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Arabs renew pledge to give Palestinians $100M in aid monthly

Jun 23, 2019 - 9:35 PM

Arab foreign ministers also insist on the 'complete Arab support to the Palestinian state's economic, political, and financial independence'

Palestinians wave the flags of Egypt and Palestine as they gather in Gaza City to celebrate after rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah reached an agreement on ending a decade-long split following talks mediated by Egypt on October 12, 2017. Details of the agreement have not yet been released and a press conference was being planned in the Egyptian capital. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

Saudi Arabia calls urgent Gulf, Arab League meetings over tensions

May 19, 2019 - 3:15 PM

The Saudi Press Agency says King Salman had invited Gulf leaders and Arab states to two emergency summits in Mecca on May 30

HIS HIGHNESS. File photo of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz speaking during a meeting of the Saudi-Iraqi Bilateral Coordination Council in the capital Riyadh on October 22, 2017. Photo by Alex Brandon/POOL/AFP

Arab League chief calls for international probe into Israel 'crimes'

May 17, 2018 - 11:32 PM

Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinians when tens of thousands of Palestinians had gathered near the border, while smaller numbers approached the fence and sought to break through

DELEGATES. A picture taken on May 16, 2018 shows a general view of the meeting of the permanent delegates of Arab League during extra-ordinary emergency session held at the League's headquarters in the Egyptian capital Cairo.  Photo Mohamed El-Shahed/ AFP

Arab ministers demand Trump rescind Jerusalem decision

Dec 10, 2017 - 10:37 AM

Arab League ministers also say they will head to the United Nations Security Council for a resolution condemning the US decision as a violation of international law

UNITED VOICE. A general view taken on December 9, 2017, shows a general view of the Arab League headquarters during an emergency foreign ministers meeting in the Egyptian capital Cairo, following the US president's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP

Arab League chief warns Trump Jerusalem move could fuel violence

Dec 04, 2017 - 9:20 AM

Ahmed Abul Gheit: 'It is unfortunate that some are insisting on carrying out this step without any regard to the dangers it carries to the stability of the Middle East and the whole world'

JERUSALEM. A picture taken on April 14, 2014 at the sunset shows the golden Dome of the Rock in the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's old city. Thomas Coex/AFP

Lebanon FM to skip Arab League summit on Iran – ministry source

Nov 19, 2017 - 5:34 PM

Lebanon would be represented by the permanent representative to the Arab League, says the source

SKIPPING THE SUMMIT. In this file photo, Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil looks on as he addresses a joint press conference in Turkey on November 16, 2017. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

A crisis without end? Gulf states settle in for the long haul

Jul 09, 2017 - 1:09 PM

Hopes of a swift resolution seem as remote as a summer downpour in the desert

LEADER. A young boy poses for a photo after writing a comment on a wall bearing a portrait of Qatar's Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, which has become the symbol of Qatari resistance during the month-long row between Doha and neighboring countries, in Doha, Karim Jaafar/AFP

Arab League calls for 'de-escalation' in Syria

Apr 08, 2017 - 10:08 PM

The Arab League rejects regional and international powers attempts to politick over the corpses of Syrians or at the cost of its sovereignty says the chief of the 22 member Arab bloc

Arab leaders denounce 'foreign interference'

Mar 30, 2017 - 7:35 AM

The leaders of the 22 member Arab League also call for the settlement of conflicts that are tearing the region apart

LEADERS' SUMMIT. A general view shows the Arab League summit in the Jordanian Dead Sea resort of Sweimeh on March 29, 2017. Khalil Mazraawi/AFP

International quartet backs Libya's unity government

Mar 19, 2017 - 1:02 AM

The Cairo meeting by representatives of the United Nations European Union Arab League and African Union comes a day after gunmen opened fire at demonstrators protesting against militias in Libya s capital

Xi signs Egypt deals as China looks to boost Mideast clout

Jan 21, 2016 - 10:04 PM

Analysts say the Middle Eastern region is crucial to Xi s signature foreign policy initiative – known as One Belt One Road – touted as a revival of ancient Silk Road trade routes

CHINA-EGYPT DEALS. A handout picture provided by the Egyptian presidency on January 21, 2016, shows Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) shaking hands with his Chinese countpart Xi Jinping in front of a plaque clebrating a Chinese industrial project in the Suez Canal during a ceremony in the Egyptian capital Cairo. Photo by AFP.

Arab League backs UN plan to end Syria war

Dec 20, 2015 - 11:08 PM

The UN resolution foresees talks between rebels and the regime

Arab leaders agree joint military force

Mar 29, 2015 - 10:37 PM

Arab leaders agree to form a joint military force after a summit dominated by a Saudi led offensive on Shiite rebels in Yemen and the threat from Islamist extremism

ARAB LEADERS. A general view of delegates attending the closing session of the Arab League summit, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, 29 March 2015. Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

Saudi recalls envoy to Sweden in row over human rights

Mar 12, 2015 - 9:11 AM

Riyadh says the move is in response to criticism of Saudi Arabia s human rights record by Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem

Foreign Minister of Sweden Margot Wallstroem after a press conference in Helsinki, Finland 08 October 2014. Markky Ojala/EPA

'Urgent need' for unified anti-jihadist force – Arab League

Mar 09, 2015 - 9:28 PM

UPDATED Arab League chief Nabil al Arabi stresses the importance of cooperation in areas related to security protection and the exchange of information between Arab countries

REJECTED WORLDWIDE. Demonstrators at a rally supporting Kurdistan hold placards protesting against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS in front of the White House on August 16, 2014 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Qatar recalls envoy to Egypt after dispute over Libya strikes

Feb 19, 2015 - 4:10 PM

The diplomatic row comes just 3 months after a thaw in relations between the two countries

READY FOR TAKEOFF. A handout photo made available by the Egyptian Army on 16 February 2015 shows F-16 fighter preparing to take off to carry an airstrike against militants loyal to Islamic State (ISIS) in Derna in eastern Libya, from a base in an undisclosed location, 15 February 2015. Egyptian Army/Handout/EPA

Arab League and top Muslim body condemn Paris attack

Jan 07, 2015 - 11:21 PM

Al Azhar condemns the criminal attack saying that Islam denounces any violence in remarks carried by Egypt s state news agency MENA

In this file photo, an Egyptian man walks in the courtyard of Al-Azhar mosque in the old city of Cairo. Al-Azhar mosque, which was developed into one of the oldest Islamic universities, pays special attention to the Koranic sciences and traditions of the Islamic prophet Mohammed and all the modern fields of science. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED

Arab League to discuss failed Palestinian UN bid Jan 15

Jan 07, 2015 - 10:08 PM

The meeting will review a number of issues the main one being the developments regarding the Palestinian case especially after failing to pass the UN bid Deputy Secretary General Ahmed Helly tells reporters

In this file photo, Representatives of the Arab League attend an emergency meeting to discuss the conflict in Libya, at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo on January 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED

Israel wary of new Gaza violence if Cairo talks fail

Sep 11, 2014 - 4:46 PM

Deputy foreign minister Tzahi Hanegbi: There are chances that Hamas will restart its routine of violence this is a possibility we can t ignore

Palestinians sit inside their destroyed house after returning home in the Tufah neighbourhood in eastern Gaza City on August 31, 2014. Mahmud Hams/AFP

Abbas says may end unity with Hamas over Gaza governance

Sep 07, 2014 - 5:35 PM

UPDATED The threat draws an angry reaction from Hamas denouncing the president s allegations as baseless and raising fresh questions over the future of a fragile intra Palestinian unity deal

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

US expands Iraq strikes as Obama plans strategy

Sep 07, 2014 - 4:07 PM

UPDATED The new strikes deepen Washington s involvement in the conflict and were a significant escalation for President Barack Obama

FRONTLINE. An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter holds his weapon as he holds a position on the front line in Khazer, near the Kurdish checkpoint of Aski kalak, 40 km West of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on September 7, 2014. Safin Hamed/AFP

Arab League denounces ISIS crimes against Yazidis

Aug 11, 2014 - 6:22 PM

Arabi strongly denounced the crimes killings dispossession carried out by the terrorist ISIS against civilians and minorities in Iraq that have affected Christians in Mosul and Yazidis

IN PROTEST. Kurds and Yazidi take part in a protest rally in Frankfurt Main, Germany, 09 August 2014. They protested against the invasion of large parts of the Iraq by the jihadist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Boris Roessler/EPA

Arab foreign ministers on Gaza solidarity visit 'soon'

Aug 06, 2014 - 9:20 PM

The ministers will assess reconstruction needs in the battered enclave after a nearly month long war between Israel and Hamas

VISIT. Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said a delegation of Arab foreign ministers, including those of Egypt and Jordan, will visit Gaza "soon". Photo from EPA

World pushes for truce as Israel batters Gaza

Jul 22, 2014 - 12:14 AM

UPDATED Washington urges Israel to take greater steps to prevent innocent casualties and UN chief Ban Ki moon appeals for the violence to stop now as it emerged most of the dead were civilians

AFTERMATH. Palestinians inspect a destroyed house after Israeli air strike in the Gaza City, 21 July 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

Israel accepts Egypt's Gaza truce plan, Hamas says no

Jul 15, 2014 - 4:44 PM

But the resulting calm was short lived with the Israeli army confirming three rockets from Gaza hit southern Israel

RUINS. A Palestinian man walks past a destroyed building in Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, 14 July 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

Israel to weigh Egypt Gaza truce, Hamas says no deal

Jul 15, 2014 - 7:25 AM

UPDATED Israel s Operation Protective Edge intended to stamp out militant rocket fire has killed 186 people in Gaza by late Monday

AMID RUIN. A young Palestinian boy walks over debris from a house that was destroyed overnight in an airstrike in Deir Al Balah, central Gaza Strip, 14 July 2014. Oliver Weiken/EPA

Arab League urges int'l protection for Gaza

Jul 14, 2014 - 8:47 PM

Israeli air strikes on Gaza have become a matter that cannot be met with silence anymore the pan Arab organization says

FIRE ALERT. Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish fire at UN storehouse after an Israeli military strike in an area west of Gaza City on July 12, 2014. Mahmud Hams/AFP

Italian-Swedish diplomat next UN mediator for Syria

Jul 10, 2014 - 10:44 AM

Italian Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura will be the new UN mediator for Syria taking on the Herculean task of finding a political solution to the devastating civil war diplomats say

NEXT SYRIA ENVOY. In this file photo, Staffan de Mistura, then a Special Representative of the United Nation Secretary General for Afghanistan, talks with journalists during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, 23 November 2011. S. Sabawoon/EPA

Israel, Hamas face off in new Gaza conflict

Jul 09, 2014 - 7:10 AM

UPDATED Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas demands Israel immediately stop its air campaign and calls on the international community to pressure the Jewish state

MERKAVA. An Israeli Merkava tank takes position at the border with the Gaza Strip (in the background), southern Israel, 07 July 2014. Abir Sultan/EPA

Syria death toll tops 136,000; future talks uncertain

Feb 02, 2014 - 8:45 AM

The prospects of a peaceful outcome looked dim after 10 days of talks in Geneva yielded no tangible results and the regime said it was unsure whether it would return to the negotiating table

AMID THE RUINS. A Syrian man walks amid debris and dust following an alleged air strike by Syrian government forces on January 31, 2014 in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Mohammed al-Khatieb/AFP

Syria rebels besiege Qaeda-linked jihadists

Jan 07, 2014 - 10:43 AM

The new front in Syria s increasingly complex civil war opened less than three weeks away from a planned peace conference

Top Syria rebel killed as Russia pushes peace

Nov 19, 2013 - 8:48 AM

Meanwhile Syrian regime envoys hold closed door consultations in Moscow with Russian officials on efforts to organize a much delayed peace conference

RUNNING FROM DANGER.  A rebel fighter from the Free Syrian Army runs in a street of Aleppo's Salah al-Din neighborhood during fighting against Syrian government forces on November 18, 2013. AFP / Karam al-Masri

Deadly bombs hit Syria cities after peace talks flop

Nov 07, 2013 - 12:30 AM

UPDATED The latest upsurge of violence in Syria came a day after Washington and Moscow failed to announce a date for proposed peace talks

BLAST SCENE. A handout photo made available by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows damage at al-Hejaz square in Damascus, Syria, 06 November 2013. According to SANA, eight civilians have been killed and 50 others wounded in the blast in al-Hejaz Square. EPA/SANA Handout

Assad tells envoy Syrians will decide on peace talks

Oct 31, 2013 - 12:19 PM

The meeting came a day after the Red Crescent evacuated hundreds of civilians from a besieged town near Damascus

DAMASCUS MEETING. Syrian President Bashar Assad (R) meets with the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi (L), in Damascus, Syria, 30 October 2013. EPA/SANA/Handout

Syria rebel groups brand Geneva talks 'treason'

Oct 27, 2013 - 5:34 PM

Powerful armed groups in Syria said attending peace talks or negotiating with the regime would be an act of betrayal as fighting raged near Iraq and in Homs

Assad: 'Factors not in place' for Syria peace talks

Oct 22, 2013 - 8:15 AM

His comments come as US Secretary of State John Kerry says any attempt by Assad to be re elected would extend the country s civil war

'WHY NOT RUN AGAIN?' Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaking during a television interview with journalist Ghassan Bin Jeddo from Al Mayadeen TV in Damascus, Syria, 21 October 2013. EPA/SANA handout

All states with Syria stake must join talks: UN envoy

Oct 21, 2013 - 10:07 PM

UN Arab League envoy wants all countries with a stake in Syria to join the peace talks

PARTICIPATION. Lakhdar Brahimi (L) at a press conference with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari in Baghdad, October 21, 2013. AFP PHOTO / POOL / KHALID MOHAMMED

Syria peace talks in doubt over opposition rifts

Oct 20, 2013 - 7:01 PM

Syrian peace talks could be held November 23 but not without credible opposition participation

Russia, US OK mid-November Syria peace talks – Lavrov

Oct 07, 2013 - 2:42 PM

The so called Geneva 2 peace conference aims to bring together the warring sides in Syria

MEETING IN BALI. US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) chats with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of the APEC Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia on October 7, 2013. AFP / Sonny Tumbelaka

Kerry pledges commitment to peace talks during Abbas meeting

Sep 09, 2013 - 11:51 AM

Kerry had earlier praised efforts to hold talks despite tough decisions and despite pressure that exists on both sides

MEETING FOR PEACE. US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas in London on September 8, 2013 to discuss the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. AFP/Susan Walsh/Pool

Obama gears up for all-out push on Syria

Sep 09, 2013 - 9:05 AM

US President Obama braced for a key week in his push to persuade skeptical Americans to back strikes against the Syrian regime

In this photo, US President Barack Obama arrives at Saint Petersburg's airport ahead of the G20 summit on September 5, 2013. AFP / Kirill Kudryavtsev

Israel, Palestinians 'remain steadfast' on peace talks - Kerry

Sep 08, 2013 - 8:37 PM

UPDATED Israel Palestinians remain steadfast on peace talks: US Secretary of State John Kerry

Diplomatic offensive for Syria action

Sep 08, 2013 - 7:57 PM

US Secretary of State John Kerry continues a diplomatic offensive in Europe to win backing for military strikes in Syria

FACING THE MEDIA. US Secretary of State John Kerry and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius discuss Syria during a news conference at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris, France on September 7, 2013. US State Department photo/ Public Domain

US plans for 3 days of attacks on Syria: report

Sep 08, 2013 - 6:38 PM

War planners now aim to unleash a heavy barrage of missile strikes to be followed swiftly by additional attacks on targets that are missed

White House presses case for Syria strike

Sep 08, 2013 - 1:05 PM

A US congressional panel posted videos of Syrian victims Saturday Sept 7 many of them children as the White House presses its case for a strike against Damascus

SYRIA DISCUSSIONS. Intelligence and diplomatic officials arrive at a members-only closed briefing on Syria for the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives September 5, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Syria strike: Obama clears first hurdle

Sep 05, 2013 - 9:39 AM

As Obama s big hitters lobbied Congress in Washington the president used an appearance during a visit to Sweden to rally global support and to deny he is isolated

SEEKING SUPPORT. US President Barack Obama answers a question on Syria during a joint press conference with Swedish Prime Minister after their bilateral meeting at the Rosenbad Building in Stockholm on September 4, 2013. AFP/Jewel Samad

Arabs urge UN, world to take 'deterrent' steps on Syria

Sep 02, 2013 - 7:32 AM

But they fell short of calling for military strikes as proposed by the United States amid divisions in Arab ranks with several countries opposed to foreign intervention in Syria

MEETING ON SYRIA. Arab countries Foreign ministers attend a meeting of the Arab League on Syria on September 1, 2013 at the body's Cairo headquarters. AFP/Gianluigi Guercia

Saudi FM urges Arabs to back Syria opposition on strikes

Sep 01, 2013 - 11:05 PM

UPDATED Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al Faisal urged Arab countries to back calls by the Syrian opposition for strikes on the Damascus regime

Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal. Photo from AFP

Assad defiant in face of US strikes threat

Sep 01, 2013 - 10:00 PM

Syria said US President Barack Obama has grown hesitant and confused after he postponed a threatened military strike on Damascus pending a vote in Congress

DEFIANT. A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on August 26, 2013 shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad giving an interview with Russian newspaper Izvestia in Damascus. AFP / SANA

Sarin gas used in Syria attack - Kerry

Sep 01, 2013 - 9:17 PM

UPDATE The US has proof sarin gas was used in a Damascus attack Secretary of State John Kerry says as he pushes for military action against the Syrian regime

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" September 1, 2013. Courtesy NBC News