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Cleric Sadr meets Iraq PM Abadi, hinting at coalition

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with Moqtada al-Sadr on Saturday, less than 24 hours after the Shi'ite cleric's bloc was declared winner of Iraq's parliamentary election, the clearest sign yet they could work together to form a coalition.
Source: Reuters | 2018/5/20 23:18:39

Holy month

Pakistani women showing their identity cards to get free food distribute during Ramadan in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Sunday. Muslims throughout the world are celebrating Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, refraining from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from sunrise to sunset. Photo: AP
Source: AP | 2018/5/20 22:58:40

IS fighters 'leaving final stronghold' in Syrian capital

A first batch of Islamic State group fighters left their final stronghold in Syria's capital early Sunday under a deal struck after weeks of fierce combat, a monitor said.
Source: AFP | 2018/5/20 22:58:40

Iran satisfied with EU talks over nuke deal: lawmaker

Iranian government is satisfied with the recent talks with its European partners over preserving the nuclear deal and securing Iran's interests, first vice speaker of the parliament said on Sunday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/20 21:11:30

17 killed in N. Afghan fresh flooding: officials

At least 17 people were killed and 23 others wounded after heavy torrential rains caused fresh flooding in two Afghan northern provinces, authorities said Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/19 22:54:14

Kuwait circulates draft resolution urging Security Council to send int'l force to Gaza

Kuwait has circulated a draft resolution urging the UN Security Council to send international force to protect civilians in Gaza, diplomatic sources said here Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/19 13:48:00

Shiite cleric Sadr's coalition wins Iraq's parliamentary elections

The political coalition led by prominent Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr won most seats in Iraq's parliamentary election on May 12, the Iraqi electoral commission said Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/19 13:23:43

Lebanon urges world to respect its will to stay away from regional turmoil

Lebanese President Michel Aoun called Friday on the international community to respect the Lebanese will to stay away from the turmoil in the Middle East region, a statement by the president's media office said.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/19 9:08:29

Iran nuclear deal not perfect but better than no agreement: Merkel

The European Union (EU) has no intention to abandon the Iran nuclear deal after the US withdrawal from it, visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/19 9:04:59

Palestinian PM calls for multi-sided mechanism to handle conflict with Israel

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Friday reaffirmed a call for a multi-sided international mechanism to be set up to help resolve the conflict with Israel, as the Islamic world is mulling over how to respond to Israeli violence against Palestinians and the US relocation of its Israel embassy to Jerusalem.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/19 9:03:31

Islamic world mulling measures against countries following US move on Jerusalem

The 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Friday vowed to take "all necessary steps" to prevent other countries from following the US example of moving their Israel embassies to Jerusalem.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/19 8:35:34

4 explosions heard in airfield in Syria's Hama Province

Four explosions were heard on Friday in the vicinity of the air base of Hama province in central Syria, state TV and activists reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/19 0:17:41

Israel bashed at UN for Gaza killings, but backed by US

Israel was sharply criticized at a UN human rights body on Friday for its killings of protesters in Gaza and treatment of the Palestinians, but Washington came to its defense.
Source: Reuters | 2018/5/18 23:23:40

UN rights chief warns violence in Gaza reaches a peak in past week

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Friday warned that the violence in Gaza has reached a peak in the past week, with 60 people had been killed by the Israeli forces in just one day of May 14, a highest figure of one-day death toll in Gaza since the 2014 hostilities.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/18 19:51:42

UN calls for humanitarian access to Libya's Darna

Humanitarian coordinator of the UN Support Mission in Libya on Thursday called on the eastern-based Libyan army to allow humanitarian aid to enter the besieged eastern city of Darna.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/18 10:13:27

UN rights expert says unilateral foreign sanctions negatively impact the livelihood of Syrians

A United Nations human rights expert said here on Thursday that the foreign sanctions imposed on Syria are a collective punishment targeting the livelihoods of the Syrian people.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/18 8:40:40

Assad to send nomination list to UN for formation of constitutional committee

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday said he will send a list of his government's nominees to the United Nations for the membership of the constitutional committee, state news agency SANA reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/18 8:40:10

UN humanitarian coordinator calls for urgent support in wake of Gaza violence

The UN humanitarian coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory on Thursday called for urgent support to meet the humanitarian needs of victims of violence in Gaza.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/18 8:39:45