Palestinian woman’s death prompts soul-searching

When a young woman was admitted to Al Hussein hospital with a fractured spine and bruises on her body and face, doctors began to treat yet another case of traumatic injury. Everyone here was used to young patients arriving with devastating wounds. The hospital is located close to the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, whose streets lead past packed suburban refugee […]

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Attack on Saudis destabilises already volatile region

The Houthis say they did it; the United States insists that it was Iran; the Iranians deny any involvement. A predictable war of words has followed the dramatic attack on Saudi Arabia’s most important oil installations. The strikes have shown the remarkable vulnerability of oil facilities of central importance to the global economy. The Saudis – whose air campaign is […]

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Iran Rejects U.S. Accusation It Is Behind Saudi Attacks

Iran on Sunday forcefully rejected charges by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that it was responsible for drone attacks that caused serious damage to two crucial Saudi Arabian oil installations, with the foreign minister dismissing the remarks as “max deceit.” The attacks on Saturday, which hold the potential to disrupt global oil supplies, were claimed by Houthi rebels in Yemen. […]

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Syrian government artillery pounds south Idlib

BEIRUT (REUTERS) – Syrian troops shelled the south of Idlib on Sunday (Sept 15), according to rescuers and residents in the rebel stronghold, where a ceasefire had halted a fierce army offensive two weeks ago. Artillery fire has battered Maarat al-Numan town and nearby villages in the south Idlib countryside over the past two days, after warplanes struck there last […]

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Ballot stakes high for Israel's devout voters

Every time Aryeh Deri spoke of the dangers ahead for Israel’s most religious Jews, the sea of wide-brimmed black hats in front of him rippled with nods of agreement. Mr Deri, the leader of Shas, one of Israel’s two main ultra-Orthodox parties, had gathered his party faithful in a basketball arena for a major rally ahead of Tuesday’s election. Please […]

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US blames Saudi oil strikes on Iran

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blamed Iran for Saturday’s drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities. He dismissed a claim by Yemeni Houthi rebels that they had attacked the two facilities, run by state-owned company Aramco. Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said the strikes had reduced crude oil production by 5.7 million barrels a day – about half the kingdom’s […]

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Saudi oil facilities ablaze after drone strikes

Drone attacks have set alight two major oil facilities run by the state-owned company Aramco in Saudi Arabia, state media say. Footage showed flames and huge palls of smoke over Abqaiq, which has the world’s largest oil processing plant. A second drone attack also started fires in the Khurais oil field to the west. The fires are now under control […]

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Protesting against the Syrian war – in rap

Angered by the suffering of civilians in Syria’s war-torn province of Idlib, a young student there has come up with his own form of protest – rapping. Twenty-year-old Amir from the opposition-held town of Maarat al-Numan rages against just about all those involved in the fighting. President Bashar al-Assad, his Russian and Iranian allies, the extremist groups that dominate Idlib, […]

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Is ‘King’ Bibi’s crown slipping?

Benjamin Netanyahu has dominated Israeli politics for a decade. His grip on power has been extraordinary, vacuuming up multiple government positions – at one stage a meeting between prime minister and ministers of defence, foreign affairs and health would have theoretically consisted of him talking to himself. Supporters and opponents alike point to the leverage he has had over vast […]

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Australian jailed in Iran identified as Melbourne University academic

MELBOURNE (REUTERS) – A British-Australian woman jailed in Iran has been identified as Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a specialist in Middle East politics at the University of Melbourne. The academic’s family issued a statement through the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade saying they were in close contact with the Australian government, and thanking both the government and Moore-Gilbert’s university for […]

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