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Iranian director sent prominent Iranian-American engineers to accept his Oscar - The Washington Post

Ashgar Farhadi won his second Oscar, but he decided not to attend tonight’s ceremony after President Trump signed an executive order barring visa-holders from Iran and six other countries to enter the United States.<p>In his place, Farhadi sent two prominent Iranian-Americans in his place to the …

Iran

New Anti-ISIS Strategy May Mean Deeper Involvement in Syria

(WASHINGTON) — A new military strategy to meet President Donald Trump's demand to "obliterate" the Islamic State group is likely to deepen U.S. …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Indonesia police say bomber 'possibly' linked to IS sympathisers

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A militant killed by police in Indonesia after detonating a small bomb in the city of Bandung on Monday was "possibly" part of a radical network sympathetic to Islamic State, police said.<p>The blast in the courtyard of a government office in the capital of West Java province did …

Indonesia

The Sarsour gambit

Linda Sarsour speaks at Women’s March on Washington in February 2017<p>Sometimes you need to admire a good move, even when it’s your opponent that makes …

Israel

Father of SEAL killed in Yemen raid spurned meeting with Trump, wants answers

When they brought William “Ryan” Owens home, the Navy SEAL was carried from a C-17 military plane in a flag-draped casket, onto the tarmac at Dover …

Armed Forces

Qatar Petroleum announces merger of Qatar Vinyl Company and QAPCO

The result will be a single company, QAPCO, operating the facilities of both companies. The integration will not result in any change to the …

PA leader issues warning to Hamas

Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Rami Hamdallah on Sunday sent a threatening message to Hamas, stating that if the movement does not agree to hold …

Gaza

Battle for west Mosul: Bombs 'fall like rain' on front line

<b>This weekend as many as 2,500 residents of Mosul escaped from the western half of a city that has been under the yoke of so-called Islamic State (IS) for almost three years.</b><p>Aid agencies estimate that there are approximately 750,000 civilians trapped in western Mosul, unable or too frightened to …

Mosul

After defending him, UNRWA forced to suspend employee elected to senior Hamas role

Two weeks ago, Hamas held elections in Gaza.<p>One of the people elected to a senior role was Dr .Suhail Hindi, who was head of UNRWA's Gaza teachers' …

UNRWA suspends Gaza staffer who joined Hamas

UNRWA, suspends Suhail al-Hindi, who joined Hamas's political bureau.

Anti-Semitism

Iran begins naval drill near Strait of Hormuz

Iran's navy on Sunday began an annual drill near the Strait of Hormuz, its first major exercise since the inauguration of U.S. President Donald …

PFLP terrorist leading anti-Trump movement

A female terrorist from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) is among the leaders of the next “women’s march” against President …

Anti-Semitism

Hamas rejects international forces in Gaza

Hamas rejected on Sunday Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's proposal to send international forces to Gaza as part of a future peace agreement in the …

Israel

Parliament approves next year budget bill

<b>IRNA – Majlis representatives on Sunday approved the budget bill for the next Iranian calendar year of 1396 (March 2017-March 2018) registering at</b> …

Palestine 2017: Time to Bid Farewell to Washington and Embrace the Globe

Dec 27 2016 / 7:21 pm<p>It is time to move away from Washington and to embrace the rest of the world. (Photo: MEMO, file)<p><b>By Ramzy Baroud</b><p>There is no …

Israel

We will never recognise Israel as Jewish state, says Fatah deputy

Ramallah: Fatah will never recognise Israel as a Jewish state, Mahmoud Al Aloul, a top Palestinian official who was recently selected as deputy Fatah …

U.N. agency suspends Gaza staffer amid alleged ties to Hamas

JERUSALEM—The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees suspended a Palestinian staffer Sunday, a spokesman for the U.N. agency said as Israel alleged the …

Dead SEAL's father refused to shake hands with Trump

The father of a US Navy SEAL killed in a raid in Yemen is demanding an investigation and criticising President Donald Trump for approving the botched …

Russia to start air mission over Turkey on Monday

Russian inspectors will conduct an aerial surveillance flight over Turkey between February 27 and March 3 within the scope of the Treaty on Open …

Anti-Semitism Is the New Social Justice

Hating Israel is the thing to do today on university campuses. It makes you seem “progressive.” It means you’re “woke” and socially aware. It means …

Russian military inspectors set for Open Skies observation flight over Turkey

MOSCOW, February 27. /TASS/. A group of Russian military inspectors will carry out this week an observation flight over the territory of Turkey …

Malaysia rolls out red carpet as Saudi king kicks off Asia tour

Malaysia welcomed Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Sunday for the start of a rare, month-long Asian tour, where the monarch will build ties and seek to …

Rocket lands near Gaza border, no injuries

A short while ago a rocket landed in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council, bordering the Gaza Strip, overnight Sunday.<p>No injuries or damage was …

Islamic State is showing stunning resistance as Iraqi troops try to breach west Mosul

It was around 3 p.m. when the Iraqi lieutenant finally accepted that his soldiers’ assault on Wadi Hajar, an industrial neighborhood in southwest Mosul, would not succeed.<p>Resting on the bumper of a battered black Humvee, he stared at the ground, his face pinched in anger and frustration. All around …

Iraq

Cancer – Main Cause of Death among Turkmen Female Prisoners | Альтернативные новости Туркменистана

DZ-K/8 female camp<p>Getting information from the closed-off Turkmenistan has recently become difficult, and getting a glimpse of what’s happening …

Death Penalty

Aldar mid-market focus signals coming surge in Abu Dhabi property

Abu Dhabi’s embattled property market is poised to experience a Dubai-like growth surge over the next three years as Aldar Properties starts to …

Dubai

'The Salesman' wins Oscar of best foreign language movie

Farhadi had not attended the ceremony to claim the Oscar for his film due to boycotting the awards show in protest of Donald Trump's executive order …

Iraqi forces advance past Mosul airport, pushing into city’s west

On Thursday, the BBC’s Quentin Sommerville tweeted a photo of an Iraqi soldier holding a small piece of lettuce. “First greens since this started.”<p>On …