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A war monitor said buses evacuated Islamic State fighters from an enclave south of Damascus on Sunday in a withdrawal deal, though state media denied the report and said the Syrian army was fighting to finish off the insurgents.
The European Union's energy chief sought to reassure Iran yesterday that the bloc remained committed to salvaging a nuclear deal with Tehran despite Donald Trump's decision to exit the accord and reimpose sanctions.
Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's political coalition has won the most seats in Iraq's national parliamentary elections, according to complete results released by Iraq's electoral commission.
The headline in liberal-leaning Israeli newspaper 'Haaretz' was succinct: "Jerusalem Celebrates, Tel Aviv Parties and Gaza Bleeds - a Surreal 24 Hours."
Monstrous. Frightful. Wicked. It's strange how the words just run out in the Middle East today. Sixty Palestinians dead. In one day.
Hamas plans to continue protests along the Gaza border and hopes that a mass demonstration on June 5 will rival the size of this week's protests, a spokesman said yesterday.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed Hamas was paying Gazans to try to infiltrate Israel.
Syrian and Russian forces have launched a large-scale attack on a Palestinian refugee camp under the control of Isil, as the regime closed in on the last rebel-held territory in the Syrian capital.
Guatemala has opened its new embassy in Jerusalem, becoming the second country to do so after the United States, as international condemnation continued over the killing of dozens of Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces.
Turkey has ordered the Israeli consul general in Istanbul to return to Israel "for some time", a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said on Wednesday, in a diplomatic spat which follows the killings of 60 Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces.
The United States has blocked the adoption of a UN Security Council statement that called for an "independent and transparent investigation" into Israel's killing of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border.
Ministers have discussed the possibility of recognising the state of Palestine within weeks, but the proposal was ultimately rejected by Tánaiste Simon Coveney.
A Palestinian was shot dead near the Gaza-Israel border yesterday after thousands of mourners turned out for the funerals of dozens of protesters killed by Israeli troops the day before, local health officials said.
This week's carnage in Gaza seems like another imbalanced confrontation between the Israeli state and Palestinians, but these recent deaths must be examined from the perspective of rising tensions between Iran and Israel.
On Monday afternoon, a US delegation that included President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and other White House officials celebrated the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it a "glorious day" that had "made history".
Turkey and Israel expelled each other's senior diplomats yesterday.
In Gaza City, hundreds marched at the funeral of eight-month-old Leila al-Ghandour, whose body was wrapped in a Palestinian flag.
Worried families crowded the halls and spilled out of rooms in Gaza's hospitals on Tuesday, as patients wounded at a border protest awaited treatment for injuries suffered on Monday, the deadliest day for Palestinians in years.
Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian near the Gaza-Israel border on Tuesday after thousands of Palestinians turned out for the funerals of dozens of protesters killed by Israeli troops a day earlier, local health officials said.
The Israeli ambassador to Ireland was summoned to a meeting by the Government in the wake of the violence and death along the Gaza border.
THE UN Security Council plans to meet today to discuss violence along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, following the deadliest day there since a 2014 war.
Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border on Monday when the high-profile opening of the U.S. embassy to Israel in Jerusalem by the Trump administration raised tension to boiling point after weeks of demonstrations.
The opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem was overshadowed yesterday by bloodshed in Gaza, where at least 55 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in the deadliest day since the end of the 2014 Gaza conflict.
Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney expressed dismay at the use of "disproportionate" force by Israeli forces against Palestinian protesters and called for a UN probe into the violence.
Yahya Sinwar is a man used to being boxed in. The 55-year-old leader of Hamas in Gaza spent half his life in an Israeli prison cell for abducting and killing two Israeli soldiers. Today, the militant fighter finds himself in another tight spot with few good options.
Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border on Monday as the United States opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, a move that has fueled Palestinian anger and drawn foreign criticism that it undermines peace efforts.
The United States officially opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem on Monday, fulfilling a pledge by President Donald Trump who has recognised the holy city as the Israeli capital.
Israeli troops killed at least 16 Palestinians along the Gaza border on Monday, health officials said, as demonstrators streamed to the frontier on the day the United States prepared to open its embassy in Jerusalem.
The United States opens its embassy in Jerusalem today, a move that has delighted Israel and infuriated Palestinians.
Israeli club Beitar Jerusalem have announced a change of the club's name to 'Beitar Trump Jerusalem' in honour of the "courageous" American president.
Ivanka Trump arrived in Israel yesterday for the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem hours after the Israeli defence forces destroyed a tunnel near the main pedestrian crossing of the Gaza strip.
Tehran traffic is gridlocked half the time, and the city spends most of the year engulfed in smog, so it's not surprising that locals travel underground when they can - on a metro system that sometimes carries two million people a day.
Israel's defence minister has called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to "get rid" of Iranian forces in Syria, warning their continued presence would only cause problems.
If a week is a long time in politics, then it is doubly so in a world where the president of the United States is Donald Trump.
Israel and Iran lurched closer to all-out war yesterday after the Israeli military claimed it struck "almost all" of Iran's bases in Syria in response to what it said was an Iranian rocket barrage fired at the Golan Heights.
Almost 100 Irish peacekeeping troops had to take cover in heavily reinforced bunkers for five hours during a series of missile attacks across the Golan Heights early yesterday morning.
Israel and Iran lurched closer to an all out war in Syria on Thursday after Iranian forces allegedly fired rockets into the Golan Heights and Israel responded with some of its heaviest airstrikes in years.
Israel launched dozens of rockets into Syria early on Thursday, destroying a radar installation and hitting an ammunitions dump, Syrian state media reported after Israel's military said Iranian forces in Syria had shelled one of its outposts near the border.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu travelled to Moscow yesterday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and discuss military co-ordination amid new strikes in Syria blamed on Israel.
Hezbollah has hailed a "great victory" in Lebanon's election, after the Iran-backed group and its allies looked set to secure a majority in parliament.
The lawyers representing an Emirati princess believed to be detained in the UAE have asked the UN to urgently intervene to help secure her release.
British, American and European diplomats are close to agreeing a joint approach to reining in Iran's territorial ambitions and missile programme, according to Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary, who is due to arrive in Washington for last ditch talks to save the Iran nuclear deal.
The Iran-backed Shia group Hezbollah and its political allies are on course to win more than half the seats in Lebanon's first parliamentary election in nine years, according to preliminary results cited by politicians and Lebanese media.
At least three US Embassy road signs went up in Jerusalem yesterday ahead of next week's opening of the mission in accordance with President Donald Trump's recognition of the city as Israel's capital.
Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels have targeted the presidency building in the heart of the Yemeni capital, leaving at least six people dead and 30 wounded, according to health officials.
PAKISTAN'S interior minister Ahsan Iqbal survived an assassination attempt on Sunday, officials said, an incident likely to heighten political tensions ahead of general elections expected in late July.
North Korea said on Sunday its intention to denuclearise, unveiled at a historic inter-Korean summit, was not the result of U.S.-led sanctions and pressure, warning the United States not to mislead public opinion.
Iran has an exaggerated reputation in the Middle East for Machiavellian cunning and an ability to outmanoeuvre its enemies. Britain used to be regarded in the same light in the region: its most ill-considered actions were admired as devilishly clever plots when all it was doing was taking advantage of the blunders of its opponents.
ISRAEL'S prime minister said yesterday that he was not seeking a military confrontation with Iran, even as he continued his public campaign to convince Donald Trump to strengthen the 2015 nuclear deal or pull the US out of it.
The dilapidated warehouse in southern Tehran seemed an unlikely place for Iran to store its most sensitive nuclear secrets. But according to Israeli officials, the storage facility in the Shorabad neighbourhood had been chosen precisely because of its unassuming appearance.
Israel has accused Iran of lying to the world about its nuclear weapons programme both before and since the 2015 nuclear deal after Israeli intelligence stole 100,000 files from a secret "atomic archive" in Tehran.
One of the BBC's reporters in Afghanistan has been killed in an attack in the eastern Khost province, the broadcaster said.
The new US secretary of state has described Iran "as the greatest sponsor of terrorism in the world" yesterday in a further signal that America intends to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.
The largest Palestinian refugee camp in Syria has been "transformed into a death camp" as Assad regime forces press ahead with a major offensive against Isil fighters who control the area, the UN has warned.
US President Donald Trump and Iran's top diplomat traded sharp warnings yesterday, with Mr Trump threatening "bigger problems" than ever if Tehran restarts its nuclear programme.
Isil claimed responsibility for the attack on a project of key importance to the credibility of President Ashraf Ghani's government in Afghanistan.
A suicide bomber has struck a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital on Sunday, killing at least 31 people, officials said.
During the bombing of Baghdad in January 1991, I went with other journalists on an Iraqi government-organised trip to what they claimed was the remains of a baby milk plant at Abu Ghraib which the US had just destroyed, saying that it was really a biological warfare facility.
This is the story of a town called Douma, a ravaged, stinking place of smashed apartment blocks - and of an underground clinic whose images of suffering allowed three of the Western world's most powerful nations to bomb Syria last week.
Chemical weapons experts are due to arrive in Douma today to probe the alleged poison gas attack, Russian officials said, as the US voiced fears Moscow may already have "tampered with" evidence at the site.
The little girl stares into the distance while her limbs convulse. She is foaming from the mouth, desperately trying to get air into her tiny lungs. It's a battle she probably won't win. The girl doesn't know why she is dying.
An aid worker has described hearing "deafening explosions" and said the building she was in rattled when allied air strikes struck their Syrian targets.
Western airstrikes have done little to degrade Bashar al-Assad's chemical arsenal and his regime still could inflict major damage, Syria's former chemical weapons chief has said.
France will today lead a push involving the US and UK for a peaceful path forward in the Syrian crisis, proposing a United Nations-backed ceasefire.
WESTERN powers have said their missile attacks on Saturday struck at the heart of Syria's chemical weapons program, but the restrained assault appeared unlikely to halt Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's progress in the 7-year-old civil war.
The United States is "locked and loaded" if Syria uses chemical weapons again, Donald Trump has threatened.
What of the economic consequences of an escalation of war in Syria? I say "escalation", of course, as civil war has raged across this blighted nation for the last seven years.
This wasn't the usual sound of light artillery shelling against remaining rebel enclaves in Damascus which you often hear. This was something quite different.
Donald Trump, the US president, has thanked Britain and France for the "power of their fine military strike" after the allies responded to a chemical attack in Syria.
HUNDREDS of Syrians gathered at landmark squares in the Syrian capital on Saturday, honking their car horns, flashing victory signs and waving Syrian flags in scenes of defiance that followed unprecedented joint air strikes by the United States, France and Britain.
BRITISH Prime Minister Theresa May said on Saturday she had authorised British forces to conduct precision air-launched cruise missile strikes on Syria to degrade its chemical weapons capability, saying there was no alternative to military action.
THE US, UK and France have launched co-ordinated missile strikes on Syria following a "despicable" chemical weapons attack on the town of Douma.
Western powers said on Saturday their missile attacks struck at the heart of Syria's chemical weapons program, but the restrained assault appeared unlikely to halt Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's progress in the 7-year-old civil war.
Thousands of Palestinians have staged a mass protest along Gaza's sealed border with Israel, some burning large Israeli flags and torching tyres while soldiers fired tear gas and live bullets.
President Donald Trump and his national security aides on Thursday discussed U.S. options on Syria, where he has threatened missile strikes in response to a suspected poison gas attack, as a Russian envoy voiced fears of wider conflict between Washington and Moscow.
France has proof that the Syrian government launched chlorine gas attacks, President Emmanuel Macron said.
TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has condemned the use of use of chemical weapons as "abhorrent" said that a suspected attack in Syria must be fully investigated.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has stressed the need to prevent the situation in Syria from "spiralling out of control".
US President Donald Trump has warned Russia of imminent military action in Syria over a suspected poison gas attack, declaring that missiles "will be coming" and claiming that relations between the two countries are at an all-time low.
Activists in Syria have reported that government forces have vacated strategic potential targets - including air bases around the country - as they prepared for a possible US attack in retaliation for the alleged chemical assault.
Donald Trump's promise to carry out US strikes against Syria despite Russian warnings could result in a showdown between two of the world's most sophisticated weapons systems.
The Russian military has said it will deploy troops to the Syrian town of Douma, which was the site of Saturday’s purported chemical attack.
President Donald Trump intensified preparations for a US response to a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, cancelling a planned trip this weekend to South America and conferring with European allies on retaliatory steps.
Russia has vetoed a US-drafted UN resolution that would have condemned last weekend's suspected gas attack near Damascus and established a new body to determine responsibility for Syrian chemical weapons attacks.
Russia blamed Israel for a missile attack on a Syrian air base yesterday morning, which came after President Bashar al-Assad triggered international outrage by carrying out a suspected chemical attack in a besieged suburb of Damascus.
Britain and the United States agreed on Monday that a suspected poison gas attack in Syria bears the hallmarks of previous chemical weapons attacks carried out by Bashar al-Assad's Syrian government, a statement from the British foreign office said.
At least 27 children were killed when their school bus skidded off a mountain road into a gorge in the foothills of the Himalayas, officials have said.
Donald Trump last night warned Russia's Vladimir Putin that there would be a "big price to pay" for a suspected Syrian chemical weapons attack that killed 70 people, including children.
The victims were found exactly where they had been when the gas hit. Their silent killer had given little warning.
Pope Francis on Sunday deplored the gas attack reported in Syria as an unjustifiable use of "instruments of extermination".
The Israeli military is facing widespread questions over why its snipers killed a Palestinian journalist who was wearing body armour clearly marked with a 'Press' sign.
A powerful 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck the remote highlands of Papua New Guinea, the European Earthquake Monitoring Service said.
Thousands of Palestinians have protested along Gaza's sealed border with Israel, engulfing the volatile area in black smoke from burning tyres.
At least seven Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces on the Gaza border yesterday, as thousands of demonstrators burned tyres to send towers of thick black smoke into the sky.
Palestinians have torched piles of tyres near Gaza’s border with Israel, sending plumes of black smoke into the air and drawing Israeli fire that killed six men in a second mass protest in a week.