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Iraqis wave a national flag alongside a banner mourning the victims of a capsized ferry during a vigil in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on March 22, 2019. (AFP/ File)
March 23, 2019 - 09:49 GMT
Almost 100 people have died, mostly women and children, after a ferry sank on a swollen river in northern Iraq on Thursday during a holiday season.
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March 23, 2019 - 09:27 GMT
French security forces will be allowed to open fire if lives are threatened during the Yellow Vest protests to be held this weekend in Paris, according to media reports.
British Prime Minister Theresa May (AFP)
March 22, 2019 - 11:31 GMT
The EU agreed to a Brexit extension until May 22 if Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal is approved by the House of Commons, European Council President Donald Tusk said Thursday.
Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed (AFP)
March 22, 2019 - 09:27 GMT
Mohammed bin Zayed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, proposed to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to set up a covert program to assassinate Taliban leaders, a report says.
Druze men at the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights flash the V for victory sign as they look out across the southwestern Syrian province of Quneitra, visible across the border (AFP)
March 22, 2019 - 09:12 GMT
As his secretary of state swings through Israel on a Middle East trip, President Donald Trump said Thursday that the United States should "fully recognize" Israeli sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights.
Mourners pray while attending the funeral of Haji Mohammed Daoud Nabi, victim of New Zealand's twin mosque attacks, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Christchurch  (AFP)
March 22, 2019 - 06:00 GMT
UN human rights experts on Thursday described two mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand as “Islamophobic”.
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (AFP)
March 22, 2019 - 02:00 GMT
British Prime Minister Theresa May will ask the European Union Thursday to delay Brexit until June 30, buying her a few more months to get her deal approved in Parliament.
Iran's Revolutionary Guards (Twitter)
March 21, 2019 - 22:00 GMT
Iran's Revolutionary Guards are looking to take advantage of US sanctions on Tehran and expand its business interests into the country's gas industry, after US sanctions sparked an exodus of western companies.
Palestinian Muslims protest as Jews visit the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem escorted by security forces on March 14, 2019. AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP
March 21, 2019 - 18:23 GMT
At first, Israelis tried and succeeded using intimidation. Long after the 2003 decision to ban the use of the Bab Al Rahma (Gate of Mercy) site as office space for the Islamic Heritage Committee of Al Aqsa Mosque, run by activist Sheikh Raed Salah, the Israelis continued pressuring the Jerusalem Awqaf Department (endowment) to keep the location off limits. No explanation was given and the Jordanian-run Islamic awqaf would not challenge the decision in Israeli courts. Instead, Jordan used diplomatic efforts to get the decision reversed. For 16 years, the diplomatic track produced no results.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (AFP)
March 21, 2019 - 18:00 GMT
Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten should look to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for lessons on leadership, experts have claimed.
Britain's opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn (AFP)
March 21, 2019 - 16:38 GMT
UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is due in the Belgian capital Brussels later on Thursday to present to European leaders an "alternative" plan he has drawn up to take Britain out of the European Union (EU), as Prime Minister Theresa May struggles to win parliamentary support for her Brexit deal.
Manama Bahrain (Shutterstock)
March 21, 2019 - 16:25 GMT
A Bahraini NGO has criticized Manama's plan to host three Israeli speakers for the upcoming 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Congress, which will be held in the Bahraini capital from April 15 to 18.
Six people were killed in the bombings (Twitter)
March 21, 2019 - 13:51 GMT
A blast during a Persian New Year celebrations in a Shia area of the Afghan capital, authorities said, with at least six people were killed in the bombings.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (AFP)
March 21, 2019 - 13:33 GMT
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday hailed his country's close ties with Israel, saying the self-proclaimed Jewish state had “no better friend than the U.S.”
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on March 21 announced an immediate ban on the sale of assault rifles and semi-automatics in a muscular response to the Christchurch terror attack that killed 50 people.
Anthony WALLACE / AFP
March 21, 2019 - 11:02 GMT
While many could hardly shake the dismay from the deadly terror attacks at two mosques that killed 50 people in New Zealand, discussions over the motives of Australian terrorist Brenton Tarrant are now open to debate.
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March 21, 2019 - 10:43 GMT
Security forces have shot dead three terrorists in Western Tunisia’s Kasserine region, the Tunisian interior ministry said Wednesday.