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Kerry and Lavrov holding talks on Syria ceasefire deal
Washington says snap meeting will cover how to put an end to fighting and further humanitarian aid for Syrian people.
725 points by Al Jazeera English | Syria Bashar al-Assad Hafez al-Assad Iraq Muhammad Naji al-Otari 2003 invasion of Iraq Jordan Levant
Israeli boycott activist seeks asylum in Canada
Gilad Paz, who has conducted most of his activism online, has not yet faced consequences, but fears official reaction.
2827 points by Al Jazeera English | Israel Gaza Strip Jordan Palestinian people Palestinian National Authority West Bank Human rights Palestinian territories
US air raid kills Syrian rebel commander, rebels say
Abu Hajer al Homsi, a founding member of Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, is killed in suspected US strike, rebel source says.
1288 points by Al Jazeera English | Bashar al-Assad Syria Iraq War Iraq Hafez al-Assad Jordan Levant History of Syria
One of Asia's best photography fairs opens
The third annual PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai exhibition -- one of Asia's largest photography showcases -- opens today in Shanghai, China.
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Boycott Israel City Council hearing gets heated; dozens removed
A heated holy war broke out at a City Council hearing Thursday.
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Abdullah al-Khateeb: Fighting to tell Yarmouk's story
Despite a recent assassination attempt, Palestinian activist continues to document life under siege in Syria.
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8 things you should know about Aleppo, including what it is
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson had some trouble recognizing the name of a major Syrian city on Thursday. “What is Aleppo?” he asked in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” (In his defense, he claimed that he thought it was an acronym.) We’re here to help.  1. What is Aleppo? ...
1256 points by Los Angeles Times | Syria Turkey Mesopotamia Jordan History of Syria Kibbeh Iraq Damascus
Black Lives Matter and Palestine: A historic alliance
A new generation of civil rights uprising has now picked up where the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s left off.
2477 points by Al Jazeera English | Israel Palestine Palestinian people Palestinian territories Social movement Syria Jordan Palestinian National Authority
The 2 big problems with Hillary Clinton's pledge to never send ground troops into Iraq and Syria
Blanket foreign policy promises are a bad idea, Part 431.
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Russia says Abbas, Netanyahu to meet in Moscow
Palestinian and Israeli leaders tentatively agreed to talks in Russia, Russia said Thursday.       
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Kids who survived violent migration face unimaginable horrors
The photo of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi’s body washed up on a beach one of the most indelible images of the Syrian refugee crisis.
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From war-torn Iraq to NY fashion week
It's early Autumn and Oday Shakar is carefully hemming his latest creation: a mauve lavender suede jacket, worn atop an ivory chiffon skirt with plissé inserts.
1265 points by CNN | Saddam Hussein Gulf War Jordan Iraq Baghdad 2003 invasion of Iraq United States Iran–Iraq War
The rise and rise of the border wall
There is a gap between rhetoric and reality when it comes to this geopolitical tool of choice.
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Syrian opposition vision for post-Assad era could work: UK's Johnson
LONDON (Reuters) - A blueprint for a political transition in Syria, due to be presented by an opposition group in London on Wednesday, offers the first credible picture of a peaceful Syria without President Bashar al-Assad, Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said.
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UN: Israel ignores demand to stop settlement building
UN Middle East envoy says Israel has failed to end illegal settlement activity and abide by UNSC Resolution 2334.
-1 points by Al Jazeera English | Israel West Bank Proposals for a Palestinian state Israeli settlement Palestinian National Authority Gaza Strip Jordan Second Intifada
By not taking refugees, the U.S. may make them more dangerous
Militants recruit unsettled refugees who have no other hopes or opportunities.
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Palestinians blame Israeli obstruction for declining West Bank tourism
The Palestinian National Authority has been making increased efforts to attract tourists to its historical religious sites. However, earnings from tourism are still meager with the West Bank under tight Israeli control. Read Full Article at RT.com
26 points by Russia Today | Israel West Bank Palestinian territories Jordan Palestinian people Palestine Gaza Strip Palestine Liberation Organization
Jordanians in Karak find unity in wake of tragedy
New initiatives aim to strengthen the town's sense of community, after a December ISIL attack that killed 10 people.
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Explosion in Cairo suburb kills one, injures three
Officials say one person killed and three members of his family injured when a device exploded in his backyard in Cairo.
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Woman who had terror conviction in Israel to be deported in plea deal
Rasmieh Odeh was convicted of lying on her application to enter the U.S. and be a U.S. citizen.       
-1 points by USA Today | Israel Palestinian people Jordan Terrorism Arab citizens of Israel U.S. state Immigration to the United States Second Intifada
Woman accused of terror to be deported under plea deal, no jail time
The case of a former Michigan resident was fiercely contested by both sides of the Arab-Israeli dispute        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Israel Palestinian people U.S. state Jordan Terrorism United States Arab citizens of Israel Appeal
Europe won’t follow US & UK gadget ban on flights from Middle East
European countries are not going to adopt the new safety regulations prohibiting electronics on flights from some Middle East airports, imposed by the US and Britain earlier this week. Read Full Article at RT.com
-1 points by Russia Today | Middle East Saudi Arabia North Africa Jordan United Arab Emirates Arabian Peninsula Arabic language Qatar
The Arab airlines using Trump's bans for marketing
Arab carriers use electronics ban for clever marketing ads, garnering thousands of clicks and reactions online.
741 points by Al Jazeera English | United Arab Emirates Arabian Peninsula Middle East Arab World Jordan Persian Gulf Arab League Western Asia
UN: 300,000 civilians at risk in Damascus fighting
'Starvation around the corner' if humanitarian aid is not allowed into besieged areas in the capital, UN officials say.
-1 points by Al Jazeera English | Syria Iraq Damascus Humanitarian aid Jordan Levant Rashidun Caliphate Golan Heights
Video: Israeli officer beats Palestinian in Jerusalem
Officer suspended from duty after video emerges showing him violently assaulting Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem.
-1 points by Al Jazeera English | Israel West Bank Palestinian National Authority Jordan Israel Defense Forces Jerusalem Palestinian people Proposals for a Palestinian state
Activist who didn't divulge Israel bombings will leave US
DETROIT (AP) — A Chicago Palestinian activist who didn't disclose her time in an Israeli prison when she got U.S. citizenship has agreed to plead guilty and leave the country.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Law Israel Member of Parliament 2007 United States Jordan Syria
Airline electronics ban: What you need to know
The US and UK have banned people flying from much of the Middle East and North Africa from carrying laptops, tablets and other large electronic devices in the airplane cabin because of concerns about terrorism.
-1 points by CNN | Middle East North Africa Asia Islam Jordan Arabic language Egypt Iran
US helicopters in daring assault against ISIS
Fighters in Syria have begun a major ground offensive, backed up by US forces, to retake a vital dam near Raqqa, Syria, from ISIS, a US official told CNN Wednesday.
-1 points by CNN | United States Marine Corps Syria Iraq Damascus Jordan Iraq War Fertile Crescent Kurdish people
Ex-officials: Israeli leader spurned secret peace offer
JERUSALEM — Israel's prime minister turned down a regional peace initiative last year that was brokered by then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, former American officials confirmed Sunday, in apparent contradiction to Benjamin Netanyahu's stated goal of involving regional Arab powers in resolving Israel's conflict with the Palestinians.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Israel Jordan Proposals for a Palestinian state Egypt Two-state solution Mahmoud Abbas Benjamin Netanyahu Palestinian National Authority
Timeline of attacks in Turkey
Bombings since start of 2015 have mostly been blamed on ISIL and armed Kurdish groups.
510 points by Al Jazeera English | Middle East Israel Saudi Arabia Capital punishment World War II Jordan Donald Trump European Union
Iran accused of undermining Middle East security
Foreign minister backs dialogue with 'brothers in Islam' but Saudi counterpart urges 'red lines' to halt Iran's actions.
1 points by Al Jazeera English | Middle East Arabic language United Arab Emirates Arabian Peninsula Iran Saudi Arabia Jordan United States
Report: Israeli leader turned down regional peace initiative
JERUSALEM — An Israeli newspaper reported Sunday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu turned down a regional peace initiative last year that was brokered by then-American Secretary of State John Kerry, in apparent contradiction to his stated goal of involving regional powers in resolving Israel's conflict with the Palestinians.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Israel Jordan Proposals for a Palestinian state Benjamin Netanyahu Yasser Arafat Mahmoud Abbas Two-state solution Palestinian National Authority
A year ago, Israel, Jordan and Egypt secretly met for peace: report
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met secretly a year ago with the leaders of Egypt and Jordan in a failed attempt by the Obama administration to convene a wider regional summit on Israeli-Palestinian peace, Israel's Haaretz daily said on Sunday.
-2 points by Reuters | Israel United States Barack Obama Democratic Party Jordan President of the United States Mahmoud Abbas George W. Bush
Iraqi government forces launch offensive on west Mosul
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says army launched operation in city's west, while fighting continues in the east.
160 points by Al Jazeera English | Iraq Tigris Euphrates Assyria Mosul Nineveh Jordan Shatt al-Arab
Death toll hits 59 in Baghdad car bombing claimed by Islamic State
A police officer and medical sources say the death toll from a car bomb attack in a southern Baghdad neighborhood has reached 59 with 66 more injured.  The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.  The Islamic State, in a statement issued early Friday, said its fighters detonated...
1 points by Los Angeles Times | Israel Jordan Islam Egypt Arab League Middle East Jerusalem Iraq
Saudi Arabia says four ISIL cells broken up
At least 18 arrested for providing shelter and funds to ISIL fighters and for recruitment in different parts of kingdom.
1226 points by Al Jazeera English | Saudi Arabia Arabian Peninsula Iraq Arabic language Jordan Medina United Arab Emirates Jeddah
Fighting intensifies in Syria's Deraa
Heavy Russian attacks reported after rebels try to obstruct Syrian government bid to retake strategic border crossing.
417 points by Al Jazeera English | Syria Golan Heights Bashar al-Assad Israel Jordan Hafez al-Assad Arabic language Iraq
U.S. Orders Slowdown of Refugee Resettlements
The U.S. State Department has ordered embassies to slow resettlement of refugees for the next few weeks and temporarily suspend it completely after March 3 as the numbers approach the annual cap of 50,000 set recently by President Trump.
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Deadly car bombing rocks Iraq's Baghdad
Attack in area full of car dealerships and garages is the latest in renewed wave of blasts to strike the Iraqi capital.
835 points by Al Jazeera English | Iraq Tigris Baghdad Euphrates Terrorism Jordan Improvised explosive device Car dealership
It's official: Our enemy is the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS
What’s in a name?The Islamic State terrorist group would be still be barbaric under any of its names         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | Iraq War Jordan Arabic language United States Department of Defense Israel Terrorism Levant President of the United States
Explained: Trump's Mideast rollback
US President Donald Trump has casually dumped five decades of US policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying he won't insist on a two-state solution and that he would simply "like the one that both parties like."
230 points by CNN | Israel Oslo Accords West Bank Proposals for a Palestinian state Palestinian National Authority Gaza Strip Jerusalem Jordan
Rift with Trump: UN and Arab heads endorse 2-state solution
JERUSALEM — The United Nations and the Arab League on Thursday issued a joint statement in support of the establishment of a Palestinian state, exposing a rift with President Donald Trump, who says it's up to Israel and the Palestinians to agree on the form of a final settlement.The statement came a day after Trump and the visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to endorse the two-state solution as the preferred outcome of peace talks, abandoning what has been the cornerstone of U.S.-led peace efforts for two decades.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Israel Proposals for a Palestinian state Palestinian National Authority Oslo Accords West Bank Jordan Palestinian territories Palestine Liberation Organization
Is the two-state solution dead?
A veteran Israeli negotiator once quipped to me that someone or something could just be dead -- or dead and buried.
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Trump backs off two-state solution for Israel, Palestine
President Donald Trump rejected the long-established US framework for Middle East peacemaking at a White House visit with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday as he announced his desire to reach "the ultimate deal."
1472 points by CNN | Israel Jordan Palestine Liberation Organization Saudi Arabia Palestinian National Authority West Bank Proposals for a Palestinian state Middle East
Trump and Netanyahu sidestep two-state solution for Mideast peace in their first summit
President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined Wednesday to commit to the long-standing search for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a shift favored by Israel’s right wing that could spark fresh turmoil in the Mideast. But Trump also appeared to catch...
102 points by Los Angeles Times | Israel Benjamin Netanyahu Proposals for a Palestinian state Jordan West Bank Jerusalem Oslo Accords Second Intifada
Vermont Air National Guard to return from Middle East
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - About 300 Vermont Air National Guard members will be returning soon from a three-month deployment in the Middle East. Members of the Guard's 158th Fighter Wing were deployed as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, supporting combat missions against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. They are ...
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Trump: Two-state solution not only way to achieve peace
US President says one-state or two-state solution possible as long as sides agree, after meeting Israeli PM Netanyahu.
321 points by Al Jazeera English | Israel Benjamin Netanyahu Jerusalem Jordan Tel Aviv Proposals for a Palestinian state Ariel Sharon Prime Minister of Israel
AP Analysis: Few good alternatives to Palestinian state
JERUSALEM — The Trump administration appears to be easing away from longstanding U.S. support for Palestinian statehood as the preferred outcome of Middle East peace efforts, which may please some allies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel. But the alternatives are few, and each comes with daunting and combustible complications, including for Israel itself.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Israel Jordan West Bank Gaza Strip Palestine Oslo Accords Proposals for a Palestinian state Palestinian territories
Jordan commander: IS expands hold in border camp for Syrians
JORDAN-SYRIA BORDER (AP) — Armed Islamic State extremists are expanding their influence in a sprawling camp for displaced Syrians on Jordan's border, posing a growing threat to the U.S.-allied kingdom, a senior Jordanian military commander said.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Jordan Golan Heights Israel Syria History of Syria Fertile Crescent Arabic language Mount Hermon
Trump asks Netanyahu to hold off on settlements, promises ‘great peace deal’
US President Donald Trump called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make compromises in order to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians, including holding off on the construction of new settlements. Read Full Article at RT.com
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