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December 1, 2017

Egyptian presidential hopeful, Ahmed Shafiq, will begin his campaign for presidency with an international tour (AFP)
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Egyptian presidential hopeful, Ahmed Shafiq, will begin his campaign for presidency with an international tour, starting in France, before travelling across other European communities and the US
Staffan de Mistura, has said that the current talks in Geneva aimed at ending the six-year-old Syrian conflict is to run through December 15 (AFP)
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The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has said that the current talks in Geneva aimed at ending the six-year-old Syrian conflict is to run through December 15, but that it would not be “just a normal round of talks”.
Yemen has suffered a severe cholera outbreak during the conflict (AFP)
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At least 15 died when clashes broke out in Sanaa between Houthi rebels and forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, two groups allied in their fight against the internationally recognized Yemeni government.
Muslim immigrants have been a politically sensitive topic in Europe following the influx of newcomers in 2015 and 2016 (AFP/File)
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The Muslim population could triple in some European countries by 2050, with the U.K. projected to see one of the most rapid rises throughout the continent.

November 30, 2017

“Syria to us – people born off its land – is like a mother. It’s impossible for someone to find a mother other than his own" (AFP/File)
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Pressure to leave Lebanon has been mounting recently as tensions between displaced Syrians and Lebanese locals have become more strained. It is “host-community fatigue,” said Dr. Nasser Yassin, the director of research at the American University in Beirut’s Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs.
During the debate, Shura members expressed support for the recommendation (AFP/File)
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A recommendation to allow Saudi women to take up leading positions in the kingdom’s diplomatic missions abroad was defeated by a single vote at the Shura Council.
The GCC Summit is scheduled for Dec. 5 and 6 (AFP/File)
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Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Thursday received an invitation from Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Jaber al-Sabah to attend an upcoming Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to be held early next month in Kuwait City.
A digital rendering of Trump veiled by the Iran flag, Al Bawaba
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In responding to Iran's growing power in the region, the US is doing more to help than prevent one of its more feared enemies from gaining influence.
The MEPs said there were "serious allegations of Saudi Arabia breaching international humanitarian law in Yemen" (AFP/File)
13:08 GMT
The European Parliament on Thursday called for an EU arms embargo against Saudi Arabia amid the "world’s largest famine" in Yemen.
El-Arish was once a popular tourist town (AskAladdin.com)
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Egypt's El-Arish city has turned from a tourist resort destination into a militant battleground, long before it faced Egypt's worst terrorist attack in its modern history that killed 300 people at a mosque just east of the city.
Most cross-border assistance to opposition-held parts of Syria comes from Jordan and Turkey (AFP/File)
12:41 GMT
Russia said on Wednesday that it is seeking changes to a U.N. Security Council resolution that authorizes cross-border aid delivery to opposition-held parts of Syria without approval from the Syrian government, AFP reported.
There are 1.3 million Syrian refugees in Jordan (AFP/File)
12:31 GMT
Senate President Faisal Fayez stressed that it is not Jordan which started the Syrian crisis, wondering why the Kingdom has been bearing the responsibility and repercussions of the refugee influx.
The Eastern Ghouta region is designated by Russia, Turkey, and Iran as a so-called de-escalation zone (AFP/File)
12:29 GMT
Dozens of mortar bombs targeted the besieged Eastern Ghouta suburbs of the capital on Wednesday, despite a 48-hour cease-fire announced one day earlier, Reuters reported.
Former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq (AFP/File)
11:34 GMT
The Head of General Security for Dubai, Dhahi Khalfan, disputed the statement made by former Egyptian Prime Minister, Ahmed Shafiq, who claimed he had been banned from leaving the UAE by Emirati authorities, just hours after announcing his bid for the 2018 Egyptian presidency.
President Trump retweeted three videos initially posted by far-right Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen (AFP/File)
09:59 GMT
A video retweeted by Donald Trump of a Muslim migrant beating up a boy on crutches was dismissed as fake news by police in the Netherlands.
He urged the UAE authorities to lift the restrictions and allow his freedom to travel (AFP/File)
08:22 GMT
Former Egyptian Premier Ahmed Shafiq said on Wednesday the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was preventing him from traveling to his country after he announced his plans to run in Egypt's presidential elections next year.
Robert Mardini, the regional director for the ICRC, called the move an "exceptional stop-gap measure" (AFP/File)
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The International Committee of the Red Cross said Wednesday it is buying 750,000 liters of diesel fuel to provide clean water to cities in Yemen affected by a blockade enforced by a Saudi-led coalition.
Opposition-affiliated media activists quickly became regime targets (Shutterstock/File)
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The war in Syria significantly increased the number of so-called opposition media activists who documented alleged human rights abuses and war crimes. But as pro-government forces regain control of rebel-held territory, they fear for their future.

November 29, 2017

Most of the drop in Muslim-targeted hate crimes is attributable to Quebec (AFP/File)
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Hate crimes in Canada directed at Muslims dropped in 2016 after four years of steady increases, according to a Statistics Canada report released Tuesday.
Around 20 women are murdered annually for reasons related to cleansing “family honor” in Jordan (AFP/File)
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Ministry of Social Development (MoS) officials on Tuesday said a building has been located to house women whose lives are in danger due to reasons related to “family honor.”
Well known for his biting sense of humor, Faisal is a controversial figure who has reported receiving hate mail from Islamists as well as those on the alt-right who believe he is an extremist in disguise. (Image: Faisal Saeed Al Mutar - Facebook)
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Well known for his biting sense of humor, Faisal is a controversial figure who has reported receiving hate mail from Islamists as well as those on the alt-right who believe he is an extremist in disguise.
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi gave security officials the green light to use “all brute force” (AFP)
15:26 GMT
The residents of Egypt’s North Sinai governorate are facing further misery after President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi gave security officials the green light to use “all brute force” to gain complete control of the area within three months.
The body of a Syrian child is pulled out from the rubble following an airstrike in Eastern Ghouta, Syrian Civil Defense - Rif Dimushq
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Assad stands more to gain on the battlefield than in conference rooms in Geneva.
The ban was issued over recent meetings between Swiss officials and members of Palestinian group Hamas (AFP/File)
14:48 GMT
Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has reportedly banned Swiss officials from entering the blockaded Gaza Strip from Israeli territory, according to Israeli media.
He appeared to drink from a small bottle seconds after losing his appeal (AFP/File)
14:25 GMT
A former Bosnian-Croat military leader has reportedly died in hospital after appearing to drink poison seconds after judges upheld his 20-year sentence.
Friday’s attack, the deadliest in Egypt’s recent history, saw 27 children being killed (Facebook)
13:51 GMT
Massive controversy hit Egypt’s social media on Tuesday after photos appeared of a group of young students performing a play at their school in Egypt’s Dakahlia province imitating Friday’s al-Rawda mosque attack in North Sinai that left 309 people dead.
President Donald Trump's Twitter page
13:33 GMT
The President of the United States retweeted three controversial tweets with anti-Muslim content from the deputy leader of Britain First, earlier today.
The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is marked each year on Nov. 29 (AFP/File)
11:24 GMT
The Turkish foreign minister renewed Wednesday his country's support for an independent and sovereign state of Palestine.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun (AFP/File)
11:10 GMT
Prime Minister Saad Hariri will maintain his position, and Lebanon's political crisis will be resolved "within days," President Michel Aoun said in an interview published Wednesday in Italian newspaper La Stamp.
Hamas called the decision a "violation" of pre-existing agreements between the two sides (AFP/File)
10:05 GMT
The Palestinian Authority (P.A.) on Tuesday called on all of its former civil servants in Gaza -- who were forced out of work following Hamas’ June 2007 takeover of the territory -- to return back to work in their former posts.
North Korea often justifies its development of nuclear weapons as a measure aimed at countering alleged American aggression (AFP/File)
07:52 GMT
North Korea claimed Wednesday it has now completed a "state nuclear force" capable of attacking anywhere in the United States.
The prince was among those who paid money to the government in return for not going to court (AFP/File)
07:42 GMT
A high-level Saudi prince was released Tuesday three weeks after what the government called a corruption crackdown.
There are 655,056 Syrian refugees in Jordan (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
The number of Syrian refugees returning voluntarily to Syria from Jordan has been “slightly” rising since a tripartite agreement to back a ceasefire in southwest Syria went into effect early July.