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ISRAEL – Israelis on edge

ISRAEL – Israelis on edge

JERUSALEM – Only days before President Donald Trump visits Jerusalem, Israeli politicians describe an atmosphere of “nervousness” and “confusion.” One politician put it more bluntly. “No one has any idea what the plan is.” A changing schedule and shifting locations have made planning for the visit difficult. Trump was scheduled to give his keynote address […]

IRAN – Coal mine explosion traps up to forty miners

IRAN – Coal mine explosion traps up to forty miners

TEHRAN – Up to 40 miners remain trapped after an explosion in a coal mine in northern Iran, state television has reported. The IRTV1 channel said that there had been no news about the miners’ health. They are believed to be 1,800m underground at the Zemestan-Yurt mine, near Azadshahr in the northern province of Golestan. […]

Egypt’s Coptic churches hit by deadly blasts on Palm Sunday

Egypt’s Coptic churches hit by deadly blasts on Palm Sunday

Source: BBC Two blasts targeting Coptic Christians in Egypt on Palm Sunday have killed at least 45 people, officials say. In Alexandria, an explosion outside St Mark’s Coptic church killed 16 people. Pope Tawadros II, head of the Coptic Church, had been attending Mass inside and was unhurt, state media reported. An earlier blast at […]

SYRIA – Damascus attaches conditions to UN inquiry

SYRIA – Damascus attaches conditions to UN inquiry

DAMASCUS – The Syrian foreign minister has set out conditions for any UN investigation into the deaths of dozens of people from a chemical agent on Tuesday. Walid Muallem told the BBC it would have to be non-political, involve “many countries” and “start from Damascus” before his government could accept. He denied Syria had dropped […]

SYRIA – Gas attack kills dozens

SYRIA – Gas attack kills dozens

BEIRUT –– A chemical weapons attack in an opposition-held town in northern Syria killed dozens of people on Tuesday, leaving residents gasping for breath and convulsing in the streets and overcrowded hospitals. The Trump administration blamed the Syrian government for the attack, one of the deadliest in years, and said Syria’s patrons, Russia and Iran, bore […]

IRAQ – Deadly airstrikes

IRAQ – Deadly airstrikes

MOSUL – At least 112 bodies have been pulled from the site of a US-led coalition airstrike in Mosul, senior Iraqi health official Ahmed Dubardani said Monday. The deaths have sparked renewed concerns about civilian casualties from coalition airstrikes targeting ISIS fighters in the city. A senior Iraqi military officer said a March 17 coalition […]

DUBAI – Driverless flying taxi set to launch

DUBAI – Driverless flying taxi set to launch

ABU DHABI – Dubai has announced yet another pioneering initiative, but this time it’s not the world’s first rotating skyscraper or 3D printed office. It’s a fleet of flying taxis. Small enough to fit into a car parking space when folded up, the one-seater passenger drones made by Chinese company Ehang are set to start […]

SYRIA – Suicide bombers strike Damascus

SYRIA – Suicide bombers strike Damascus

DAMASCUS – Suicide bombers hit the main judicial building and a restaurant in Damascus on Wednesday, killing at least 30 people, according to state media, spreading fear across Syria’s capital as the country’s civil war enters its seventh year. The first attacker struck inside the Justice Palace, located near the famous and crowded Hamidiyeh market. […]

652 children dead last year in Syrian conflict

652 children dead last year in Syrian conflict

DAMASCUS – More Syrian children were killed in 2016 than in any other year of the six-year conflict, making last year the worst on record for children in the war-torn nation, according to children’s charity UNICEF. At least 652 children died in the last 12 months, a 20 per cent increase on 2015, the organization […]

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