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New Sanctions Against Hezbollah and All its Supporters?

US lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday to strengthen sanctions against the Hezbollah extremist group. The proposed law, which is an amendment to existing sanctions, was introduced by Democrats and Republicans in both the House and the Senate, the Reuters news agency reported. © 2017 The ...

At Least Two Dead, Over 100 Injured as Earthquake hits Turkey, Greece

Two people were killed and scores injured early Friday on the Greek island of Kos after an earthquake of magnitude 6.7 hit the region, a local mayor said. The quake struck near the Greek Dodecanese islands and the south-west Turkish coastal city of Bodrum at 1:31 am , at a depth of 10 kilometres, ...

End of CIA Support for Syrian Rebels?

According to the Washington Post, the Trump administration has suspended its covert CIA policy program of support for Syrian rebel groups against the Assad regime. © 2000 - 2017 Al Bawaba

Taliban in Afghanistan Still Active, Tank Hits Afghan Forces

Multiple casualties are feared as the Taliban militants used armored vehicles to storm the security ring and surrounding check posts in restive Helmand province Thursday morning. Local officials told Anadolu Agency the militants hit the barriers at the security ring in Grishk district with two ...

Revenge: Former Yezidi Slave Fights Back to Free IS Hostage Women

She was trafficked into Raqqa as a slave by ISIS but managed to escape. Now Yazidi fighter Heza is back to avenge the horrors she and thousands of others suffered. When I started fighting, I lifted some of the worries from my heart,' she says, surrounded by fellow Yazidi women in Raqqa's eastern ...

Justice Served? Tribe of Jordanian Soldier Convicted of Killing Americans Protest 'Politically Driven' Verdict

The lawyer of a Jordanian soldier, who earlier this week was sentenced to life in prison for killing three US officers at an army base in Jafer in November, on Wednesday contested the verdict at a higher military court. Maarek Sami Tawayha shot dead three US Special Forces instructors outside the ...

'It Was a Coup': Reuters Suggests Saudi Crown Price Took Advantage Of Rivals Pain Killer Addiction

Mohammed bin Nayef, the 57-year-old nephew of the Saudi king, was until recently a powerful figure in the royal court as heir to the throne. Copyright @ 2017 The New Arab.

Turkish Ambassador Summoned: Is Germany Losing Patience with Erdogan?

Germany's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday summoned the Turkish ambassador over the detention of a German and several other human rights activists pending trial for allegedly aiding an armed terrorist group. © 2017 dpa GmbH

Rouhani says US Sanctions Defy Spirit of Nuclear Deal, and Tehran Will Respond

Following US sanctions on 18 Iranian individuals and entities on Tuesday, AFP report that Iranian President Rouhani says Tehran will "respond appropriately", whilst remaining committed to its nuclear deal with world powers. © 2000 - 2017 Al Bawaba

Op-Ed: Even in a Post-ISIS Future, Questions Will Loom For Iraq

Top U.S. general in Iraq Stephen Townsend has a tip for Baghdad. If we're to keep ISIS 2.0 from emerging, the Iraqi government is going to have to do something pretty significantly different," he told the BBC . © Copyright Andolu Ajansi

'Day of Rage' Clashes Expected In Jerusalem

Fresh clashes were expected in Jerusalem on Wednesday, after Palestinian authorities called for a "Day of Rage" following the introduction of heightened security checks for Muslims at a holy site. © 2017 dpa GmbH

UN Aid Carrier Blocked From Delivering Aid to Sanaa in Yemen

A UN flight carrying aid to Yemen's capital was blocked by the Saudi-led coalition, United Nations official said on Tuesday. The plane was taking aid workers and BBC reporters from Djibouti to Sanaa, which is controlled by the Houthis. But the flight was barred from taking off from Djibouti to Sanaa ...

White House Confirms: Trump met Putin in Second Undisclosed Meeting at G20

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a second, undisclosed meeting during the G20 summit in Hamburg, news reports said Tuesday. The second meeting lasted about one hour and took place after the more than two-hour meeting that had previously been disclosed and widely ...

Despite Continuing With Nuclear Deal, US Impose Heavy Sanctions on Iran

The United States is imposing sanctions on 18 individuals and entities over their suspected support for Iran's ballistic missile programme and other military-related activities, the State Department said on Tuesday. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert accused Iran of testing and developing ...

A Minority Within a Minority: Who Are Israel's Druze Community?

The recent killing of two Druze police officers by Palestinian gunmen in East Jerusalem's Old City - all Israeli citizens - has cast a spotlight on the minority community in Israel.But who are the Druze? And where do they stand in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Minority within a minority ...

Iranian Foreign Minister to Saudi Arabia: 'We Don't Have to Fight'

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif 'hopes' the conflict in Yemen will not lead to a confrontation with Saudi Arabia.Speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations think tank in New York on Monday, Zarif said he hopes Tehran can work together with Riyadh to end the conflicts in both Yemen ...

Prince Hassan of Jordan: Issues Surrounding Jerusalem Are 'Emotional, Spiritual — Ethereal and Legal'

On Friday, July 14, two Israeli police officers and three Arab Israeli gunmen were killed within Al Haram Al Sharif compound. This raises the eternal question of Jerusalem and the management of holy space. Sadly, religion, and the way we worship, is being politicised and used as a means of posture. ...

Former Minister: 13% of Marriages in Jordan Early Marriages'

New regulations issued by the Cabinet on Sunday to regulate the legal age for early marriage for girls drew criticism by activists and women groups in Jordan, with many describing it as a step backwards'. © Copyright The Jordan Times. All rights reserved.

Teenage German Girl Found Among Daesh Fighters in Mosul

German prosecutors are investigating whether a 16-year-old girl who converted to Islam before disappearing in 2016 is among the 20 Islamic State fighters discovered in a tunnel underneath Mosul's Old City last week. The teenager from the town of Pulsnitz near Dresden converted to Islam and was in ...

US: Iran Nuclear Deal Stands, New Sanctions Pending

Donald Trump has backed away from a campaign promise to scrap a major nuclear security deal with Iran, with officials announcing the agreement and related sanctions relief will stay in place for now. The Trump administration faced a new congressional deadline on Monday to say whether Iran has curbed ...

GCC Rift Widens As Qatar Threatens ICC Application

Qatar's Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah hinted that his country could sue the Saudi-led bloc before the International Criminal Court for compensations over the blockade imposed on the Gulf state. © Copyright Andolu Ajansi

Crisis in Turkey As Erdogan Purge Continues: 50,000 People Arrested, 100,000 Fired From Government

Ten Turkish human rights activists appeared before a court in Istanbul on Monday in a case Amnesty International criticised as a "travesty of justice." Copyright @ 2017 The New Arab.

Muslim Women - The Guardian Wants to Teach You About Sex

The Guardian reported on Sunday that a taboo-busting sex guide' is offering advice to Muslim women seeking fulfilling love lives'. We say: if The Guardian is going to write articles on sex for website hits, can they at least do it properly? © 2000 - 2017 Al Bawaba

Anonymous Source: Half of Mosques in Jordan Without an Imam

The Kingdom has around 6,000 mosques, 3,000 of which do not have officially assigned imams , an official source, who preferred to stay anonymous, told The Jordan Times on Sunday. In some mosques, local residents volunteer to lead prayers, but without the salary an imam is usually paid, the source ...

GCC Fragile as Qatar's Future In Doubt

An anti-Qatar alliance threatened Doha's place in the Gulf Cooperation Council on Monday, suggesting it could lose its post if it "undermined regional security". Anwar Gargash, the UAE state minister for foreign affairs, warned Qatar "cannot be part of a regional organisation dedicated to ...

Chinese-American PhD Student Sentenced for Espionage in Iran

A Chinese-born US dual national was sentenced to ten years in prison by Iranian authorities who accused him of spying for Washington. The man, who was later identified as 37-year-old Xiyue Wang was convicted of being "an infiltrating American agent", Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje'i, spokesman for the ...

Scientists, Military Officials Sanctioned by EU Over Syria Chemical Weapons

Sixteen individuals suspected of involvement in Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons program were added to a EU sanctions list Monday. The eight high-ranking Syrian military officials and eight scientists were identified as having a role in developing and using of chemical weapons against civilians, ...

UAE Denies Hacking Qatar, Calls WP Story Fake News

The United Arab Emirates on Monday denied reports that it was behind a series of hacks that sparked regional discord that isolated Qatar from its neighbours. The Washington Post said Sunday that the UAE had orchestrated the hacking of Qatar's state-run news and social media sites "to post incendiary ...

Life Sentence for Jordan Soldier In Killing of US Troops

According to Jordanian news outlet al-Ghad, the soldier who shot three US military trainers last November in al-Jafer airbase in Ma'aan governorate has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a Jordanian military court. © 2000 - 2017 Al Bawaba

Kurdish Agent: 99% Odds Al-Baghdadi is Alive

Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is still alive, the top Kurdish counter-terrorism agent said on Monday, casting doubts on a "substantial" claim of the jihadi chief's alleged demise. Copyright @ 2017 The New Arab.

Why are Palestinians Refusing to Enter Al-Aqsa?

Israel reopened an ultra-sensitive holy site Sunday closed after an attack that killed two policemen, but Muslim worshippers were refusing to enter due to new security measures including metal detectors and cameras. Crowds chanted "Allahu Akbar" as a number of initial visitors entered Jerusalem's ...

'My Mother is Jordanian': Citizenship Protest in Jordan On July 26th

Families of Jordanian women married to non-Jordanians are due to hold a new sit-in demonstration at the Prime Ministry on July 26 to protest the government's failure to meet its pledges in granting full citizenship rights,' organisers said on Sunday. © Copyright The Jordan Times. All rights ...

US Intelligence: Report Suggests UAE Was Behind Qatar Hack

The United Arab Emirates was behind a series of hacks that sparked regional discord and isolated Qatar from its neighbors, according to a story in the Washington Post. Abu Dhabi orchestrated the cyber offensive, hacking Qatar's state-run news and social media sites "to post incendiary false quotes ...

Activists in Jordan Demand Rights for Jordanian Women Married to Foreigners

Families of Jordanian women married to non-Jordanians are due to hold a new sit-in demonstration at the Prime Ministry on July 26 to protest the government's failure to meet its pledges in granting full citizenship rights,' organisers said on Sunday. © Copyright The Jordan Times. All rights ...

US Intelligence Official Releases Report Suggesting UAE Was Behind Qatar Hack All Along

The United Arab Emirates was behind a series of hacks that sparked regional discord and isolated Qatar from its neighbors, according to a media report Sunday. © Copyright Andolu Ajansi

'No Alternative to Qatar Airbase' says US Defence Secretary

There is no need to look for an alternative airbase since the US airbase in Al Udeid in Qatar continues to operate normally despite the blockade, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said in an interview posted on the official site of the US Department of Defence. Mattis' comments come following ...

Intelligence Reports Suggest IS Leader Al-Baghdadi is Still Alive

An Iraqi intelligence officer said Sunday that Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was still alive. Last month, the Russian Defense Ministry media said that al-Baghdadi was believed to have been killed in an airstrike in Syria. U.S. officials, however, said they don't have any proof confirming the ...

Why is Erdogan Leaving a Message on Every Turkish Cell Phone?

People making telephone calls to Turkish mobile phones during the night heard an unexpected voice on the line: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Before the number would actually connect, callers had to listen to a recording of the president, to mark the first anniversary of a failed coup. © 2017 dpa ...

Developing: Rouhani's Brother Hossein Fereydoun Arrested in Iran on Alleged Corruption Charges

Reports have come in from AFP that Hossein Fereydoun, younger brother and aide to Iranian President Rouhani has been arrested and taken to prison on 'financial charges'. © 2000 - 2017 Al Bawaba

Against All Odds, Afghan Girl Robotics Team Arrives in the US

The all Afghan girl robotics team, thanks to the last minute intervention of the US President, Donald Trump, arrived in the American Capital Saturday to attend an international robotics competition. Copyright © Pajhwok Afghan News. All rights reserved.

Maryam Mirzakhani, Iranian Math Genius Dies from Cancer

Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian-born mathematician who was the first woman to win the coveted Fields Medal, has died in a US hospital after a battle with cancer. She was 40. Mirzakhani's friend Firouz Naderi announced her death on Saturday on Instagram, and her relatives confirmed the death to the ...

Syria: Powerful Rebel Alliances Clash in Idlib

Two of Syria's most powerful rebel alliances have clashed in Idlib province, following weeks of tensions between the two former allies. Copyright @ 2017 The New Arab.

Erdogan Vows to 'Chop Off the Heads of Traitors' Linked to Last Year's Failed Coup

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to "chop off the heads of traitors" during an incendiary speech to mark the first anniversary of a failed attempt to overthrow his government. Copyright @ 2017 The New Arab.

France 'Very Concerned' Over Qatar Blockade, Prepared to 'Facilitate Mediation'

France wants to assist Kuwait-led mediation on the crisis between Qatar and four other Arab states. Copyright @ 2017 The New Arab.

Egyptian Behind 'Cowardly Attack' on Tourists Likely Linked to IS

An Egyptian accused of killing two German tourists in a knife attack the day before at the resort town of Hurghada belongs to the Islamic State extremist militia, a security source said on Saturday. "He communicated with the organization via internet and was given the task of attacking foreign ...

One Year Since Coup Attempt, Turkish Opposition Slams Government

Turkey's main opposition party leader, during a Saturday special session of parliament to mark one year since a failed coup attempt, slammed the government's failure to prevent the abortive putsch and the ongoing crackdown that resulted. © 2017 dpa GmbH

Trump Travel Ban: White House to Appeal Judge's Exemption for Grandparents

US President Donald Trump's administration said on Friday it will appeal a ruling by a judge in Hawaii expanding the definition of family relationships that qualify a foreigner for an exemption from Trump's travel ban. © 2017 dpa GmbH

Turkey Dismisses 7,000 Public Sector Workers Ahead of Failed Coup Anniversary

Turkey dismissed more than 7,000 police, soldiers and ministry officials under a new decree published on Friday under a state of emergency imposed after last year's failed coup. A total of 7,563 people – including police – have been dismissed in the latest purge, the Anadolu&nb Copyright @ 2017 ...

Assailant Shot Dead Following Knife Attack on Tehran Metro

An unidentified man was shot dead by Tehran police on Saturday after carrying out a knife attack at a metro station, Iranian state television reported. The assailant, believed to be in his forties, struck a clergyman with a knife following a dispute, according to the head of emergency and ambulance ...

Al-Aqsa Closed for Second Day Following Deadly Shooting

For the second day, the Israeli authorities closed Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Saturday following a shootout that left five people dead. "The Israeli government continues to prohibit prayers and adhan and ban preachers from entering the Al-Aqsa mosque," mosque preacher Sheikh ...