Iraqi party leader slams judicial interference in polls

Iraqi party leader slams judicial interference in polls

Ammar al-Hakim, head of Iraq’s National Wisdom movement, has criticised the Iraqi judiciary for taking over the responsibilities of the country’s official electoral commission amid an ongoing dispute over results of May 12 parliamentary polls. Addressing supporters in Baghdad, al-Hakim, a prominent Shia cleric, warned that “the insertion of the judiciary into the electoral process, […]

UN envoy in Yemen for emergency talks on Hodeidah crisis

UN envoy in Yemen for emergency talks on Hodeidah crisis

UN envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths disembarks at Sanaa international airport on Saturday (AFP) The UN envoy for Yemen held emergency talks in rebel-controlled capital Sanaa on Saturday over the key aid port of Hodeidah, where a regional coalition is battling Houthi rebel fighters. Martin Griffiths was believed to be pushing a deal for rebel […]

Kimberley Process must suspend Israel

Kimberley Process must suspend Israel

Human Rights Campaigners say Kimberley Process Must Suspend Israel and Ban Israeli Diamonds Exports, according to their press release. A global coalition of organisations working for justice and peace in Palestine have called on the EU to seek the suspension of Israel from the Kimberley Process and a ban on Israel diamond exports at next […]

European Islamic State fighters traded back to militant group: Report

European Islamic State fighters traded back to militant group: Report

The Syrian Democratic Forces say they do not have the capacity to hold IS prisoners indefinitely (AFP) Western-backed forces in Syria have released Europeans captured allegedly fighting for the Islamic State group (IS) back to the militants under secret deals, according to a British newspaper report on Friday. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) – a […]

Vermont National Guard's medical unit departs for Middle East deployment

Vermont National Guard's medical unit departs for Middle East deployment

Buy Photo Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger and Gov. Phil Scott watch as six Black Hawk helicopters take off for a deployment to the Middle East on June 14, 2018(Photo: JESS ALOE/FREE PRESS)Buy Photo SOUTH BURLINGTON — Six Vermont National Guard Black Hawk helicopters rose into the air at 9 a.m, Thursday. Then, with hundreds of […]

UN to hold talks with Russia, Iran, Turkey on Syria

UN to hold talks with Russia, Iran, Turkey on Syria

UN envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura said yesterday that that he will meet with Russian, Iranian and Turkish officials in Geneva to discuss the formation of a Constitutional Committee in Syria. De Mistura said in a brief statement that he will meet the officials on 18 and 19 June, adding that other countries, which […]

Palestinian forces break up Ramallah protest in support of Gaza

Palestinian forces break up Ramallah protest in support of Gaza

Palestinian security forces fired stun grenades and tear gas to disperse an anti-government protest in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, as hundreds demonstrated against the Palestinian Authority’s punitive measures against the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. Throngs of protesters in Ramallah chanted and hoisted signs before they were quickly cut off when Palestinian National Security Forces […]

Morocco: Terrorist attacks down in 2017

Morocco: Terrorist attacks down in 2017

The number of terrorist attacks recorded in Morocco decreased in 2017, the head of the public prosecution revealed yesterday. Some 161 terrorism cases were registered with the Attorney General in 2017, Mohamed Abdel-Nabawi said, down from 251 in 2016. While the number of suspects brought to trial were 358 last year compared to 410 the […]

Palestinian cultural groups urge Eurovision to boycott Israel

Palestinian cultural groups urge Eurovision to boycott Israel

Palestinian cultural groups and journalists are urging a boycott of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest to be hosted by Israel, in a new statement published Tuesday. The statement, signed by the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate and network of Palestinian cultural organizations, “call on members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), participating states, contestants and the wider […]

Facebook Announces Arabic Language For iPhone

Facebook Announces Arabic Language For iPhone

Keeping in mind the MENA region’s requirements and capabilities, Facebook has announced that Arabic is now available as a language on the most recent version of Facebook for iPhone. Arabic had already been an existing language for desktop and Android, and will now provide the region more accessibility to the Apple market. Nearly 169 million […]

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