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Israeli scholars decipher Dead Sea Scrolls

Israeli scholars have pieced together and deciphered one of two previously unread manuscripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls more than half a century since their discovery, an Israeli university has said.
Source: AFP | 2018/1/22 22:23:40

Books not bombs: Syrian students didn't let war interrupt quest for knowledge

Sputnik Arabic has obtained an exclusive first-hand look into a Syrian scientific Olympiad for schoolchildren, held in spite of the tremendous problems facing their country in its long and painful war against terrorism.
Source: sputniknews.com | 2018/1/22 21:55:09

US urges Turkey to exercise restraint in northwest Syria

US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert on Sunday urged Turkey to exercise restraint in its military operations in northwest Syria.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/22 11:20:36

UN, aid partners launch largest consolidated humanitarian appeal for Yemen

With the crisis in war-ravaged Yemen continuing to deteriorate, United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners have launched a 2.96-billion-US dollar response plan to reach over 13 million people with lifesaving assistance.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/22 11:18:07

Red Cross committee provides medial assistance to Libyan hospitals

The International Committee of the Red Cross said Sunday that emergency medical assistance has been provided to two Libyan hospitals.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/22 9:28:22

Mediterranean states seek to address regional issues of common concern

Foreign ministers of the Western Mediterranean countries pleaded Sunday in Algiers for strengthened dialogue and consultation over regional issues of common interest, the illegal migration in particular.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/22 9:26:28

High alert

An Afghan soldier stands guard as smoke billows from the Intercontinental Hotel during a fight between gunmen and Afghan security forces in Kabul on Sunday. Gunmen stormed the hotel killing at least six people, including a foreigner, sparking a 12 hour fight with security forces. Photo: AFP
Source: AFP | 2018/1/21 23:23:40

Pence says US will support two-state deal in Middle East

Vice President Mike Pence told Egypt's leader on Saturday the US would support a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians if the two sides agreed to it, seeking to reassure a key Arab ally over President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Source: Reuters | 2018/1/21 22:33:39

Turkish forces push into northern Syria

Turkish ground forces pushed into northern Syria's Afrin province on Sunday, the army said, after Turkey launched artillery and air strikes on a US-backed Kurdish militia it aims to sweep from its border.
Source: Reuters | 2018/1/21 22:28:40

Turkey informs Russia, US before military operation in Syria's Afrin

Turkish top general had informed his Russian and US counterparts ahead of a military operation launched by Turkey's army against Syria's Afrin on Saturday, local NTV broadcaster reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/21 9:05:20

Trump reaffirms Jerusalem holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims in letter to Moroccan king

In his letter to the Moroccan king, US President Trump affirmed "the importance of the city of Jerusalem for the followers of Judaism, Christianity and Islam," the Moroccan official MAP news agency reported on Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/21 8:39:42

Int'l players vie for upper hand in northern Syria following IS defeat

When the Islamic State (IS) was in its best shape, the international efforts were focused on the battles to defeat the terror-designated group.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/20 8:04:45

Syria vows military response to possible Turkish military campaign

Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad on Thursday warned that his country will respond militarily to possible Turkish military campaign in northern Syria, state news agency SANA reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/19 6:57:36

Iraqi parliament postpones session on elections' date amid political row

The Iraqi parliament Thursday postponed its session for two days due to a lack of quorum after the lawmakers failed on whether to approve the date of general elections on May 12, or delay the elections to the end of the year, amid debate among political blocs.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/19 6:40:05

Russian FM calls for preservation of Iran nuclear deal

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday stressed the importance of preserving the international agreement on Iran's nuclear program, saying failure of the deal would send "an alarming message for the entire international security architecture."
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/19 6:37:09

Israel confirms reaching deal with Jordan to solve crisis over deadly embassy shooting

Israel confirmed Thursday an agreement was reached with Jordan to resume full diplomatic ties, after a seven-month crisis caused by the killing of two Jordanian citizens by an Israeli security guard.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/19 6:34:54

Over 200,000 people displaced in Syria's Idlib in 30 days: UN

Fighting in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib has displaced last month more than 200,000 people -- some for the second time during the war -- impacting support for civilians, the chief UN spokesman said on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/1/19 6:31:58

Warnings of a fallout loom after US freezes funding for UN Palestinian refugee agency

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees warned on Wednesday it is facing its worst funding crisis ever after the White House froze tens of millions of dollars in contributions, a move Palestinian leaders decried as cruel and blatantly biased.
Source: AFP | 2018/1/18 19:13:39