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Mosul’s local authorities do not have the required machines or financial resources to rescue victims' bodies from under the rubble (AFP/File)
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Hundreds of bodies are still trapped under the rubble in the Old City — the civil defense teams cannot pull them out because of the booby traps, improvised explosive devices and car bombs that have been left behind by the militants.
Sanitation is connected to 19% of Egyptian villages (Shutterstock/File)
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The coverage of sanitation across the country is 56%, according to the Minister of Housing Utilities and Urban Communities Mostafa Madbouly.
Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Al Bawaba
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Bin Salman wants to unify Saudi's military--that could actually threaten his power more than anything else he has done so far
30 to 50 children were being deported daily from Iran (AFP/File)
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The children were deported through the Islam Qala border crossing in Herat and via the border of Nimroz with Iran, said the officials.
The security center provided no further details regarding the reported attack (Shutterstock/File)
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Saudi Arabia’s National Cyber Security Center said Monday that it had detected an “advanced” cyber-attack targeting the kingdom.
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (AFP)
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Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has ignored calls to resign and might instead face removal from the office he's held for nearly 40 years.
Myanmar's foreign minister and state councilor Aung San Suu Kyi (AFP/File)
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Myanmar's foreign minister Aung San Suu Kyi has blamed illegal immigration for spreading terrorism around the world amid accusations her army violently pushed out Rohingya Muslims out of the country.
One of the worst countries on earth for children is war-torn Yemen (AFP)
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As we mark World Children’s Day, the Middle East is among the worst places on the planet for children with many youngsters facing poverty, abuse, and even death.
Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz (AFP/File)
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Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz named Saudi as one of the countries Israel happily works with.
Maram Susli aka "Syrian Girl", "Partisan Girl" via Youtube
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A lot of Syria experts don’t like Maram Susli, also known as “PartisanGirl.” The Damascus born blogger runs popular accounts on Youtube and Twitter from Sydney. She’s an outspoken advocate of Bashar Al Assad, and consistently questions western media accounts of the Syrian War, as well as the intentions of the United States generally.
It remains unclear how many rounds of questioning it will take to finalize the case (AFP/File)
10:56 GMT
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was questioned for more than four hours by Lahav 433 National Crime Unit interrogators at his official residence in Jerusalem on Sunday.
The U.S. threatened to close the Washington offices of the PLO (AFP)
08:19 GMT
Palestinian resistance group Hamas on Sunday described the U.S. decision to close the Washington offices of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) as “biased towards Israel”.
The Arab League Meeting in Cairo on Nov. 19, 2017 (AFP)
07:42 GMT
Foreign ministers of the Arab League convened an extraordinary meeting to discuss "Iran’s interventions in the region" upon the request of Saudi Arabia in Cairo on Sunday.
ISIS established schools, training camps and a new curriculum to disseminate its ideology (AFP/File)
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As ISIS continues to lose territory in its major strongholds in Syria, activists and civil society organizations are leading deradicalization efforts, hoping ultimately to erase the militants’ ideological legacy.

November 19, 2017

“For Universal Children’s day, I only wish that no child cries, or feels sad" (AFP/File)
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Millions of children in war-weary Syria continue to be deprived of their most basic rights -- education, health, and protection for violence, a refugee rights body said.
U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron (AFP/File)
14:57 GMT
U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday agreed on the need to partner with allies to respond to the destabilization activities of Hezbollah and Iran in the region.
President Robert Mugabe (AFP/File)
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Zimbabwe's ruling party voted Sunday to oust President Robert Mugabe, one day after thousands marched in the streets to demand his resignation.
He said his group is “relaxed, unworried and not afraid of anything" (AFP/File)
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“This major patriotic, heroic and brave stance has reversed and thwarted the Saudi plan -- although in its first round,” Hezbollah politburo chief Ibrahim Amin al-Sayyed said.
The Arab League (AFP/File)
13:27 GMT
The Arab League is holding an emergency meeting with the foreign ministers of member states on Sunday upon a request submitted by Saudi Arabia.
 banner bearing the images of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (R) and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) hangs on a pedestrian crossing bridge in the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli. The caption in Arabic says: "firm and moderating leadership". (JOSEPH EID / AFP)
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banner bearing the images of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (R) and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) hangs on a pedestrian crossing bridge in the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli. The caption in Arabic says: "firm and moderating leadership". (JOSEPH EID / AFP)
The proposal aims to promote the integrity and protection of whistleblowers (AFP/File)
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The campaign against corruption will be ramped up next week if and when the Shoura Council discusses a proposal for the protection of whistleblowers.
The number of displaced people has remained stable (AFP/File)
08:22 GMT
An international official said that the decline of clashes with the rebels groups and inter-communal violence did not help to create a conducive environment for the return of displaced people to their area of origin.
The PLO is the officially recognized representative of the Palestinian people (AFP/File)
07:04 GMT
Palestine has threatened to cut off “all communication” with the U.S. over its warning to close the Washington offices of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

November 18, 2017

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri (C) steps into a car on his way to the Elysee Presidential Palace on November 18, 2017 (Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP)
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According to the statement, Hariri told Aoun that he will return to Beirut on Tuesday to take part in Independence Day celebrations, which will be held on Wednesday.
For the first time in ten years, the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt is manned by security forces loyal to the national unity government of the Palestinian Authority (Said Khatib/AFP)
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On Saturday morning Egypt opened that border crossing for a three day period to allow students, valid visa holders and the sick to enter Egypt.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri (C), surrounded by security personel, speaks on the phone as he arrives in Paris early November 18, 2017 (Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP)
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French President Emmanuel Macron said he would welcome Saad Hariri at the Elysee Palace Saturday as Lebanon’s prime minister, as Hariri denied rumors over the circumstances surrounding his two-week stay in Saudi Arabia.
German Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel (R) and Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil talk after giving a joint press conference on November 16, 2017 in Berlin (Soeren Stache/dpa/AFP)
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Saudi Arabia has recalled its ambassador to Berlin in protest over the German foreign minister’s comments regarding Lebanon’s resigned Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Saudi state media said Saturday.

November 17, 2017

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is confident ahead of Syria crisis talks (AFP)
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday the Russian-Iranian-Turkish summit due in Sochi on Wednesday would help in finding a political settlement to the Syrian crisis.
Iraqi armed forces have liberated Rawa, the last remaining town under the grip of ISIS (AFP)
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Iraqi armed forces have liberated Rawa, the last remaining town under the grip of the Daesh terror group, hours after they launched the offensive.
Russia has blocked the extension of a UN inquiry into responsibility for chemical attacks in Syria (AFP)
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Russia cast its tenth veto of a UN Security Council resolution concerning the Syrian conflict Thursday, blocking the extension of a UN inquiry into responsibility for chemical attacks in the country.
"There is a solution: the return of the Deir Ezzor’s Free Syrian Army" (AFP/File)
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As ISIS pulls out of eastern Syria, U.S.-backed forces will have to contend with stabilizing this territory. But without local allies, the security of SDF-held territory will be challenged, write journalist Omar Abu Layla and security expert Nicholas A. Heras.

November 16, 2017

Al-Qaim was recaptured by the Iraqi army late last month (AFP/File)
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At least 25 percent of Iraq’s Al-Qaim district, which the army recently recaptured from ISIS, has been “totally destroyed,” a local official said Thursday.
A child being treated at a hospital in Yemen on May 6, 2017 (AFP)
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Save the Children reported that Yemen will see an average of 130 children a day - or one child every 10 minutes - die this year due to obstructions to humanitarian aid and what is currently regarded as the largest cholera outbreak seen in modern history.
Plans to build 6,500 settlement units in the West Bank have been approved since the beginning of 2017 (AFP)
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Palestinians in the West Bank have been dealt another blow after Israel’s Attorney General said that privately-owned Palestinian land could be seized for settler’s use.
Pakistani armed forces have been accused firing more than 1,000 artillery shells in the area so far (AFP/File)
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At least 200 Afghan families from eastern Kunar province have been displaced allegedly due to ongoing shelling by Pakistani forces, according to a regional police chief Thursday.
Thousands of migrants still arrive in Libya, hoping to reach Europe (AFP/File)
11:02 GMT
Migrants and refugees are being sold as slaves by human traffickers in Libya for as little as a few hundred dollars, a shocking report has found.
Macron and Hariri shakes hands in September, 2017, AFP/File
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Macron's offer for Hariri to stay in France announces Macron as a major Middle East player and spells trouble for Saudi's regional influence
French President Emmanuel Macron and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Paris on Sept. 1, 2017 (AFP)
10:19 GMT
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has accepted French President Emmanuel Macron's invitation to Paris, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced from Riyadh on Thursday.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (AFP/File)
09:29 GMT
Imposing sanctions against Myanmar over the ongoing Rohingya crisis are "not advisable" at this time, the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday.
Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, chairperson of the Qatar Foundation (AFP/File)
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Qatar remains unchanged despite the blockade, stated Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, chairperson of the Qatar Foundation (QF), on Wednesday while opening the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) 2017.
Bashrawi turned himself in after entering into Lebanon from Syria (AFP/File)
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Saudi citizen Ali al-Bashrawi turned himself in to a Lebanese Army checkpoint in the Hermel area of Jisr Hawsh al-Sayyed Ali, an army statement said.
The Rmeylan oilfield, one of the largest in Syria (AFP/File)
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Experts weigh in on how the capture of formerly ISIS-held territory could impact Syria’s oil and gas sector, and the various groups competing for control over this playing field.

November 15, 2017

Last month, the city council said it would strip her of the Freedom of Oxford, bestowed in 1997 (AFP/File)
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Aung San Suu Kyi’s failure to speak out against the mass killing of Rohingya Muslims has seen her reputation as a force for democracy and liberty greatly tarnished.
The publication, which is free of charge and available as an online version, is entirely shaped by refugees, whether in Zaatari camp or abroad (AFP/File)
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Started in 2014 through a grant from the government of Japan, The Road Media is the first of its kind news publication in a refugee camp setting.
ISIS fighters fled from Raqqa across Syria and Turkey (AFP)
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Pressure is mounting on the U.S. to condemn a deal which allowed scores of ISIS troops to flee Raqqa and left many questioning whether the White House is truly committed to defeating the terror group.
A child in Yemen stands among rubble, AFP
15:05 GMT
The U.S., U.K., Germany, France, and the UAE are all helping to arm Saudi's Forever War in Yemen
Lebanese President Michel Aoun (AFP/File)
14:40 GMT
Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Wednesday said resigned Prime Minister Saad Hariri was being held against his will in Riyadh, from which he abruptly announced his resignation 12 days ago.
President Robert Mugabe (AFP/File)
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Zimbabwe's military took over state television on Wednesday to announce President Robert Mugabe has been placed under house arrest in South Africa.
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We spoke with John McAfee, founder of McAfee Security (which sold to Intel for 7.68Bn in 2011), who is currently chief analyst and developer at MGT Capital Investments, a Bitcoin mining operation based out of the United States, to get a sense of how governments in the Middle East and elsewhere are responding to emerging blockchain technologies.
An Iranian man rests as he lies atop salvaged mattresses and items outside damaged buildings in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab near the border with Iraq following a 7.3-magnitude earthquake that left hundreds killed and thousands homeless. 
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Photo of the Week: Iran Earthquake
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri (AFP/File)
11:34 GMT
Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who submitted his resignation on Nov. 4 from Saudi Arabia, will reportedly return to Lebanon within two days, al-Akhbar daily reported on Wednesday.
Assad said Hariri “is not the master himself” (AFP/File)
09:17 GMT
Reports have quoted Assad speaking in front of a delegation of the parties of the Arab Front, that Hariri “is not the master himself and he was sacked and did not resign.”
Since Aug. 25 more than 617,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh (AFP/File)
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The U.N.’s migration agency on Tuesday warned of the trafficking, exploitation and sexual abuse of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
A camp for internally displaced people at Ain Issa on Oct. 21, 2017 (AFP)
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As ISIS is pushed out of Deir Ezzor, local groups must lead the provision of public services and be given political representation. Failure to do this could lead to a new nationalist movement, writes local activist Karam Alhamad.

November 14, 2017

An internally displaced family in Kabul, in 2015 (AFP)
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The U.N. in Afghanistan said on Monday the ragging violence in Afghanistan has displaced an additional 19,000 more people, piling the total to 338,000 this year alone.
 Mohammed Huwais/AFP PHOTO
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As the world watches the growing conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Yemen undergoes one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world
The outspoken ex-Muslim is not afraid to challenge both the left and the right for their views on Islam and Muslims. (Twitter @aliamjadrizvi)
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The outspoken ex-Muslim is not afraid to challenge both the left and the right for their views on Islam and Muslims.
Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi meeting on Nov. 14, 2017 (AFP)
13:54 GMT
Lebanon’s Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi, head of the Maronite Church, met on Tuesday with Saad Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanon’s prime minister from Riyadh on Nov. 4.
Guards in front of the Saudi Embassy in Beirut (AFP/File)
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The Saudi Embassy in Beirut has received threats that an unknown group will kidnap 15 Saudi citizens in Lebanon, media reports published Tuesday said.
Rohingya have been described by the U.N. as the world's most persecuted people (AFP/File)
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A leading rights group on Tuesday derided as “laughable” and “pathetic” the Myanmar military’s claims that there was no evidence of abuses by soldiers in Rakhine state.
Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani (AFP/File)
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Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani said Tuesday countries that imposed sanctions on his country don’t want to seek a solution to the crisis.
The law aims to criminalize all forms of discrimination against individuals and groups (AFP/File)
10:19 GMT
The Islamic and Judicial Affairs Committee requested the study of the proposed law, which criminalizes acts that involve aversion to any religion and the spreading of hatred or discrimination.
There was no claim of responsibility for the attack (AFP/File)
09:56 GMT
The bombing struck a main security building the city, which is the temporary seat of Yemen’s internationally recognized government.
The militants wanted to overrun the checkpoints and capture the district center (AFP/File)
09:03 GMT
At least 45 Taliban insurgents and 22 policemen have been killed as insurgents stormed security checkpoints in Maiwand district of southern Kandahar province, an official said on Tuesday.
The closure was due to continuous rock-throwing by youths of the village (AFP/File)
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Israeli forces on Monday punitively sealed off a Palestinian village in the central occupied West Bank, reportedly in retaliation for continuous stone-throwing by youth from the area.
Villages and cities near the quake are suffering from widespread power outages and destruction of property (AFP)
07:17 GMT
At least 450 people have been killed and thousands are injured near the Iran-Iraq border after the region was rocked by a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake, authorities said Monday.
1,456 operations were carried out against terrorist organization (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Nearly 5,000 suspects have been nabbed in one week across Turkey for terrorism, drug trafficking, and smuggling, according to the Interior Ministry Monday.

November 13, 2017

At least 45 percent of the South Sudanese population will face severe food insecurity during this year’s harvest season (AFP/File)
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The number of South Sudanese forced to flee the country could reach the three million mark if the war continues by the end of next year, a top United Nations official said.
Mohammad bin Salman, Al Bawaba
15:18 GMT
Mohammad bin Salman is the key to understanding what is going on in the Middle East right now.
Around 50 people were injured in the airstrikes (AFP/File)
14:59 GMT
At least 10 people have been killed Monday in airstrikes that targeted a marketplace in Syria’s northwestern Aleppo province, local sources said.
Israel has come in for repeated criticism from the U.N. (AFP)
14:11 GMT
During a time when the Middle East may seem more divided than ever, the region’s major players have found common ground - criticism of the United Nations.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (AFP/File)
12:43 GMT
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson reiterated in talks with his Lebanese counterpart Jebran Bassil, the U.K.'s support for Lebanon and that the country should not be used as a tool for proxy conflicts, a press release said on Monday.
A much-awaited live interview was done with Hariri on Sunday night by Future TV (AFP)
12:42 GMT
When Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation in a televised speech from Saudi Arabia last weekend, it stunned his country and created a mystery that lasted for more than a week. On Sunday, another TV appearance by Hariri was filled with bizarre moments.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun (AFP/File)
11:24 GMT
President Michel Aoun on Monday said that Prime Minister Saad Hariri's remarks on the possibility of reconsidering his own resignation was a “positive” indicator.
Those ports are in Aden, Mocha, and Mukalla in southern and western Yemen (AFP/File)
10:35 GMT
Saudi Arabia said Monday the Saudi-led coalition will reopen Yemen’s ports, days after closing them over a ballistic missile attack by Houthi rebels on Riyadh.
Last week, the WHO warned that more Yemeni civilians will die over the closure of the Yemeni ports (AFP/File)
10:14 GMT
Thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of the capital Sanaa on Monday to protest the closure of Yemen’s ports by a Saudi-led military coalition.
Rifi requested that Tripoli’s residents refrain from engaging with security forces while the removal of the posters was underway (AFP)
09:50 GMT
Authorities removed all political posters and banners in Tripoli Sunday after a poster of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman was burned in the city over the weekend.
After his performance, Duterte said he sang the song for Trump (AFP)
08:46 GMT
President Donald Trump arrived in the Philippines Sunday and met with President Rodrigo Duterte, who sang a love song for his American counterpart.
An injured person being treated in Sulaimaniyah Hospital in Iraq after the earthquake (AFP)
07:33 GMT
An earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale rocked northern Iraq and Iran, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Sunday evening.
Aoun said he would not accept Hariri's resignation until he returns to Lebanon to explain his position (AFP)
07:33 GMT
Lebanon's resigned prime minister Saad Hariri said late Sunday that he would return to his country ‘soon’, during a televised interview.
"If the government takes Boukamal, they will show that they can control this area and can push back U.S. proxies" (AFP)
06:00 GMT
The Syrian government is trying to capture the last ISIS stronghold in Syria. If it’s successful, it would be positioned for both a military and economic boost as it moves to secure a section of its frontier with Iraq, according to Fabrice Balanche of the Hoover Institution.

November 12, 2017

“It is like rebirth, a new beginning,” a resident says. “Will my neighbors ever return? I don’t know" (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT
Akram al-Khoule and his 7-year-old son hold hands as they stare at the once familiar primary school building, now demolished, looted of its contents and stripped of its identifying markers.
119 Palestinian-owned structures were demolished by Israel in East Jerusalem since the beginning of the year (AFP/FIle)
18:00 GMT
A Palestinian from the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan was forced to destroy his own home on Saturday in order to avoid incurring a demolition fee from Israel’s Jerusalem Municipality, which was set to carry out the demolition.
Hariri had announced his resignation on Nov. 4 in a surprising and pre-recorded statement from Saudi Arabia (AFP/File)
15:21 GMT
Prime Minister Saad Hariri will appear in a TV interview in the coming hours, talk show hostess Paula Yacoubian confirmed on Sunday.
“Several of the 26 Yemeni airports are currently not operational" (AFP/FIle)
15:10 GMT
Commercial flights in and out of Yemen will resume on Sunday after the Saudi-led coalition fighting to restore the legitimate government lifted a week-long ban.
Rebellion is punishable by death under Sudanese criminal laws (AFP/File)
14:40 GMT
Brig. Abdul Rahman Al-Ja’ali, a spokesman for the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), said that Abdullah Rizig, a commander of the Savana rebel group, was arrested late Saturday in North Darfur after clashes between rebels and government troops.
Charles, Prince of Wales (AFP/File)
13:37 GMT
Prince Charles was fiercely criticized last night after it emerged he once urged the U.S. to "take on the Jewish lobby" – and blamed "the influx of foreign Jews" for causing unrest in the Middle East.
Student and academics from Cambridge and dozens of other British universities penned a letter to the university, disavowing what they call a ''threat to academic freedom" (AFP/File)
13:35 GMT
Academics and student activists have slammed Cambridge University, accusing it of censorship for threatening to cancel an event hosted by the Palestine Society featuring BDS founder Omar Barghouti.
Opposition activists say he is also likely somewhere in the wide desert that stretches toward Iraq (AFP/File)
11:51 GMT
Syrian opposition activists denied claims that al-Baghdadi was in Boukamal, also known as Abu Kamal, saying that the government is trying to make up for its losses it suffered while recapturing the city last week before again losing parts to extremists.
Both the police’s and the state prosecution’s suspicion of bribery is getting stronger (AFP/File)
08:35 GMT
There is increasing evidence to support bribery charges against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in corruption Case 1000, according to media reports.
Somalian forces and international partners conducted the two different operations (AFP/File)
08:02 GMT
At least 81 al-Shabaab militants were killed in Jilib province in two new security operations, said Information Minister Abdurahman Osman on Sunday.

November 11, 2017

US President Donald Trump chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting (Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP)
14:26 GMT
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his American counterpart Donald Trump agreed there was no military solution to the Syrian conflict, the Kremlin said on Saturday.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi arriving in Mosul to declare victory over ISIS there in July (file photo/AFP)
13:08 GMT
"Iraq has lost $100 billion in the anti-Daesh war, but we have achieved success in three battles; namely liberating the land, maintaining Iraq’s unity and standing up to the threats," al-Abadi said Saturday.
“There is no legitimate place or role in Lebanon for any foreign forces, militias or armed elements other than the legitimate security forces of the Lebanese state,” Tillerson also said in his statement (file photo/AFP)
11:13 GMT
The U.S. Secretary of State also said he recognized Hariri as Lebanon’s prime minister, calling him a “strong partner of the United States.”
A poster of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hangs on a pedestrian crossing bridge in the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli (Joseph Eid/AFP)
07:39 GMT
The incident came on the same day that Saudi Arabia ordered its citizens to leave Lebanon immediately amid skyrocketing tensions with Iran and Hizbullah and warnings to the Lebanese government.

November 10, 2017

The U.S. has called for unimpeded access for commercial and humanitarian good to get into Yemen (AFP)
15:02 GMT
The U.S. joined ranks with the UN and 22 aid agencies on Thursday, urging Saudi Arabia to end its blockade of Yemen.
Saudi Arabia, and Gulf allies Kuwait and the UAE, have ordered their citizens to leave Lebanon (AFP)
09:40 GMT
Saudi Arabia, and Gulf allies Kuwait and the UAE, have ordered their citizens to leave Lebanon and avoid travel there as tensions in the Middle East hit a fever pitch.
Police launched raids in Istanbul targeting residences and hideouts of 82 suspects (AFP)
09:19 GMT
Turkish security authorities have anew cracked down on suspected elements of the so-called Islamic state (IS) group, also known as "Daesh."
Sexual, Gender-Based Violence Among Most Horrific Weapons of War: UN Report on Rohingya Women
'Many are Unable to See Muslims as Victims': Jordan's Queen Rania on Rohingya Crisis

The Rohingya are described by the U.N. as the world's most persecuted people (AFP)
06:00 GMT
A New York-based international human rights group has called on world leaders meeting for summits in Asia this week in Manila to address the Rohingya crisis as well as the human rights situation in the Philippines connected with the government's campaign against illegal drugs.

November 9, 2017

In mid-2014, ISIS overran Nineveh’s Talkif district, forcing tens of thousands of local residents -- mostly Christians -- to flee the area (AFP/File)
21:00 GMT
"This [church restoration] is an invitation to our Christian neighbors who fled the city earlier to return to their homes and practice their faith in peace and security," al-Hayali said.