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In Wake of Gaza Massacre, Israeli Leaders Should Be Prosecuted for War Crimes

By Marjorie Cohn On March 30, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers shot 773 unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza, killing 17 and wounding 1,400. Twenty remain in critical condition. The protesters were marching to demand the internationally mandated right of return of refugees to their cities and villages in what now constitutes Israel. …

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Syria’s Douma faces catastrophe, says council, as assault grinds on

Syria’s rebel-held city of Douma faces a “catastrophic” situation after becoming the main haven for thousands of people fleeing advances by government forces into eastern Ghouta, its local council said on Monday. Hundreds of people have been killed in the Syrian army’s fierce air and artillery bombardment of eastern Ghouta …

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Abbas, Haley exchange strong criticism over Middle East at U.N. Security Council

With President Trump’s Middle East peace envoys looking on, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday accused the Trump administration of abdicating its commitment to a peace settlement and an independent Palestinian state. Abbas, the leader on whom three U.S. presidents have hung hopes for successful negotiations, all but wrote …

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North Korea says new U.N. sanctions an act of war

The latest U.N. sanctions against North Korea are an act of war and tantamount to a complete economic blockade against the country, North Korea’s foreign ministry said on Sunday, threatening to punish those who supported the measure. The U.N. Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Friday …

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Oman’s tourism sector witnesses rapid progress

With major projects such as the Oman Convention Bureau and the new Muscat International Airport nearing completion, the tourism and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) industries in Oman are set to undergo a major expansion in the coming years, according to the Sultanate’s Ministry of Tourism (MOT). In an …

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Pope Francis avoids the term Rohingya in Burma speech following meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi

Perhaps as important as what Pope Francis said during his key speech in Burma on Tuesday was what he didn’t say. Speculation had mainly circled around the question of whether the pope would use the term “Rohingya” to describe the country’s Muslim minority, which has been the target of a brutal military “clearance operation.” Rohingya Muslims are not officially recognized as …

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Vladimir Putin’s diplomatic push in Middle East seals both Syria’s fate and diminishing role of the US in the region

Exactly one year ago, Syrian President Bashar al Assad, with Russia’s help, was laying waste to the last rebel-held neighbourhoods of Aleppo. Cluster bombs and bunker-busters fell out of the sky “like rain”, one resident said at the time. Children mistook the bright lights of phosphorous munitions for fireworks. The …

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Saudi Arabia: Missile intercepted near Riyadh

Saudi Arabia says it has intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen, after a loud explosion was heard near Riyadh airport on Saturday evening. The missile was destroyed over the capital and fragments landed in the airport area, officials quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency said. A TV channel …

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North Korea appears to have a new Internet connection — thanks to the help of a state-owned Russian firm

A state-owned Russian telecommunications firm has given North Korea a new Internet connection, potentially increasing Pyongyang’s ability to stage cyberattacks and protect the embattled country’s online infrastructure. The new connection was first spotted by Internet analysts at Oracle Dyn, who noted that a new connection for North Koreans provided by the Russian …

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