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"The decision sends a clear message that no-one, including the British Government, should be above the law" (AFP/File)
14:33 GMT
Four Iraqi citizens have won hundreds of thousands of pounds in High Court damages against the Ministry of Defense over ill-treatment and unlawful detention during the Iraq War.
Dania Ismail, co-founder of Jusoor. (Al Bawaba)
13:38 GMT
The term refugee has been stigmatized internationally and in the media especially in regards to Syrians, Jusoor co-founder Dania Ismail talks to Al Bawaba about what the real situation is on the ground.
“We are now heading towards Palestine, after which we will fly north from Jerusalem, the Palestinian capital, to JFK International Airport” (AFP/File)
13:35 GMT
In defiance of U.S. President Donald Trump's recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a Jordanian airline pilot recently told his passengers that they were about to fly over Jerusalem, “the Palestinian capital.”
A Yazidi woman stands next to an unearthed mass grave in northern Iraq (Safin Hamed/AFP)
11:51 GMT
As ISIS faces defeat, evidence of its genocide against the Yazidi people mount.
Katz said that “we don’t want war, and we have no interest in destroying Lebanon, but we will not accept a Lebanese assault on us" (AFP/File)
11:39 GMT
Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz Wednesday told London-based Saudi news site Elaph that Israel will not allow Iran to have military bases in Lebanon and threatened to bomb them, left-leaning Israeli daily Haaretz reported.
Targeted sites and applications included Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp (Shutterstock/File)
10:59 GMT
Targeted sites and applications included Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp.
Somali soldiers and investigators work at the site of an explosion outside a restaurant in Mogadishu on April 9, 2016 (AFP)
09:52 GMT
The suicide bomber infiltrated the police checkpoints and blew up himself during a police gathering, Somali National News Agency said, adding the injured had been taken to hospital.
Saudi foreign affairs minister Adel Al Jubeir (L) is welcomed by French foreign affairs minister Jean Yves Le Drian upon his arrival for a summit from the underfunded G5 Sahel anti-terror coalition on Dec. 13, 2017 (Ludovic MARIN/AFP)
09:28 GMT
Saudi Arabia on Wednesday has pledged $100 million towards a multination anti-terror force fighting extremist groups in the Sahel region of West Africa.
Bassil claimed that Abbas promised him to work quickly to provide a piece of land for Lebanon in East Jerusalem (AFP/File)
09:26 GMT
Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil Thursday said that he informed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of his willingness to establish a Lebanese embassy in occupied East Jerusalem.
According to the South China Morning Post, the ICAO may declare an all-out no-fly zone over North Korea (AFP/File)
08:23 GMT
Following the North's missile launches in July this year, Singapore Airlines became the latest to divert its routes. Now only seven Russian airlines are currently flying through the airspace, according to Chosun Ilbo.
Unless Abadi succeeds in this urgent mission the sectarian divide will continue to widen, making any attempt to launch political reforms, and regaining the trust of the country’s Sunnis, almost impossible (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
It will take many years for Iraq to fully recover from the deep wounds left by [ISIS], the self-proclaimed “caliphate” whose fighters swept through the country in 2014 wreaking havoc and occupying more than one-third of its territory at one point.

December 13, 2017

The first multiplexes are expected to open in March 2018, and experts predict that by 2030 there will be more than 300 cinemas across the Kingdom (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
The first multiplexes are expected to open in March 2018, and experts predict that by 2030 there will be more than 300 cinemas across the Kingdom.
Spectators listen to a television news broadcast of a statement by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, before a public television screen outside the central railway station in Pyongyang on Sept. 22, 2017 (Ed JONES/AFP)
17:00 GMT
The North's state media Korea Central News Agency revealed that a two-day arms industry conference attended by leader Kim Jong Un also saw the turnout of key figures in the weapon-building industry.
In 2017, 262 journalists were put behind bars for reasons relating to their work (AFP/File)
15:04 GMT
The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said in a report released on Wednesday that for the second year in a row, the numbers of journalists jailed reached a new record in 2017.
Group photo at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit on last week's US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, on December 13, 2017 in Istanbul. - Edited photo (YASIN AKGUL / AFP)
14:59 GMT
In the hours before and since yesterday’s announcement that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital countries across the Arab world condemned the move.
A Lebanese representative said “Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine” and that Trump is a cancer of the region, supporting the Zionist entity” (Shutterstock/File)
14:34 GMT
The Israeli delegation stormed out of the ongoing Euro-Mediterranean Summit meeting after a Lebanese representative criticized the Israeli occupation and U.S. President Donald Trump.
"Since its establishment to date, Israel relies on the principle of force, the usurpation of rights and the displacement, taking advantage of the veto power and the international laxity" (AFP/File)
13:37 GMT
"Since its establishment to date, Israel relies on the principle of force, the usurpation of rights and the displacement, taking advantage of the veto power and the international laxity."
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers the opening speech during an Extraordinary Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on last week's U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, in Istanbul on Dec. 13, 2017 (EMRAH YORULMAZ / POOL / AFP)
13:15 GMT
Relocating the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and recognizing the city as its capital was deemed a punishment for Palestinians Wednesday by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Ergodan at a Middle Eastern summit.
Trump and the Senators that supported his Jerusalem move (Al Bawaba)
12:44 GMT
Trump, for the first time in his time as President, seemed to have enthusiastic and bipartisan support for one of his many blunders.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan delivers the opening speech during an Extraordinary Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on last week's U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, in Istanbul on Dec. 13, 2017 (EMRAH YORULMAZ/POOL/AFP)
11:54 GMT
Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states are expected to call on the world to recognize East Jerusalem as Palestine's capital during Wednesday’s Istanbul summit.
The airstrikes came shortly after Israel said it had intercepted a rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel (AFP/File)
08:58 GMT
A Palestinian security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the strikes targeted two Hamas military positions in the southern Khan Younis city.
"We have said, from the diplomatic side, we are ready to talk any time North Korea would like to talk" (AFP/File)
08:41 GMT
"When do the talks begin? We have said, from the diplomatic side, we are ready to talk any time North Korea would like to talk. And we are ready to have the first meeting without preconditions. Let's just meet," Tillerson said at the Atlantic Council think tank in the U.S. capital.
The campaign has eliminated 25 illegal drug-processing laboratories in Helmand province (AFP/File)
08:14 GMT
American military officials said a U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan destroyed $80 million in narcotics money as part of a campaign to target Taliban revenue streams.
Huthi rebel fighters inspect the damage after a reported air strike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition targeted the presidential palace in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Dec. 5, 2017 (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
07:48 GMT
All of Russia's diplomatic staff has left Yemen due to deadly clashes in the capital of Sanaa, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Tuesday.
Around 400,000 civilians in Eastern Ghouta have been struggling to survive since the war in Syria started in 2011 (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
A Pakistani couple trapped in Syria’s besieged Eastern Ghouta district under extremely difficult circumstances dream of returning to their home country.

December 12, 2017

Saudi women attend a rare cinema screening at a film festival in Riyadh in October 2017 (Fayez Nureldine/AFP)
18:00 GMT
Cinemas existed in Saudi Arabia’s major cities about half-a-century ago. Westerners working for the California State Oil Company (later Aramco) were the first to introduce cinemas to Saudis.
The supervisor of the cinema sector, Fahd Al-Muammar, said that GCAM, as the sector regulator, would begin preparing the necessary practical steps and procedures for running cinema houses in the Kingdom (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
In a media statement, the supervisor of the cinema sector, Fahd Al-Muammar, said that GCAM, as the sector regulator, would begin preparing the necessary practical steps and procedures for running cinema houses in the Kingdom.
Andre Toriz
15:31 GMT
While many of Beirut’s glitzy bars appear one night and vanish the next, one unassuming venue has survived the country’s bitter civil war, the Israeli bombardment of 2006 and now the owner says he would happily take up arms against ISIS if Jihadists tried to stand in his way.
North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations Ja Song Nam (AFP/File)
15:05 GMT
Japanese broadcaster NHK reported that the North's ambassador to the United Nations Ja Song Nam arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, where he told reporters that talks with the United States could be in the cards.
November's deadly earthquake killed over 550 people and injured thousands (AFP/File)
13:04 GMT
There is no immediate report on possible casualties or damage.
Nearly 420,000 migrants from 38 nationalities are trapped in Libya as about 120,000 individuals arrived in Europe this year (AFP/File)
12:47 GMT
European governments are "knowingly complicit" in the horrific abuse of migrants in Libya, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.
Farah Baker amassed a large social media following after her coverage of the 2014 Israeli-Gaza conflict. /Instagram
11:16 GMT
For me as a Palestinian who lives in Gaza, and Jerusalem is not more than two hours away from my house. I have never been able to visit it and go and pray in it, although I am Muslim. I am Palestinian: i have been deprived from my right, since I was born. And now the occupation has come and they want to take it. If i accept this decision, it would absolutely be so illogical.
Hamdallah also called on world countries to recognize a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital (AFP/File)
11:11 GMT
"We call on the U.N. and Security Council to shoulder their responsibilities and pressure Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian lands, including East Jerusalem," Hamdallah told a news conference ahead of the weekly cabinet meeting in Ramallah.
The explosion occurred in a heavily-trafficked underground walkway in the middle of the morning rush hour (AFP)
11:09 GMT
The 27-year-old suspect in the New York Bombing said he carried out the attack because of recent Israeli actions in the Gaza Strip, an unnamed law enforcement source told CNN.
ISIS has recently suffered a string of defeats in Iraq and Syria after overrunning much of both countries in mid-2014 (AFP/File)
11:06 GMT
Scores of ISIS militants attacked military barracks and checkpoints belonging to the Hashd al-Shaabi militia in Tal Safuk, west of Mosul, Capt. Sabhan Kazem said.
Palestinian women and children take part in a protest in the refugee camp of Ain el-Helwe on the outskirts of the southern Lebanese port city of Sidon Dec. 8, 2017 to denounce the widely criticised U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP)
09:11 GMT
In the old city of Sidon, where ancient markets are reminiscent of Jerusalem's, Nasser al-Ahmad wraps Palestinian kaffiyehs around his grandchildren's heads, Adam and Ahmad, in solidarity with Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem.
The Korea Central News Agency released an English report on the Eighth Conference of Munitions Industry held Monday in Pyongyang where officials reviewed the progress and achievements of the state's arms development.
08:38 GMT
The Korea Central News Agency released an English report on the Eighth Conference of Munitions Industry held Monday in Pyongyang where officials reviewed the progress and achievements of the state's arms development.

December 11, 2017

A fire truck arrives after a reported explosion at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on Dec. 11, 2017 in New York (Bryan R. Smith/AFP)
15:15 GMT
An explosion in a subway near New York City's Port Authority during the Monday morning commute injured at least one person and put a suspect in custody, authorities said.
A Rohingya outside Sittwe in Myanmar's Rakhine state (Ye Aung Thu/AFP Photo)
14:48 GMT
Al Bawaba spoke with Rohingya activist Nay San Lwin about the ongoing genocide and the lack of international action to end it.
On Saturday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced that Iraq’s border with Syria had been completely secured (AFP/File)
14:02 GMT
Scores of ISIS militants on Monday surrendered to Iraqi security forces west of Mosul, regional capital of the northern Nineveh province, according to an Iraqi military source.
Protesters shout slogans and wave Palestinian flags during a demonstration against the U.S. president's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, on Dec. 8, 2017, in the Jordanian capital Amman (Khalil Mazraawi/AFP)
13:02 GMT
The Lower House on Sunday tasked its Legal Committee with poring over Jordan’s peace treaty with Israel and its pursuant agreements, and come up with proposals to address the Israeli violations to the provisions of the 1994 pact.
Since Aug. 25, over 625,000 Rohingya have crossed from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine into Bangladesh (AFP)
10:52 GMT
“The violence against the Rohingya in Northern Rakhine in Burma … may also constitute crimes against humanity and even genocide,” the report by parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee said.
The protest brought together over 300 members of the professional associations (Twitter/Salim Essaid)
10:51 GMT
The country's professional associations on Sunday held a protest to condemn and reject U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
A protester throws a tire on a fire during a demonstration outside the US embassy in Awkar, on the outskirts of the Lebanese capital Beirut, on Dec. 10, 2017, to protest against Washington's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (ANWAR AMRO/AFP)
10:22 GMT
Clashes with security personnel ebbed and flowed throughout the morning. Close to the security barricade, a crowd of protesters chanted slogans as piles of burning tires and trash sent thick black plumes of smoke into the air just meters behind them.
Qatar's Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah (R) signs an agreement with his British counterpart Gavin Williamson to buy 24 Typhoon fighters from the U.K., in the capital Doha on Dec. 10, 2017 (Stringer/AFP)
08:42 GMT
The statement said the two countries also signed an agreement to discuss the establishment of a "joint operation fleet."
2016's increase in weapons sales was the first time a rise occurred after five consecutive years of decline (AFP/File)
08:08 GMT
Global arms manufacturers increased sales in 2016 -- the first increase of worldwide weapon distribution since 2010, according to data released today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
A clinic in Aleppo damaged by air strikes in 2016 (Thaer Mohammed/AFP)
06:00 GMT
For medical professionals in ISIS’ former stronghold of Raqqa, trying to save lives meant risking shelling, airstrikes and arrest.

December 10, 2017

Between 19.5 to 27 percent of male survey respondents confirmed having experienced sexual harassment or unwanted sexual contact as boys (Bulent Kilic/AFP)
20:00 GMT
Titled “We keep it in our heart — Sexual violence against men and boys in the Syria crisis,” the study comprised several dozen of informants and focus group discussions (FGD), involving some 196 refugees in Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan, according to a statement by the UNHCR.
Protesters shout slogans and wave Palestinian flags during a demonstration against the US president's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, near the American embassy in Amman, on December 8, 2017 (Ahmad ABDO/AFP)
17:00 GMT
"What happened last week hit at the core of our historical role, our identity and our values of respect and coexistence."
“Declaring it as a capital and relocating the embassy has no validity for us” (AFP/File)
15:03 GMT
Speaking at a meeting of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party in Sivas, central Turkey, Erdogan said: “Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is null and void for us in any case."
Chinese police in Urumqi, Xinjiang Province in 2009, (AFP/File)
14:56 GMT
Thousands of Chinese jihadist separatists are threatening China, and China doesn't seem to have a workable plan to stop them.
Lebanese people walk past a poster bearing an image of the Palestinian flag and text reading in Arabic: "Palestine, a hundred years of struggle" in Beirut on Dec. 8, 2017 (Joseph Eid/AFP)
14:28 GMT
Away from the burning of tires, American flags and U.S. President Donald Trump's pictures, hundreds of artists expressed their solidarity with Jerusalem in their own way on Sunday.
There was no comment from the Israeli army on the incident (AFP/File)
14:05 GMT
A 5-year-old Palestinian child was injured Sunday after being struck by an Israeli military vehicle in the West Bank city of Hebron, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.
The neutralization was carried out by the IDF’s Southern Command (AFP/File)
13:17 GMT
The Israeli army destroyed a large Hamas tunnel into Israeli territory from Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip, IDF Spokesman Brig-Gen. Ronen Manelis announced on Sunday.
The Bahraini monarch reportedly condemned the hostility of Arabs against Israel and asserted that Israeli citizens can visit his Gulf state (AFP/File)
11:01 GMT
A delegation from Bahrain has reportedly arrived in Israel on a four-day visit for talks with Israeli officials, days after U.S. President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, according to Israeli media.
Palestinian and Lebanese protesters take to the streets in the Lebanese capital Beirut on Dec. 8, 2017, to denounce the widely criticized decision by U.S. President Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (ANWAR AMRO/AFP)
09:42 GMT
Security forces suppressed the demonstrations with tear gas and water cannons, with some cases of suffocation being reported.
A Palestinian protestor uses a sling shot to throw stones towards Israeli security forces during clashes after the Friday prayers in the city centre of the West Bank town of Hebron. (HAZEM BADER / AFP)
09:35 GMT
A Palestinian protestor uses a sling shot to throw stones towards Israeli security forces during clashes after the Friday prayers in the city centre of the West Bank town of Hebron. (HAZEM BADER / AFP)
Approximately 25,000 people met in Rothschild Boulevard to protest Netanyahu with placards that say "No to Corruption," "Not leftist, not rightist, we are honest," "Get out Netanyahu" (AFP)
08:09 GMT
Since last year, Netanyahu has been the subject of a criminal investigation in two separate corruption cases. He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
The secretary-general said the "best practical reaction" to Trump's decision is to recognize the state of Palestine with its capital East Jerusalem (AFP)
07:41 GMT
The secretary-general said the "best practical reaction" to Trump's decision is to recognize the state of Palestine with its capital East Jerusalem.

December 9, 2017

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri Saturday blasted the apparent visit to south Lebanon by an Iraqi militia leader.
(Alain Jocard/AFP)
13:52 GMT
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri Saturday blasted the apparent visit to south Lebanon by an Iraqi militia leader.
Iraqi forces have regained full control of the country’s border with Syria, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said Saturday (Ludovic Marin/Pool/AFP)
12:09 GMT
Iraqi forces have managed to recapture all territories overrun by Daesh in northern and western Iraq in 2014, Abadi said.
Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli troops near an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank city of Ramallah on December 8, 2017 (Abbas Momani/AFP)
08:30 GMT
Israeli troops killed at least two Palestinian protester as clashes escalated over U.S. President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
An injured Palestinian man arrives at a hospital to receive treatment following an Israeli air strike in Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip, on December 8, 2017 (Mohammed Abed/AFP)
07:17 GMT
Dozens of Palestinians were injured Friday after Israeli forces struck two locations in the Gaza strip, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

December 8, 2017

A Palestinian protestor uses a sling shot to throw stones towards Israeli security forces during clashes after the Friday prayers in the city centre of the West Bank town of Hebron. (HAZEM BADER / AFP)
13:24 GMT
In the West Bank, demonstrators torched heaps of tires, sending columns of thick black smoke rising over the cities of Ramallah and Bethlehem. Palestinian stone-throwers traded volleys in the streets with soldiers firing tear gas and rubber bullets.
Jewish settlers with Israeli troops converged on a Palestinian town that was scene of fierce confrontations last month. (AFP/File Photo)
11:29 GMT
Jewish settlers with Israeli troops converged on a Palestinian town that was scene of fierce confrontations last month.
Protesters shout slogans and wave the Jordanian flag during a demonstration near the American Embassy in Amman against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. (KHALIL MAZRAAWI / AFP)
11:00 GMT
The largest opposition group in Jordan, the Muslim Brotherhood, has called for wide protests across the Kingdom in response to the U.S. decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Houthi rebel fighters inspect the damage after a reported air strike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition targeted the presidential palace in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Dec. 5, 2017. (Mohammed HUWAIS / AFP)
10:00 GMT
The move comes a day after forces took control of Khokha, a major coastal spot in the rebel-controlled province.
A Palestinian protester sets alight an America flag during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest against President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. (ABBAS MOMANI / AFP)
08:40 GMT
Embassy in Khartoum will limit activities due to high risk of demonstrations against Trump's Jerusalem decision
Telling the stories of Syrians displaced by conflict through food is a way to eliminate the “victimizing angle, because the war is not the whole thing, and taste and flavors have their place in their narrative” (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Syrian women at home and abroad are leading efforts to safeguard Syria’s cultural heritage and ensure that traditions are preserved in the wake of years of conflict and widespread displacement.

December 7, 2017

Daoud Kuttab is an award winning journalist, born in Bethlehem, who has worked in Jerusalem covering the occupation and fighting for press freedom in both Palestinian and Israeli media. (Al Bawaba)
16:32 GMT
Award winning journalist Daoud Kuttab, born in Bethlehem, has reported on occupied Jerusalem for decades and talks to Al Bawaba about how President Trump's announcement to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is detrimental to both peace and the American people.
The Turkistan Islamic Party, Al Bawaba
15:11 GMT
Their presence means the war in Syria has fundamentally changed, and the future of jihad may change with it.
PA President Mahmoud Abbas and King Abdullah of Jordan (AFP/File)
14:50 GMT
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday met with Jordanian King Abdullah to discuss U.S. President Donald Trump’s changes to American policy on Jerusalem.
Bosco said China needs to, at some point, "realize that the price it will pay for supporting the North is too high" (AFP/File)
14:21 GMT
Joseph A. Bosco, senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said that amid growing international calls for the denuclearization of North Korea, progress cannot be made without China, the regime's closest ally and largest trading partner.
This is in order to harm American interests by affecting their workers in the cinema industry (Shutterstock/File)
13:08 GMT
This is in order to harm American interests by affecting their workers in the cinema industry, following the U.S. president’s announcement on Jerusalem.
The American and Israeli flags projected onto Jerusalem's Old City Walls. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP
12:32 GMT
Yesterday, Donald Trump effectively ended the fifty year charade of a Peace Process by declaring “it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”
"We must now move towards dialogue and not take a unilateral decision" (AFP/File)
12:28 GMT
Speaking in a Radio 1 interview in Belgium, Reynders said the unilateral decision of U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital was regrettable.
U.S. President Donald Trump announced the decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday (AFP/File)
10:32 GMT
The city’s main commercial center and Old City remained shuttered as shops and offices responded to Wednesday night’s call for a strike by Palestinian leaders.
Over the last two decades, Jordan’s primary gross enrollment ratio increased from 71 percent in 1994 to 99 percent in 2010 (AFP/File)
10:06 GMT
A World Bank (WB) project worth $200 million will help Jordan expand access to early childhood education and improve student assessment, teaching and learning conditions for Jordanian and Syrian refugee children, a WB statement said.
Trump announced his decision despite widespread international opposition to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital (Shutterstock/File)
07:48 GMT
U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital drew reactions from Arabic countries late Wednesday.
"This must be done for humanitarian reasons immediately" (AFP/File)
07:27 GMT
In a rare signal of disagreement with close ally Saudi Arabia, President Donald Trump urged the kingdom Wednesday to immediately lift its embargo of Yemen, citing the impoverished nation's humanitarian crisis.
The 2011 uprisings provoked a new, open debate about previously taboo subjects. Discussions that were once off-limits even in private suddenly flared into the open (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Syrians living in Lebanon, Europe and the U.S. reveal a common conviction that national unity and a common sense of identity are necessary to rebuild the country, but most say that both seem distant in a country divided along ethnic-sectarian lines.

December 6, 2017

Lebanon has had no solid waste management plan since the Civil War (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
The representative failed to mention that Lebanon has had no solid waste management plan since the Civil War, during which the state broke down and informal dumpsites began sprouting across the country.
The Pope has described Jerusalem as "a unique city, sacred to Jews, Christians, and Muslims" (AFP/File)
15:35 GMT
Pope Francis has urged U.S. President Donald Trump to respect Jerusalem’s status ahead of his expected announcement to recognize the city as Israel’s capital on Wednesday.
"Out of care for our leaders and children, it might be unsuitable for them to speak and sing shortly after the possibility of an announcement that runs counter to the message of peace" (AFP/File)
15:15 GMT
The Palestine Liberation Organization's delegation to Washington has canceled its Christmas party planned for Wednesday night last minute, citing United States President Donald Trump's upcoming speech on Jerusalem.
The King reaffirmed Jordan’s full support for the Palestinians in their efforts to preserve their historical rights in Jerusalem (AFP/File)
13:51 GMT
His Majesty emphasized that Jerusalem is key to achieving peace and stability in the region and the world.
“If Iran continues unabated they will have nuclear weapons in a decade,” Netanyahu said (AFP/File)
11:55 GMT
During his short talk, his only scheduled English address for the day, he did not address U.S. President Donald Trump's pending recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The letter warned that the American move would further complicate Palestinian-Israeli relations and torpedo the Middle East peacemaking (AFP/File)
11:12 GMT
"We are deeply concerned by recent reports that President Trump is seriously considering the announcement of his decision to unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel," they said in the letter.
Jerusalem remains at the core of the perennial Israel-Palestine conflict (AFP/File)
10:05 GMT
Hamas released a message, saying, “We call on the people of Palestine to declare ‘rage day’ on Friday against Israel, denying the U.S. plan to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.”
If a detainee reaches a settlement agreement, the committee will end litigation and issue a pardon to that individual (AFP/File)
09:28 GMT
If a detainee reaches a settlement agreement, the committee will end litigation and issue a pardon to that individual.
The alleged conspiracy was foiled after a joint operation by Scotland Yard, West Midlands Police, and MI5 (AFP/File)
08:06 GMT
British security services believe they have stopped a suicide bomb plot to assassinate the Prime Minister.
Trump's expected announcement has prompted a wave of negative reactions from governments and political groups throughout the Middle East (AFP/File)
07:32 GMT
President Donald Trump will formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and begin preparations to move the U.S. embassy to the contested city, three senior administration officials confirmed late Tuesday.
“But it looks like, wherever Syrians go, they will have bad luck" (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
The route from Turkey to Greece was once crowded with Syrian asylum seekers fleeing to Europe. But in recent months some refugees have begun to move in the opposite direction because of what they describe as a rise in anti-Muslim sentiment in host countries.

December 5, 2017

Hariri made the announcement after the first Cabinet session to be held in over a month (AFP/File)
14:25 GMT
Hariri made the announcement after the first Cabinet session to be held in over a month due to the political crisis caused by his resignation announcement in early November and 18-day absence from the country.
Tunisian Prison (AFP)
14:13 GMT
Prison systems across the world are producing increasingly violent criminals, but some are going beyond that serving as terrorist universities - teaching radical ideologies and creating terror networks
North Korea launched the Hwasong-15 ICBM on Nov. 29, and it traveled 600 miles before it broke apart in the air and landed in waters near Japan (AFP)
13:40 GMT
Photos supposedly taken from the same angle show different star constellations in the background, an expert claims.
The International Criminal Court in The Hague (Shutterstock/File)
13:14 GMT
British soldiers could face prosecution at the Hague after the International Criminal Court said there was a "reasonable basis" to believe they committed war crimes in Iraq.
Houthi fighters in Sanaa (AFP)
12:44 GMT
The ICRC also recorded more than 400 injuries during the clashes, which first erupted in Sanaa over the weekend between the Houthis and pro-Saleh forces, Adnan Hazam, the ICRC’s spokesman in Yemen, said.
The EU's foreign chief Federica Mogherini (AFP/File)
11:40 GMT
The European Union on Tuesday said that a possible U.S. announcement on the status of Jerusalem "would undermine" peace efforts.
Former Egypt Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik  (AFP)
10:02 GMT
Former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik may be reconsidering his plan to run for president in a move which would make him the second would-be applicant to potentially withdraw from next year’s race in unusual circumstances.
Such a move “would fuel sentiments of anger among Muslims" (Shutterstock/File)
09:33 GMT
Al-Azhar, the highest seat of learning in the Sunni Muslim world, has warned against U.S. plans to relocate the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and officially recognize the holy city as Israel’s capital.