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Israeli rabbis plan to 'hide' African migrants facing deportation

18 January, 2018

A group of rabbis in Israel have begun a campaign to physically hide African migrants Anne Frank-style in their homes to stop authorities from deporting them under a controversial scheme.

UN seeks $1.6 billion as famine in Somalia looms

18 January, 2018

The UN says it needs $1.6 billion to protect 5.4 million people from the effects of famine, as conditions forecast to worsen.

Prominent Egyptian scholar Qaradawi sentenced to life in prison

18 January, 2018

Prominent Egypt-born scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi who heads the Doha-based International Union of Muslim Scholars has been sentenced to life in prison for 'incitement to murder' among other charges.

MuslimGirl blogger turns down award because of brand ambassador

18 January, 2018

The founder behind MuslimGirl turned down Revlon's award because its brand ambassador is Gal Gadot, an Israeli actress who has written in support of the IDF's offensive against Gaza.

Sisi replaces Egypt's intelligence chief ahead of elections

18 January, 2018

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has appointed Major General Abbas Kamel as interim chief of the country’s General Intelligence Service, state television reported on Thursday.

Shocking 200,000 people displaced in Syria in past month

18 January, 2018

Despite Idlib being one of the de-escalation zones, pro-regime shelling has intensified and caused one of the worst displacement surges in Syria since the start of the conflict.

Iraq signs deal with BP to develop oil fields

18 January, 2018

After retaking Kirkuk's lucrative oil fields from Kurdish forces, Iraq's government is looking to BP to develop them.

Saudi cleric hospitalised after five months in solitary confinement

18 January, 2018

Awda was arrested after posting a tweet welcoming reports of a possible reconciliation between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. He has now been hospitalised after almost five months in solitary confinement.

US signals open-ended military presence in Syria

18 January, 2018

Despite Trump arguing against his predecessors' military interventions while running as a candidate, his presidency has brought about an open-ended military presence in Syria

Belgium pledges $23m to UNRWA as staff laid off

18 January, 2018

As UNRWA lays off crucial staff in the wake of the US aid withdrawal, Belgium has stepped in offering critical support at a time of crisis for Palestinian refugees.

Turkey to act if US insists on Kurdish support

18 January, 2018

Ankara has slammed US-led plans on creating a 30,000-strong border force led by the YPG, saying it will take action in Syria's Afrin district where Turkish tanks have amassed.

The Iraq Report: IS bombs tear through Baghdad

17 January, 2018

This week in Iraq: The Iraqi government has repeatedly failed to stop IS bomb attacks in Baghdad that have claimed the lives of dozens of people.

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