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Jordan's King Abdullah II makes a plea for aid for Palestinian refugees in a speech at the UN General Assembly

Jordan’s King Urges U.N. to Declare War on ‘Islamophobia’

Jordanian King Abdullah II Bin Al-Hussein, while addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, called on the international community to combat “Islamophobia,” deeming it a threat that fuels terrorism along with jihadi ideology.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani listens to a question during a press conference in New York on September 20, 2017, on the sideline of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General assembly

Trump and Iran’s Rouhani Have No Plans to Meet at U.N.

Both U.S. President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday they have no plans to meet at the U.N. General Assembly, refuting speculation that a summit meeting between the two might occur.

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Netanyahu Doubles Down: Syria to Blame for Downed Russian Plane

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a telephone conversation on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, during which he blamed the Syrians for last week’s downing of a Russian spy plane after an IAF strike in Latakia, despite Russia’s conclusions that Israel bears responsibility for the incident.

TEHRAN, IRAN: Russian-made Sam-6 surface-to-air missiles are seen in front of a portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei at a war exhibition to commemorate the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war at Baharestan square, south of Tehran 25 September 2005. Saudi Arabia is concerned that US policies are helping Iran make …

Iran Video Threatens Missile Strikes on Israel, Saudi Arabia

TEHRAN, Iran — A semi-official news agency in Iran believed to be close to the country’s hard-line Revolutionary Guard has published a video threatening the capitals of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates with missile attacks.

Yemeni women and children wait during food distribution in the province of Hodeida on May 30, 2018. - Hodeida port, Yemen's largest entry point for aid, is now in the crosshairs of the Saudi-led coalition which is intent on cutting off the Huthi rebels from alleged Iranian arms shipments. The …

U.N.: 70% of Yemeni Women Forced to Marry Before 18 to Cope with War

About 70 percent of girls in Yemen are forced to marry before they reach the age of 18 as “a coping strategy” against the “worsening” humanitarian crisis in the country driven by hunger and disease, a United Nations official declared on Monday.

Last stand: Syria's rebel Idlib prepares for a losing battle

Erdogan: Turkey to Work with Free Syrian Army to Get Deeper Involved in Syria

Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels over the weekend said they would cooperate with Turkey’s efforts to avert clashes in Syria’s Idlib province between opposition forces and troops loyal to dictator Bashar al-Assad, but stressed that they would not surrender their weapons or territory.

Fighters loyal to Libya's internationally recognised government fight against Islamic State group jihadists in the city of Sirte on June 25, 2016

Factional Warfare in Libya Leaves 115 Dead, 383 Wounded

A month of fighting between two of the many heavily-armed gangs fighting for control of Libya killed at least 115 people and wounded 383 more, according to a statement from the Libyan Health Ministry on Sunday. Thousands of families have been displaced, children are at risk, and the conflict threatens to spiral even further out of control.

Undated handout photo provided by Northrup Grumman shows an Iranian F-14 firing a Phoenix missile. President Bush signed legislation Monday, Jan. 28, 2008, banning the Pentagon from selling leftover F-14 fighter jet parts, a move prompted by security gaps that made the military's surplus auction a prime place for Iran …

Iran Launches Air Maneuvers Near Strategic Strait of Hormuz

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s official IRNA news agency says the country’s air force is carrying out a drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, the passageway for nearly a third of all oil traded by sea.

US Ambassador to the United Nation Nikki Haley, seen here at the State Department June 19, 2018, accuses human rights groups of "unrelenting bias" against Israel

Report: White House Backs Away from U.N. Security Council Meeting on Iran

The United Nations General Assembly opened on Tuesday with a bit of American political controversy, as the White House appeared to back away from U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s proposal for a Security Council session to “address Iran’s violations of international law.”

A Turkish policemen holds his AK-47 in front of a huge Turkish flag as he walks in front of Diyarbakir castle on February 3, 2016. Vowing to flush out the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) from Turkey's urban centres, the authorities have in recent weeks enforced curfews in three locations in …

Turkey Suggests Deploying More Troops to Syria’s Idlib Under Russia Deal

Turkey needs to deploy more troops to Syria’s Idlib province as part of its deal with dictator Bashar al-Assad’s ally Russia to establish a demilitarized zone in the region to separate rebel-held and regime-controlled areas, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu declared on Tuesday.

A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on January 15, 2015 shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad giving an interview to the Eterarna Novina Czech newspaper in Damascus. Coalition strikes against the Islamic State group are having no impact, Assad said in an interview, as members of …

Assad Media Accuse Israel of Strikes Targeting ‘Syrian Army Infrastructure’

Airstrikes “likely” launched by Israel on Monday targeted ammunition depots of a state company for technical industries in the Syrian coastal province of Latakia that serves the army loyal to dictator Bashar al-Assad, an ally of Iran, several news outlets report, citing Syrian media.

Iran Revolutionary Guards commander Qassem Soleimani attends a meeting in Tehran in this file handout picture released on September 18, 2016

IRGC Commander: U.S. Would Be ‘Loser in Any War It Wages Against Iran’

A commander in the Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) dismissed the potential of war with the United States in remarks Friday, claiming that America would never incite a war because its leaders are too aware they would lose against the beleaguered Iranian military.

A picture taken on July 26, 2018 shows Israeli security forces at the Adam settlement in the occupied West Bank where a stabbing attack took place. - Three Israelis were wounded in a knife attack in a West Bank settlement close to Ramallah, the Israeli army said. (Photo by Ahmad …

IDF Troops Respond as Palestinians Throw Pipe Bomb

Three Palestinians were spotted crawling towards the Gaza border fence in the early hours of Friday morning before they threw a pipe bomb at soldiers patrolling the area, according to the Israel Defense Forces.