Politics - Mid-East

UN expects 'dramatic' rise in refugees amid Mosul military actions in Iraq

UN expects 'dramatic' rise in refugees amid Mosul military actions in Iraq

🕔2016-08-23 14:18:24

According to the UN Refugee Agency, United Nations expects a dramatic worsening of displacement in Iraq as military action may be turning towards the city of Mosul.  The United Nations expects a dramatic worsening of displacement in Iraq as military action may be turning towards the city of Mosul, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said Tuesday. "In ...

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Two Bomb Blasts in Baghdad Kill 22 People, Injure 70

Two Bomb Blasts in Baghdad Kill 22 People, Injure 70

🕔2016-06-09 14:08:17

At least 22 people were killed and 70 wounded as result of bombings in two separate areas in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Thursday, media reported.According to the Arabian Radio Network (ARN) News Center, one car bomb exploded in a commercial area in eastern part of the city, killing 15 people and injuring 50 ...

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Iraqi troops storm ISIS bastion in Fallujah in massive dawn offensive amid fears jihadis will use 50,000 hostages as human shields

Iraqi troops storm ISIS bastion in Fallujah in massive dawn offensive amid fears jihadis will use 50,000 hostages as human shields

🕔2016-05-30 14:09:08

  Iraqi forces entered Fallujah today in a final assault to retake the city where 50,000 civilians are being held hostage by ISIS. Troops backed by coalition air strikes, artillery and tanks stormed the terror group's bastion on three fronts in a massive dawn offensive. They were joined by counter-terrorism service (CTS) forces, marking the start of a ...

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US Navy says Yemen-bound weapons shipment ‘from Iran’ seized in Arabian Sea

US Navy says Yemen-bound weapons shipment ‘from Iran’ seized in Arabian Sea

🕔2016-04-04 17:41:24

The US Navy says it has seized a weapons shipment in the Arabian Sea from Iran likely heading to Yemen, AP reported. The USS Sirocco on March 28 intercepted and seized the shipment of weapons hidden aboard a small dhow, the Navy said on Monday. The shipment reportedly included 1,500 Kalashnikov assault rifles, 200 rocket-propelled grenade launchers ...

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Libya asks U.N. to ease sanctions on wealth fund

Libya asks U.N. to ease sanctions on wealth fund

🕔2016-04-01 12:07:49

  Libya on Thursday asked the U.N. Security Council to allow its sovereign wealth fund to manage accounts frozen under U.N. sanctions and recover billions of dollars in annual losses. Libyan Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi requested the exemption for the Libyan Investment Authority to allow the management of frozen assets while they remain under U.N. sanctions. Dabbashi told the ...

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 Gunmen Storm Libya TV Station as U.N.-backed Govt Told to Leave

Gunmen Storm Libya TV Station as U.N.-backed Govt Told to Leave

🕔2016-03-31 09:45:37

  Gunmen stormed the headquarters of a Libyan television station late Wednesday, as the authorities in control of Tripoli demanded the departure of the newly-arrived prime minister designate in a blow to hopes for a peaceful power handover. Armed men burst into the headquarters of satellite TV station Al-Nabaa in central Tripoli, cut its transmissions and forced ...

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 Pentagon to Propose Boosting U.S. Military Presence in Iraq

Pentagon to Propose Boosting U.S. Military Presence in Iraq

🕔2016-03-26 13:09:06

  The Pentagon will submit proposals to President Barack Obama for strengthening military support to Iraqi forces in the near future, a top U.S. military official said Friday. "We have a series of recommendations that we will discuss with the president in the coming weeks to further enable our support for the Iraqi security forces," said General ...

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 Football Pitch Suicide Attack Kills 30 South of Baghdad

Football Pitch Suicide Attack Kills 30 South of Baghdad

🕔2016-03-26 10:35:00

  A suicide bomber blew himself up on a football pitch as trophies were being presented after a local tournament south of Baghdad Friday, killing at least 30 people, police and medics said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack that wreaked carnage on the field where supporters, officials and security forces were gathered after ...

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Egypt to send a delegation to European Parliament over human rights violations

Egypt to send a delegation to European Parliament over human rights violations

🕔2016-03-18 13:36:56

  Egyptian Parliament has passed a resolution to send a delegation to the European Parliament about two weeks after the last condemned the Egyptian authorities over the files of  the murder of an Italian young man in Cairo and the violation of human rights. The president of Egyptian Parliament Ali Abed al-Aal decided to send a parliamentary ...

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Suicide bombing in Yemen port of Aden kills 4

Suicide bombing in Yemen port of Aden kills 4

🕔2016-02-29 16:22:10

  A suicide car bombing killed four people Monday when it hit a gathering of loyalist forces in Aden, the southern Yemen city serving as a government base, AFP reported. Five others were wounded in the attack in the residential Sheikh Othman district, according to a security official. The bomber reportedly rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into ...

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Tens of thousands at Baghdad rally to support cleric

Tens of thousands at Baghdad rally to support cleric

🕔2016-02-26 13:47:29

  Tens of thousands of Moqtada al-Sadr's supporters gathered in central Baghdad Friday for a rally during which the Iraqi cleric demanded that the government carry out serious reforms. "The prime minister is in a critical position after the people rose up," said Sadr, addressing the huge gathering at Tahrir Square. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi promised to carry ...

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ISIS fighters caught disguised as WOMEN as they try to flee after restoring Ramadi

ISIS fighters caught disguised as WOMEN as they try to flee after restoring Ramadi

🕔2016-02-12 14:35:03

  Two young ISIS fighters have been caught trying to flee the battlefield in Iraq by disguising themselves in women's clothing. It is thought the two men saw Iraqi forces closing in on their base and quickly shaved off their beards and donned headscarves and robes.   The MailOnline has not managed to independently verify the two images but ...

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Russia presented proposals for a ceasefire in Syria, Lavrov says

Russia presented proposals for a ceasefire in Syria, Lavrov says

🕔2016-02-12 09:57:47

  The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced on Thursday that Russia is waiting for a reply from the parties of the International Support Group for Syria about Russia’s proposals for a ceasefire in Syria. During a meeting with his US counterpart John Kerry on the sidelines of Munich Security Conference 2016 (MSC 2016) in Munich, Lavrov ...

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Yemen clashes kill 6, including 4 family members

Yemen clashes kill 6, including 4 family members

🕔2016-02-10 11:09:06

  Clashes on Tuesday between Yemeni forces and al-Qaida militants in Aden killed at least six people, including four members of the same family, security officials and witnesses said. Al-Qaida controls part of the southern port city which has become the temporary headquarters of the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi as it battles to retake large ...

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A terrorist explosion hit al-Sayda Zainab, Damascus countryside

A terrorist explosion hit al-Sayda Zainab, Damascus countryside

🕔2016-01-31 14:11:34

  A terrorist explosion hit Sunday Kouh al-Soudan area in al-Sayda Zainab in Damascus countryside. On January 26th, 19 people were killed and many others were injured in two terrorist attacks that hit al-Zahraa neighborhood in Homs city. ...

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Belgium arrests 4 seeking to go to Syria, Libya

Belgium arrests 4 seeking to go to Syria, Libya

🕔2016-01-31 13:03:27

  Belgian police on Saturday arrested four people on suspicion they planned to go to Syria and Libya, the federal prosecutor's office said, as the nation remains on high alert following the Paris attacks. Officials believe around 500 Belgians may have gone as foreign fighters to Syria, joining up with jihadis from the Islamic State group which ...

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2nd suicide blast in 2 days kills 7 in Yemen

2nd suicide blast in 2 days kills 7 in Yemen

🕔2016-01-30 13:28:32

  At least seven people have been killed and another seven injured in a suicide bombing in the Yemeni seaport city of Aden, medics and security sources said, as cited by AFP. The attack took place at a police checkpoint not far from the site of the previous blast Thursday that also killed seven people. Islamic State ...

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Egypt F-16 crashes during training drill, kills crew

Egypt F-16 crashes during training drill, kills crew

🕔2016-01-28 10:50:32

  Egypt's military said Thursday an F-16 crashed during a training drill in an undisclosed location in the country, killing its entire crew. The statement did not specify the number of dead or provide further details. Military spokesman Mohamed Samir says "these details only concern (them). Why does it interest the media or anyone else?" A day earlier, officials ...

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Geagea: "Thumbs Up" for Michel Aoun's candidacy

🕔2016-01-19 18:03:11

The head of Lebanese Forces Party has declared that he supports Michel Auon's for his candidacy for presidency. During a press conference with Aoun in Mi'rab, Geagea has said,"It's been so long without a president, and vacuum aggravated which led to a semi-paralysis in all constitutional  administrations, affecting the national sovereignty and threatening the state itself ...

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Libya’s rival factions announce unity govt

Libya’s rival factions announce unity govt

🕔2016-01-19 12:14:45

  Rival Libyan factions have announced a unity government, AP reported. The Unity Presidential Council says it has agreed on a 32-member cabinet with members drawn from across the country in an attempt to stem the chaos that has engulfed Libya since its 2011 uprising. The council includes representatives from two rival parliaments, as well as delegates ...

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 10 Germans died in Istanbul attack

10 Germans died in Istanbul attack

🕔2016-01-13 15:05:12

  Ten Germans were killed in the suicide bombing that ripped through the historic heart of Istanbul, Germany's foreign ministry said Wednesday. "I must relay the sad news that we now have 10 dead Germans among the victims" from Tuesday's attack, ministry spokeswoman Sawsan Chebli told reporters. She said seven wounded Germans were being treated in hospital in ...

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Baghdad dismisses ISIS attacks on Turkish forces in Iraq

Baghdad dismisses ISIS attacks on Turkish forces in Iraq

🕔2016-01-09 15:11:11

  Iraq's joint operations command refuted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statement that ISIS militants had attacked Turkish forces in northern Iraq, media reports said. A statement by Turkey's President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, about a ISIS attack on Turkish troops in northern Iraq and armed clashes between Turkish forces and the militants there holds no water, according to Iraq's joint operations command. "The joint ...

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Kuwait recalls envoy to Iran after attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions

Kuwait recalls envoy to Iran after attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions

🕔2016-01-05 13:10:08

  According to media reports, Kuwait's Foreign Ministry summoned the ambassador to Iran as diplomatic row over Saudi execution of Shiite cleric deepens. Kuwait has followed Saudi Arabia and Bahrain in recalling its ambassador to Iran after a major diplomatic row sparked off in the Middle East, the local media reported Tuesday. “The Foreign Ministry on Tuesday summoned Kuwait’s ambassador to Iran on the backdrop ...

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ISIS reportedly attacks key Libyan oil port

ISIS reportedly attacks key Libyan oil port

🕔2016-01-04 14:56:02

  ISIS militants reportedly attacked the oil port of Es Sider in Libya, which is currently controlled by the internationally-recognized faction of the Libyan civil war. Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) militants attacked guards at Libya's Es Sider oil port, Reuters reported, citing witnesses and troops. The port, which remains under the control of Libya's internationally recognized government, has been closed for over a year ...

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Iran accuses Saudi Arabia of supporting terrorism after Nimr execution

Iran accuses Saudi Arabia of supporting terrorism after Nimr execution

🕔2016-01-02 14:40:37

  Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman on Saturday accused Saudi Arabia of supporting terrorism and executing its opponents, after Saudi Arabia executed a prominent cleric. “The Saudi government supports terrorists and takfiri extremists, while executing and suppressing critics inside the country,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA. Meanwhile, Lebanon’s Supreme ...

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