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Palestinians in financial crisis after Israeli, US moves

AFP Ramallah, Palestinian Territories The Palestinian Authority faces a suffocating financial crisis after deep US aid cuts and an Israeli move to withhold tax transfers, sparking fears for the stability of the West Bank. The ..

Erdogan urges fight against Islamophobia ‘like anti-Semitism’

AFP Istanbul Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday called on the world to fight back against Islamophobia in the same way it responded to anti-Semitism after the Holocaust, following the deadly attacks on two New Zealand ..

AFP Beirut Top US diplomat Mike Pompeo landed in Lebanon Friday on the latest leg of his journey across the Middle East focused on building a regional united front against Iran. He flew in from Israel a day after he became the first ..

Gaza City: Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire in renewed clashes along the Gaza border Friday, the health ministry in the enclave said. The clashes took place a week before the first anniversary of the weekly protests, when ..

Geneva: The UN Human Rights Council decided Friday to increase the presence of UN monitors in the Gaza Strip, after a report found that Israel’s shooting of Palestinian protestors could amount to crimes against humanity. The ..

Istanbul: An appeals court in Ankara on Friday upheld the life sentences of 37 people accused of attempting to assassinate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, state news agency Anadolu reported. The 37 defendants, all ..

AFP Mosul, Iraq The capsizing of a Tigris River ferry packed with families celebrating Kurdish New Year in Mosul left at least 100 people dead, mostly women and children, the Iraqi interior ministry said on Friday, as grief and anger ..

AFP Damascus Syria, its allies, and fellow states in the region Friday condemned US President Donald Trump’s pledge to recognise Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights slamming the move as a violation of international law. Trump ..

AFP Algiers Tens of thousands of Algerians once again staged huge demonstrations Friday, a month after ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s bid for a fifth term sparked a protest movement that shows little sign of abating. ..

Massive rallies Despite bad weather, a two-kilometre (over a mile) long column of people snaked through one of the main streets of the capital Algiers to rally at the Grand Post Office in the city centre. Like the past two Fridays, the ..