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Kurdish factions assert their claim over areas liberated from Daesh

Kurdish factions are refusing calls to withdraw from disputed areas they helped liberate from Daesh control, while asserting their claim in other areas in northern Iraq. Copyright @ 2017 The New Arab.

New UN chief Antonio Guterres visits Zaatari refugee camp ahead of Arab Summit in Jordan

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan on Tuesday as part of his visit to the Arab country. During his visit, Guterres is also expected to attend the one-day Arab summit, which will be held in the Dead Sea on Wednesday. © Copyright Andolu Ajansi

Registration opens up for local elections in the West Bank

The Palestinian Authority 's Central Elections Commission on Tuesday invited candidates to register for the local election, due to be held in Israeli-occupied West Bank in May. In a statement, the commission said the registration process will remain open for ten days. © Copyright Andolu Ajansi

10 year old summoned to court in Bahrain

A Bahraini regime court has summoned a minor to stand trial for participation in a pro-democracy protest rally. Ali Naim Marhoun, 10, was summoned to a court on Sunday after the Public Prosecution filed a lawsuit against the child, who has not yet reached legal age. Ali's mother said that other ...

UNICEF: Yemen's children paying the heaviest price for living in a war zone

The future has never been so bleak for the children of Yemen. Images from the past few months show a country teetering on the brink of famine. As the conflict enters its third year this week, the UN children's agency says the youngest and most vulnerable are paying the heaviest price. Copyright © ...

Tunisia: Calls to scrap law prohibiting Muslim women from marrying non-Muslims

An alliance of Tunisian human rights groups on Monday called on authorities to scrap a 1973 decree that bans Muslim women from marrying non-Muslims. The alliance of some 60 groups signed a statement calling for the decree to be revoked, saying it undermines "a fundamental human right: which is the ...

Palestinian Foreign Minister says Arab plan for peace remains the same

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki says there is no plan to modify a 2002 Arab initiative aimed at achieving peace with Israel. The Saudi-proposed initiative offers Israel full diplomatic recognition from the Arab states in return for an Israeli withdrawal from Arab land occupied in 1967 ...

Turks living in Germany cast referendum votes amid tensions

Turks living in Germany began casting their ballots on Monday in a referendum that proposes changing Turkey's constitution to increase President Tayyip Erdogan's powers. Copyright @ 2017 The New Arab.

Spanish court investigates Syrian government officials over man's execution

A Spanish National Court judge has ordered an investigation into nine Syrian officials over the disappearance and execution of a man in 2013, in the first criminal case accepted by a European court against President Bashar Assad's regime. Investigative magistrate Eloy Velasco said Monday the nine ...

Report: Israel attempted to recruit French spies as double agents

The Mossad, Israel's national intelligence agency, attempted to infiltrate French espionage services and turn some of its employees into double agents who would provide Israel with secret intelligence, according to a special report by the French daily Le Monde overnight Sunday. All rights reserved ...

Attorney General gags reporting of Gaza assassination as rumors fly

The attorney general of the Hamas-run government in the besieged Gaza Strip issued a gag order on Monday banning publication of any information about the ongoing investigation into the killing of Hamas leader and former prisoner of Israel Mazen Fuqahaa in Gaza City on Friday, which Hamas has branded ...

Egypt: Investigations demanded into violations committed by Ministry of Interior

In its first official statement since the election of its new president, the Press Syndicate—now led by Abdel Mohsen Salama—announced Sunday that it demands investigations into the violations committed by the Ministry of Interior when it stormed the syndicate on 1 Ma © 2017 Daily News Egypt.

Family of missing ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson opens lawsuit against Iran

The family of a former FBI agent who went missing in Iran a decade ago on an unauthorised CIA assignment has filed a lawsuit against the Islamic Republic, accusing it of using "cold, cynical and false denials" to torture his loved ones. Copyright @ 2017 The New Arab.

Militants, civilians evacuated from opposition-held area in Syria's Homs

A second group of militants and their families are leaving the last opposition-held neighborhood in the western Syrian city of Homs under a deal signed last year with the Damascus government. According to Syria's state-run SANA news agency, a new round of evacuations from Homs' al-Waer neighborhood ...

After civilian deaths, Iraqi army pledges to reduce firepower in Mosul

An "initial agreement" to suspend the use of artillery and airstrikes in Mosul neighbourhoods has been reportedly reached as Iraq and the US-led coalition scramble to contain the fallout from allegations deadly strikes at al-Jadida neighbourhood and elsewhere in Mosul may have killed as many as 500 ...

US-backed forces capture key airbase from Daesh near Raqqa

US-backed Syrian Kurdish forces have captured a strategically important airport from ISIL militants near their stronghold in Raqqa. Copyright © euronews 2017

US: Al-Qaeda leader killed in airstrike in Afghanistan

A US airstrike killed Qari Yasin, a prominent leader aligned with al-Qaeda, last week in Afghanistan, the US Department of Defense confirmed Saturday night. Copyright © UPI, 2017. All Rights Reserved.

Mahmoud Abbas receives 'Hope for Peace' prize in Germany

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas received a special Hope for Peace' prize at the Steiger Award ceremony in Germany on Saturday. The Steiger Award said on its website that it had chosen to hand the prize to Abbas as a clear signal' vis-a-vis the stagnating Israeli-Palestinian peace process. In a ...

Syrian opposition pessimistic about possibility for progress at peace talks

The Syrian opposition's chief negotiator has said he is pessimistic of a breakthrough in upcoming UN-mediated talks between regime and rebel representatives. Copyright @ 2017 The New Arab.

Six aid workers murdered in South Sudan

Six aid workers were killed on Saturday in South Sudan, the UN said on Sunday. Copyright @ 2017 The New Arab.

Shelling near water-barrier in Syria about to cause another humanitarian disaster

Fighting at a dam in Syria held by Daesh "the Islamic State group" has put the water barrier at risk of a catastrophic collapse, a technical source said. The ongoing clashes at Tabqa dam have damaged its power station, forcing a halt to operations on Sunday, risking dangerous rising water levels. ...

Lebanon: demonstrators call for equal citizenship rights for women

Scores of people from across Lebanon convened at Ain Al-Mreisse's corniche Sunday to protest a law which prevents Lebanese women from passing their nationality to family members. Copyright © 2017, The Daily Star. All rights reserved.

Daesh claims responsibility for attack in Bangladesh that killed six people and wounded dozens

Daesh, the "Islamic State" militant group has claimed responsibility for bomb blasts near a suspected militant hideout in Bangladesh, according to a report, while police said on Sunday that the death toll from the explosion had risen to six. © 2017 dpa GmbH

Thousands of Yemenis pour into the streets to demonstrate against the Saudi-led intervention

Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of the country's capital Sanaa on Sunday to protest against the Saudi-led coalition's ongoing military intervention. The mass demonstration marks the second anniversary of the start of the Saudi coalition's campa Copyright @ 2017 The New Arab.

Human Rights Watch calls on Jordan to apprehend Sudan's President Al-Bashir

Human Rights Watch on Sunday urged Jordan to bar Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir from entry or to arrest him on arrival in the country for the 28th Arab League Summit. Copyright @ 2017 The New Arab.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to visit Ankara to discuss security

Turkish diplomatic sources said that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would visit Ankara on Thursday to discuss with his Turkish counterpart, Melvut Cavusoglu, bilateral relations and efforts to fight terrorism. He is also scheduled to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to the ...

Iraq: Suicide bomber targets governor's home in Fallujah

A suicide bomber has blown himself up inside the house of a local official in the city of Fallujah in Iraq's western province of Anbar, according to a police official on Sunday. © Copyright Andolu Ajansi

Gaza closes Erez crossing with Israel after killing of Hamas leader

The Hamas movement has closed the Erez crossing between the blockaded Gaza Strip and Israel Sunday, in response to the mysterious killing of one of the group's leaders. Interior Ministry spokesman Iyad al-Bozum said it was part of security measures put in place after Mazen Faqaha, a leader of the ...

Erdogan: Turkey may hold referendum on continuing EU membership negotiations

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that Turkey could hold a public vote on whether to continue its negotiations to join the European Union, amid fraught relations between the two sides. Erdogan was quoted by the state-run Anadolu news agency as saying that after an April 16 ...

Three civilians killed in Afghanistan by Daesh militants

The Afghan police in northern Jawzjan province have blamed the thriving pro-Daesh rebels in this part of the country for killing three civilians, and throwing their bodies into a water well. © Copyright Andolu Ajansi

US launches investigation into Mosul strike that killed 200 civilians

Senior US military leaders announced an investigation into reports that up to 200 civilians were killed in recent US coalition air strikes in Mosul. Copyright © UPI, 2017. All Rights Reserved.

Five children among refugees found drowned off Turkish coast

At least 11 people from Syria, including five children, are dead after their plastic boat sank off Turkey. Some 22 refugees were on the boat, using a sea route where these kinds of drownings have largely been prevented in recent months. Copyright © euronews 2017

Mosul: 200 civilians killed in devastating air raid

In the Iraqi city of Mosul at the scene of a devastating air raid, which killed as many as 200 civilians, Civil Defence responders spoke of the horrors civilians are facing during the ongoing offensive. On Thursday, a likely US-led military coalition air raid struck three homes in the west Mosul ...

Turkey latest to ban electronics on flights to US and UK

A ban on several electronic devices on many flights to the United States took effect at Turkey's main international airport in Istanbul on Saturday, local broadcasters reported. © 2017 dpa GmbH

Airstrikes in Idlib leave dozens dead

At least sixteen people were killed overnight when airstrikes struck a prison in the rebel-held city of Idlib in northwest Syria, according to reports from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Saturday. The monitoring group said that the dead included both prisoners and prison guards, adding ...

Turkey divided over issue of naturalization of Syrians

The possibility of naturalizing Syrian refugees, who have fled the war in their country to Turkey, has turned into a heated topic among Turkish parties with camps divided between those who support the measure and others that view it as a threat. Copyright © Saudi Research and Publishing Co. All ...

Syrian opposition groups say they are committed to a political solution

The head of the Syrian opposition delegation at peace talks in Geneva stressed their commitment to a "political solution" on Friday. © Copyright Andolu Ajansi

Yemen on the brink of famine, says UN

A third of Yemen's 22 provinces are on the brink of famine, the UN said on Friday, warning that 60 percent of the war-ravaged country's population was going hungry. Yemen, long one of the world's poorest nations, has seen its food security deteriorate dramatically since its civil war escalated two ...

Lebanon moves forward on banning child marriage

A draft law to establish the legal age of marriage in Lebanon at 18 will be presented to Cabinet next week, following a workshop on the prevention of child marriage held Thursday at Parliament. The announcement that MP Elie Keyrouz will present the draft law aiming to end child marriage was made at ...

Former President Hosni Mubarak leaves Cairo military hospital

Egypt's ousted president Hosni Mubarak left a Cairo military hospitalon Friday where he had spent much of his six-year detention, his lawyer said. Copyright @ 2017 The New Arab.

400,000 civilians under siege-like conditions in west Mosul

About 600,000 people remain in the areas of west Mosul held by Daesh the "Islamic State" group, including 400,000 who are "trapped" in the Old City under siege-like conditions, the UN said Thursday. Copyright @ 2017 The New Arab.

Clashes erupt in West Bank after Palestinian teenager shot dead by Israeli forces

Clashes erupted late Thursday night between locals of al-Jalazun refugee camp and Israeli forces who were deployed at the entrance of the illegal Israeli Beit El settlement in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, shortly after Israeli forces shot and killed one Palestinian teenager, ...

Three sentenced to death over bombings in Bahrain

Three people were sentenced to death by Bahraini courts on Thursday, over bombings that targeted police patrols in a majority-Shia village, the state-run news agency reported. Copyright @ 2017 The New Arab.

Egypt agrees to train Lebanese army: 'It is time for Lebanon to decide its destiny on its own'

In an interview with state-run news agency MENA, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said that he called on President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to take part in training the Lebanese army; a request to which Sisi responded favorably during their meeting at the presidential palace on Wednesday. © ...

Israeli settlements: 2016 marks 'second highest construction starts in past 15 years'

Israeli construction of illegal settlement homes in the occupied West Bank rose by 40 percent in 2016 compared with the previous year, official figures showed Wednesday. Ground was broken on 2,630 housing units last year compared with 1,884 in 2015, figures from Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics ...

US, UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia more than 10 times amount of humanitarian aid sent to Yemen

Amnesty International on Thursday condemned the United States and Britain for transferring arms to Saudi Arabia to use in its war in Yemen. Copyright @ 2017 The New Arab.

Explosion kills over 100 civilians in Mosul

More than 100 civilians were killed in a powerful explosion in a residential area of Mosul, Iraq, on Wednesday, an army officer and an activist said. Brigadier Mohammed al-Jabouri, a commander in the military campaign to retake Mosul from Daesh "the Islamic State" extremist group, said on Thursday ...

Deputy UN Special Envoy for Syria meets with regime and opposition delegations

Deputy UN Special Envoy for Syria Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy met on Thursday separately with regime and opposition delegations ahead of the formal start of a fifth round of peace talks in Geneva. © Copyright Andolu Ajansi

Disabled people and women face abuse and torture in protective custody in Jordan

Disabled people and women in protective custody in Jordan are being abused, mistreated and even tortured, a new EU-backed study has found. People with disabilities and women who had escaped violence were being unnecessarily detained in "shocking" conditions - often leading to "discrimination, ...

Daesh claims responsibility for London parliament attack

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for Wednesday's deadly attack outside the UK parliament, in which three people were killed and the assailant was shot dead in central London. Copyright @ 2017 The New Arab.