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Israeli parliament meets to vote on new coalition government

Israel's parliament has begun its session to hold a vote of confidence in a new grand coalition government that brings together unlikely bedfellows including right-wing nationalist Naftali Bennett and centrist former TV host Yair Lapid and Arab Islamist Mansour Abbas. If successful on Sunday, the

Israel’s Netanyahu Lashes out as End of his Era Draws Near

In what appear to be the final days of his historic 12-year rule, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not leaving the political stage quietly. The longtime leader is accusing his opponents of betraying their voters, and some have needed special security protection. Netanyahu says he is

Iran's second presidential debate turns into a referendum on outgoing president

Iran’s presidential candidates faced off on Tuesday in the country’s second electoral debate, only 10 days before polls open. While the fiery first round yielded few coherent answers, its follow-up was dull, confusing and left little room for direct discussion. Viewers and the candid

Torture victims detail suffering at hands of Iranian election candidate

As Iran prepares for presidential elections on June 18, citizens have spoken out about the torture and abuse they received at the hands of candidate Ebrahim Raisi, current head of the judiciary. He is accused of having been central to the 1988 massacre of Iranian political prisoners. It is allege

Putin chafes at US, criticizes response to pro-Trump Capitol rioters

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday set a tough tone for his upcoming summit with US President Joe Biden, accusing Washington of trying to contain Russia and citing its response to the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol as a manifestation of the West’s double standards.Speaking at th

No ‘provoking’: Israeli defense minister vows quieter tone with US

 Israel’s visiting defense minister said Thursday that it will stay engaged as the US tries to return to a nuclear deal with Iran, sidestepping what’s long been an area of open disagreement between the United States and the now-jeopardized government of Prime Minister Benjamin Net

Egypt pushes for Palestinian national dialogue amid prisoner swap negotiations

Egypt's intelligence chief Abbas Kamel urged Palestinian factions to achieve national reconciliation, as he discussed shoring up an informal ceasefire brokered by Cairo. Mr Kamel held the meeting in the Gaza Strip a day after talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, 

Saudi Arabia updates decision to limit loudspeaker use for mosques

Saudi Arabia’s Islamic affairs minister has approved the use of external loudspeakers at full volume during Eid and Friday prayers at mosques around the kingdom. This comes after the government curbed the volume last week, in response to public complaints. The latest decision was made

Israel and Egypt talk Gaza 'permanent ceasefire'

Israel held talks with Egypt on Sunday to discuss a permanent truce with militants in Gaza. Ministers met in Cairo and Jerusalem after a temporary ceasefire was agreed to on May 21. In Cairo, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met his Israeli counterpart, Gabi Ashkenazi, as part of wha

Israeli politics: Is this the end of Netanyahu's leadership?

Political parties opposing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could announce a coalition to oust the long-time leader as early as Sunday, Israeli media reported. After four inconclusive parliamentary elections in two years, a 28-day mandate for opposition leader Yair Lapid – who runs

UN rights chief urges independent probe into deaths in Colombia

The UN rights chief voiced alarm Sunday at deadly clashes in the Colombian city of Cali, calling for an independent investigation and accountability for the violence. Pointing to reports that 14 people had died since Friday amid massive anti-government protests in Colombia’s third-largest c

Palestine’s UN envoy calls for international action to end Israeli occupation

The next phase of international diplomacy to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must focus on ending Israel’s occupation and establishing an independent Palestinian state, according to Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the UN. He told Arab News said that efforts at the UN r

What are Assad’s priorities likely to be when he kicks off his first post-war mandate?

Syria’s President Bashar Assad has won a fourth term in office with 95 percent of the vote in a ballot dismissed abroad as a “farce.”With the conflict mostly on hold but his country’s economy in ruins, what are Assad’s priorities likely to be when he kicks off his fir

Ex-Speaker Ryan to Republican Party: Reject Trump and ‘2nd-rate imitations’

Emerging from two years of relative silence, former House Speaker Paul Ryan joined the fight against Donald Trump on Thursday, urging fellow conservatives to reject the former president's divisive politics and those Republican leaders who emulate him.Ryan made his remarks during an evening address

Security Council denounces Syrian election as a ‘charade’ and ‘grotesque joke’

Wednesday’s presidential election in Syria was a “charade” and a “grotesque joke,” according to the UK’s representative on the UN Security Council. Other members described the poll as “null and void” and “an insult to democracy.” The com

Blinken turns to ‘effective partner’ Egypt to calm Middle East

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken jetted to Egypt on Wednesday as he pressed ahead with a diplomatic mission aimed at shoring up a cease-fire that ended an 11-day war between Israel and the Gaza Strip’s ruling Hamas militant group.Blinken landed in Cairo a day after holding intensive talk

Will Gaza ceasefire herald greater US engagement in Israel-Palestine conflict?

US President Joe Biden took a diplomatic victory lap on Thursday after a ceasefire that ended the 11-day conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. Speaking from the White House shortly after the ceasefire was declared, Mr Biden lauded his team and praised Egypt for it

Israel-Palestinian cease-fire comes into force

A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist movement which controls the Gaza Strip, came into force early Friday after 11 days of deadly fighting that pounded the Palestinian enclave and forced countless Israelis to seek shelter from rockets.Celebrations were heard on Gaza streets in the m