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Libya appoints new central bank governor to end its east-west division

The newly-elected governor of Libya's Central Bank Mohamed Shukri on Monday took the oath of office before the Libyan eastern-based House of Representatives (parliament), a parliament member said.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/29 23:41:16

UN employees in Gaza protest against US fund cuts

Health centers, schools and food distribution headquarters in Gaza were closed on Monday due to a one-day general strike by employees of the UN agency that serves the Palestinians (UNRWA).
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/29 23:39:25

Symbolic protest

A Palestinian demonstrator, wearing the traditional checkered keffiyeh, burns US, Israeli and British flags during a protest in Gaza City on Monday condemning the US move to freeze funding for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees. Photo: VCG
Source: VCG | 2018/1/29 22:53:39

Syria peace talks to begin in Russia

Delegates on Monday arrived for the first Syria peace congress in Russia, but expectations for the dialogue were tempered after Syria's main opposition group said it would boycott the event.
Source: AFP | 2018/1/29 22:23:40

Palestinian FM says Palestine to seek UN membership at Security Council

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki said Monday that his ministry will apply to the UN Security Council (UNSC) next February to get full UN membership for the state of Palestine and demand international protection for the people of Palestine under the Israeli occupation.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/29 19:57:58

Gaza on edge of collapse amid Israeli blockade: committee

The situation in the Gaza Strip is on the edge of collapse due to 12 years of a tight Israeli blockade, said the Gaza-based National Corporation, a committee working to limit the impact of the Israeli blockade.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/29 19:05:19

Israeli PM accuses Iran of stockpiling precision missile in Lebanon

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu headed to Moscow on Monday morning to meet President Vladimir Putin to warn him that Iran is trying to "turn Lebanon into a giant missile site."
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/29 18:12:07

Shocked mourners

Afghans pray during the funeral of a victim killed in Saturday's deadly suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday. A suicide bomber driving an ambulance caused the blast. Photo: AP
Source: AP | 2018/1/28 23:28:40

Yemen govt warns of coup by separatists

Yemen's prime minister accused southern separatists of an attempted coup on Sunday after they took over the government headquarters amid fierce clashes in the city of Aden.
Source: AFP | 2018/1/28 23:28:40

Center of attention

Kurds demonstrate against the Turkish attack on Afrin, Syria launched by President Tayyip Recep Erdogan against what he called 'the terrorists of the YPG,' on Saturday in Toulouse, France. Photo: VCG
Source: VCG | 2018/1/28 23:28:40

PLO official says Palestinian state on 1967 borders only way to peace

Secretary General of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Saeb Erekat said Sunday that the only way to achieve peace is by establishing an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/28 20:33:36

Pressing Syria offensive, Turkey urges US pullback

Turkey on Saturday urged the US to withdraw personnel from a Kurdish-held town in northern Syria after Washington told Ankara it would stop arming a Syrian Kurdish militia that Turkey is fighting.
Source: AFP | 2018/1/28 19:43:39

Heavy snow shuts down Tehran roads, airports

The fall of rare heavy snow in the capital Tehran since Saturday night has caused traffic chaos, closing roads and cancelation of flights.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/28 18:08:20

Turkey confirms US promise of ending weapon supplies to Kurds

Turkey confirmed Saturday that the United States would no longer provide the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing People's Protection Units (YPG) with weapons in Syria.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/27 20:11:42

Erdogan threatens to expand Syria offensive despite criticism

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday threatened to expand Turkey's offensive in Syria against a Kurdish militia despite calls for restraint from its Western allies.
Source: AFP | 2018/1/26 22:58:41

Aecheologists in Israel dig up oldest human fossil outside of Africa

The oldest remains of a modern human outside Africa have been dug up in Israel, offering evidence of what genetic studies have already suggested - that humans migrated out of Africa some 50,000 years earlier than previously thought.
Source: AFP | 2018/1/26 22:58:40

Israel hosts event marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Israel held the annual event on Thursday to mark the UN-sanctioned International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust in Israeli Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial and Museum located in Jerusalem.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/26 10:34:52

UN envoy asks for action to change trajectory of Mideast peace

A UN envoy on Thursday called for international action to reverse the current negative trend in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process and help the two sides rebuild trust.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/26 8:21:08