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August 16, 2017

Authorities say Oksuz was detained near an Ankara air base hours after the coup attempt. (AFP)
14:13 GMT
Turkey sent a diplomatic note requesting the extradition of Adil Oksuz.
President Hassan Rouhani. (AFP)
11:45 GMT
The BBC says it has an audience of over 13 million in the country, a figure which places it as the seventh biggest market worldwide.
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has launched a crackdown on press freedom since coming to power
11:10 GMT
An Egyptian opposition journalist has been released by German authorities after they briefly detained him based on an Interpol arrest warrant issued by the Egyptian regime.
Most Jordanian women stayed away from the voting booth during recent elections
10:21 GMT
Despite the significance of their participation as candidates in the municipal councils and governorate councils, Jordanian women showed up in “weak” numbers to vote in Tuesday’s elections, according to official figures.
Among those arrested include journalists, human rights defenders and opposition government officials. (AFP)
10:07 GMT
Police operation launched in Turkey to track down 33 former staff of a national scientific research agency.
ISIS jihadists planned to seize Tunisian territory
09:53 GMT
Tunisia has said it had foiled a "terrorist plot" aimed at allowing Islamic State group jihadists to seize part of its territory.
The report failed to look into policy in the US, where Trump is battling with courts to ban Muslims from entering the country. (AFP)
08:59 GMT
US annual religious freedom report slams its allies in the Gulf, including Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
Syria has become a political playground for big players in the region like Saudi Arabia. (AFP)
08:53 GMT
There’s something much bigger at stake than the fate of mere Syrians in the mind of these actors: an attempt to curtail and ideologically condition the trajectory of the Arab spring.

August 15, 2017

Rouhani calls out Trump as 'not a good partner' in parliament. (File/photo)
15:06 GMT
Rouhani warned today that Iran may abandon the Nuclear Deal struck in 2015 if US sanctions on the country continue.
This move is the latest indication of developing alliances between the gulf and Iraq. (AFP)
13:36 GMT
For the past 27 years the border has been closed aside from once annually for the Hajj pilgrimage.
Syria's Assad: Anti-imperialist hero and alt-right idol. (AFP/File)
12:31 GMT
He's an alt-right idol, but also an anti-imperialist hero.
Floral tributes for murdered student Giulio Regeni
12:26 GMT
Italy is sending an ambassador back to Egypt, 15 months after withdrawing the previous envoy in protest of the slow pace of a probe into an Italian student's mysterious murder.
The deaths at the Israeli embassy in Amman sparks protests across Jordan
12:05 GMT
Jordan refuses to allow Israel's ambassador to return to Amman unless the security guard who shot dead two Jordanians is investigated and tried.
Can the Gulf Crisis ever be resolved
11:37 GMT
More than two months have passed since Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, along with Bahrain and also Egypt, imposed a blockade on Qatar.
The Muslim minority in Myanmar is facing extreme persecution. (AFP/File)
11:17 GMT
The Muslim minority in Myanmar is facing extreme persecution.
Erdogan said the party had undergone a lot of changes during the last 16 years. (AFP)
09:43 GMT
Erdogan claims the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party needs to undergo a "much more radical change" ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Half a million people have been infected with the deadly disease as refuse services have all but stopped and water is unsafe to drink in war-struck Yemen. (AFP/File)
08:45 GMT
Half a million people have been infected with the deadly disease as refuse services have all but stopped and water is unsafe to drink in war-struck Yemen.
An Iraqi soldier in Mosul. (AFP)
08:44 GMT
Iraq's prime minister has refused pressure from Bahrain to join the Saudi-led diplomatic and economic offensive aimed at Doha.
While the groups are united against IS, the potential for sectarian tension remains a concern. (AFP)
08:31 GMT
While the groups are united against IS, the potential for sectarian tension remains a concern.
Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih (R) and Iraqi Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luaybi hold a joint press conference in the Saudi Red Sea resort. (AFP)
07:59 GMT
Saudi Arabia and Iraq launch joint trade commission.

August 14, 2017

Activists gathered to protest the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi
19:34 GMT
Today marks the fourth anniversary of the death of at least 900 protesters at the hands of the Egyptian security forces.
Moqtada al-Sadr. (file/photo)
16:30 GMT
Who is Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr?
Syrian refugees working in the agricultural camps in Adana, Turkey, on July 16, 2017 | Diego Cupolo/NurPhoto
15:34 GMT
The founder of the consultancy behind the annual Arab Youth Survey explains why they did their first-ever poll of Syrian refugees and what the young refugees surveyed in Lebanon and Jordan said about the conflict and their attitudes toward going home.
Journalist Hisham Gaafar could face up to 25 years in prison
13:52 GMT
Human Rights Watch has urged Egypt to provide adequate medical care for an imprisoned journalist, whose chronic eye and prostate conditions are worsening.
Marsa Alam is a popular tourist resort
13:14 GMT
A judge ordered on Saturday that an Italian tourist accused of killing an Egyptian engineer be kept in detention.
Twitter is popular among internet users in Saudi Arabia
12:10 GMT
Saudi Arabia has summoned a group of Twitter users for online posts allegedly threatening the "safety and moderate ideology of society", as the kingdom aims to curb dissent and sectarianism.
Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. (File/photo)
12:00 GMT
Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr visits Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, calling for better relations between Iraq and UAE.
It is likely there will be bloodshed as different religious and political groups clash in post-ISIS Iraq. (AFP)
11:27 GMT
It is likely there will be bloodshed as different religious and political groups clash in post-ISIS Iraq.
Such tours have the potential to cause extreme tension at the holy site. (AFP)
10:15 GMT
Such tours have the potential to cause extreme tension at the holy site.
In excess of 2 million are expected for the Hajj this year. (File/Photo)
09:05 GMT
31 Muslim pilgrims have died whilst carrying out the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (AFP)
08:28 GMT
Iraqi Minister reveals how he has been assigned to mediate between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

August 13, 2017

With displacement crises lasting on average 20 years, entire generations of children are missing out on an education | Shutterstock.
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Education is not only an internationally recognised right. It can also serve peace-building and conflict resolution objectives, countering some of the underlying causes of conflict through fostering inclusion, understanding of human rights and tolerance.
Another example of police brutality in Turkey. (AFP/File)
14:42 GMT
Another example of police brutality in Turkey.
The extremist group eventually set up a base in Qatar, despite Saudi and the UAE attempting to host them. (AFP)
13:06 GMT
The extremist group eventually set up a base in Qatar, despite Saudi and the UAE attempting to host them.
The civil war has devastated the already poor country. (AFP/File)
12:22 GMT
The civil war has devastated the already poor country.
Illustration of crowd protesting for basic human rights with blank signs and flag in three tones: black, white, grey | Shutterstock.
12:00 GMT
For six years, Oxford Dictionaries has also been collecting and analyzing thousands of words used by young writers. Remarkably, in 2017, the use of political vocabulary by children has widely grown, revealing more engagement with news and media.
The Saudi regime is killing its own people, and the world needs to pay attention. (Twitter)
10:42 GMT
The Saudi regime is killing its own people, and the world needs to pay attention.
Trump only offered condolences to the two police officers killed, and not to anti-racism protester. (AFP)
10:24 GMT
Trump only offered condolences to the two police officers killed, and not to anti-racism protester.
Seven of the rescue workers were massacred in an attack which has yet to be claimed by any group. (AFP/File)
09:07 GMT
The attackers also stole two ambulances.

August 12, 2017

A 2010 protest against the death penalty worldwide in Geneva, Switzerland (Flickr)
15:00 GMT
Ten Nobel laureates from across the world have called on King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to "extend the hand of mercy" to the 14 men.
The Iraqi Kurdistan Region will hold its contentious independence referendum on September 25 despite misgivings by the United States (AFP)
13:00 GMT
The Iraqi Kurdistan Region will hold its contentious independence referendum on September 25 despite misgivings by the United States.
From May 2017, a car bombing in Syria's Azaria (file photo)
11:10 GMT
A suicide bombing in southern Syria near Jordan's border killed more than 23 rebel fighters and injured dozens more on Friday, a monitoring group said.
Dozens were killed and many more injured near Alexandria after two trains collided into each other (AFP)
07:34 GMT
The Egyptian train service has been criticised in the past for its poor safety record.

August 11, 2017

Brookings Doha Center researcher Adel Abdel Ghafar said the sanctions on Qatar following the rift have brought many negative impacts on the country's economy.
15:44 GMT
Qatar's recent move to grant visa-free entry for nationals of 80 countries is aimed at decreasing the impact of its diplomatic row with Saudi Arabia and other regional nations, said a researcher on Thursday.
LGBT rights are under threat in Kuwait
13:31 GMT
Kuwait has deported dozens of homosexuals and shut down “gay” massage parlours, according to the country’s moral committee.

August 10, 2017

Egypt's military regime launched a crackdown on opposition voices
17:45 GMT
The latest press dismissals have once again raised questions over who really controls Egypt’s supposedly private media outlets.
Diyarbakir, Turkey. There were incidents in Silvan District of Diyarbakir, where security forces launched an operation against the PKK | Editorial credit: ymphotos / Shutterstock.com
15:30 GMT
Despite a consistent diet of news and analysis being written about Turkey, it remains difficult for readers and many journalists to understand what is really happening inside the country. No where is this more true, than in the South-East.
Four Cumhuriyet journalists remain behind bars. (AFP)
15:02 GMT
The latest arrests come amid growing alarm over press freedom in Turkey under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Haj was arrested hours after the publication of a second article that contined to call into question the judiciary's independence. (File/Photo)
13:35 GMT
Yusuf al-Haj was arrested after an article was published last year in the Omani newspaper Azamn
The IOM estimates that around 55,000 migrants have left the Horn of Africa to come to Yemen since the beginning of the year. (AFP)
11:17 GMT
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) found the approximate age of the passengers to be 16.
Daesh killed at least 18 people in the previous attacks. (File/Photo)
10:15 GMT
Daesh issued a video threatening new attacks in Iran.
Qatif, an area in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia. (File/photo)
08:39 GMT
Saudi forces claim they have 'control' over the Shia-majority east, and are winding down their campaign.

August 9, 2017

Rouhani is set to serve his second term as President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. (AFP)
14:46 GMT
Rouhani has received criticism over the lack of women in his cabinet, here is a short introduction to three of the most influential women in current Iranian politics.
Mobile phone use is popular among Egyptians of all ages
13:07 GMT
Egypt’s mobile tech industry looks set for a boost thanks to the launch of the country’s first domestically produced smartphone.
since the start of the war, the capital's 33 cemeteries are at capacity, and prices have soared. (AFP)
11:54 GMT
In Syria's war economy, there's money to be made wherever there is death and destruction.
Despite this the ‘Burkini’ remains popular in a country where the majority of women wear the hijab in everyday life.
11:26 GMT
An Egyptian women’s rights activist has slammed the ‘definite discrimination’ facing women who wear Islamic swimwear at the country’s high-end resorts.
Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein is daughter of His Majesty King Hussein of Jordan, who ruled the country until his passing in 1999, and is the half-sister of His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein.
10:56 GMT
HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan talked this morning about the importance of talking about one’s illnesses and experiences.
In 2015, nearly 30,000 people in the region committed suicide and another 35,000 died from interpersonal violence. (AFP)
09:05 GMT
According to a study by the International Journal of Public Health, murder and suicide are deadlier than war in the Middle East.
In early July, Iraqi forces decisively dislodged Daesh from Mosul, which the terrorist group overran in 2014. (AFP)
08:12 GMT
As military operations launch in IS-held areas of Iraq, a mass evacuation is set to take place.
Lebanese soldier. (AFP)
07:59 GMT
Lebanon’s US-backed military is gearing up for a long-awaited assault to dislodge hundreds of Islamic State militants from a remote corner near Syrian border.

August 8, 2017

Chloe Ayling was told she would be "sold to somebody in the Middle East for sex" (Facebook)
14:49 GMT
A British model was was kidnapped and held by a gang in Italy was told she would be sold "for sex" in the Middle East, a lawyer representing the 20-year-old said.
Online cyber attacks have become all too common in Egypt in recent times and amount to the everyday terrorism of those who dare to speak out or behave differently - Shutterstock.
12:01 GMT
Online cyber attacks have become all too common in Egypt in recent times and amount to the everyday terrorism of those who dare to speak out or behave differently.
The operation was conducted jointly with another country's agents and a total of 27 suspects were arrested. (AFP)
11:55 GMT
Iranian security forces have broken up a group linked to Islamic State.
The investigations of Netanyahu revolve around suspicions of bribery, fraud and breach of trust according to the police (AFP)
10:30 GMT
Asked if they believed Netanyahu’s assertion of innocence of all the allegations against him, 51 percent said no, 27 percent said yes, and 22 percent said they didn’t know.
Zarif had described his country’s relations with Hamas as “stable”, stressing Tehran’s desire to “overcome all differences with a view to supporting Palestine. (AFP)
09:35 GMT
A delegation of leading Hamas members met with Iranian foreign minister Zarif in Tehran on Monday.
Al-Qaeda-held areas of Shabwa province have been frequently targeted in US drone strikes. (AFP)
09:22 GMT
US and UAE-backed Yemeni special forces recently captured an oil-rich area from al-Qaeda militants.

August 7, 2017

The Saudi-backed HNC has long insisted political transition means the departure of Assad. (AFP)
18:17 GMT
After being accused of being soft on Assad, Saudi Arabia reaffirm their stance that he should have no role in any transition to end the conflict.
More than 200 children have been killed in war-battered Yemen this year (file photo)
15:12 GMT
“In 2017, 201 children killed in Yemen: 152 boys and 49 girls,” Meritxell Relano, UNICEF Resident Representative in Yemen, said on Twitter.
Netanyahu is a long-time critic of Al Jazeera. (File/Photo)
12:23 GMT
Al Jazeera says it will take legal action against Israel after Tel Aviv announced it will close the pan-Arab news network's offices in the country.
AFP - Jordanian security forces stand on guard before protesters as they wave national flags and chant slogans during a demonstration in the capital Amman on July 28, 2017.
11:37 GMT
Abstract: After three years of sustained interest in Countering Violent Extremism research in Jordan, the results remain limited. Why?
Is Jordan on The Way to Allowing Women to Pass Citizenship to Their Children?  (AFP/File)
11:04 GMT
Meeting will be held with government officials to address the need to grant rights to Jordanian women married to foreigners.
Iranians are generally not admitted to Israel, due to hostility between the two countries. (AFP)
09:44 GMT
Turkey-based Iranian blogger was offered asylum in Israel, but is arrested at Istanbul airport.
Turkey’s concern is that Syrian Kurds try to unify its semi-autonomous regions in northern Syria and threaten the territorial integrity of Turkey. (AFP)
08:27 GMT
Turkey may launch a new cross-border military operation into northern Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

August 6, 2017

The UAE, Egypt and Saudi Arabia have all banned Al Jazeera (Shuttershock)
15:39 GMT
Israel's ministry of communications says it plans to close the pan-Arab Al-Jazeera news network and ban its journalists from reporting in the country.
The incident took place in the south east of the country. (AFP/File)
14:16 GMT
The incident took place in the south east of the country.
The fundamentalist group which kills civilians was not happy when news in the fundamentalist country which kills civilians called it a "terror" organisation.  (AFP)
13:30 GMT
The fundamentalist group which kills civilians was not happy when news in the fundamentalist country which kills civilians called it a "terror" organisation.
Human rights groups have called Saudi's actions in Yemen "war crimes". (AFP/File)
12:07 GMT
Human rights groups have called Saudi's actions in Yemen "war crimes".
One of those set to be killed was arrested as a teenager and set to study in the US. (AFP)
10:46 GMT
One of those set to be killed was arrested as a teenager and set to study in the US.
Two Jordanians were killed by an Israeli embassy guard, but he returned to Israel without investigation. (AFP/File)
09:03 GMT
Two Jordanians were killed by an Israeli embassy guard, but he returned to Israel without investigation.
Nobody was injured at the mainly Somali mosque, however damage was done to the building. (AFP/File)
08:32 GMT
Nobody was injured at the mainly Somali mosque, however damage was done to the building.

August 5, 2017

A Hashd al-Shaabi fighter in 2015 (Wikimedia Commons)
17:00 GMT
Iraqi PM Haidar al-Abadi on Saturday rejected a call by firebrand Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to dissolve the Hashd al-Shaabi militia.
Palestinian Hamas movement supporters march in the city of Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on July 28, 2017 (Hazem Bader/AFP)
15:23 GMT
A senior delegation of Hamas officials arrived in Iran on Friday for a rare visit billed as a good will mission to boost ties with Tehran.
Turkey considers the YPG, a key US ally in fighting the Islamic State group in Syria, a terror group and an extension of Kurdish militants operating inside Turkey (AFP)
13:25 GMT
Turkish news agencies say the country has reinforced military units along its southern border against threats from Kurdish militants in war-torn northern Syria.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (file photo)
11:00 GMT
Ari Harow, a former chief of staff and aide to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, signed a deal on Friday to turn state’s witness as part of ongoing investigations into alleged corruption by Israel’s premier.
A Blackwater helicopter circles the site of a car bombing in Baghdad, 2004 (Wikimedia Commons)
09:00 GMT
A U.S. appeals court on Friday threw out the first-degree murder conviction of a former Blackwater contractor who was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the killings of at least 17 Iraqi civilians in 2007.
Militia fighters from the Popular Mobilization Forces celebrate a victory against Daesh, June 2016 (Wikimedia Commons)
07:17 GMT
Sadr was speaking to thousands of supporters in the Iraqi capital after a rare visit at the weekend to Sunni-ruled regional kingpin Saudi Arabia, a staunch rival of the Shia-dominated Islamic republic of Iran.

August 4, 2017

The Senate bill, Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S.720), was introduced in the US Senate by Democratic Senator from Maryland Benjamin Cardin. (AFP)
08:00 GMT
Comment: The anti-BDS bill violates the right to collective action which is protected under the US constitution, writes Tamara Kharroub.

August 3, 2017

Cumhuriyet is one of the last remaining opposition papers in Turkey. (AFP)
15:50 GMT
From Intellectuals, Human Rights Defenders and Journalists to the majority of his own government staff, no-one is spared in this great political purge.
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani seems determined to show the Saudi-led bloc that Qatar is not weakened by their boycott. (AFP/File)
15:18 GMT
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani seems determined to show the Saudi-led bloc that Qatar is not weakened by their boycott.
It was the fourth meeting between Erdogan and Xi since 2015. (AFP)
14:20 GMT
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stressed security ties with Beijing on Thursday.
Migrants on the journey from Libya to Europe. (AFP)
11:14 GMT
The mission was announced last week, when Italy said that the assistance was requested by Libya's UN-backed government.
Israeli forces arrest a Palestinian youth during clashes between demonstrators and security forces in the city of Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. (AFP)
10:28 GMT
Israeli media reported on Wednesday that the concrete barrier was erected between the Tarquimiya crossing and the Israeli town of Meitar.
Afghans protesting attack on Shia mosque. (AFP)
08:41 GMT
Thirty worshippers including young children were killed and 64 injured when suicide bombers throwing grenades stormed the Jawadya mosque.
The NATO convoy they were apart of came under attack in Kandahar province. (AFP)
08:29 GMT
The NATO convoy they were apart of came under attack in Kandahar province.