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May 21, 2016

A Palestinian farmer on his land in the Gaza Strip. (AFP/File)
12:44 GMT
Israeli forces fired warning shots at Palestinian farmers in two locations in the southern Gaza Strip.
An early photograph of delegation arriving to Kuwait City to participate in the Yemen peace talks. (AFP/File)
12:21 GMT
The pro-Hadi Loyalists have six demands for the Houthi rebels before rejoining the peace talks in Kuwait.
A file photo of Salah Abdeslam. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
Salah Abdeslam refused to speak in court, derailing the hearing.
Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Malaysia is in the final stages to take in 24 Syrian refugee families from Lebanon next week.
EgyptAir planes wait on the tarmac at Cairo International Airport on May 19 2016. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
08:57 GMT
Leaked data reveals that smoke alarms went off aboard the missing EgyptAir flight for three minutes before losing contact.
Sadrist protesters outside of Baghdad's Green Zone react to canisters of tear gas. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
07:00 GMT
Police launched tear gas and clashed with protesters attempting to break into Baghdad's Green Zone.
Daesh militants hold their flag on display. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
A Daesh commander turned on his own men in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, killing almost a dozen fellow militants.

May 20, 2016

The Turkish parliament in session. (AFP/File)
13:44 GMT
New legislation will allow prosecution of MPs while still in office in the Turkish parliament.
Gazans praying at Al-Aqsa mosque. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Three hundred Gazans traveled to Al-Aqsa mosque for the third week since the Passover banned was lifted.
Sirte, Libya. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
The Libyan army continued their push toward the Daesh-held Sirte, and retook the city of Bawirat al-Haswon.
A file photo of an EgyptAir plane on the tarmac. (AFP/File)
10:42 GMT
Egyptian military has found debris and belongings from the missing EgyptAir flight.
A Red Cross aid drop in Yemen. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
The Director of Operations at OCHA made a serious appeal for more funding and support as the Yemeni crisis worsens.
Mohammed al-Qiq flashes a peace sign as he arrives back to his village in the West Bank. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
09:34 GMT
Israel released Muhammad al-Qiq after six months of administrative detention and a near-fatal 94-day hunger strike.
EgyptAir A320 went missing over the Aegean Sea on Thursday morning. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
No wreckage has been found matching the missing EgyptAir flight, despite earlier reports.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'lon. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'lon resigned from the Knesset on Friday morning.
Saddam Hussein's eldest daughter, Raghad Hussein, received asylum in Jordan after American forces overthrew her father's regime in 2003. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
A number of Iraqis residing in Jordan are accused of money laundering and plotting a coup to overthrow the current Iraqi government.
Tunisian gendarmes walk inside a house where two suspected jihadists were killed during a security operation on May 11, 2016 in the town of Mnihla, in Ariana province just outside Tunis. (AFP/Fethi Belaid)
06:00 GMT
Tunisian special forces killed a senior commander of a local Daesh affiliate in an ongoing crackdown on militants trained in Libya.

May 19, 2016

EgyptAir planes are seen on the tarmac at Cairo international airport on May 19, 2016 after an EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo crashed into the Mediterranean on with 66 people on board, prompting an investigation into whether it was mechanical failure or a bomb. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
18:00 GMT
Greek officials said the debris was found about 230 miles south of the Greek island of Crete.
Algerian soldiers are seen in front of a row of tanks. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
Two Algerians, weapons and large amounts of ammunition were seized in a security operation.
A Palestinian child looks through a barrier as he waits at the Rafah border crossing with Egypt, in the southern Gaza Strip, after it was opened for two days by Egyptian authorities, on May 11, 2016. (AFP/Said Khatib)
16:00 GMT
Some 4,000 medical patients are waiting to cross the Rafah border with Egypt, which is seldom open.
Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication of Turkey, Binali Yildirim gestures during a press conference, prior to the announcement of the new chairman candidate for Turkey's ruling AK Party in Ankara on May 19, 2016. (AFP/Adem Altan)
15:00 GMT
Yildirim is expected to be confirmed as the new Prime Minister in a congress on Sunday.
Family members of passengers who were flying aboard an EgyptAir plane that vanished from radar en route from Paris to Cairo overnight get ready to be transported by bus to a gathering point at Cairo airport on May 19, 2016. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
14:00 GMT
So far nothing has been found in a sea search.
The Lebanese army has regularly clashed with Daesh and al-Nusra Front on the Syrian border. (AFP/File)
13:13 GMT
The men were convicted of participating in an attack on Arsal and kidnapping Lebanese soldiers and policemen.
Libyans drive through a destroyed neighborhood in Sirte in 2011. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Despite losing 30 of their own men, the Libyan troops, who are loyal to the country's new unity government, said they will shortly launch further operations to retake Sirte itself.
Israeli soldiers patrol in the West Bank city of Hebron. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
If confirmed, the end of the closed military zone in Tel Rumeida would mark the first time the neighborhood of the flashpoint occupied West Bank city is reopened to the public since Nov. 1, 2015.
Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and Habayit Hayehudi party leader Naftali Bennett announce a coalition deal on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, who heads the ultra-nationalist Israel Beiteinu faction, has accepted an offer by Netanyahu to become defence minister, the country's Channel 2 evening news reported, quoting sources close to Lieberman.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said nothing can be ruled out regarding the possible cause of the crash. (Twitter)
08:43 GMT
The Airbus A320 was flying at 37,000 feet (11,300 meters) when it went missing over the eastern Mediterranean, 10 miles into the Egyptian airspace.
This file photo shows American soldiers close to a C-130 Hercules military transport plane. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Leased from the Azerbaijani Silk Way Company for cargo transportation within Afghanistan, the plane crashed in Helmand province on Wednesday.
John Kerry is greeted by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during the Egypt Economic Development. (AFP/File)
07:07 GMT
The US top diplomat discussed a range of regional issues with al-Sissi during his brief visit to Cairo, officials from the two sides said, including the ongoing conflicts in Syria and Libya.
Bosnian Muslim political leader Bakir Izetbegovic speaks to journalists in Sarajevo, on January 17, 2016. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
The agreement was signed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and Minister of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina Dragan Mektic, who was received by the Crown Prince along with his accompanying delegation in Jeddah on Monday.
A total of 276 girls were abducted from Chibok in 2014. (CNN/AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
The first "Chibok girl" was found together with her 1-year-old baby, said Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaign spokesperson Sesugh Akume in a statement.
Egyptian officials have already sent out search and rescue teams. (File photo)
05:32 GMT
EgyptAir flight MS804 departed Paris Charles De Gaulle last night and disappeared off the radar in Egyptian airspace shortly before it was due to land.
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) and US Secretary of State John Kerry. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Kerry’s Cairo visit, Sisi’s speech and attempts by Netanyahu to bring the Labor party into the coalition fueled speculation that a behind-the scenes US-Egyptian initiative might be in the works.

May 18, 2016

A file photo of Boko Haram militants in Nigeria. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
Falmata Mbalala was found Tuesday in Baale Village near the town of Damboa, only a few kilometres from where she was kidnapped in 2014, according to army spokesman Sani Usman.
Migrants walk next to camp beds in a makeshift refugee shelter in a gym in Stern, Germany. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
The UN refugee agency has warned that millions of refugees across the world face homelessness due to a lack of funds for shelters.
President of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic kicked off her three-day visit to Iran at the head of a large delegation to forge new trade and political ties with Tehran which is emerging from sanctions.
Israeli soldiers look on during a crackdown on Palestinian Birzeit University students outside the Ofer prison near Ramallah on 13 February 2012. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
Local sources in the northernmost West Bank district of Jenin told Ma'an that Israeli troops raided the city of Jenin and detained Hamas member and former Palestinian Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Wasfi Qabaha from his home.
A competitor poses with his horse during a show of Arab horses at the Beirut Hippodrome. (AFP/File)
14:23 GMT
A competitor poses with his horse during a show of Arab horses at the Beirut Hippodrome. (AFP/File)
People applaud as Turkey's outgoing Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (C) walks on May 17, 2016 during the discussions on the ruling AK Party's proposal regarding the amendment of the immunity at the Turkish Parliament in Ankara. (AFP/Adem Altan)
14:00 GMT
The candidate is expected to be elected as the new prime minister during a congress on Sunday.
Turkish police stand guard at the scene of a crime. (AFP/File)
12:59 GMT
Turkish forces arrested six people suspected of distributing Daesh propaganda at cafes.
A general view of the Israeli West Bank settlement of Beitar Illit, near the Palestinian town of Bethlehem, on May 17, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
12:00 GMT
The al-Hawarin family has been made homeless because of private road construction to serve settlers.
Egyptian soliders at a guard post in North Sinai. (AFP/File)
11:39 GMT
A security sweep in North Sinai resulted in 21 arrests for intimidation, thuggery, and prison break.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) exit a news conference concerning the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), on Capitol Hill, May 17, 2016, in Washington, DC. (AFP/Getty Images/Drew Angerer)
11:03 GMT
President Obama has promised to veto the bill and it still has to be approved by Congress.
A Daesh bilboard in Sirte, Libya, describing how women must be dressed. (AFP/File)
10:05 GMT
A new report from Human Rights Watch details Daesh's complete and ruthless control over the Libyan city, Sirte.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a formal complaint to Germany after a German comedian recited a controversial poem mocking Erdogan on television. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
A seldom-enforced law states that any German citizen who insults a foreign head of state can face a fine or imprisonment up to five years.
Yemenis shop at a supermarket in the capital Sanaa on May 17, 2016. Prices of goods and fuel have risen in the war-torn country since Monday due to the fall in the value of the Yemeni rial against the dollar. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
09:00 GMT
Some 180,000 Yemeni children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition.
The Jordanian flag. (AFP/File)
08:45 GMT
Jordan has freed an Islamic preacher charged with inciting hatred on social media.
US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura address a joint press conference in Vienna, Austria, on May 17, 2016. (AFP/Leonhard Foeger)
08:30 GMT
The group announced that parties found to be persistently blocking aid deliveries could be excluded from a ceasefire.
Iraqi government forces on patrol in the Anbar province. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT
Iraqi troops launched a successful operation against Daesh in the western Anbar province.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Turkish President Erdogan addressed the Islamic Conference to reassert the need to create a safe zone in northern Syria.
French President Francois Hollande, right, with former Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri upon his arrival for a meeting at the Elysee Palace. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Hariri’s visit to Paris followed a letter Hollande sent to Speaker Nabih Berri, in which he said that France is making efforts to resolve the presidential election crisis, which entered its third year this month with no end in sight.

May 17, 2016

Baghdad car bombs kill 35 and wound 90. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
It was the latest in six consecutive days of attacks in and around the Iraqi capital. Responsibility for most has been claimed by the Sunni extremist Daesh group.
Taliban militants. (AFP/File)
17:30 GMT
Taliban militants ambushed a group of policemen, killing six.
Iraqi security forces gather at the site of a suicide bombing in northern Baghdad on May 17, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
16:30 GMT
A third suicide bombing has struck a predominately Shia neighborhood in Baghdad.
United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, addressed the press on May 15, 2016 about the progress of the Yemen peace talks. (AFP/Yasser Al-Zayyat)
16:00 GMT
The Yemeni government delegation withdrew from peace talks in Kuwait, citing Houthis' lack of cooperation with UN resolutions.
Former Kataeb party leader Amin Gemayel. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
Former Kataeb Party chief Amin Gemayel said that each party "disclaimed their alliance's commitments and favored their own interests and choices."
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura attend talks on Syria on May 17, 2016 in Vienna. (AFP/Dieter Nagl)
14:30 GMT
Multiple countries sent diplomats to Vienna to discuss reviving the stalled Syria peace talks.
A Syrian man displays picked Damask Roses (Rosa Damascena), which are used to make rose water, in the village of Marah, north of the capital Damascus. (AFP/File)
14:21 GMT
A Syrian man displays picked Damask Roses (Rosa Damascena), which are used to make rose water, in the village of Marah, north of the capital Damascus. (AFP/File)
In September 2014, an urgent matters court ordered the confiscation of the Muslim Brotherhood's capital and dissolving any organisations affiliated with it. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
Public prosecution previously referred 40 defendants to court on charges of belonging to a "terrorist organisation," breaking the protest law, and possession of "weapons and fire games with the intention of killing civilians, halting traffic, cutting off roads, resisting authorities, and destroying private and public facilities."
Israel frequently detains the bodies of Palestinians killed while allegedly carrying out attacks, preventing families from burying their relatives for months on end. (AFP/File)
13:30 GMT
Both families had to pay over $5,000 before the bodies would be released, and only 45 people were allowed to attend each funeral.
A man carrying a wounded friend after airstrikes in Idlib. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Missile strikes on a residential neighborhood killed a dozen in the Idlib province.
Afghan protesters chant anti-government slogans during a demonstration in Kabul on May 16, 2016. (AFP/File)
11:38 GMT
Demonstrators were angry about perceived unfairness in execution of TUTAP electricity project, which is set to connect Central Asia to South Asia.
A file photo of Saudi special forces. (AFP/File) Image used for illustrative purposes
11:04 GMT
Armed gunmen entered King Khalid Hospital and are believed to have killed at least eight people.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (L) and Turkish EU Affairs Minister Volkan Bozkir (R) hold a press conference. (AFP/File)
10:50 GMT
EU demands for Turkey to change its terrorism laws amounts to 'supporting terrorism', accused Cavusoglu.
A file photo of an earlier car bombing in Baghdad, Iraq. (AFP/File)
10:40 GMT
Two bombings in the north and south of Baghdad killed at least 13 people.
Migrants walk in the direction of the Eurotunnel terminal near Calais, northern France, on Aug. 6, 2015. (AFP/Philippe Huguen)
10:30 GMT
A doctor is under investigation for charging migrants for necessary medical certificates.
A Kurdish YPG fighter holds a position in northern Syria. (AFP/Fabio Bucciarelli)
10:00 GMT
The mass grave was discovered in a town near the Turkish border, which had been under Daesh control.
Palestinian fishermen collect fish from their nets in Gaza City. (AFP/File)
08:59 GMT
Nizar Ayyash said that Israeli gunboats obstructed a fishing boat off the coast from the town of Beit Lahiya, and detained Samih Zayid and his brother Ibrahim.
Women look at a huge crater after a powerful blast on May 13, 2016 in the area of Sarikamis on the outskirts of the majority Kurdish city of Diyarbakir. (AFP/Ilyas Akengin)
08:30 GMT
DNA test results raised the death toll from the explosion from the initial four fatalities to 17.
US Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Armenia's President Serzh Sargsyan on May 16, 2016 in Vienna, Austria as the leaders meet for the first time since fighting erupted over Nagorno Karabakh. (AFP/Leonhard Foeger)
08:00 GMT
Violence between Armenian-backed separatists and Azeri forces killed dozens of people last month.
A general view shows the Erez border crossing between Gaza and Israel. (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT
Gazans traveling to Jordan must obtain a 'non-objection paper' from Jordanian authorities, and many are rejected without knowing why.
A handout picture released by the Syiran Arab News Agency (SANA) shows a general view of the Shaer gas field in Homs' eastern countryside on November 15, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Daesh is believed to have blown up several pumping stations at Shaer gas field.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault. (AFP/Patrick Kovarik)
06:00 GMT
Calling the ongoing tensions between Israel and Palestine "untenable and dangerous," Ayrault revealed the premises for the peace initiative, which will reportedly aim for the establishment of a future Palestinian state along 1967 borders and a shared capital of Jerusalem.
Pro-UN-backed government protesters hold placards and shout slogans during a demonstration in Libya. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Top diplomats from 21 countries met to discuss ways to strengthen Libya's UN-backed government and stabilize the country, which has become a hub for Daesh and other extremists, as well as for migrant smugglers.

May 16, 2016

Sykes-Picot: The secret deal that changed the Middle East forever.
17:00 GMT
On the 100th anniversary of the deal to draw borders in the Mideast, academics argued it remains a living agreement.
Photo taken on April 8, 2003 shows former US President George W. Bush (R) greets former British Prime Minister Tony Blair (L) at Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
Scottish National Party’s Alex Salmond said former British Prime Minister Tony Blair should be taken to International Criminal Court (ICC) for involving the country in the invasion of Iraq if an inquiry reveals that Blair made a secret commitment to Washington to support the war.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, October 26, 2015. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
PM Benjamin Netanyahu has summoned minister of military affairs Moshe Ya’alon to an urgent meeting for supporting a senior officer who has likened the atmosphere in Israel to that of Nazi Germany.
An aerial view of Mukalla, Yemen. (AFP/File)
14:30 GMT
Al-Qaeda in Yemen threatened retaliation against the UAE for their participation in a military operation that pushed the militant group out of Mukalla.
Stabbing attacks by Palestinians against Israelis have declined over the last several weeks, but one-on-one violence is still ongoing. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
The suspect was apprehended by police after tossing away his knife and fleeing the scene.
Afghan protesters chant slogans during a demonstration in Kabul, May 16, 2016. (AFP/File)
13:30 GMT
Thousands of Hazara protested in Kabul against a government decision to reroute a massive power transmission line that will deprive an area dominated by the ethnic group of the key infrastructure project.
A Palestinian bedouin woman stands outside her demolished home. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Israeli forces demolished multiple EU-funded mobile homes belonging to Palestinian bedouins.
People look on as warplanes carry out bombing nearby in Kilis on May 7, 2016. (AFP/Ilyas Akengin)
12:30 GMT
Daesh rockets have lately targeted Turkish towns just over the Syrian border.
A general view showing the destruction in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital. (AFP/File)
11:43 GMT
Some 12,000 people, including 3,000 children, have reportedly been trapped in the besieged Palestinian refugee camp of Khan al-Shih near Damascus, amid heavy shelling, barrel bombs, and sniper fire that bombarded the area in recent days, international aid organization Save the Children reported on Friday.
Hezbollah, which once enjoyed near-universal support in Baalbek, but the group's popularity has dropped to about 70 percent. (AFP/File)
11:30 GMT
Residents attribute the drop in support to deteriorating economic, touristic, and living conditions in the area.
Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of Turkey's main opposition party, addresses media in Istanbul, on May 21, 2015. (AFP/File)
11:19 GMT
Hundreds of party members seeking to reach the hotel where the meeting was scheduled were blocked by barricades and water cannons, according to media reports.
Libyan police cadets. (AFP/File)
10:37 GMT
The chief of Tripoli police was assassinated by unknown gunmen on Saturday.
Algerian soldiers stand in front of a row of tanks. (AFP/File)
10:06 GMT
Algerian military security operations have uncovered multiple stockpiles of homemade explosives.
Istanbul police walk down a street in full gear. (AFP/File)
09:32 GMT
A homemade bomb exploded under an overpass in Istanbul, wounding at least four people.
A French initiative to restart talks between Israelis and Palestinians has been rejected by Benjamin Netanyahu, saying the only way to advance peace talks was through direct dialogue. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Palestine has welcomed the French initiative, but Israel is worried that an international forum would dictate the terms for a peace deal.
The earthquake shook parts of Egypt, Israel, and Jordan. (Shutterstock)
07:47 GMT
A magnitude 5 earthquake shook Egypt, Israel, and Jordan.
Taliban militants in Afghanistan. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Afghan security forces launched multiple operations against Taliban militants in the northwest provinces.
Yemeni police stand outside a public security office after a suicide bombing in Mukalla. (AFP/Stringer)
06:30 GMT
A Daesh suicide bomber killed at least 30 police recruits in Mukalla.
Yehia Kalash, head of Egyptian press syndicate, speaks during a news conference on World Press Freedom Day at the syndicate's headquarters in downtown Cairo May 3, 2016. (Twitter/Ahram)
06:00 GMT
The ongoing clash between the syndicate and the ministry started after police stormed the syndicate headquarters on 1 May to arrest two journalists on charges including inciting the public to violence and plotting to overthrow the regime.
The wedding at the Kucukcekmece Yahya Kemal Beyatli venue was conducted by Istanbul’s mayor, Kadir Topbas. (File photo)
05:00 GMT
Ceremony attended by domestic and international leaders, plus senior political figures.

May 15, 2016

Ibrahim Abu Mustaf, 83, who says he is a former inhabitant of the town of Beersheva, carries the key to his former home in the Khan Yunis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip on May 15, 2016, on the 68th anniversary of the Nakba. (AFP/Said Khatib)
17:00 GMT
Raids were carried out in Qalqiliya, Hebron, and Bethlehem, with tear gas and stun grenades being deployed in clashes.
A Yemeni artist sprays graffiti on a wall in the capital Sanaa in support of peace. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
Peace talks in Kuwait have remained in deadlock since they began on April 11.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (AFP/Dan Balilty)
15:00 GMT
While the Palestinians have welcomed the French effort, Israel is concerned it will be faced with foreign dictates.
File picture shows an Egyptian miltary convoy in the North Sinai provincial capital El-Arish. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
Security forces are battling a decade-long Islamist insurgency in parts of North Sinai, which spiked in 2013.
A UAE military aircraft has crashed during a training flight, killing the pilot and instructor. (File photo)
13:00 GMT
It is not yet known what type of aircraft was involved or the location of the crash.
Angela Merkel's support for refugees has drawn extensive criticism at home. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Turkey has faced sharp criticism in recent months for taking legal action against politically critical journalists and blocking foreign reporters' access to the country.