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Summit to decide fate of Syria's Idlib

A three-way summit between the leaders of Iran, Russia and Turkey expected to decide the fate of Syria's last major rebel bastion Idlib opened in Tehran on Friday.
Source: AFP | 2018/9/7 23:08:41

UN disarmament chief laments lack of accountability for chemical weapons use in Syria

UN Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu on Thursday asked the Security Council to find a common approach to tackle the issue of lack of accountability for the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/7 9:03:20

France's Macron demands "firm int'l position" to restore stability in Libya

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday demanded a "firm and united international position" to restore stability in war-torn Libya.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/7 8:28:21

US ambassador sees Israel keeping unrecognized Golan Heights forever

The US ambassador to Israel said in remarks published on Thursday he expected Israel to keep the Golan Heights in perpetuity, in an apparent nod toward its claim of sovereignty over the strategic plateau captured from Syria in a 1967 war.
Source: Reuters | 2018/9/6 22:53:40

Yemen's gov't delegation arrives in Geneva to attend UN-sponsored talks

Delegation of the internationally-recognized Yemeni government arrived Wednesday in Switzerland's Geneva to participate in a new round of talks sponsored by the United Nations to end a four- year-old military conflict with the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/6 11:46:39

UAE's Emirates issues apology after passengers reported ill on flight from Dubai to New York

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) international carrier Emirates Airlines issued an apology to its passengers for the inconvenience as dozens of passengers fell sick on flight EK203 from Dubai to New York on Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/6 11:21:21

UN envoy underscores "untenable" situation in Libya

The head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Ghassan Salame said Wednesday that the status quo in Libya is "untenable" in his first briefing to the Security Council after the latest round of violence in late August.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/6 9:45:42

President Trump says possible to meet Rouhani at UN

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that it is possible for him to meet with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani later at the United Nations.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/6 9:33:40

UN envoy underscores "untenable" situation in Libya

The head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Ghassan Salame said Wednesday that the status quo in Libya is "untenable" in his first briefing to the Security Council after the latest round of violence in late August.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/6 9:31:50

UAE's Emirates issues apology after passengers reported ill on flight from Dubai to New York

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) international carrier Emirates Airlines issued an apology to its passengers for the inconvenience as dozens of passengers fell sick on flight EK203 from Dubai to New York on Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/6 8:03:16

Protest sign

Palestinian school children make the victory sign over a UN flag during a protest at a United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) school, financed by US aid, in the Arroub refugee camp near Hebron in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday. The US, the biggest contributor to the UNRWA – a lifeline for millions of Palestinians for over 70 years – announced on August 31 it was suspending its funding to the organization, which it labeled as “irredeemably flawed.”
Source: AFP | 2018/9/5 23:28:44

Qatar lifts controversial exit visa system for workers

Qatar amended its residency laws on Tuesday to allow most foreign workers to leave the country without exit permits from their employers, a provision which labor rights groups have long said should be abolished.
Source: Reuters | 2018/9/5 22:43:42

Russia, Iran, Turkey to meet on Syria

The presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey meet Friday in Tehran for a summit expected to shape the future of Idlib province, home to Syria's last major rebel bastion.
Source: AFP | 2018/9/5 22:43:40

Last major battle looms in Syria as post-war plans on the table

As the last major battle against the rebels in Syria looms, the pro-war plans such as the return of refugees and the reconstruction process are already on the table.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/5 10:58:13

Almost half of Jewish-Israelis agree to Palestinian state: report

Almost half of the Jewish-Israelis (47 percent) think that the Palestinians deserve an independent state, according to the monthly Peace Index of the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University published Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/5 9:12:21

S.Korean special delegation leaves for DPRK to discuss inter-Korean summit

South Korean President Moon Jae-in's special delegation left Wednesday morning for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to discuss a detailed schedule and agenda for the upcoming summit between Moon and top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/5 9:10:58

UN Security Council to discuss Syria's Idlib on Friday

The UN Security Council will discuss the situation in Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold in Syria, on Friday, said US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/5 8:55:15

US soldier killed in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan

One US service member of US-led NATO coalition forces was killed and another wounded following an apparent insider attack in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, the coalition forces said Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/4 14:12:24