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Saudi-led forces renew push to take key Yemen port from Houthi rebels

Dozens of fighters believed killed in clashes in Hodeidah after breakdown of UN-led peace talks Saudi Arabia has responded to the entry point for 80% of the aid into the country. Aid agencies said local UN staff were reporting that the bombardment is the worst, by far, of any since the [Red Sea] campaign started in early June, and involves not only airstrikes and shelling but also bombardment from naval ships. Humanitarian staff on the ground reported an almost continuous presence of Saudi/UAE coalition aircraft over Hodeidah since Friday night.…

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Millions of us are trapped in Idlib, facing death. The world must save us | Anonymous

While we bleed, world leaders respond with meek platitudes, says a worker with Islamic Relief in Idlib Civilians like me fresh reports that an attack on the region surrounding Idlib city by government forces is imminent. Just a few weeks ago, a woman I knew was killed along with her husband and five children in an airstrike. More than 116 other people also died that weekend and 70 others were injured in what was the worst period of bombing and shelling we have seen for some time. It left the…

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US supplied bomb that killed 40 children on Yemen school bus

Eleven adults also died and 79 people were wounded from bomb that was made by Lockheed Martin and sold to Saudi Arabia The Yemen by a Saudi-led coalition warplane was sold to Riyadh by the US, according to reports based on analysis of the debris. The 9 August attack killed 40 boys aged from six to 11 who were being taken on a school trip. Eleven adults also died and local authorities said 79 people were wounded, 56 of them children. Bellingcat identified bomb fragments, on photographs and videos taken…

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Dozens dead in Yemen as bus carrying children hit by airstrike

Red Cross says strike hit bus at market in Dahyan in rebel-held north of country Dozens of civilians, mostly children, have been killed and more wounded in an airstrike by the US-backed, Saudi-led coalition in Yemen that hit a bus in the rebel-held north of the country. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), one of the few humanitarian institutions helping civilians on the ground in the war-torn country, said a hospital supported by the organisation had received dozens of casualties after the attack at a market in Dahyanin…

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Iran dismisses Trump’s late-night Twitter rant despite market jitters

Tehran officials careful to avoid kneejerk reaction to threats as rial hits all-time low Iran has dismissed July 23, 2018 Iranian officials were dismissive of Trumps tweet, which called on Rouhani to never, ever threaten the United States and be cautious, but the US presidents remarks provoked jitters in the Iranian market. The Iranian national currency was sent into a tailspin when trading opened on Monday, exacerbating months-old fluctuations that have prompted protests in Tehrans Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MeK), which is bent on regime change and has no visible support inside the…

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Huge Egyptian sarcophagus found to contain three mummies

Archaeologists open granite tomb but are dismayed at state of decay after sewage leak Egyptian archeologists have opened a 30-tonne black granite sarcophagus to find three decomposed mummies after sewage water apparently leaked inside. The sarcophagus has been opened, but we have not been hit by a curse, identified as sewage water, believed to have entered the sarcophagus through a crack on its right side, causing the decomposition of the mummies. The Tomb after the lid was removed. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters The tomb was found buried five metres…

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The Guardian view on Gaza shootings: stop killing unarmed civilians | Editorial

Editorial: Channelling a reckless Donald Trump, Israeli ministers appear to have adopted a dangerous mindset: to destroy the national aspirations of the Palestinians by military force It is inexcusable for soldiers of a military, especially those under democratic civilian control, to shoot and kill protesters, almost all of whom were unarmed, and who pose no credible threat. Yet at the boundary between Gaza and Israel today Israeli soldiers blockading Gaza, Israel imprisoned 2 million people behind barbed wire and military towers. Israel treated the violence as a jailer might a…

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Jeremy Corbyn calls Syria airstrikes legally questionable

PM should have sought parliamentary approval before taking military action, says Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has described airstrikes on Syria as legally questionable and accused Theresa May of trailing after Donald Trump in an attack that could escalate the conflict. The Labour leader was responding to the news that the Theresa May: Syria strikes ‘right and legal’ option video Labour has opposed a military strike on Syria since the chemical weapons attack on Douma. On Thursday, Corbyn urged May to remember the lessons of intelligence failures in the buildup to…

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Donald Trump praises Syria strikes and declares: ‘Mission accomplished’

US president thanks London and Paris for their wisdom and power while Russia loses UN vote to condemn airstrikes Donald Trump hailed the strikes carried out against Syria by the US, UK and France as perfectly executed on Saturday, adding: Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished! The US president thanked London and Paris for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military in joining Washington in launching more than 100 missiles on Friday night against what they say were Syrian chemical weapons facilities. Trump added: So…

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Hundreds attend funeral of Palestinian journalist shot in Gaza

Yasser Murtaja, 31, was shot by Israeli forces while covering Fridays protests at the Gaza border Hundreds of colleagues and friends have attended the funeral of a popular and widely respected Palestinian video journalist who was killed as he covered Fridays mass border protests in the Gaza Strip. Yasser Murtaja, 31, was shot despite wearing a flak jacket with clear press markings as he filmed in thick black smoke from burning tyres set alight by protesters in Khuzaa, east of Khan Yunis. He was one of at least nine Palestinians…

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British woman killed fighting Turkish forces in Afrin

Anna Campbell believed to be the first British woman to die alongside Kurdish forces in Syria A British woman fighting alongside Kurdish forces in Afrin, northern Syria, has been killed, her Kurdish commanders have said. Anna Campbell, from Lewes, East Sussex, was volunteering with the US-backed Kurdish Womens Protection Units (YPJ) the all-female affiliate army of the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) in the besieged city of Afrin when the convoy she was travelling in was struck by a Turkish missile on 16 March. Sources say the 26-year-old initially travelled to…

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Israel launches ‘large-scale’ attack in Syria after fighter jet crashes

Military spokesman says four Iranian targets near Damascus were destroyed in retaliation Israel launches ‘large-scale’ attack in Syria after fighter jet crashes Military spokesman says four Iranian targets near Damascus were destroyed in retaliation Oliver Holmes in Jerusalem First published on Sat 10 Feb 2018 00.59EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Israeli fighter jet crashes after being shot at by Syrian air defences video Israel has launched what it described as a large-scale air raid in Syria after one of its F-16 fighters crashed while under…

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Second woman arrested in Tehran for hijab protest

Woman was detained after standing on telecoms box to raise headscarf on a stick in repeat of protest last month Second woman arrested in Tehran for hijab protest Woman was detained after standing on telecoms box to raise headscarf on a stick in repeat of protest last month Saeed Kamali Dehghan Iran correspondent Last modified on Mon 29 Jan 2018 17.00EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp An unidentified woman protests against compulsory hijab rules Photograph: Twitter/@MaajidNawaz A second woman has been arrested in Iran for protesting…

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Iran bans the teaching of English in primary schools, official says

Move comes after warnings by Islamic leaders that early learning of language opened way to western cultural invasion Iran has banned the teaching of English in primary schools, a senior education official has said, after Islamic leaders warned that early learning of the language opened the way to a western cultural invasion. Teaching English in government and non-government primary schools in the official curriculum is against laws and regulations, Mehdi Navid-Adham, head of the state-run high education council, told state television. The assumption is that in primary education the groundwork…

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Palestinian girl filmed slapping Israeli soldier is charged with assault

Ahed Tamimi, 16, hailed as a hero by Palestinians after arrest over viral video showing her physically confronting soldier A 16-year-old Palestinian girl who was arrested after being filmed slapping an Israeli soldier has been charged with assaulting security forces, incitement and throwing stones. The video of Ahed Tamimi which went viral on social media two weeks ago prompted competing reactions from Israelis and Palestinians, including a campaign for her release. Her father, Bassem Tamimi, called it a political trial, saying Israel had dug up old incidents to justify her…

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