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  • Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the 2019 Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia on 7 June 2019 [Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency]
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    Xi's visit and the future of the Middle East: What does China want from the Arabs?

    The problem with most Western media's political analyses is that they generally tend to be short-sighted and focused mostly on variables that are of direct interest to Western governments. These types of analyses are now being applied to understanding official Arab attitudes towards Russia, China, global politics and conflicts....
  • Libya will open registration on Monday for candidates in next month’s presidential and parliamentary elections, the country’s electoral commission said. [Hazem Turkia - Anadolu Agency]
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    Controversy as Libya's Parliament passes Constitutional Court law

    The passage of a law by the Libyan Parliament to create a Constitutional Court has triggered controversy in war-torn Libya, Anadolu News Agency reports. On Tuesday, the East Libya-based House of Representatives passed a law with a majority of votes to establish a Constitutional Court. The move, however, drew fire...
  • Kuwaiti Interior Minister Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled Al-Sabah in Kuwait City, Kuwait. [Jaber Abdulkhaleg - Anadolu Agency]
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    Kuwait sets new conditions for accepting Egyptian workers

    The Kuwaiti government has imposed new conditions on Egyptian workers wishing to travel to the Gulf State following the suspension of the online process designed to regulate the recruitment of workers. The link was suspended by Kuwait's Interior Minister on Monday. It was signed with Egypt in 2019. According...
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping will make a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia this week, meeting the king and de facto ruler of the world's biggest oil exporter. [FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images]
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    China's Xi arrives in Saudi on 'epoch-making' visit to deepen economic and strategic ties

    President Xi Jinping arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, Chinese state media said, on a visit Beijing hailed as its biggest diplomatic initiative in the Arab world, as Riyadh expands global alliances beyond long-standing ties with the West, Reuters reports. The meeting between the global economic powerhouse and Gulf energy giant comes as Saudi ties with...
  • A worker wearing protective gloves counts Lebanese pound banknotes at a currency exchange kiosk on Hamra street in Beirut, Lebanon, on 14 April 2021 [Francesca Volpi/Bloomberg/Getty Images]
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    Lebanon: finance minister to postpone enforcement of income tax

    The Lebanese parliament's Finance and Budget Committee has heard a report from the Minister of Finance in the caretaker government, Youssef Al-Khalil, about recent decisions with regard to the exchange rate and salaries in the public and private sectors. The chair of the committee, Representative Ibrahim Kanaan, said that...
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    Illegal 'push back' by Greece leaves migrants alone at sea

    READ: 37 UN aid trucks enter Syria's Idlib via Turkiye...
  • Refugees wait to get on onboard the rescue vessel Golfo Azzurro by members of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, after being rescued from a wooden boat sailing out of control in the Mediterranean Sea near Libya on Thursday, June 15, 2017 [Marcus Drinkwater / Anadolu Agency]
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    Libya: MSF rescues 90 migrants at sea

    The international humanitarian medical NGO, Médecins Sans Frontières, aka Doctors Without Borders, announced yesterday that it had rescued 90 migrants at sea off the coast of Libya. The migrants' rubber boat was "overcrowded and unstable", tweeted MSF. Among those rescued were two pregnant women and over 30 children. "The...
  • Tunisia removes security unionists
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    Tunisia parties call for protests on 10 December

    Five Tunisian political parties called for commemorating International Human Rights Day by taking part in demonstrations for "defending democracy, rejecting the electoral farce and preserving public and individual rights and freedoms." The parties said in a statement that the march will begin on Saturday in the capital, Tunis, at...
  • Turkish Airlines passenger plane. [Tayfun Coşkun - Anadolu Agency]
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    Migrants flee plane forced to land in Spain by fake childbirth emergency

    Some 28 migrants fled from a plane that made an emergency landing in Barcelona on Wednesday, when a pregnant woman faked going into labour during a Morocco to Turkiye flight, before police rounded up half of them, the Spanish government said, Reuters reports. After landing at El Prat Airport,...
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    Israel, Morocco sign natural gas exploration deal

    Israel's NewMed Energy signed a deal with Morocco's energy and mining ministry and Adarco Energy for offshore natural gas exploration and production. "For a long time now, we have recognised a huge potential in Morocco for collaborations in both the natural gas and renewable energy sectors," NewMed CEO, Yossi...
  • This picture taken shows a view of oil production facilities at the Omar oil field in the eastern Syrian Deir Ezzor province. [DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP via Getty Images]
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    Syria: regime raises fuel prices as private company sells oil derivatives

    The Ministry of Internal Trade in Syria announced on Monday that the price of diesel and petrol sold through BS Oil Services will increase by nearly 100 per cent. The increase will exacerbate the difficulties facing Syrian citizens in regime-held areas. The ministry said that industrial and commercial diesel...
  • The United Nations sent 37 trucks loaded with humanitarian aid to the Syrian province of Idlib, via Turkey. [Ayse Guler Tokdemir - Anadolu Agency]
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    37 UN aid trucks enter Syria's Idlib via Turkiye

    The United Nations yesterday sent 37 trucks loaded with humanitarian aid to the Syrian province of Idlib via Turkiye, Anadolu Agency reported. Anadolu's correspondent reported that the aid convoy entered through the Cilvegozu border crossing in Hatay State in southern Turkiye, opposite the Syrian Bab Al-Hawa. The aid is...
  • Police officers work during a raid in Berlin, Germany, on December 07, 2022. Twenty-five suspects were arrested after coordinated raids in 11 federal states, including Thuringia, [Abdulhamid Hoşbaş - Anadolu Agency]
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    Germany arrests 25 suspected far-right members planning to overthrow government

    Germany has arrested 25 suspected far-right members of a group planning to overthrow the government, using arms to storm the lower house of Parliament. Some 3,000 officers raided 130 sites across the country and arrested 22 members of the Reich Citizens on suspicion of membership in a terror organisation....
  • A photographic illustration shows a mobile phone near the NSO Group company logo in the Israeli city of Netanya [JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images]
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    Israel: blacklisted NSO Group seeking comeback

    Israel's blacklisted spyware company the NSO Group is looking to make a comeback with the return to power of Benjamin Netanyahu. The Prime Minister-designate is close to putting together a far-right coalition government which is expected to be the most extreme in the occupation state's history. The controversial company...
  • Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi delivers a speech as he meets with university students during an event in Tehran, Iran. [Iran Presidency - Anadolu Agency]
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    Iran Raisi says protesters 'will be heard' amid unrest

    Iran's President, Ebrahim Raisi, said Wednesday that protesters will be heard by the government amid protests over the death of a young woman in police custody, Anadolu News Agency reports. Speaking at a function at Tehran University to mark the annual Students Day, Raisi said his government deems dialogue...
  • Israeli army blocks medical access to those wounded in raid
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    Israeli army blocks medical access to those wounded in raid

    READ: EU freezes cooperation with Israel Police...
  • Forces loyal to Yemen's Houthi rebels take part in a military parade marking the seventh anniversary of the Saudi-led coalition's intervention in their country, in the capital Sanaa, on March 31, 2022 [MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP via Getty Images]
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    Yemen: Houthi demands hindered renewal of truce, says US envoy

    The US Special Envoy for Yemen, Tim Lenderking, said on Wednesday that the Houthis' "maximalist demands" had hindered UN efforts to renew a six-month truce in the country that ended in October. Lenderking made his comment during a hearing on Yemen's civil war before the House of Representatives' Foreign...
  • Israeli police officers stand guard after Israeli security forces and emergency personnel carried away a Palestinian man, who was shot after he reportedly committed a stabbing attack, in the flashpoint neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]
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    EU freezes cooperation with Israel Police

    Israel's Haaretz newspaper reported that the EU has froze cooperation with Israeli police over fears of the incoming government's policies. Last September, the two parties signed a draft agreement to improve the transfer of intelligence between Israel and EU member states in order to prevent crime and terrorism, but it requires the approval of the European Parliament....
  • The Lions' Den armed group in the old city of Nablus, photo published on 3 September 2022 [Lions' Den/Telegram]
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    Lions' Den 'thwarted' Israeli mission in Nablus

    The Lions' Den Palestinian resistance group said today that its fighters thwarted the mission of Israeli Special Forces in Nablus at 6am this morning, Safa has reported. According to the group, some of the Israeli personnel were wounded seriously. None of the Palestinian fighters were injured in the firefight....
  • Friends of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi hold posters [OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images]
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    US dismisses lawsuit against Saudi Crown Prince in Khashoggi murder case

    A US judge has dismissed a lawsuit alleging Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's involvement in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. US District Judge John Bates ruled yesterday in line with the Biden administration's stance that Bin Salman has diplomatic immunity from being...
  • People gather to protest the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on 14 May 2022 [Raşid Necati Aslım/Anadolu Agency]
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    US opposes move to refer Shireen Abu Akleh's case to ICC

    Washington announced its opposition to Al Jazeera's decision to refer the case of the murder of Palestinian-American journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The US State department announced its opposition to the investigations affecting Israel, with US State department spokesman, Ned Price, saying: "We maintain...
  • Denise Guidoux (L) the mother of French-Palestinian lawyer Salah Hamouri, and his lawyer Leah Tsemel (not seen) give a press conference in east Jerusalem [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]
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    Israel to finalise deportation of French-Palestinian lawyer

    An Israeli court has extended the administrative detention of French-Palestinian human rights defender and lawyer Salah Hamouri, pending a further hearing about his proposed deportation to France. He is being held with neither charge nor trial. According to Addameer Human Rights Association, the decision to deport Jerusalem-born Hamouri from...
  • A Saudi Arabian flag flies [OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images]
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    Saudi promotes judge who 'covered up' Khashoggi murder

    The new head of Saudi Arabis's counter terrorism court is Judge Awadh Al-Ahmari. He is alleged to have helped cover up the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and is implicated in the detention, torture and extraction of forced confessions of peaceful human rights activists, a report by Democracy for...
  • Cameroon's Football Federation president and former player Samuel Eto'O. [Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP via Getty Images]
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    Footballer Eto'o apologises after kneeing 'provocative' Algeria YouTuber in the head

    Former Cameroon and Barcelona football star Samuel Eto'o issued an apology yesterday after he was filmed kneeing an Algerian YouTuber in the face, after being approached by the social media personality following Brazil's 4-1 win over South Korea during the World Cup knockout stages in Doha, Qatar, the night...
  • Israeli Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman speaks during a press conference at the Israeli Parliament on November 14, 2018 in Jerusalem, Israel [Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images]
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    Lieberman calls for Al Jazeera licence to work in Israel to be cancelled

    Israeli Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman called on Tuesday for the press credentials and operational licence of Al Jazeera Network to be cancelled so that it cannot work in the occupation state. The far-right politician made his call in response to the network filing a submission at the International Criminal...
  • An employee counts US dollars (L) at a currency exchange in the Libyan capital Tripoli [MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP via Getty Images]
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    Libya: staff salaries account for 47 per cent of budget expenditure

    The Ministry of Finance in Libya's Government of National Unity has revealed that staff salaries accounted for about 41.9 billion dinars, or 47 per cent of the budget spending, during the first eleven months of 2022. The ministry added in its "Disclosure and Transparency" report issued on Monday evening,...
  • Image of books [Jehan Jehan Alfarra/Middle East Monitor]
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    Al Saqi books closes its doors after four decades, citing rising costs and Brexit

    Al Saqi Books in London is closing after 44 years after a rise in the price of Arabic language books and the economic effects of Brexit have made it impossible for the bookstore to remain open. Bidding farewell to an iconic London bookshop: Al Saqi Books stood for freedom...
  • Iran issued the first death sentence
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    Iran sentences five protesters to death for killing paramilitary

    Five people have been sentenced to death in Iran for the killing of a member of the Basij paramilitary force during nationwide protests, the judiciary announced on Tuesday. Spokesman Massoud Setayeshi told a press conference that another eleven people, including three children, were handed lengthy jail terms for the...
  • Lebanese banks resume operations on Monday after a week-long closure in protest of holdups by depositors demanding access to their savings in Beirut, Lebanon [Houssam Shbaro - Anadolu Agency]
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    Civil groups file legal action to impose sanctions on 'corrupt' Lebanon politicians, bankers

    The Depositors Union of Lebanon and Accountability Now have submitted a legal petition to the Council of the European Union, the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the US Treasury requesting sanctions be imposed against ten Lebanese politicians, civil servants and banking executives who have failed in their public...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) listens to Intelligence Agencies Minister Dan Meridor during a meeting with senior Likud party members [GALI TIBBON/AFP via Getty Images]
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    Israel: Netanyahu needs one more party for coalition

    Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu was still one partner short of a coalition to secure a parliamentary majority on Wednesday after an ultra-Orthodox Jewish party signed up, with the deadline for forming a government looming, Reuters has reported. The deal with United Torah Judaism (UTJ), announced late on Tuesday,...
  • A man counts Egyptian pounds at currency exchange shop in downtown Cairo. [Photo by KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images]
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    Egypt pound hits record low amid calls to fully liberalise exchange rate

    The Egyptian pound yesterday recorded a new record low against the US dollar after the government's efforts failed to stabilise the exchange rate against foreign currencies and gold and attract any foreign investments. The pound has lost more than 57 per cent of its value in local banks, reaching...
  • Israeli and Moroccan flags are pictured during an official ceremony in Israel's Mediterranean coastal city of Tel Aviv, on September 13, 2022. [JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images]
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    Morocco hosts conference to promote normalisation with Israel

    Morocco hosted on Monday a conference on education and coexistence with the participation of Israel and Arab countries despite popular protests. Organised by the N7 Initiative, which seeks to broaden and deepen normalisation between Israel and its Arab neighbours, the three-day conference was attended by representatives from Sudan, Jordan,...
  • Federation of Chambers of Commerce attend Turkey-Israel Trade Delegation meeting in Tel Aviv, Israel [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]
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    Israel importers meet with Turkish exporters in Istanbul

    The Federation of the Israeli Chambers of Commerce (FICC) and the Turkish Exporters Association (TIM) held meetings between 100 Israeli businessmen and 400 Turkish exporters in Istanbul, Arutz Sheva reported yesterday. According to the Israeli news website, the businessmen met to identify further import channels to Israel with Israeli...
  • Bezalel Smotrich, Israeli far-right lawmaker and leader of the Religious Zionist Party on October 26, 2022 [GIL COHEN-MAGEN/AFP via Getty Images]
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    Ex-Israel commanders expect Smotrich to annex West Bank

    Former senior officials in the Israeli Civil Administration say they expect that Religious Zionist Party leader, Bezalel Smotrich, to annex the occupied West Bank, Haaretz reported yesterday. The former Civil Administration officials, Haaretz said, expressed their concern on the coalition deal struck between Likud and Religious Zionism. According to...
  • =Jews pray in front of Wailing Wall during Sukkot in Jerusalem. Israeli settlers are marking the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, a week-long festival which began. [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]
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    Israel will fail to Judaise occupied Jerusalem, says Sheikh Raed Salah

    The head of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah, said on Tuesday that Palestinians will foil Israeli efforts to Judaise occupied Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque, Arab48.com has reported. Sheikh Salah pointed out that the Israeli occupation authorities are seeking to Judaise the land, historical sites and holy...
  • The Iranian-flagged oil tanker Fortune is docked at the El Palito refinery after its arrival to Puerto Cabello in the northern state of Carabobo, Venezuela, on May 25, 2020 [AFP via Getty Images]
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    Iran oil tanker arrives in Venezuela, UANI says

    An Iranian tanker carrying about 2 million barrels of ultra light-oil arrived this week in Venezuelan waters, non-government organisation, United Against Nuclear Iran, said on Tuesday, Reuters reports. Venezuela and Iran have recently expanded cooperation mainly through a swap that provides Venezuela's state-run oil company, PDVSA, with light oil...
  • Itamar Ben-Gvir, leader of the Otzma Yehudit Party and right-wing member of Knesset (Israel’s Parliament), visits the Mahane Yehuda Market as part of the election campaign before the elections to be held on the 1st of November in Jerusalem on October 28, 2022. [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]
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    Ben-Gvir exerts power as police minister before taking up the post

    Leader of Israel's far-right Otzma Yehudit Party, Itamar Ben-Gvir, has asked Israel Police Chief, Kobi Shabtai, to delay appointing officers to senior positions until he takes up his post, Arab48 reported yesterday. Ben-Gvir, who is slated to become responsible for the police in Israel's incoming coalition government, is expected...
  • Rough diamonds for sale at Koin International, a diamond and gemstone tender house based in Dubai on 3 June 2021 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. [Andrea DiCenzo/Getty Images]
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    Israel's exports of polished diamond up since start of this year

    Israel's exports of polished diamond have shown positive growth over the past 11 months, a statement issued by Israeli Economic Ministry revealed yesterday. According to the statement, the net rough diamond imports reached about $1.68 billion, recording an eight per cent decline compared to the same period last year....
  • Somali National Army (SNA) soldiers can be seen training [AMISOM Public Information/Flickr]
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    Somalia army liberates strategic town from Al-Shabaab terrorists

    The Somali army has liberated the strategic town of Adanyabal in the Middle Shabelle region from the Al-Shabaab terrorists, the nation's President confirmed on Tuesday, Anadolu News Agency reports. Addressing the public via the state television, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who previously announced a "total war" against the terrorists, said...
  • Morocco celebrates reaching World cup quarter Finals
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    Morocco advances to World Cup quarter-finals after beating Spain on penalties

    Morocco qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals after beating Spain 3-0 on penalties on Tuesday, Anadolu News Agency reports. Neither team was able to break the deadlock for the first 45 minutes at Doha's Education City Stadium. Despite several efforts from both sides in the second half,...
  • A view from a refugee camp located in Sanaa, Yemen. [Mohammed Hamoud - Anadolu Agency]
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    Black Sea grain deal 'critical' in addressing hunger in Yemen: US official

    The Black Sea grain initiative has been 'critical' to addressing hunger in Yemen, a senior US official said Tuesday, Anadolu News Agency reports. US Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for humanitarian assistance, Sarah Charles, emphasised to lawmakers that Yemen historically relied heavily on wheat imports from Ukraine...
  • A Bulgarian border police officer (L) stands in position along with a Bulgarian army soldier (R) in front of the border fence on the Bulgaria-Turkey border. [Photo by NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV/AFP via Getty Images]
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    Bulgaria accused of shooting dead refugee at Turkiye-Bulgaria border

    Bulgaria has been accused of shooting a refugee, after a new video emerged showing a young Syrian man being fired at on the border with Turkiye, Sky News reports. Footage taken on 3 October near the Bulgarian-Turkish border fence shows 19-year-old Abdullah El Rustum fall to the ground after...
  • Iran arrests policemen for abusing female detainee
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    Iran arrests 12 people accused of links with foreign agents

    Iran has arrested 12 people accused of being linked to overseas agents and planning "subversive action", as anti-government protests continue to take place across the country. In a statement by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), it claimed that 12 individuals were part of a network to threaten Iran's...
  • Palestinian Santa Claus rides camel into Jerusalem
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    Palestinian Santa Claus rides camel into Jerusalem

    READ: Israel issues 10 stop work orders to Palestinian families in West Bank...
  • Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Israel [Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images]
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    Israel Justice Minister calls on President not to extend Netanyahu government formation mandate

    Israel's Justice Minister has urged the country's President not to grant an extension for newly-elected Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu's mandate to form a new government, amid continued opposition to his government's far-right elements. In a tweet this morning, Gideon Sa'ar – the Israeli Justice Minister, former member of the...
  • Image of Professor Yousef Nada [alresalah]
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    Tunisia: ex-president to be questioned over passports for foreigners

    Tunisia's former President Hammadi Jbali is facing a Tunisian court to explain a potential link between himself and Youssef Nada and Ghaleb Hemmet, two men who obtained Tunisian passports in the 1970s which were renewed at the end of 2012 months after the decision of the European Court of...
  • Supporters of England prior to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Round of 16 match between England and Senegal at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar. [Manuel Reino Berengui/DeFodi Images via Getty Images]
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    Female fans feel safe at Qatar World Cup, thanks to reduced alcohol consumption

    Many supporters were up in arms at the idea of the World Cup taking place in a conservative country like Qatar, where the sale of alcohol is highly restricted, but for some female fans it has led to a safer experience at the tournament, Reuters reports. "I was expecting...
  • Oil tanker SC Hong Kong is seen off the port of Bandar Abbas, southern Iran, on July 2, 2012. [Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/GettyImages]
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    Oil tanker clears Turkiye shipping logjam with Russian insurance letter - document

    A letter provided by Russian insurer, Ingosstrakh, enabled the first oil tanker to sail through Turkish waters in recent days after tougher regulations were imposed by Turkish authorities, a document showed, Reuters reports. This has led already at least 20 oil tankers backed up in the Turkish Straits as they do...
  • German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (R) reacts during a joint press conference with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (L) on May 20, 2022 in Berlin [JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP via Getty Images]
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    Germany Ambassador: 'serious harm' to Doha-Berlin relations following World Cup criticism

    Germany's Ambassador to Qatar has urged his country to reconsider its recent criticism of Doha, warning that recent comments had caused "serious harm", Spiegel reports. According to the report, Ambassador Claudius Fischbach called on Berlin to change its strategy and improve diplomatic relations with Doha. "Germany has experienced a...
  • President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (top C) and Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (top 2nd L) attend the celebrations marking the 51st national day of the United Arab Emirates, in Abu Dhabi. [UAE Presidential Court - Anadolu Agency]
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    Hamas's Head congratulates President bin Zayed on UAE National Day

    The Head of the Political Bureau of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, congratulated UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on the occasion of the Arab Gulf country's 51st National Day. "We extend our best congratulations and sincerest feelings and wishes on the occasion of the fifty-first...
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