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  • Turkish forces begin patrolling Syria's Manbij

    The Turkish army has said its forces have begun patrols along the outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Manbij, in cooperation with US soldiers in the area. The announcement on Monday came after Turkish and US military officials agreed earlier this month to a plan for the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters considered "terrorists" by Ankara.. More

  • US seeking to separate Gaza, W. Bank: Palestine leader

    The Palestinian presidency on Monday said the U.S. was seeking to permanently separate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank on the pretext of “humanitarian” intervention, going on to stress its total rejection of a backchannel U.S. peace plan known as the “Deal of the Century”. “The Palestinian people and leadership will.. More

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  • Syrian regime air raids 'kill 16' in Idlib

    At least 16 people have been killed and 18 others wounded in Syrian regime air strikes on villages in opposition-held Idlib province, Syria's Civil Defence said. According to the group, which operates in Syria's opposition-held areas and is also known as the White Helmets, a young girl was among the victims in Sunday's air raids. A number of buildings.. More

  • Austrian Muslims denounce government mosque clampdown

    Austria's main federation of Muslim residents (IGGiOe) has expressed concerns over Vienna's announcement of shutting down seven mosques and expelling Turkish-funded imams. Vienna wants to "discredit the religious community," Ibrahim Olgun, president of IGGiOe group, said on Sunday. The policy was not "appropriate to control political.. More

  • Italy 'to shut ports' to boat carrying over 600 refugees

    Italy's new populist government will refuse to let a humanitarian boat carrying more than 600 refugees and migrants dock at any of its ports and has asked the tiny Mediterranean country of Malta to open its doors to the vessel, according to media reports. Malta said it had nothing to do with the rescue operation, opening the prospect of a diplomatic.. More

  • Declining levels in Iraq's Tigris raise fear of water crisis

    Turkey has decided to postpone filling a massive upstream dam amid rising concerns in neighbouring Iraq that declining water levels in the Tigris River may pose an immediate threat to the country's water flow. At least 70 percent of Iraq's water comes from rivers and marshes shared with its neighbours, especially the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers.. More

  • Israeli forces kill 4 Palestinians, wound 600 in Gaza

    For more than two months, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been protesting along the fence with Israel, demanding their right to return to the homes and land their families were expelled from 70 years ago. The Great March of Return rallies culminated on May 15 to mark what Palestinians refer to as the Nakba, or Catastrophe - a reference to the.. More

  • Afghan Taliban announces Eid ceasefire for first time since 2001

    The Taliban in Afghanistan has announced a three-day ceasefire over the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of this week, following a ceasefire announced by the government. The armed group said on Saturday that the ceasefire would exclude foreign forces, and that it would defend itself against any attack. It is the first such truce since the US-led invasion.. More

  • Spain: Hundreds of people rescued from the Mediterranean sea

    Spanish authorities have rescued more than 500 people attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea in a bid to reach Europe. Spain's maritime rescue service said it pulled 243 people from eight small boats on Sunday, a day after picking 293 others from nine vessels. Three of the boats located on Sunday were in poor condition and sank shortly after those.. More

  • Israeli top court 'gives green light' to use of live fire in Gaza

    Israel's Supreme Court has unanimously rejected two petitions brought by human rights groups demanding Israel's army to stop using snipers and live ammunition against unarmed Palestinian protests in the Gaza Strip. The panel of three justices on Thursday sided with the Israeli military, which argued that the protesters constituted a real danger to.. More

  • Israel to push for US recognition of occupied Golan Heights

    Israel's intelligence minister has said US recognition of its sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights is at the top of the agenda in its diplomatic talks with its closest ally. Israel Katz told the Reuters news agency that the move - in what is internationally recognised as Syrian territory - would be a "painful response" for Iran, which.. More

  • Palestine asks ICC to investigate Israel’s ‘war crimes’

    Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki on Tuesday requested the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate Israel’s settlement building and war crimes. Al-Malki has submitted a so-called “referral” to the Office of the ICC Prosecutor in The Hague to start an investigation into “Israel’s settlements and war.. More

  • Turkey court jails 104 coup plotters for life

    A Turkish court handed life sentences to 104 suspects over their involvement in the July 2016 attempted coup, according to state media. The former military personnel were given "aggravated life sentences" by a court in the western province of Izmir on Monday, state-run Anadolu news agency said, for "attempting to overthrow the constitutional.. More

  • Malaysia's ex-PM Najib questioned over 1MDB scandal

    Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been questioned by anti-corruption authorities over a financial scandal after his shock election loss. Najib was summoned to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on Tuesday, specifically to answer questions about how $10.5m in government funds from the state-owned entity SRC International Bhd.. More