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Saudi-backed Yemeni president launches partial cabinet reshuffle

The Saudi-backed Yemeni President Abdu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi on Sunday conducted a partial cabinet reshuffle, including the sacking of the country's interior minister and three other ministers.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/25 7:37:14

Silent Night

A Palestinian security member stands guard as Christian scouts perform at the Manger Square outside the Church of the Nativity during Christmas celebrations in the city of Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on December 24.
Source: AFP | 2017/12/24 23:38:39

Turkey sacks thousands in latest post-coup purge

The Turkish government on Sunday ordered the sacking of more than 2,700 people working in public institutions over alleged links to “terror” groups, in the latest round of purges since last year's failed coup.
Source: AFP | 2017/12/24 22:53:39

Iraqi forces launch anti-IS operation in mountainous area in central Iraq

Iraqi security forces Sunday launched an operation to clear Himreen mountainous area from Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq's central province of Salahudin, a police source said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/24 22:24:04

Jerusalem tensions disrupt Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem and other Mid-East cities

Preparations were under way in Bethlehem on Sunday for Christmas, with tensions still simmering in the city and the region following Washington's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Source: AFP | 2017/12/24 21:58:40

Palestinian dies of sustained wounds caused by clash with Israeli

A Palestinian young man from Gaza who was critically wounded during clashes with Israeli soldiers early this month died of his wounds Sunday morning, the health ministry of the Gaza Strip said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/24 20:56:08

Libyan PM says elections can solve political crisis

Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj said Saturday that holding elections can solve the political crisis in the country.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/24 9:35:17

14 killed in road accident in southern Cairo

At least 14 people were killed and seven others wounded in a car accident in Beni Sweif province some 120 km south of the capital Cairo, the Egyptian Health Ministry said in a statement Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/23 23:00:51

Egypt's Sisi vows to use "utmost violence" to eradicate terrorism in Sinai

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said Saturday that Egypt's armed forces will use "utmost violence" to eradicate terrorism in the country's Sinai Peninsula.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/23 22:24:02

Hamas leader says US may recognize Israel as Jewish state

Head of Islamic Hamas movement Ismail Haneya said Saturday that it is possible that the US administration take more measures against the Palestinians, including recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/23 20:15:32

UN assembly vote declares Trump move 'null and void'

"Trump's threats to UN members didn't prevent them from voting in favor of the resolution," said Abu Rdineh, Xinhua reported.
Source: Agencies | 2017/12/22 23:43:41

Libyan authorities confirm Gaddafi's son remains in prison

Saadi Gaddafi, son of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, is still in prison in the Libyan capital Tripoli, according to the director of investigation department at the Libyan Attorney General.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/22 23:41:02

Peace circle

Syrian representatives and opposition delegates, along with other attendees, take part in a session of Syria peace talks in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan, on Friday. UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said the talks had agreed on a “working group” for the release of detainees, which he said was a commendable first step toward an arrangement between the warring sides, Reuters reported. Photo: VCG
Source: VCG | 2017/12/22 23:33:39

8 killed in car bombing on police station in S. Afghanistan

At least eight people were killed and many others wounded after a Taliban suicide car bombing struck a district police station in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar, local police said Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/22 13:20:49

5.2-magnitude quake hits Iran's Kerman province

An earthquake measuring 5.2 magnitude on the Richter scale hit Koohbanan region in Iran's Kerman Province at 8:34 p.m. local time (17:04 GMT), Iran Seismological Center said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/22 8:49:49

Trump threatens UN on Jerusalem vote

UN member states will vote Thursday on a motion rejecting US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, with President Donald Trump threatening to cut funding to countries that back the measure.
Source: AFP | 2017/12/21 23:28:40

Ravaged by war, Syrian neighborhoods relish Christmas spirit

The metallic green Christmas tree towers over the bombed-out heart of Syria's third city Homs, where residents are relishing a holiday cheer they haven't felt in years.
Source: AFP | 2017/12/21 20:03:39

Blast kills Taliban shadow district governor in N. Afghan province

Taliban shadow governor for Khanabad of Kunduz province Mawlawi Dost Mohammad was killed in a mine blast on Thursday, army spokesman in the province Abdul Khalil said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/12/21 13:57:17