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Iraqi Christians race to save artefacts

Christians in Iraq are racing to save some of their religion's oldest and most sacred artefacts. Thousands of manuscripts were stolen when fighters belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group stormed Mosul last year.<p>Al Jazeera's Kim Vinnell reports from Alqosh in northern …

Christianity

Assailant opens fire on pro-Kurdish party office in Turkey

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - An unidentified gunman fired shots at the headquarters of Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish party on Saturday, but there were no casualties in an attack the party and the government described as a provocation ahead of a June parliamentary election.<p>Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin …

North Africa

Bloody battle for Iraq develops into a war on two fronts

A struggle for control of Iraq is taking place on two fronts, each with a starkly different balance of power<p>The one skill that almost every <b>Iraqi</b> civilian learns is how to flee quickly.<p>This week, it was the turn of the people of Ramadi to escape in their thousands as gunmen from the <b>Islamic State of</b> …

Middle East

Syria's Minorities: Caught Between Sword Of ISIS And Wrath of Assad

Consider the plight of Syria's many minorities — the Christians, the Druze, the Ismailis and many others.<p>On one hand, they face threats by extremists like the self-proclaimed Islamic State, which considers their beliefs heretical. On the other hand, joining forces with President Bashar Assad's …

Middle East

Yemen government rejects Iranian peace plan

ADEN (Reuters) - Yemen’s government has rejected a four-point peace plan for the country that Iran submitted to the United Nations, a spokesman said on Saturday.<p>Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Arab coalition partners have been bombing Iranian-allied Houthi rebels for three weeks in order to halt …

South Asia

Horrifying video of potential gas attack in Syria

Video of what some are calling a gas attack in Syria left U.N. diplomats in tears as the state continues to deny allegations of the attacks.

Middle East

An Iran nuclear deal could cause problems for the US with its Sunni allies in the Gulf

The US administration appears increasingly caught in a game of whack-a-mole as it confronts a series of complex challenges, with Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen just the latest complication in a regional tinderbox pitting Sunnis against Shiites, and even Sunni against Sunni.<p>From the war in Syria, to …

Middle East

Islamic State blamed for Afghan suicide bombing killing 35

FAIZABAD, Afghanistan (AP) — A motorcycle-riding suicide bomber attacked a line of people waiting outside a bank Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 35 and wounding 125 in an assault the country's president blamed on the Islamic State group.<p>The accusation by President Ashraf Ghani, …

ISIS militant bomber on motorbike kills 33 at bank in Afghanistan

<b>Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) —</b> A suicide bomber on a motorbike blew himself up in front of the Kabul Bank in Jalalabad early Saturday, a local government spokesman said.<p>The ISIS terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack. The explosion killed at least 33 people and injured more than 100 …

CNN

Poof! There goes Netanyahu's Iran bogeyman | Middle East

Long before a historic deal was finally agreed upon, we might have guessed what the Israeli government would make of it. Having warned about the perils of any rapprochement with Iran for some years - going to the US Congress, twice, and to the UN, with the same doom-laden messages - it was probably …

South Asia

Why Saudi Arabia and Israel oppose Iran nuclear deal

Iran, the United States and five other world powers have sealed a breakthrough framework agreement outlining limits on Iran's nuclear programme, despite attempts by Israel and Saudi Arabia to thwart the deal. Al Jazeera spoke with four analysts about why Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, along …

South Asia

Syria government warns of threat to artefacts in Idlib

Around 15,000 antiquities locked away in safes around the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib are at risk of being sold on the black market, the Syrian government's head of antiquities and museums Maamoun Abdulkarim has said.<p>Abdulkarim made the comments to the Reuters news agency on Friday, just days …

Middle East

Iraqi PM orders crackdown on looting in Tikrit

Iraq's prime minister has called on security forces to arrest anyone breaking the law in Tikrit as Sunni politicians reported that looting had taken place in the city after it was retaken from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group this week.<p>Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi's office …

Islam

Lebanon gears up for spring war against armed groups

<b>Tal el-Hamra, Ras Baalbak outskirts, Lebanon</b> - The Tal el-Hamra army post, perched on a mountaintop just 15km from Syria, has become a focal point in Lebanon's battle to prevent armed groups involved in Syria's civil war from gaining a foothold in Lebanon.<p>In a rare visit to the base, Al Jazeera was …

Middle East

Libya: A tale of two governments

<b>Tripoli, Libya -</b> More than four years since the start of Libya's revolution, the country's two competing governments are entangled in a violent, nationwide power struggle, targeting Libya's lucrative oil sector, which produces most of the country's wealth, and other valuable assets, such as …

Africa

Challenging the coverage of Yemen | Middle East

Yemen is one of those countries that has been mostly off the media map. But a civil war, a proxy conflict involving powerful neighbours, has a way of attracting attention and news coverage.<p>The gaps in the coverage to me, the one that's been the most obvious is the lack of any interviewing with the …

Middle East

Iran's foreign minister defends landmark nuclear deal

Iran's foreign minister has said that Tehran would be able to return to its nuclear activities if the West withdraws from a pact that is to be finalised in June.<p>Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, interviewed on a talk show on state-run TV on Saturday night, said Iran has the power to take …

South Asia

Bursting Assad's media bubble | Politics

Last week we were treated to another glimpse into the life and thoughts of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad as part of a "60 Minutes" interview with Charlie Rose. With the world, and Damascus, united in the fight against ISIL and the US admitting last month that they will have to negotiate with …

Middle East

What Idlib takeover means for Turkey | Politics

In early 2014, Turkey changed its approach to the war it was backing in northern Syria. After a series of military defeats by proxy and a failure to convince the United States to deepen its involvement in the conflict, Ankara has sought to unite the rebel groups in the north and disentangle Syria's …

Middle East

A bitter pill: How Syria broke my grandfather's heart | Syria: Broken Nation

In 1945, when nationwide protests against French colonisation gripped Syria, school and university students flocked onto the streets holding banners that declared "Syria is for the Syrians" in Arabic and French. Among them was a mild-mannered 17-year-old. But as the marchers weaved their way …

Middle East

Palestinians desperate to flee Lebanon refugee camp

<b>Ain el-Helweh, Sidon, Lebanon</b> - As a child, Mahmoud Salah al-Mohammad was active and sociable. He hung out with the neighbourhood kids, flirted with the girls, and was keen to get ahead in life.<p>But as a Palestinian refugee living in one of Lebanon's most volatile refugee camps, he eventually came …

Middle East

Freedom of speech and the state of Israel | Politics

It has become the norm in Europe and the US for any adverse comment about Israel, however mild, to evoke a ferocious counterattack from pro-Israel groups. The fear of provoking these intimidatory reactions has prompted a widespread pre-emptive self-censorship with regard to anything Israeli or …

Israel

Houthi rebels advance in Aden despite air strikes

Yemen's Houthi rebels, supported by army units, have gained ground in the southern city of Aden, despite an 11th night of coalition air strikes targeting the group's strongholds.<p>The rebel forces reportedly advanced to near the port of Mualla, which is defended by militiamen of "popular committees" …

Middle East

UN: Syria's Yarmouk crisis a source of universal shame

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, has issued an urgent plea for humanitarian access to the Yarmouk district in the south of the Syrian capital.<p>The neighbourhood, referred to as the Yarmouk camp since it is home to mostly Palestinian refugees, has been shelled intensely by government …

Middle East

​Al-Qaeda militants capture military base in southeast Yemen

Suspected Al-Qaeda fighters have seized a major army base in the southeastern city of Mukalla, a military official said. The city is now almost …

Philadelphia woman arrested for planning to join ISIS

A 30-year old woman from Philadelphia has been charged with trying to join the Islamic State. Federal Prosecutors say she knowingly attempted to …

Pentagon upgrades biggest ‘bunker buster’ bomb in case Iran talks fail - report

The Pentagon has upgraded and tested the largest bunker-buster bomb in the US, powerful enough to disable Iran’s most heavily fortified nuclear …

Jihadists smash Iraq’s 2,000-year-old statues to dust in new ISIS video

The Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS/ISIL) has released a video of jihadist thugs using sledgehammers and AK-47s to smash what appear to be …

Turkey grants police & governors more power in new law

The Turkish president has signed into law an act giving more power to security forces and governors. Advocates say it addresses concerns over …