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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)
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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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.

March 22, 2019

British Prime Minister Theresa May (AFP)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.

March 21, 2019

Iran's Revolutionary Guards (Twitter)
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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.
10:43 GMT
Security forces have shot dead three terrorists in Western Tunisia’s Kasserine region, the Tunisian interior ministry said Wednesday.
Quds Force (Twitter)
10:38 GMT
The US State Department refused to comment on press reports indicating differences within President Donald Trump’s administration on the decision to add the Quds Force, the foreign arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and other Iraqi Shiite militias to a terror list.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stands next to the eternal flame at a ceremony commemorating the six million Jews killed by the Nazis during the Holocaus (AFP)
10:33 GMT
Top US diplomat Mike Pompeo accused US Democrats of anti-Semitism on Wednesday, following controversial comments by a Muslim congresswoman over American support for Israel.
10:29 GMT
Lebanese intelligence announced a Lebanese-Canadian dual national had been arrested on suspicion of spying for Israel.
US President Donald Trump  (AFP)
10:23 GMT
US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the Islamic State's last bastion in Syria will be "gone" by the end of the day.
A boy with the flag of Lebanon (Shutterstock)
09:42 GMT
Watchdogs voiced fears Wednesday that next month’s by-election in Tripoli might do away with pre-printed ballots.
09:33 GMT
General Security head Abbas Ibrahim said he supported the voluntary and safe return of Syrian refugees without waiting for a political solution to the conflict there, in remarks published Thursday by local daily Al-Akhbar.
Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz (Twitter)
09:06 GMT
Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and Moroccan King Mohammed VI reviewed the “brotherly and friendly” relations between the two countries during a telephone call, state news agency SPA said Wednesday.
Dead Sea Tragedy Jordan (Twitter)
08:27 GMT
The government on Wednesday announced the measures it implemented in accordance with reports and recommendations by committees formed to investigate last year’s Dead Sea tragedy that killed 21 people, mostly schoolchildren.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (AFP)
08:22 GMT
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was condemned on Wednesday for “vile, offensive and reckless” comments after last week’s Christchurch mosque terrorist attacks.
Jordan's King Abdullah II (AFP)
07:56 GMT
King Abdullah on Wednesday reiterated his stand on the Palestinian issue, stressing “my position on Jerusalem is unwavering”.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (AFP)
07:53 GMT
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced an immediate ban on the sale of all military-style semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles, fulfilling her promise to reform gun laws less than a week after terror attacks killed 50 Muslims at two mosques in the country.
Hungarian Prime Minister and Chairman of FIDESZ party Viktor Orban reacts after delivering his state of the nation speech in front of his party members and sympathizers at Varkert Bazar cultural center in Budapest. (AFP)
06:00 GMT
When European Parliament’s largest and most influential political party votes today on whether or not to expel Hungary’s right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his Fidesz party
US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference with Brazil's President. (AFP/ File Photo)
02:00 GMT
The United States has imposed fresh sanctions against the Venezuelan government, now targeting a state-owned mining company.

March 20, 2019

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (AFP)
18:00 GMT
Another top Canadian official quit Monday over a widening scandal that threatens Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's administration for its handling of a corruption investigation of a major Canadian contractor.
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May waits to give a reading during the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London on March 11, 2019. (AFP/ File)
18:00 GMT
Theresa May will ask for a Brexit extension of no more than three months and then use it to try to force through her deal because Britain is 'fed up' of waiting to leave the EU, it was revealed today.
Heavy smoke rises above the Islamic State (IS) group's last remaining position in the village of Baghouz during battles with the Syrian Democratic Forces, in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor. (AFP/ File)
16:01 GMT
Three civilians were killed in artillery shelling by regime forces and Iran-backed groups in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province on Wednesday, according to the White Helmets civil defense agency.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (AFP/ File Photo)
15:47 GMT
Events from last year have marked the threshold of a new era in arms control, the Russian foreign minister said Wednesday.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo greets dignitaries as he prepares to depart Kuwait City on March 20, 2019. (JIM YOUNG / POOL / AFP)
15:36 GMT
Mike Pompeo, United States’ Secretary of State, is set to arrive in Lebanon on Saturday. At the top of the agenda is to tame Hezbollah
Bouteflika today confirmed he will stay in power beyond his term expiring next month, despite tens of thousands of people demonstrating against his rule. (STRINGER / AFP)
15:20 GMT
Algerians have expressed “noble aims”, said army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaed Salah, as President Abdelaziz Bouteflika faced growing pressure from protesters to step down.
Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil (AFP photo)
15:11 GMT
Lebanon’s foreign minister has predicted the failure of the so-called “Deal of the Century”, a backchannel U.S. plan to reach a peace settlement between the Palestinians and Israel.
Mourners carry the coffins of Khalid Mustafa and his son Hamza Mustafa, slain by an Australian white supremacist gunman who shot down 50 Muslims at two mosques, during a funeral at the Memorial Park cemetery in Christchurch on March 20, 2019. (AFP/ File)
15:05 GMT
The Muslim burial ceremony for the victims of the recent terrorist attacks targeting two mosques in New Zealand has begun with the funeral of a father and son from Syria, who had taken refuge in the terror-struck city of Christchurch.
The fight for Baghouz between ISIS and the SDF (AFP/FILE)
13:29 GMT
Scenes from an apocalypse emerge from Baghouz, Syria.
An Israeli soldier chases a Palestinian protester during clashes following a demonstration against Jewish settlements west of Ramallah, on March 8, 2019. (ABBAS MOMANI / AFP)
11:51 GMT
Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces’ live fire in the al-Ghawi area, east of the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus, on predawn Wednesday.
Turkish President and leader of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party Recep Tayyip Erdogan throws bags of tea to his supporters. (Adem ALTAN / AFP)
11:49 GMT
New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Turkey to "confront" comments made by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan
Saudi Arabia King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud. (AFP/ File Photo)
11:28 GMT
Saudi Arabia on Tuesday reinforced its determination to confront extremism and hate speech in the wake of Friday’s terrorist attack on two mosques in New Zealand, which left 50 people dead.
Syrian refugees' camp. (AFP/  File Photo)
10:26 GMT
General Security announced Wednesday that a total of 172,046 Syrian refugees have returned to their country from Lebanon since December 2017.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad greeting the visiting Russian defence minister, Sergei Shoigu, in Damascus on March 19, 2019. (AFP /STRINGER)
10:09 GMT
Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu on Tuesday met Syria’s Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian capital of Damascus, according to Russian Defense Ministry.
Algerians take part in a demonstration in the capital Algiers against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on March 19, 2019. (RYAD KRAMDI / AFP)
09:34 GMT
Thousands of students took to the streets of the Algerian capital on Tuesday, again calling for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's departure after he refused to quit.
An F-35B Lightning II launches from the amphibious assault ship USS Essex on Sept. 22, 2018. (AFP/ File)
09:26 GMT
The U.S. is set to deliver two more F-35 fighter jets to Turkey, a spokesman for the F-35 program said Tuesday.
Mourners proceed with the coffin of a shooting victim, slain by an Australian white supremacist gunman who went on a killing spree at two mosques, at the Memorial Park cemetery in Christchurch. (AFP/ File)
09:19 GMT
The suspect accused of killing 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch last week was on his way to a third location when he was arrested, the New Zealand police commissioner said Wednesday.
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro and US President Donald Trump leave after a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House March 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Brendan Smialowski / AFP)
08:34 GMT
US President Donald Trump says he is “very strongly” considering NATO membership for Brazil or some other formal alliance with the Latin American country as he hosts his far-right counterpart in Washington.
The Palestinian youth was shot by Israeli forces in clashes on the Gaza border nearly two weeks ago and has succumbed to his wounds, the enclave's health ministry said today. (MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)
07:54 GMT
Israel on Tuesday asked 26 countries for support against a UN vote that singles out its violation of international human rights and humanitarian law in the occupied Gaza Strip, according to local media.
U.S.-led coalition troops in Iraq is important to prevent the threat of terrorism in the country. (AFP/ File Photo)
07:40 GMT
The presence of the U.S.-led coalition troops in Iraq is important to prevent the threat of terrorism in the country, the head of northern Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) said Tuesday.
Palestinian mourners carry the body of Mousa Mousa,23, during his funeral in Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip (AFP)
06:00 GMT
UN investigators have concluded that Israel has committed serious human rights violations by shooting at unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza over the past year.
A group of students (C) sings in front of flowers left in tribute to victims at the Botanical Garden in Christchurch (AFP)
02:00 GMT
The bodies of six of the Christchurch massacre victims have been released to their families, New Zealand police said Tuesday, but they warned only a fraction of the 50 people killed had been fully identified, with the delay angering anguished relatives.

March 19, 2019

Austrian President Alexander Van (Twitter)
22:00 GMT
Austria has denounced US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and his sanctions threat against companies doing business with Tehran, saying European countries should not dance to Trump’s tune.
Britain’s Minister of State for Security Ben Wallace (Twitter)
22:00 GMT
Alarmed by the recent deadly attack that killed 50 Muslim worshipers at two mosques in New Zealand, British security minister Ben Wallace has repeated his warnings that a mass shooting of the same magnitude is “perfectly possible” in the UK.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AFP)
15:26 GMT
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday expressed her hope for an orderly withdrawal of the U.K. from the EU, despite growing doubts in Europe about the future of Brexit.
Deputy Prime Minister, Ramtane Lamamra (Twitter)
15:17 GMT
Algeria’s upcoming presidential elections will feature several new elements, the country's deputy prime minister said Tuesday.
Protests in Algeria in March 2019 (AFP/FILE)
15:06 GMT
Ending practices of corruption and cronyism requires movements that aren’t framed as spontaneous ‘Springs’ of youth but as constituent parts of a broad-based, durable intergenerational call for justice from below.
Syria's Kurds (Twitter)
15:02 GMT
Syria's Kurds have criticised the "threatening language" of the Damascus regime after it pledged to retake northeastern areas they control by reconciliation or by force.
Israeli army (Shutterstock)
13:51 GMT
The Israeli army will seal off the West Bank and Gaza Strip for four days ahead of the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim, according to the military on Tuesday.
Today's meeting in New Zealand's parliament started with the reciting of Holy Quran (Twitter)
13:44 GMT
A Muslim imam on Tuesday led prayers in New Zealand’s Parliament, meeting for the first time since last week’s terrorist attacks on two mosques claimed 50 lives.
UN envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen (Twitter)
13:15 GMT
UN envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen held talks in Damascus on Tuesday with National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change chief Hassan Abdel Azim.
Prime Minister Saad Hariri  (AFP)
13:06 GMT
The relationship between Prime Minister Saad Hariri and former Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi is quickly recovering, particularly after a meeting they held last week at former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora’s residence and which helped close the chapter on three years of political disputes.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (AFP)
12:59 GMT
Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz responded Tuesday to the leaking of a recording in which he told close confidants that he would not rule out a unity government with Benjamin Netanyahu, saying in a statement that the situation has changed and that he will not be willing to form a coalition with the prime minister.
West Bank checkpoints (Twitter)
12:56 GMT
The Israeli army reportedly decided to increase “security” restrictions imposed on checkpoints across the occupied West Bank.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (Shutterstock)
12:47 GMT
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his latest report raised concern about Hizbullah’s weapons saying it could “jeopardize the stability of Lebanon and the region,” Asharq al-Awsat newspaper reported on Tuesday.
Migration Minister Nabila Makram  (Twitter)
11:51 GMT
Migration Minister Nabila Makram will visit New Zealand on Tuesday to visit the 11 Egyptians injured in the mosque attacks and to hold a meeting with members of the Egyptian community there, MENA reported.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (AFP)
09:20 GMT
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the terrorist who killed scores of Muslims at two mosques in the country last Friday will face “the full force of the law.”
Dutch police on Monday arrested the suspect in a shooting on a tram in the city of Utrecht (Twitter)
09:16 GMT
Dutch police on Monday arrested the suspect in a shooting on a tram in the city of Utrecht in which three people were killed, a police chief said.
Smoke rises in Syria, after an airstrike (Shutterstock)
09:13 GMT
While the war in Syria continues, regime allies are jostling for influence to see handsome financial returns for their military backing of Bashar al-Assad. Meanwhile, the cash-strapped Syrian regime is looking to bring in tourists this summer season.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (Twitter)
09:03 GMT
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has reportedly been stripped of some his powers and has not attended a series of high-profile ministerial and diplomatic meetings in the kingdom over the last fortnight, fueling speculation of a growing rift between the controversial prince and the king.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (Twitter)
08:24 GMT
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi on Monday discussed the next steps to be taken following the territorial defeat of the ISIS terrorist group.
Lower House Jordan (Twitter)
07:54 GMT
The Lower House on Monday called on the government to expel the Israeli ambassador to the Kingdom, citing the occupation authorities’ frequent assaults on Jerusalem's holy sites.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani. (AFP/ File Photo)
07:42 GMT
President Hassan Rouhani says the government will sue US officials behind draconian sanctions on the country in Iranian courts before taking the case to international courts of justice.
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (L) leaves 10 Downing Street in London on March 13, 2019, ahead of the Spring Budget announcement. (Tolga AKMEN / AFP)
02:00 GMT
Theresa May could now shelve the third vote on her deal that had been expected on Tuesday, and make her next move asking the EU for a Brexit extension after several rebel Brexiteer MPs including Boris Johnson refused to back her.

March 18, 2019

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met with Chairman of the African Union (AU) Commission Moussa Faki. (AFP/ File Photo)
22:00 GMT
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met with Chairman of the African Union (AU) Commission Moussa Faki.
National Security Adviser John Bolton speaks to the media before the arrival of President Donald Trump during a rally at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. (AFP/ File)
18:00 GMT
US national security adviser John Bolton has warned North Korea not to renew missile tests as negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang have ended in a stalemate.
People pay their respects at a memorial site at the Botanical garden in Christchurch on March 18, 2019, three days after a shooting incident at two mosques. (AFP/ File)
15:10 GMT
An 18-year-old New Zealand man accused of Facebook sharing a live-stream video of the Christchurch massacre that killed 50 people has been denied bail.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a press conference at the Justice Precinct in Christchurch on March 16, 2019. (AFP/ File)
14:59 GMT
New Zealand’s prime minister on Monday announced to introduce reforms in gun laws in the country, following the Friday’s terrorist attacks on two mosques that left at least 50 people killed in Christchurch.
Yellow Vest protesters take shelter behind fences during clashes with riot police forces on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on March 16, 2019. (Alain JOCARD / AFP)
14:57 GMT
French President Emmanuel Macron is reportedly mulling over a ban against gatherings on the famous Champs Elysees avenue in Paris after “Yellow Vest" protesters set fire to a historic restaurant there.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (AFP/ File Photo)
14:51 GMT
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Kuwait on Tuesday, according to the Gulf country's deputy foreign minister.
Supporters listen to Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido during a rally in Valencia, Carabobo State, Venezuela, on March 16, 2019. (AFP)
14:40 GMT
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro is planning a “deep restructuring” of his government to protect the country.
Sudanese protesters chant slogans during an anti-government demonstration in Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman on March 10, 2019. (AFP/File)
14:33 GMT
A senior delegation from the US Congress is currently visiting Sudan to hold meetings with government officials and opponents ahead of the start of the second phase of the dialogue between Khartoum and Washington.
One or several gunmen opened fire on a tram in the city centre leaving one killed. (APF/ File Photo)
13:22 GMT
At least one person has died and a number of people injured in a shooting 'with possible terrorist motive' in the central Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday morning, local news reports.
Turkish army's tanks and jets parade during the 90th anniversary of Victory Day in Ankara. (AFP/ File Photo)
13:10 GMT
Turkey and Qatar inked a deal on Tuesday to purchase 100 of Turkey's first main battle tank, the Altay.
Soldiers stand guard on the road leading to Mieh Mieh Palestinian refugee camp. (AFP/ File Photo)
12:49 GMT
The Miyeh Miyeh Palestinian refugee camp east of Sidon witnessed “limited tensions” on Sunday between members of the Fatah and Hamas movements, the National News Agency said.
Algerian female protesters shout slogans during a demonstration in the capital Algiers against ailing president's bid for a fifth term on March 8, 2019. (AFP/ File Photo)
11:17 GMT
Thirteen independent Algerian unions announced that they will not support the efforts of newly-appointed Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui to form a new government.
Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil (AFP/File Photo)
11:12 GMT
Free Patriotic Movement chief and Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil announced Sunday that he “should not have become a minister” in the new government.
The road leading to elections in October is full of “landmines”. (AFP/ File Photo)
10:51 GMT
The road leading to elections in October is full of “landmines,” said head Tunisia’s Ennahda party Rashid al-Ghannouchi.
Yellow Vest protesters hold a French national flag reading "Freedom, Equality, Fraternity, my Ass !" as they pose in front of a newsstand set alight during clashes by protesters on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on March 16, 2019. (AFP/ File)
10:47 GMT
The French prime minister’s office says it will present plans to further crack down on “rioters”, after a new flare-up of violence the government says is linked to the so-called Yellow Vest protest movement.
10:09 GMT
The people most affected by the war in Yemen have the least say in how it can end. Nadwa al-Dawsari thinks that is a tragic failure, and has an idea on how it can be changed.
Syrians demonstrate with opposition flags in the square of the Great Mosque of the city of Maaret al-Numan in the south of the mostly rebel-held Idlib province on March 15, 2019. (AFP/ File Photo)
09:40 GMT
The Syrian crisis enters its ninth year this month, leaving in its wake a trail of death, destruction, destitution, displacement and division.
Palestinians worshippers gather before Friday noon prayers last week at the so-called 'Golden Gate' in Jerusalem's Old City. (AFP/ File Photo)
09:37 GMT
The Palestinian and Jordanian foreign ministries rejected in two separate statements Israeli interference in the affairs and status of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, on Sunday.
Australian Senator Fraser Anning from parliament. (Anadolu Agency)
07:55 GMT
An airport in southern New Zealand was closed after reports of a suspicious package, local media said on Sunday.
A convoy of US forces armored vehicles drives near the village of Yalanli, on the western outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Manbij, on March 5, 2017. (AFP/ file Photo)
07:52 GMT
The U.S.'s top general denied Sunday a report suggesting the military plans to keep roughly half of its 2,000 troops stationed in Syria following a withdrawal President Donald Trump described in December as immediate and complete.
Vice President Fuat Oktay  (Twitter)
06:00 GMT
Turkey’s vice president on Sunday called for a joint stance against all terror attacks during his visit to New Zealand, terming the twin attacks which killed at least 50 people a clear “act of terrorism”.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (AFP)
02:00 GMT
US Representative Ilhan Omar tweeted support for the Syrian people who revolted against Assad’s regime on Friday.

March 17, 2019

French president Emmanuel Macron (AFP)
22:00 GMT
President Emmanuel Macron embarked on a four-day trip to the Horn of Africa nations last week, with the visit largely seen as part of attempts by France to cement new ties in a region where China's influence has been growing fast.
Dunedin Airport (Twitter)
18:00 GMT
Dunedin Airport in New Zealand's south island has been placed in lockdown amid fears of a 'suspicious package'.
15:19 GMT
According to official statistics, Schengen embassies in Jordan collected a total of 60,011 uniform visa applications in 2017, a significant increase of 12% compared to the previous year, says
Bab al-Rahma gate which is used by Muslim worshippers to enter al-Aqsa Mosque (Twitter)
13:18 GMT
The Israeli military has decided to close the Bab al-Rahma gate which is used by Muslim worshippers to enter al-Aqsa Mosque.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern  (AFP)
12:56 GMT
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says her office received a "manifesto" from the terrorist suspected of killing 50 people in two Christchurch mosques minutes before Friday's attack.