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338 killed in eastern Aleppo in past few weeks, WHO says

338 killed in eastern Aleppo in past few weeks, WHO says

The fighting in Syria’s besieged enclave of eastern Aleppo has killed 338 people in the past few weeks, including 106 children, while 846 have been injured, including…

September 30, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East

Thousands of Israelis file past coffin of former president Peres

Thousands of Israelis filed past the flag-draped coffin of Shimon Peres outside parliament on Thursday, honouring the former president and prime minister who won worldwide praise for his efforts in peace talks with the Palestinians…

September 30, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
US to send more troops to Iraq ahead of Mosul battle

US to send more troops to Iraq ahead of Mosul battle

The United States will send around 600 new troops to Iraq to assist local forces in the battle to retake Mosul from Islamic State that is expected later this year, US and Iraqi officials said on Wednesday…

September 29, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
Shimon Peres

Israeli ex-president, Nobel laureate Shimon Peres dies

Israeli ex-president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres died on Wednesday, some two weeks after suffering a major stroke, triggering an outpouring of grief for the historic figure and beloved statesman…

September 29, 2016 · 0 comments · Back Page, International, Middle East

Syrian govt attacks two hospitals, bread line in Aleppo

Government shelling and airstrikes in Syria’s eastern rebel-held Aleppo landed near a bread distribution center and two hospitals Wednesday, killing seven people and putting at least one of the medical facilities completely out of service, activists and medics said…

September 29, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
US ready to provide more military personnel for Mosul

US ready to provide more military personnel for Mosul

The United States is prepared to provide more military personnel to help Iraqis in their campaign to retake Mosul from Islamic State, a US official said on Wednesday…

September 28, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
Labour Party leader Shimon Peres attends his party's conference in Tel Aviv, December 12, 2004. – Reuters file photo

Former Israeli president Shimon Peres dies

Shimon Peres, a former Israeli president and prime minister, whose life story mirrored that of the Jewish state and who was celebrated around the world as a Nobel prize-winning visionary who pushed his country toward peace, has died…

September 28, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East

Saudi petition seeks ‘full’ rights for women

Thousands of Saudis have signed a petition urging an end to the guardianship system giving men control over the work, study, marriage and travel of female relatives, activists said Tuesday…

September 28, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East

Aleppo reels from strikes

Residents of Syria’s Aleppo faced worsening food and medical shortages on Monday as warplanes again pounded the city after Western powers at the UN accused Russia of war crimes…

September 27, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
Anti-govt protest in Jordan over murder of writer

Anti-govt protest in Jordan over murder of writer

Protesters called on Monday for Jordan’s government to resign over its failure to prevent the murder of Christian writer Nahed Hattar outside an Amman court…

September 27, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East

Palestinians condemn Trump vow on Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Palestinian leaders Monday accused Donald Trump of abandoning any hope of a two-state solution after the Republican candidate said he would recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s ‘undivided’ capital if he won the US presidential election…

September 27, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
Oman court jails journalists, closes down newspaper

Oman court jails journalists, closes down newspaper

A court in Oman on Monday ordered the permanent closure of a newspaper which had reported on alleged corruption within the judiciary, and jailed three of…

September 26, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East

Jordan writer in anti-Islam case shot dead at court

A prominent Jordanian writer was shot dead Sunday on the steps of a court where he was facing charges for sharing an anti-Islam cartoon online, in an attack condemned as ‘heinous’…

September 26, 2016 · 0 comments · Front Page, International, Middle East
Men inspect the damage after an airstrike on the rebel held al-Qaterji neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria on Sunday. — Reuters photo

Fresh strikes pound Aleppo ahead of UN talks

Syrian and Russian warplanes again pounded rebel-held east Aleppo on Sunday ahead of a UN Security Council meeting to discuss the worst surge in violence to hit the devastated city in years…

September 26, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
Suicide bomber targets Shiites in Iraqi capital, kills seven

Suicide bomber targets Shiites in Iraqi capital, kills seven

A suicide bomber killed at least seven people who were setting up tents on Sunday ahead of a major Shiite religious observance next month…

September 25, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
Jordanian writer shot dead in front of court

Jordanian writer shot dead in front of court

A gunman shot dead Jordanian Christian writer Nahed Hattar on Sunday as he was about to go to court to stand trial on charges of contempt of religion after…

September 25, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
Residential areas of Aleppo have borne the brunt of government air strikes.--Reuters photo

Ban ‘appalled’ by Aleppo escalation

UN chief Ban Ki-moon is ‘appalled by the chilling military escalation’ in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo, his spokesman says. Stephane Dujarric said the secretary-general was alarmed by reports of air strikes involving incendiary weapons and bunker-busting bombs. The Syrian government has stepped up strikes on rebel-held areas of the city since a ceasefire collapsed last week. The UN […]

September 25, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East

Aleppo reels from new wave of air strikes

Residents in Syria’s battleground city of Aleppo cowered indoors Saturday as fierce air strikes toppled buildings and killed at least 32 civilians, after diplomatic efforts to revive a ceasefire failed…

September 25, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
Warplanes mount new strikes on rebel-held Aleppo

Warplanes mount new strikes on rebel-held Aleppo

Warplanes mounted a new wave of heavy air strikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo on Saturday, rebel sources, a rescue worker and a war monitor reported…

September 24, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
Rescue workers carry the body of a victim on a stretcher after a boat carrying migrants capsized off Egypt’s coast, in Al-Beheira, Egypt on Thursday. — Reuters photo

EGYPT MIGRANT SHIPWRECK: 133 bodies recovered so far

The death toll from a migrant boat disaster off Egypt’s coast climbed to 133 on Friday as rescuers recovered more bodies from the Mediterranean…

September 24, 2016 · 0 comments · Front Page, International, Middle East

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