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Iraqis vote in first election since ISIL defeat (13.05.2018)

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has congratulated the people of Iraq on the holding yesterday of the first national parliamentary elections since the country declared victory over Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Dae'sh) terrorists late last year.

Avoid ‘new conflagration’ urges UN chief, in wake of military escalation in Golan (10.05.2018)

The United Nations chief has called for an immediate halt to all hostile acts and provocative actions to “avoid a new conflagration” in the Middle East, following reported exchanges of artillery fire over the Golan Heights.

Major combat operations against ISIS in Iraq have ended. What happens now? (01.05.2018)

With the furling of a flag, top U.S. military leaders marked the “end of major combat operations against ISIS in Iraq” and a change to the U.S.-led coalition’s mission in the country. But experts say while it’s likely that troop numbers in Iraq will decrease, those resources will likely spread out...

Iraqi political candidates have ‘real appetite’ to work together – UN official (01.05.2018)

Politicians in Iraq are working constructively with each other ahead of this month’s parliamentary elections, a senior United Nations official said.

Israel must address excessive use of force and deaths in Gaza protests – UN rights chief (27.04.2018)

With over 40 Palestinians killed and more than 5,500 injured during protests in Gaza over the past month – many by live ammunition – the top United Nations human rights official on Friday called on Israel to ensure that its security forces do not resort to use of excessive force amid the ongoing...

Lebanon vote under new rules likely to keep old guard in power (26.04.2018)

Lebanese will have a first opportunity in nine years to vote in a general election on May 6 under new rules, expected to bring some changes to parliament but preserve a unity government combining its main political blocs.

Election observation mission launched (19.04.2018)

Elena Valenciano, Chief Observer of the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to Lebanon’s 2018 parliamentary elections on 6 May, officially launched the EU’s mission today, stressing their importance for the country’s stability.

Nine years since last vote, Lebanon in election fever (19.04.2018)

Stakes are high in long-awaited May 6 poll, first test of Lebanon's 2017 voting law, that will carve out it's political and economic trajectory for years to come.

EU deploys an Election Observation Mission to Lebanon (03.04.2018)

Following the invitation by the Lebanese authorities, the European Union is deploying an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Lebanon to observe the Parliamentary elections, due to take place on 6 May 2018.