Iran's Mohammad Javad Zarif says European political support to preserve 2015 nuclear accord is 'not sufficient' after US pulls out of deal; EU leaders say they want to preserve deal since the 'agreement works'; new credit lines for Tehran, increased energy cooperation and implementing EU laws to block European companies from caving in to US sanctions are considered by EU to keep Tehran in nuclear accord.
Reuters 23:19 , 20.05.18
A young Palestinian father of two sets himself on fire in protest of Hamas' mishandling of the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, causing himself moderate injuries across his body; he is not known to be suffering from any mental illness; his brother was injured at a recent border protest.
Elior Levy 12:48 , 20.05.18
11 pro-Assad troops reportedly killed in an explosion inside a Hama military airport; Syria says detonation occurred due to technical malfunction; Sky News Arabia reports explosion followed Israeli airstrike targeting ammunition and fuel depots at the base.
Reuters, Daniel Salami 18:10 , 18.05.18
In letter to the Turkish president, Ismail Haniyeh urges nations at emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to call for end of Gaza blockade, come up with plan to end humanitarian crisis in the strip; Turkish FM says Israel should be brought in front of ICC for 'war crimes' in Gaza.
Elior Levy, Daniel Salami 20:16 , 17.05.18
PA foreign minister says 'no harm in Arab states collectively recalling their ambassadors in Washington to their capitals for consultations' to 'remind them of the Arab rejection of the US embassy's transfer to Jerusalem.'
Reuters 19:12 , 17.05.18
Shiite terror group's leader, his second-in-command targeted by fresh sanctions by US, Saudi Arabia, UAE and other Gulf states; Nasrallah, Qassem also placed on Gulf countries' terror lists; 'By targeting Hezbollah's Shura Council, we rejected false distinction between 'political wing' and Hezbollah's global terrorist plotting,' says US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin.
Reuters 15:57 , 17.05.18
On backdrop of deadly Gaza Strip border riots, inauguration of new US Embassy in Jerusalem, Palestine Liberation Organization official Ashrawi blasts US envoy to UN's pledge to 'take names'; extremely difficult to find link between reality, Haley's words, Ashrawi adds.
Reuters 23:18 , 16.05.18
In a four-minute and 43-second recording posted on social media, Ayman al-Zawahri says all Muslim countries have effectively recognized Israel by signing the UN charter which calls for respecting the territorial integrity of every member state, including Israel.
Reuters 09:06 , 14.05.18
While media affiliated with Hezbollah portrayed Israeli strike as glaring failure, other Arab media outlets justified it, going so far as to claim majority of Syrian would have supported it; Bahraini foreign affairs minister who said Israel was within its right to strike back at Iran nevertheless criticized by media.
Daniel Salami and Liad Osmo 18:38 , 12.05.18
Polls opened across Iraq on Saturday in the first national election since the declaration of victory over the Islamic State group; no clear front-runner has emerged as Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi faces stiff competition from political parties with closer ties to Iran.
Reuters 09:48 , 12.05.18
Four senior Islamic State commanders captured in Syria after one of leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's personal aides was captured in Turkey in February; coalition members used his mobile phone to lure other four into Syria, then apprehended them; 2 of those captured are most senior Islamic State figures ever taken alive, Iraqi security adviser says.
Reuters 23:45 , 10.05.18
First series of sanctions imposed by US on 6 people, 3 Iranian companies suspected of funneling funds to Revolutionary Guard's elite Quds Force; 'Iranian regime, its Central Bank have abused access to entities in UAE to acquire US dollars to fund IRGC-QF's malign activities,' US Sect. of State Mnuchin says.
Reuters 23:18 , 10.05.18
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain strongly back US President's Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement, saying renewing sanctions may disrupt their ballistic missile program and support for militant groups; Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, warns Iran: if you get nukes, so will we.
Reuters, Ynet 22:27 , 09.05.18
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says number of casualties in attack on Iranian military facilities south of Damascus, which was attributed to Israel, rose to 15 people, eight of them Iranians; attack comes shortly after Trump announcement of US pullout from Iran nuclear deal.
Reuters 13:06 , 09.05.18
Mysterious blast on a road controlled and secured by the Assad regime claims the lives of 8 from the Syrian army's 150th division, who are tasked with operating the S-200 anti-aircraft system—the same system that intercepted an Israeli F-16 in February.
Daniel Salama 17:03 , 07.05.18
According to preliminary results, the Iran-backed Shiite terrorist organization Hezbollah wins majority of votes in Lebanon’s parliamentary election; voter turnout lower than 50 percent; 'Hezbollah equals Lebanon,' Education Minister Bennett tweets.
Reuters 09:29 , 07.05.18
The Lebanese Shiite terror group is expected to extend its power in the country's parliament, while big issues go unaddressed, such as Hezbollah's involvement in the Syria war and the mounting tensions between Israel and Iran that could drag Lebanon into a regional conflict.
Associated Press 13:57 , 05.05.18
Shortly after release of video showing brutality of modesty police on Iranian women, another video exposes what happens to women insufficiently covered; President Rouhani condemned such tactics, calling them not constructive.
Ynet 21:22 , 03.05.18
Iranians reported killed in rocket strikes on regime-controlled military bases in Syria, triggering explosions strong enough to be registered on the Richter scale; Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 26 pro-government forces killed, ISNA says 18 Iranians dead, Tasnim denies reports; Hezbollah-affiliated paper points finger at Israel.
Reuters and Liad Osmo 13:06 , 30.04.18
During first visit of US Secretary of State Pompeo to Middle East, taking him to Saudi Arabia, Israel and Jordan, his senior policy adviser says anyone associated with Iran's missile program should be sanctioned; 'Iran's missiles prolong war and suffering, threaten our security and especially threaten Saudi Arabia, Israel,' he adds; Pompeo, considered an Israeli ally, will meet PM Netanyahu Sunday.
Itamar Eichner and Reuters 23:30 , 28.04.18
Interior minister for North African country announces capture of 'international spy ring' comprised of 7 Africans, proving Mossad attempts to undermine state security; head of group sentences to death, remaining defendants to prison terms.
Elior Levy 22:22 , 24.04.18
109 Palestinian lawmakers from warring Hamas, Fatah factions, appeal to postpone scheduled Palestinian National Council meeting—first since 2009—citing exclusion of some representatives due to 'Israeli travel restrictions'; no delays to be expected, says PNC's secretary.
Reuters 20:34 , 22.04.18
In the wake of French participation in strikes against Syrian regime targets in response to alleged chemical attacks on civilians, Assad returns prestigious award to France via Romanian embassy in Damascus, says no desire to hold award from 'slave country that supports terrorists.'
AFP 22:49 , 21.04.18
Commander insists no fresh attack in Syria, claiming false alarm caused by a 'joint electronic attack' by Israel and the US targeting the Syrian radar system triggered air defense missiles, which reportedly shot down missiles fired at air base in Homs area.
Reuters 12:39 , 17.04.18
Syrian media, officials report 6 missiles launched at Homs military airbase, 3 at base on Damascus outskirts, all intercepted; 'No US military activity in area at this time,' Pentagon says; IDF Spokesperson's Unit declines comment; early estimates say attacks carried out by rebel forces directed by a third party.
Liad Osmo 08:33 , 17.04.18
Arab League leaders condemn 'criminal' use of chemical weapons in Syria and called for an international investigation, while looking to resolve lack of consensus among Arab states on regional security, the US, Iran and Israel.
Associated Press 22:19 , 15.04.18
Base, in Aleppo's southern suburbs, evacuated by Syrian, Iranian personnel days ago out of fear of US strike; unconfirmed reports attribute blast to fighter jet attack; Iranians reported to be among those wounded, killed.
Liad Osmo 23:16 , 14.04.18
Syrians take to the streets of Damascus to protest strike by US, UK and France on gov't chemical weapons facilities, waving Syria, Iranian and Russia flags and calling out 'Trump you are an animal'; rebels say strikes not enough to end civil war.
Reuters, AP 14:31 , 14.04.18
Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo wants a stronger Iran deal, but does not expect Iran to race to a nuclear weapon if deal abolished; US allies France, Germany seeking solution to keep Trump from ending sanctions waiver May 12.
Reuters 23:30 , 12.04.18
In a Twitter post, US president warns Russia of a forthcoming response to suspected chemical attack in Syria, blasting Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar Assad, 'a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!'
Reuters 14:20 , 11.04.18
In a step that could trigger a major escalation in the Syrian war, Russia's ambassador to Lebanon says any US missiles fired at Syria will be shot down and launch sites will targeted; meanwhile, French daily Le Figaro says Assad army has evacuated soldiers and missiles from the Dumayr airbase to the Russian-operated Khmeimim base.
Ynet, news agencies 11:27 , 11.04.18
Iranian news agency publishes photos from T-4 base, which was attacked in a strike attributed to Israel; in unusual move, media in Tehran also release photos of seven Iranian 'military advisers' killed in the strike; tensions mount in northern Israel as IDF prepares for possible reprisal.
Yoav Zitun, Liad Osmo 10:15 , 11.04.18
Ramadan Shalah, the secretary-general of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, reportedly had to undergo surgery to save his life; Islamic Jihad denies reports there was an attempt on his life, saying he merely suffering from 'natural illness.'
Elior Levy 12:12 , 10.04.18
While initial reports from Tehran said 4 Iranian 'military advisers' were killed in the attack on the T-4 airbase—attributed to Israel—the private Tasnim news agency reports a higher number of Iranian casualties.
Reuters 11:18 , 10.04.18
Denying accusations of chemical attack in Douma, Assad regime says will start negotiations with Jaish al-Islam, which controls the city; amid US call on Russia to end 'unmitigated support' of Syria, Moscow denies attack.
Reuters 13:01 , 08.04.18
Syrian American Medical Society and the civil defense say 49 dead, over 500 hurt in Douma amid accusations Assad regime dropped barrel bomb containing poisonous chemicals on civilians; Syria state news: rebels making 'chemical attack fabrications'; US: If attack confirmed, it would 'demand immediate response by international community.'
Reuters 11:25 , 08.04.18
Enormous arms deal, which includes 180 self-propelled cannons, joins $1 billion dollar missile deal approved 2 weeks ago during Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's trip to the US; while Congress could theoretically block sale, it is unlikely to do so.
Associated Press 10:17 , 06.04.18
After his main opponents withdrew from the race complaining of repression, Egypt's incumbent president faces only one challenger, a long-time supporter of Sisi; polling stations to stay open for three days in effort to garner as many votes as possible to bolster Sisi's rule.
Reuters 18:22 , 26.03.18
Hamas security forces circle home in Nuseirat refugee camp to capture Anas Abu Khoussa, alleged to have carried out the attempt on the life of Palestinian PM Hamdallah; would-be assassin, who may have had ties to Gaza Salafist movements, was badly wounded during siege, later dies; 2 Hamas operatives die during siege.
Elior Levy 14:18 , 22.03.18
Palestinian sources say heart specialist present at Ramallah presidential compound whenever Abbas is there, while his regular physician visits daily; Abbas is said to be regularly complaining about strong stomach pains, but aides deny rumors he's suffering from cancer.
Associated Press 09:23 , 22.03.18
Scathing remarks come as PA president blames Hamas for failed assassination of PM Rami Hamdallah in Gaza and announces intention to take 'national, legal and economic steps' against the strip; says he's uninterested in receiving information on the investigation from Hamas.
Reuters and Itamar Eichner 21:21 , 19.03.18
Terror group airs on TV a short clip lionizing members of the military wing who 'use primitive tools' to 'liberate Palestinian land stolen by the Zionist enemy'; clip shows terrorists sitting and praying while carrying out hazardous tasks.
Elior Levy 22:46 , 18.03.18
Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General Qassem refuses comment on terror group's military capabilities, deployments or plans, not wishing to 'give gifts to enemy'; Hezbollah 'ready to confront aggression if Israel decides to carry out any foolish action,' he says; on Syrian civil war, Qassem says Hezbollah will remain in country until crisis is resolved; on upcoming elections, deputy leader says he expects increase in number of Hezbollah allies in parliament.
Reuters 22:13 , 15.03.18
Speaking to CBS, Prince Mohammed bin Salman raises fears of a regional nuclear arms race; claiming that Saudi Arabia does not want nuclear bomb, but vowing Riyadh 'will follow suit as soon as possible' if Iran builds one.
Reuters 16:18 , 15.03.18
One of the solutions offered is effective governance systems and institutional strengthening under the Palestinian Authority’s leadership; Egypt and Israel also urged to loosen blockade, despite concerns over security.
Reuters 09:50 , 15.03.18
As terror group continues to sniff out culprits behind attempted assassination of Palestinian PM Hamdallah, several workers of two cellular communications companies are arrested by Hamas for failing to cooperate in their investigation.
Elior Levy 22:28 , 14.03.18
Entering the Gaza Strip for inauguration of a new sewage purification facility, convoy of Palestinian PM Hamdallah is hit with a roadside explosive; 7 guards hurt, PM remains unharmed; Fatah blames Gaza militants for attack, says Hamas bears responsibility; Hamdallah proclaims attack will not deter Fatah from seeking to end split with Hamas.
Ynet reporters, news agencies 10:41 , 13.03.18
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British-based war monitor, which tracks death tolls using a network of contacts inside Syria, says it has identified more than 350,000 of the 511,000 people who have been killed in seven years of war; civilian death toll reaches 106,390, including 19,811 children and 12,513 women.
News agencies 15:36 , 12.03.18
Hundreds of the Lebanese organization's fighters have been taking part in the Assad army's onslaught on rebel forces in the eastern suburbs of Damascus following direct orders from Iran; to avoid criticism, Hezbollah leader Nasrallah has been hiding the fighters' participation in the battles from their families.
Smadar Perry 12:37 , 12.03.18
After a fierce battle waged under cover of an unrelenting bombardment, Assad army cuts off two major towns from the rest of the area in eastern Ghouta; Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says more than 1,100 civilians have been killed in the onslaught on the biggest rebel stronghold near Damascus since it began three weeks ago with a withering bombardment.
Reuters 08:12 , 12.03.18
Day after French foreign minister seeks to discuss Iran's role in Mideast conflicts, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei blasts European countries visiting Tehran to negotiate regional presence; 'None of your business. Why are you here?’
Reuters 15:13 , 08.03.18
After more than 700 casualties within two weeks, a first humanitarian convoy arrives in eastern Ghouta, the last bastion of rebels in the Damascus region; the Syrian government refuses to stop bombing and confiscates 70% of the medical aid.
Reuters 22:17 , 05.03.18
Bahrain says it has arrested 116 militants, established and supported by Iran, in a sweep targeting alleged Shiite militants in the Sunni-ruled kingdom; militants alleged to be plotting against the kingdom.
Reuters 17:44 , 03.03.18
Attempting to combat plague of stray dogs prowling area, Beit Lahia municipality announces NIS 10 will be given to residents for each dog killed, with no limitations on number of dogs killed, methods of killing; while some comments found the campaign too cruel, others protested the idea of creating dog shelters while Gazans live in tents.
Elior Levy 10:45 , 03.03.18
First-person shooter game 'Sacred Defense - Protecting the Homeland and Holy Sites,' a low-cost spinoff of 'Call of Duty,' glorifies Hezbollah's battles in Syria; 'To finish one level and move to the next, the player will suffer. He will see how difficult it is for the resistance fighters,' says developer.
AFP 14:19 , 02.03.18
After former leading Muslim Brotherhood member Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh and former Egyptian army chief Sami Anan were arrested, Sisi faces only head of the liberal Ghad party, Mussa Mustapha Mussa, a little known candidate.
AFP 19:40 , 25.02.18
Using instructions and information from the IDF's Home Front Command, the Gaza Interior Ministry conducts drill, teaching schoolchildren how to seek shelter in case of Israeli attack; Hamas forces drill war scenarios on borders with Israel, Egypt.
Matan Tzuri, Elior Levy 19:12 , 25.02.18
Rescuers in Syria’s eastern Ghouta said bombing would not let up long enough for them to count the bodies during one of the bloodiest air assaults of the seven-year war, while the UN Security Council called for a 30-day humanitarian truce.
Reuters and The Associated Press 22:51 , 24.02.18
Fear of humanitarian collapse in Syria after more than 400 people killed in Damascus outskirts this past week; UN Security Council to vote on resolution calling for ceasefire, but instead of demanding it enter into force 72 hours after adoption, Russia pushes for resolution to call for end to hostilities 'without delay'; US Envoy to UN Haley: 'How many more people die before Security Council agrees to take up vote?'
Associated Press 10:14 , 24.02.18
Qatari Ambassador says some $800 million in assistance to Gaza since Protective Edge is 'keeping peace for both nations,' adding 'If we are helping Hamas, do you think the Israelis would allow us to go inside Gaza and come out? It's impossible. They know we are not helping Hamas.'
Reuters 23:23 , 22.02.18
American website reports the Palestinian president was rushed to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore two days after UN Security Council speech, but Fatah official says Abbas went to the hospital for routine checkups.
Elior Levy and AP 22:30 , 22.02.18
Large delegation of Hamas officials, including leader Ismail Haniyeh, in the Egyptian capital to discuss reconciliation with Fatah, humanitarian crisis in the strip, and possible prisoner exchange deal with Israel; visit is unusually long.
Elior Levy 21:48 , 22.02.18
National Security Adviser McMaster says 'public accounts, photos' showed Assad regime was using chemical warfare in Syrian civil war, time for international community to hold Syrian government to account.
Reuters 18:04 , 17.02.18
Secretary of State Tillerson visits Ankara in attempt to 'normalize' his country's relations with NATO ally Turkey; assistance provided to Kurdish rebels in Syria, American refusal to extradite cleric Gulen led to deep crisis in relations.
Associated Press 14:30 , 16.02.18
Egyptian army began widespread operation against Islamic State in Sinai Peninsula last week, which has thus far led to death of 53 jihadists, capture of 680 people; intelligence shows IS looks to Sinai for new home base, after suffering defeats in Iraq, Syria.
AFP 22:50 , 15.02.18
US Sec. State Rex Tillerson says growing Hezbollah arsenal a threat to Lebanon, US committed to ensure calm on border with Israel; Tillerson met with PM Saad Hariri as well as with key Hezbollah allies: President Michel Aoun, FM Gibran Bassil, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.
News agencies 18:01 , 15.02.18
Bolivian ambassador blames Israel for 'the catastrophic situation in Gaza,' which includes water shortages, closed hospitals and doctors who stopped performing surgeries; Israeli Ambassador Danon: 'Hamas has been holding the people of Gaza hostage in pursuit of its own nefarious goals, ignoring their most basic needs.'
Associated Press 14:18 , 15.02.18
Despite supporting UN Resolution against US recognition of Jerusalem, Washington still signs massive aid deal with Amman; Secretary of State Tillerson says Israeli-Palestinian peace plan 'fairly well advanced,' but fails to provide any details.
Reuters 09:52 , 15.02.18
Using Russian knowledge and technology, more and more countries in the Middle East and North Africa are building nuclear power plants, and not just for civilian purposes; according to Dr. Shaul Shay of IDC Herzliya, this is also the Sunni Arab world's way of dealing with the Iranian nuclear program.
Itamar Eichner 12:44 , 12.02.18
Hundreds of thousands of Iranians rallied on the streets Sunday to mark the 39th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, just weeks after anti-government protests rocked cities across the country; participants burn US, Israeli flags.
Reuters and The Associated Press 15:39 , 11.02.18
Tehran and Hezbollah issue new threats in the wake of Syrian downing of Israeli F-16, which was retaliating against Iranian drone that infiltrated Israel; Iranian general: 'Iran can create a hell for the Zionist regime'; celebrations in Lebanon, Syria: 'Your planes went down.'
Itamar Eichner Liad Osmo 20:15 , 10.02.18
UNRWA planning to hold ministerial-level donors' conference to bridge gap left in aid organization's budget following President Trump's decision to abruptly cut his country's contribution by $65 million; US has not indicated which reforms it desired in order for budgeting to be reinstated, UNRWA official says.
Associated Press 14:10 , 10.02.18
$2 million from United Arab Emirates and $9 million from Qatar will pay for fuel for for generators that keep Gaza's hospitals and sanitation services operating; US envoy Greenblatt calls on Israel, Qatar to cooperate in order to 'bring real relief to the people of Gaza.'
Reuters 22:35 , 09.02.18
Beirut signs first offshore oil and gas exploration and production contracts for two blocks, including Block 9 which borders Israeli waters; senior official from France's Total, which is one of three companies to sign the agreements, says 'There is no reason not to proceed' with deal.
Reuters 18:38 , 09.02.18
Fearing the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza could lead to increased tensions and violence, the head of Qatar's Gaza reconstruction committee calls on world's nations to pitch in and help the people of the strip—leading by example with a $9 million aid pledge.
Associated Press 08:53 , 09.02.18
Ex-Palestinian intelligence chief suing PA after revelations of large-scale CIA wiretapping of prominent Palestinians, both allies, rivals, of Abbas; suit may prove embarrassing for PA president in light of Palestinian anger at US since Trump's Jerusalem announcement; Abbas also facing accusations of increasingly authoritarian rule.
Associated Press 23:52 , 06.02.18
PA and Hamas fail to achieve reconciliation, meanwhile, unemployment in the strip approaches 50%, exports down sharply, electricity available only few hours a day, clean water hard to come by, raw sewage polluting streets, sea, Israeli beaches; Security officials warn 'situation can blow up in our face.'
Elior Levy and Yoav Zitun 23:28 , 05.02.18
Man shrouded in white, carrying machete, shot in leg after attempting to break into the office of Iran's president; President Rouhani may not have been in building at the time; Possibly related to economic problems recently plaguing Iran as prices, unemployment rise, savings dwindle.
Reuters 18:11 , 05.02.18
Palestinian woman who returned with her family to the West Bank after years in the US leads a campaign against sexual harassment inspired by the #MeToo movement in order to raise awareness of the phenomenon in Palestinian society.
Associated Press 17:04 , 03.02.18
The Trump administration places 6 people and 7 firms assisting Lebanese terror group to finance its activities under sanctions as part of effort to turn back Iranian influence in Middle East and elsewhere; Adham Tabaja, one of Hezbollah's top five financiers, included in sanctions list.
Reuters 20:40 , 02.02.18
Ali Akbar Velayati quoted by semi-official Fars news agency as saying that Tehran is a 'key player' in the Middle East and that 'our presence in Syria, Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon is in coordination with the governments of these countries.'
Reuters 11:50 , 01.02.18
Five demonstrators disrupt marketing workshop in the West Bank, vandalizing and throwing tomatoes at an American diplomatic vehicle; on Saturday, some 30 protesters hanged and burned effigies of Trump and Pence.
Reuters 15:32 , 30.01.18
Over a week after the beginning of Turkey's offensive in Syria's northern region of Afrin, Turkish President Erdogan threatens to extend assault on the Syrian Kurdish YPG group; watchdog says 51 civilians, including 17 children, killed in Afrin on Sunday alone.
Reuters 08:56 , 29.01.18
Women forced to watch a match outside stadium after authorities say they were order by Hamas not to allow them to enter; 'We were surprised by the presence of Hamas security guards who closed the gates in our faces and did not allow us to go inside to cheer.'
AFP 23:48 , 28.01.18
US warned of ‘dire consequences on life-sustaining assistance to children, women and men’ in MidEast of withholding $65M earmarked for UNRWA, an agency for Palestinian refugees that has come under scrutiny by State Department for increasing number of refugees in program.
Reuters 08:34 , 25.01.18
Double car bombing near mosque in Benghazi, Libya, leaves 33 dead, dozens wounded, including senior security officials; first bomb went off outside mosque, second car bomb went off as rescue services, security forces arrived on the scene.
Reuters 21:31 , 24.01.18
US Treasury's assistant secretary for terrorist financing urges Beirut 'to take every possible measure to ensure Hezbollah is not part of the financial sector,' stressing 'the importance of countering Iranian malign activity in Lebanon.'
Reuters 09:46 , 24.01.18
UN agency for Palestinian refugees launches 'Dignity is Priceless,' which aims to raise $500 million to ensure the agency’s core services are unaffected by US decision to cut $65 million of annual funding to the organization; 'I can't imagine coming to an UNRWA school and say to the students, "Sadly we failed,"' says UNRWA head.
Associated Press 09:09 , 23.01.18
Turkey launched airstrikes against Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria, claiming they are extension of Turkish-Kurdish terror group PKK; campaign complicates Syrian civil war, threatens relations with Washington; US, Russia, Syria all condemn Turkey's move; YPG vows retaliation.
Reuters 22:33 , 20.01.18
While Israel blames Hamas for precarious humanitarian situation in Gaza, saying it prefers spending $260 million on rockets rather than water, health, Gaza residents bemoan threatened cuts in US aid, which may affect UNRWA.
Associated Press 00:04 , 16.01.18
Mohamed Hamdan, also known as Abu Hamza, said to be 'slightly wounded' in attack at the Lebanese city of Sidon, according to Hezbollah's al-Manar TV station; blast, which took place in a residential area, destroyed Hamdan's silver BMW; Hamas, Fatah blame Israel.
Reuters, AP 18:59 , 14.01.18
Gaza's Interior Ministry calls on Cairo to investigate the incident, in which 33-year-old Abdullah Zeidan from the Shati refugee camp was shot in the chest by Egyptian forces; Palestinians claim he did not cross naval border.
AFP 15:30 , 13.01.18
Chief prosecutor orders 'urgent' investigation into report by American paper quoting senior Egyptian intelligence official telling TV presenters to downplay President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as capital to sway public opinion in his favor; Times articles 'undermines Egypt's security, public peace, hurts public's interest,' prosecutor says.
Associated Press 14:41 , 12.01.18
Head of Iran Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi says his country may reconsider cooperation with International Atomic Energy Agency if President Trump fails to certify by mid-January it is complying with the nuclear deal; 'Ready for all possible outcomes, all options on the table,' says government spokesman.
Reuters 18:02 , 08.01.18
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini warned that English studies opened the way to Western 'cultural invasion'; teaching of English usually starts in middle school, around ages of 12 to 14, but some primary schools also have English classes; many Iranians mocked the ban on social media.
Reuters 23:00 , 07.01.18
Former Iranian president criticized successor, saying Rouhani's government 'believes they own the land and that society is ignorant to that' and asserting 'What Iran is suffering from today is mismanagement and not lack of economic resources.'
Ynetnews 15:18 , 07.01.18