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Fate of Palestinian refugees in Syria still unclear

The fate of 1,147 Palestinian refugees in Syria is still unclear, Quds Press reported on Sunday. The Task Group of the Palestinians in Syria noted that those who remain unaccounted for include 82 women. According to the group’s report, this is only the number of Palestinian refugees who were documented as being arrested by Syrian regime forces over the past six years. The actual number of missing people could be much higher due to documentation difficulties. The report pointed out that 458 Palestinian refugees were tortured to death inside Syrian government prisons. The figure was determined after direct contact with the families of the victims. Meanwhile, those Palestinian refugees who were displaced from Khan Al-Sheikh refugee camp and moved to […]


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US soldiers shoot and kill 8-year-old girl in Yemen

While the media attention has been focused on the death of one US serviceman who was killed during a raid in Yemen, one of the most tragic casualties of the assault ordered by President Donald Trump was an eight-year-old girl. The raid took place over the weekend, as US forces attempted a “site exploitation” attack that attempted to gather intelligence on Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the extremist group behind several high-profile terror attacks, including the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris in two years ago. Though the United States hailed the operation as a success, reports from Yemen would seem to indicate that the price paid by Yemeni civilians and non-combatants was extraordinarily high. ‘Don’t cry mama, I’m fine’ […]


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Israel demolished 143 Palestinian homes in January

An official Palestinian committee announced on Sunday that the Israeli occupation authorities demolished 143 Palestinian homes this month, Arab48.com has reported. The figure is double the number of homes destroyed by the Israelis in January 2016. The Anti-Israeli Settlement and Wall Committee said that occupation forces carried out most of the demolitions in the areas where it is planning to establish new illegal settlements or expand existing colonies for Jewish settlers. The Information Director of the Committee, Qasim Awwad, said that there has been an increase in the demolition of Palestinian homes compared to the increase in building new settlement units. “The Israeli authorities built three new settlements in the Jordan Valley, Nablus and Hebron,” explained Awwad. He noted that […]


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Iraqi Turkmen want to participate in liberating Tal Afar from Daesh, says MP

A member of the Turkmen Front, Aidan Marouf MP, said on Sunday that the Turkmen factions in Iraq want to participate in any operation to retake the district of Tal Afar, 65 km west of Mosul, from the Daesh terrorist group, Anadolu has reported. Marouf said that the Iraqi Turkmen Front military force will contribute to strengthening the political front in Tal Afar and the rest of Iraq. “We have discussed with the central government in Baghdad the liberation of Tal Afar and Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi understands our concerns,” he explained. “The prime minister expressed approval for the Turkmen’s participation in the campaign against Tal Afar.” The MP stressed that the Iraqi Turkmen Front opposes the division of Mosul […]


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Sudanese president to meet South Sudan counterpart in Addis Ababa

Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir will meet his South Sudanese counterpart, Salva Kiir Mayardit, on the sidelines of the 28th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa this week, Quds Press has reported. According to a political adviser at the presidential palace, Dr Amin Hassan Omar, the meeting between the two presidents will be to discuss bilateral relations and ensure the implementation of the agreements signed between them regarding security, trade, border and oil. “We in Sudan are not convinced with the level of implementation of the agreements signed between Khartoum and Juba,” he explained, “especially the demarcation of the border.” Omar, who is also the government official dealing with the Darfur file, added that the state of South Sudan still harbours […]


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Ghannouchi’s moves on Libya ‘consistent with state policy’, claims party official

A senior member of Tunisia’s Ennahda movement said on Sunday that the moves made recently by Rachid Ghannouchi regarding the Libya issue are fully in line with state policy adopted by the national unity government headed by Youssef Chahed of the secularist Nidaa Tounes Party. Abdul Kareem Al-Harouni made his comments in a press conference on the sidelines of a meeting of Ennahda’s Shura Council, which he chairs. Communication with all sides in Libya is very important for finding a political settlement and uniting Libyans, he added. Last week, Ghannouchi denied allegations that his external moves regarding the Libyan crisis constitute “parallel diplomacy” outside the framework of Tunisia’s official diplomatic efforts. “In political science, popular diplomacy is carried out by […]


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Kuwait denies ‘new surveillance’ of social media

The Kuwaiti Interior Ministry has denied as “baseless” reports on social networking sites claiming that it has launched a “new surveillance system” covering phone calls and personal accounts on social media. Such reports, insisted the ministry, are based on inaccurate and unreliable information. Nevertheless, the official statement stressed the government’s commitment to its security responsibilities. This will mean the taking of measures in line with the law and without having to restrict the personal freedoms of citizens and residents, it explained. With regards to cybercrime, the ministry said that it only acts when it receives complaints, which are investigated before referral to the relevant government agencies. According to ministry spokesman Mohammad Al-Awwash, the electronic media law is aimed at regulating […]


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Tunisia: Senior Ennahda leader defends Ghannoushi’s recent moves on Libya, says they are consistent with state policies

A senior member of Tunisia’s Ennahda movement said on Sunday that the moves recently taken by the movement’s leader Rachid Ghannouchi regarding the Libya issue are fully in line with the official policy adopted by the national unity government, headed by Youssef Chahed of the secularist Nidaa Tounes Party. Harouni, who heads Ennahda’s Shura Council, added in a press conference held on the sidelines of the council’s eighth round, that communication with all Libyan sides is very important for finding a political settlement and uniting Libyans. Last week, Ghannouchi denied allegations that his external moves regarding the Libyan crisis constitute a “parallel diplomacy” outside the framework of the Tunisian state’s official diplomacy. “In political science, popular diplomacy is carried out […]


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Jordan’s Abdullah to press Trump administration to step up war on Islamist militants

Jordan’s King Abdullah will hold talks with US President Donald Trump’s administration in Washington on Monday on how to bolster the kingdom’s domestic security amid the growing risk of Daesh militant attacks, officials and diplomats said. They said the monarch, who will be the first Arab leader to hold talks with the new administration, is scheduled to meet congressional leaders, senators and senior officials including Defense Secretary James Mattis in coming days. A meeting was expected to be arranged with Trump, one official said, but there was no official confirmation. The king will address top administration officials about his country’s fears of Daesh fighters descending southward to its borders at the end of a US-led campaign whose goal is to […]


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At least six killed in ‘terror attack on muslims’ – shooting on Quebec City mosque

The shooting at a Quebec mosque during Sunday night prays which reportedly killed six people was a “terrorist attack on Muslims”, said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge,” Trudeau said in a statement. Six people were killed after gunmen opened fire in a Quebec City mosque during evening prayers, the mosque’s president told reporters on Sunday, in an attack that shook residents of the Canadian city. A witness told Reuters that up to three gunmen fired on about 40 people inside the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Centre. “Why is this happening here? This is barbaric,” said the mosque’s president, Mohamed Yangui. Quebec police on the scene said there […]