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‘We Syrians are being used as political tools... yet again’

Despite last week’s US-brokered truce, fighting continues on the Turkish-Syrian borderIt’s an unusually hot autumn in the plains of southern Turkey, where in some places nothing but wire fencing is all that separates this country from the chaos that has engulfed Syria over the last eight years.Cotton, pistachio and olive trees grow on both sides of the border. But plumes of black smoke are only rising above towns on the Syrian side. Continue reading...
Tags: Turkey, Syria, Islamic State, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, War crimes, World news, Middle East and North Africa


Erdoğan threatens to 'crush the heads' of Kurdish fighters refusing to withdraw

Turkey-US deal asks Kurdish forces to vacate designated ‘safe zone’ in northern Syria during five-day ceasefireRecep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Turkish president, has said his country would “crush the heads” of Kurdish militants if they did not withdraw from a planned “safe zone” in northern Syria.On Thursday following an intervention from the US, Turkey agreed to pause its military offensive in north-eastern Syria for five days while Kurdish fighters withdrew from the safe zone.
Tags: Syria, Turkey, World news, Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Kurds, Middle East and North Africa


Archaeologists discover 30 ancient coffins in Luxor

Intricately carved coffins with mummies from 1000BC ‘biggest such find in over a century’ Egypt has revealed details of 30 ancient wooden coffins with mummies inside, which were discovered in the southern city of Luxor in the biggest find of its kind in more than a century.A team of Egyptian archaeologists found a “distinctive group of 30 coloured wooden coffins for men, women and children” in a cache at Al-Asasif cemetery on Luxor’s west bank, the ministry of antiquities said in a statement on ...
Tags: Egypt, Archaeology, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Africa


Archaeologists discover 30 ancient coffins with mummies in Luxor

Intricately-carved coffins from 1000BC ‘biggest such find in over a century’ Egypt has revealed details about 30 ancient wooden coffins with mummies inside, discovered in the southern city of Luxor, in the biggest find of its kind in more than a century.A team of Egyptian archaeologists discovered a “distinctive group of 30 coloured wooden coffins for men, women and children” in a cache at Al-Asasif cemetery on Luxor’s west bank, the ministry of antiquities said in a statement on Saturday. Conti...
Tags: Egypt, World news, Middle East and North Africa


Violence flares in Lebanon as protesters tell their leaders to go

Dozens wounded or held as warnings over economy spark biggest protests in decadeSecurity forces fired teargas and chased down protesters in Beirut on Friday after tens of thousands of people across Lebanon marched to demand the demise of a political elite they accuse of looting the economy to the point of collapse.Riot police in vehicles and on foot rounded up protesters, according to Reuters. They fired rubber bullets and teargas canisters, dispersing demonstrators in Beirut’s commercial distr...
Tags: Protest, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Beirut, Lebanon, Reuters


Violent clashes as protesters demand fall of Lebanon's political elite

Dozens wounded and detained as warnings over failing economy spark biggest protests in decadeSecurity forces fired teargas and chased down protesters in Beirut on Friday after tens of thousands of people across Lebanon marched to demand the demise of a political elite they accuse of looting the economy to the point of collapse.Riot police in vehicles and on foot rounded up protesters, according to Reuters. They fired rubber bullets and teargas canisters, dispersing demonstrators in Beirut’s comm...
Tags: World news, Middle East and North Africa, Beirut, Lebanon, Reuters


Belgium to evacuate Isis suspects from Syria detention camps

Other European states also preparing to repatriate citizens accused of Isis links via safe zoneBelgium and other European states are preparing to evacuate citizens accused of having links to Islamic State from detention camps in north-eastern Syria through a newly declared safe zone being carved out by Turkish forces along the border.Belgian officials informed family members of detainees held in two camps on Friday that they would attempt to take advantage of a five-day ceasefire to retrieve nat...
Tags: Isis, France, Germany, Islamic State, US, World news, Turkey, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Belgium, The Guardian, Mike Pence


Lebanon brought to a standstill by protests over economic crisis

Unrest could further destabilise country already carrying one of world’s biggest debtloadsNationwide protests have paralysed Lebanon as demonstrators blocked major roads on a second day of rallies against the government’s handling of a severe economic crisis.The protests, the largest since 2015 and could further destabilise a country whose economy is already on the verge of collapse and with one of the highest debt loads in the world. Continue reading...
Tags: World news, Middle East and North Africa, Lebanon


Fighting continues on Syria-Turkey border despite ceasefire

Artillery fire and ground clashes reported in violation of US-brokered five-day truceFighting is continuing on the border between Syria and Turkey, according to witnesses, despite an announcement from the US vice-president, Mike Pence, that Ankara had agreed to a five-day ceasefire to allow the US supervision of the withdrawal of Kurdish forces from the area.Intermittent artillery fire and ground clashes continued in the border town of Ras al-Ayn on Friday morning, one of the two main targets of...
Tags: Islamic State, US, World news, Turkey, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ankara, Mike Pence, Syria Turkey, Ras al Ayn, Syrian Democratic Forces SDF Continue


Americans want an end to forever wars. But that's not what Trump offers | Joshua Leifer

The president’s Syria withdrawal should be a warning to those too easily seduced by his erratic opposition to US foreign involvementThe American people are tired of war. After 18 years of continuous conflict – so long that fathers and sons have fought in the same war – fatigue and frustration with the exercise of US military force abroad pervade our political culture. This is not new. Nominally anti-war candidates have won the past three presidential elections. Indeed, one of the many perverse f...
Tags: Saudi Arabia, Iraq, US, World news, US foreign policy, Iran, Syria, Hillary Clinton, Middle East and North Africa, US military, Yemen, Donald Trump, Trump, Joshua Leifer


The future of burial: inside Jerusalem's hi-tech underground necropolis

With a dire shortage of land for graves, the holy city is reviving an ancient custom of underground burial – with lift access, LED lighting and golf buggiesCool air from deep inside the mountain lightly wafts through cavernous arched tunnels. Along the walls of the subterranean passages, rows of human-sized chambers have been dug into the rock. It is unmistakably a catacomb.Yet this mass tomb is not a relic of the Roman empire. It was made with huge electric diggers, and the walls are lined with...
Tags: Israel, Religion, Jerusalem, World news, Cities, Middle East and North Africa, Judaism


Pence and Erdoğan agree on ceasefire plan but Kurds reject 'occupation'

Mike Pence strikes deal with Turkish president in AnkaraAgreement appears to cement key Turkish objectivesThe Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has agreed with the US vice-president, Mike Pence, to suspend Ankara’s operation on Kurdish-led forces in north-east Syria for the next five days in order to allow Kurdish troops to withdraw, potentially halting the latest bloodshed in Syria’s long war.Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters would pull back from Turkey’s proposed 20-mile (32km) de...
Tags: Islamic State, US, World news, Turkey, US news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Kurds, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Donald Trump, Ankara, Mike Pence, Pence, Syrian Democratic Forces SDF, Mike Pompeo


Pence and Erdoğan agree on ceasefire plan to allow Kurdish withdrawal

Mike Pence strikes deal with Turkish president in AnkaraCeasefire in northern Syria to last five days The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has agreed with the US vice-president, Mike Pence, to suspend Ankara’s operation on Kurdish-led forces in north-east Syria for the next five days in order to allow Kurdish troops to withdraw, potentially halting the latest bloodshed in Syria’s long war.Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters would pull back from Turkey’s proposed 20-mile (32km) deep “...
Tags: Islamic State, US, World news, Turkey, US news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Kurds, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Donald Trump, Ankara, Mike Pence, Pence, Syrian Democratic Forces SDF, Mike Pompeo


What his letter to Erdoğan tells us about Donald Trump

US president’s letter to his Turkish counterpart is ‘the product of an amateur’, say criticsWe now know – not that there was ever much doubt – that Donald Trump writes presidential letters like he talks – with a blustery mix of flattery and threats. His letter to the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has all the charm and elegance of an eviction notice from a slumlord, but on White House stationery.Those who have observed him the longest say this is how he has always expressed himself. Th...
Tags: White House, US, World news, Turkey, US news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Kurds, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Donald Trump, Trump


What the letter to Erdoğan tells us about Donald Trump

Critics say Donald Trump’s letter to Turkish president ‘is product of an amateur’We now know – not that there was ever much doubt – that Donald Trump writes presidential letters like he talks – with a blustery mix of flattery and threats. His letter to the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has all the charm and elegance of an eviction notice from a slumlord, but on White House stationery.Those who have observed him the longest say this is how he has always expressed himself. The most rema...
Tags: White House, World news, Turkey, US news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Kurds, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Donald Trump, Trump


Shifting frontlines intensify Syria's humanitarian crisis

Aid agencies struggle to respond as 300,000 people are displaced from their homesShifting frontlines and allegiances in Syria are making it difficult to respond to the growing humanitarian crisis triggered by Turkey’s offensive on Kurdish-controlled parts of the country, aid groups have said.After eight days of the Turkish operation about 300,000 people have been displaced from their homes and at least 71 people killed in north-east Syria, according to the UN and a human rights monitor. Local of...
Tags: World news, Turkey, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Refugees, Aid, Kurds, Un, Humanitarian response


US delegation seeks Syria ceasefire after Trump undercuts mission

Mike Pence heads to Ankara as US president contradicts official assessment on Turkish offensiveA senior US delegation faces the mammoth task of pressuring Turkey to halt its offensive in north-east Syria or face US sanctions, hours after Donald Trump declared the US has no stake in defending Kurdish fighters who died by the thousands as America’s partners against Islamic State extremists.The US vice-president, Mike Pence, is leading the delegation to Ankara, along with the secretary of state, Mi...
Tags: White House, Islamic State, US, America, World news, Turkey, US news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Kurds, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Donald Trump, Trump, Ankara, Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo


Pelosi: Trump had 'meltdown' during White House meeting on Syria – as it happened

Speaker and Chuck Schumer say Trump ‘insulting’ and disrespectful after House voted overwhelmingly to condemn troop withdrawalSign up to the US briefing and get a new perspective 1.05am BST Most of the rest of the day was spent processing the White House meeting to talk about Syria and Turkey: 12.56am BST Of note: today marked President Trump’s 1,000th day in office.Today was Trump’s 1,000th day.Things he did:-Told Turkey & Syria to fight over sand-Pushed conspiracy in Oval Office-Bragge...
Tags: White House, US, World news, Turkey, US foreign policy, US news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, US politics, House, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Pelosi, Chuck Schumer


Pelosi: Trump had 'meltdown' during White House meeting on Syria – live

Speaker and Chuck Schumer say Trump ‘insulting’ and disrespectful after House voted overwhelmingly to condemn troop withdrawalSign up to the US briefing and get a new perspective 9.25pm BST An ABC News reporter noted that the Syria meeting marked the first face-to-face interaction between Trump and Nancy Pelosi since the House speaker formally launched an impeachment inquiry against the president late last month.Trump and Pelosi’s first face to face meeting since the impeachment inquiry bega...
Tags: White House, US, World news, Turkey, US foreign policy, US news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, US politics, House, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Abc News, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Pelosi


Trump calls decision to withdraw US troops from Syria 'strategically brilliant' – video

Donald Trump on Wednesday played down the crisis in Syria touched off by Turkey’s incursion against US-allied Kurdish forces, saying the conflict was between Turkey and Syria and that it was okay for Russia to help Damascus. The US president, speaking to reporters at the White House, said the Kurds were ‘no angels’Trump claims Kurds are ‘no angels’ as he praises Turkish offensive Continue reading...
Tags: White House, Russia, US, World news, Turkey, US news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Kurds, Donald Trump, Damascus, Trump


Trump backs decision to withdraw US troops from Syria as 'strategically brilliant' – video

Donald Trump on Wednesday played down the crisis in Syria touched off by Turkey’s incursion against US-allied Kurdish forces, saying the conflict was between Turkey and Syria and that it was okay for Russia to help Damascus. The US president, speaking to reporters at the White House, said the Kurds were ‘no angels’Trump claims Kurds are ‘no angels’ as he praises Turkish offensive Continue reading...
Tags: White House, Russia, US, World news, Turkey, US news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Kurds, Donald Trump, Damascus, Trump


Moroccan journalist jailed for 'illegal abortion' pardoned by king

Hajar Raissouni says in statement from prison that she was targeted for her work as as a journalist A Moroccan journalist sentenced to a year in prison for an illegal abortion and premarital sex has been pardoned by the country’s king in the latest twist of a case which has come to symbolize repression of women’s rights and freedom of speech.Hajar Raissouni was found guilty of charges of “having an illegal abortion and sexual relations outside marriage”. Her fiancé, Prof Rifaat al-Amin, was also...
Tags: Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Morocco, Hajar Raissouni, Prof Rifaat al Amin, Mohammed Jamal Belkeziz


UK shifts stance on helping British orphans escape Syria

Special forces could be involved in rescuing orphans and unaccompanied minorsBritain will consider repatriating orphans and unaccompanied children in north-east Syria if they are alerted to their presence by local military or aid agencies.Home Office officials said the UK would assist British orphans trapped in Syria after the Turkish invasion, reversing a previous policy that children had to be taken out of the country before they might get any help. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Home Office


Trump claims Kurds are 'no angels' as he praises Turkish offensive

President’s assertion undercuts US mission to Turkey aimed at urging Erdoğan to halt offensiveDonald Trump has hailed his decision to withdraw US troops in Syria, paving way for a Turkish offensive, as “strategically brilliant”, declaring that the Kurds he had abandoned were “much safer now” and were anyway “not angels”.The president’s remarks contradicted the official assessment of both the state and defence departments that the Turkish offensive was a disaster for regional stability and the fi...
Tags: Politics, Russia, US, World news, Turkey, US news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Kurds, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Donald Trump, Trump, Isis Continue, Mike Pompeo


Trump claims Kurds 'no angels' as he boasts of his own 'brilliant' strategy

President’s assertion undercuts US mission to Turkey aimed at urging Erdoğan to halt offensiveDonald Trump has hailed his decision to withdraw US troops in Syria, paving way for a Turkish offensive, as “strategically brilliant”, declaring that the Kurds he had abandoned were “much safer now” and were anyway “not angels”.The president’s remarks contradicted the official assessment of both the state and defence departments that the Turkish offensive was a disaster for regional stability and the fi...
Tags: Politics, Russia, US, World news, Turkey, US news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Kurds, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Donald Trump, Trump, Isis Continue, Mike Pompeo


Iran to limit inspectors' access to its nuclear facilities

Move is country’s fourth step away from nuclear deal signed in 2015Iran will further reduce its commitment to the nuclear deal signed with world powers by limiting the access of international inspectors to its nuclear sites, senior Iranian MPs have revealed.The move expected at the beginning of November will be the fourth Iranian step away from the deal, and puts pressure on three European states – France, Germany and the UK – to make some form of counter-move. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, UK, France, Saudi Arabia, European Union, World news, US news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Hassan Rouhani, Donald Trump, Iran's Nuclear Programme, Iran Nuclear Deal, France Germany


Trump claims Kurds are 'much safer' as US troops leave Syria

President’s assertion undercuts US mission to Turkey aimed at urging Erdoğan to halt offensiveDonald Trump has hailed his decision to withdraw US troops in Syria, paving way for a Turkish offensive, as “strategically brilliant”, declaring that the Kurds he had abandoned were “much safer now” and were anyway “not angels”.The president’s remarks contradicted the official assessment of both the state and defence departments that the Turkish offensive was a disaster for regional stability and the fi...
Tags: Politics, Russia, US, World news, Turkey, US news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Kurds, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Donald Trump, Trump, Isis Continue, Mike Pompeo


Italian coastguard finds bodies of migrants who drowned at sea

Boat carrying 50 people capsized off island of Lampedusa last weekItalian authorities have found the bodies of at least 12 people who drowned last week after a boat capsized in rough seas off the island of Lampedusa.Photos released by the Italian coastguard showed some of the clothed bodies floating at a depth of about 60 metres (200ft). Among them was a woman who drowned while embracing her child of about eight months. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Migration, Italy, Refugees, Libya, Human Trafficking, Tunisia, Lampedusa


Bodies of migrants who died at sea located by Italian authorities

Boat carrying 50 people capsized off island of Lampedusa last weekItalian authorities announced on Tuesday they have located the bodies of at least 12 people who drowned last week after a boat capsized in rough seas off the Italian island of Lampedusa.In photos released by the Italian coast guard some of the bodies can be seen, with their clothes still on, floating at a depth of about 60 meters. Among them is a woman who drowned while embracing her child of about eight months. Continue reading....
Tags: Europe, Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Migration, Italy, Refugees, Libya, Human Trafficking, Tunisia, Lampedusa


Europe can’t keep shutting its eyes to the disaster in Syria | Natalie Nougayrède

We have to break out of our narrow navel-gazing: this is the Spanish civil war of our timesThese past few days have been a watershed for Europe. I’m not thinking about Brexit, but about Syria – which increasingly looks like our 21st-century Spanish civil war. Western and European defeat in Syria (by which I mean political and moral, not just military defeat) has parallels with the 1930s when democracies were unable or unwilling to stand up to authoritarians when it mattered, or even to play any ...
Tags: Europe, Islamic State, European Union, World news, Turkey, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Donald Trump, Brexit, Natalie Nougayrède, Russia Iran



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