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Israel approves hundreds of settlement homes in East Jerusalem

Israel approved building permits on Sunday for hundreds of homes in three East Jerusalem settlements, two days after US President Donald Trump took office, expecting him to row back on the last administration’s criticism of such projects. The housing projects, on land that the Palestinians seek as part of a future state, had been taken off the Jerusalem municipality’s agenda in December at the last minute at the request of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in order to avoid further censure from the administration of Barack Obama. Israel’s right-wing expects Trump’s attitude towards settlements built in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, areas Israel captured in a 1967 war, to be far more supportive than that of his predecessor. Netanyahu said […]


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Indonesian authorities detain 17 nationals returning from Syria

Indonesian authorities have detained 17 nationals returning from Syria, including children, suspected of being involved in radical activity, officials told Reuters on Sunday. Immigration office spokesman Agung Sampurno said the people, including a two year-old girl and a three year-old boy, were arrested at Soekarno-Hatta airport upon disembarking an Istanbul-Jakarta Turkish Airline flight on Saturday. They have been handed over to the police’s anti-terrorism unit for questioning, Sampurno said. “They are currently still under an interrogation process. If we find any relation to crime on terrorism, we will continue the investigation. If not, they will be handed over to their families,” the chief of Densus 88, police’s anti-terrorism unit, Eddy Hartono told Reuters. Police have been monitoring dozens of returning […]


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Two suspected Al-Qaeda members killed in drone strike in Yemen

Two suspected members of Al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch were killed on Sunday by what local officials believed was a US drone strike. If confirmed, it would be the first such attack since US President Donald Trump assumed office on Friday. The men were killed when a missile hit the vehicle in which they were travelling in southern al-Bayda province, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The United States has conducted dozens of drone strikes throughout President Barack Obama’s presidency to combat Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, regarded as one of the global militant group’s most dangerous branches.


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Hundreds of Israeli women march at US embassy in Tel Aviv against Trump

Hundreds of protestors gathered here Saturday to march against new US President Donald Trump. Women gathered in front of the American embassy to show support for the international Women’s March held in hundreds of cities across the globe, including London, Paris and Athens. In Israel, women protested Trump with banners and demanded tolerance, freedom and justice against ethnic and religious differences. Just one day after Trump took the oath of office, an estimated 500,000 demonstrators converged on Washington DC to protest Trump who has made disparaging remarks about women, minorities and disabled people. Massive sister marches also occurred in many US cities, including Boston, Denver and Los Angeles. The crowd grew so large in Chicago that organizers were forced to cancel the march after protesters […]


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Two killed as car bomb hits Tripoli near Italian embassy

Two people were killed late Saturday when a car bomb exploded near the Italian embassy in the Libyan capital, according to a local security source. The blast occurred next to the Planning Ministry in central Tripoli and close to the Egyptian embassy, the source said, requesting anonymity because he was unauthorised to speak to media. Two people aboard the car were killed in the bombing, Ahmed Salem, a spokesman for forces loyal to the Libyan unity government, told a local TV channel. There was no claim of responsibility for the bombing. According to eyewitnesses, the occupants of the car had attempted to park the vehicle near the Italian embassy but were prevented by security forces. The Italian embassy is some […]


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Muslim scholars slam US embassy move to Jerusalem

The International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS) has warned against the planned relocation of the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “[Such a move] would be a brazen violation of UN resolutions,” the Doha-based body said in a statement released on Saturday. Newly-inaugurated US President Donald Trump has pledged during his electoral campaign to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem despite reluctance to do so by past administrations – Republican and Democrat alike. While Israel claimed the city as its “eternal capital” after occupying East Jerusalem during the 1967 Arab-Israel war, the international community does not recognize the claim and foreign embassies are currently located in Tel Aviv. Earlier this month, Senate Republicans introduced […]


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Women’s March in Washington

“I am my Palestinian grandmother who lives in Occupied Territories’ wildest dream and I am so proud to be here. Justice for all.” Linda Sarsour, one of the organisers behind the Women’s March in Washington DC. Thousands took to the streets of Washington a day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, to promote women’s rights and address inequalities. The Women’s March spread across over 30 cities around the world.


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Um Ali

Before I moved to the UK and actually tried bread pudding, I thought it was the weirdest, most foreign concept ever. Who would want to eat soggy bread? It wasn’t until I tried it that I said, “This reminds me of Um Ali!” I have very mixed feelings about Um Ali. When made correctly, it is amazing, both hot and cold. But there is a very fine line between soggy sugary mess and perfect Um Ali and I feel like everyone who makes it or eats it tries to find that perfect balance. Not to sound arrogant, but I think I found that perfect balance that everyone is looking for. What’s my secret you ask? Croissants! I mean, who doesn’t […]



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Mosul Op: Iraq troops execute 3 Sunni teens in sectarian violence

More footage of Iraqi soldiers committing war crimes by killing unarmed teenagers in Mosul has emerged on social media, as the fourth month in the battle to recapture Iraq’s second largest city from Daesh extremists begins in bloody fashion. MEMO has seen graphic footage that shows armed Iraqi men who are part of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) executing three teenage boys after subjecting them to brutal violence. According to Al Jazeera, the men are said to be from the Iraqi Federal Police Force, who are fighting side-by-side with other ISF units and Shia militias in the fight to force Daesh out of Mosul. The shocking video, taken from one of the militarised police officer’s mobile phones, shows the armed […]