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INSIDE IRAN

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Shounaz Meky The report in a new series by Al Arabiya News Channel takes a look at the spread of Iranian-allied militias in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Yemen, as the outcome of the republic’s long-standing efforts to export its r [Read story...]

How a simple dish of Hummus can transform lives

Menekse Tokyay It is a relatively well-known fact that cuisine from one’s childhood can be very comforting, but for Syrian Mohamad Bitar, foods that he grew up consuming provide not just comfort but have also opened the door to prosperity [Read story...]

Arson attack on Israeli church

TABGHA — A Catholic church near the Sea of Galilee was heavily damaged by fire Thursday in a possible attack by Jewish extremists. A fire broke out at the Church of the Multiplication in the middle of the night, causing extensive damage to [Read story...]

Daesh ‘downs’ Iraqi fighter plane

BAGHDAD — Daesh (the so-called IS) said on Thursday it had shot down an Iraqi fighter plane north of the city of Ramadi in Anbar Province. It was not immediately possible to independently confirm the claim made on one of Daesh’s [Read story...]

Final UN shelter in Gaza closes

GAZA CITY — The UN has closed the last remaining shelter for Palestinians displaced in last summer’s war in Gaza, a spokesman said on Thursday, with families seeking temporary accommodation elsewhere. The July-August conflict bet [Read story...]

Yemen peace talks stalled

GENEVA — Yemen’s warring parties were on Thursday set to discuss the possibility of localized ceasefires, as stalled UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva showed no signs of moving toward an overall truce. UN Secretary General Ban Ki [Read story...]

In search of an Utopia

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Residents of the southern Iraqi village of Albu Nahedh, in the Al-Saniya area in the southern Al-Diwaniyah province, gather to eat. Smoking, honking horns and political debating — these may sound like a few of Iraq’s favorite thi [Read story...]

UAE aid to Gaza gives boost to Dahlan

KHAN YOUNIS, Palestine: The United Arab Emirates is paying tens of millions of dollars to support Palestinian war victims in Gaza, but the aid is also giving a boost to an exiled Fatah leader of the impoverished enclave. Mohammad Dahlan headed the Pa [Read story...]