Middle East


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.


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.

Hamas invites Abbas to resume control of Gaza (19.09.2017)

Hamas on Tuesday invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to send officials to Gaza to resume control of the coastal enclave the Islamic militant group seized a decade ago. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said his group is serious about returning power to the Western-backed Palestinian leader and...

UN's Guterres urges Kurds in Iraq to scrap referendum (18.09.2017)

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says next week's scheduled referendum detracts from the fight against ISIL.

Iraq leader says he will use force if Kurdish referendum turns violent (16.09.2017)

Iraq is prepared to intervene militarily if the Kurdish region’s planned independence referendum results in violence, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told The Associated Press in an interview Saturday.