation of a serious US blueprint for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on a permanent status arrangement is the only hope of saving the peace process.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Northern Lebanon struggles to contain backlash against Syrians

The murder of a young Lebanese woman by her family's Syrian employee has set off reactions of violence and intimidation that have kept Syrian children out of school.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Liberman intensifies campaign against Israeli Arabs

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has renewed his struggle against religious coercion and Israeli Arabs as part of a campaign to regain relevancy and strengthen his political standing.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Jerusalem still trending topic on social media in Mideast

Activists around the Arab world have used social media to protest US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

- Al-Monitor - EG

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