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Hamas: US decision on Jerusalem is a war declaration (07.12.2017)

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya has said the US decision on recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is a "war declaration against Palestinians", and called for a new "Intifada", or uprising. Haniya said in a speech in Gaza City on Thursday that US President Donald Trump's recognition "killed" the...

UN Security Council to hold emergency session on Jerusalem (07.12.2017)

[…] Bolivia, Britain, Egypt, France, Italy, Senegal, Sweden and Uruguay requested the talks. They have also asked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to open the meeting with remarks.

Lebanese leader says will resign unless Hizballah withdraws from conflicts (28.11.2017)

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has threatened to resign unless Iranian ally Hizballah accepts Lebanon's policy of neutrality and stays out of regional conflicts.

Palestinian factions agree on elections in 2018 (23.11.2017)

Palestinian factions led by Fatah and Hamas have agreed to hold general elections no later than at the end of 2018, as part of the latest round of reconciliation talks held in Cairo.

Hariri suspends resignation (22.11.2017)

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has "suspended" his resignation, which sparked a crisis when he announced it while in Saudi Arabia two weeks ago. Mr Hariri said President Michel Aoun had asked him to "put it on hold ahead of further consultations".

ISIL ‘down but not out’ in Iraq; UN envoy urges efforts to defeat group’s extremist ideology (22.11.2017)

[…] “Da’esh remains able and determined to continue devastating random attacks against the Iraqi civilian population, against civilians globally,” Ján Kubiš, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), told the Security Council.

Iraqi forces launch offensive to recapture last town in Islamic State control (13.11.2017)

Iraqi forces launched an offensive on Saturday to capture Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic-State control, leaving the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate on the verge of complete defeat.

As Prime Minister's resigns, UN chief hopes all sides focus on support for State institutions (05.11.2017)

Concerned by the news that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has offered to resign, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Sunday expressed the hope that all sides will focus on supporting the continuity of Lebanon's State institutions.

Statement: EU is ready to support efforts to reunite Gaza and the West Bank (02.11.2017)

[…] „The European Union reiterates its readiness to provide its full support to the efforts to reunite Gaza and the West Bank under one single and legitimate Palestinian Authority. This includes our readiness to redeploy the EUBAM Rafah mission if requested by the parties and as soon as the...

UN envoy welcomes full return of Gaza border crossings to Palestinian Authority (01.11.2017)

[…] “This is a landmark development in the implementation of the intra-Palestinian agreement, signed in Cairo on 12 October,” said UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, in a statement. … The July 2016 report of the Middle East Quartet – comprising the UN,...