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Israel closes Gaza border crossings (14.12.2017)

Israel announced the closure of its Gaza border crossings on Thursday in response to daily rocket fire from the enclave over the past week after U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital stoked Palestinian anger.

Iraq celebrates victory over Islamic State with parade (10.12.2017)

Iraq celebrated its victory over the Islamic State with a military parade Sunday in the capital, a day after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the successful ouster of the jihadist group from the country.

New Head of mission for EU border assistance EU BAM Rafah (08.12.2017)

The EU's Political and Security Committee has appointed Günther Freisleben, a high-ranking police official serving in the Baden-Wuerttemberg police, as new Head of the European Union border assistance Mission for the Rafah Crossing Point, EU BAM Rafah.

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.