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Avoid further bloodshed, UN chief urges, as Gaza violence leaves dozens dead

Following reports that dozens of Palestinians have been killed, demonstrating along the border of the Gaza Strip on Monday, UN chief António Guterres urged both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to show restraint.  … [Read More...]

Iraqis vote in first election since ISIL defeat; UN chief hails polls as progress on path to stronger democracy

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has congratulated the people of Iraq on the holding yesterday of the first national parliamentary elections since the country declared victory over Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Dae'sh) … [Read More...]

Afghanistan: End attacks on civilians, prosecute perpetrators, says senior UN rights official

A top United Nations rights official has welcomed the Afghan Government’s “undeniable commitment” to improving an often “dire” human rights record, while also voicing concern over continued attacks on civilians ahead of key elections later in the … [Read More...]

Avoid ‘new conflagration’ urges UN chief, in wake of military escalation in Golan

The United Nations chief has called for an immediate halt to all hostile acts and provocative actions to “avoid a new conflagration” in the Middle East, following reported exchanges of artillery fire over the Golan Heights. … [Read More...]

Today’s News Summaries LINK – May 10, 2018

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‘Uphold international humanitarian law’ UN chief tells parties to Yemen conflict

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres expressed deep concern on Wednesday over the “recent and sharp escalation” in the Yemen conflict, calling on all parties to make civilian protection a priority. … [Read More...]

‘Uphold international humanitarian law’ UN chief tells parties to Yemen conflict

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres expressed deep concern on Wednesday over the “recent and sharp escalation” in the Yemen conflict, calling on all parties to make civilian protection a priority. … [Read More...]

Iran deal represents ‘significant verification gain’– UN atomic energy chief

Speaking the day after the United States withdrew from an international agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme, the head of the United Nations atomic watchdog agency made it clear that Iran has consistently stuck to its commitments. … [Read More...]

Lebanon elections ‘vital step’ in democracy-building: UN chief

Congratulating Lebanon on holding parliamentary elections on Sunday , United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on the country’s political leaders to work in "a spirit of unity". … [Read More...]

UN chief ‘deeply concerned’ by US decision to exit Iran nuclear deal

Following a decision on Tuesday by the United States to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, the United Nations chief said he was “deeply concerned” by the move, and called on all parties to preserve the deal. … [Read More...]

Islamic State quotes Qur’an in threatening mass murder at World Cup

The poster says: “‘So strike [them] upon the necks and strike from them every fingertip’ Al Anfal Verse 12” Al Anfal Verse 12 is Qur’an 8:12. The Islamic State is saying that if it does carry out a jihad massacre at the … [Read More...]

Hezbollah allies gain in Lebanon vote, underscoring Iran sway

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Hezbollah and its political allies made significant gains in Lebanon's parliamentary election, official results showed, boosting an Iranian-backed movement fiercely opposed to Israel and underlining Tehran's growing regional … [Read More...]

Iran in the US Backyard

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif went on a tour of six Latin American nations in 2016. Iran's diplomatic efforts resulted in, among other things, access to the use of Venezuelan territory to advance Iran's solid rocket-fuel … [Read More...]

Iran’s Influence in Iraq: Hegemony Through Powerful Militias

Iran has maintained a significant interest in Iraq for many years, acting as a safe haven for dissidents from Saddam Hussain’s regime and, following the 2003 intervention, taking up a role as both a major political actor and providing support … [Read More...]

Smugglers see thousands of migrants in Yemen as ‘a commodity’, UN agency warns

With an estimated 7,000 migrants entering Yemen each month, most of them seeking to reach Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, the United Nations migration agency on Tuesday called for greater efforts to protect them from smugglers and other … [Read More...]

“I’m going to kill all of those who mocked me, my faith, Muhammad my savior and Allah”

This message has appeared on Pastebin (thanks to Maurice), purporting to be from a Lafayette College student who claimed he had planted bombs around the campus. The message may be authentic, and may not, but its claims weren’t: no bombs were … [Read More...]

Abbas is not the problem

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' outrageous remarks about Jews may have rocked the world, but they also exposed the international community's disinterest in the positions held by Abbas and the Palestinians in general. In 1977, Abbas … [Read More...]

The West Betrays the Kurds

The Western media have ignored the fate of the Kurds, the people who defeated ISIS for us. UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson tweeted, "Turkey is right to want to keep its borders secure". The West gave the Turks a green light to massacre the … [Read More...]

In Gaza, setting fire to their own gas lines to fuel the flames of protest

The vandalism caused by protesters at Kerem Shalom site isn't just an expression of rage against Israel, but also against the Palestinian AuthorityA Palestinian slings a shot by burning tires during clashes with Israeli forces across the border, east … [Read More...]

GRAPEVINE: Diplomatic exodus?

A new quarter will be created in Jerusalem for the establishment of embassies that will relocate to the capital. An almond tree blossoms in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem neighborhood. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST) CONSTRUCTION … [Read More...]