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Syrian air defenses destroy 2 Israeli missiles near Damascus

The Syrian air defenses responded to an Israeli missile strike in the capital Damascus' southern town of Kisweh on Tuesday evening, destroying two missiles.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/9 8:59:25

Israel's army orders residents to prepare shelters in Golan Heights

The Israeli military on Tuesday night ordered residents in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights to open the shelters, amidst "irregular activity" in Syria.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/9 8:43:34

Trump to announce Iran deal decision

US President Donald Trump will announce on Tuesday (US time) whether he will pull out of the Iran nuclear deal or stay in and work with European allies who have struggled to persuade him that it has successfully halted Iran's nuclear ambitions.
Source: Reuters | 2018/5/8 23:08:40

National Rifle Association picks Oliver North as leader

Oliver North, a key figure in the Iran-Contra arms sale scandal under US president Ronald Reagan, is set to become the next president of the National Rifle Association gun lobby.
Source: AFP | 2018/5/8 22:43:43

Abbas-centered PNC meeting reaffirms rejection of Trump's plan for Palestinian-Israeli conflict

With the conclusion of the recent meeting of the Palestinian National Council (PNC), the highest legislative body of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), observers believe its outcomes will further strengthen the Palestinian position against the "deal of the century" to be presented by US President Donald Trump to end the long-running Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/8 17:27:28

1st batch of rebels evacuates countryside of Syria's Hama, Homs provinces

The first batch of rebels and their families evacuated an area in central Syria on Monday night as part of a recent Russian-mediated deal, the state news agency SANA reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/8 11:06:12

Iran's president seeks world powers' help in nuke deal if US quits

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday sought for the assurance of parties involved in the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, except the United States, to help Iran preserve interests under the accord.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/8 9:11:19

Lebanon's interior minister announces elections result

Lebanon's Minister of Interior Nohad Machnouk announced Monday the official result of the parliamentary elections that were held on May 6.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/8 9:10:21

Military operations displace Palestinian refugees in Syria's Yarmouk Camp

Military operations in Syria's Yarmouk Camp in the outskirts of Damascus have displaced 7,000 people, the majority of them are Palestinian refugees, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/8 9:09:35

Iran's president gestures to remain in nuclear deal after US possible exit

President Hassan Rouhani on Monday, for the first time, hinted that Iran will likely remain in the nuclear deal even if the United States decides to pull out, official IRNA news agency reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/8 9:07:10

Hezbollah likely to win Lebanon vote

Hezbollah was poised to seal its dominance of Lebanon Monday with results for the country's first general election this decade expected to confirm the Iran-backed party as the main winner.
Source: AFP | 2018/5/7 23:13:41

Germany, France vow to stick to Iran deal if US pulls out

Germany and France on Monday vowed to stand by the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers even if the US pulls out, with the German foreign minister saying the world would be less safe without it.
Source: Reuters | 2018/5/7 23:13:40

Saudi-led airstrike hits presidential office in Yemen's Sanaa, kills 6

A powerful airstrike by Saudi-led coalition hit the headquarters of presidential office in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Monday, targeting a secret meeting of Iranian-allied Shiite Houthi leaders and killing at least six, security sources at the scene told Xinhua.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/7 20:21:00

PLO urges world to boycott Jerusalem US embassy opening

Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Saeb Erekat on Monday urged the international community to boycott the opening of the US embassy in Israel in Jerusalem next week.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/7 17:54:32

42 militants killed in latest airstrikes in Afghanistan: gov't

At least 42 militants were killed and 24 others wounded in separate airstrikes in Afghanistan within the past 24 hours, the country's defense ministry said Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/7 15:25:01

Tribal clashes kill 3 children in southern Libya

Three children were killed and five other people wounded late Sunday when fresh tribal clashes erupted in the southern Libyan city of Sabha.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/7 10:12:49

Libyan coast guard rescues 316 illegal migrants off western coast

The Libyan coast guard on Sunday rescued 316 illegal migrants of different African nationalities in three separate operations off the country's western coast.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/7 7:04:56

Rouhani's supporters

A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on May 6, 2018 shows President Hassan Rouhani addressing a large crowd during a rally in the northwestern city of Sabzevar. Rouhani said on May 6 that if the United States quits the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers then Washington would regret it "like never before."
Source: AFP | 2018/5/7 0:13:39