Tag Archives: Middle East

ISRAEL: WE WILL NOT CEDE ANY LAND TO PALESTINIANS

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on 8th March that Israel would not cede any territory to Palestine, which in effect rules out the establishment of a functional Palestinian state. Netanyahu's comments come in the wake of national elections next week as he seeks to shore up hard line support. The establishment of a Palestinian state is a key goal of the international community, and Netanyahu's comments bode poorly for current efforts to revive the peace process.

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MALAYSIAN FAMILY OF FOUR FIGHTING FOR ISIS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

A family of four is believed to be among 30 Malaysians fighting in the Middle East alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) forces, which has carved out a reputation for brutal treatment of their enemies and hostages. Sources said the four were believed to be the first Malaysian family fighting in the ongoing civil war in Syria, and were among the hundreds of foreigners who signed up with Isis which had been condemned by most Muslim countries including Malaysia. The Malaysian Insider understands that the family comprises the parents, their 18-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son.

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REPORTS: MALAYSIAN WOMEN JOINING MIDDLE EAST JIHADIST AS COMFORT WOMEN

Malaysian women are believed to have joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) forces to offer Jihad Al-Nikah or sexual jihad, senior intelligence officials told The Malaysian Insider. Authorities confirmed that three Malaysian women have journeyed to the Middle East to join up with Isis forces. Jihad Al-Nikah refers to a controversial concept where Sunni women allegedly offer themselves in sexual comfort roles to fighters for the establishment of Islamic rule.The concept originated from a Wahhabi edict around 2013, that called for Sunni women supporters to come forward for sex jihad and boost the morale of fighters battling against Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria.

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A matter of time before MERS hits Singapore

It could simply be a matter of time before Singapore gets its first case of Mers. "Being an air travel hub, there is always the risk that eventually we will also report a case," said Dr Jeffery Cutter, director of the Health Ministry's communicable diseases division. Already 18 countries have registered at least one patient with the Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers), although the Middle East remains the worst affected.

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