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ISIL’s ‘legacy of terror’ in Iraq: UN verifies over 200 mass graves (06.11.2018)

Investigators have uncovered more than 200 mass graves containing thousands of bodies in areas of Iraq formerly controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), according to a United Nations human rights report out on Tuesday.

Iraqi parliament confirms government, but some posts left unfilled (25.10.2018)

Iraq's parliament voted early on October 25 to confirm Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi's new government while leaving key cabinet posts unfilled.

Bundestag verlängert Einsatz Counter Daesh / Capacity Building Irak (25.10.2018)

Der Deutsche Bundestag hat heute [25.10.2018] die Verlängerung des Einsatzes Counter Daesh/Capacity Building Irak beschlossen. Nach den Erfolgen im Kampf gegen den ISIslamischer Staat im Irak und in Syrien geht es darum, die Koalition der Partner in der nachhaltigen Eindämmung des ISIslamischer...

EUPOL COPPS supports Palestinian judges and prosecutors in the field of criminal justice (24.10.2018)

The Mission’s Courts Team has launched today an extensive project with the Palestinian Judicial Council on institutional development, best practices and policies in the justice sector. The 12-day project focuses on strengthening the capacity of 15 judges and prosecutors to become professional...

Israel and Jordan reopen key border crossings with Syria (15.10.2018)

Israel on Monday reopened its Quneitra crossing in the Golan Heights to UN observers who had left the area in 2014 amid fierce fighting between Syrian regime forces and rebels. Another vital border crossing between Jordan and Syria was also opened in what will be a welcome boost to Syrian President...

EU Advisory Mission extended and budget agreed (15.10.2018)

On 15 October 2018, the Council extended the mandate of the EU Advisory Mission EUAM Iraq until 17 April 2020 and agreed on a budget of € 64.8 million for the period from 18 October 2018 to 17 April 2020. The Council also updated the mandate of the mission to reflect lessons learnt during the first...

Palestinians say will no longer work with UN envoy (12.10.2018)

The Palestinian leadership will no longer work with the UN peace envoy, a senior official said Thursday, accusing him of overstepping his role by seeking a deal between Israel and the Islamist movement Hamas.

Lebanon's Hariri says concessions made, hopes for government formation soon (09.10.2018)

[…] In the more than five months since a parliamentary election in May, politicians have been unable to agree a unity government that can get to work on badly needed economic reforms.

As tensions rise with Israel, Hamas chief calls for cease-fire in Gaza (04.10.2018)

In a rare interview with an Israeli newspaper, the leader of Hamas in Gaza called for a cease-fire with Israel, calling it a “historic opportunity for change.”