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Turkish lawmakers pass articles 1-4 in second round of voting on constitutional change

Turkey's parliament Wednesday adopted the first four articles of a new constitutional reform package before a referendum likely to be held in …

Turkey

Sorry COGAT, infographics can’t whitewash Israel’s occupation

A key element of Israel’s military regime in the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT), an occupation that will complete fifty years in June, is the …

US backs Turkish offensive with airstrikes around al-Bab

Author: Amberin Zaman<p>The United States has resumed airstrikes in support of Turkey’s ongoing campaign against the Islamic State in Syria, a spokesman …

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard makes unannounced trip to Syria

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), who has charged the Obama administration with funneling money to the Islamic State and al-Qaeda-linked groups in Syria, visited Damascus this week on what her office called a “fact-finding trip . . . to promote and work for peace.”<p>Gabbard’s office, which did not …

Middle East

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard embarks on “fact-finding” mission to Damascus, Syria

Gabbard's Middle East trip won't earn the Hawaii Democrat any favors among her Democratic colleagues<p>Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a sophomore Hawaii Democrat and Iraq War veteran, recently embarked on what her office called a “fact-finding” mission to Damascus, in Syria.<p>Per Foreign Policy:<p>Congressional …

Bernie Sanders

Better to review Iran deal than withdraw from it: Trump U.N. pick Haley

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It would be better for the United States to carefully review the 2015 Iran nuclear deal rather than unilaterally withdraw from it, Nikki Haley, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for ambassador to the United Nations, said on Wednesday.<p>"I think what would be more …

Middle East

Cairo's Museum of Islamic Art to open Friday after two-year closure - Museums - Heritage

Egypt's Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) in downtown Cairo's Bab El-Khalq area is set to open its doors to visitors Friday after two years of closure for …

Egypt

Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard just took a secret 'fact-finding' trip to Syria

Democratic congresswoman and Iraq war veteran Tulsi Gabbard is currently on a "fact-finding trip" to Syria and Lebanon, Gabbard's spokeswoman confirmed on Wednesday.<p>Foreign Policy first reported that Gabbard visited Damascus, Syria's capital, during her trip. The visit was kept a secret for …

Middle East

Video footage shows confusion, disarray at pre-dawn car-ramming

Israel

Obama was, for better or worse, the face of liberal Zionism

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the Jerusalem Convention Center, March 21, 2013. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90<p>(JTA) — During his …

Israel

Israel: two dead in Bedouin village confrontation

Turkey’s real estate sector to see $1 bln in new revenue in 2017 on citizenship deal: Official

Turkey’s real estate sector is expected to see more than $1 billion in additional revenue in 2017 after a move to give citizenship to some foreigners …

Middle East

EBRD gives strong support to Turkish economy in challenging environment - BUSINESS

BUSINESS >EBRD gives strong support to Turkish economy in challenging environment<p>LONDON/ISTANBUL<p>AP photo<p>The European Bank for Reconstruction and …

Middle East

Did Hamas and Fatah really agree to form a unity government?

AFP reports:<p>The main Palestinian parties on Tuesday announced a deal to form a national unity government prior to the holding of elections, after …

Palestinian parties agree to form unity government

"We have reached agreement under which, within 48 hours, we will call on (Palestinian leader) Mahmud Abbas to launch consultations on the creation of …

Israel

Syrians elect first civilian council to run Idlib city

Regime forces were expelled from Idlib city in March 2015 by the Army of Conquest, led by the Fateh al-Sham Front, which changed its name from …

Middle East

Swiss government hosts $85,000 event aiming to unify Hamas and Fatah

The Swiss government and a Finnish NGO doled out almost $85,000 to host a workshop in Geneva to unify the EU and US classified terrorist organization …

Israel

Here’s what the Guardian doesn’t want you to know about obstacles to a two-state solution

Before we properly examine a <i>Guardian</i> article (The two-state solution in the Middle East: Everything you need to know, Dec. 28th) by the paper’s …

Israel

Mosul battle: Iraqi army retakes city's east from IS

<b>The Iraqi army says it has recaptured all of eastern Mosul from the so-called Islamic State (IS) group.</b><p>Counter-terror chief Talib Shaghati told reporters the army had taken control of the eastern bank of the Tigris river, which divides the city.<p>Government forces have made swift advances through …

Special Forces

Aviation official: Iran Air- ATR contract to finalize soon

<b>IRNA – An Iranian official said here on Wednesday that Iran’s national flag carrier, Iran Air, contract with ATR to buy 20 light passenger planes,</b> …

Iran

Alan Dershowitz: Obama’s Mid-East Legacy Is Tragic Failure

President Barack Obama speaks at Cairo University in Cairo. Photo: Chuck Kennedy.<p>The Middle East is a more dangerous place after eight years of the …

World News

Russia to Unveil 4th-Generation MiG-35 Fighter Jet in January

Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) and its subsidiary Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG are expected to hold an official presentation of …

Syrian women in Egypt find solidarity in stylist classes

Cosmetology classes help displaced Syrian women form bonds and start fashion careers in Egypt.

Egypt

Letters to the Editor: On criticizing Netanyahu and moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem

<b>Leave Prime Minister Netanyahu alone</b><p>There are murderers of prime ministers who pay for their actions with life imprisonment. Words can wound just …

Rouhani: Aleppo victory stopped regional calamity

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a Wednesday meeting with visiting Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis, hailed the liberation of Aleppo as a major …

Middle East

Afghanistan’s first female orchestra set to take Davos - MUSIC

MUSIC >Afghanistan’s first female orchestra set to take Davos<p>KABUL - Agence France-Presse<p>AFP photo<p>In the face of death threats and accusations they …

Afghanistan

Iran bids farewell to Obama with insults

Latest in Columns<p>The inauguration of a new American era<p>As I prepare to attend President elect Donald Trump s inauguration and participate in …

Abbas on the Ropes

For most of his 12 years as president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Mahmoud Abbas has enjoyed the White House’s full-throated backing. The …

Israel

Watch Live: Zarif discusses Iran's future foreign policy

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was set to address the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday.<p>He was expected to give …

Middle East