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Syrian authorities executed between 5,000 and 13,000 detainees in Saydnaya military prison during the first five years of the conflict, according to reports (AFP/File)
October 20, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
Tens of thousands of people remain in detention or have ‘disappeared’ in Syria, devastating countless families. Nevertheless, advocates say the issue has largely been avoided in peace talks and negotiations aimed at bringing an end to the Syrian conflict.
On an average around 127 divorce cases take place in a day (Shutterstock/File)
October 19, 2017 - 19:00 GMT
The number of divorce cases in Saudi Arabia has exponentially increased in recent years.
most civilians who had fled Raqqa “will likely be stuck in camps for months or years to come
October 19, 2017 - 14:49 GMT
The statement by Kurdish internal security forces in Raqqa was released as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) combed the city for explosives and remnants of the militant group two days after retaking it from ISIS.
Iraqi officials have issued an arrest warrant for Kurdish Vice President Kosrat Rasul (AFP)
October 19, 2017 - 14:10 GMT
Iraqi officials have issued an arrest warrant for Kurdish Vice President Kosrat Rasul after the politician described troops in Kirkuk as invaders.
Settlement construction is a controversial topic in the West Bank (AFP)
October 19, 2017 - 13:41 GMT
European countries are calling on Israel to provide compensation for destroying houses and schools in the West Bank.
Greenblatt’s comments were aimed at Hamas, which has governed Gaza since mid-2007 when it wrested the coastal enclave from the PA after several days of street-fighting (Shutterstock/File)
October 19, 2017 - 13:18 GMT
The U.S. envoy responsible for Israel-Palestine peace talks said Thursday that Washington welcomed the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s return to the blockaded Gaza Strip following a 10-year hiatus.
On Sunday, the Transportation Ministry announced that Baghdad and Riyadh had signed an agreement to begin reciprocal flights between the two capitals following a 27-year hiatus (AFP/File)
October 19, 2017 - 13:16 GMT
A Saudi passenger plane touched down at Baghdad’s international airport on Wednesday for the first time in more than a quarter-century, according to Iraq’s Transportation Ministry.
The Israeli delegation left the talks following the remarks by Al-Ghanim (pictured above) and several other parliamentarians in the midst of applause (AFP/File)
October 19, 2017 - 12:30 GMT
National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim sternly told the Israeli delegation that participated in the IPU conference to leave after hearing the latter’s comments on the Palestinian lawmakers languishing in jail.
Her chilling remarks came 24 hours after MI5 director general Andrew Parker warned Britain is facing its worst-ever terrorist threat (AFP/File)
October 19, 2017 - 11:55 GMT
Elaine Duke, Donald Trump’s acting Secretary of Homeland Security, said jihadists were using crude knives and van attacks to keep their members engaged and their finances flowing as they plot another ‘big explosion’ similar to the September 2001 atrocities.
The man who wanted to look like a shark, courtesy Warda Network
October 19, 2017 - 08:47 GMT
Austria's new 'burqa ban' law prohibits certain types of face coverings AKA almost every good Halloween costume
On Oct. 6, the Trump administration lifted long-standing economic sanctions on Sudan (AFP/File)
October 19, 2017 - 08:07 GMT
The United States will not relieve Sudan’s external debts until the country’s name is removed from the list of the countries that sponsor terrorism, Sudan’s Finance Minister Mohamed Osman Alriakbi said on Wednesday.
A woman wearing a niqab or burqa would have to remove the clothing while using public transit (Shutterstock/File)
October 19, 2017 - 07:53 GMT
Muslim women will be forced to remove their face coverings and burqas to access public services, including riding a bus, under a new law passed Wednesday by the Quebec National Assembly.
Syrian Kurdish female fighters (AFP/File)
October 19, 2017 - 07:00 GMT
Nursel Kilic is proud to be part of what she called a growing feminist movement in the Kurdish-controlled Democratic Federation of Northern Syria, commonly known as Rojava. A self-described “militant,” Kilic is working to give the Kurdish Women’s Movement international exposure.
Maung Zarni is a democracy advocate, Rohingya campaigner, and an adviser to European Centre for the Study of Extremism (Youtube/Rohingya VisionTV)
October 19, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
The Burmese scholar in an exclusive interview with FNA said that Aung San Suu Kyi's leadership has been the direct product of the icon manufacturing by Western media and activists which was intended to give acceptability to what, he believes, is a “military-controlled ethnocracy, wrapped in Buddhism.”
A boy sits on top of a destroyed tank in Syria, AFP/File
October 18, 2017 - 14:54 GMT
The Atlantic recently published an article claiming the war against ISIS brought the Middle East together. Al Bawaba debunks the article's claims, and reveals a disturbing lack of imagination in the all-too common thinking that the Middle East needs war to get peace.
The SDF announces the launch of its anti-ISIS offensive in Deir Ezzor last month (AFP)
October 18, 2017 - 14:26 GMT
The Islamists now control less than half of the province, following considerable regime advances to the south of the city on Tuesday.