Archives / 18 May 2018

  • Peace slips further away from the Middle East

    Peace slips further away from the Middle East

    The opening ceremony for the new US Embassy in Jerusalem on 14 May fuelled the bloodiest violence in Gaza in years, as Israeli forces killed more than 60 Palestinians near its border. Israel has said it is acting in self-defence, and the US backed that response to the Palestinian protests, but many countries condemned the use of deadly force and also blamed Washington for the decision to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

  • Iraq in limbo after elections

    Iraq in limbo after elections

    An alliance spearheaded by nationalist cleric Moqtada Sadr claimed victory at Iraq's first nationwide election since the defeat of the Islamic State group. The rival Conquest Alliance of pro-Iranian former fighters appeared to be coming in second, squeezing internationally favoured PM Haider al-Abadi into third. Praised for the victory over the IS, Abadi was punished by the voters for his failure to beat corruption.