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Saudi Arabia denounced U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Israel’s 1981 annexation of the Golan Heights, a statement released by the Saudi Press Agency said early on Tuesday.

South Arabia denounces US recognition of Golan Heights as Israeli territory

Saudi Arabia denounced U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Israel’s 1981 annexation of the Golan Heights, a statement released by the Saudi Press Agency said early on Tuesday.
US President Donald Trump speaks before a meeting between US and Chinese officials in the Oval Office of the White House January 31, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski - AFP)

Accepting Golan annexation, Donald Trump risks new precedents

US President Donald Trump is again breaking diplomatic norms in backing Israel’s capture of the Golan Heights, with experts warning that he risks justifying expansionism by other countries.
An image from Kurdish Ronahi TV shows the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) raising their flag on top of a building in the eastern Syrian village of Baghuz. Handout-AFP-Getty Images

SDF: ISIS totally eliminated in Syria

Kurdish-led forces pronounced the death of the Islamic State (ISIS) group’s nearly five-year-old “caliphate” Saturday after flushing out diehard jihadists from their very last bastion in eastern Syria.
The occupied Golan heights was captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war and effectively annexed in 1981 [Eddie Gerald-Getty Images]

Syria condemns Trump’s stance on Golan Heights sovereignty

Syria has condemned US President Donald Trump's statement that it is time to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, while its close military ally, Russia said changing the status of the territory would violate UN agreements.
US President Donald Trump on Friday urged China to abolish tariffs on agricultural products imported from the United States — adding that trade talks between the rival powers were going well.

Donald Trump: ISIS will be eliminated in Syria

U.S. President Donald Trump has declared that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) will be eliminated from its last territory in Syria by Thursday.
An armed policeman stands guard as the burial ceremony of the victims of the mosque attacks takes place at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Christchurch, New Zealand March 20, 2019. REUTERS-Jorge Silva

New Zealand begins funerals for mosque shooting victims

The bodies of victims from New Zealand’s mosques mass shooting were carried in open caskets on the shoulders of mourners into a large tent at Christchurch’s Memorial Park Cemetery on Wednesday.

Lagos among 10 cheapest cities in the world

Lagos is among the 10 cheapest cities in the world, according to a survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman visit Israeli-occupied Golan Heights [Ronen Zvulun-Reuters]

US drops ‘Israeli-occupied’ designation from Golan Heights

The United States no longer refers to the Golan Heights as an "Israeli-occupied" territory in its latest annual human rights report, published on Wednesday, though the State Department insists the wording change doesn't mean a policy change.
Hundreds of demonstrators, in defiance of a ban of protests, rallied in the Algerian capital against a bid by ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika for a fifth term in office.

Algerian teachers, students protest against President Bouteflika

Hundreds of school teachers and students protested in the Algerian capital on Wednesday amid fears that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika plans to extend his two-decade rule.

Nigeria 2019: Notes from the field

Whoever came up with the wise saying that Nigerian politics is dirty deserves an award for perspicacity. I have just returned from that dirtied, muddled up, confused, uncertain, unpredictable zone of Nigerian life and society with truck loads of stories in my head and enough impressions in my mind to last me another life-time.
Sunday's departure of Joerg Brase, a correspondent for ZDF television, and Thomas Seibert, who works for Tagesspiegel newspaper, comes a day after Germany warned its citizens they risked arrest in Turkey for expressing views Ankara may not like.

German reporters leave Turkey after being denied accreditation

Two German journalists have left Turkey after authorities rejected their press accreditations, a step that drew condemnation from Germany's foreign minister and revived diplomatic tensions.
US President Donald Trump has demanded that Europe take in hundreds of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) fighters captured in Syria, threatening that the United States would otherwise be forced to release them.

Hundreds limp out of besieged ISIS enclave in Syria

Veiled women carrying babies and wounded men on crutches hobbled out of the last jihadist village in eastern Syria on Wednesday after US-backed forces pummelled the besieged enclave.

ISIS-backed Boko Haram faction may have new chief

The leader of an Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram may have been replaced, sources say, against a backdrop of speculation as to his fate - and the group's future direction.
Women walk with children near the village of Baghouz in the Deir Az Zor province [Rodi Said-Reuters]

ISIS fighters ‘surrender in large numbers’ in final Syria enclave

Thousands of people, including armed fighters, have left the last area held by ISIL in Syria, a spokesperson for the US-backed Syrian forces said.

Russian foreign minister to hold talks in Qatar

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has arrived in Qatar as part of a tour across the Gulf countries aimed at discussing bilateral trade, energy, investment and regional issues including Syria, Yemen, Libya and Palestine.
A member of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces carries a baby followed by the mother who cries and asks for help after leaving the Islamic State group's last holdout of Baghouz, in Syria's northern Deir Ezzor province, on Friday. - AFP-JIJI

Syria force pounds holdout ISIS village

Kurdish-led forces backed by US warplanes rained artillery fire and air strikes on Sunday on besieged and outgunned jihadists making a desperate last stand in a remote Syrian village.
A woman holds a baby as she stands next to female fighters from Syrian Democratic Forces near Baghouz [Rodi Said-Reuters]

US-backed force expects ‘decisive battle’ against ISIS on Sunday

A US-backed Syrian force closing in on ISIL's last territorial bastion near the Iraqi border expects a "decisive battle" on Sunday after advancing slowly, a spokesperson said.

Islamic State faces final territorial defeat in Syria battle

Islamic State faced final territorial defeat on Saturday as the U.S.-backed Syrian force battling the jihadists said it was closing in on their last bastion near the Iraqi border.

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