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#Middle East

# middle-east - Tuesday 24 December, 2013

At least 14 dead in Egypt police station blast

Nobody has claimed responsibility for the bombing, but the blame is being placed with the Muslim Brotherhood.

# middle-east - Saturday 21 December, 2013

Column: In much of Europe, ‘asylum-seeker’ and ‘refugee’ have become dirty words

The UN Refugee Convention was born of the horrors of war – horrifying conflicts that tore Europe apart and left millions dead. How have we forgotten that so quickly?

# middle-east - Monday 9 December, 2013

Deal signed to save shrinking Dead Sea by connecting it with Red Sea

Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinians signed the agreement in Washington today.

# middle-east - Thursday 21 November, 2013

Up to 12,000 troops to stay in Afghanistan after NATO mission ends

US Secretary of State John Kerry says the US role will be “limited”.

# middle-east - Saturday 16 November, 2013

At least 31 killed, more than 200 injured in Libya gun attack

Gunmen opened fire on a crowd demanding their disbandment, officials say.

# middle-east - Wednesday 13 November, 2013

Column: Leaving it all behind – a Syrian family’s journey to safety

“I did not say a proper goodbye to my father and did not even bury him. I don’t know who did and where,” said Ahmed, whose family has been forced to move around – inside and outside Syria – for more than a year after a shell destroyed their home.

# middle-east - Monday 11 November, 2013

Syrian opposition agrees to enter Geneva talks

The Syrian National Coalition have set out a number of conditions for their participation, however, and say Bashar al Assad can have “no role” in any transitional government.

# middle-east - Friday 8 November, 2013

Israel "utterly rejects" Iran deal aimed at ending nuclear tensions

Talks involving the US, China and Russia aimed at easing tensions over Iran’s controversial nuclear programme have been taking place in Geneva.

# middle-east - Wednesday 6 November, 2013

Former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned by radioactive polonium

Tests revealed at least 18 times the normal levels of radioactive polonium in his remains according to new station Al-Jazeera.

# middle-east - Saturday 2 November, 2013

Column: “Being caught with patients is like being caught with a weapon”

The Syrian people are now presented with the absurd situation of weapons inspectors freely driving through areas of desperate need – while the ambulances, food and drug supplies organised by humanitarian organisations are blocked.

# middle-east - Friday 1 November, 2013

Israeli warplanes carry out Syrian airstrike

The attack targeted the delivery of Russian missiles with Israel worried repeatedly declaring it would intervene to stop Hezbollah receiving “game-changing” weapons.

# middle-east - Monday 28 October, 2013

Column: What you didn’t know about the real Afghanistan

The stories you’ve heard about Afghanistan won’t prepare you for what the country is really like: its colour, culture, laughter and resilience is amazing, writes Maya Pastakia.

# middle-east - Saturday 26 October, 2013

Dublin MEP forbidden from travelling to Gaza

“We were absolutely dumbfounded,” Labour MEP Emer Costello said.

# middle-east - Wednesday 16 October, 2013

Costello: Ireland supports search for peace in Palestinian territories

The TD detailed his trip to Gaza and the Lebanon to an Oireachtas committee today.

# middle-east - Monday 14 October, 2013

Three kidnapped Red Cross staffers are 'free and safe'

Seven staff had been kidnapped when their convoy was stopped at a roadside.

# middle-east - Friday 11 October, 2013

Car bomb explodes outside Swedish and Finnish consulates in Libya

Nobody was killed in the blasts, officials confirmed.

# middle-east - Wednesday 9 October, 2013

Column: People hit by indiscriminate violence need psycho-social help

The civil war in Syria has killed and injured innumerable people, many of them innocent civilians. We are trying to help survivors repair the damage to their bodies – and to their minds, writes Jane-Ann McKenna.

# middle-east - Tuesday 8 October, 2013

Column: The generosity of the Irish people makes me incredibly proud

Ettie Higgins works to deliver lifesaving assistance to children and babies caught up in the violence across Syria. She tells of the ongoing battle to survive in almost impossible conditions faced by families.

# middle-east - Sunday 6 October, 2013

Suicide bombers target Iraqi primary school in day of multiple attacks

Ten children were killed in the school attack with suicide bombers also targeting pilgrims at a Shrine as over thirty people died across the country.

# middle-east - Tuesday 1 October, 2013

Column: Full, unimpeded access for all doctors is immediately needed in Syria

It is unacceptable that medical staff are being denied access to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis since the Cold War, writes Irish-Libyan doctor Dr Fatima Hamroush.

# middle-east - Monday 30 September, 2013

Column: Syrians are convinced they're considered 'expendable'... wouldn’t you be?

David Adams documents the often horrific experiences of ordinary Syrians caught up in the ongoing conflict. Time and again he hears tales of heartbreaking loss and suffering, from people who believe the world has forgotten them.

# middle-east - Saturday 28 September, 2013

Gilmore to meet UN Secretary General for Syria talks

The Tánaiste will also address the United Nations General Assembly later today.

UN votes to order destruction of Syria's chemical weapons

The UN security council voted unamimounsly to back the deal proposed by the US and Russia. International experts are expected to start work in Syria next week

# middle-east - Monday 16 September, 2013

UN chief: Report confirms chemical weapons "war crime" in Syria

Ban Ki-moon says UN invesigators have confirmed “unequivocally and objectively” that chemical weapons, including sarin, were used.

# middle-east - Monday 9 September, 2013

Russia urges Syria: Give up your chemical weapons

The Russian plan for the Assad regime to surrender its weapons has been given a cautious reception in the White House.

# middle-east - Saturday 7 September, 2013

EU ministers believe Assad was responsible for Syria chemical attack

The group of EU foreign ministers have pointed the finger of blame for the alleged murders on the Assad regime.

# middle-east - Wednesday 4 September, 2013

US Senate committee votes to approve Syria military action

The full Senate will vote on the issue next week. It’s the first time lawmakers have voted to back military action since the 2002 vote on the invasion of Iraq.

UN delays Irish troops heading to the Golan Heights by three weeks

Commandant Denis Hanly said the United Nations requested the troops to be delayed “for administration reasons”.

# middle-east - Tuesday 3 September, 2013

Shatter: Ireland has taken in fifty refugees from Syria crisis

More than two million people have become refugees since the start of the conflict in March 2011.

Government announces further €1 million in aid for Syria refugees

Minister Joe Costello says the crisis equates to “almost every child under the age of eighteen being forced to flee their homes”.

Number of Syrian refugees passes 2 million mark

A year ago, the figure was around 230,000. One million Syrian children are now living as refugees.

# middle-east - Monday 2 September, 2013

Only regime could have carried out chemical attack, French intel report states

Intelligence officials say the 21 August attack “could only have been ordered and carried out by the regime”.

# middle-east - Friday 30 August, 2013

President Obama says no decision has been made on Syria but insists world must act

The US Secretary of State John Kerry said earlier that “the question is no longer what do we know, the question is what we in the international community do now.”

Column: Destroying democracy to save democracy – Egypt’s power struggle

The Egyptian military see the Muslim Brotherhood as a threat to its power base and have co-opted secularists as a public façade for a naked power grab, writes Colm Ó Broin.

# middle-east - Wednesday 28 August, 2013

Column: 'Chemical weapons' are in the news for dreadful reasons – but what are they?

The images coming from Syria of small bodies wrapped in shrouds do not indicate the horrors of the moments before death – and the fact that humans are willing to inflict this on others must not be shied away from, writes Ann Cronin.

# middle-east - Friday 23 August, 2013

27 killed and over 350 wounded in Lebanon car bomb blasts

The attacks happened in the city of Tripoli. It’s reported a number of children are among the dead.

# middle-east - Wednesday 21 August, 2013

Eyewitness: Cairo has changed from buzzing metropolis into a near ghost town

Just two short years after Egypt’s ‘January Revolution’, the spirit of hope for a better future has been lost. At least 1,089 people have died in one week and deep scars have been carved in the Egyptian social fabric, writes Diana Eltahawy.

# middle-east - Thursday 15 August, 2013

Israel wants to pay students to post pro-Israel messages on Facebook and Twitter

The Israeli prime minister’s office has said that students will receive scholarships to engage international audiences to combat anti-Semitism and calls to boycott Israel.

# middle-east - Tuesday 13 August, 2013

US Secretary of State urges Palestinians against settlements reaction

John Kerry said that Palestinians must return to the negotiating table.

# middle-east - Monday 12 August, 2013

Prisoners released, new settlements announced ahead of Israel, Palestine talks

Negotiators are still set to meet on Wednesday for peace talks.