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From TheJournal.ie Opinion: There really is no excuse for a new Government not to pass the Occupied Territories Bill Middle East

Opinion: There really is no excuse for a new Government not to pass the Occupied Territories Bill

Duncan Casey argues that the Bill, which would prohibit the import of goods from the West Bank, should no longer be delayed.

From TheJournal.ie Saudi Arabia makes move to abolish death penalty for minors Middle East

Saudi Arabia makes move to abolish death penalty for minors

The decision follows another ordering judges to end the practice of flogging.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: A vote for change in Ireland, a welcome vote for Palestinians Middle East

Opinion: A vote for change in Ireland, a welcome vote for Palestinians

Palestinians are heartened by the stance of most Irish parties on the occupied territories, writes Mona Sabella.

From TheJournal.ie Trump hosts rival Israeli leaders on the eve of unveiling 'historic' peace plan Middle East

Trump hosts rival Israeli leaders on the eve of unveiling 'historic' peace plan

There is scepticism over the plan’s chances of success in the Middle East.

From The42 Irish striker Anthony Stokes' move to Iranian league leaders confirmed We Go Again

Irish striker Anthony Stokes' move to Iranian league leaders confirmed

Persepolis FC comes as the Dubliner’s fifth club since January 2018.

From TheJournal.ie Passenger jet skids from runway on to street in Iran Mahshahr

Passenger jet skids from runway on to street in Iran

No major injuries were reported after the plane apparently lost its landing gear.

From The42 USA international leaves Ajax training camp in Qatar over military tensions in Middle East Not Happy

USA international leaves Ajax training camp in Qatar over military tensions in Middle East

Sergino Dest says he doesn’t feel comfortable and has requested to leave.

From TheJournal.ie Varadkar: Irish government 'concerned for escalation of tensions in the Middle East' Crisis

Varadkar: Irish government 'concerned for escalation of tensions in the Middle East'

Crowds, estimated to be in the millions, gathered for the funeral of Soleimani today.

From TheJournal.ie Iraqi parliament passes motion to expel US military from country following Qasem Soleimani killing Fire And Fury

Iraqi parliament passes motion to expel US military from country following Qasem Soleimani killing

Pro-Iran factions have ramped up pressure on US forces in Iraq since Friday’s drone strike.

From TheJournal.ie Iran warns of 'severe revenge' after top general killed in US airstrike Qasem Soleimani

Iran warns of 'severe revenge' after top general killed in US airstrike

The Pentagon described the operation as a “decisive defensive action”.

From TheJournal.ie Trump deploys hundreds of US soldiers to Middle East after embassy attack in Iraq Troops

Trump deploys hundreds of US soldiers to Middle East after embassy attack in Iraq

Thousands of soldiers may be deployed in the coming days.

From TheJournal.ie Prince Andrew cancels trip to Middle East amid backlash to BBC interview Duke Of York

Prince Andrew cancels trip to Middle East amid backlash to BBC interview

The Duke of York was set to travel as part of his Pitch@Palace project for tech entrepreneurs.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: What were the Armenian massacres and why is it controversial to describe them as a 'genocide'? Explainer

Explainer: What were the Armenian massacres and why is it controversial to describe them as a 'genocide'?

Recognition of the killings as ‘genocide’ is the subject of a dispute between Turkey and Armenia.

From TheJournal.ie Trump confirms ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed in US military raid Islamic State

Trump confirms ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed in US military raid

Baghdadi ignited an explosive vest after being chased into a tunnel by US forces.

From TheJournal.ie Off-duty Israeli soldier found dead with stab wounds in occupied West Bank Flashpoint

Off-duty Israeli soldier found dead with stab wounds in occupied West Bank

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called it a “terrorist” attack and reinforcements have been sent.

From TheJournal.ie US Senate fails to block sale of $8.1 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia Veto

US Senate fails to block sale of $8.1 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia

Trump issued a trio of veteos to attempt to push through the sale.

From TheJournal.ie Iran 'permanently' closes diplomatic relations with US government after new sanctions are imposed Tensions

Iran 'permanently' closes diplomatic relations with US government after new sanctions are imposed

Sanctions against Iran’s supreme leader were brought in yesterday.

From TheJournal.ie US launched 'cyber-attack' on Iran weapons systems in response to drone downing Middle East

US launched 'cyber-attack' on Iran weapons systems in response to drone downing

The attack crippled computers used to control rocket and missile launches, according to the Washington Post.

From TheJournal.ie Gulf of Oman attacks: US says video shows Iran removing mine from oil tanker Middle East

Gulf of Oman attacks: US says video shows Iran removing mine from oil tanker

Iran has denied any involvement in yesterday’s attacks.

From TheJournal.ie Up to 60 Palestinians wounded during protests to mark anniversary of creation of Israel Nakba Protest

Up to 60 Palestinians wounded during protests to mark anniversary of creation of Israel

The demonstrations came two weeks after a ceasefire was announced in the region.

From TheJournal.ie US orders all non-emergency staff to leave embassy and consulate in Iraq Gulf Wars

US orders all non-emergency staff to leave embassy and consulate in Iraq

US signals about escalating danger posed by Iran have been met with some skepticism by Washington’s allies.

From TheJournal.ie Baby killed as Israel launches air strikes after rockets fired from Gaza Middle East

Baby killed as Israel launches air strikes after rockets fired from Gaza

The Hamas rocket launches come as tensions in the region have ratcheted upwards.

From TheJournal.ie Standing alongside Netanyahu, Trump backs Israeli claims of sovereignty over disputed Golan Heights Middle East This post contains videos

Standing alongside Netanyahu, Trump backs Israeli claims of sovereignty over disputed Golan Heights

The move breaks with decades of international consensus against Israel’s claims.

From TheJournal.ie Algerian president to drop bid for fifth term in office following weeks of protests against his candidacy Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Algerian president to drop bid for fifth term in office following weeks of protests against his candidacy

Thousands have taken to the streets in recent weeks against the 82 year-old’s bid for another term in office.

From TheJournal.ie New legal advice finds Occupied Territories Bill is 'fully compliant with EU trade rules' Middle East

New legal advice finds Occupied Territories Bill is 'fully compliant with EU trade rules'

Despite government opposition, the Bill has cross-party support from Labour, Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil as well as independent senators.

From TheJournal.ie Dublin to host summit on Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the new year Middle East

Dublin to host summit on Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the new year

The Tánaiste also said Ireland could be forced in to recognising the State of Palestine.

From TheJournal.ie Saudi stocks plunge after Donald Trump threatens 'severe punishment' over journalist's disappearance Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi stocks plunge after Donald Trump threatens 'severe punishment' over journalist's disappearance

A Turkish newspaper has reported that officials have an audio recording of the alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

From TheJournal.ie Israel developing missiles to hit anywhere in Middle East, defence minister says Missiles

Israel developing missiles to hit anywhere in Middle East, defence minister says

“The project for setting up a precision rocket and missile system is underway.”

From TheJournal.ie Coveney says he had ‘frank dialogue’ with Benjamin Netanyahu about Gaza Tensions

Coveney says he had ‘frank dialogue’ with Benjamin Netanyahu about Gaza

Coveney has previously said that it is time for the international community to act to save Gaza.

From TheJournal.ie Big Tobacco made €7,900 for every dead smoker in 2015, according to a new report No Smoke Without Fire

Big Tobacco made €7,900 for every dead smoker in 2015, according to a new report

The latest edition of the Tobacco Atlas says that the industry is maximising profits by targeting the ‘vulnerable’ in places like Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

From The42 Wesley Sneijder completes move to Qatar after refusing offers 'from everywhere' Unveiled

Wesley Sneijder completes move to Qatar after refusing offers 'from everywhere'

The Dutch midfielder has signed an 18-month contract with Al Gharafa, and will captain the team.

From TheJournal.ie 'With relative garda silence on Dundalk attacks, speculation and Islamaphobia swept across Internet' Louth

'With relative garda silence on Dundalk attacks, speculation and Islamaphobia swept across Internet'

Proactive, public engagement and dynamic crisis communication are built into the emergency response planning of the police forces within most EU states, writes Tom Clonan.

From TheJournal.ie Ancient stone structures discovered in Saudi Arabian desert using Google Maps Archaeology

Ancient stone structures discovered in Saudi Arabian desert using Google Maps

The purpose and function of these “Gates” remains and mystery.

From TheJournal.ie Irish aid workers are helping to fight the worst humanitarian crisis in the world Yemen

Irish aid workers are helping to fight the worst humanitarian crisis in the world

One in fifty people in Yemen have contracted cholera.

From TheJournal.ie Why Jerusalem's holiest site is central to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and why violence has flared there Timeline

Why Jerusalem's holiest site is central to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and why violence has flared there

After five days of simmering tensions, Israel has this morning removed controversial metal detectors from the Haram al-Sharif mosque in Jerusalem.

From TheJournal.ie Stolen boys: Life after sexual slavery in Afghanistan Bacha Bazi

Stolen boys: Life after sexual slavery in Afghanistan

Victims who escaped their abusers tell their stories of life after being a child sex slave in Afghanistan.

From TheJournal.ie Qatar told to close Al-Jazeera and accept other demands or face 'divorce' from gulf neighbours Crisis In The Gulf

Qatar told to close Al-Jazeera and accept other demands or face 'divorce' from gulf neighbours

The Qatar-based broadcaster denounced the move as an attack on media freedom.

From TheJournal.ie Isis has blown up the mosque where its own leader declared himself 'caliph' Destruction

Isis has blown up the mosque where its own leader declared himself 'caliph'

Jihadists also destroyed an iconic, leaning minaret.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: What's going on in Qatar and why are all its neighbours turning on it? Crisis In The Gulf

Explainer: What's going on in Qatar and why are all its neighbours turning on it?

Saudi Arabia is leading allies in cutting off ties to Qatar over its alleged links to terrorism.

From TheJournal.ie Qatar hits out at 'baseless' Saudi terrorism blacklist Tensions

Qatar hits out at 'baseless' Saudi terrorism blacklist

The emirate was responding after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain published a list of 59 people and entities linked to “terrorism”.

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