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Iran blasts France for 'interference' over jailed academic

Dec 29, 2019 - 4:12 PM

(UPDATED) Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi says the individual in question is an Iranian national and has been arrested over 'acts of espionage'

Abbas Mousavi, spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry, gives a press conference in the capital Tehran on May 28, 2019. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Protest-hit Iran slams U.S. show of support for 'rioters'

Nov 18, 2019 - 5:53 PM

Major roads have been blocked, banks torched, and public buildings attacked in the nationwide unrest that has left at least two dead – a civilian and a policeman

PROTESTS. A picture taken on November 17, 2019, shows a scorched branch of Iranian Pasargad bank that was set ablaze by protesters during a demonstration against a rise in gasoline prices in Eslamshahr, near the Iranian capital of Tehran. File photo by AFP

All agreements off if Israel annexes territory, Abbas warns at U.N.

Sep 27, 2019 - 8:09 AM

'Our response, if any Israeli government is to proceed with this plan, is that all signed agreements with the government of the occupation and any obligations therein will be terminated,' says Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas speaks at the Palestinian Peace and Freedom Forum, which was created by the Palestine Liberation Organisation's (PLO) Committee for Interaction with Israeli Society, in Ramallah in the West Bank on February 6, 2019, with the attendance of Israeli activists. (Photo by ABBAS MOMANI / AFP)

Iran refutes U.S. accusations over Saudi attacks

Sep 15, 2019 - 5:02 PM

'The Americans have taken the policy of 'maximum pressure' which has apparently turned into 'maximum lying' due to their failures,' says a foreign ministry spokesman

Iran warns U.S. against seizing tanker

Aug 19, 2019 - 4:02 PM

(UPDATED) Washington's attempts to seize an Iranian tanker which has departed Gibraltar 'would have grave consequences,' Iran foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi says

WARNING. Abbas Mousavi, spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry, gives a press conference in the capital Tehran on May 28, 2019. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Sudan protesters hail landmark deal with generals

Jul 05, 2019 - 11:37 AM

(UPDATED) The breakthrough comes after two days of talks following the collapse of the previous round of negotiations in May over who should lead the new ruling body – a civilian or soldier

A Sudanese man flashes the victory gesture as people gather outside al-Huda prison in the capital Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman on July 4, 2019, during a ceremony marking the release of 235 members of a faction of the Sudan Liberation Army, which has fought government forces in war-torn Darfur. Sudanese authorities on July 4 released a group of 235 fighters from a faction of the Sudan Liberation Army, which has fought government forces in war-torn Darfur and is part of the protest movement. ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP

Sudan protesters, generals resume talks over civilian rule

Jul 04, 2019 - 10:36 AM

The dialogue comes after African Union and Ethiopian mediators call on the two sides to resume long stalled negotiations on a transition to civilian rule – the main demand of demonstrators

Prominent protest leader Madani Abbas Madani speaks during a press conference in the capital Khartoum on July 3, 2019. Sudan's protest leaders today agreed to hold direct talks with the ruling generals after African Union and Ethiopian mediators urged the two sides to resume stalled negotiations about a new governing body. "The Alliance for Freedom and Change met and decided to accept the invitation for direct negotiations" with the generals, prominent protest leader Madani Abbas Madani told reporters, adding that one of the conditions for the talks was to reach a decision "within 72 hours".  ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP

Iran defiant over drone as Trump reportedly halts retaliatory strikes

Jun 21, 2019 - 2:49 PM

(UPDATED) Under pressure to respond to the high-stakes incident near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, US President Donald Trump issues orders for retaliatory strikes on a limited number of Iranian targets

ABBAS ARAGHCHI. Iran's deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi (R) attends an emergency meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the Saudi city of Jeddah on January 21, 2016. File photo by AFP.

Iran says does not 'presently' believe in mediation with U.S.

May 28, 2019 - 10:01 PM

Spokesman Abbas Mousavi says Tehran 'does not feel any tension or [the possibility of] clashes' and says concerns have been 'created by others'

IRAN ON MEDIATION. Abbas Mousavi, spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry, gives a press conference in the capital Tehran on May 28, 2019. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Rule of law key to journalists' survival in global 'war for truth'

Apr 13, 2019 - 8:52 AM

The 'war for truth…is a war we cannot lose in democracies' like the Philippines, says Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa

PROTECT JOURNALISTS. Journalists including Zaffar Abbas (2-L), Maria Ressa, and Yavuz Baydar (R) discuss what it takes to protect journalists in countries where there is a continuing climate of fear and intimidation. Screenshot from the International Journalism Festival's YouTube channel

Iran's part in U.S. sanctions bypass scheme ready 'this month'

Mar 06, 2019 - 11:25 PM

INSTEX is seen as key to European Union efforts to preserve the deal struck in 2015 between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. Abbas Araghchi (R), political deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, and the Secretary General of the European Union's External Action Service (EEAS) Helga Schmid take part in a meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) attended by the E3+2 (China, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom) and Iran at Palais Coburg in Vienna, Austria on March 6, 2019. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

Hamas calls for Israel to be held accountable after U.N. Gaza probe

Feb 28, 2019 - 11:02 PM

A senior official for the Islamist movement that rules the Gaza Strip calls on 'the international community to hold the Israeli occupation accountable for the war crimes that it continues to commit against the Palestinians'

AFTERMATH. A man inspects the damage at a site targeted by an Israeli air strike a day before in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza strip on May 30, 2018. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Palestinian government submits resignation to Abbas

Jan 29, 2019 - 7:43 PM

(UPDATED) 'The government of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah submitted on [January 29] its resignation to President Mahmud Abbas,' official news agency Wafa says following a cabinet meeting

RESIGNATION. Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has offered on January 28, 2019 to resign, his spokesman says, amid efforts by president Mahmud Abbas to form a new government. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

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Here they go again: ABBA to drop new songs in 2019

Jan 22, 2019 - 4:11 PM

Thank you for the music, indeed!

U.N. envoy 'no longer acceptable' for Palestinians

Oct 12, 2018 - 8:48 AM

A senior official says envoy Nickolay Mladenov has 'gone beyond his role' in seeking agreements between Israel and rival Palestinian faction Hamas, which controls Gaza

Abbas rejects 'biased' U.S. as sole Mideast mediator

Sep 28, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas says Donald Trump has forfeited his right to be regarded as a neutral broker

PALESTINE'S LEADER. In this file photo, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during a press conference on August 26, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Abbas Momani/AFP

Palestinians reject Trump bid to force talks through aid cut

Sep 07, 2018 - 11:18 PM

Chief negotiator Saeb Erekat accuses the US of acting in bad faith and denies Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas refused to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

SAEB EREKAT. Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, speaks to journalists in the West Bank city of Ramallah on September 1, 2018.  Photo by Ahmad Gharabili/AFP

DOTr dismisses two Cordillera officials

Aug 24, 2018 - 4:58 PM

Despite the dismissal order, Assistant Regional Director Datu Mohammad Abbas refuses to obey, saying only President Rodrigo Duterte can remove him from his post

After movie, Cher to release album of Abba covers

Jul 18, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The album would be Cher's first studio work since the dance music-driven 2013 album 'Closer to the Truth'

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 16, 2018 Cher poses on the red carpet upon arrival for the world premiere of the film "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" in London. Pop legend Cher on July 17, 2018 announced an album of Abba covers as she stars in a film sequel to "Mamma Mia!," the musical inspired by the iconic Swedish group. In a fresh burst of activity by the 72-year-old singer and actress, Cher said that her creative spirit was rekindled after singing one of the signature tunes on "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again," which is coming out this week."After I did 'Fernando,' I thought it would be really fun to do an album of Abba songs, so I did," Cher said on the NBC television daytime show "Today."  / AFP PHOTO / Anthony HARVEY

WATCH: Cher takes on Abba in ‘Mamma Mia' sequel

Jul 03, 2018 - 12:42 PM

The legendary pop singer performs ABBA's 'Fernando'

ICONIC. Cher stuns even her cast mates with her performance of 'Fernando' in the 'Mamma Mia' sequel. Photo courtesy of United International Pictures

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas leaves hospital

May 28, 2018 - 7:44 PM

Abbas walk without assistance and gives a short statement before leaving the hospital near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank

OUT OF HOSPITAL. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas gives a short statement before leaving a hospital near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on May 28, 2018 following 8 days of treatment for pneumonia.Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Tugade suspends 2 officials over corruption allegations

May 22, 2018 - 10:51 AM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade issues a 90-day suspension order against Cordillera Administrative Region Director Jesus Eduardo Natividad and Assistant Regional Director Datu Mohammad Abbas

CHIEF. In this file photo, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade speaks at a conference on January 18, 2017. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Abbas urges Latin America not to follow U.S. example on embassy

May 08, 2018 - 8:16 AM

'We hope that some countries across Latin America won't go moving their embassies to Jerusalem, because that is against international law,' Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas says

PALESTINE'S LEADER. In this file photo, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during a press conference on August 26, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. File photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Mamma Mia! ABBA make new music after 35 years

Apr 27, 2018 - 10:41 PM

The group announces they recorded two new songs

Picture taken in 1974 in Stockholm shows the Swedish pop group Abba with its members (L-R) Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Faltskog and Bjorn Ulvaeus posing after winning the Swedish branch of the Eurovision Song Contest with their song "Waterloo". Sweden's legendary disco group ABBA announced on April 27, 2018 that they have reunited to record two new songs, 35 years after their last single. The quartet split up in 1982 after dominating the disco scene for more than a decade with hits like "Waterloo", "Dancing Queen", "Mamma Mia" and "Super Trouper". / AFP PHOTO / TT News Agency / Olle LINDEBORG / Sweden OUT

Palestinian leader goes to the UN to counter U.S. on Jerusalem

Feb 20, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Mahmud Abbas will call for a new collective approach in a bid to salvage the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, says Palestinian ambassador Riyad Mansour

In this file photo, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during a press conference on August 26, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Abbas Momani/AFP

WATCH: Cher sings ABBA!

Jan 29, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Cher performs the song 'Fernando' in 'Mama Mia Here We Go Again'

Lebanon must investigate claims of mass spying – rights groups

Jan 24, 2018 - 10:36 PM

Eight rights groups and media organizations call on Lebanon's general prosecutor to investigate who was behind a hacking campaign that stole smartphone data from people, including journalists and activists, in more than 20 countries

Palestinian leaders call for suspension of recognition of Israel

Jan 16, 2018 - 7:54 AM

While withdrawing the Palestine Liberation Organization's recognition of Israel could spark international backlash, it is unclear whether the vote of the Palestinian Central Council is binding

ANNOUNCEMENT. Senior Palestinian official Salim Zaanoun (L) reads a statement at the end of a meeting of the Palestinian Central Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah January 16, 2018. Abbas Momani/AFP

Palestinian president to shun Pence over Jerusalem move

Dec 09, 2017 - 9:33 PM

'There will be no meeting with the vice president of America in Palestine,' Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's diplomatic adviser Majdi al-Khaldi says. 'The United States has crossed all the red lines with the Jerusalem decision,' he adds.

PROTEST. Palestinian demonstrators burn posters of the US president in Bethlehem's Manger Square in protest to him declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital on December 6, 2017. Photo by Musa al Shaer/AFP

2 Palestinians dead in 'day of rage', U.S. isolated at UN

Dec 09, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Whether violence would further spiral in the Palestinian territories and elsewhere is being closely watched, with Friday marking a second day of unrest

PROTESTS. Palestinian protestors burn an effigy of US President Donald Trump following his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in the West Bank city of Nablus, on December 7, 2017. File photo by Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP

Trump Jerusalem move triggers Palestinian unrest

Dec 07, 2017 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) Sporadic clashes break out between Palestinians and Israeli forces, as Israel deploys hundreds more troops to the occupied West Bank amid uncertainty over the fallout

ANGER IN GAZA. Palestinian protestors burn the Israeli flag and a poster of US President Donald Trump following his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Gaza City, on December 7, 2017. Mohammed Abed/AFP

Hamas agrees to steps toward Palestinian unity

Sep 17, 2017 - 11:45 PM

The Palestinian Islamist movement agrees to dissolve a so-called 'administrative committee' and says it is prepared for elections

A Palestinian man and his daughter walk past a graffiti reading in Arabic ''Division'' in Gaza City, on September 17, 2017, after Hamas announced it had agreed to steps toward resolving a decade-long split with the Fatah movement and was ready to hold elections. Hamas said it had agreed to key demands made by Fatah: dissolving the so-called "administrative committee", while saying it was ready for elections and negotiations toward a unity government. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

Pessimism as Kushner holds Israeli-Palestinian talks

Aug 24, 2017 - 9:06 PM

The visit comes with both Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not in position to make major concessions some analysts say

PROTESTING KUSHNER. A picture taken on August 24, 2017 in the West Bank city of Ramallah shows Palestinian demonstrators holding a cartoon depicting Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner along with other slogans protesting against the arrival of a US delegation headed by Kushner to meet with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Jordanian king backs Palestinian leader in rare visit

Aug 07, 2017 - 7:03 PM

Abdullah s visit is seen by analysts as providing support to Abbas who has been isolated by Israel over his response to the Al Aqsa row

Jordan's King Abdullah II (R) and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (L) observe the honor guard during a visit in the West Bank city of Ramallah on August 7, 2017.  Jordan's King began a rare visit to the occupied West Bank to meet with Palestinain president, amid shared tensions with Israel over a flashpoint Jerusalem holy site. / AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI

Palestinians to end boycott of Jerusalem holy site

Jul 27, 2017 - 7:03 PM

Muslim authorities announce a boycott of the Haram al Sharif compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount is to end on Thursday afternoon after Israel removed remaining new security measures

CELEBRATION. Palestinians celebrate outside the Lion's Gate entrance to Al Aqsa mosque on July 27 2017 after more Israeli barriers were removed from the holy site. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Iran accuses U.S. of nuclear deal 'sabotage'

Jul 22, 2017 - 8:23 AM

Tehran s lead nuclear negotiator speaks of instances where the United States delayed in fulfilling their commitments and violated the deal

The flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

Komnas HAM: Opsi ke Saudi untuk temui Rizieq Shihab masih dikaji

May 11, 2017 - 5:47 PM

Komnas HAM menindak lanjuti laporan adanya dugaan pelanggaran dalam penangkapan beberapa ulama dengan alasan makar

TEMUI DPR. Dewan Pembina Gerakan Nasional Pengawal Fatwa Majelis Ulama Indonesia (GNPF MUI) Rizieq Shihab memberikan keterangan saat melakukan pertemuan dengan Komisi III DPR di Kompleks Parlemen, Senayan, Jakarta, Selasa, 17 Januari. Foto oleh Hafidz Mubarak/ANTARA

Abbas says ready to meet Israel PM as part of Trump peace efforts

May 09, 2017 - 6:23 PM

UPDATED US President Donald Trump has been seeking ways to restart Israeli Palestinian peace efforts which have been at a standstill since a US led initiative collapsed in April 2014

PEACE EFFORTS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas in the Oval Office of the White House on May 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Somalia sacks senior official over minister's shooting

May 05, 2017 - 6:12 PM

The shooting occurs as bodyguards tasked with protecting auditor general Nur Jimale Farah mistook the minister driving himself in a following vehicle for an assailant

Trump envoy meets Abbas as White House wades into Mideast conflict

Mar 14, 2017 - 7:42 PM

UPDATED US officials have described the visit as a fact finding mission as the White House seeks a way forward in restarting long deadlocked peace efforts

ABBAS. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during a press conference on August 26, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Trump invites Palestinian leader Abbas to White House 'soon'

Mar 10, 2017 - 8:26 PM

UPDATED Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas spokesman says US President Donald Trump stressed his commitment to a peace process that would lead to a real peace between Palestinians and Israelis

CALLING. President-elect Donald Trump will call Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in the afternoon. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Palestinian parties agree to form unity government

Jan 18, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The agreement between the top Palestinian parties comes after 3 days of reconciliation talks in Moscow

UNITY NEAR. Fatah movement official Azzam al-Ahmad (L), in charge of his party's reconciliation team, Abed al-Hafeez Nofal (C), the Palestinian ambassador to Moscow, and exiled Hamas deputy leader Mussa Abu Marzuq (R) give a press conference along with other representatives of Palestinian political parties and movements in Moscow on January 17, 2017. Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Abbas opens Vatican mission, warns over US embassy move

Jan 14, 2017 - 10:23 PM

Abbas reiterates his opposition to the possible transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem as pledged by US President elect Donald Trump

DIPLOMATIC MISSION. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (C, R) looks on after he inaugurated the new Palestinian diplomatic mission to the Holy See with Palestinian Ambassador Issa Kassissieh (L) in Rome on January 14, 2017. Tiziana Fabi/AFP

World leaders take stock of shock Trump win

Nov 09, 2016 - 5:55 PM

UPDATED Politicians from around the world offer both praise and cautious welcome to the new President elect Donald Trump

TRUMP. Republican presidential elect Donald Trump arrives for an election night party at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016. Photo by Mandel Ngan/ AFP

Obama talks of 'unfinished business of peace' at Peres funeral

Sep 30, 2016 - 7:03 PM

Obama says Peres understood in this war torn region where too often Arab youth are taught to hate Israel from an early age just how hard peace would be

UNFINISHED BUSINESS OF PEACE. US President Barack Obama speaks during the funeral of former Israeli president and prime minister Shimon Peres at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl national cemetery on September 30, 2016. Photo by Abir Sultan / POOL / AFP

World leaders bid farewell to Nobel laureate Peres

Sep 30, 2016 - 11:00 AM

3rd UPDATE Some 70 countries will be represented with the range of leaders illustrating the respect Shimon Peres gained over the years in his transformation from hawk to committed peace advocate

IN MEMORY. Israeli policewomen salute in front of the coffin of former Israeli president Shimon Peres at the plaza outside the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, on September 29, 2016 in Jerusalem, as people come to pay their respects. Photo by Gali Tibbon/AFP

Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami dies in France at 76

Jul 05, 2016 - 10:17 AM

UPDATED Abbas Kiarostami who won the Palme d Or at Cannes in 1997 for Taste of Cherry dies

ABBAS KIAROSTAMI. A file picture dated February 2015 shows Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami smiling during an interview wih Spanish international press agency Agencia EFE. According to media reports, Kiarostami has died in Paris on July 4, 2016, where he was undergoing medical treatment for cancer. Photo by Marta Perez/EPA

Rappler CEO among new board members of Global Editors Network

Jun 24, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Maria Ressa joins 3 new board members of GEN an organization that tackles and fosters innovation in the newsroom and beyond

PH boxer Eumir Marcial crashes out of Olympic qualifiers

Jun 18, 2016 - 7:28 PM

The Philippines will send just two boxers to the Rio Games after the number one seeded welterweight loses to his German foe

OUT. Eumir Marcial exits from the Olympic qualifier after losing a split decision to a German foe. Photo by Rafael Bandayrel/Rappler