Trump Jerusalem move: Tear gas at Lebanon US embassy protest – BBC News

The demonstration is the latest against Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Source: Trump Jerusalem move: Tear gas at Lebanon US embassy protest – BBC News

Egypt uncovers ancient tombs at Luxor – BBC News

A mummy dating back about 3,500 years is among items discovered in the two tombs.

Egypt’s antiquities ministry said that the tombs had been discovered by a German archaeologist in the 1990s, but were kept sealed until recently.

Source: Egypt uncovers ancient tombs at Luxor – BBC News

Iraq declares war with Islamic State is over – BBC News

PM Haider al-Abadi says Iraqi troops are in now complete control of the country.

Source: Iraq declares war with Islamic State is over – BBC News

First man killed in protests over Trump’s Jerusalem decision – NY Daily News

A Palestinian man struck by Israeli fire is the first to be killed protesting Trump’s Jerusalem decision.

Source: First man killed in protests over Trump’s Jerusalem decision – NY Daily News

U.S. Ready to Ship More Gas to Middle East

U.S. natural gas exports could find buyers in the oil-rich Persian Gulf as countries there look to meet surging demand.

Source: U.S. Ready to Ship More Gas to Middle East

Yemen war: Former leader Ali Abdullah Saleh ‘killed’ – BBC News

Houthi rebels claim the former Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been killed in fighting in Sanaa.

Source: Yemen war: Former leader Ali Abdullah Saleh ‘killed’ – BBC News

Israel strikes military site near Damascus, Syria’s state-run news claims – CNN

A military site near Damascus came under attack just after midnight Saturday by missiles from the Israeli military, according to the Syrian state-run SANA news agency and the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

Source: Israel strikes military site near Damascus, Syria’s state-run news claims – CNN

Burqa-clad suicide bombers storm student dorm in Pakistan; 9 killed

The attack occurred on Eid Miladun Nabi, a major Muslim holiday celebrating the birth of the Prophet Muhammad.

Source: Burqa-clad suicide bombers storm student dorm in Pakistan; 9 killed

Top general in Afghanistan says Taliban leadership ‘living in comfort’ in Pakistan – CNNPolitics

It’s been nearly 100 days since President Donald Trump announced his new strategy for Afghanistan and the wider region, a strategy that demanded Pakistan do more to fight the Taliban, but Pakistan has yet to take significant action against the Taliban, according to the commander of US and international forces in Afghanistan.

Source: Top general in Afghanistan says Taliban leadership ‘living in comfort’ in Pakistan – CNNPolitics

Russian jet buzzes US Navy spy plane over Black Sea

A Russian Su-30 fighter jet buzzed a Navy reconnaissance plane flying in the Black Sea while conducting a routine patrol in international airspace Saturday, an official told Fox News.

Source: Russian jet buzzes US Navy spy plane over Black Sea

Earlier this month, U.S. fighter jets intercepted Russian nuclear bombers approaching the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan off the coast of North Korea.

263 coins, chain, shaving blades removed from man’s stomach

SATNA: In a rare surgery, doctors in Madhya Pradesh”s Rewa district recently removed five kg iron objects, a chain, as many as 263 coins and shaving blades-from the stomach of a man who they said is not in a good frame of mind.

Source: 263 coins, chain, shaving blades removed from man’s stomach

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Nearly 200 reportedly killed in Egypt mosque attack

Militants bomb mosque and fire on worshippers in the volatile Sinai Peninsula, officials say

Source: Nearly 200 reportedly killed in Egypt mosque attack

Iran-Iraq Earthquake Kills More Than 450

Rescuers and residents spent the night digging through rubble in a frantic search for survivors after a quake near the countries’ shared border.

The quake, recorded at 9:18 p.m. on Sunday, was felt as far away as Turkey and Pakistan. The epicenter was near Ezgeleh, Iran, about 135 miles northeast of Baghdad, and had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3, according to the United States Geological Survey. Seismologists in the country said it was the biggest quake to hit the western part of Iran.

Source: Iran-Iraq Earthquake Kills More Than 450

Live updates- Earthquake of 7.3 magnitude strikes near Iraq-Iran border: Six dead, several injured | The Indian Express

The quake was even felt in the Iranian capital Tehran, with some villages hit by power cuts, Iranian state TV reported.

A massive earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck Iraq on Sunday, 103 kms (64 miles) southeast of the city of As-Sulaymaniyah, the US Geological Survey said, reports Reuters. US Geological Survey initially said the quake was of a magnitude 7.2, before revising it to 7.3.

Source: Live updates- Earthquake of 7.3 magnitude strikes near Iraq-Iran border: Six dead, several injured | The Indian Express

Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-quake/strong-earthquake-hits-iraq-and-iran-killing-at-least-145-idUSKBN1DC0VZ?il=0

Trump Team Begins Drafting Middle East Peace Plan

Led by the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, the White House team hopes to develop an American blueprint for resolving Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

WASHINGTON — President Trump and his advisers have begun developing their own concrete blueprint to end the decades-old conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, a plan intended to go beyond previous frameworks offered by the American government in pursuit of what the president calls “the ultimate deal.”

Source: Trump Team Begins Drafting Middle East Peace Plan

U.S., Russia nearing agreement on resolving Syrian civil war

The United States and Russia are nearing an agreement on Syria for how they hope to resolve the Arab country’s civil war once the Islamic State group is defeated, officials said Thursday.

Source: U.S., Russia nearing agreement on resolving Syrian civil war

US service member killed in Afghanistan

The details surrounding the death in the country’s Logar province were still unknown, but Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, confirmed the loss in a release.

Officials say the service member died of wounds sustained during an operation.

Source: US service member killed in Afghanistan

Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed detained in corruption inquiry

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who owns investment firm Kingdom Holding 4280.SE, was among 11 princes, four ministers and tens of former ministers detained, two senior Saudi officials told Reuters on Sunday.

Source: Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed detained in corruption inquiry

Israel strikes Gaza tunnel, killing 8, Palestinian Health Ministry says – CNN

Eight people were killed when the Israeli military struck a tunnel leading into Israel from Gaza, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza.

Source: Israel strikes Gaza tunnel, killing 8, Palestinian Health Ministry says – CNN

Police personnel killed in western desert shoot-out reaches 52 – Egypt Independent

52 Egyptian security personnel died during a clash with suspected Islamist militants in the western desert late on Friday, two security sources stated. The police convoy came under attack by militants using rocket-propelled grenades and explosive devices, one source described. A number of suspected militants were also killed and security forces continue to comb the area, … Continued

Source: Police personnel killed in western desert shoot-out reaches 52 – Egypt Independent

Egyptian police suffer casualties in raid | ISIS News | Al Jazeera

More than a dozen officers killed in shoot-out with suspected fighters in Giza governorate in blow to security forces.

Source: Egyptian police suffer casualties in raid | ISIS News | Al Jazeera

Volcanoes helped topple ancient Egyptian empire, study finds | Fox News

Sun-choking debris cast off by volcanoes more than 2,000 years ago starved headwaters feeding the Nile river and hastened the downfall of ancient Egypt’s last kingdom, researchers claim.

Source: Volcanoes helped topple ancient Egyptian empire, study finds | Fox News

Afghan suicide mosque attacks kill scores of worshippers – BBC News

Some 60 people are killed as worshippers are targeted in two separate attacks on mosques.

Source: Afghan suicide mosque attacks kill scores of worshippers – BBC News

Oil Prices Buoyed by Middle East Tensions

Oil prices traded higher, supported by ongoing political tensions in the Middle East.

Source: Oil Prices Buoyed by Middle East Tensions

Trump Calls Iran Nuclear Deal ‘Unacceptable,’ But Leaves U.S. In It For Now : NPR

President Trump is striking a formal blow against the Iran nuclear deal. But he is stopping short of asking Congress to reimpose sanctions on Tehran. Instead, the president is urging lawmakers to pass a new law, spelling out conditions under which sanctions could be reimposed.

Source: Trump Calls Iran Nuclear Deal ‘Unacceptable,’ But Leaves U.S. In It For Now : NPR

‘The Taliban Can’t Win,’ Says Commander Of U.S. Forces In Afghanistan : Parallels : NPR

In a wide-ranging interview, Gen. John W. Nicholson laid out some details of the new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and explained how it will work. “We can move now in the right direction,” he said.

Source: ‘The Taliban Can’t Win,’ Says Commander Of U.S. Forces In Afghanistan : Parallels : NPR

A North Korean ship was seized off Egypt with a huge cache of weapons destined for a surprising buyer

A stunning haul of rocket-propelled grenades offers a glimpse into a secret trade propping up Kim Jong Un’s rule.

Source: A North Korean ship was seized off Egypt with a huge cache of weapons destined for a surprising buyer

Egypt arrests 7 for raising rainbow flag at indy rock gig

Egyptian authorities arrested seven people Monday who they accused of being gay and promoting homosexuality for allegedly raising the rainbow flag of the LGBT movement at a concert, filing charges even though there is no law officially banning the practice.

Source: Egypt arrests 7 for raising rainbow flag at indy rock gig

Iran tests new ballistic missile hours after showing it off – CNN

Iran tested a new ballistic missile that is reportedly capable of carrying multiple warheads, the nation’s state-run broadcaster announced Saturday.

Source: Iran tests new ballistic missile hours after showing it off – CNN

Russia plans to stamp out terrorism in Somalia

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Somalia’s Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire in a sideline meeting at the United Nations General Assembly yesterday.

Russia discussed the need to continue efforts to ensure the stability of Somalia’s federal government and bolster international efforts to establish peace in the country.

Source: Russia plans to stamp out terrorism in Somalia

Russia in the Middle East | Jordan Times

Amer Al Sabaileh

Over the last few years, the Middle East started to witness the presence of new political protagonists: Russia, a very strong, evident player, Germany, a strong but latent player, and China, a strong economic power.

Many reported that Russia’s support for Syria was limited and unreliable. And yet, Russia has successfully engaged in the region and over recent years has proved reliable to its allies. Now, as Russia has become central to everything, from regional security to the peace process, regional countries must change their approach and recognise its influence and importance.

Russian diplomacy has been instrumental to creating the potential for an end to the Syrian crisis.

Russia’s influence in the region is spreading. Russia is now allied with both Israel and Syria.

Source: Russia in the Middle East | Jordan Times

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Officials: Bomber kills 7 outside Afghan cricket stadium | WPXI

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – A suicide bomber struck outside a cricket stadium during a match in Afghanistan’s capital Wednesday, killing at least three people and wounding 12 others, officials said.

Source: Officials: Bomber kills 7 outside Afghan cricket stadium | WPXI

Turkey kills 99 Kurdish militants in latest operations

Security forces targeted outposts and caves used by the militants for shelter and storage in the southeastern provinces of Sirnak and Hakkari, near the Iraqi border, the military said in a statement, adding:

“Ninety-nine terrorists have been neutralised. One is in the so-called leading ranks”

Source: Turkey kills 99 Kurdish militants in latest operations

Pakistan: 12 picnickers drown at Karachi beach | WPXI

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) – Pakistani police say at least 12 people, including women and children, have drowned at a beach near the port city of Karachi after being swept away by strong waves in the Arabian sea.Police official Ijaz Khokhar says initially two people drowned Saturday after enjoying a picnic at the beach and the others died trying to rescue them.

Source: Pakistan: 12 picnickers drown at Karachi beach | WPXI

New mummies discovered in tomb near Luxor, Egypt – BBC News

The tomb, dating back to the New Kingdom (16th to 11th Centuries BC), was found near the Nile city of Luxor, 400 miles (700km) south of Cairo.

Among the items discovered inside was a statue of the goldsmith Amenemhat, sitting beside his wife.It is unclear whether the three mummies discovered are connected to Amenemhat.

Source: New mummies discovered in tomb near Luxor, Egypt – BBC News

Coalition strikes roads to prevent ISIS convoy from evacuating border area with Lebanon – CNNPolitics

The US-led coalition fighting ISIS has carried out airstrikes to “crater” and disable roads that ISIS fighters intended to use to evacuate the border area between Syria and Lebanon as part of an agreement with the Lebanese government and Hezbollah.

Source: Coalition strikes roads to prevent ISIS convoy from evacuating border area with Lebanon – CNNPolitics

Car bomb kills eight at Baghdad market: medics

The car detonated in the eastern district of Jamila, police said, as Iraqi government forces were preparing to declare victory over the Sunni Muslim militants of Islamic State more than 400 km (250 miles) further north in the city of Tal Afar.

Medics reported that at least 8 are dead and approximately 25 were wounded in the explosion.

Source: Car bomb kills eight at Baghdad market: medics

Syrian, Russian military destroy over 800 terrorists in major ISIL unit – Xinhua | English.news.cn

MOSCOW, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) — Over 800 terrorists of the ISIL group were killed in Syria as a result of an operation conducted by the Syrian government forces and the Russian air force, the Russian Defense Ministry said Sunday.

More than 800 terrorists, 13 tanks, 39 pick-up trucks equipped with large-caliber machine guns, 9 mortars and artillery guns were destroyed during the operation, the document said.

Source: Syrian, Russian military destroy over 800 terrorists in major ISIL unit – Xinhua | English.news.cn

Deadly siege on mosque in Afghan capital

Shiite Muslims had gathered for Friday prayers when militants set off bomb outside, then pushed into building

Source: Deadly siege on mosque in Afghan capital

Kushner in Middle East for peace talks – POLITICO

The trip is Jared Kushner’s third to the region: he accompanied President Trump to Jerusalem in May, and then he traveled to Israel on his own, last June. | Pablo Marintez Monsivais/AP

Accompanying Kushner on Tuesday in the Gulf states were deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell, and Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt, a White House official said.

Source: Kushner in Middle East for peace talks – POLITICO

James Mattis, defense secretary, “comfortable” with White House’s way ahead on Afghanistan – Washington Times

“I am very comfortable that the strategic process was sufficiently rigorous and did not go in with a pre-set position,” Mr. Mattis told reporters travelling with him during a diplomatic visit to Jordan, which is the first time the former U.S. Central Command chief will visit the country as defense chief.

Source: James Mattis, defense secretary, “comfortable” with White House’s way ahead on Afghanistan – Washington Times

Navy to Commission Middle East-based Expeditionary Sea Base Lewis B. Puller as a Warship – USNI News

The Navy will commission its first Expeditionary Landing Base as a warship, converting it to USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB-3) to better support operational needs

Source: Navy to Commission Middle East-based Expeditionary Sea Base Lewis B. Puller as a Warship – USNI News

US soldiers killed in Iraq but not as result of “enemy contact” Pentagon says – CBS News

Military says deaths, and 5 other troops wounded, not result of “enemy contact,” but gives no further details.

Thousands of U.S. troops are taking part in the war against ISIS in Iraq. They are mainly providing logistical and other support to Iraqi troops, but many operate close to the front lines.

Source: US soldiers killed in Iraq but not as result of “enemy contact” Pentagon says – CBS News

Bomb kills at least 15 in Pakistani city of Quetta – NY Daily News

By Gul YousafzaiQUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) – A bomb exploded near a crowded market in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Saturday .

“According to the information we have received so far, there are around 15 casualties, people who were martyred, and around 40 people were wounded,” Bugti said. He said a state of emergency had been imposed in the city and all hospitals were on alert.

Source: Bomb kills at least 15 in Pakistani city of Quetta – NY Daily News

Israel Hayom | Israel seeks to close local Al Jazeera bureau over ‘incitement’

Israel Hayom – The Newspaper

After four Arab states take action against the Qatari network, Israel’s communications minister says that if Israel stands idly by, it sends a message that “Israel is on the side of terrorism” • Al Jazeera calls move undemocratic, pledges legal action.

News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff

Source: Israel Hayom | Israel seeks to close local Al Jazeera bureau over ‘incitement’

Blaze sweeps through Dubai skyscraper for second time

A fire ripped through one of the world’s tallest residential towers in Dubai on Friday, the latest in a series of fires in tall structures in the United Arab Emirates, the Gulf’s tourism and business hub, over the past three years.

Source: Blaze sweeps through Dubai skyscraper for second time

Update: Dubai Civil Defence says blaze is extinguished, with cooling operation underway

  • Flames shoot up the sides of the Torch tower in Dubai Marina.Image Credit: Mitch Williams/Reuters
  • The Torch tower in Dubai Marina after the blaze was extinguished.Image Credit: Dubai Media Office

Dubai: Fire hit the Torch Tower in Dubai Marina overnight on Thursday.

Plumes of smoke could be seen rising into the air from after midnight, with debris falling below. Images and videos of the building ablaze were posted on social media.

Police and fire crews are on the scene. Dubai Media Office tweeted at 3.35am that the fire was extinguished with no casualties reported.

 “Dubai Civil Defence announces that the fire at the Torch Tower has been brought under control. Cooling operations are underway,” said the tweet. The building was successfully evacuated earlier in the night.

“Smoke is everywhere,” one eyewitness told Gulf News as the fire broke out. “The streets are covered in debris.”

A Dubai Police spokesperson told Gulf News the fire broke out on 9th floor and spread to upper four floors.

“It’s big fire started on 9th floor. Civil defence and police in the scene now to control the fire,” the spokesperson said.


The Torch tower on fire. Credit: Ali Adil/Gulf News reader


Dubai Media Office tweeted that Dubai Civil Defence teams were trying to control the fire and firefighters from four fire stations were participating.

“Dubai Police will be handling inquiries related to the fire in Torch Tower and those affected by it through emergency number 999,” the Dubai Media Office tweeted.

Shaikh Mansour Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum attended the scene of the fire. Watch a video here:


Head of Dubai Police with the head of Dubai Civil Defence at the site. Credit: Dubai Civil Defence

U.S. Soldiers Killed in Suicide Attack in Afghanistan | Time.com

US soldiers walk at the site of a Taliban suicide attack in Kandahar on August 2, 2017. A Taliban suicide bomber on August 2 rammed a vehicle filled with explosives into a convoy of foreign forces in Afghanistan’s restive southern province of Kandahar, causing casualties, officials said. “At around noon a car bomb targeted a convoy of foreign forces in the Daman area of Kandahar,” provincial police spokesman Zia Durrani told AFP. / AFP PHOTO / JAVED TANVEER (Photo credit should read JAVED TANVEER/AFP/Getty Images) JAVED TANVEER—AFP/Getty Images

The attack was on a NATO convoy in southern Afghanistan

Source: U.S. Soldiers Killed in Suicide Attack in Afghanistan | Time.com

The Middle East can’t be fixed by American military solutions – Business Insider

What passes for U.S. foreign policy is rather a mess of strategic incoherence with grievous consequences for innocent people.

There are reports that the U.S.-led coalition is responsible for hundreds, if not thousands, of preventable civilian casualties in Mosul thanks to imprecise airstrike targeting and, since victory was declared, the emergence of deeply troubling videosshowing U.S.-allied Iraqi troops torturing and killing captured men they believe—but do not know—to be ISIS militants. Even if their assumptions are correct, this is extrajudicial execution, a grave act by agents of a legitimate government. If they’re incorrect, if these men are innocent civilians caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, it’s murder, committed by soldiers the United States has trained, armed, and supported.

Source: The Middle East can’t be fixed by American military solutions – Business Insider

Congress took action on Russia — now it must act on the Middle East | TheHill

OPINION | The Temple Mount crisis presents an opportunity to enact legislation on Jerusalem that may restart the peace process.

A bipartisan majority in Congress forced the Trump administration to swallow sanctions on Russia for its interference in the 2016 election. While the Trump administration continues to be distracted by the Russia scandal, it demonstrates that it is content sending inexperienced envoys to the region. Congress has an opportunity to enact meaningful legislation on the future status of Jerusalem that may restart the peace process.

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WHO: Yemen suffering world’s largest outbreak of cholera

Yemen is currently witnessing “the biggest outbreak of cholera in the world”, World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said today.”We arrived yesterday in Yemen, which is facing the biggest outbreak of the cholera epidemic in the world … and we will do everything in our power to promote a common response to the epidemic,” the UN official said.

Source: WHO: Yemen suffering world’s largest outbreak of cholera