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U.S. State Department in talks with Turkey to sell Patriot system

FARNBOROUGH - Reuters<p>The U.S. State Department is negotiating a potential deal to sell Turkey the Raytheon Co Patriot missile defense system as an …

Air Shows

Sixteen and Married: Why Identity Matters for Syrian Girls

Ensuring that displaced women and girls have official identification is a critical step toward reducing rates of child marriage among Syrian refugees.<p>…

Gender

Putin: Trump stressed Israel's national security

Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that US President stressed Israel's national security during their meeting in Helsinki Monday.<p>According to …

Middle East

Ocasio-Cortez Promises To ‘Learn And Evolve’ On Israeli-Palestinian Issues

After drawing criticism during her primary campaign for her harsh statements about Israel, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told PBS on Friday that she’s …

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

New terror tactic? | Bird sent with flammable substance over Gaza order

A bird was sent from Gaza into Israel with a flammable substance attached to it.<p>The falcon was found Monday near the Besor River, the longest river …

Israel

Egypt to offer citizenship to foreigners for $400,000 deposit

Author: Arab NewsID: 1531763157470055500Mon, 2018-07-16 16:05CAIRO: Egypt is offering citizenship to foreigners who deposit at least 7 million …

International Monetary Fund

Journalist Erdem Gül Acquitted of MİT Trucks Case

<i>Click to read the article in Turkish</i><p>Cumhuriyet Newspaper Representative to Ankara Gül has been acquitted of the trial in which he was was charged …

Constitutional Courts

Mohammed bin Salman’s reign of terror will not make Saudi Arabia stable

The imprisoning of another Islamic scholar in Saudi Arabia is a part of Mohammed bin Salman’s reign of terror. It will not bring stability<p>Madawi …

Mohammed bin Salman

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talks about the 'occupation of Palestine' but she doesn’t know what that means

On the PBS show "Firing Line," Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the rising socialist star of the Democratic party, tried to talk about Israel. In the end, …

Israel

How the Sweeping U.S. Demands on Iran Will Roil Its Domestic Politics

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week outlined a “new Iran strategy” that he believes would lead to a “better deal” now that President Donald …

Jewish professor describes being beaten by Arab, German police

A Jewish professor visiting Germany described being assaulted in a Bonn park — first by a Palestinian Arab who said “I f*** Jews,” then by police who …

Law Enforcement

ACT NOW: Stop the Nation-State Bill

The Nation-State Bill has been dominating Israeli news for the past few days. You may be wondering why a piece of legislation is a top story …

Israel

Netanyahu warns Israel of 'lengthy battle' with besieged Gaza

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned officials in southern Israel that a lengthy battle with besieged Gaza is about to take place as the military …

UNRWA losing thousands of students to other schools? Then who needs @UNRWA?

UNRWA workers in the West Bank protested announced job cuts by UNRWA today. 956 employees in Gaza and 194 employees in the West Bank were supposed to …

Pro-gov't journalist says gov't readying for operations against other religious groups

Nevzat Çiçek, a pro-government journalist, has said Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate and state intelligence agencies are conducting significant …

Religion

ISIS supporter Husnain Rashid, who called for attacks on Jews, is jailed for life

An ISIS supporter who called for jihadists to attack Jews has been jailed for life, with a minimum sentence of 25 years.<p>Husnain Rashid, from Nelson …

Counterterrorism

Reports indicate that 52 villages of Hoveizeh have no #water for two weeks. Khuzestan Province, #Iran #WaterCrisis https://t.co/LIUb5DtrBA

Towards an effective de-radicalisation strategy

The challenge of radicalisation, religious or otherwise, remains a major challenge not only in the region, but also for our internal politics and …

Radicalization

Egypt's Parliament approves amendments to 3 controversial media and press laws - Politics - Egypt

Egypt’s Parliament — the House of Representatives — approved amendments to three laws related to regulating the media and press in a plenary session …

Journalism

Ethiopia, Eritrea leaders arrive at venue to open Eritrea embassy in Addis Ababa

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki arrived at a ceremony on Monday to re-open Eritrea’s embassy in the …

Africa

Lest hands extended in peace are clenched!

There is a saying that goes, “Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host.” It’s the responsibility of this generation to erase decades of …

Africa

Aoun Receives Final Report of EU Election Observation Mission

President Michel Aoun received the final report of the European Union's Election Observation Mission (EOM) in Lebanon that observed the May …

European Union

One State or Two States, Israel Has the Upper Hand in Manipulating Palestinian Compromise

<b>By Ramona Wadi</b>Following the Middle East Quartet’s statement in 2016 which effectively rendered the two-state compromise obsolete, the international …

Israel