Rival Shia groups square off over Iraq leadership vacuum | Politics News

Rival Iraqi factions took to the streets of Baghdad to call for a new government with supporters of religious scholar Moqtada al-Sadr demanding early elections and his Iran-backed opponents saying the results of last October’s poll should be honored. Thousands of al-Sadr’s followers prayed outside parliament on Friday in a show of support for the … Read more

Child feared dead on Greek islet where refugees are stranded | Refugee News

Athens, Greece – A five-year-old Syrian girl, who was among a group of refugees and migrants, is understood to have died on a Greek islet on the Evros River. Her parents have submerged the girl’s body in river water in an attempt to keep it cool, as Greek authorities appear unable to locate the group. … Read more

Latest Israeli attacks exacerbate hardships of life in Gaza Israel-Palestine conflict News

Gaza City – As life returned to the streets of the Gaza Strip following the violence between Israeli forces and Palestinian fighters, Yasser Awadallah went to his workplace which has now been reduced to rubble. Awadallah owned an aluminum workshop in a three-storey apartment building that was destroyed by Israeli bombing in the latest Israeli … Read more

Biden signs ‘burn pits’ help for vets; a personal win, too

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden, whose elder son Beau died of cancer years after deploying to Iraq, signed legislation on Wednesday expanding federal health care services for millions of veterans who served at military bases where toxic smoke billowed from huge “burn pits. “ “We owe you,” Biden said. “You’re the backbone. You’re the … Read more

Israeli forces kill al-Aqsa Brigades commander in Nablus raid | Israel-Palestine conflict News

Three Palestinians, including a senior armed resistance commander, have been killed by Israeli forces during a raid on the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, the Palestinian health ministry said. The Israeli army surrounded a building in the Old City at 5am local time (02:00 GMT) on Tuesday, where Ibrahim al-Nabulsi – the commander of … Read more

Large explosions rock Russian military air base in Crimea

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Powerful explosions rocked a Russian air base in Crimea and sent towering clouds of smoke over the landscape Tuesday in what may mark an escalation of the war in Ukraine. At least one person was killed and several others were wounded, authorities said. Russia’s Defense Ministry denied the Saki base on … Read more

Turkey resumes gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean | Energy News

Nearly two years after Turkey halted offshore gas explorations in contested waters in the eastern Mediterranean, a Turkish drillship has departed from the port of Mersin to search for gas in the region. The Abdullhamid Han drillship set sail on Tuesday with the blessing of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who said that the ship would … Read more

Three Palestinians killed as Israel launches new raid against suspected militants in the West Bank

Jerusalem CNN — Three Palestinian men were killed during an Israeli military operation against suspected militants in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday morning, according to information from the Palestinian health ministry. Among the dead is Ibrahim Al-Nabulsi, the apparent target of the Israeli raid. The other men killed have been named by Palestinian health … Read more

Russia, Ukraine trade accusations over nuclear plant attacks

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia and Ukraine traded accusations Monday that each side is shelling Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine. Russia claimed that Ukrainian shelling caused a power surge and fire and forced staff to lower output from two reactors, while Ukraine has blamed Russian troops for storing weapons there. Nuclear experts … Read more

Shiite Muslims in the Mideast mark the solemn holy day of Ashoura

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Millions of Shiite Muslims — from Iran to Afghanistan and Pakistan — were marking the festival of Ashoura on Monday, one of the most emotional occasions in their religious calendar, commemorating the 7th century martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Hussein . Security forces, particularly in Taliban-run Afghanistan, were on high … Read more