Stop the Rise of Smoking in Africa and the Middle East

Stop the Rise of Smoking in Africa and the Middle East

As tobacco use has steadily declined in most of the world, two large regions are bucking the trend: In the Middle East and Africa, 180 million men are predicted to be smoking by 2025 — twice as many as in 2000. Smoking rates are rising fastest in low- and middle-income countries in these regions, where […]

Hamas calls on UN to approve UNRWA budget

Hamas calls on UN to approve UNRWA budget

The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) has called on the UN to approve the budget of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) as part of the global body’s main budget. “The UN should take a responsible decision by approving the agency’s budget as part of its primary budget,” the  Palestinian group said in […]

World Cup: Angry Morocco are not leaving quietly

World Cup: Angry Morocco are not leaving quietly

Morocco will play their final World Cup match with a big chip on their shoulders, with their coach taking a few early parting shots at referees and officials on Sunday ahead of the team’s Group B clash with Spain,  Reuters reports. A still-fuming Morocco coach Herve Renard seemed to be more focused on the 1-0 loss […]

Meet the creative that's shaking up the Middle East's art scene

Meet the creative that's shaking up the Middle East's art scene

If you’ve experienced even a slight, fleeting interest in the burgeoning Middle Eastern art scene, chances are you’ve already come across Najd Al Taher. Her work is distinguished by the eerily paradoxical; sometimes with jarring balaclavas in peony-pink tones, and other times, abaya-clad ladies ironically lit by fluorescent LED lights. With an affinity for “mixing […]

US-backed force ousts Islamic State from Syria's Hasakeh province

US-backed force ousts Islamic State from Syria's Hasakeh province

Syrian security forces guard market street in Syria’s Hasakeh earlier in June (AFP file photo) US-backed fighters have ousted the last Islamic State (IS) group militants from Syria’s northeast province of Hasakeh, the force and a monitor said late Saturday. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters backed by the […]

Syrian forces press southwest assault, defying US

Syrian forces press southwest assault, defying US

Syrian government forces shell rebel-held neighbourhood in Daraa earlier this month (AFP) Syrian government helicopters dropped barrel bombs on opposition areas in the southwest on Friday for the first time in a year, a war monitor and rebel officials said, in defiance of US demands that President Bashar al-Assad halt the assault. Assad has sworn […]

Yemen's Houthis indicate willingness to hand over port to UN

Yemen's Houthis indicate willingness to hand over port to UN

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis have indicated they would be willing to hand over management of Hodeidah port to the United Nations, a potential breakthrough in a conflict that has caused the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, sources familiar with the efforts said, Reuters reports. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have pledged a swift military operation to […]

Turkish elections: Where has Erdogan's 'economic miracle' gone?

Turkish elections: Where has Erdogan's 'economic miracle' gone?

When Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) swept into power in elections in 2002, Turkey had just received the first part of what would eventually be a $20bn International Monetary Fund bailout. Decades of secular rule, when governments perceived as threats to the secularism and stability of the republic were periodically removed by […]

US strongly condemns attacks on Libyan oil ports

US strongly condemns attacks on Libyan oil ports

The United States on Wednesday strongly condemned recent attacks on Libyan oil ports by militia loyal to Ibrahim Jathran and called for “all armed actors” to withdraw immediately from oil installations, the US State Department said. Read: Haftar forces attack important oil sites in Libya “The United States believes these vital Libyan resources must remain under […]

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