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Scores wounded as protesters clash with police across southern Iraq

Scores wounded as protesters clash with police across southern Iraq

Scores of demonstrators have been wounded in southern Iraq in clashes with police as protests over high unemployment, poor public services and corruption continued into a seventh day. In the city of Basra, demonstrators tried to storm the governor’s headquarters but were dispersed by police who fired tear gas at them, an AFP reporter said. […]

For China, the Belt and Road run through the Middle East

For China, the Belt and Road run through the Middle East

The eighth Ministerial Meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF) was held last week, bringing the foreign ministers of the 22 Arab League member states together with their Chinese counterpart, State Councilor Wang Yi. Not surprisingly, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) was a central focus of the meeting. The CASCF was begun in […]

US Episcopal Church adopts human rights resolutions for Palestine

US Episcopal Church adopts human rights resolutions for Palestine

US Episcopal Church is 10th denomination to adopt resolutions promoting rights of Palestinians (AFP) The Episcopal Church in the United States approved a resolution on Friday that will establish human rights screening of companies in Israel and Palestine. The resolution “is intended to set up a screen so that companies can be screened according to […]

Israel court defers Khan Al-Ahmar decision to mid-August

Israel court defers Khan Al-Ahmar decision to mid-August

Israel’s Supreme Court has postponed until mid-August the Israeli authorities’ planned demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar, a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank. Last week, the court issued an injunction against the demolition, after villagers said their efforts to secure retroactive building permits had been ignored by the Israeli authorities. Israel systematically denies such permits […]

Arabic press review: Israelis hold conference on Iran protests

Arabic press review: Israelis hold conference on Iran protests

Activists of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) opposition group protest in Belgium (AFP) Israeli conference to discuss Iran’s protests Israeli academics have organised a conference to discuss recent protests in Iran and whether they could lead to the fall of the Islamic Republic. The conference witnessed the participation of Israeli ministers and […]

Mortgage crisis forces Lebanon couples to postpone their weddings

Mortgage crisis forces Lebanon couples to postpone their weddings

As many as 30 per cent of Lebanese couples who planned to marry this summer have canceled their weddings following the central bank’s decision to stop housing loans. Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported President of the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI), Waleed Moussa, as saying that “every threat to the real estate sector affects 70 professions […]

Israel, Saudi and UAE suggested Trump-Putin deal: Report

Israel, Saudi and UAE suggested Trump-Putin deal: Report

Emirati, Israeli and Saudi officials separately suggested a diplomatic deal to Donald Trump where Russia would curb Iranian influence in Syria in exchange for lifting Ukraine-related sanctions, the New Yorker magazine reported on Tuesday, citing current and former US officials. Floating the deal happened in conversations before Trump’s election in 2016, during the transition and […]

Where does new UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt stand on Middle East issues?

Where does new UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt stand on Middle East issues?

Hunt has voiced opposition to any sanctions against Israel for violating Palestinians’ human rights Jeremy Hunt, a long-time cabinet minister who has been health secretary since 2012, will replace Boris Johnson as foreign secretary in the UK. Johnson tendered his resignation on Monday in protest at Prime Minister Theresa May’s approach to negotiations to exit […]

Learn from the past to bring peaceful future to Middle East, pope says

Learn from the past to bring peaceful future to Middle East, pope says

Vatican City — As war continues to threaten the land of Jesus’ birth and to undermine the existence of Christian communities there, the international community must learn from the errors of the past and do more to bring lasting peace to the Middle East, Pope Francis said. “Do not forget the previous century; do not […]

Syria says Israeli strikes targeted T4 air base in Homs

Syria says Israeli strikes targeted T4 air base in Homs

Syrian image purportedly of air defence intercepting Israeli missile in May (AFP/file photo) Syria on Sunday accused Israel of targeting an air base in central Homs province, adding that its defences hit a jet involved in the attack. “Our air defences are responding to an Israeli aggression and intercepting a number of missiles targeting the […]

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