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Benkirane first PM to join Regency Council in Morocco

Benkirane first PM to join Regency Council in Morocco

Moroccan Ministerial Council has approved the membership of Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane in the country’s Regency Council. Read more

PA releases prominent West Bank academic on bail

PA releases prominent West Bank academic on bail

Prominent Palestinian academic and outspoken critic of the Palestinian Authority Dr Abdul-Sattar Qassim was released on bail yesterday, the Anadolu Agency reported. Read more

Erdogan won’t meet Sisi, even if he pardons Morsi

Erdogan won’t meet Sisi, even if he pardons Morsi

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that he would not meet with the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, even if the Egyptian regime abolished the death sentence against ousted President Mohamed Morsi. Read more

Israel: Russia helping divide Syria between Assad and Daesh

Israel: Russia helping divide Syria between Assad and Daesh

Israeli military sources have revealed that Russia’s intervention in Syria aims to divide the country into two areas of control; one under the control of Bashar Al-Assad’s regime and the other under the control of Daesh. Read more

Knesset Speaker, who lives in a West Bank settlement, to address British MPs

Knesset Speaker, who lives in a West Bank settlement, to address British MPs

Yuli Edelstein, the Speaker of Israel’s Knesset, will address British MPs and Lords on March 2 in Westminster, at an event organised by the British Inter-Parliamentary Union (BGIPU). The meeting will be chaired by Louise Ellman MP, chair of the All-Party Britain-Israel Parliamentary Group. Read more

Egyptian court freezes assets and puts dozens on no-fly list

Egyptian court freezes assets and puts dozens on no-fly list

The Cairo Criminal Court issued an order on Sunday to freeze the assets of Mubarak-era Interior Minister Habib Al-Adly and officers of twelve security units. All were also placed on a non-fly list. Read more

Israel demolishes homes and tells Palestinian owners to pay the costs

Israel demolishes homes and tells Palestinian owners to pay the costs

The Israeli occupation authorities have told the Palestinian owners of homes destroyed by security forces to pay the demolition costs, Safa news agency reported on Sunday. Israeli magistrates sat in a special session in Be’er Sheva on Sunday to consider the case filed by the Israeli authorities versus the Palestinian... Read more

Fighting corruption in Arab Spring countries

Fighting corruption in Arab Spring countries

One key demand for which people took to the streets in the Arab Spring countries back in 2011 was uprooting corruption.It was hoped that, in that part of the world, a serious attempt to stop all forms of unethical misconduct would have been set up.A simple definition of corruption, according to ‘tranparency.org’, is ... Read more

Israeli has ‘no interest’ in a new war with Hamas, claims minister

Israeli has ‘no interest’ in a new war with Hamas, claims minister

Israel’s Minister of Public Security, Gilad Erdan, said on Sunday that the government has “no interest” in a new confrontation with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Anadolu has reported. Read more

Israel hands Zoabi 6-month suspended sentence

Israel hands Zoabi 6-month suspended sentence

The Nazareth Magistrate’s Court yesterday sentenced Member of the Knesset Hanin Zoabi to a suspended sentence of six months and a fine of 3,000 Israeli shekels ($750) for insulting civil servants. Read more

France cancels Israeli drone order

France cancels Israeli drone order

The French government has cancelled its order for unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) from the Israeli weapons manufacturer Elbit, AlKhaleejonline.com reported on Sunday. Read more

Palestinian Prisoners Club: 18 journalists are detained in Israeli jails

Palestinian Prisoners Club: 18 journalists are detained in Israeli jails

The Palestinian Prisoners Club said on Sunday that there are 18 Palestinian journalists currently being held in Israeli jails, including Muhammad Al-Qeq, a journalist who has been on hunger strike for 75 days. Read more

Netanyahu considers legal action against Arab parliamentarians

Netanyahu considers legal action against Arab parliamentarians

Benjamin Netanyahu revealed on Sunday that he will be discussing possible legal action against Arab members of the Knesset with the attorney general after they visited the families of Palestinians killed by Israel to discuss the release of their bodies for burial. The Israeli prime minister described the MKs as “terr... Read more

Funeral service of Muslim Brotherhood founder’s son cancelled following government decision

Funeral service of Muslim Brotherhood founder’s son cancelled following government decision

The family of Hassan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, announced on Sunday that the funeral service of his son Ahmed Seif El-Islam had been cancelled in compliance with a decision made by the Egyptian government and security services. Read more

Jordan to create 200,000 jobs for Syrian refugees

Jordan to create 200,000 jobs for Syrian refugees

Jordan will provide approximately 200,000 jobs for Syrian refugees, the country’s Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Imad Fakhoury said yesterday. Read more

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