99 Utah National Guard soldiers headed for Middle East

99 Utah National Guard soldiers headed for Middle East

Salt Lake City • Ninety-nine Utah National Guard soldiers have been deployed to the Middle East. The Utah Army National Guard soldiers’ families wished them farewell on Monday during a deployment ceremony at the Utah Air National Guard hanger. The unit is the second of a two-part, nine-month deployment rotation — relieving a Utah National […]

Palestinian youth goes blind while in Israeli custody

Palestinian youth goes blind while in Israeli custody

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society on Tuesday held the Israeli Prison Service responsible for a detained Palestinian youth losing his sight due to what it described as “medical neglect”. “Preliminary examinations of Hassan Tamimi, 18, at West Jerusalem’s Shaare Tzedek hospital indicate that he has permanently lost sight in both his eyes,” the Prisoners’ Society, an […]

Israel ousts 5 Palestinian families from Jordan Valley

Israel ousts 5 Palestinian families from Jordan Valley

Israeli occupation forces today expelled five Palestinian families, including 19 children, from the Hamsa Al-Fawqa area in the northern Jordan Valley, southeast of Tubas, on the pretext that they will be holding military exercises in the area. Human rights activist Aref Daraghmeh warned of the danger of the forced displacement policy pursued by the occupation […]

Egypt closes Rafah crossing due to technical fault

Egypt closes Rafah crossing due to technical fault

Egyptian authorities yesterday closed the Rafah crossing in both directions because of technical problems. According to the crossing’s administration, Rafah was closed in both directions as a result of a fault in the communications cables on the Egyptian side. At the start of Ramadan Egypt announced that it would keep the crossing open throughout the […]

Turkey, US agree plans to remove YPG from Syria's Manbij

Turkey, US agree plans to remove YPG from Syria's Manbij

Turkey and the US have agreed on a plan to remove Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) from the northern Syrian city of Manbij. The agreement was reached during a meeting between Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington yesterday. This deal comes as a relief to both countries […]

99 Utah National Guard soldiers deploy to Middle East

99 Utah National Guard soldiers deploy to Middle East

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The raw truth about the UK's special relationship with Israel

The raw truth about the UK's special relationship with Israel

Britain has a special relationship with Israel that is little recognised in the mainstream media but unmissable in light of the killings in Gaza. With more than 110 protesters dead, Britain is in effect defending Israeli actions. The British government has not, as far as I have seen, actually condemned Israel for the killings. Rather, […]

ElBaradei: Are the US, Israel behind Jordan protests?

ElBaradei: Are the US, Israel behind Jordan protests?

Former director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohamed ElBaradei, questioned whether Jordan is being penalized for refusing the US’ “deal of the century”. “Is it true that Jordan is being punished for refusing to liquidate the Palestinian cause?” ElBaradei asked on Twitter. Israeli Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper revealed that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab […]

Senior Iranian general denies country's troops will leave Syria

Senior Iranian general denies country's troops will leave Syria

A man carries a giant flag made of flags of Iran, Palestine, Syria and Hezbollah, during a ceremony marking the 37th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, in Tehran, Feburary 2016. (photo credit: RAHEB HOMAVANDI/REUTERS) A senior Iranian general has denied reports that Iranian forces will withdraw from Syria, saying that they, unlike the […]

Middle East hotel rates drop 8.8 per cent

Middle East hotel rates drop 8.8 per cent

Pictured: Manama hotel rates fell by 7.7 per cent to $179 (£134) in April Room rates fell by 8.8 per cent at hotels in the Middle East & Africa in April, according to the latest HotStats report. Room rates in the region fell to $176 (£132), alongside a 0.3 per cent increase in […]

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