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TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Army troops and Air Force targeted the gathering points of ISIL and Fatah al-Sham Front (previously known as the al-Nusra Front) …

Middle East

Russia the New Regional Policeman? - ASHARQ AL

Closed negotiations held between Syrian rebels and Russians have recently been made public, especially concerning discussions on Aleppo’s siege.<p>The …

Russia

Council of Europe commissioner urges Turkey to stop curfews

In a statement released on Friday, Council of Europe (CoE) Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks called on Turkey to stop imposing curfews in …

Sisi to pardon new batch of youth detainees within days

A presidential committee formed to examine cases of young Egyptians detained since the events that followed January 25 revolution is near conclusion. …

Egypt

Fund to protect heritage sites in war zones approved

Around 40 nations agree to create safe havens for endangered art works as well as protecting heritage sites.<p>Representatives of around 40 countries have approved plans to establish a fund to protect heritage sites in war zones and a network of safe havens for endangered artworks.<p>"We are committed to …

United Arab Emirates

The Overloaded Prisons of Iraq

Almost every day, officials in Iraq arrest and imprison dozens of suspected Islamic State (ISIS) militants. According to Human Rights Watch, over the …

Calligraffiti artist transforms the streets and alleyways of Gaza

<b>GAZA</b> - Under the scorching sun, calligraffiti artist Yazeed al-Talaa picks up a brush with his right hand and begins to paint. Using a vigorous …

Middle East

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Foreign Policy<p>Sat Dec 03, 2016 4:0<p>Iranian President Asks World Powers to Stop US Strikes at N. Deal<p>TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani …

Terrorism

Egypt's court rules part of protest law unconstitutional

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Turkish military kills 20 Kurdish fighters in Hakkar

ANKARA- The Turkish military killed 20 fighters from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) after they tried to attack army bases in the …

Military

"Nothing to do with Islam"?

For the first time, a European establishment figure from the Church has spoken out against an argument exonerating ISIS and frequently peddled by …

Egypt's top court strikes down part of controversial protest law

Egypt's top court has struck down part of a law that allowed authorities to ban all but officially sanctioned protests, a court official said …

Egypt

Could criticism of Trump cost Jewish organizations access to the White House?

NEW YORK - Throughout the last year and a half of a heated presidential campaign in the United States, American Jewish organizations, like much of …

Israel

Iran’s Minster of Economy: Sanctions irreversible

<b>Press TV- Iran’s Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Ali Tayyebnia says the US-led sanctions over the country’s nuclear energy program are</b> …

Middle East

Syrian Detained in Rashaya over Forged Documents

General Directorate of State Security arrested a Syrian national on Saturday suspected of forging documents, the state-run National News Agency …

Fighting the taboo of disability in the Arab world

To those familiar with Arab culture, it is no secret that the topic of disability remains a taboo. When speaking about disability in the Arab world, …

Germany to begin constructing Egypt’s first military submarine

Germany is to start building the first Egyptian military submarine this month, the Egyptian ambassador to Berlin, Bader Abdel-Ati announced yesterday.<p>…

Egypt

Islamism, Salafism, and jihadism: A primer

With the recent spate of horrific attacks from Nice to Dhaka, and political rhetoric around Islam and Muslims becoming more heated, divisive, and …

Middle East

Iran court upholds billionaire's death sentence

<b>Iran’s Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence issued by the Court of First Instance against billionaire Babak Zanjani for fraud and money</b> …

Iran

Described as ‘forgotten Holocaust’ Kurdistan marks deportation of Jews 71 years ago

The policy known as “Farhud”, meaning violent dispossession in Arabic began in June 1941 when orders were given to deport Jews from Mesopotamia. A …

Holocaust

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<b>Christians and archaeologists were excited when the ruins of an ancient Byzantine church were discovered in Gaza City. Soon after the ancient ruins</b> …

James Mattis, Trump’s Choice for Defense, Favors Working With Allies

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump’s selection of Gen. James N. Mattis as defense secretary signals a more assertive American posture in the Middle East — one that people close to him say would most likely include more American troops on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan, more Navy …

Two killed, several injured in separate Lebanon car accidents

Two people were killed and several others injured in separate car accidents across Lebanon, authorities said Saturday.

Anti-Semitism: The Socially Acceptable Hatred

I write this in fear of what we have become and accepted as our norms. I write this reflecting on the anti-Semitism I was privy to on my university …

Holocaust