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UN Condemns Rampant Abuse in Syria's Daraa Governorate


This news was published by : Voice of America -Middle East exactly at 2 hours 13 min ago
The U.N. human rights office condemns rampant human rights violations in Daraa Governorate in southwest Syria by both government and so-called non-state actors. The agency accuses both parties of flaunting the reconciliation agreement implemented 10 months ago. The reconciliation agreement between the Syrian Government and armed rebel groups was supposed to bring peace to Syria’s Daraa Governorate, which is located near the Jordanian border. Following the agreement last July, most people who had been displaced by the conflict returned to their places of origin. But their hopes for a better more secure life has been shattered. The U.N. human rights office says civilians rushed home without knowing what decisions affecting them had been made in the deal. Spokeswoman Marta Hurtado says her agency fears the agreement may not have been in full conformity with international law. This, she says, appears to have opened the floodgates to widespread abuse. “The U.N. Human Rights Office has received a number of worrying reports of human rights violations and offenses by state and non-state actors, including executions, arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances, looting and seizure of property. Access to adequate housing, water, education and other basic needs also remains difficult for many,” she said. Hurtado says efforts by members of armed groups and civilians to take positions in government entities have been violently rebuffed. She says U.N. monitors have documented 11 cases where people wanting to participate in civilian local councils or military or security forces have been killed. She adds they appear to have been targeted killings. She says the U.N. also has received reports that at least 380 people have been arrested or detained, some reportedly on suspicion of terrorism. Hurtado says 150 were released after a few days in detention. The others, she says, have been subjected to enforced disappearances. She notes many families in Dar’a have limited or no information about the fate of their missing relatives. The U.N. human rights office is urging the government to take all necessary steps to protect the human rights of all people in areas under its control. It says the authorities must ensure that individuals arrested in connection with the armed conflict or on criminal charges receive a just and fair trial.  
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Iranian envoy: Persian language boosts Armenia-Iran bond


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 3 hours 52 min ago
Iran’s envoy to Armenia, Kazem Sajjadi, called for the expansion of Persian language teaching programs because he said learning the language will bring the two nations closer together.
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India tuition center fire kills 20


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 4 hours 10 min ago
At least 20 people, most of them students attending private tuition classes, died in a fire in India, officials said.
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EU votes as populists seek historic breakthrough


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 4 hours 12 min ago
Voters were called out for a third day in EU parliamentary elections on Saturday as populists hoped to win a major breakthrough and disrupt European politics for the next five years.
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Hazard edges closer to Madrid move


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 4 hours 22 min ago
Chelsea is braced for Real Madrid to step up its pursuit of Eden Hazard after the Europa League final with the player still hopeful of a swift resolution, sources have told ESPN FC.
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Iran increases production in South Pars phases 2, 3


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 4 hours 22 min ago
Iran has used the capabilities and experiences of its engineers and experts to boost production in phases 2 and 3 of the South Pars gas field, an official said on Saturday.
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Yemenis hold funeral for victims of Saudi air raids


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 4 hours 22 min ago
Yemeni people held a mass funeral for victims of last week’s Saudi airstrikes on the capital Sana'a, venting their anger at the bloody bombing campaign led by the Riyadh regime against the impoverished nation.
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Durant disputes notion Warriors are better without him


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 4 hours 24 min ago
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant is unlikely to play in Game 1 of the NBA finals on Thursday.
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At least 29 inmates killed in Venezuela jail clash


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 4 hours 24 min ago
At least 29 prisoners were killed and 19 police wounded in clashes at a jail in western Venezuela on Friday, authorities said.
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Antiterrorism prosecutor says no claim made for Lyon bomb attack


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 4 hours 26 min ago
No claim of responsibility has so far been made for a bomb attack in Lyon on Friday which injured 13 people, French antiterrorism prosecutor, Remy Heitz, said on Saturday.
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Iran names 15-man squad for VNL


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 4 hours 26 min ago
Sports Desk
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Brazil’s ‘Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão’ wins Cannes Un Certain Regard award


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 4 hours 30 min ago
Brazilian filmmaker Karim Aïnouz emerged triumphant in Un Certain Regard awards of the Cannes festival, as his grand-scale period melodrama, ‘The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão,’ received the top prize from jury president Nadine Labaki. The ‘Capernaum’ director and her fellow jurors demonstrated eclectic taste in the ceremony, ultimately handing honors to eight of the 18 feature films competing in the festival’s second most high-profile showcase.
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CBI not to eliminate forex management integrated system NIMA: Governor


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 4 hours 31 min ago
The Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Abdolnasser Hemmati announced that the central bank is not intending to omit Iran’s domestic Foreign Exchange Management Integrated System (locally known as NIMA) from the domestic forex trade market.
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Over 3m tons of steel slab, sponge iron produced in Hormuzgan Province


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 4 hours 32 min ago
Close to 3.2 million tons of steel slab and sponge iron were produced in the Persian Gulf Special Economic Zone of Hormuzgan Province during the year to March 20.
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Bust of Jamshid Mashayekhi redone, reinstalled in Tehran


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 4 hours 35 min ago
The bust of the late actor, Jamshid Mashayekhi, which received corrections, has been reinstalled.
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UK leadership hopefuls vow to succeed where May failed on Brexit


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 4 hours 42 min ago
The race to become Britain's next premier opened Saturday with an array of hopefuls promising to succeed where Theresa May failed and finally pull the divided country out of the EU.
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Federer, Nadal threatening Djokovic bid for historic Slam


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 4 hours 49 min ago
Novak Djokovic can become only the second man in history to have twice held all four Grand Slam titles at the same time with victory at the French Open.
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Iran slams French court’s verdict to extradite Iranian engineer to US


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 4 hours 53 min ago
Iran denounced as politically-motivated a French court’s verdict to extradite an Iranian engineer to the United States over accusations of importing American technology for military purposes.
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Over 70 US retired military leaders urge Trump against war with Iran


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 5 hours 25 min ago
Sanders: I will do everything in my power to prevent war with Iran
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Foreign Ministry confirms Iran FM meeting with US senator


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 5 hours 31 min ago
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman on Saturday confirmed a media report that Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had a meeting with US Senator Dianne Feinstein, saying such meetings are aimed at neutralizing the so-called B-team’s impact on the American political society.
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Zarif: US troop boost dangerous for international peace


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 5 hours 32 min ago
International Desk
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US policy of maximum pressure against Iran has failed


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 6 hours 11 min ago
By Majid Takht-Ravanchi
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Woman found alive after two weeks in Hawaii forest park


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 7 hours 39 min ago
A woman was found alive in a forest on Hawaii’s Maui Island after going missing more than two weeks ago.
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City of London plans to cut speed limit to reduce pollution


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 7 hours 39 min ago
The City of London Corporation, which runs London’s historic finance district, proposed a new, lower speed limit of 15 miles per hour and the closure of some streets at lunchtime in an effort to reduce air pollution.
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US judge blocks Mississippi 'heartbeat' abortion ban


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 7 hours 40 min ago
A US federal judge on Friday blocked Mississippi's strict abortion law which would have banned the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy.
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Boston museum sorry for racist 'no watermelons' remark


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 7 hours 40 min ago
The Boston Museum of Fine Arts apologized after a teacher alleged her group of pupils suffered racist language and treatment during a visit.
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Madrid's bullfighting 'ritual' acclaimed, contested


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 7 hours 41 min ago
When the bull collapses and dies in front of the matador, silence descends on Madrid's bullfighting ring, a ‘ritual’ that its French manager Simon Casas vigorously defends in an increasingly conflictive climate.
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US pressure group, which pushed doctors to prescribe painkillers, forced to close


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 7 hours 46 min ago
A leading medical society, described by a US Senate report as a pawn of the pharmaceutical industry for its prominent role in pressuring doctors to prescribe opioids, is to shut down in the face of lawsuits blaming it for America’s worst drug epidemic.
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Global warming over last 100 years caused by human activity, scientists confirm


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 7 hours 50 min ago
Researchers at the University of Oxford have finally confirmed that human activity and other ‘external factors’ are the cause of the rise in global temperature.
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Multi-sector representatives explore how to respond to climate change challenges


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 7 hours 57 min ago
Following the success of its first gender and climate change conversation in Barbados in 2018, the Commonwealth Foundation is bringing together delegates from 11 Caribbean countries to explore the intersection of climate change and gender, and develop responsive strategies that give voice to vulnerable groups.
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Work starts on £450m incinerator project in east of England


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 7 hours 59 min ago
Work has started on a £450 million incinerator that will turn waste into energy.
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Community garden in Chicago aims to protect environment, indigenous culture


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 8 hours 1 min ago
Every Sunday for the past month, Native American Chicagoans and Albany Park residents have gathered across the street from the 17th District police station to work on their community garden.
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Erdogan: Turkey may extend special consumption tax cuts on cars


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 8 hours 7 min ago
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday his government may extend existing special consumption tax cuts on cars when they expire next month, in a move aimed at boosting declining car sales.
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Japan to promote tax hike preparations by small businesses


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 8 hours 9 min ago
The industry ministry will hold meetings in major cities in June to encourage small businesses to speed up their preparations for the October consumption tax hike, it has been learned.
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Women Run Grave Risks Fighting for Change in Egypt, Sudan, Algeria


This news was published by : Voice of America -Middle East exactly at 8 hours 11 min ago
From Egypt to Sudan to Algeria, women have become more active in participating in demonstrations demanding lasting change in their societies. But their vocal activism in these Islamic societies have been viewed by some as an unwelcome threat, leading security forces to react harshly — often sexually assaulting women as a tactic of control. As VOA's Salem Solomon reports on the dangers for women involved in protests that call for change.
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China's top banking regulator says yuan bears will suffer 'heavy losses'


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 8 hours 11 min ago
China’s banking and insurance regulator on Saturday said it did not expect a persistent decline in the yuan and warned speculative short sellers they would suffer ‘heavy losses’ if they bet against the currency.
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Pound path grows hazier as political tremors add to Brexit woes


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 8 hours 14 min ago
Theresa May’s decision to step down as Britain’s prime minister just made the bruised pound’s outlook even murkier.
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Researchers use ancient art of origami to produce high-tech shock absorbers


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 8 hours 39 min ago
Can origami protect football players and reusable rockets? Researchers have shown how the ancient art of paper-folding can soften the shock of an impact, whether it’s cracking into a helmet or touching down on a landing pad.
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'A long ride': 50 years ago, a dress rehearsal for the Moon landing


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 8 hours 45 min ago
As Earth grew ever smaller below his spacecraft, Apollo 10 commander Tom Stafford made an unusual request to mission control.
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Huawei 5G unlocks potential of virtual reality in China


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 8 hours 47 min ago
The ongoing International Horticultural Exhibition 2019 Beijing, situated at the foot of the Great Wall, is covered by 5G network provided by Huawei.
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Malaysia prepares to boost palm-biofuel use in wake of EU limits


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 10 hours 48 min ago
Malaysia’s national automotive policy is expected to allow for a higher percentage of palm-biodiesel blends over the next few decades, according to International Trade and Industry Minister Darell Leiking.
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In vitro fertilization linked to deadly heart disease in pregnancy


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 11 hours 52 min ago
Women undergoing fertility treatment should urgently see their doctor if they have heart failure symptoms, according to a study presented at Heart Failure 2019, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).
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Mums-to-be 'should avoid eating crisps to protect their unborn child'


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 12 hours 15 min ago
Eating too many crisps during pregnancy could have a negative effect on the development of the baby, a study suggests.
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Mexico budget cuts hit patient care and delay kids' surgeries, doctors warn


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at 12 hours 31 min ago
Mexico's hospitals are reeling under steep budget cuts by the country's new government, with surgery delays for children, reductions in testing and staffing shortages, hospital directors said, fanning anger over President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's austerity measures.
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IS Threatens 'Hot Summer' by Scorching Iraq, Syria Farmlands  


This news was published by : Voice of America -Middle East exactly at 13 hours 54 min ago
The Islamic State in its al-Naba newspaper claimed responsibility for setting fire to hundreds of acres of agricultural land across Iraq and Syria, encouraging its followers to continue the sabotage of "apostate" crops during the harvest season.     In an article titled "Roll Up Your Sleeves and Begin the Harvest — May Allah Bless What You Reap," the group said the arson was in retaliation for what it claims Shiite and "apostate" forces did to Sunni homes and farmlands in areas formerly under IS.    "It looks like it will be a hot summer, burning the pockets and hearts of rejecters and apostates who have been burning Muslims and their homes over the past years," the group said in its 183rd issue of al-Naba online newspaper that was published Thursday.     The term "rejecter" or "al-Rawafidh" is historically applied by some extremist Sunnis to refer to Shiites, while "apostate" or "al-Murtad" is used against those Muslims who are accused of heresy.     In the article, IS said it was behind the farmland scorches in predominantly Kurdish territories across Kirkuk, Diyala, Ninawa and Salahuddin provinces in Iraq and al-Hasakah province in Syria. It claimed the fire was "just the beginning" and that it had burned hundreds of acres of wheat and barley fields.   "And the season of harvest is still long. We tell the soldiers of the caliphate, you have before you millions of acres of land planted with wheat and barley, belonging to apostates, and you have before you their plantations, fields and homes, as well as their economic foundation. So roll up your sleeves and begin the harvest. May Allah bless what you reap," IS told its followers.    Farmers across northern Iraq and northeastern Syria began protesting as their crops were hit by mysterious fires in recent weeks.     Religious taxation    In Iraq, Kurdish peshmerga forces Wednesday told VOA that IS militants had asked villagers in disputed territories between the Iraqi government and Kurdistan Region to pay a religious tax known as zakat or find their crops destroyed.     Kurdish officials warned the continuation of the fires could ignite violent clashes between Kurdish and Arab residents in the area, especially as the Kurdish farmers say only their fields are targeted while Arab farmers' fields are being spared.  WATCH: Militants Target Kurdish Farmers in Disputed Territories in Iraq According to the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture, about 500 hectares (1,185 acres) of farmland have been scorched in recent weeks across the disputed territories as well as al-Najaf and al-Diwaniyah governorates.    In Syria, the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported that fire outbreaks in northeastern Syria have blazed down thousands of hectares of land. Less intense fires were also reported in the outskirts of Damascus and Hama. 
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The Kurds are creating a state of their own in northern Syria


This news was published by : THE ECONOMIST [ME] exactly at 15 hours 11 min ago
But the would-be nation of Rojava faces many enemies
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Congo’s new president, Félix Tshisekedi, does not call the shots


This news was published by : THE ECONOMIST [ME] exactly at 15 hours 11 min ago
His predecessor has yet to move out of the presidential villa
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The lessons of Bahrain, a state that tried to wean itself off oil


This news was published by : THE ECONOMIST [ME] exactly at 15 hours 11 min ago
Many reforms other Gulf states are mulling were tried first in Bahrain
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How can Uganda export so much more gold than it mines?


This news was published by : THE ECONOMIST [ME] exactly at 15 hours 11 min ago
Some suspect it is smuggled from war-torn Congo next door
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Yemen President Slams UN Envoy's Handling of War in Letter to Secretary-general


This news was published by : Voice of America -Middle East exactly at 16 hours 7 min ago
Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi criticized the U.N.'s special envoy to the country in a sharply-worded letter to the U.N. chief, describing him as legitimizing Houthi rebels his Saudi-backed coalition is locked in a four-year war with. The Iran-aligned Houthis, who ousted Hadi from power in the capital Sanaa in 2014, have stepped up missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia in recent days in a resurgence of tactics that had largely subsided since late last year amid United Nations-led peace efforts. The attacks come the same month that U.N. special envoy Martin Griffiths appeared to have achieved a diplomatic breakthrough, getting the Iranian-aligned Houthis to agree a unilateral withdrawal of their forces from Hodeidah and two other ports. Saudi Arabia and the UAE head a Western-backed coalition of Sunni Muslim states that back Hadi and intervened in Yemen in 2015 to try to restore the internationally recognized government ousted from power. The five-page letter, addressed to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and dated May 22, outlines a litany of grievances directed at Griffiths, criticizing "his insistence on dealing with the rebels as a de-facto government," referring to the Houthis. The letter states that Griffiths has failed to properly oversee an agreement struck last year in Stockholm for a ceasefire and withdrawal plan for the port city of Hodeidah, and has not dealt with issues surrounding detainees and hostages. "It is clear the envoy has a weak understanding of the nature of Yemen's ongoing conflict, especially the ideological, intellectual, and political elements of the Houthi militias and their fundamental rejection of the principles of democracy and the peaceful rotation of power," stated the letter. A UN spokesman said on Friday that Guterres reiterated his confidence in Griffiths after receiving the letter, and said the special envoy would double down on efforts to support both sides in the conflict and ensure that the Stockholm agreement is fulfilled, a U.N. statement said.
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Iraqis turn to budding ecotourism to save marshes


This news was published by : ARAB NEWS exactly at 16 hours 27 min ago
Author: AFPID: 1558737655546403300Sat, 2019-05-25 01:39

CHIBAYISH, Iraq: Thirty years after Saddam Hussein starved them of water, Iraq’s southern marshes are blossoming once more thanks to a wave of ecotourists picnicking and paddling down their replenished river bends.
A one-room home made of elaborately woven palm reeds floats on the river surface. Near it, a soft plume of smoke curls up from a firepit where carp is being grilled, Iraqi-style. A few canoes drift by, carrying couples and groups of friends singing to the beat of drums.
“I didn’t think I would find somewhere so beautiful, and such a body of water in Iraq,” said Habib Al-Jurani.
He left Iraq in 1990 for the US, and was back in his ancestral homeland for a family visit.
“Most people don’t know what Iraq is really like — they think it’s the world’s most dangerous place, with nothing but killings and terrorism,” he said.
Looking around the lush marshes, declared in 2016 to be Iraq’s fifth UNESCO World Heritage site, Jurani added: “There are some mesmerising places.”
Straddling Iraq’s famous Tigris and Euphrates rivers, the Mesopotamian marshes are a rare aquatic ecosystem in a country nearly half of which is covered in cracked desert.
Legend has it, they were home to the biblical Garden of Eden.
But they were also a haven for political opposition to dictator Saddam Hussein, who cut off water to the site in retaliation for the south’s uprising against him in 1991.
Around 90 percent of the once-expansive marshes were drained, and the area’s 250,000 residents dwindled down to just 30,000.
In the ensuing years, severe droughts and decreased water flows from the twin rivers’ source countries — Turkey and Iran — shrunk the marshes’ surface from some 15,000 sq. km. to less than half that. It all culminated with a particularly dry winter last year that left the “ahwar,” as they are known in Arabic, painfully parched.
But heavier rains this year have filled more than 80 percent of the marshes’ surface area, according to the UN, compared to just 27 percent last year.
That has resurrected the ancient lifestyle that dominated this area for more than 5,000 years.
“The water returned, and with it normal life,” said 35-year-old Mehdi Al-Mayali, who raises water buffalo and sells their milk, used to make rich cream served at Iraqi breakfasts.
Wildlife including the vulnerable smooth-coated otter, Euphrates softshell turtles, and Basra reed warbler have returned to the marshlands — along with the pickiest of all species: Tourists.

BACKGROUND

Straddling Iraq’s famous Tigris and Euphrates rivers, the Mesopotamian marshes are a rare aquatic ecosystem in a country nearly half of which is covered in cracked desert. Legend has it, they were home to the biblical Garden of Eden.

“Ecotourism has revived the ‘ahwar.’ There are Iraqis from different provinces and some foreigners,” Mayali said.
A day in the marshes typically involves hiring a resident to paddle a large reed raft down the river for around $25 — not a cheap fare for Iraq. Then, lunch in a “mudhif” or guesthouse, also run by locals.
“Ecotourism is an important source of revenue for those native to the marshes,” said Jassim Assadi, who heads Nature Iraq.
The environmental activist group has long advocated for the marshes to be better protected and for authorities to develop a long-term ecotourism plan for the area.
“It’s a much more sustainable activity than the hydrocarbon and petroleum industry,” said Assadi, referring to the dominant industry that provides Iraq with about 90 percent of state revenues.
The numbers have steadily gone up in recent years, according to Assaad Al-Qarghouli, tourism chief in Iraq’s southern province of Dhi Qar.
“We had 10,000 tourists in 2016, then 12,000 in 2017 and 18,000 in 2018,” he told AFP.
But there is virtually no infrastructure to accommodate them.
“There are no tourist centers or hotels, because the state budget was sucked up by war the last few years,” Qarghouli told AFP.
Indeed, Daesh overran swathes of Iraq in 2014, prompting the government to direct its full attention — and the bulk of its resources — to fighting it back.

Iraq’s government declared victory in late 2017 and has slowly begun reallocating resources to infrastructure projects.
Qarghouli said the marshes should be a priority, and called on the government to build “a hotel complex and touristic eco-village inside the marshes.”
Peak season for tourists is between September and April, avoiding the summer months of Iraq when temperatures can reach a stifling 50 degrees Celsius.
But without a long-term government plan, residents worry that water levels will be hostage to fluctuating yearly rainfalls and shortages caused by Iranian and Turkish dams.
These dynamics have already damaged the marshes’ fragile ecosystem, with high levels of salination last year killing fish and forcing other wildlife to migrate.
Jurani, the returning expatriate, has an idea of the solution.
“Adventurers and nature-lovers,” he said, hopefully.

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Six women are all that remain of a once-thriving Jewish community in Cairo


This news was published by : ARAB NEWS exactly at 16 hours 57 min ago
Author: Mohamed El-ShamaaID: 1558735850186348000Sat, 2019-05-25 01:09

CAIRO: In 1971, Egyptian daily newspaper Akhbar Al-Youm published a story by journalist Abdel Wahab Mursi about Cairo’s “Jewish Alley,” and how it had changed during successive migrations by Jews from Egypt.
Mursi pointed out that the name is misleading and that this “alley” was in fact an entire neighborhood which, at the time of his report, was home to about 25,000 people. However, only 18 of them were Jewish, all of them elderly or widows. The rest were Muslims and Copts.
“The Jews who did not sell their property during the time of immigration never allowed others to live in the houses they left,” wrote Mursi. He also writes about a number of synagogues, including one called Rab Ishmael at 13th Al-Sakkia Street. Another, called Moses Ben Maymon and also known as Hermban, at 15th Dar Mahmoud had collapsed suddenly on the first day of Ramadan in 1970. Other temples mentioned in his story include Al-Torkeya, Al-Istaz, Rab HayiinQabous, Ram Zamra and Al-Yahoud Al-Feda’eya.
Almost 50 years after the story was published, much has changed in Jewish Alley. Most notably, the entire Jewish community in Egypt, led by Magda Shehata Harun, now numbers six women, according to a statement they issued in 2016 following the death of one of their number, Lucy Sawel. As for the synagogues, all but one — the Adli Temple in Downtown Cairo — have vanished or become derelict ruins.
“Both the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 and the outbreak of war between Jews and Arabs had a distinctive impact on the role of the Jewish community in Egypt,” said Egyptian historian and writer Mohammed Abul Ghar. Most of the Jews liquidated their businesses and property and migrated to Europe, America or Israel.”
Egypt was once host to the largest Jewish community in the Arab world. It was influential and involved in various aspects of Egyptian society. Although there are no accurate census figures, the Jewish population of the country was estimated to be between 75,000 and 80,000 in 1922, but had fallen to fewer than 100 by 2004.
At its peak, it included Arabic-speaking, Rabbinic and Karaite Jews, along with Sephardic Jews who had come to Egypt after they were expelled from Spain. In addition, trade flourished after the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, attracting Ashkenazi Jews fleeing massacres in Europe. As a result, Egypt became a safe haven for Jews, who congregated in Jewish Alley and established a commercial and cultural elite. It would not last, however.

BACKGROUND

After the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, Egypt became a safe haven for Jews, who congregated in Jewish Alley and established a commercial and cultural elite.

“During the era of Gamal Abdel Nasser (Egypt’s president from 1954 until 1970), the conflict between Egypt and Israel increased dramatically,” said Abul Ghar. “From the moment the State of Israel was established and invited Jews from all over the world to immigrate to it, Muslims started burning well-known shops owned by Jews, such as Chicoril and Ads.
“Several Israeli espionage networks, the members of which were Egyptian Jews, were discovered. In the 1980s, after Egypt’s victory in the October 1973 Arab-Israeli war, some attempts to emigrate to Egypt by a few families were made. However, according to the Egyptian constitution, after someone acquires Israeli nationality he is stripped of Egyptian citizenship and so faces rejection of all applications for emigration.”
In the days when the Jewish community was thriving in Egypt, Abul Ghar said that wealthy Jews monopolized certain fields of commerce, including “Mosa Dubik,” “Marco E’nteibe” and “Jalabaj.” They traded in scrap and toys, while “Mizrahi” and “Mozaki” organized textile auctions in Al-Mahalla Al-Kubra city.
Jewish Alley, meanwhile, was not very hospitable to non-Jews. Hajji Abdul Latif Fawzi, an 82-year-old former assistant secretary at a medical center, said that when he went there one day at the age of 10 he was hit in the eye with a stone that had been thrown at him. The Jewish residents prevented any outsider from entering their neighborhood except for the few Egyptians who worked with them in workshops and textile shops.
Fawzi said when he entered the alley, he heard someone saying “Joey ... Joey.” This was a word used to describe “someone who is not Jewish” though he did not know this at the time. Then a group of young men rushed toward him and attacked.
“In the 1950s things began to change gradually in the neighborhood, as Jews started emigrating to Israel,” he added.

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Defying Congress, Trump Sets Arms Sales to Saudis, UAE


This news was published by : Voice of America -Middle East exactly at Fri, 05/24/2019 - 23:50
U.S. President Donald Trump, saying there is a national emergency because of tensions with Iran, swept aside objections from Congress and cleared the sale of $8 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. The Trump administration informed congressional committees on Friday that it will go ahead with 22 military sales to the Saudis, United Arab Emirates and Jordan, infuriating lawmakers by circumventing a long-standing precedent for congressional review of such sales. In documents sent to Congress and seen by Reuters, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listed a wide range of products and services that would be provided to the three countries. They include Raytheon precision-guided munitions (PGMs), support for Boeing Co F-15 aircraft, and Javelin anti-tank missiles, which are made by Raytheon and Lockheed Martin Corp. Some lawmakers and congressional aides had warned earlier this week that Trump, frustrated with Congress holding up weapons deals like the sale of the Raytheon-made bombs to the Saudis, was considering using a loophole in arms control law to go ahead by declaring a national emergency. Lawmakers had been blocking sales of offensive military equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for months, concerned about the huge civilian toll of the two countries' air campaign in Yemen and human rights abuses like the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate in Turkey. Congressional sources said Friday's order included all the defense equipment that members of Congress had been blocking. "I am disappointed, but not surprised, that the Trump Administration has failed once again to prioritize our long-term national security interests or stand up for human rights, and instead is granting favors to authoritarian countries like Saudi Arabia," Senator Bob Menendez said in a statement. Menendez is one of the members of Congress who reviews such sales because he is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Another, the Republican Foreign Relations Committee chairman, Senator Jim Risch, said he had received formal notification of the administration's intent to move forward with "a number of arms sales." In a statement, Risch said, "I am reviewing and analyzing the legal justification for this action and the associated implications." The White House and State Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment. In his memorandum to Congress justifying the sale, Pompeolisted years of actions by Iran. "Iranian malign activity poses a fundamental threat to the stability of the Middle East and to American security at home and abroad," he wrote, and cited "a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings" from Tehran.  Congressional aides questioned the contention that the weapons had to do with Iran, saying the equipment and services listed by the administration includes large amounts of offensive weapons, like the PGMs and tank ammunition. They said lawmakers have not been blocking defensive equipment such as Patriot missile defense systems that have been sold to the Saudis. "This is all materiel that arguably could be used in the Yemen military operation. The defensive stuff we've cleared," one congressional aide said.
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An NGO strives to stem brain drain of talent from Lebanon


This news was published by : ARAB NEWS exactly at Fri, 05/24/2019 - 23:00
Author: Alicia BullerID: 1558731304796124400Fri, 2019-05-24 23:54

LONDON: Lebanese professor Mustapha Jazar has made it his life’s work to help connect students to the jobs they deserve.
While Lebanon has long produced highly educated students, this promising pipeline is badly affected by a lack of matching job opportunities.
Jazar set up the Lebanese Association for Scientific Research (LASeR) 10 years ago to “try to help the students through their journey from school to the job market.”
“The government itself isn’t doing anything about it,” Jazar said.
LASeR is a research-driven nongovernmental organization (NGO) that focuses on selecting candidates to pursue work-orientated research programs.
Through the undertaking of specific research initiatives, the students are trained in areas that will have a positive impact on Lebanon’s socio-economic condition, and can acquire skills that will improve their employability.
Jazar says: “I’m a true believer in research. Throughout my life I have been a researcher and I’ve tried to find funds to do research; for myself, for my students and my colleagues. Then one day I had the idea to create an NGO to mobilize the benefits of research in a more systematic way.”
For the first five years, LASeR was focused on university professors but the NGO has since shifted its focus to undergraduates. The program now takes in about 150 students annually.
Jazar says: “LASeR’s programs include a mix of capacity-building, soft skills and advanced technical skills according to their major. The aim is that students will be better equipped for the job market at the end of three years of university.”
The framework is called “E2C: Education To Community.” It has three modules: Media to Community, Health to Community and the soon-to-be launched Engineering to Community.
“The idea is to take a bunch of students nearing graduation in their third year of study, call them to apply, and then enroll them in a competition-based experience for three to four months where we deliver training. At the end, they have to deliver a product,” Jazar said.
He said that previous projects have included society-wide health-awareness campaigns and public-technology solutions.
At the end of the training period, a jury assesses the outcome of each group and gives a grade, along with the public’s assessment.
Jazar said: “In this way, they will learn the basics of how to deliver an awareness campaign and how to run a budget. If they need specific training, we will find a senior or alumni to deliver the training. Every team has a mentor. In the media group, most of the students have already found jobs.”
Jazar said LASeR was funded by donations and corporate sponsorship. The NGO relies heavily on volunteer expertise from corporates and within the university.
Local enrollment at Lebanese universities is exceptionally high — at about 50 percent — but the country’s small size and job pipeline inefficiencies mean career opportunities are limited.
“Lebanon is educating many highly skilled people but they are going abroad to work in the Gulf, Canada, Europe or the US,” Jazar said.
“We are facing a real problem, especially in research. Jobs are becoming competitive. Right now, we are nearing saturation. We will be observing brain 
drain soon.”
In 2018, 4,000 students graduated in engineering, which is a huge number for a country that has a population of four million, he says.
“We do believe that there will be a scarcity of job offers, but what is also lacking in Lebanon is self-employment, start-ups and initiatives led by young people, especially in coding,” Jazar said.
Through LASeR, Jazar aims to create a framework that cherry-picks the best talents from society and focuses these talents on addressing Lebanon’s biggest issues and opportunities.
“We believe there’s a huge amount of social problems that need to be addressed. We aim to raise awareness about our society and the environment with our students.
“We are training our students to look for problems and come up with solutions that will make money for their livelihoods — and for the betterment of Lebanon.”

Main category: Middle-EastTags: MUSTAPHA JAZARLebanon Indebted Lebanon may struggle to refinance as austerity budget stallsUS Embassy in Lebanon advises citizens to keep low profile
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Iranian police arrest 30 people during yoga class


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Authorities in Iran arrested 30 people as they took part in a private yoga class in Gorgan, a city in the north of the country, according to an official news agency, the Young Journalists Club.
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Trump to Send 1,500 Troops to Middle East


This news was published by : Voice of America -Middle East exactly at Fri, 05/24/2019 - 18:39
U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday he will send about 1,500 American troops to the Middle East, mostly as a protective measure, amid heightened tensions with Iran. He said the deployment involved a relatively small number of troops. The forces would help strengthen American defenses in the region, two sources told Reuters earlier on condition of anonymity. They said the forces included engineers.  
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US to send 1,500 more troops to Middle East amid Iran threat


This news was published by : ARAB NEWS exactly at Fri, 05/24/2019 - 17:52
Fri, 2019-05-24 18:50

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration has notified Congress it plans to send 1,500 troops to the Middle East amid heightened tensions with Iran.
Officials said members of Congress were notified following a White House meeting Thursday to discuss Pentagon proposals to bolster the US force presence in the Middle East.
Earlier this week, officials had said that Pentagon planners had outlined plans that could have sent up to 10,000 military reinforcements to the region. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan later said planners had not settled on a figure.
The US began reinforcing its presence in the Arabian Gulf region this month in response to what it said was a threat from Iran.

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Main category: Middle-EastTags: Donald TrumpPentagonPatrick Shanahan Pentagon plans to send more troops to Middle East amid Iran threatPentagon mulling request for 5,000 more US troops to Middle East -Reuters
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Lebanese cabinet approves draft state budget


This news was published by : ARAB NEWS exactly at Fri, 05/24/2019 - 16:42
Author: ReutersID: 1558708701133989300Fri, 2019-05-24 14:21

BEIRUT: The heavily indebted Lebanese government approved a draft budget to cut its large deficit on Friday, aiming to ward off a financial crisis which top leaders have warned is bearing down on the country unless it carries out reforms.
The draft 2019 budget, which will cut the deficit to 7.5% of GDP from 11.5% in 2018, is seen as a critical test of the government's will to launch reforms that have been put off for years by a state riddled with corruption and waste.
Lebanon's bloated public sector is its biggest expense, followed by the cost of servicing a public debt equal to some 150% of GDP, one of the world's heaviest debt burdens.
The budget could help unlock some $11 billion in financing pledged at a Paris donors' conference last year for infrastructure investment, if it wins the approval of donor countries and institutions.
"Now, praise God, we are done. The budget is complete," Information Minister Jamal Jarrah said after a cabinet session.
One more meeting to seal the process will be held at the presidential palace before the draft is referred to parliament for approval. Ministers did not say when the next session would take place.
Fears the budget would lead to cuts to state salaries, pensions or benefits triggered weeks of strikes and protests by public sector workers and military veterans.
Measures to rein in the public sector wage bill include a three-year freeze in all types of state hiring and a cap on extra-salary bonuses. State pension will also be taxed.
However a temporary public sector salary cut mooted by some early in the process was not included.
A big chunk of the deficit cut stems from tax increases including a 2% import tax and a hike in tax on interest payments. The government also plans to cut some $660 million from the debt servicing bill by issuing treasury bonds at 1% interest rate to the Lebanese banking sector.
The final cabinet approval had been obstructed by a dispute over whether more needed to be done to bring the deficit lower.
But Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil, speaking to local media, said "all the clauses and articles" had been agreed. Nobody had raised any objections when Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said "we are done" at the end of the session, he added.
There was no immediate comment from Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, who had been demanding further debate.
Deputy Prime Minister Ghassan Hasbani, speaking to Reuters on Thursday, said the draft budget would stabilise the financial situation and avoid "catastrophe" but it fell short of the major structural reforms Lebanon needs.
Economists in Lebanon say it will give a "positive shock" to market confidence against a backdrop of years of low economic growth, concern over a slowdown in the growth of bank deposits and falling central bank net foreign assets.
Aberdeen Standard Investments emerging markets fund manager Kevin Daly said: "We are still sceptical because they still have very little room in the budget." Wages and subsidies made up a large proportion of the deficit, he noted.
"I think the market will come back after the weekend and take a closer look ... the jury is still out on these guys".
Nassib Ghobril, chief economist at Lebanon's Byblos Bank, said the draft budget had stopped increases in government spending but had not reduced them.
"They might reduce the deficit to an acceptable level. But it is not a reform budget or an austerity budget, it is a budget based heavily on taxes," he said.
"This is the easy way out for the government to reduce the deficit. If we believe the figure, it is a significant reduction in the deficit, but it is not the way to do it in a stagnating economy, in an economy in need of liquidity."
Jason Tuvey, senior emerging markets economist at Capital Economics, said: "Markets might react positively initially in as far as they've actually managed to agree on a budget after several weeks of deliberations.
"But over longer horizon, we still think that markets in Lebanon will come under pressure again."

Main category: Middle-EastTags: Middle EastLebanoneconomybudget Lebanese budget protesters clash with security in BeirutNo need for more talks over draft budget: Lebanon finance minister
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Lebanon deports 16 Syrians


This news was published by : ARAB NEWS exactly at Fri, 05/24/2019 - 16:39
Author: AFPID: 1558707525333855800Fri, 2019-05-24 12:08

BEIRUT: Lebanon has "summarily deported" at least 16 Syrians, some of them registered refugees, by forcing them to sign "voluntary repatriation forms," human rights groups said on Friday.
Lebanon hosts nearly one million Syrian refugees - a significant burden for a country of four million people - and there has been mounting pressure for them to go home even though the UN says many areas remain unsafe to return to.
The 16 were all removed to Syria on April 26 after they arrived at Beirut airport, Human Rights Watch and four other groups said in a joint report.
Most of them were sent back to Lebanon after they were barred from entering Cyprus via Turkey, quashing their plans to seek asylum, it said.
At least five were registered with the United Nations refugee agency, it added.
"Lebanese authorities shouldn't deport anyone to Syria without first allowing them a fair opportunity to argue their case for protection," said HRW's acting Middle East director, Lama Fakih.
The report said around 30 Syrians have been deported from Beirut airport this year by Lebanon's General Security agency.
The latest deportees said they were "pressured" by General Security officers at the airport into signing documents stating that they were "voluntarily" returning to Syria.
"My biggest fears returning to Syria are that I would be conscripted and have to fight, or that I would be arrested because the regime has me on a wanted list or because of a case of mistaken identity," the report quoted one of the deportees as saying.
"If I wasn't scared of arrest, I wouldn't have left Syria in the first place."
General Security estimates that over 170,000 Syrian refugees returned home from Lebanon between December 2017 and March 2019.

Main category: Middle-EastTags: LebanonSyriarefugees Northwest Syria fighting damages schools, health facilitiesIndebted Lebanon may struggle to refinance as austerity budget stalls
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Yemen president accuses UN envoy Griffiths of siding with Houthis


This news was published by : ARAB NEWS exactly at Fri, 05/24/2019 - 16:01
Author: APID: 1558704492613526200Fri, 2019-05-24 12:36

SANAA: Yemen’s internationally recognized president sent a letter to the UN chief, criticizing his envoy to the country over allegedly siding with Iran-aligned Houthi militia, the president’s office said Friday.
In the letter addressed to Antonio Guterres, Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi accused Martin Griffiths, the UN special envoy to Yemen, of undermining chances for peace. Hadi also warns his government would stop dealing with the UN envoy.
“I can no longer tolerate the violations committed by the special envoy, which threaten prospects for a solution,” read the five-page letter, a copy of which was released to reporters Thursday.
It also accuses Griffiths of treating the militia as a "de-facto government and as an equal to the legitimate and elected government” of Yemen.
The conflict in Yemen began with the 2014 takeover of the capital, Sanaa, by the Houthi rebels. A coalition of Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE, allied with Hadi’s government, has been fighting the Houthis since March 2015.
The fighting has killed an estimated 60,000 people and left millions suffering from lack of food and medical care.
Tensions arose between Griffiths and Hadi last week after the UN announced the long-delayed Houthi withdrawal from the flashpoint port city of Hodeidah.
Hadi’s government accused Griffiths at the time of turning a blind eye that the militants had allegedly only handed control of the port to “militia leaders” loyal to them. The “redeployment of Houthis” from Hodeidah was part of a UN-brokered deal concluded in December.
Hadi went on to say that Griffiths’s “poor understanding” of the Yemeni conflict makes him unfit for his post.
While briefing the UN Security Council on the situation in Yemen last week, Griffiths urged the warring sides to maintain the momentum of the Houthi withdrawal from Hodeidah — the country’s lifeline to foreign aid — and to work urgently on a political solution to the devastating conflict.
There were “signs of hope” but “also alarming signs” that could threaten progress, Griffiths said, a reference to continuing clashes in the southern Dhale province.
Later Friday, Houthi leader Mohamed Ali Al-Houthi tweeted that Hadi’s letter to the UN chief was “a miserable attempt to curtail peace.”

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North Korea suspends talks until US ‘changes method’


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at Fri, 05/24/2019 - 15:57
North Korea says it is halting its negotiations with the United States over its nuclear and missile programs until Washington changes its zero-sum approach toward Pyongyang.
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Arrests in Algeria ahead of weekly protests


This news was published by : ARAB NEWS exactly at Fri, 05/24/2019 - 15:56
Author: AFPID: 1558705626733656800Fri, 2019-05-24 12:12

ALGIERS: Algerian police arrested dozens of people on Friday at the Grand Post Office, a key rallying point for protesters in the capital Algiers, witnesses and journalists said.
An AFP journalist saw a woman arrested near the post office, where security fences were erected this week in an attempt to prevent demonstrators accessing the site.
Several hundred protesters gathered near the building on Friday, but they were kept at bay by a police cordon and a row of vehicles.
“Patrols criss-crossed the city and arrested anyone suspected of joining the rally,” Said Salhi, vice president of the Algerian League for the Defense of Human Rights, said on Twitter.
“It seems they (the authorities) want to ban the rally,” he added.
The protest movement forced president Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down on April 2, after two decades in power.
But rallies — now into a fourteenth week — have continued each Friday, to pressure army chief Ahmed Gaid Salah, interim President Abdelkader Bensalah and others to leave office.
“Tired of the generals!,” “Gaid Salah resign!,” protesters chanted Friday.
Mehenna Abdeslam, a protester and a university teacher, told AFP he witnessed “the police systematically arrest anyone carrying a banner.”
But “we will not stop” demonstrating, he added.
Local news site TSA reported police in Algiers made “massive arrests among the protesters.”
It also noted a heavy presence of female police officers, for the first time since the protests began.
A presidential election that was originally due to take place in April is scheduled for July 4, but the protest movement wants the poll scrapped, in the absence of new independent institutions to oversee voting.

Main category: Middle-EastTags: Algeriaarrests Tens of thousands march to demand change in AlgeriaBrother of Algeria’s ex-President Bouteflika placed in custody by military judge
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PM Modi to shift India's top weapons supplier from Russia to US?


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at Fri, 05/24/2019 - 15:49
India intends to shift its top military supplier from Russia to the US, New Delhi’s ambassador to Washington has said, citing national security and military modernization among Prime Minister Narendra Modi's top priorities following his re-election.
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Trump rejects additional troop deployment to MidEast, says there is ‘no need’


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at Fri, 05/24/2019 - 15:47
US President Donald Trump has rejected any "need" for additional troop deployments in the Middle East after reports claimed the Pentagon was considering sending up to 10,000 troops to the region.
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Bin Salman agrees to support Sudan's military if it keeps forces in Yemen


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at Fri, 05/24/2019 - 14:52
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has reportedly pledged to continue supporting Sudan’s military transition council if Khartoum agrees to keep its forces in Yemen.
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US senate unveils $750-billion proposal aimed at China's growing influence


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at Fri, 05/24/2019 - 14:41
The US senate has unveiled a draft bill that would authorize Washington to modernize its nuclear weapon arsenal, in a move to counter China’s growing influence around the globe.
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US State Department misses deadline to explain Iran arms control report


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at Fri, 05/24/2019 - 14:35
The US State Department has purportedly failed to meet a deadline to provide conclusive information to a congressional committee tasked with investigating whether an annual arms control report meant to politically demonize Iran and justify a military action against the Islamic Republic.
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Zarif: Iran will see end of Trump, but he will never see end of Iran


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at Fri, 05/24/2019 - 13:57
Iran's foreign minister lashed out at President Donald Trump on Friday amid heightened tensions between the two countries, saying that "Iran will see the end of Trump, but he will never see the end of Iran."
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Iran marks 37th anniversary of Khorramshahr liberation


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at Fri, 05/24/2019 - 13:55
Iran marked the 37th anniversary of the liberation of the strategic port city of Khorramshahr from Iraqi forces under former dictator Saddam Hussein.
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German diplomat: European countries to continue efforts to preserve JCPOA


This news was published by : IRAN DAILY exactly at Fri, 05/24/2019 - 13:54
A senior German diplomat said European countries will continue efforts to preserve a 2015 landmark multilateral nuclear accord between Iran and the world powers.
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