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Shocking photos of Syrian baby who died of hunger under Assad regime siege

Monday, 23 October 2017

One-month-old Sahar, her ribs protruding under translucent skin, breathed her last on Sunday in Syria's Eastern Ghouta, where a crushing regime siege has pushed hundreds of children to the brink of starvation. Only a trickle of humanitarian aid ever reaches this rebel-held region east of Damascus, under a tight blockade by Assad regime forces since 2013. Eastern Ghouta is one of four "de-escalation zones" set up in May under a deal between backers of rival sides in Syria's devastating ...

ANALYSIS: How the tide turned against Iran in Iraqi Kurdistan

Monday, 23 October 2017

Despite all the brouhaha made over Iran’s “lightning” advances in Iraqi Kurdistan, the entire scene change in less than 48 hours. Tehran desperately needed to respond to US President Donald Trump’s lambasting October 13th speech launching a major policy shift and designating the Iranian regime’s crown jewel, the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), as a terrorist organization. The flag representing the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), brought down by Iran-backed militia ...

Returning Rohingya may lose land, crops under Myanmar plans

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Rohingya Muslims who return to Myanmar after fleeing to Bangladesh are unlikely to be able to reclaim their land, and may find their crops have been harvested and sold by the government, according to officials and plans seen by Reuters. Nearly 600,000 Rohingya have crossed the border since Aug. 25, when coordinated Rohingya insurgent attacks on security posts sparked a ferocious counteroffensive by the Myanmar army. The United Nations says killings, arson and rape carried out by troops and ...

Who is Henda Ayari, the woman accusing Islamist Tariq Ramadan of rape?

Sunday, 22 October 2017

With the number of women in Hollywood coming forward and exposing Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual harassment and rape, another case has been gripping the Middle East after prominent Islamist thinker Tariq Ramadan was accussed of raping Salafist-turned secular liberal activist Henda Ayari. Ayari has accused Swiss-Muslim thinker Ramadan, the grandson of the Muslim Brotherhood founder, of raping and sexually assaulting her in a Paris hotel room in 2012. Ramadan’s lawyer said that ...

Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council releases statement after first meeting

Sunday, 22 October 2017

The Saudi-Iraqi coordination council held its first meeting with the aim of consulting and coordinating on issues of mutual interest and enhancing cooperation between the two sides in various fields. Inaugurating the council on Sunday, Saudi King Salman said that “what links Saudi Arabia to Iraq is not just geography and common interests but ties of fraternity, blood, history and destiny”. “I look forward to the meetings of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council to move towards a ...

Campaign to stop Jew-Arab dating sparks controversy amid arrests

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Israeli police have arrested 15 suspected Jewish extremists following an undercover investigation into a group accused of tracking down and threatening Arab men dating Jewish women, authorities said Sunday. Israeli radio said that among those taken in for questioning was Benzi Gopstein, a prominent leader of the extreme-right group Lehava, but police would not confirm or deny the reports. Arrests and searches for evidence were carried out simultaneously at addresses in Jerusalem, northern and ...

‘I value King Salman’s friendship,’ tweets Iraqi PM on Saudi visit

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi tweeted on Saturday that he felt “good to be back in Saudi Arabia,” adding that he “valued highly” King Salman’s friendship after the leaders met. Abadi was also attending the first meeting of a Saudi-Iraqi coordination council, which will cover various political, economic, security and cultural fields. “Good to be back in Saudi Arabia on an important visit to enhance our ties. I value highly King Salman's friendship and ...

Iranian-Kurdish prisoner for the past 24 years pleads: ‘You are my only hope’

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Mohammad Nazri was arrested by Iranian security forces 24 years ago when he was just 23-years-old. He was sentenced to death on charges of belonging to a Kurdish political party banned in Iran for claiming national rights. His sentence has since been reduced to life imprisonment, but Mohammed Nazri says that he experienced something much harder than execution or life imprisonment; the loss of his youth and all his family and that he could no longer can differentiate between prison life and the ...

Pakistan carries on with petty politics, while mothers give birth on roads

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Three incidents of childbirths on roads outside two public hospitals where the mothers were denied admission in a span of four days in the capital of Pakistan’s largest province, Punjab, and its central district Faisalabad, have been reported. This has given a rude shock to the already unstable government of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif who was disqualified from being member of parliament by the country’s apex court three months back. The shameful childbirth incidents have ...

Details emerge of attack between police, extremists in Egypt’s Western Desert

Saturday, 21 October 2017

The Egyptian security forces continued their operations to hunt down extremists involved in the deadly attack on police forces in Egypt’s Western Desert which resulted in the deaths of 55 officers on Friday.According to Egyptian security sources who spoke to Al Arabiya, security forces are currently combing all the areas adjacent to Okar, where the extremists were hiding and tracking their operations in the vicinity of Friday’s incident.On the other hand, security forces tightened ...

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