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Arrest of Issa Amro speaks volumes about Palestine’s war on free speech | Diana Buttu

The Palestine Authority is trying to silence anybody prepared to stand up and criticise its actions or those of Mahmoud Abbas. This should worry us all Last week, Palestinian human rights activist Issa Amro was released from Palestinian Authority (PA) police custody following a week-long illegal detention. Show More Summary

US-backed fighters 'seize 80% of Raqqa from Islamic State'

Syrian Democratic Forces says it is entering final stages of campaign to capture the terror group’s de facto capital The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces has said its campaign to capture Raqqa from Islamic State is in its final stages...Show More Summary

Campers in Israel warned after series of wolf attacks

Ten incidents involving wolf bites have been reported over summer in Judean desert Israeli authorities are warning families with young children to take extra care after a series of wolf attacks on campers in the Judean desert. Ten incidents...Show More Summary

Trump calls Kim the aggressor – while trying to take down the Iran nuclear deal | Peter Westmacott

The 2015 deal is a much-needed force for good. It’s vital that Britain and other nations convince the US hawks to retain it In his speech to the United Nations general assembly on Tuesday, Donald Trump put “Rocket Man”, as he likes to...Show More Summary

Israel: 'We have shot down Iranian-supplied Hezbollah drone'

Military sources say device took off from Damascus hours before Netanyahu is to address UN on the threat to Israel from Iran Israel has shot down what it claims was an Iranian-supplied Hezbollah reconnaissance drone over the Syrian border...Show More Summary

Campfire songs in a war zone: Syria's radical girl scouts earn their stripes | Rebecca Ratcliffe

Arabic could become the fourth official language of the world Girlguiding movement, as Syria’s girl scout network wins international recognition Badges are hard to come by, and camping trips difficult to arrange – but despite the war in Syria, a growing girl scouts movement will soon get official recognition. Show More Summary

Curfew imposed in Iraqi city before Kurdish independence vote

Authorities erect checkpoints and impose nighttime curfew in contested city of Kirkuk after deadly clashes Iraqi authorities in the northern city of Kirkuk have imposed a nighttime curfew to prevent a deadly dispute from developing into...Show More Summary

Trump to UN: confront North Korea and Iran or risk being 'bystanders in history'

In a speech likely to draw comparisons with George W Bush’s ‘axis of evil’, the president will tell nations they must confront the twin threat to global security Donald Trump will use his first address to the UN general assembly on Tuesday...Show More Summary

The Guardian view on Saudi Arabia: the seventh son rises | Editorial

A crackdown on dissent by the youngest heir apparent in Saudi history will not help the desert kingdom find a way out of an economic mess at home and misguided entanglements abroad The ascension in June of Muhammed bin Salman as crown prince of Saudi Arabia was an instant Ror schach test for observers of the desert kingdom. Show More Summary

Labour conundrum on rules to combat antisemitism | Letters

The proposed change would enshrine in party statutes the idea that harbouring critical thoughts about Israel is equivalent to hating Jews, says Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi; and Lynette Gribble on the rights of non-Jewish communities in Palestine...Show More Summary

Iraq supreme court steps in to block Kurdish independence vote

Court orders suspension of 25 September referendum while it examines complaints that the vote is unconstitutional Iraq’s supreme court has ordered the suspension of next week’s referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan, as legal and political pressure mounted on the Kurds to call off the vote. Show More Summary

Irish man acquitted four years after Cairo protest arrest

Ibrahim Halawa was detained in August 2013 during a family holiday in Egypt and was accused of crimes including murder An Irish-Egyptian citizen arrested while protesting in Cairo has been freed after four years in detention. Ibrahim...Show More Summary

Trump and Netanyahu ready united assault against Iran nuclear deal

The two are bound by their mutual loathing of Obama’s foreign policy deal, even as it sets them apart from other world leaders at the UN general assembly Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu will meet in New York on Monday, at the start...Show More Summary

Egypt guilty of kidnap, torture and abuse, says former detainee

Human rights lawyer Tarek Hussein tells of his experiences after being snatched and unlawfully incarerated for five weeks Egypt’s security apparatus is responsible for torturing prisoners and denying detainees basic legal rights, according to new testimony obtained by the Guardian. Show More Summary

Cyprus selling EU citizenship to super rich of Russia and Ukraine

Passports issued under ‘golden visa’ scheme raises €4bn since 2013, according to papers seen by the Guardian Billionaire Russian oligarchs and Ukrainian elites accused of corruption are among hundreds of people who have acquired EU passports under controversial “golden visa” schemes, the Guardian has learnt. Show More Summary

Hamas paves way for Palestinian elections as it signals readiness to end Fatah feud

Hamas says it is willing to dissolve its Gaza administration, 10 years after it fought a bloody war with Fatah Hamas has agreed to hold talks with the rival Fatah movement, dissolve the Gaza administrative committee and hold generalShow More Summary

Syria: Russian airstrike wounds six US-backed fighters

Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces say raid occurred on eastern side of Euphrates River in area liberated from Isis A US-backed force in Syria said a Russian airstrike wounded six of its fighters on Saturday near the eastern city of...Show More Summary

Hardline Israeli rabbis use tough checks on Jewish identity to block marriages

An ultra-orthodox religious court is infringing human rights by demanding Israelis prove their Jewish status, critics say Reut T, a 28-year-old Israeli secretary, regards herself as a traditional and observant Jew, attending synagogue each week. Show More Summary

Iraqi leader warns Kurds over independence referendum violence

Haider al-Abadi prepared to intervene militarily if Iraq’s population is ‘threatened by the use of force outside the law’ The Iraqi prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, says he is prepared to intervene militarily if the Kurdish region’s planned independence referendum results in violence. Show More Summary

With Assad's fate secure, Russia sets its sights on Isis fighters in Syria

Russian commander promises defeat of Islamic State is imminent after Syrian forces recapture strategic town of Okeirbat The head of the Russian army in Syria has promised the defeat of Islamic State in the country is imminent during a visit to a strategically located town recently recaptured from Isis by forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad. Show More Summary

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