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 An estimated 5,000 people have been displaced by clashes between Turkish-led forces and Kurdish fighters in north-western Syria. The civilians have fled communities near the border since Turkey launched an offensive to drive a Kurdish militia out of the Afrin region on Saturday. Some are reported to have been prevented from crossing into territory controlled […]

The US embassy will move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem before the end of 2019, Vice-President Mike Pence has said. The date is earlier than some had expected when President Donald Trump declared last month that Jerusalem was Israel’s capital and ordered the start of preparations for the embassy move. Pence made the announcement in […]

The United Nations Security Council said it would hold an emergency session on Monday to discuss the situation in Syria following Turkish cross-border operations at France’s request. The French Foreign Ministry called for a session to address Turkey’s attack on the Syrian Kurds in Afrin and added that all issues need to be resolved through […]

Turkish war planes have launched air strikes on Kurdish fighters in Afrin in northern Syria in a move likely to raise tensions with the US. The US-backed YPG says at least nine people were killed in the air strikes. Turkey had been shelling the area for two days, ahead of the start of its military […]

Sunni parties in the Iraqi Parliament on Wednesday called for the postponement of the parliamentary and provincial council elections in Iraq later this year. One of the largest Sunni blocs in the Iraqi Parliament, demanded the election—scheduled for May 12, 2018— be postponed for at least a year as the necessary conditions for holding the […]

Turkey’s president has warned of imminent military offensives on two Kurdish-held areas in northern Syria, as tanks and troops gather on the border. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Syrian rebels would support Turkish efforts to clear the “terror nests” of Afrin and Manbij. The areas are controlled by the YPG, which Ankara considers a terrorist group […]

Kurdish and Iraqi delegates have agreed for the Kurdistan Region airports to reopen under the Iraqi civil aviation authority, one of a list of recommendations to be presented to the Iraqi government for approval. A delegation from the oil ministry also met with Kurdish officials in Erbil set the ground for an oil-for-budget agreement. No […]

Two activists charged with taking part in Iran’s widespread protests have reportedly been tortured to death in prison. A 24-year-old Kurd died in Sanandaj prison in Iranian Kurdistan and while another 26-year-old died in Chalus prison in northern Iran. The reports also come as Iran lifted the ban on the Telegram messaging app Saturday night. Meanwhile, […]

In a complete reverse of his previous position, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has reached an agreement with Hashd al-Shaabi factions to allow them to run in the upcoming spring elections as a united coalition. The coalition, led by Abadi, is called Nasr al-Iraq and will allegedly work alongside the State of Law coalition, led […]

Thousands of Iranians who have been sentenced to death for drug crimes could be spared following a softening in the country’s law. Capital punishment has been abolished for some drug offences, and the head of the judiciary has said all cases on death row can be reviewed. The move is set to be applied retrospectively, […]

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