Bahrain PM calls Qatar emir in rare contact amid Gulf dispute

State-run Bahraini news agency describes the phone call as ‘restricted’ to Ramadan greetings. Bahrain’s long-serving prime minister has called Qatar’s emir to mark the start of the holy month of Ramadan in a rare contact between Doha and the countries boycotting it. Bahrain’s state-run news agency acknowledged the call between Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and Qatar’s Emir, Sheikh […]

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Syria bombs 'safe zone', killing four civilians

Schools, health facilities and residential areas have all been hit, making it the worst barrel bombing in 15 months. The United Nations has condemned what it calls the worst barrel bombing campaign by the regime in Syria in over a year. Government air raids on a rebel-held area in the northwest killed at least four people, including children. Al Jazeera’s […]

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Qatar says no invitation to emergency summits in Saudi Arabia

Saudi king proposed holding two summits to discuss implications of last week’s drone attacks on oil installations. Qatar has not received an invitation to two summits, a foreign ministry official said, in apparent reference to emergency meetings of Gulf and Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia earmarked for this month after attacks on Saudi oil assets. On Sunday, Saudi King Salman […]

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Sudan in transition: Protesters call to dismantle army influence

On April 11, former President Omar al-Bashir lost the game of power to Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. For 30 years, former President Omar al-Bashir created sub-armies and militias to ensure his political survival. But some of al-Bashir’s closest generals overthrew him and dismantled his entire power base earlier last month. Al Jazeera’s Mohamed Vall reports from Khartoum, on how […]

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Displaced Syrians at risk of losing homes under new property law

Under a new property law issued by the Syrian government in early April, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people have been told to lay claim to their homes by early May or risk forfeiting them to the state. Millions of privately-owned homes could be seized by the government in Syria under a new property law. Syrians have until […]

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Turkey expels Israeli consul in spat over Gaza killings

Expulsion is latest development in strained relations as Ankara criticises killing of more than 60 Palestinians in Gaza. Turkey’s foreign ministry has asked Israel’s consul-general in Istanbul to leave the country “for some time”, after Israeli forces killed more than 60 Palestinians during protests in the Gaza Strip. On Tuesday, the ministry made a similar call to Israel’s ambassador to […]

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White Helmets vows to continue despite 'US funding freeze'

Search-and-rescue group White Helments says work ‘will not be halted’ amid US administration ‘review’ of its funding. The Syrian Civil Defence – or White Helmets – says its work in rebel-held parts of Syria “has not been disrupted” after reports emerged the US had frozen support for the search-and-rescue group and placed it “under active review”. The head of the […]

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Iraq election: Al-Abadi will have to negotiate his future

The incumbent prime minister did not win the majority he was expecting to in Iraq’s election, trailing behind Muqtada al-Sadr’s Sairoon Alliance and Hadi al-Amiri’s Fatah. The vote dealt a blow to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, whose Nasr alliance is trailing in third place. But with no group winning a majority, he could still be a major player.   Al […]

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Will the Lebanese vote in parliamentary elections?

New electoral law has citizens divided over upcoming general election happening for the first time in years. Beirut, Lebanon – The last parliamentary elections in Lebanon were held nine years ago. Since then, the country has seen its executive body sit vacant for two years, watched parliament extend its tenure twice, and witnessed a prime minister abruptly resign and just as suddenly retract his […]

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Trump vows 'major decision'; Putin warns against 'provocation'

Heated US-Russia exchange erupts and Security Council holds urgent meeting amid outrage over suspected chemical attack. A war of words has broken out between Moscow and Washington over a suspected chemical attack in a Syrian rebel-held town, as calls grow for an international response to the incident amid an urgent United Nations Security Council meeting. Rescue teams and medics have […]

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