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  • One year after battle for Mosul, a city lies in ruins

    One year ago, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi stood in front of cameras in Mosul and declared the city recaptured after three years of being occupied by ISIL, also known as ISIS. Clad in a black uniform and flanked by army commanders and heads of security forces that were involved in a ferocious, nine-month long battle against ISIL, al-Abadi confirmed.. More

  • Gaza killings constitute 'war crimes': Amnesty

    The attacks on Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces on Monday are “willful killings constituting war crimes,” the Amnesty International said. “This is another horrific example of the Israeli military using excessive force and live ammunition in a totally deplorable way. This is a violation of international standards, in some instances.. More

  • For Palestinians, US embassy move cements occupation status quo

    Tens of thousands of Jewish settlers, surrounded by police protection, have marched around the Old City, celebrating Jerusalem Day on the eve of the US embassy move from Tel Aviv. The annual event, which commemorates the Israeli annexation of occupied East Jerusalem in 1967, is regarded by the city's Palestinian population as a deliberate provocation. Past.. More

  • Relatives raise concern over 'missing' Russian citizens in Egypt

    Relatives of as many as 18 Russian citizens, including eight children, have expressed concern about the wellbeing of their Egypt-based family members, saying they are unable to establish their whereabouts after they were taken away by suspected secret police officers. According to the relatives, Sakinat Baisultanova - a 31-year-old divorced mother.. More

  • Monsoons threaten thousands of Rohingya refugees

    The Rohingya people have still been fleeing to Bangladesh from restive Rakhine state of Myanmar and they reside in the areas that are at high risk of landslides and flooding, the UN refugee agency said on Friday. About 8,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh so far this year, UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic said in a news conference on Friday.. More

  • Palestinians face explosive bullets, dangerous gas bombs

    When he was hit by a bullet fired by Israeli forces during demonstrations in Gaza on April 6, Mohammed al-Zaieem lost so much blood, and his left leg was so deformed, he feared he wouldn't survive. His arteries, veins and a large piece of bone were destroyed. His right leg wasn't spared either as the round created a massive exit wound and then hit.. More

  • Israel and the loss of collective hope

    For seven decades the UN has failed to fulfill its original mission. Israel is the epitome of this grand failure. by Stanley L Cohen The United Nations sits on First Avenue, just off of 41st Street, overlooking the East River in New York City. It opened to great applause and expectation. A wishful answer to the madness that had become a world unleashed.. More

  • UNRWA: 3,500 Palestinian refugees flee Syria's Yarmouk camp

    People 'sleeping in the streets and begging for medicine' as Assad regime steps up offensive in southern Damascus. An estimated 3,500 Palestinians have fled the embattled Yarmouk refugee camp during a week of violence, according to the UN, as the Syrian regime escalates its ongoing military operation in southern Damascus. Yarmouk, which has been besieged.. More

  • Yemenis resort to burning firewood and rubbish to cook food

    When Yahia al-Amari's three gas cylinders ran dry, he scoured the entire Yemeni capital to find a place where he could refill them. The 50-year-old walked to nearly every petrol station in Sanaa last month, hoping to find enough fuel to cook his family of seven their first hot meal of the week. But he was turned away everywhere he went, either by.. More

  • How Mossad carries out assassinations

    The killing of 35-year-old Palestinian scientist Fadi al-Batsh in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur has taken the wraps off a covert programme of targeted killings of Palestinians deemed a threat by Israel. Al-Batsh studied electrical engineering in Gaza before going on to earn a PhD in the same subject in Malaysia. He specialized in power systems.. More

  • After girl's rape and killing, fear engulfs Muslim nomads

    For Amjad Ali, a Muslim nomad, this year's migratory journey from Jammu towards the mountains of Kashmir is going to be longer than usual. Each year, the 40-year-old and other members of his Bakarwal community typically leave their houses in Rasana and adjoining villages in Indian-administered Kashmir in mid-May. Their destination is the green pastures.. More

  • Despite seven years of death and destruction, Assad hangs on

    More than 500,000 people have died and millions more have fled their homes since an uprising against Assad began. The leaders of the US, France, and UK have all but made clear that the air strikes launched on Saturday against Syrian regime positions were limited to destroying the country's chemical weapons capacity. That means for the foreseeable.. More

  • Gaza is Soweto revisited

    By Andrew Mitrovica Israel has turned Gaza into Soweto - while Israel has become South Africa - circa 1976. One of the conventions of column writing is that you're not supposed to write "angry". More polite, agreeable writers who write polite, agreeable columns, often dismiss "angry" columns as "rants". So, fair warning.. More

  • UN says 130,000 people have fled Eastern Ghouta

    About 130,000 people fled a Damascus suburb during a weeks-long Syrian regime offensive, the United Nations said Monday. Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the UN and its partners are working to alleviate the humanitarian crisis brought on by the offensive on Eastern Ghouta, but said "needs remain immense". "The UN continues to call for.. More

  • US blocked inquiry into Israeli violence: UN official

    The U.S. declined calls from the UN Security Council for an investigation into violence on the Israeli-Gaza border that left 18 Palestinians dead, a UN official said Monday. Speaking at a press conference at UN headquarters, Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Permanent Representative of Peru to the UN and president of the Security Council for April, said the council.. More