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Shelling kills 16 in northern Syria’s Afrin: Monitor

Shelling of the rebel-held city of Afrin in northern Syria killed at least 16 people Saturday, many of them when a hospital was struck, a war monitor said.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a doctor, three hospital staff, three women and a child died at Al-Shifaa hospital in the city whi

Egypt and Sudan will confront any unilateral Ethiopian action on the Renaissance Dam — FM

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Saturday that he anticipates negotiations with Ethiopia over the Grand Renaissance Dam will continue to falter.Speaking during a television program on Sada El-Balad channel, Shoukry said that the Nile waters concern every Egyptian, and the gover

Lebanon’s Sunni leaders renew support for Hariri

 The Supreme Islamic Sharia Council, which represents the Sunni community and its leaders in Lebanon, has renewed its support for Saad Hariri, the prime minister-designate, amid an escalating dispute over the failure to form a government in the country.   After a lengthy meeting on Sat

Election for ‘new Algeria’ gets low turnout amid opposition boycott

Voter turnout was low midway through the day as Algerians voted on Saturday for a new parliament in an election with a majority of novice independent candidates running under new rules meant to satisfy demands of pro-democracy protesters and open the way to a “new Algeria.” Tension su

Tunisia: Organisations hold PM responsible for deviation of security establishment

Tunisian organisations and syndicates on Friday held Prime Minister and Acting Minister of the Interior Hichem Mechichi directly responsible for what they described as "the deviation of the security establishment". This came in a joint statement signed by 43 Tunisian organisations, associations a

Egypt's irrigation minister accuses Ethiopia of spoiling Sudan's drinking stations

Egypt's Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel Aty announced on Friday that Ethiopia had spoiled drinking stations in Sudan by releasing muddy waters without informing the downstream countries. This came during a meeting between Abdel Aty and Ayman Aqil, president of Maat

15-year-old Palestinian shot dead by Israeli soldiers

A Palestinian teenager died on Friday after the Israeli Army shot him during clashes in the West Bank, Palestinian medics and the Health Ministry said.“Mohammad Said Hamayel, 15, died in clashes” with Israeli forces near Beita, south of Nablus, the Palestinian Red Crescent said.The Pal

Algeria votes for new parliament for first time since Bouteflika’s exit

Polling stations opened Saturday in Algeria's first parliamentary election since a popular uprising forced longtime autocratic president Abdelaziz Bouteflika from office in 2019. The vote is meant to satisfy demands of pro-democracy protesters and turn a new leaf for the troubled, albeit gas

Algeria to elect parliament amid protest movement boycott

 Algeria holds a parliamentary election on Saturday under the shadow of a protest movement boycott and deep skepticism the North African nation can escape political paralysis and worsening economic crisis.The poll comes as authorities seek to bolster their legitimacy and take the wind out of

Israeli troops disguised as Arabs kill 2 Palestinian security officers, fighter

 Israeli troops shot and killed three Palestinians, including two security officers, in a shootout that erupted in the occupied West Bank town of Jenin during what appeared to be an Israeli arrest raid overnight, Palestinian officials said on Thursday.A spokesman for Palestinian President Mah

Macron announces Sahel troop drawdown, calls for new force

 President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday announced a major drawdown of France’s military presence in the Sahel and the end of the existing Barkhane operation.“The time has come: Our commitment in the Sahel will not continue in the same way,” Macron told a press conference.&ldq

King Abdullah forms committee to oversee ‘qualitative leap’ in Jordan’s political system

Jordan’s King Abdullah II has appointed former prime minister Samir Rifai to lead a powerful new committee tasked with overhauling the kingdom’s political system. The 92-member body was announced on Thursday and will draft “modern” election and political party laws and sug

Sudan billionaire urges more vaccines for Africa

Billionaire philanthropist Mo Ibrahim is sharply criticizing the hoarding of COVID-19 vaccines by wealthy nations, urging the international community to “walk the talk” of equitable distribution as Africa desperately lags behind. Ibrahim, a British mobile phone magnate who was born in

Three Palestinians killed in clash with Israeli forces

Three Palestinians were killed early Thursday by special Israeli forces who were on an arrest mission in the northern West Bank, sources on both sides said.One of the Palestinians killed was suspected of having carried out a shooting attack against Israeli soldiers, an Israeli security official sa

1,500 Palestinian home face demolition in Jerusalem's Silwan

The Israeli-run Jerusalem Municipality on Monday issued demolition orders to dozens of Palestinian families of Al-Bustan suburb in occupied East Jerusalem's Silwan neighbourhood. The demolition notice stated: "We wanted to inform you that we will carry out the demolition according to the court's

Algeria: president praises protest movement and condemns normalisation with Israel

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has told Al-Jazeera that the Hirak protest movement saved the state thanks to its peaceful nature. In his first interview with the broadcaster, Tebboune also criticised the normalisation agreements between Arab states and Israel in the absence of p

Coronavirus cases falling in Egypt

Coronavirus cases have begun to fall in Egypt, the country’s health minister confirmed on Wednesday. Hala Zayed said that bed occupancy rates in hospital quarantine wards are also declining. She said that along with the World Health Organization, “we are currently documenting the pub

Lebanon's Hezbollah chief Nasrallah reassures on health, thanks supporters

Lebanon's Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said his health was good and thanked all who had asked after him in a televised speech on Tuesday, Reuters reported. "A human being is a human being, you get sick or tired sometimes," Nasrallah said. Nasrallah had appeared unwell in his