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Israel launches Gaza strikes after rocket fire: Palestinian Authority

Israeli aircraft attacked Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip on Sunday night, a Palestinian security source told AFP after Israel reported three rockets fired at the region.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/6 17:03:40

Iran, Russia, Turkey agree to work together to ease Syria tensions

Iran, Russia and Turkey, which support opposing sides in Syria's war, agreed Wednesday to coordinate their efforts to reduce tensions in the country, whose conflict has entered its 10th year.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/2 17:58:40

Iran requests Interpol to help arrest Trump

Iran said Monday it has called for Interpol to help arrest US President Donald Trump and 35 other US officials for January's killing of its top general in an American drone strike.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/30 18:03:40

Millions of Syrians go to sleep hungry: aid organizations

A staggering 9.3 million Syrians are now going to sleep hungry and more another two million are at risk of a similar fate, international NGOs said in a joint statement Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/6/30 11:06:26

Desert locusts swarm through Yemen's capital

Hundreds of billions of desert locusts were seen swarming through the Yemeni Houthi-held capital Sanaa on Wednesday, invading crops and leaving farmers of the war-torn Arab country in despair.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/6/25 15:31:42

Afghan health workers deliberately targeted by Taliban, security forces: UN

The United Nations (UN) on Sunday charged that the Taliban and Afghan security forces had carried out “deliberate” attacks against healthcare workers and facilities at a time when Afghanistan is grappling with the deadly coronavirus epidemic.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/22 17:48:40

Saudi-led Yemen coalition pulled from UN blocklist

Campaigners reacted angrily on Monday to the removal of the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen from a list of groups violating children's rights, in a report by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/16 17:28:40

Pope calls for world to push for end to Libya violence amid pandemic

Pope Francis on Sunday urged international bodies as well as political and military leaders to stop the violence in Libya and to also end the plight of migrants, refugees and others trapped there.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/15 17:48:40

Rockets hit Iraqi base north of Baghdad: military

A rocket attack late Saturday north of Baghdad hit an Iraqi base but missed US-led coalition troops stationed there, Iraq's military and a coalition official said.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/14 18:08:41

Protests in Lebanon's Tripoli leave 20 people injured

Clashes between the Lebanese army and protesters in Lebanese Tripoli's demonstrations on Saturday led to the injury of 20 people including four army members.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/6/14 8:24:31

Spotlight: Iraq, US launch strategic dialogue to discuss future of U.S. troops, bilateral ties

Baghdad and Washington Thursday launched an initial session of strategic dialogue with the aim of discussing bilateral ties and deciding the future of the presence of the U.S. forces in Iraq.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/6/13 10:55:16

First Arab mission to Mars designed to inspire youth

The first Arab space mission to Mars, armed with probes to study the Red Planet's atmosphere, is designed to inspire the region's youth and pave the way for scientific breakthroughs, officials said on Tuesday.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/10 19:18:40

Erdogan, Trump reach 'agreements' on Libya

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said he reached “some agreements” with US counterpart Donald Trump over Libya during telephone talks.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/9 17:33:40

Taliban militants surrender in N. Afghan province

A local Taliban leader and his five associates have given up fighting and surrendered in Afghanistan's northern Faryab province, an army source said Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/6/9 13:59:42

Tehran says Iranian scientist back home from US after prisoner swap

An Iranian scientist returned home on Monday after his release from a US jail in what state media said was a prisoner exchange Tehran hopes can be repeated between the arch-foes.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/8 17:28:40

Afghan gun battle kills 9 militants in eastern Kunar province

Nine militants have been confirmed dead as clashes broke out in Ghazi Abad district of the eastern Kunar province on Saturday, provincial police chief Mohammad Yusuf Mazlomyar said.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/6/7 7:35:26

Libya's UN-backed government forces take over Tripoli International Airport

Forces of Libya's UN-backed government on Wednesday announced taking over the former International Airport in the south of Tripoli from the rival eastern-based army, as the armed conflict between the two parties continues.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/6/4 10:16:37

DNA research uncovers Dead Sea Scrolls mystery

DNA research on the Dead Sea Scrolls has revealed that not all of the ancient manuscripts came from the desert landscape where they were discovered, according to a study published on Tuesday.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/3 18:48:40