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Strikes hit Syria as world fumbles for response

Syrian government airstrikes and artillery fire hit the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta for a sixth straight day on Friday as the world struggled to reach a deal to stop the carnage.
Source: AFP | 2018/2/23 22:53:39

Dubai Ports World blames Djibouti for "illegally seizing" container terminal

Dubai Ports (DP) World said Friday that the government of Djibouti "illegally seized control" of the Doraleh Container Terminal S.A. from a DP World's owned entity.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/23 22:12:57

Turkey blasts Dutch parliament for recognizing Armenian "genocide"

Turkish Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned the Dutch parliament's motion of recognizing Armenian "genocide" under Ottoman Empire in 1915, a term Ankara has all along rejected to describe this controversial event.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/23 21:58:12

Syrian army urges civilians in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta to leave ahead of major military offensive

Syrian military on Thursday urged civilians in Eastern Ghouta in east of Damascus to leave ahead of an imminent military offensive.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/23 9:38:58

Iran threatens to quit nuclear deal if receiving no economic benefits

Iran may withdraw from the 2015 international nuclear deal if it cannot receive economic benefits, Iranian deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi as saying Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/23 9:16:07

Russia seeks meeting on Syria

Russia called for a UN Security Council meeting to be held Thursday on the violence engulfing Eastern Ghouta after Secretary-General Antonio Guterres described life for civilians in the rebel-held Syrian enclave as "hell on earth."
Source: AFP | 2018/2/22 23:22:16

Iran may quit nuke deal over big bank refusal

Iran will withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal if there is no economic benefit and major banks continue to shun the Islamic Republic, its deputy foreign minister said on Thursday.
Source: AFP | 2018/2/22 23:22:15

Saudi entertainment goes Western

Saudi Arabia announced plans Thursday to spend billions on building new venues and flying in Western acts, in a total overhaul of its entertainment sector that would been unthinkable not long ago.
Source: AFP | 2018/2/22 22:33:40

Damascus under spotlight due to intensified fighting

The Syrian capital Damascus' Eastern Ghouta area and the Kurdish-held Afrin region have grabbed headlines following a series of intense battles.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/22 17:53:22

1st LD: Taliban gunmen attack checkpoints in W. Afghan city, casualties feared

Casualties were feared after Taliban gunmen stormed security checkpoints on outskirts of Farah city, capital of western Afghan province of Farah on Thursday, local 1TV News Afghanistan reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/22 16:27:52

Peace far away as showdown approaches Syria's Eastern Ghouta

The rebel-held Eastern Ghouta in the countryside of Syrian capital Damascus has witnessed intense airstrikes and shelling as military showdown is approaching.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/22 9:11:56

Syria steps up air strike on rebels

Residents of Syria's eastern Ghouta district said they were waiting their “turn to die” on Wednesday, amid one of the most intense bombardments of the war by pro-government forces on the besieged, rebel-held enclave near Damascus.
Source: Reuters | 2018/2/21 23:28:40

Turkey launches health initiative to handle wounded in Afrin operation

As Turkey is fighting hard for the Afrin district in northwestern Syria, medics and equipment have been sent to the border area to better handle wounded troops under a government initiative.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/21 21:49:11

Israeli opposition leader urges elections amid Netanyahu's corruption probes

The Israeli opposition leader said on Wednesday that the country should prepare for elections in response to a series of corruption investigations relating to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/21 21:13:48

Marib thriving as opportunities attract internally displaced in Yemen's crisis

The clang of jackhammers and excavators fills the streets of Marib, an oil-rich Yemeni boomtown once accustomed to the sounds of war, now a rare oasis of stability in a country torn by strife.
Source: AFP | 2018/2/21 19:33:40

Libyan security busts arms smuggling gang

Security forces in eastern Libya on Tuesday busted a gang that smuggles arms and ammunition in the city of Marj, the Libya News Agency reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/21 7:12:38

Syria's Eastern Ghouta, Afrin areas under spotlight due to intensified fighting

The Syrian capital Damascus' Eastern Ghouta area and the Kurdish-held Afrin enclave have grabbed the headlines recently after witnessing intense battles.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/21 7:11:06

Libyan navy rescues 324 immigrants off western coast

The Libyan navy announced on Monday that 324 African and Arab migrants had been rescued after their two boats broke down off the coast of the western city of Zuwara, some 120 km west of the capital Tripoli.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/2/20 12:39:31