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Protests erupt across Jordan in response to government increasing sales taxes

Protests erupted across Jordan on Friday against the government's decision to impose new taxes on a string of goods and services, with angry demonstrators calling for the cabinet to resign. The government earlier this month imposed new sales taxes on internet and mobile use, bread, domestic fuel and ...

Update: Death toll from car bomb in Syria's Al-Bab rises to 51

A car bomb claimed by the Islamic State killed at least 51 people in Syria's northern city of al-Bab on Friday, a day after a Turkish-backed operation seized the area from Islamic State militants, a monitoring group reported. © 2017 dpa GmbH

Air warfare in Afghanistan costing civilian lives dearly

The drone missile hit the tower in Jendakhel at 8 am as five men climbed up to keep watch for Daesh fighters who had been harassing their village for months. Mistaken for the enemy, they became some of the latest victims of US airstrikes in Afghanistan. All were killed, their bodies crushed under ...

Opposing sides of Syrian war come face to face at UN peace talks in Geneva

Opposing sides in the Syrian war have come face to face in UN peace talks for the first time in three years, as a way out of the deadly conflict remains elusive. Describing the negotiations as an uphill task, the UN's special envoy called for a joint effort. Copyright © euronews 2017

Daesh sets its sights on Egypt's Christians: One man killed and his house set on fire in El Arish

A Coptic Christian was shot dead on Thursday and his house set on fire in Egypt's North Sinai, a stronghold of the Daesh group, security officials and medics said. It was the third death this week linked to extremists in violence against the minority community. Copyright @ 2017 The New Arab.

Car bomb on Syrian town Al Bab leaves at least 29 dead

At least 29 people are dead after a car bombing Friday in Syria's northern city of al-Bab, according to a monitoring group. The incident comes a day after Turkish-backed rebels claimed full control of the city from the Daesh extremist militia. © 2017 dpa GmbH

Houthi militants release Norwegian Refugee Council staff in Yemen's Hodeida

Houthi insurgents released on Thursday seven people detained for distributing aid in Yemen's district of Hodeida, the Norwegian Refugee Council said on Thursday. We are greatly relieved by the release of our staff members and the driver,' the organization said, according to Agence France Presse. ...

Thousands of Libyan families return to post-Daesh Sirte

More than 5,000 Libyan families have returned to their homes in Sirte two months after the city's recapture from the Daesh terrorist group. Some 5,325 families have recently returned to eight districts of the city,' forces loyal to Libya's Tripoli-based national unity government said in a Wednesday ...

UN criticises 'unacceptable' Israeli plans to demolish Palestinian Bedouin village

UN officials visited the Palestinian Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar in the central occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem on Wednesday, which is under threat of forcible relocation by Israeli authorities who delivered demolition notices to every single house in the village on Sunday, and ...

Low expectations as Syrian peace talks kick off in Geneva

A fresh round of peace negotiations has started between representatives of the Damascus government and the foreign-backed opposition in the Swiss city of Geneva under the auspices of the United Nations. Copyright © 2017 Press TV. All rights reserved.

Russia tells Assad to stop the bombing as peace talks begin

Russia asked the Syrian regime to halt bombings during peace talks this week in Geneva, the United Nations envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday. "Russia announced to everyone that they have formally asked the Syrian government to silence their own skies during the talks," de Mistura told ...

Schools in Jordan border town of Ramtha forced to close due to shelling in southern Syria

Schools in Jordan's border town of Ramtha have been shuttered due to heavy fighting just over the border in Deraa, Syria, local newspaper al-Ghad reported Thursday. Jordan's Ministry of Education spokesperson announced that all government and private schools would be suspended due to severe clashes ...

UK-born Daesh suicide bomber was former Guantanamo detainee

The Daesh militant who blew himself up in a suicide bombing at an army base in Mosul earlier this week was identified as a former detainee of the Guantanamo Bay prison facility by members of his family. Copyright © UPI, 2017. All Rights Reserved.

Egypt and Jordan: No concessions on establishing Palestinian state

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and King Abdullah II of Jordan agreed on Tuesday that there could be no concessions on establishing a Palestinian state, after talks in Cairo. Copyright @ 2017 The New Arab.

Iraqi forces launch offensive to retake Mosul airport

Iraqi forces have mounted a major military operation to retake the strategic militant-held airport in the northern city of Mosul days after they began a new phase of the battle to drive Daesh out of its last urban stronghold in the Arab county. Copyright © 2017 Press TV. All rights reserved.

EU lawmakers prevented from entering Gaza Strip

Five European parliamentarians said Wednesday that Israeli authorities had prevented them from entering the Gaza Strip. The refusal of access to Gaza by the Israeli authorities to the European Parliament on arbitrary grounds is unacceptable,' Cypriot MEP Neoklis Sylikiotis declared in a statement. ...

Germany deports 18 more rejected asylum seekers back to Afghanistan

A Kabul-bound plane with 18 Afghan migrants on board took off from Munich Airport late Wednesday, its passengers becoming the third group of rejected asylum seekers to be deported by German authorities back to Afghanistan. © 2017 dpa GmbH

Syrian opposition asks for direct negotiations with Assad regime

Syria's main opposition delegation on Wednesday asked for direct discussions with government representatives at the Geneva IV peace talks aimed at ending the six-year conflict by reaching a political solution. © Copyright Andolu Ajansi

Australian PM Turnbull shows staunch support for Israel and the construction of illegal settlements

Australia's prime minister has offered a staunch defence of Israel, condemning a United Nations resolution that called for an end to illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. In an editorial published in The Australian newspaper, Malcolm Turnbull said on Wednesday that he would never ...

Shia militias take on Daesh to recapture areas near Mosul, Iraq

Iraq's powerful Shia militia launched a major attack Wednesday to recapture areas near the city of Mosul from Daesh, backing an ongoing government offensive against the radical Sunni group. The attack by the pro-government Popular Mobilization group is aimed at seizing areas west of Mosul, Daesh's ...

Israeli jets bomb Syrian airbases from Lebanese airspace

Israeli aircraft reportedly bombed a number of Syrian airbases near Damascus for the second time this year on Wednesday night. The Israeli military has not officially commented on the reported airstrikes. The Lebanese army has said Tel Aviv's jets used Lebanese airspace at around 3:00am to launch ...

Bahrain passes constitutional amendment to allow the military trial of civilians

Bahraini Council of Representatives approved Tuesday a constitutional amendment to allow military trials of civilians involved in terror incidents or attacks on security or military personnel or facilities. Copyright © Saudi Research and Publishing Co. All rights reserved.

Gaza fisherman in critical condition after being shot by Israeli forces

A Palestinian fisherman who was detained earlier on Tuesday off the coast of the northern Gaza Strip was reported to be in critical condition after being shot in the back by Israeli forces during his detention. All Rights Reserved © Ma'an News Agency 2005 - 2017

Top Yemen commander killed in ongoing Red Sea conflict

A top government army commander was killed Wednesday in clashes with Houthi rebels south-west of Yemen, according to a Yemeni military source. © Copyright Andolu Ajansi

UN: Hundreds of thousands displaced as Iraqi forces battle Daesh in Mosul

The United Nations says it's growing increasingly concerned over the plight of people fleeing the Iraq army's fight to retake Mosul from Islamic State militants. The UN's High Commission for Refugees is now concentrating its efforts on constructing camps for those who'll be displaced by the renewed ...

Saudi Arabia ready to send ground troops to Syria

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has said the kingdom is prepared to send ground troops to Syria to fight the Daesh group, as US Senator John McCain met with the Saudi King. Adel al-Jubeir told German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung on Tuesday that Saudi forces could battle Daesh alongside US special ...

Pro-Kurdish HDP leader kicked out of Turkish parliament, another jailed

Turkey's parliament has stripped one of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party's two leaders of her status as an MP and jailed the other. The move comes just a few weeks before a referendum on extending the president's powers Figen Yügsekdag has been in detention on terrorism charges since ...

Canada opens its doors to 1,200 Yazidi refugees from Iraq

Canada vowed to resettle 1,200 Yazidi refugees who faced persecution by the Daesh group, the immigration minister said on Tuesday. Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen confirmed Canada's latest plans to welcome the "highly vulnerable" group of survivors, adding that some 400 had already been airlifted ...

Jordan's Islamic Action Front calls for mass rally in Amman

The Islamic Action Front Party has announced it would take part in a massive rally to protest the government's economic measures, to kick off from Al Husseini Mosque in downtown Amman after Friday prayers. © Copyright The Jordan Times. All rights reserved.

Turkey: Pro-Kurdish opposition party leader Demirtas given five months jail time

A court in northeastern Agri province sentenced opposition Peoples' Democratic Party co-leader Selahattin Demirtas to five months in jail on the charge of insulting the Turkish nation and state institutions, a judicial source said Tuesday. © Copyright Andolu Ajansi

Islamic center in Sweden's Gothenburg targeted in arson attack

An Islamic center in the Swedish city of Gothenburg came under arson attack early on Tuesday, according to local police sources. The fire severely damaged the Kungalv Islamic Cultural Center in western Sweden. Until recently the building had been used by the Union of European Turkish Democrats . ...

Taliban suicide bombers attack court in Pakistan leaving seven dead

Taliban suicide bombers attacked a court complex in northern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least seven people, the latest in a series of assaults which have raised fears that militants are regrouping. One bomber was briefly on the loose inside the busy complex in the Tangi area of Charsadda ...

Refugee crisis sees 74 migrant bodies washed up on Libyan coast

The bodies of 74 migrants washed ashore in Libya, in the north-western city of Zawiya, a spokesman of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said Tuesday. The bodies were found by the Libyan Red Crescent on Monday in Zawiya, the spokesman said. Pictures on IFRC's ...

Israeli occupation forces detain five Palestinian fishermen off coast of northern Gaza

Israeli naval forces detained five Palestinian fishermen from the same family on Tuesday morning while they were sailing off the coast of the northern Gaza Strip. All Rights Reserved © Ma'an News Agency 2005 - 2017

Iraqi forces closing in on Mosul airport in anti-Daesh operations

US-backed Iraqi forces reached the vicinity of Mosul airport on Monday after dislodging Daesh hardliners from a nearby hill, the Iraqi military said in a statement. US-backed Iraqi forces fought Daesh militants to clear way to the airport, on the second day of a ground offensive against the ...

Israeli soldier given lenient 18 months for killing Palestinian

After being found guilty of manslaughter for the filmed, execution-style shooting of 21-year-old Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif, 20-year-old Israeli soldier Elor Azarya was sentenced to 18 months in prison, a year's probation, and a demotion in his military rank on Tuesday. All Rights Reserved © Ma'an ...

Seven killed as regime airstrike hits Damascus, Syria

Seven people were killed in a regime airstrike in Syrian capital of Damascus late Monday, according to an opposition activist. Regime warplanes struck the Damascus suburb of Barza in violation of a ceasefire deal between the Assad regime and opposition forces, Owaid Awad told Anadolu Agency. © ...

Daesh publishes video of man it claims was Egypt Coptic church bomber

Daesh published a video on Sunday threateningEgyptian Christians and showing the last statement of a man it said was responsible for the deadly bombing in December of a Coptic cathedral in Cairo. The masked man in battle-dress, whom the group identified as Abu Abdallah al-Masri, is seen encouraging ...

Famine officially declared in parts of South Sudan

South Sudan Monday declared famine in some parts of the country, with more than three years of war leaving nearly five million hungry in what aid groups called a "man-made" tragedy. Isaiah Chol Aruai, chairman of South Sudan's National Bureau of Statistics, said some parts of the northern Greater ...

Trump defense minister: 'We are not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil'

The United States does not intend to plunder Iraq's petroleum reserves, said Defence Secretary Jim Mattis before arriving in Baghdad on Monday. Copyright @ 2017 The New Arab.

Turkey airstrikes on al-Bab, Syria, leave 11 family members dead

A UK-based monitoring group says at least 110 civilians have been killed by Turkish airstrikes in the Daesh-held Syrian city of al-Bab over the past two weeks. Copyright © 2017 Press TV. All rights reserved.

Four Russian soldiers killed in Syria blast

Four Russian military personnel were killed and two injured when their vehicle was targeted with explosives in central Syria last week, a defence ministry statement quoted by Russian agencies said Monday. Copyright @ 2017 The New Arab.

France's far right presidential hopeful Le Pen meets Lebanon's Aoun to discuss extremism

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen Monday said that Syrian President Bashar Assad was a much more reassuring solution' for France than Daesh rule in the country. There is no viable and plausible solution other than this binary choice, which is Bashar Assad on one hand and Daesh on the other ...

Egyptian president Sisi responds to rumors that he held a 'secret summit' with Netanyahu

The Egyptian presidency issued a statement on Sunday to comment on recently published press reports suggesting that President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi participated in a "secret summit" between Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former US secretary of state John Kerry, and Arab leaders. The ...

52,000 additional troops sent to western Mosul in fight against Daesh

Jet fighters and attack helicopters supervised the entry of Iraqi forces into Mosul airport on Monday, as troops on the ground prepared to battle the Daesh group in the western half of their Iraqi stronghold. The fresh push in the four-month operation to retake Mosul involves federal police forces, ...

Top Egyptian court upholds death sentence for ten involved in Port Said Stadium massacre

Egypt's court of cassation issued a final verdict for 10 defendants over murder-related charges in the 2012 Port Said stadium massacre, which took the lives of over 70 football fans, upholding a June 2015 death sentence. After protracted legal procedures and a long appeal process, a lower Egyptian ...

Tunisia's image of democratic reform tarnished by torture accusations

Tunisia's security forces are still relying on the brutal tactics of the past, including torture, arbitrary arrests, detentions and restrictions on travel of suspects - as well as harassment of their family members - and it is threatening the country's road to reform, Amnesty International has ...

US Defence Seretary arrives in Baghdad on unannounced visit

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Baghdad on Monday on an unannounced official visit, state television Al-Iraqiya reported. © 2017 dpa GmbH

Iraqi forces entrench Ramadi town for protection against Daesh attacks

The Iraqi army has begun to dig a trench around Ramadi to protect the western Iraqi city against infiltrations by Daesh militants, according to military officials. "The purpose is to prevent terrorists, suicide bombers and car-bombs from infiltrating the city from desert," Anbar Operations Commander ...

New Yorkers rally in solidarity with 'I'm a Muslim too' march

Hundreds of New Yorkers have staged a rally to voice solidarity with Muslims, in the wake of President Donald Trump's entry ban against people from some Muslim nations. The protesters marched on Times Square on Sunday while shouting I'm a Muslim Too,' denouncing Trump's executive order last month ...