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Efforts by international experts to examine the scene of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria have been delayed again after a UN risk assessment team came under fire. Shots were fired when a security team visited Douma on Tuesday to prepare for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons inspectors’ visit. Nobody was […]

A UN convoy delivering urgently needed aid to the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area of Syria has cut short its mission and left the enclave amid shelling. A UN refugee agency official said the convoy – the first since mid-February – delivered as much as it could in Douma town and left after nearly nine hours. […]

The UN Secretary General has demanded an immediate end to fighting in the Eastern Ghouta in Syria, describing the rebel enclave as a “hell on earth”.  The UN security council is being urged to consider a resolution which calls for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria. The Eastern Ghouta has been under fierce bombardment from government […]

The United Nations called on Tuesday for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Syria of at least a month, as heavy air strikes were reported to have killed scores of people in the last major rebel stronghold near Damascus. U.N. officials in Syria called for fighting to stop to enable aid deliveries and the evacuation of […]

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 […]

Fears of instability are high as casualties were reported after protests over lack of basic services and delayed and reduced salaries turned violent yesterday. The protests in cities across Sulaimani and Halabja provinces turned violent when demonstrators clashed with riot police and security forces in several cities on Monday. The KRG said that while the […]

Mission accomplished everyone. Or is it? Don’t start celebrating just yet says a senior US commander in Iraq. Lt Gen Stephen Townsend has warned that the war against the Islamic State (IS) is not over, despite the “historic” victory in Mosul. While people celebrated Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s announcement, Townsend said the Iraqi government is […]

It’s not Middle East drama, this time it’s Pacific. The US has said it will use its “considerable military forces” on North Korea “if we must”, following Tuesday’s long-range missile test. US ambassador Nikki Haley said a new resolution will also be tabled against Pyongyang at the United Nations. Meanwhile in Iraq, unlike the Gulf […]

US President Donald Trump reversed his stance on NATO which had alarmed allies during his campaign. President Trump was quoted making the following comment: “I said it was obsolete…it’s no longer obsolete.” While hosting the NATO Secretary General at the White House, President Trump said the threat of terrorism had underlined the alliance’s importance. He called […]


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