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ISRAEL POLITICS: U.N. Reports Declares, Israel Imposes ‘Apartheid Regime’ On Palestinians

ISRAEL POLITICS: U.N. Reports Declares, Israel Imposes ‘Apartheid Regime’ On Palestinians

U.N. Under-Secretary General and ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf said the report was the “first of its type” from a U.N. body that “clearly and frankly concludes that Israel is a racist state that has established an apartheid system that persecutes the Palestinian people”.

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SYRIA POLITICS: President Bashar al-Assad Winning On Battlefield

SYRIA POLITICS: President Bashar al-Assad Winning On Battlefield

Six years since the start of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, he is winning on the battlefield but Syria’s civil war is far from over, with his once stable country broken into fiefdoms ruled by rebels and warlords.

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YEMEN POLITICS: Yemeni Women Protest Against Saudi War Outside UN Office

YEMEN POLITICS: Yemeni Women Protest Against Saudi War Outside UN Office

Saudi Arabia has been pounding Yemen since March 2015. Over 12,000 people have died and over 40,000 wounded since the onset of the aggression, which was launched in an alleged attempt to bring Yemen’s former Riyadh-allied government back to power.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syria Needs ‘Proxy Peace’: Federica Mogherini EU Diplomat Says

SYRIA POLITICS: Syria Needs ‘Proxy Peace’: Federica Mogherini EU Diplomat Says

EU capital Brussels will host an international conference on Syria on April 5, hoping to create a new momentum. It has, however, long played only a marginal role in international efforts to resolve the conflict.

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IRAN POLITICS: Mohammad Hossein Karroubi Jailed For Six Months

IRAN POLITICS: Mohammad Hossein Karroubi Jailed For Six Months

Mehdi Karroubi son, Mohammad Hossein Karroubi, was accused of publishing propaganda against the state over the letter to President Hassan Rouhani.

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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Meet Donald Trump

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Meet Donald Trump

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in charge of Saudi Arabia’s reforms, left on Monday for Washington to meet President Donald Trump.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Discovered! Mass Grave of Shi’ite Inmates Killed By Islamic State

IRAQ POLITICS: Discovered! Mass Grave of Shi’ite Inmates Killed By Islamic State

“Initial checks of the mass grave revealed remains with prison uniforms and lined up in a way that indicates they were shot dead in groups,” said Karim Nouri, spokesman for the Hashid Shaabi.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Says Yet to See ‘Anything Concrete’ From Trump to Defeat Islamic State

SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Says Yet to See ‘Anything Concrete’ From Trump to Defeat Islamic State

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said “in theory” he still saw scope for cooperation with Trump though practically nothing had happened in this regard.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Islamic State Frees Mosul Prisoners

IRAQ POLITICS: Islamic State Frees Mosul Prisoners

One Mosul resident said his brother had suddenly reappeared at the house on Friday after spending a month in captivity for possessing a mobile phone.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Assad to UN: Force Turkey to Pull ‘Its Invasion Forces’ Out of Syria

SYRIA POLITICS: Assad to UN: Force Turkey to Pull ‘Its Invasion Forces’ Out of Syria

Turkey launched its first major military incursion into Syria in August, deploying tanks and air power in support of rebel groups opposed to Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Trump, Mahmoud Abbas to Hold First Talks

PALESTINE POLITICS: Trump, Mahmoud Abbas to Hold First Talks

U.S. President Donald Trump and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will speak by telephone later on Friday, the White House and Palestinian officials said, their first contact since Trump took office.

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SYRIA POLITICS: US Marines and Army Rangers Deployed in Syria to Defeat Islamic State

SYRIA POLITICS: US Marines and Army Rangers Deployed in Syria to Defeat Islamic State

U.S. Air Force Colonel John Dorrian said the additional U.S. forces would be working with local partners in Syria – the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Syrian Arab Coalition – and would not have a front line role.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Mosul Caught in ‘Strange and Terrifying’ Battle as Islamic State Foreign Soldiers Fight to the End

IRAQ POLITICS: Mosul Caught in ‘Strange and Terrifying’ Battle as Islamic State Foreign Soldiers Fight to the End

Families cowered in basements, huddling in dark as war raged between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants fighting for control of the streets of Mosul.

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YEMEN POLITICS: Revealed! New Evidence of Cluster Bombs Used By Saudi Coalition in Yemen

YEMEN POLITICS: Revealed! New Evidence of Cluster Bombs Used By Saudi Coalition in Yemen

Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty Director of Research said: “Cluster munitions are inherently indiscriminate weapons that inflict unimaginable harm on civilian lives.”

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IRAN POLITICS: US Effort to Seize 1.6b Iran’s Assets in Luxembourg Illegal

IRAN POLITICS: US Effort to Seize 1.6b Iran’s Assets in Luxembourg Illegal

The Luxembourg court ordered the freezing of the CBI assets after a group of terror attack victims, who had won a default judgment against Iran in the US.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Parliament Passes Muezzin Bill to Ban Muslim Calls to Prayers

ISRAEL POLITICS: Parliament Passes Muezzin Bill to Ban Muslim Calls to Prayers

Israeli parliament, Knesset, has given preliminary approval to a bill to ban Muslim calls to prayers from being announced via loudspeakers at mosques in the occupied Palestinian territories.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Revealed! 65 Female Palestinian Prisoners Held in HaSharon, Damon Jails

ISRAEL POLITICS: Revealed! 65 Female Palestinian Prisoners Held in HaSharon, Damon Jails

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said, the eve of International Women’s Day, that the female prisoners were being held in HaSharon and Damon jails.

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IRAN POLITICS: U.S. Navy Ship Changed Course Toward Iranian Revolutionary Guard Vessels

IRAN POLITICS: U.S. Navy Ship Changed Course Toward Iranian Revolutionary Guard Vessels

“If Iran’s ignorant enemies think about invading Iran they should know that our armed forces are much stronger than 1980 when Iraq attacked,” Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said.

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IRAQ POLITICS: 750,000 Civilians in Mosul Face Serious Humanitarian Crisis: UN

IRAQ POLITICS: 750,000 Civilians in Mosul Face Serious Humanitarian Crisis: UN

“There has been a voluntary return by displaced people to newly-liberated areas [of the city], with at least 72,000 returning so far to their homes in eastern Mosul,” he said.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Trump to Remove Iraq From New Travel Ban

IRAQ POLITICS: Trump to Remove Iraq From New Travel Ban

U.S. President Donald Trump publicly criticized judges who ruled against him and vowed to fight the case in the Supreme Court.

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