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2 Million Victims Internally Displaced in Yemen

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees said in a report posted Monday on ReliefWeb that the number of internally displaced people in Yemen had reached nearly 2 million due to the ongoing conflict in the country. It said 84 percent of the nearly 1,980,510 people have been internally displaced for over ...

U.S. Unexpectedly Allied with Iran Against Kurdish Referendum

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3,000 Additional U.S. Troops En Route to Afghanistan

3,000 additional U.S. troops already en route to Afghanistan or have orders to deploy. 11,000 U.S. troops are currently in Afghanistan. The U.S. will not disclose its force posture in the country. President Trump has not committed to a date to end the war in Afghanistan. The U.S. will deploy more ...

Egypt Poisons Cats and Dogs as Shelters Struggle to Survive

Egyptian authorities and some facilities favored by the country's elite admit poisoning homeless animals Animal abuse is common and those who harm animals are rarely punished by the authorities Activists are working hard and risking their lives to save cats, dogs and other animals across Egypt But ...

Jordan's King Rescues 96 Jordanians from Irma-Struck Island

Upon directives of His Majesty King Abdullah II, a Jordanian plane, early Monday, headed for Saint Martin Island to airlift 96 Jordanians from the Caribbean island, which was hit by the devastating Irma Hurricane.The Ministry of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs said it is in continuous contact with ...

Iraq's Supreme Court Demands Kurds Suspend Referendum

Iraq's supreme court ordered on Monday the suspension of a Kurdish referendum on 25 September, to examine whether such a poll would be constitutional. "The supreme court has issued the order to suspend organising the referendum set for 25 September… until it examines the complaints it has received ...

For the First Time in Three Years, a Lebanese President Attends the UN General Assembly

Heading an official delegation President Michel Aoun arrived in New York on Monday to take part in the UN General Assembly Annual meeting, the National News Agency reported Monday. Lebanon's participation in the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly meeting is the first for a Lebanese president in ...

U.S. and Russia Discuss Deconflicting Syria at UN General Assembly

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov met on Sunday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly and discussed civil war-torn Syria. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement that Tillerson and Lavrov recommitted to ...

Pakistani ISIS Militants Killed in Afghan Province of Nangarhar

A dozen Daesh militants, including Pakistanis, have been killed during operations in eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Monday. Attullah Khogyani, the governor's spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News nine ISIS fighters were killed during an air raid by foreign forces in the Mamand Dara ...

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Turkey's Regression Continues: Evolution Scrapped From School Textbooks

Darwin's Theory will no longer be taught in the school cirriculum Changes have been met with uproar from secularists Critics fear the Erdogan regime is turning Turkey into an Islamic theocracy Students in Turkey are returning to school where they will be taught evolution for the last time in their ...

Israeli 'Hebrew Law' Proposal Stirs Controversy Among Arab MKs

Biblical law could become the basis for some court judgements in Israel Arab lawmakers and human rights groups say that this will further anti-Arab discrimination It is unclear who will interpret the religious laws All rights reserved © The Jerusalem Post 1995 - 2017

Women's Rights Used to Cover-up a Counter-revolution, Tunisian Activists Claim

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Iraq's National Security Council Rejects 'Unconstitutional' Kurdish Referendum

Iraq's National Security Council rejected late Sunday a referendum for the independence of the Kurdish Regional Government in northern Iraq, citing it is unconstitutional'. The council, chaired by Abadi, met in the capital Baghdad, said Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office in a statement. ...

Why is Bahrain's King Denouncing the Arab Boycott of Israel?

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Will Italy Establish Bases in Libya? Tripoli Government Denies Reports

Libya's UN-backed unity government has denied reports that it had given Italy a green light to establish a logistics hub' on Libya's southern border. After a Friday meeting of the Italy-Libya cooperation council, Italy's Interior Ministry announced that Tripoli had agreed to allow Italy to build an ...

Jordan's King Abdullah Meets Representatives of Jewish Organizations in New York

His Majesty King Abdullah on Sunday met with representatives of American Jewish organisations in New York, in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Rania. During the meeting His Majesty and the representatives outlined efforts to revive the peace process, as well as developments in the region, a Royal ...

IED Blast Kills Administrative Official and Four Others in Northwest Pakistan

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Afghanistan Feature Part 1: Trump's Afghanistan and its Danger to Democracy

The Mercenary Prince Former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince hurried between meetings with D.C. officials trying to sell a plan to completely replace the U.S. forces there with private mercenaries. This came weeks before President Donald Trump announced that he was going to continue the Forever War in ...

As Iraqi Forces Hunt Down ISIS Remnants, Civilians Suffer a Spate of Attacks

Iraqi forces on Sunday launched fresh operations aimed at hunting down' Daesh terrorists still holed up in the Saladin province north of Baghdad, according to local military sources. Joint forces, including army troops and Hashd al-Shaabi fighters backed by the Iraqi Air Force, began mop-up ...

Al Shabab Kills Four, Injures Three in Central Somalia

At least four soldiers were killed and three others injured early Sunday when al-Shabab militants attacked an army checkpoint in central Somalia, according to a police official. Hiiran Police Commander Col. Issak Ali Abdulle said the attack occurred in Kalabayr, a strategic road junction some 25 ...

Libya Stops 1,000 Migrants Crossing Mediterranean in One Day

Libyan coastal guards intercepted 1,074 migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean in one day, 45 km west of Tripoli. Approximately 600,000 refugees have crossed from Libya to Italy since 2014. There has been a recent drop in migrant crossings due to armed groups intercepting departures from ...

Hamas Accepts PA Reconciliation Demands to Dissolve Gaza Administration, Hold Elections

Hamas has dissolved its administration that runs the besieged Gaza Strip and is now agreeing to hold general elections, the movement announced on Sunday. Hamas said in a statement on Sunday that it has dissolved its shadow government and that it will allow the so-called unity government to operate ...

Second Suspect Arrested in UK Over London Tube Attack

London police Saturday arrested another suspect in connection with Friday's underground bomb attack in London that injured 30 people, according to police. The 21-year-old man was arrested in Hounslow late Saturday. He was arrested under section 41 of the Terrorism Act and taken to a south London ...

Car Bomb Kills Three in Iraq's Kirkuk Ahead of Kurdish Referendum

At least three people were killed in a car bomb explosion in Kirkuk, an Iraqi oil city where local Kurdish authorities plan to hold a referendum on independence despite opposition from the central government and the region's non-Kurdish population. Ten others were injured in the attack that targeted ...

Egypt Court Upholds Jailed President Morsi's Life Sentence

Mohamed Morsi is sentenced to life in prison by Egypt's highest appellate court for spying on behalf of Qatar. In June 2016, the Cairo Criminal Court slapped Morsi with 40 years in prison for spying for Qatar' -- a sentence equivalent to life in prison. Morsi is Egypt's first democratically elected ...

Iraq Launches Anti-ISIS Offensive Near Syria Border

Iraq has launched a new offensive towards the Syria border, where some of the country's last remaining Islamic State group fighters are making a last stand. Pro-Baghdad forces have advanced towards the IS-held town of al-Akashat, which lies close to the Syria border. Troops are then expected to make ...

Teenager Arrested in UK Over London Bomb Attack

An 18-year-old man was arrested in Dover Saturday in connection with Friday's underground bomb attack in London that injured 30 people, according to police. Dover, south west of England, has a seaport for passenger ferries to French ports such as Calais and Dunkirk. The 18-year-old man was arrested ...

Clashes Between Regime, SDF Anticipated in Syria's Deir Ezzor as Threats Exchanged

US-backed Syrian fighters say they will not allow regime forces to cross the Euphrates River, in a statement that appears to further entrench Kurdish separatist power in the north of the country. Syrian Democratic Forces commander Ahmed Abu Khawla said his fighters will respond to "regime ...

UK Police Hunt Suspect in London Tube 'Terror Attack'

Police began a manhunt Friday after an explosion rocked a crowded London subway car in what officials say was a terror attack during the morning rush hour. The blast occurred as a train left Parsons Green station and caused a fire that swept through the subway car. Authorities are investigating the ...

US Urges Iraq's Kurds to Call Off Independence Referendum

The United States on Friday strongly urged northern Iraq's autonomous Kurdish Regional Government to call off a controversial referendum on independence from Baghdad. The announcement comes hours after the KRG parliament voted to hold the poll next week despite opposition from the central government ...

Final De-Escalation Zone Agreed at Syrian Peace Talks

The parties at the Syrian peace talks in Kazakhstan have agreed the boundaries of the final de-escalation zone, Turkish and Russian diplomatic officials said Friday. Officials from Turkey, Russia and Iran have agreed the borders of the zone in the northern province of Idlib and are negotiating over ...

It's Official: Muslim Women in Tunisia Can Finally Marry Non-Muslims

Tunisia has abolished a decades-old ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims, the presidency said on Thursday. "Congratulations to the women of Tunisia for the enshrinement of the right to the freedom to choose one's spouse," presidency spokeswoman Saida Garrach wrote on Facebook. The announcement ...

EU Cancels Myanmar Trade Visit as Rohingya Violence Rages On

FeaturesarchiA trade delegation from the European Parliament decided on Thursday to postpone a planned visit to Myanmar due to the recent violent crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. © Copyright Andolu Ajansi

HRW: School Donations for Syrian Refugees Missing

Efforts to meet the educational needs of Syrian child refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey are being strained, with millions of dollars in schooling-related aid unaccounted for, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. Copyright © 2017, The Daily Star. All rights reserved.

Houthi Rebels Threaten to Target UAE with Missiles in Revenge for Yemen Air Strikes

The head of Yemen's Shia Houthi rebels threatened to fire missiles at the United Arab Emirates on Thursday and to attack Saudi tankers in the Red Sea. Copyright @ 2017 The New Arab.

Anger as Ben Ali Era Crooks Offered Amnesty Damaging the Tunisia Revolution

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The Emir of Qatar Will Meet Erdogan in Turkey

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will visit Turkey on Thursday to meet President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his first trip abroad since the start of the Gulf crisis.Sheikh Tamim will hold talks on "bilateral ties and regional issues as well as international developments", Turkey's ...

Trudeau Calls Aung San Suu Kyi, Expresses 'Deep Concerns' Over Rohingya

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with Myanmar's de facto leader Wednesday and conveyed his deep concerns' over the persecution of Rohingya Muslims, the prime minister's office reported. His telephone call to State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi comes after online petitions signed by 10,000 ...

Egypt's Internet Blockade is Targeting Hipster Start-ups While ISIS is Killing Egyptians

Egypt's government has blocked over 400 websites in 4 months under the guise of fighting terror The sites banned include start-ups, NGOs and news websites but not a single terror group appears on the list As terror attacks continue, many believe that the blockade is being used as a method to silence ...

ISIS Has Been Openly Using Google Plus For Months Without Being Banned

ISIS appear to be using Google Plus to share extremist content This has been going on for months, apparently unnoticed by the tech giant Even the official ISIS news agency has a Google Plus profile Pro-ISIS groups on the social network attract hundreds of followers © 2000 - 2017 Al Bawaba

Feature: New Report Examines Why Jordanians Fight in Syria and What Happens When They Return Home

A new report examines journey of five Jordanian fighters returning from Syria The report argues there is "no single extremist typology" Many fighters paid to be smuggled into Syria. Mothers were mentioned as a reason for returning to Jordan The media as well as local Sheikhs played a role in ...

Iran Cashes in on Aleppo's Destruction With Multi-Million Dollar Infrastructure Contracts

Iran has secured multi-million dollar contracts for Iranian power companies in war-torn Aleppo, reaping the rewards of its pivotal backing for Syrian regime President Bashar al-Assad in the country's brutal six-year war. Syrian regime forces retook the city at the end of last year with the help of ...

Lawyer Investigating Italian Student's Murder 'Disappears' in Egypt

A lawyer involved in the investigation of an Italian student murdered in Egypt has been arrested by Egyptian authorities as he attempted to leave the country, a rights group said on Tuesday. Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy was detained at Cairo International airport three days ago as he was due to board a ...

Nude Belgian Artist Dancing at Luxor Gets Off Free as Egyptian Women Face Prison Time

Marisa Papen and her team snapped nude photos at a host of Egyptian landmarks. When spotted, they bribed security staff at the Pyramids of Giza. They were arrested for a similar stunt in Luxor but received a caution from a sympathetic judge. As many Egyptian women face prison, Papen's case has ...

Amid Rohingya Crisis, Myanmar's Suu Kyi to Skip UN General Assembly

Myanmar's de facto leader has cancelled plan to attend the upcoming UN General Assembly as her government faces growing international pressure over its crackdown on the Muslim Rohingya minority. Kyaw Zeya, spokesperson of State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi's Foreign Ministry, told local media on ...

US Supreme Court Allows Trump Refugee Ban to Continue

The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed President Donald Trump's ban on refugees from entering the U.S. to continue. In a one-sentence order, the top court said it would block a lower court ruling upending the controversial policy pending "further order of this Court" one day after it agreed to an ...

More Saudi Public Figures Arrested in Apparent Crackdown on Dissent

A number of prominent personalities have been arrested in Saudi Arabia in recent days, with no reason given by authorities for their detention. Among the those arrested is social media star and successful social entrepreneur Essam al-Zamel and the famous Saudi historian Dr. Khaled al-Awda, who is ...

When Will Egyptian Women Enjoy the Same Rights and Freedoms as This Belgian Tourist?

Marisa Papen and her team snapped nude photos at a host of Egyptian landmarks. When spotted, they bribed security staff at the Pyramids of Giza. They were arrested for a similar stunt in Luxor but received a caution from a sympathetic judge. As many Egyptian women face prison, Papen's case has ...

Turkey Signs Deal to Buy Russian Missile System

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Ankara has paid a deposit on an arms deal with Moscow, estimated to be worth $2.5bn. Ankara is set to purchase Russia's S-400 missile system, Tayyip Erdogan said after his visit to Kazakhstan, according to Hurriyet newspaper. Moscow says the ...