Middle East

2016 ‘deadliest year’ for West Bank children in decade

2016 ‘deadliest year’ for West Bank children in decade

Israeli forces have killed more Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in 2016 than any other year in the last decade, rights group Defence for Children International (DCI) has said. The organisation’s chapter in the occupied Palestinian territories recorded the killings of 32 Palestinian children (under 18), making 2016 “the deadliest […]

Starving Yemenis resort to eating rubbish

Starving Yemenis resort to eating rubbish

Sanaa – Mahdi Abdulla’s hollow cheeks, skeletal body and pale skin all speak to his living misery. The 45-year-old Sanaa resident has no job and no money to buy food. Today, there is just one place to which he knows he can turn for help: The dump. “For several months, I have been out of […]

Why don’t we stand with Turkey, like we did with Paris and Orlando?

Why don’t we stand with Turkey, like we did with Paris and Orlando?

Night was coming on as I arrived in Heathrow airport on Tuesday. In a waiting lounge at the airport’s central bus station, the urgent and meretricious tones of the television news could be heard. A gang of homicidal thugs had massacred 41 innocent people and injured 239 at Turkey’s Ataturk airport. But then, right there, the […]

Turkish police searching for Istanbul nightclub attacker

Turkish police searching for Istanbul nightclub attacker

Turkish police continue the manhunt for an unidentified attacker who went on a deadly shooting rampage at a nightclub in Istanbul just over an hour into the New Year. Fresh details have emerged on the terror attack, with Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu saying police and intelligence officials are now piecing together the clues they have […]

Israel mulls bill to confiscate more Palestinian land: Minister

Israel mulls bill to confiscate more Palestinian land: Minister

The Tel Aviv regime plans to put forward a bill by the end of this month to annex more Palestinian land in the West Bank despite a recent UN resolution against illegal settlement activities in the occupied territories. “Before the end of January, we, together with all the coalition parties, will propose a bill for […]

Record number of refugees opt to leave in 2016

Record number of refugees opt to leave in 2016

Nearly 55,000 migrants and refugees who were not eligible for or were likely to be denied asylum left Germany voluntarily in 2016, up by 20,000 from the number who left of their own volition in 2015, according to government officials. Germany has toughened its stance on immigration in recent months, prompted by concerns about security […]

John Kerry warns Israel over peace deal with Palestinians

John Kerry warns Israel over peace deal with Palestinians

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said the prospect of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal based on a two-state solution is in grave jeopardy. And he insisted UN condemnation of illegal Jewish settlements on occupied land was in line with American values. Israel’s PM said Mr Kerry’s speech was “obsessively focused” on settlements. Earlier, US […]

Netanyahu threatned New Zealand backing UN vote would be declaration of war

Netanyahu threatned New Zealand backing UN vote would be declaration of war

Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly told New Zealand’s foreign minister that support for a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlement-building in the occupied territories would be viewed as a “declaration of war”. According to reports in Israeli media, the Israeli PM called Murray McCully, the foreign minister of New Zealand, before Friday’s resolution, which was co-sponsored by Wellington. […]

Saudi collects 145 mln riyals for Syrians in 1 day

Saudi collects 145 mln riyals for Syrians in 1 day

The total amount of donations collected by the Saudi popular campaign to aid the Syrian people has so far reached 143,100,000 Saudi riyals, according to Dr. Abdullah al-Rabeeah, the general supervisor of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman had initially launched this humanitarian aid campaign on Tuesday to collect 100 […]

Idlib overwhelmed by influx of Aleppo’s wounded

Idlib overwhelmed by influx of Aleppo’s wounded

When surgeon Mounir Hakimi operated on five-month-old Maram in the Syrian province of Idlib last week, the horrific extent of her injuries quickly became clear. “She lost both her parents in an air strike, has multiple fractures, a wound in her abdomen, and has lost lots of skin,” Hakimi told Al Jazeera. “We feared she might […]