Israel has given a Human Rights Watch director two weeks to leave the country, accusing him of promoting a boycott, in a move the rights group said sought to muzzle criticism. The interior ministry said Tuesday it had terminated the residency permit of HRW’s Israel and Palestine director Omar Shakir, a US citizen, over accusations that he supported a boycott of Israel.
Lebanon is conducting the first parliamentary election in nearly a decade after introducing new electoral law with proportional representation. According to Al Jazeera, polls opened on Sunday morning with 583 candidates competing for the 128 seats in parliament through 77 rival lists, spread across 15 districts.
Missiles hit a number of military sites in northern Syria on Sunday night, state media say, with unconfirmed reports of dozens of fatalities.
The Syrian military said facilities in Hama and Aleppo provinces were struck.
It did not immediately report any casualties. But a UK-based monitoring group said 26 pro-government fighters were killed, most of them Iranians.
The Iraqi air force on Sunday said it has attacked ISIL positions in Syria that were reportedly used by the group's commanders. Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi's office confirmed the attack in a statement released on Sunday morning. According to the statement, one of the strikes targeted a position south of the town of Deshaisha. It explained that ISIL commanders used the base, situated near the city of Deir Az Zor in the country's east.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday he had new “proof” of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons programme, as the US considers whether to quit a landmark atomic deal which Israel opposes. The Israeli premier, who has repeatedly called for the accord between world powers and his country’s main enemy Iran to either be altered or scrapped, gave a presentation live on television including videos and slides allegedly exposing Iran’s nuclear dossier.
The leaders of North and South Korea have agreed to work to rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons, after holding a historic summit. According to CNN.
The announcement was made by the North's Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in of South Korea after talks at the border.
The two also agreed to push towards turning the armistice that ended the Korean War in 1953 into a peace treaty this year.