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Iraq's 1st parliamentary election after IS defeat

Iraq will hold its parliamentary election vote on May 12, in which about 7,000 candidates will compete for 329 seats. This is the first election after the country's historical victory over the Islamic State group in December last year.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/13 6:21:51

Rebels evacuate Syria's Homs, Hama countryside

The third batch of the rebels and their families on Friday evacuated the countrysides of Homs and Hama province in central Syria after it was postponed due to logistic issues, local media reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/12 9:22:10

1 killed, 973 injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers in eastern Gaza: medics

One Palestinian man was killed and 973 injured Friday during clashes between hundreds of Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli soldiers close to the border between eastern Gaza Strip and Israel, medics said.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/12 7:04:31

Iran turns to diplomacy

Iran's foreign minister will embark on a diplomatic tour to try to salvage the nuclear deal amid high tensions following the US withdrawal and global fears over reports of unprecedented clashes with Israel in Syria.
Source: AFP | 2018/5/11 22:58:43

Palestinians in Gaza prepare for 7th Friday anti-Israel protests

The Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are preparing for the seventh Friday protests close to its eastern border with Israel, as part of what they call "the Great March of Return" rally.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/11 17:47:33

Israel's Netanyahu warns Assad against responding to Israel's attack on "Iranian" targets

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad not to respond to Israel's large-scale air attack on Syria.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/11 9:08:53

Iraqi forces end early voting for parliamentary election

Iraqi security personnel Thursday ended their voting across the country ahead of parliamentary election slated for Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/11 9:05:28

Israeli raids

Israeli Merkava tanks and soldiers are deployed near the Syrian border in the Israel-annexed Golan Heights on Thursday. Israel's army said Thursday it had carried out raids around 20 rockets were fired from Syria at its forces in the occupied Golan Heights at around midnight (see story on page 7). Photo: AFP
Source: AFP | 2018/5/10 23:03:40

Israel attacks 'Iranian' targets in Syria

Israel said it attacked nearly all of Iran's military infrastructure in Syria on Thursday after Iranian forces fired rockets at Israeli-held territory for the first time.
Source: AFP | 2018/5/10 22:58:40

US to defy most of world with Jerusalem embassy move

The US moves its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem next week in defiance of the Palestinians and most of the world, likely further heightening tensions at a time of tumult in the region.
Source: AFP | 2018/5/10 22:28:41

Chemical attack accusations fake: Syrian president tells Greek daily

The Syrian Army did not use chemical weapons against civilians, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an exclusive interview printed in Greek newspaper "Kathimerini" (Daily) on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/10 21:00:23

Syrian air defenses destroy much of Israeli missiles: army

The Syrian air defenses have effectively responded to the Israeli missile strikes that targeted several military positions in Syria at dawn Thursday, destroying much of the missiles, according to state news agency SANA.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/10 20:36:38

Qatar calls on int'l community to ensure Mideast free of nuke weapons

Qatar has called on the international community to prevent nuclear arms race to maintain stability and peace in the Middle East region, state-run Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/10 17:44:06

Israel strikes Iranian military targets in Syria

Israeli fighter jets struck dozens of Iranian military targets in Syria early Thursday in response to a rocket attack on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), according to a statement by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/10 17:10:57

Israel's attack on Syria sets back Iran's military capabilities by "many months"

An Israeli military spokesperson said Thursday that the overnight Israeli airstrikes on Syria have set back Iran's military capabilities by "many months."
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/10 16:46:41

Syrian air defenses foil Israeli missiles as some hit Syrian military positions

The Syrian air defenses destroyed tens of Israeli missiles that were fired at Syrian positions before dawn Thursday, but some of the missiles hit their targets in Syria, the state TV reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/10 16:43:50

Iraqi forces cast ballots ahead of parliamentary election

Iraqi security personnel Thursday cast their votes across the country ahead of parliamentary election slated for Saturday, amid tight security.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/10 16:00:30

Scenery of Dana Village in Jordan

Tourists walk in Dana Village, Jordan, on May 9, 2018. The Dana Village area has been occupied since about 4,000 BC. Influenced by Paleolithic, Egyptian, Nabatean and Roman civilizations, the village today is inhabited mostly by clans of a tribe who settled since the Ottoman period.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/10 12:38:27