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Palestine calls for international protection amid heightened tensions over Jerusalem

The Palestinian government called Thursday for international protection of the the Palestinian people over "the continued escalation due to the occupation."
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/15 8:06:09

Yearender: Hariri's abrupt, rescinded resignation shakes Lebanon, portends uncertain future

Lebanese breathed a sigh of relief early the month when a political crisis, triggered by the abrupt resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, ended with his withdrawal of the decision shortly after returning home.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/15 8:00:17

Syria condemns US deadly airstrikes on civilian areas

The Syrian Foreign Ministry on Thursday condemned the US airstrike that killed 23 civilians a day earlier in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour, state news agency SANA reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/15 7:56:36

Turkish, Iraqi, US military officials meet to discuss security issues

The highest-ranking military officials of Turkey, Iraq and the US on Thursday discussed issues about counter-terrorism and regional security at a trilateral meeting in Ankara, the Turkish Armed Force (TSK) said
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/15 7:50:32

8th round of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva ends with nothing but division

As expected, the eighth round of the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva ended Thursday, with nothing but wrangling, with both negotiating parties holding firm to their visions.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/15 7:46:49

UN regrets "missed opportunity" as new round of Geneva talks on Syria fails to move ahead

The UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said Thursday evening that the way Intra-Syrian peace talks proceed will come after he speaks to the Security Council as the eighth round ended Thursday without "real negotiations" taking place.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/15 7:45:37

European Council professor discusses US Jerusalem stance, terrorism in Africa, China mediation on Rohingya crisis and more

Editor's Note: The China-EU Peace and Security Forum, which was organized by the Delegation of the European Union to China, was held at the Chinese Institute for International Studies on Tuesday. Global Times reporter Zhang Xin (GT) talks with Professor François Godement (Godement), Director of the Asia Programme of the European Council on Foreign Relations, in an exclusive interview, in which the prominent European scholar shares his views on various security issues of global concern.
Source: Global Times | 2017/12/14 20:38:39

Israel strikes militant posts in Gaza

Israeli helicopters struck early Thursday several militant posts in the Gaza Strip in response to earlier rocket attacks carried out from the coastal enclave against Israel, security officials said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/14 10:09:56

Islamic Jihad fires 3 rockets into Israel in reprisal for airstrikes

Three rockets were fired from Gaza to Israel on Wednesday night amid growing tensions, an Israeli statement said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/14 8:56:41

Syrian army restores areas fallen to IS south of Damascus

The Syrian government forces recaptured several building blocks that had fallen to the Islamic State (IS) earlier on Wednesday in a southern Damascus' neighborhood, a military source told Xinhua.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/14 8:35:11

Islamic summit recognizes East Jerusalem as capital of Palestine State

A summit of Islamic countries held in Istanbul on Wednesday declared East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine to counter a US decision in favor of Israel.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/14 8:29:38

Islamic leaders call for East Jerusalem as capital

Islamic leaders on Wednesday urged the world to recognize occupied East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, as Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas warned the US no longer had any role to play in the peace process.
Source: AFP | 2017/12/13 22:53:39

Return of the silver screen

Saudi filmmakers and major cinema chains alike are basking in the news the kingdom will lift its decades-old ban on movie theaters, opening a market of more than 30 million people.
Source: AFP | 2017/12/13 22:38:40

Putin submits deal on Syrian naval base to parliament

Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted to the lower house of parliament an agreement with Syria, under which Damascus will allow Moscow to keep its naval facility in the Syrian port of Tartus for at least 49 years.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/13 22:05:11

Islamic summit declares East Jerusalem capital of Palestine State

A summit of Islamic countries held in Istanbul on Wednesday declared East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine, Turkish Anadolu Agency reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/13 21:56:50

UAE signs deal with environmental organization to achieve renewable energy target

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities signed Wednesday a deal with a local environmental organization to achieve the renewable energy target of 44 percent by 2050, UAE state news agency WAM reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/13 19:18:26

55 injured in 6.1-magnitude quake in Kerman, Iran

At least 55 people were injured following the earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale that jolted Hojadk city in Iran's Kerman Province Wednesday morning, state IRIB TV reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/13 13:27:43

6.0-magnitude quake hits off Kerman, Iran -- USGS

An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale jolted 64km northeast of Kerman, Iran, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/13 9:05:50