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The conference of shame and disgrace

The enemy of Islam and hater of Muslims visited the land of Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him), the prophet of Islam, and the land of the two holy mosques, to publically wage his war on Islam and Muslims in the company of the presidents, kings and emirs of Muslim countries who he drove, like cattle, from their countries. The man, who vowed, before his voters before the elections, to milk the cow until it goes dry and then kill it, referring to Saudi Arabia, visited the country. This American President, Donald Trump, who pledged, before the American people, to erase Islam off the face of the Earth and ban Muslims from several countries, including Saudi Arabia, from entering the […]


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Rouhani: Saudi summit with Trump ‘was just a show’

Newly re-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani yesterday slammed the latest summit with the US President Donald Trump in Riyadh, describing it as “just a show” which had “no practical or political value”, news agencies reported. “The summit in Saudi Arabia was just a show with no practical or political value of any kind,” he told a press conference in Tehran. Commenting on the deals signed between Trump and the Saudis, worth more than $460 billion over ten years, Rouhani said: You cannot solve terrorism just by giving your people’s money to a superpower. Rouhani stressed that getting rid of terror in the Middle East cannot be achieved without the cooperation of Iran. Read: Trump tells Middle East to ‘drive out’ […]


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Daesh caliphate days are ‘numbered’, says UN head

“The days of the so-called Daesh caliphate in Iraq are numbered” and discussions on how to rebuild the country have begun, reported Jan Kubis, head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). In a briefing to the UN Security Council, Kubis announced that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently received the long-awaited submission of the Iraqi Forces Coalition’s vision of a national settlement. Kubis briefed the Security Council yesterday by telling them that the liberation of Mosul was imminent and that the international community had to maintain a dual focus on defeating the remaining Daesh forces in Iraq, and on working towards post-conflict security and reconstruction. Kubis presented the secretary-general’s report outlining progress towards fulfilling UNAMI’s mandate. He went on […]


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Medicines in such short supply in Gaza, treatments will stop

Medication supplies in the Gaza Strip have reached dangerously low levels after the decision was made to stop providing hospital and health centres in the southern municipalities with the required items, a senior official in the Ministry of Health warned today. Munir Al-Barsh, General Director of Pharmacy in the in Gaza, stressed during a press conference that as of April, there were 170 types of medications that are not available and the deficit rate has reached 35 per cent, while the number of medical supplies that are unavailable reached 270. This indicates the seriousness of the consequences for the patients with chronic diseases, cancer and those on dialysis. He also noted that the shortages in basic services, such as cancer […]


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UN report: Democratic reforms, improved human rights needed in Sudan

Democratic reforms that protect and promote human rights in Sudan are among the principle recommendations of the preliminary report of a United Nations independent expert who concluded an 11-day visit to the country, Relief Web reported yesterday. In a report published from Geneva on the United Nations, Human Rights website, Dr Aristide Nononsi said the Sudanese government needed to better protect freedoms of religion, improve freedoms of the press and make amendments to laws governing non-government organisations (NGOs). The UN expert singled out Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) for criticism: I am of the view that bringing the powers of the National Intelligence and Security Service in line with international standards – a governmental body operating as an […]


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Trump: Palestinian, Israeli leaders ready to ‘reach for peace’

US President Donald Trump said today that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were prepared to “reach for peace”, even as he cautioned that a deal will not be easily achieved. I had a meeting this morning with President Abbas and can tell you that the Palestinians are ready to reach for peace Trump said in speech at the Israel Museum. “In my meeting with my very good friend Benjamin, I can tell you also, that he is reaching for peace. He wants peace,” he said. Making peace, however, will not be easy. We all know that. Both sides will face tough decisions. But with determination, compromise and the belief that peace is possible, Israelis and […]


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US raid kills 7 Al-Qaeda fighters in Yemen

American Nay SEALs conducted a raid in Yemen yesterday morning killing seven Al-Qaeda linked fighters. The raid targeted a compound in the Marib Governorate that was linked to Al-Qaeda core’s affiliate, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The raid included a mixture of small arms fire and targeted airstrikes on the compound. Read: US-Saudi battlefield alliance quandary  Christopher Sherwood, Pentagon spokesman, told MEMO last week: We strive to be transparent about military operations. It’s no secret that the US is continuing our ongoing efforts to degrade and defeat AQAP. “The US military will continue to take military action in Yemen to degrade the ability of AQAP to plan, coordinate and conduct external terror attacks against the US and its citizens.” […]


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Egypt and Canada to advance education links

Canadian Minister of Immigration Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussein, has arrived in Egypt to advance education exchange opportunities between Egypt and Canada. During his visit, Hussein attended the Canadian International College in Cairo where he met with the President of the college and Canadian Ambassador to Egypt Troy Lulashnyk. There are plans to establish the University of Canada in Egypt which will provide accredited degrees from Canadian universities. Earlier this year a Canadian parliamentary delegation visited Egypt to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries including cultural and scientific relations. Canada has maintained good relations with Egypt despite the human rights abuses that are carried out under the Sisi government. In the years following the Rabaa massacre, Canada declared its […]


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Sudan: Egypt supplying weapons to rebels

Weapons being used by rebels in Darfur are being indirectly supplied by Egypt as a result of Cairo’s policy of supplying arms to Libya and South Sudan, a Sudanese peace envoy claimed yesterday. Speaking at a press conference in Khartoum, Sudan’s Envoy for Diplomatic Contact and Negotiation in Darfur, Amin Hassan Omer, said the fierce clashes that erupted between Sudan’s Armed Forces (SAF) and the rebel Sudan’s Liberation Movement (SLM-MM/AW) splinter groups in North and East Darfu, over the weekend were fought with Egyptian weapons passed to the rebels from Libya and South Sudan. Omer said that factions of the SLM rebel fighters entered the western Darfur area from the bordering countries that are “well known” to be supplied with […]


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One person was displaced every second in 2016

One person every second was displaced in their home country in 2016 due to conflicts and disasters, according to an aid group yesterday. More than 31 million people were displaced in 2016 with nearly seven million of those from sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, according to data by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, part of the aid agency Norwegian Refugee Council. A further 24 million people, mainly from Asia, were forced to flee to an another area of the country due to natural disasters, such as flooding and wildfires. Unlike refugees who seek asylum elsewhere, internally displaced persons cannot claim international protection and are often overlooked, according to IDMC. It can easily fall off the agenda because national governments, […]