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#Middle East

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

From TheJournal.ie Trump criticises Qatar for 'funding extremism' despite it having largest US base in Middle East Wading In

Trump criticises Qatar for 'funding extremism' despite it having largest US base in Middle East

Trump later adopted a different tone on Qatar in a phone call with the King of Saudi Arabia.

From TheJournal.ie US security steps back from banning laptops on flights from Europe for now Aviation Security

US security steps back from banning laptops on flights from Europe for now

The ban could still be implemented for Europe if the threat level worsens.

From TheJournal.ie Can Donald Trump save the Middle East peace process? Olive Branch

Can Donald Trump save the Middle East peace process?

“All the parties like him right now. The Palestinians like him, the Israelis like him.”

From TheJournal.ie Dáil called on to condemn persecution of Christians in the Middle East Public Condemnation

Dáil called on to condemn persecution of Christians in the Middle East

TD Mattie McGrath says that he and other deputies have been trying to get the Dáil to issue an explicit motion on the issue.

From TheJournal.ie 'Just getting on with it': Laptop ban comes into force at Middle-East airports Inconvenience

'Just getting on with it': Laptop ban comes into force at Middle-East airports

Air carriers were offering a laptop stowage service as the ban comes into effect.

From TheJournal.ie Now Canada's considering a ban on large devices on Middle Eastern flights New Measures

Now Canada's considering a ban on large devices on Middle Eastern flights

Earlier today, the UK government confirmed the new measure, while US reports hinted at a similar ban.

From TheJournal.ie Blair denies report that he's taking a job with Donald Trump No Thanks

Blair denies report that he's taking a job with Donald Trump

A statement on his website later said: “The story in The Mail on Sunday is an invention.”

From The42 'I love the game': The Saudi Arabian goalkeeper who starred at the Sigerson Cup weekend Growth Of Gaa This post contains videos

'I love the game': The Saudi Arabian goalkeeper who starred at the Sigerson Cup weekend

RCSI’s Ahmed Alsarrif has a newfound love for gaelic football.

From The42 Manny Pacquiao asks Twitter followers to pick next opponent Interaction

Manny Pacquiao asks Twitter followers to pick next opponent

The poll had received more than 10,000 votes by Monday morning.

From TheJournal.ie Netanyahu wants pardon for Israeli soldier in manslaughter case Elor Azaria This post contains videos

Netanyahu wants pardon for Israeli soldier in manslaughter case

The killing was caught on video and deeply divided the country.

From TheJournal.ie John Kerry tells Israel it 'can either be Jewish or democratic - it cannot be both' Stern Warning

John Kerry tells Israel it 'can either be Jewish or democratic - it cannot be both'

The US Secretary of State also urged Israel and Palestinians to agree land swaps on 1967 lines in today’s speech.

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