Syrians feel deserted as Turkey cracks down

Interior minister says ‘nothing like deportations’ are happening in Turkey as activists, rights groups document cases. Istanbul, Turkey – Ab Kinan’s* small-scale export business in Aksaray, Istanbul, has been closed for weeks, although not by choice. Turkish police arrived at the premises unannounced on July 23 and arrested Ab Kinan and a fellow Syrian colleague. Ab Kinan had lived in Turkey for […]

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British Airways, Lufthansa suspend flights to Cairo

Two airlines cite unspecified security concerns but give no details about what may have prompted the move. British Airways and Lufthansa have suspended flights to Egypt’s capital, Cairo, over unspecified security concerns, giving no details about what may have prompted the move. “We constantly review our security arrangements at all our airports around the world, and have suspended flights to […]

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Sudan: Ruling military council foils attempted coup: state TV

At least 16 military officers have been arrested in attempted coup d’etat, governing army council says. Sudan’s ruling military council (TMC) foiled an attempted military coup and at least 16 officers were arrested, state-run TV reported late on Thursday. The development comes as the TMC and protest movement leaders were in discussions on a power-sharing deal. “Officers and soldiers from the […]

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Haftar's forces release six Turkish detainees in Libya: Turkey FM

Khalifa Haftar’s forces release Turkish citizens detained in Libya after threat of military retaliation. Six Turkish citizens detained in Libya by forces loyal to renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar have been released, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry. The announcement came on Monday, a day after Turkey threatened the eastern Libyan militia with military retaliation, saying they faced becoming a […]

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Libya: Haftar bans flights, boats from Turkey

Spokesperson of Haftar’s LNA forces says Turkish aircraft and ships in Libyan waters will be treated as ‘hostile’. Libya’s renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar has banned commercial flights from Libya to Turkey and ordered his forces to attack Turkish ships and interests in the country, spokesperson Ahmed al-Mismari has said. Turkey supports Libya’s United Nations-recognised government in Tripoli which retook Gharyan, a strategic town south […]

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'Slightly illusory': Low expectations for US-led Bahrain workshop

Conference where the US will present part of the ‘deal of the century’ has little to do with peace, analysts say. As officials and businesspeople from the United States, Israel and several Arab states head to Bahrain for a US-led economic workshop on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, expectations for constructive outcomes are low. The two-day conference, which begins on Tuesday and […]

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Xi worried as 'extreme' US pressure on Iran raises tensions

Chinese president urges all parties to show restraint in comments made to Russian media before his visit to the country. Chinese President Xi Jinping has expressed concern over an increase in tensions in the Middle East owing to the “extreme pressure” by the United States on Iran and urged all sides to show restraint. In comments made to Russian media […]

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Qatar has moved on two years since blockade, analysts say

Solution to Gulf crisis not in the interests of blockading states, analysts say, two years after blockade against Qatar. As Qatar marks the second anniversary of being blockaded by four of its regional neighbours, there seems to be little interest in reconciliation from the parties involved, analysts say. Diplomatic and trade ties were severed by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab […]

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Tunisia accused of refusing to allow migrant boat to dock

Rights group and ship’s captain say Tunisia’s Zarzis port is not letting 75 migrants saved at sea from coming ashore. Tunisian authorities have stopped 75 migrants saved at sea from coming ashore, according to a rights group and the captain of the ship which rescued them. The migrants were adrift in international waters in a boat with a broken engine […]

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Saudi coalition hits Houthi positions in Yemen capital: Report

Saudi-led coalition’s reported attacks on Houthis in Sanaa come amid sharp escalation on both sides in recent days. A Saudi-led coalition has launched air attacks on Iran-allied Houthi forces in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, Saudi state television reported early on Saturday, part of an escalation of tit-for-tat attacks that has stoked regional tensions. The raids hit air-defence systems and other military […]

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