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Lebanon’s water system on brink of total collapse, says UN

More than 71% of the country’s population — over 4 million people including 1 million refugees — are at immediate risk of losing access to safe water, UNICEF said on Friday. Water pumping is expected to gradually cease across the country in the next four to six weeks, due to shortages in funding, fuel and […]

Water crisis protests reportedly continue in Iran, with chants in capital

Several videos uploaded by social media users showed security forces using tear gas to disperse protesters, and the semi-official news agency Fars said “rioters” shot dead one policeman and injured another in the port city of Mahshahr in the Khuzestan province, the area worst affected by the water shortages. Security forces have beefed up their […]

Water crisis protests reportedly continue in Iran, with chants in capital

Several videos uploaded by social media users showed security forces using tear gas to disperse protesters, and the semi-official news agency Fars said “rioters” shot dead one policeman and injured another in the port city of Mahshahr in the Khuzestan province. In the town of Izeh, a video showed demonstrators chanting “Reza Shah, bless your […]

His brother was tortured and killed by Russian mercenaries. Now this Syrian refugee wants justice

As he cries out for help, they taunt him in Russian, drowning out his agonized screams with laughter. In the background of the video, which was uploaded online, a nationalist Russian military song, “I am Russian special forces,” plays. The victim in this harrowing amateur video is Mohamad, a 31-year-old Syrian construction worker and father […]

A fragile status quo on prayer rights at Jerusalem holy site comes under fresh strain

It also gave the militant group Hamas what it saw as a convincing pretext for launching rockets against Israel, leading to a bloody 11-day conflict and a reminder of the powerful interplay between religious and nationalist dynamics at one of the world’s most contentious holy sites. This week things threatened to escalate there again, this […]

Rockets land near Afghanistan’s presidential palace during Eid prayers

Images shown on national broadcaster Tolo TV showed Ghani and the group calmly continuing their prayers at the outdoor palace gathering as security guards rushed from the crowd. The three rockets were fired around 8:30 a.m. local time from Kabul’s police district 4, landing in police districts 1 and 2, near the presidential palace compound, […]

ISIS claims responsibility for Iraq blast that left dozens dead

Children and women were among the dead and wounded, according to health and security officials. The blast took place in the Wahailat outdoor market in Sadr City, a predominantly Muslim Shia neighborhood in the east of Baghdad. Police officials said a number of shops and stores were also damaged in the blast. The market, like […]

Timeline: Six key moments that shaped Jerusalem

But as historians describe in the CNN Original Series “Jerusalem: City of Faith and Fury,” the capital’s history of religious and political tension reaches far beyond the 20th century. It goes back millennia. “The history of Jerusalem is a very complicated story,” says Laura Schor, a professor of history at Hunter College, in the CNN […]

Palestinians describe fight against a West Bank settlement as an existential battle. Jewish settlers say the same

The buildings had been abandoned earlier in the day by Jewish settlers following an agreement they reached with the government, but before they left, they erected a huge metal Star of David, and planted a large Israeli flag, as if to say, “We will be back.” For Palestinians from the town of Beita, exclamations of […]

Analysis: Lebanon’s Gordian knot could strangle it

These were the headlines splashed across the front pages of Lebanon‘s major newspapers Friday, a day after Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri — a previous holder of the office — abandoned his bid to form the crisis-ridden country’s next government. Across Lebanon’s vast political divide, disagreements are plentiful but there is consensus on two apparent truths: […]

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