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Iraqis vote in first election since defeating Daesh

Iraqis vote in first election since defeating Daesh

An Iraqi man casts his vote at a polling station for the Iraqi parliamentary election in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq on May 12, 2018 [Feriq Fereç / Anadolu Agency] People pose for a photo after casting their vote at a polling station for the Iraqi parliamentary election in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq on May 12, 2018 [Feriq Fereç / […]

Palestinians face reckoning with US administration in a shifting Middle East

Palestinians face reckoning with US administration in a shifting Middle East

The street signs pointing to the US embassy are already up in Jerusalem, just days after its formal move from Tel Aviv. Five months after US President Donald Trump announced his administration’s recognition of the Holy City as Israel’s capital, the embassy relocation is almost complete. Israel hasn’t been coy about its jubilation around the […]

Kushner shares Jerusalem embassy spotlight

Kushner shares Jerusalem embassy spotlight

Since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, Jared Kushner has served as the administration’s point person in the Middle East, eclipsing even the secretary of state in some meetings with foreign leaders. But when it comes to the historic opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, a move Kushner championed behind the scenes, the president’s […]

In the Middle East right now, all sides in this complex battle are staring at each other with increasing concern

In the Middle East right now, all sides in this complex battle are staring at each other with increasing concern

In the West, it’s easy to concentrate on each daily drama about the Middle East and forget the world in which the real people of the region live. The latest ravings of the American president on the Iran nuclear agreement – mercifully, at last, firmly opposed by the EU – obscure the lands of mass […]

Egypt forces Uber to share data with security agencies

Egypt forces Uber to share data with security agencies

The Egyptian Parliament yesterday passed a law which would force ride-sharing companies Uber and Careem to share users’ private information with state security agencies, Quds Press reported. According to articles 9 and 10 of the new law, ride-sharing firms must keep the personal data of the users for 180 days and make this information available to […]

What's next for Lebanon?

What's next for Lebanon?

Corruption, power cuts, rubbish piling up on the streets – and looking after huge numbers of refugees from Syria. Theser are just some of the challenges facing politicians in Lebanon’s newly elected parliament.  Sunday’s parliamentary election was the first in nine years. Hezbollah was the winner. The Shia Muslim party with a military wing which […]

Libyan commander declares 'zero hour' for campaign to take city

Libyan commander declares 'zero hour' for campaign to take city

Libyan army commander Khalifa Haftar announced the start of military operations to “liberate” the eastern city of Derna on Monday after his forces clashed with rival militias on the city’s outskirts. “Zero hour for the liberation of Derna has struck. Our army forces are now targeting their hideouts,” Haftar said in a speech at a […]

Trump's top priority in the Middle East should be avoiding a catastrophic war between Israel and Iran

Trump's top priority in the Middle East should be avoiding a catastrophic war between Israel and Iran

FILE PHOTO – Israeli Air Force F-16 fighter jets take part in a ceremony for newly graduated air force pilots at Hatzerim Air Base, June 28, 2010. The Israeli military in February said it had shot down an Iranian drone that infiltrated the country and struck Iranian targets in Syria that launched it. The military […]

Yemen government slams UAE troop dispatch on Socotra island

Yemen government slams UAE troop dispatch on Socotra island

The Yemeni government on Sunday decried the deployment of Emirati troops on the strategic island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea. In a statement cited by the official Saba news agency, the government said the difference between it and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) “revolves around national sovereignty and absence of a strong level of […]

Six members of Hamas military wing killed in Gaza explosion

Six members of Hamas military wing killed in Gaza explosion

Six people were killed in an unexplained explosion in the central Gaza Strip on Saturday, health officials said, with Hamas’s military wing saying they were members of its forces.   Gaza’s health ministry confirmed six people were killed, updating the figure from an initial five, and three others wounded in what residents said appeared to […]