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  • Gaza: Israel's war drums are getting louder

    On Friday, a senior member of Hamas's military wing, Mazen Faqha, was assassinated in the Gaza Strip by armed gunmen. It was an assassination tactic not seen in Gaza for at least a decade. Faqha was a leading member of Hamas' al-Qassam Brigades in the West Bank. In 2003, he was sentenced to life imprisonment in Israel for his role in planning attacks.. More

  • Syria's Tabqa Dam: a strategic prize

    Syria's vital Tabqa Dam, the country's biggest, has become a major part of a Kurdish-Arab assault to cut off ISIL stronghold of Raqa. Located in Raqa province, the dam is built on the 2,800-kilometre-long (more than 1,700-mile-long) Euphrates River, which flows from Turkey through northern Syria and east into Iraq. The dam is 4.5 kilometers (2.8 miles).. More

  • UNICEF: 22M children could die without urgent aid

    At least 22 million children across four conflict-ridden countries are at risk of death as a result of sickness and famine unless urgent action is taken to address the problem, UNICEF said on Tuesday, urging a 50 percent aid budget boost for those countries. In a statement, the United Nations Children's Fund said 1.4 million of this figure -- spread.. More

  • Israel's false narrative on land swaps

    When Israeli opposition leader and Labour Party chairman Isaac Herzog published a plan for kick-starting the peace process last month, one of his stated goals was to "save the settlement blocs" - areas of the West Bank where Israel has built clusters of settlements, including larger towns. Settlement blocs are often referred to by politicians.. More

  • In west Mosul, 'nowhere is safe for civilians'

    The Iraqi army on Sunday resumed operations in Mosul after a one-day pause, amid growing concerns over an escalating civilian death toll as fierce fighting reaches the city's most densely populated areas. The offensive was briefly put on hold after local officials and residents in west Mosul said suspected US-led coalition air raids last week had killed.. More

  • Syria war: 'Worst man-made disaster since World War II'

    Six years to the day since protesters poured into the streets of Daraa, Damascus and Aleppo in a "day of rage" against the rule of Bashar al-Assad, Syria's uprising turned global war is far from over. Six years of violence have killed close to half a million people, according to the Syrian Centre for Policy Research, displaced half of the.. More

  • UN says 2016 ‘worst year’ for Syrian children

    Child deaths increased 20 percent in civil war-torn Syria in 2016, making it the “worst year” since 2014, according to the United Nation’s children agency Monday. UNICEF said in a statement that at least 652 children were killed in Syria in 2016 -- 255 of them in or near schools. “More than 850 children were recruited to.. More

  • Islam in Japan Before 1900

    With the beginning of the era of Japanese Renaissance, known as the era of Meiji, started in 1868, only two countries in Asia enjoyed independence, namely the Ottoman Empire and Japan. As they both came under pressure from Western countries, they decided to establish friendly relations between them and consequently they started to exchange visits... More

  • Afghan refugees return home amid Pakistan crackdown

    Torkham is a maze of chain-link fences and razor wire. Stern-faced Pakistani guards, their rifles loaded and at the ready, watch on as Afghan visitors quietly circumnavigate the multiple checks of their papers at the main border crossing between the two South Asian countries. Nearby, a group of about two dozen children watch on, as they await an uncertain.. More

  • '10 attacks a day' against refugees, shelters in 2016

    More than 2,500 refugees in Germany were attacked last year, according to a report by the interior ministry, raising fears over the safety of those who have fled war and persecution. In a statement on Sunday, the interior minister citing police figures said that Germany recorded more than 3,500 attacks in total against refugees, migrants and their.. More

  • Palestinian women lead resistance in Budrus

    When Israeli military jeeps approached the village of Budrus last month, every resident was notified within minutes. Through the speakers of the village's mosque, a warning was issued: Israeli forces had entered the area and were preparing to demolish a house. Men, women and children rushed towards the site of the impending demolition. The village's.. More

  • Famine declared in part of South Sudan's Unity state

    Famine has been declared in two counties of South Sudan, according to an announcement by the South Sudan government and three UN agencies, which says the calamity is the result of prolonged civil war and an entrenched economic crisis that has devastated the war-torn East African nation. The official classification of famine highlights the human suffering.. More

  • Gaza doctor seeks justice in Israeli court

    The walls of Izzeldin Abuelaish's office at the University of Toronto are covered in photographs, but one, in particular, stands out. Three of his daughters, Bessan, Mayar and Aya, sit on a beach in the Gaza Strip. The tide is out, and the girls - aged 13, 15 and 20 - have written their names in big letters on the sand. Mayar is barefoot, Aya looks.. More

  • Displaced people of Syria's "beehive" villages dream of return

    In Aleppo's Jibreen shelter, home to refugees who have been unable or unwilling to return to their houses or flee further afield, the inhabitants of Qalayah, one of the villages from that area, swear they will one day recover their land. "We raised sheep and had land. We sold everything when we left. God willing we shall return. It's our village,.. More

  • Israeli torture of Palestinian children 'institutional'

    A recent article published by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz has confirmed the extent to which Shin Bet interrogators subject their prisoners to torture. Methods include slapping the head "to hurt sensitive organs like the nose, ears, brow and lips", forcing a handcuffed individual to squat against a wall for long periods of time, and placing.. More