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Final push

Fighters of the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization) paramilitaries advance toward the city of al-Sharqat on Thursday, where Iraqi forces backed by Hashed al-Shaabi are preparing to retake the jihadist-held city of Hawijah, 300 kilometers from Baghdad. Photo: AFP
Source: AFP | 2017/9/21 23:08:40

Turkey, Iran, Iraq weigh response to Kurdish referendum

Turkey, Iran and Iraq have agreed to consider counter-measures against Kurdish northern Iraq over a planned independence referendum, Turkey's foreign ministry said on Thursday.
Source: Reuters | 2017/9/21 22:53:39

Iraq launches assault on remaining IS territory

Iraq brought all of its territory still held by the Islamic State group (IS) under attack Thursday, throwing the jihadists on the defensive across their self-proclaimed "caliphate" extending into neighboring Syria.
Source: AFP | 2017/9/21 22:43:39

Iraq, Iran, Turkey agree to counter Kurds' independence referendum

Iraq, Iran and Turkey agreed on taking countermeasures if the semi-autonomous Kurdish region insisted to hold an independence referendum in northern Iraq, said an official statement on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/21 19:28:48

Iraqi PM announces new offensive to free IS-held Hawijah

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday announced the launch of a new offensive to drive out Islamic State (IS) militants from the city of Hawijah in the western part of Iraq's oil-rich Kirkuk province.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/21 15:48:22

IMF mission to visit Jordan for economic review

A mission from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will visit Jordan in November to conduct a economic review as part of an Extended Fund Facility (EFF) program, a Jordanian official said on Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/21 7:13:02

President Trump says decisions on Iran nuclear deal made

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he had made a decision on the fate of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/21 7:12:32

Abbas at UN calls for end to "apartheid" for Palestinians

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas called Wednesday for an end to the "apartheid" that Israel had imposed on the Palestinians, local media reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/21 7:12:12

Yemeni army shoots down Houthi reconnaissance drone

Forces loyal to Yemen's internationally-backed government shot down on Wednesday an Iranian-made reconnaissance drone belonging to the Shiite Houthi group in the southern province of Lahj, a military official told Xinhua.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/21 7:10:54

Iranian president fights back at Trump over nuclear deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said here Wednesday that his country will preserve an international deal on Iran's nuclear program, but decisive response would be made to possible violation by the United States.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/21 7:09:55

Bahrain hires law firm to secure release of fishermen detained in Qatar

Bahrain's government on Wednesday announced it has hired a law firm to secure the release of 19 fishermen who were caught by Qatari authorities.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/21 2:26:56

Turkey deploys military reinforcements along Syrian border

Turkey has deployed fully equipped commando units as part of military reinforcements along its southern border with Syria, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Wednesday, citing a military source.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/21 2:21:04

Saudis set to lift ban on Internet calls

Saudi Arabia will remove its ban on Internet phone calls on Thursday, a government spokesperson has said, in a bid to stimulate online business as the kingdom looks to boost non-oil revenue.
Source: Reuters | 2017/9/20 22:38:40

Escaping disillusion: The skilled youth quitting Turkey

When Dilara left Turkey for Dubai five years ago, her friends said she'd made a mistake. The economy was flourishing, the cultural scene was vibrant and relations with the West warm.
Source: AFP | 2017/9/20 19:13:39

Palestinian farmers harvest dates in West Bank City of Jericho

A Palestinian farmer harvests dates at a palm field in Marj Nageh village at the north of the West Bank City of Jericho, on Sept. 19, 2017. The harvesting season for dates usually starts at the beginning of October.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/20 9:57:18

Qatar grants free visa for Pakistani tourists on arrival

Qatar has decided to grant free prompt tourist entry visa for Pakistanis on their arrival, Qatar news agency (QNA) reported Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/20 7:55:59

1st US military base in Israel unveiled to curb Iran

The first US permanent military base unveiled in Israel Tuesday reveals the two sides' readiness to enhance bilateral cooperation and further curb Iran.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/20 7:54:42

Russia accuses US, opposition of hampering Syrian gov't troops' advance

The Russian Defense Ministry on Tuesday accused the United States and the Syrian opposition of trying to hamper the successful advance of the Syrian government troops against Islamic State (IS) terrorists.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/20 2:15:27