Syrian govt ‘to attend UN-backed talks in Vienna’

Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy, left, pictured at a news conference ahead of Syria talks at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland, in May 2017. (Reuters)
Updated 18 January 2018
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Syrian govt ‘to attend UN-backed talks in Vienna’

BEIRUT: The Syrian government will attend UN-sponsored peace talks set to take place in Vienna next week, the UN deputy Syria envoy said on Thursday.
At a press conference in Damascus, Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy said Syria's deputy foreign minister, Faisal Meqdad, had informed him of the government's plans to attend. The UN has invited the Syrian government and opposition to a special meeting next week in Vienna, Austria. 


Israeli police arrest 19 Palestinians at Jerusalem holy site

Updated 20 February 2019
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Israeli police arrest 19 Palestinians at Jerusalem holy site

JERUSALEM: Israeli police say they have arrested 19 Palestinians as clashes broke out at a contested Jerusalem holy site.
Police say dozens of Palestinians participated in a prayer protest Tuesday, attempting to breach a section of the compound that has been closed by Israeli court order for years.
Palestinian medics reported that several protesters were injured in the standoff.
The incident follows a similar scuffle on Monday in which Palestinians tried to break the gate that Israel placed on the closed area last week.
The compound, revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, is considered the holiest place in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam.
Any trace of Israeli security interference in the shrine, home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, can ignite violence.