The far-right Presidential candidate's first meeting with a foreign leader touches on refugees, radical Islam and the 'fruitful friendship' between France and Lebanon; Le Pen also met with PM Saad Hariri and Lebanese foreign minister.
Roi Kais 08:58 , 21.02.17
King Abdullah of Jordan was the first Arab leader to meet with US President Trump, while officials in Amman have been speaking to Washington on behalf of the Palestinians, whose overtures Trump has so far rebuffed.
The Media Line 13:09 , 15.02.17
The novel, 'Crime in Ramallah, tracks the lives of three young Palestinian men who meet in the city and is meant to symbolize the Palestinian national movement, which has failed to 'rescue the nation or deliver independence.' Abbad: 'I don't know what to do. If I go back, I will be arrested, and if I stay here, I can't stay far from my home and family.'
Associated Press 16:05 , 10.02.17
The warning, which includes urging all Israelis to immediately leave the Sinai area, comes amid intelligence of imminent militant attacks on the anniversary of Egypt's 2011 upheaval that toppled former autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
Associated Press 23:06 , 25.01.17
Hamas Deputy Chief Ismail Haniyeh arrives in Egypt, the highest level visit by a member of the Palestinian militant group since Egypt's army overthrew an Islamist president in 2013; In recent months, Cairo has increased the number of people allowed out of Gaza and sent public signals that it is interested in improving relations.
Associated Press 17:42 , 23.01.17
British SAS sniper opened fire on the group of ISIS fighters to prevent them from shooting at a group of women and children in Iraq last November; shot was made from 1,800 meters with a .338 Lapua Magnum.
Ynet 11:23 , 23.01.17
Meeting in Amman, the heads of state agree to cooperate in an attempt to prevent a move that they believe would have ramifications on regional peace and security and cause other countries to follow suit.
Roi Kais 19:00 , 22.01.17
The bill could pave way for a referendum that would see Erdoğan in power until 2029, transforming the largely ceremonial presidential position to one with the ability to issue decrees, declare emergency rule, appoint ministers and state officials and dissolve parliament; supporters say foreign and domestic threats require the change, while opponents say it erodes balance in distribution of powers.
AP & Reuters 09:19 , 21.01.17
The suspect, who has been identified by the media as Abdulkadir Masharipov, and who is believed to have murdered 39 in a New Year's attack, was captured in Istanbul while with his 4-year-old daughter; local television station says he resisted arrest.
Associated Press 08:38 , 17.01.17
In an effort to garner support against the move of the US Embassy to Israel to Jerusalem, Mahmoud Abbas met the Pope to elicit his support to block the move; Abbas says move undercuts Christian, Muslim claims to city.
Associated Press 14:17 , 14.01.17
Following accusations that Israel launched rockets near a military airport in Damascus overnight Thursday, Syria tells UN secretary-general to take immediate steps to punish Israel, which launched an attack planned by, among others, 'France, Britain and the US.'
Roi Kais 16:22 , 13.01.17
Severe electrical shortages in Gaza energizes thousands to take to the northern streets of strip, sparking arrests and prompting Hamas to respond with live rounds fired into the air; Residents currently receive just 3-4 hours of electricity per day against a background of a political feud between the terror organization and the regime in Ramallah; Israel responsible for the largest power supply.
Reuters and Ynet 09:20 , 13.01.17
As Palestinians caught in the crossfire of fighting in Syria's civil war flock to Lebanon in search of a safe haven, Palestinians already living there weary that their arrival could spell further strain on coveted UN resources.
Associated Press 15:25 , 11.01.17
The terror group says attack carried out by 'heroic soldier of the caliphate who attacked the most famous nightclub where Christians were celebrating their pagan feast'; Turkish authorities believe gunman, who is still at large, comes from either Uzbekistan or Kyrgyzstan.
Associated Press 11:31 , 02.01.17
After a terrorist opens fire inside Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Eve and kills at least 39, another video is of him is allegedly found; body of slain Israeli to land in Israel Monday; at present, no organization has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Itay Blumental 22:27 , 01.01.17
Dressed in a Santa Claus outfit, assailant enters a nightclub during New Year's celebrations before spraying a flurry of bullets into the crowds, leaving at least 39 dead and 40 wounded; 2 Israeli women wounded, another suffers from shock.
Associated Press 09:52 , 01.01.17
Rebels says Assad and his allies are violating the ceasefire deal, warning they'll consider the agreement 'null and void' if the violations don't stop; Russia blames rebels for violations on Friday; nevertheless, truce holds for the most part.
AP, Reuters 17:45 , 31.12.16
Vladimir Putin announces Syrian opposition forces and Assad regime signed several documents including a ceasefire scheduled to take effect at midnight; 'The agreements are, of course, fragile,' says Putin.
Reuters 14:41 , 29.12.16
The Ein al Fija spring which provides 65 percent of Damascus's water supply has been cut off by rebels; rebels also allegedly contaminate water with diesel fuel; the spring is also a crucial waypoint for Iran to smuggle weapons to Hezbollah.
Reuters 08:51 , 27.12.16
Christians celebrate Christmas Eve in Jesus' birthplace with a massive decorated tree, holiday songs in Arabic, parades and of course, the midnight mass at the Church of the Nativity; thousands expect to arrive in the Holy Land for the holiday, with Bethlehem hotels fully booked.
AP, AFP 19:39 , 24.12.16
After the last four buses of rebel fighters leave the city, the Syrian army declares it had brought 'security and safety' back to Aleppo in momentous victory; some 34,000, both civilians and fighters, evacuated from the city, with many going to Idlib that could be the next city to be recaptured by Assad's forces.
Reuters, AP 22:00 , 22.12.16
Palestinian President strips immunity from five political rivals allied with chief political threat Mohammad Dahlan so that they can be 'investigated'; three of the five ran to the Red Cross headquarters in Ramallah to seek asylum, but were 'escorted' out by Palestinian police.
Reuters 08:51 , 20.12.16
Brother reveals Mohammad al-Zawahri, allegedly killed by the Mossad, was working on long-range remote-controlled submarines, reportedly for Hamas; Tunisian authorities investigating killing say it is being treated as murder, not assassination; radio station reports security cameras outside his home were hacked ahead of his death.
Roi Kais 10:59 , 18.12.16
The stalled evacuation of Aleppo is due to resume on Saturday, as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces will allow survivors in the sieged city and special cases in nearby towns to leave; the Red Cross requests that safe passage be guaranteed for refugees and those looking to aid in their evacuation.
Reuters and Associated Press 15:59 , 17.12.16
Hamas gunmen march through the streets carrying rifles and RPG launchers and showing off rockets; sign in Hebrew warns: 'Coming from underground' in reference to tunnel threat; children wield imitation assault rifles as they attend with their families.
Associated Press 23:26 , 14.12.16
Plans to evacuate Aleppo are under threat as Assad forces and allies renew air strikes and shelling in the city and Tehran imposes new conditions; UN says new attack 'is almost certainly a violation of international law and most likely constitutes war crimes.'
Reuters 20:58 , 14.12.16
ISIS-affiliated social media sites announce the death of liaison to Hamas Hashem Abdel Aileh Kishtah; Kishtah was an expert in anti-tank weapons and is believed to have been responsible for increase in use of Kornet missiles by ISIS against Egyptian tanks.
Roi Kais 21:24 , 13.12.16
Eighty-two people from four different neighborhoods counted among those killed over the last few days; reports come shortly after Syrian army snatches full control of Aleppo districts from rebels; UN: 'reports of people being shot in the street trying to flee their homes. There could be many more.'
Reuters and Associated Press 13:47 , 13.12.16
Control of the ancient city of Palmyra has seesawed between ISIS and Syrian forces backed by intense Russian airstrikes in the past day; activists claim ISIS has retaken control of the city despite being forced out earlier.
Reuters 16:15 , 11.12.16
The blasts, which were less than a minute apart, occurred two hours after the end of a soccer match in the center of Istanbul and killed 29 people, mostly police officers; no immediate claim of responsibility.
Reuters 08:31 , 11.12.16
More Mideast News
For four years, residents of Aleppo have borne siege, government and Russian led airstrikes; as the last pockets of rebel held Aleppo fall to the government, Aleppines are coming out of hiding to survey their city, almost completely wiped from the face of the Earth.
Reuters 20:24 , 09.12.16
Top Saudi journalist Abdulrahman Al-Rashed is interviewed by Jewish journalist Joseph Braude in the US Hudson Institute, suggesting that an initial step could be made to allow Israeli Arabs to work in Arab countries, beginning in Saudi Arabia; 'Without resolving the Palestinian-Israeli issue, it’s not possible to address this problem substantively,' warns Al-Rashed. However, when discussing Arab Israeli employment, he adds that 'From a Saudi perspective, the case for doing so can be made openly in terms of the virtue of empowering all Palestinians, on either side of the Green Line.'
Roi Kais 10:36 , 09.12.16
Final results of elections held by Palestinian ruling party show no significant change at the top, and no real challenge to Abbas; Marwan Barghouti got the most votes for the 18-member Central Committee, followed by former security official Jibril Rajoub.
AP, AFP 11:13 , 04.12.16
Despite being re-elected as head of Fatah, speculation still runs rampant as to who will eventually replace the 81 year-old leader; the Palestinian Congress takes place amid the election of Donald Trump, the question of Israeli settlements and possible reconciliation with Hamas.
Elior Levy 17:47 , 30.11.16
According to first conspiracy, al-Sisi was to be assassinated during a pilgrimage to Mecca; plotters also intended to murder Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef; one of the terrorists offered his wife as a suicide bomber to divert attention away from al-Sisi’s imminent murder.
Roi Kais 19:46 , 20.11.16
Balata refugee camp mired in recent months with fierce shootouts between Palestinian security forces and Fatah-aligned gunmen, with the Palestinian leadership seen as corrupt and out of touch; 'I no longer want to fight Israel. I'm not willing to die for these officials who are only taking care of their families and letting us suffer.'
Associated Press 13:45 , 20.11.16
All officials apparently held key negotiating positions during talks leading up to the signing of the nuclear agreement last year; In contradiction to Iranian intelligence policy, some of the detained officials are alleged to have dual citizenship.
Ynet 13:34 , 18.11.16
A mass grave discovered containing hundreds of Iraqi former policemen murdered in cold blood in the town of Hammam al-Alil before the terror group withdrew from the city; witness recalls sounds of automatic gunfire and cries of distress.
Reuters 13:22 , 17.11.16
Syrian government forces pound Aleppo for a second day, as Russia refutes claims it has joined attack; after a blood bank and children's hospital are hit, aid workers claim Syrian government is targeting medical infrastructure.
Reuters and Associated Press 19:51 , 16.11.16
The show of force was intended to highlight Hezbollah's growing military capabilities in addition to their expanding role in the region; 'We are armed, well trained and more capable. This is all to protect Lebanon and Lebanon's interests. Everyone needs to read this message exactly as it is.'
Roi Kais 15:12 , 16.11.16
Following Trump’s perceived anti-Muslim comments, including calls to ban Muslims from entering the US, ISIS, the Taliban and al-Qaeda call him a 'maniac' who will help aid recruitment; 'His utter hate towards Muslims will make our job much easier because we can recruit thousands.'
Reuters 20:10 , 14.11.16
12 Syrian families sought refuge in the Gaza Strip after fleeing their war-torn country to Egypt and then, as the situation deteriorated there, moved to the Palestinian enclave. They are ineligible for most social services given to Palestinians, but also unable to leave.
Associated Press 11:40 , 14.11.16
Speaking at a memorial commemorating the 12th anniversary of the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Abbas implies that one of his political opponents in Fatah are responsible for the former leader's death.
Reuters 19:55 , 12.11.16
Officers from the Iraqi special forces report that a suicide car bomber from ISIS has attacked them in Mosul; on Friday, Iraqi special forces reported pushing deeper into Mosul, despite heavy resistance from ISIS using civilians as cover.
Reuters and Associated Press 13:24 , 12.11.16
Following advances on the ISIS stronghold by Iraqi armed forces, the discovery of a mass grave near the city with over 100 bodies, including children—many of them decapitated—is indicative of the brutality with which ISIS rules the city.
Associated Press 07:53 , 09.11.16
According to Avi Dichter, head of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Iranian-backed forces are focused on fighting Sunni rebels opposed to Assad and not ISIS; Dichter: 'Two thousand years ago, Iran was an empire and now it wants to recreate that.'
Reuters 19:37 , 03.11.16
A Patriot missile battery shot down a ballistic missile fired by Yemeni Houthi rebels at the holiest city in Islam, Mecca; missile launch shows capability of Yemen's Shia rebels, to continue to strike deep into Saudi Arabia.
Associated Press 10:24 , 28.10.16
As US-led Iraqi and Kurdish troops come ever closer Mosul, 90 UN medical professional have been trained to respond to a possible chemical attack response by ISIS; WHO says that of the 700,000 people expected to flee city, some 200,000 will require emergency health services.
Associated Press 13:54 , 27.10.16
Watch: Russian and Egyptian paratrooper participate in first ever joint drill called 'Defenders of Friendship 2016'; the massive drill, in which 800 Russian soldiers are participating in, are being carried out to practice anti-terror techniques; drill comes as relations between Cairo and DC turn colder.
Liad Osmo 09:40 , 25.10.16
Following calls by the Muslim Brotherhood to go out into the streets to protest the al-Sisi regime on November 11, the Egyptian interior minister claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood is 'creating skepticism over the ability of the state and its institutions to satisfy popular expectations.'
Associated Press 16:56 , 24.10.16
ISIS has stormed the Iraqi town of Rutba in Iraq's Anbar province close to the border with Jordan as Iraqi and Kurdish peshmerga troops advance on Mosul; meanwhile, UNICEF described conditions in at least one refugee camp as 'very very poor.'
Associated Press 19:00 , 23.10.16
Watch: ISIS has lit a sulphur plant close to the city of Mosul on fire, causing civilians and soldiers alike to be hospitlalized with breathing problems; main hospital in the area is almost out of oxygen.
Reuters 21:29 , 22.10.16
Iraqi and Kurdish forces are advancing on ISIS held Mosul with the help of close US led-coalition air support; meanwhile, ISIS has kidnapped 550 families to use as human shields, and is massacring civilians to pressure them into staying in Mosul.
Ynet 19:47 , 22.10.16