Report: Turkey grants citizenship to leading Hamas exiles

Europe has been sent a terror warning after it emerged that senior leaders of the Hamas group were being granted Turkish passports. At least seven members of a group of 12 senior leadership figures who were expelled from their homeland and were using Turkey as a base had now obtained citizenship,


A week on from catastrophe, Lebanon remembers Beirut victims

Angry Lebanese said the government’s resignation on Monday did not come close to addressing the tragedy of last week’s Beirut explosion and demanded the removal of what they see as a corrupt ruling class to blame for the country’s woes.The blast at the Beirut port left a crater mor


The history of Makkah Grand Mosque’s expansion

Throughout history, Muslim caliphs and rulers responsible for Makkah, Islam’s holiest city, have gone to great lengths to guard, expand and care for the Grand Mosque.“The Grand Mosque is the place to which Muslims all over the world turn their faces when starting their prayers, so it was


Report reveals extent of Qatari infiltration in Germany

 A new report in German media has exposed how Qatar uses its vast wealth and charities to fund and infiltrate mosques, activate Muslim Brotherhood networks and buy influence across Germany. The newly released information is part of a horde of confidential documents delivered to a French jour


UN says nearly 3,500 Afghans killed or hurt in first half of 2020

More than 1,280 Afghan civilians have been killed in the first six months of the year as fighting rages in Afghanistan despite a pact between the United States and Taliban militants, the United Nations said on Monday.The violence, mainly between Afghan government forces and the Taliban, killed 1,282


Lebanon looks to China in hopes to secure investments, bring relief

The Associated Press, Beirut  - Facing a worsening economic crisis and with little chance of Western or oil-rich Arab countries providing assistance without substantial reforms, Lebanon’s cash-strapped government is looking east, hoping to secure investments from China that could bring re


White Supremacists Killed More Americans Than Muslim Extremists in Recent Years, Terrorism Report Shows

White supremacists have killed about nine times as many Americans as Muslim extremists have during terrorist attacks carried out in the U.S. in recent years, according to a report released Thursday by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism's Global Terrorism Da


Officer's lawyer seeks dismissal of George Floyd murder charges

A lawyer for one of four Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd is asking to have his client's case dismissed, saying there is not probable cause to charge him based on all of the evidence in the United States case and the law. In court filings (PDF) made public on Wednesd


The China-India Standoff and the Myth of a New Cold War

A recent report in Global Times, a state-owned Chinese daily, while commenting on the ongoing border standoff between China and India, advised India not to engage and get embroiled in the larger U.S.-China confrontation. Baked in the advice was also a subtle warning that becoming a U.S. front in the


Does The American University In Crisis Deserve All This Fuss?

In light of the country’s and AUB’s struggles as of late, all of this serves to question, if AUB doesn’t represent its student’s best interests, then who exactly does it represent?One thing is for certain: I owe everything I retain in my skill set to what I’ve learned i


Lebanese MPs fail to reach agreement on draft amnesty law

The Lebanese Parliament on Thursday failed to approve a draft law on general amnesty, after tensions rose during a vote and the Future Movement, led by former prime minister Saad Hariri, walked out of the legislative session. “They want to bring us back to square one,” he said. “E


For Lebanese families made poor by crisis, dinner means bread and no meat

At a street market in southern Beirut, Lebanese crowd around volunteers handing out free rations of bread and pasta, staples that have become a lifeline to families whose living standards have plunged during a financial crisis.“People can’t buy meat or fish anymore. Chicken is getting mo


UN probe: Both Koreas violate armistice in gunfire exchange

South Korea: A UN investigation into a recent exchange of gunfire between the two Koreas has determined that both countries violated the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War, the American-led UN Command said Tuesday.The May 3 gunfire exchange was the first shooting inside the Korean Demilitar


HRW: Displaced in Yemen at Heightened Covid-19 Risk

Civilians fleeing renewed fighting in northern Yemen are particularly vulnerable to the Covid-19 pandemic, Human Rights Watch said Friday. Fighting in Marib governorate between Houthi forces and the Saudi-led coalition and their Yemeni government allies has moved closer to overcrowded camps for int


US, China standoff ensnares WHO meeting on COVID-19 fight

Facing the most disruptive pandemic in generations, the technocratic halls of the World Health Organization are now the scene of pitched battles in an increasingly bitter proxy war between the China and the United States. At the U.N. health agency’s annual assembly this week, Chinese Presiden


Erdogan’s vast espionage apparatus helps him crack down on opponents

When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed an opening ceremony for the Turkish secret intelligence service’s new headquarters, he praised the country’s spies as “unsung heroes” who work day and night all over the world. With these remarks, Erdogan was clear about


After Muslim Brotherhood sympathizer Tawakkol Karman joins content board

Yemeni journalist and political activist Tawakkol Karman has complained of “widespread bullying and smear" after Facebook’s decision to induct her into its content Oversight Board plunged her into controversy. But what if her credibility was more at risk from her own words and actions th


Moscow’s coronavirus offensive

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, Russia appears to be observing the adage that you should never let a good crisis go to waste. Seeking to capitalize on the chaos and promote its own soft power, the Kremlin has taken Beijing’s lead and started love-bombing struggling nations with medical a





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