5 May 2016 8:50
Hamas Movement held the Israeli occupation fully responsible for the escalation east of Gaza Strip and its consequences, spokesman for the Movement Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement issued Wednesday evening.
The statement was issued after Israeli forces launched airstrikes and fired artillery shells on the borders of Gaza at least twice since Wednesday morning hours.
“The Movement calls on the...
5 May 2016 8:49
An Israeli special unit at noontime on Wednesday kidnapped the anti-occupation activist Atef al-Salhi, 43, from the central occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.
Local sources said the IOF kidnapped al-Salhi in an ambush set up near Silwad before they dragged him to an Israeli military camp in the Ofra illegal settlement, to the east of Ramallah.
Al-Salhi was released from the...
5 May 2016 8:46
The 21st International Oil, Gas, Refining and Petrochemical Exhibition of Iran – Iran Oil Show 2016 – opened in capital Tehran on Thursday.
Around 1,900 companies – 900 from Iran and 880 from 38 countries - are showcasing their latest achievements in the Show which will continue until 8 May.
Figures on participants show that Europeans outnumber others in...
5 May 2016 8:45
A Bahraini court has revoked the citizenship of an opposition leader over his comments deemed derogatory to Saudi Arabia’s monarch King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
Bahrain’s high criminal court ruled on Wednesday that the defendant, identified as Ebrahim Karimi, be stripped of his citizenship, Bahrain Mirror reported.
It sentenced him to two years and a month in prison as well as...
5 May 2016 8:10
Israeli forces fired artillery shells at military towers belonging to the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, in the blockaded Gaza Strip.
The attack took place in Gaza’s eastern Shuja'iyya district on Wednesday, the Palestinian Information Center reported.
The al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, responded to the assault by hitting an Israeli bulldozer with mortars near the same district in the coastal...
5 May 2016 8:08
Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) stressed if Americans plan to pose a threat to Iran’s security in the seas, the Iranian navy will be ‘highly dangerous’ for them.
Brigadier General Hussein Salami added that the US believes Iran’s navy to be dangerous, which is “of course a fact, and in my opinion, this is the first time the...
5 May 2016 8:06
Iraq’s most senior cleric Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali al-Sistani warned the various political factions in Iraq against sticking to the ongoing approach in tackling the national issues, asserting that the religious reference is monitoring thoroughly the latest developments.
"Instead of working for the sake of providing all the public services, various political factions are overwhelmed by their own interests, which...
5 May 2016 8:04
Israeli occupation forces launched several airstrikes in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday evening, hours after Palestinian and Israeli shelling across the border of the besieged enclave.
At least five airstrikes targeted an open area near the long-closed Rafah airport, causing material damage. No casualties were initially reported.
Earlier during the day, Israeli tanks stationed along the Gaza border shelled two watchtowers.
5 May 2016 8:01
Iraqi army soldiers and fighters from Popular Mobilization units have managed to liberate a number of villages in the western Anbar province, dealing another blow to the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group as anti-terror operations continue.
The Iraqi ground forces, backed by the country’s Air Force and artillery fire, recaptured four villages of Albu Khamis, Albu Khalid, Albu Asi and Albu Manahi,...
5 May 2016 8:00
Iran’s Foreign Ministry has denounced the US Congress’s meddling in Persian Gulf security measures.
On Wednesday, the ministry sent a note to the Swiss embassy in Tehran -- which represents the US interests in Iran, censuring Washington’s intrusive policies in the Persian Gulf.
“Iran will do whatever is necessary to bolster peace and stability in the Persian Gulf,” read part of the...
5 May 2016 7:59
There will be no letup in the crackdown on the African American community in the United States unless activists “go after those in charge," says a black investigative journalist based in New York.
George Mapp Jr., was commenting on a protest in San Francisco, where activists expressed solidarity with five hunger strikers Monday.
The hunger strikers, dubbed #Friscofive, called on Mayor Ed...
5 May 2016 7:57
Israeli warplanes bombed at least five positions around Gaza's derelict international airport near the southern city of Rafah and in nearby farming areas on Wednesday.
Following the attacks, the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, said in a statement that “we will not allow a continuation of Zionist aggression against the Gaza Strip. The enemy should...
5 May 2016 7:55
Iraqi President Fuad Masum has called on all political blocs and authorities to pursue national interests and address the "grave threats" that face the Arab country.
He also urged dialogue between political actors in the country to join forces “to achieve victory over terrorism and to find effective solutions to cope with the stifling economic crisis,” Arabic-language al-Sumaria news website reported.
5 May 2016 7:53
German engineering giant Siemens has reported a rise in its second-quarter profit by €130 million in what it says is a result of the promising prospects of future activities in Iran.
Siemens has officially revised upwards its valuation of its backlog of orders from Iran and says the resurgent business prospects in Iran after the removal of...
5 May 2016 7:52
Egypt's court of cassation has acquitted the last prime minister of ousted dictator, Hosni Mubarak, of corruption charges, overturning his five-year jail sentence.
On Wednesday, Egypt's top appeals court acquitted Ahmed Nazif of illegally profiting 64 million Egyptian pounds ($7.2 million).
Nazif had been sentenced to three years in prison in 2012 over the charges but was given a five-year jail sentence...
5 May 2016 7:51
A state of emergency has been declared in Canada's McMurray as a raging wildfire burnt dozens of more buildings and forced the evacuation of the main oil sands city.
The Canadian province of Alberta officially announced the emergency state late on Wednesday after the blaze destroyed at least 1,600 buildings, mostly homes, and forced more than 80,000 residents to flee.
5 May 2016 7:50
Tel Aviv authorities have rejected the concerns raised by a UN panel probing violations against prisoners, particularly against detained Palestinians in Israeli jails.
Michal Sarig-Kaduri, the deputy director of the human rights department at Israel's Foreign Ministry, told United Nations' Committee Against Torture on Wednesday that punitive measures such as solitary confinements and separation were "extremely restricted and used for...
5 May 2016 7:49
Iran says it has seen signs Germany would start to provide a total of €5.5 billion as insurance for investments in its industrial projects in the near future.
The announcement has been made by Rokneddin Javadi, the managing director of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC).
Javadi has been quoted by the media as saying that he has realized in a meeting...
5 May 2016 7:48
Hundreds of Egyptian reporters have demanded the sacking of the interior minister and a presidential apology over the unprecedented police raid on the Syndicate of Journalists earlier this month.
Police blocked the roads leading to the syndicate headquarters in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on Wednesday and just allowed the holders of syndicate membership cards to gather in and around the building...
5 May 2016 7:47
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has dismissed the commander of special forces in Baghdad’s Green Zone after hundreds of anti-government protesters stormed the highly-fortified area.
A statement from Iraq’s Joint Operations Command late on Wednesday said Abadi issued an order for the removal of Staff Lieutenant General Mohammed Ridha and his replacement with Major General Karim Aboud al-Tamimi.
On Saturday, hundreds...
5 May 2016 7:45
Under international pressure, the United Kingdom says it will take in an undeclared number of Syrian refugee children.
Britain on Wednesday agreed to take in some unaccompanied children from Syria who have made their way to Europe.
Prime Minister David Cameron's office said children who registered in Greece, Italy or France before March 20 - when the European Union struck a deal...
5 May 2016 7:44
Thousands of people have attended a funeral procession for a Palestinian man who was shot dead by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank.
The mourners marched on Wednesday from the Ramallah governmental hospital to the house of Ahmed Riyad Abd al-Aziz Shehada in the city of Beitunia.
Shehada’s body was taken to a mosque in the Qalandiya refugee camp for funeral...