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UN political official reports positive developments on Middle East peace (18.10.2017)

A senior United Nations political affairs official on Wednesday highlighted at the Security Council some positive developments on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, particularly on intra-Palestinian reconciliation efforts.

Germany to stop training Kurdish peshmerga fighters in Iraq (18.10.2017)

Germany will temporarily stop training Kurdish peshmerga forces in Iraq in the wake of the conflict between Baghdad and the Kurds. Germany has been a major partner of the peshmerga, providing them weapons and training.

Council launches a civilian CSDP mission to support security sector reform (16.10.2017)

The Council today launched a new civilian Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) mission in Iraq. The mission will focus on assisting the Iraqi authorities in the implementation of the civilian aspects of the Iraqi national security strategy. The Council appointed Markus Ritter from Germany as...

Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah 'reach deal' in Cairo (12.10.2017)

The Palestinian group Hamas says it has reached an agreement with rival group Fatah, ending a decade-long rift.

Iraqi forces enter IS's last major stronghold in the country (04.10.2017)

Hawija's recapture would leave only a handful of remote posts in IS hands in Iraq.

EUPOL COPPS: new Head of Mission appointed (28.09.2017)

The EU's Political and Security Committee has appointed Kauko Aaltomaa, a high-ranking official in the Finnish Ministry of Interior, as new Head of the European Union Police Mission for the Palestinian Territories (EUPOL COPPS). He will take up his duties on 1 October 2017.

Iraq, Turkey move to punish Kurdistan for referendum vote (28.09.2017)

Even as Kurds celebrated the overwhelming approval of an independence referendum, Iraq took actions to punish the would-be breakaway state, vowing to shut down its airspace and join Turkey in holding military exercises.

Ongoing settlement activities undermining Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, warns UN envoy (25.09.2017)

Continuing settlement expansion, most notably in occupied East Jerusalem, is making the two-State solution increasingly unattainable and undermining Palestinian belief in the international peace efforts, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.

Iraq attacks all remaining IS territory at once (21.09.2017)

Iraq brought all of its territory still held by the Islamic State group under attack Thursday, throwing the jihadists on the defensive across their self-proclaimed "caliphate" extending into neighbouring Syria.

UN team to collect evidence of Daesh crimes in Iraq (21.09.2017)

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday approved the creation of a U.N. investigative team to collect, preserve and store evidence in Iraq of acts by Islamic State that may be war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide.