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  • Israeli Knesset Member (MK) Dov Khenin
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    Jewish MK: Israel’s left has failed to provide an alternative on the Palestinian conflict

    Israeli Knesset Member (MK) Dov Khenin boasts a long record of public service; he has been active in Israeli politics for some 29 years and served four Knesset terms. But perhaps most notably, he is the only Jewish member of the Arab-Israeli party Hadash (Al-Jabha), and so his decision...
  • Turkish lira [Twitter]
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    Turkish lira tumbles in echoes of last year’s meltdown

    Turkey’s lira plunged more than 4 per cent against the US dollar on Friday, its biggest one-day fall since a currency crisis took hold in August, raising concerns that Turks are buying more foreign cash as ties with Washington deteriorate, Reuters reports. The 2018 crisis, which tipped the economy into...
  • People who fled Daesh can be seen in the back of trucks in an area controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Foces (SDF) on 4 March 2019 [Bulent KILIC/AFP/Getty]
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    Hungary detains Syrian Daesh member accused of killings

    Hungarian authorities detained a Syrian man on Friday accused of taking part in beheadings in Syria as a member of Daesh, Budapest prosecutors and the European judicial co-operation agency Eurojust said, Reuters reports. The 27-year-old man, identified by Hungarian authorities as F. Hassan, is suspected of executing about 20...
  • A dead body of a baby is removed under the rubbles of demolished buildings during a search and rescue operation after airstrikes hit the residential areas of de-escalation zone Idlib, Syria on March 22, 2019. [Hasan Muhtar - Anadolu Agency]
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    Russian warplanes strike Syria’s Idlib, killing ten

    Ten civilians were killed when Russian military aircraft conducted a number of airstrikes in opposition-held Idlib on Friday, according to the White Helmets civil-defense agency, Anadolu reports. Russian warplanes took off from the Khmeimim Airbase in Syria’s Latakia province, striking targets in Idlib’s Al-Fuah, Khan Sheikhun and Kafriya districts,...
  • US President Donald Trump (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [IsraeliPM/Twitter]
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    Trump move on Golan Heights divides US Israel lobby

    The repercussions of US President Donald Trump’s unofficial recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights has reverberated across the international community, and especially among influential Jewish groups in the US, Anadolu reports. Powerful pro-Zionist organizations in the US — such as the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the...
  • A dead body of a Palestinian, who was killed by Israeli forces during a protest within "Great March of Return" demonstrations, is seen at a morgue of Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, Gaza on 22 March 2019. [Mustafa Hassona - Anadolu Agency]
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    Israel opens fire on Gaza rally, killing 2 Palestinians

    Two Palestinians were killed and dozens of others injured, including an Anadolu Agency photojournalist, during a Friday rally along the Gaza-Israel buffer zone, according to Gaza’s Health Ministry, Anadolu reports. In a statement, ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra confirmed that two Palestinians — aged 18 and 29 — had been...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) gestures as he stands next to Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon and Chief of Staff General Benny Gantz (R) at the end of a press conference at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, on 27 August 2014. [THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images]
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    Israeli PM Netanyahu will sue political rivals for libel

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday he would sue two of his main political rivals for libel over remarks relating to a graft scandal involving a German submarine deal, Reuters reports. In a video published on his Facebook page, Netanyahu said he had instructed his attorneys to...
  • US President Donald Trump talks to reporters before departing the White House March 22, 2019 in Washington, DC. [Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images]
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    Trump says Daesh no longer holds any territory in Syria

    US President Donald Trump said on Friday that US-backed forces had dislodged the Daesh militant group from its last holdout in Syria, Reuters reports. “Here’s ISIS on Election Day. And here’s ISIS right now,” Trump said, using the acronym for the group, as he displayed a before-and-after map to...
  • New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern leaves a gathering in honour for those killed in the Christchurch Massacre on 22 March 2019 [MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images]
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    Grenfell Tower and Christchurch, 2 prime ministers, one leader

    I had not heard of New Zealand’s 38-year-old prime minster Jacinda Ardern until the recent mosque massacres in Christchurch in which over 50 Muslims attending Friday prayers were attacked by a far right terrorist. In cold blood he emptied his semi-automatic rifles at one mosque and then calmly drove...
  • A view of Mont Bental in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, on 20 January 2019. [JALAA MAREY/AFP/Getty Images]
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    Syria vows to recover Golan as Trump policy shift draws criticism

    The Syrian government vowed to take back the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights as its allies and enemies alike condemned US President Donald Trump on Friday for moving to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the territory seized in war, Reuters reports. Trump’s statement on Thursday marked a dramatic shift in US policy...
  • A Yemeni boy looks at the destruction of his home caused by an air strike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition [Mohamed A. Al-Moayed‏/Twitter]
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    Yemen’s forgotten war is entering its fourth year. Is anyone listening?

    Despite the fact that Saudi officials thought the sortie in to Yemen would only last a few weeks, we are now in the fourth year of the war on Yemen. This portrays the coalition’s failure as it has contributed to leading Yemen to become the world’s most humanitarian crisis....
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) in Washington, US on 6 March 2018 [Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency]
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    Israel’s Netanyahu could face new corruption charge in submarine affair

    Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could face more corruption charges after new details of his role in the so-called submarine affair emerged. The submarine affair – often known as Case 3000 – refers to a series of allegations against close associates of Netanyahu, who it is claimed lobbied Israeli...
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    Israeli forces raid Hebron school, arrest 10-year-old boy

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    Women activists and 5 men who have disappeared in the Saudi prison system

    With Human Rights Watch releasing a statement on 21 March on behalf of Saudi women activists brought to court in Riyadh a week earlier, world attention remains focused, and rightly so, on the appalling treatment the women are receiving at the hands of a Saudi regime determined to crush...
  • Hundreds of protesters come together during a demonstrations against the soaring prices and the scarcity of basic goods and services in Sudan on 20 December 2018
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    Calls for release of detained protesters rejected by Sudan authorities

    Sudanese authorities have rejected an appeal made by families to release their relatives held following anti-government, despite President Omar Al-Bashir’s promise to free those arbitrarily detained. Dozens of families gathered at the information building of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) yesterday to hand over a letter calling...
  • Israel’s Former Defence Minister and head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, Avigdor Lieberman, appears dressed in mock ultra-Orthodox attire on 21 March 2019
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    Israel’s Lieberman attacks ultra-Orthodox in election video

    Israel’s Former Defence Minister and head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, Avigdor Lieberman, has released an election campaign video attacking the country’s Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) population, as a new poll reveals 65 per cent of Israelis would prefer their parties didn’t sit in government. In the video released yesterday to...
  • Syrians line up for water at Al-Hawl refugee camp in Syria on 29 January 2017 [DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images]
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    12 dead in Syria’s Al-Hawl camp as refugee numbers exceed 72,000

    At least 12 refugees have died in Al-Hawl refugee camp, now home to some 72,000 people, as the humanitarian situation in the camps worsens, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) said yesterday. “Last night, another 2,000 women and children arrived at Al-Hol camp in northeast Syria from Al-Baghouz. Up...
  • Michael Ben Ari, the leader of the Jewish Power party on 23 December 2010 [GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images]
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    Israel’s courts are under attack from the right-wing

    This week, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled to ban Michael Ben Ari – the leader of the extreme-right-wing Otzma Yehudit party – from running in the country’s upcoming general election on 9 April. Onlookers breathed a sigh of relief, congratulating the court on making “the right decision” and narrowly avoiding...
  • former adviser to the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Abdul-Khaliq Abdullah
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    Ex-advisor to UAE Crown Prince calls to ‘liberate’ Gaza from Hamas

    A former adviser to the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Abdul-Khaliq Abdullah, has called for the international community to “liberate” the Gaza Strip from Hamas, which he said was “an occupation government in Gaza”. “Has Hamas become a government of occupation in the Gaza Strip? It is time to...
  • A child is been carried away after the Syrian Regime carried out a air strike in Idlib, Syria on 13 March 2019 [Ahmet Rehhal/Anadolu Agency]
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    Report: Syria regime attacks displaced 200,000 civilians in five months

    Syrian regime attacks in Idlib and Hama have displaced nearly 200,000 civilians over the past five months, the Director of the Syrian Response Coordinators Team, Mohammed Al-Hallaj, said. Al-Hallaj told the Anadolu Agency that some 122,000 civilians have been displaced from the provinces of Idlib and Hama as a...
  • Lebanese soldiers stand guard at the Lebanon-Syria border with armoured vehicles after the "Dawn of the Mountains" operation against Daesh was completed on 28 August 2017 [Muhammed Ali Akman/Anadolu Agency]
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    UK affirms unwavering support for Lebanon army

    The British Ambassador to Lebanon Chris Rampling has affirmed his country’s keenness to provide more support to the Lebanese Armed Forces and to strengthen the joint military and security relations between the two countries, stressing that the Lebanese army remains the only legitimate defender of Lebanon. The British embassy...
  • Settlers erect Israeli flags at the windows and roof of a Palestinian house on 26 July 2017 after they took it over and evicted the family living in it the day earlier in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron. [Mamoun Wazwaz /Anadolu Agency]
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    Israel group publishes ‘racist’ videos against annexing West Bank

    An Israeli group which promotes “separation” from the Palestinians has been slammed for publishing a series of “racist” videos, warning against the annexation of the occupied West Bank. Writing in Local Call, Meron Rapoport took to task a series of election-related clips released by The Commanders for Israel’s Security...
  • Head of Hamas’ political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh speaks at the Palestine National Council meeting on 30 April 2018 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
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    Jordan rejects Arab League request to ban Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas

    Jordan has rejected the Arab League’s request to ban the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas and label them “terrorist movements”, informed sources told the Shehab news agency yesterday. The sources said the Arab League’s General Secretariat has sent a secret letter to the Jordanian Ministry of Interior calling for the...
  • King Abdullah II Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan speaks during a press conference on April 5, 2017 [Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency]
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    Jordan King confirms steadfast position on Jerusalem

    Jordanian King Abdullah II has reaffirmed the country’s position regarding the occupied city of Jerusalem saying “Jerusalem is a red line” for him and that the Jordanian people fully stand with him on this issue. King Abdullah said during a meeting with dignitaries from the Jordanian province of Zarqa:...
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    Israel analyst urges army to ‘adapt’ to Palestinian resistance in West Bank

    An Israeli military analyst has urged the army to “adapt” to recent Palestinian resistance operations in the occupied West Bank, accusing forces of a “soft” response to recent events. Amos Harel, writing in Haaretz, described the West Bank as in a state of “turmoil”, noting the killing of a...
  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in New York, US on 15 January 2018 [Atılgan Özdil/Anadolu Agenc
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    Report: Palestinian Authority in ‘financial crisis’ following moves by US and Israel

    The Palestinian Authority (PA) “faces a suffocating financial crisis after deep US aid cuts and an Israeli move to withhold tax transfers”, reported AFP. The US “cut more than $500 million in Palestinian aid in the last year”, while “the PA has decided to refuse what little US aid...
  • An Israeli border policeman checks the ID of a Palestinian man at the French cultural centre in Jerusalem, on 17 December 2009 [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images]
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    Israel cancels Mother’s Day event at French cultural centre in Jerusalem

    Israeli occupation forces raided a French government-linked cultural centre in East Jerusalem to shut down a Mother’s Day event, reported AFP. According to the report, “an order posted on the door of the building by Israeli authorities said that the centre…intended to host an event organised with a women’s...
  • Image of a protest over the demolition of homes in Negev [apaimages]
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    Negev Bedouin strike, protest Israel demolition policy

    Palestinian citizens of Israel living in the city of Rahat in the Negev desert started a general strike to protest against the Israeli authorities’ demolition policy pursued against the city. Israeli authorities on Wednesday demolished six houses belonging to Al-Atayqa family in Rahat, under the pretext that they were...
  • Saudi women take photographs in Riyadh, on 15 December 2018 [FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images]
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    Saudis slam ‘dancing girls’ on Riyadh streets

    A state of anger has prevailed across social media networks after a number of Saudi girls posted videos of them dancing in Riyadh’s streets. The video showed footages of 12 prominent male and female dancers who were preparing for a public show, which is reportedly taking place in Riyadh...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an AIPAC conference in Washington, US on 6 March 2018 [Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images]
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    Israel’s US Lobby rocked by hate-filled tweets

    One of the most influential donors to the powerful AIPAC pro-Israel lobby group will not be speaking at its annual conference this weekend after being taken to task for sending out a string of hate-filled tweets aimed at two of America’s rising Muslim politicians, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib....
  • A ferry carrying families can be seen on the dock in Iraq on 21 March 2019 [Waleed AL-KHALED / AFP/Getty]
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    Ferry sinks in Iraq’s Tigris River, leaving 100 dead

    A ferry sank Thursday in Iraq’s Tigris River, leaving 100 people dead and dozens injured, Iraq’s Interior Ministry said in a written statement, Anadolu reports. The boat was reportedly carrying 170 passengers to a small tourist island when it sank near Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province in northern Iraq....
  • US Ambassador to Yemen Matthew H Tueller (5th-L) arrives in Yemen, on 29 November 2018 [Saleh Al-OBEIDI/AFP/Getty]
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    US says Houthis reneging on Yemen peace deal

    The US ambassador to Yemen, Matthew Tueller, yesterday blamed the Houthi group for “reneging on its obligations” under the United Nations (UN)-led peace agreement over the country’s portal city of Hodeidah. Speaking at a news conference held in the Yemeni capital of Aden, Tueller said that Houthis’ weapons pose...
  • People come out in support of Egypt's efforts to end divisions and support Palestinian reconciliation on 25 September 2017. [Moahmmed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
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    Report: Egypt plan to lift siege requires disarmament of Gaza

    An Israeli report said that Egypt has put forward a plan for a settlement between Israel and Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip, led by Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. Israel Hayom newspaper reported on Thursday that “according to security sources in Egypt and Palestinian officials in Gaza...
  • Lack of potable water, health services puts children at risk of cholera, UN children’s fund warns.
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    In war, dirty water more dangerous to children than violence, says UNICEF

    Children under age 15 are almost three times more likely to die from diseases due to lack of clean water and sanitation than from violence in countries in conflict, the United Nations’ children’s agency reported on Friday, The Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. Most vulnerable are young children under age...
  • Former Algerian Prime Minister, Ahmed Ouyahia
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    Algeria: 2,000 members of Ouyahia party resign, join protests

    2,000 members of the National Democratic Rally (RND), led by former Algerian Prime Minister, Ahmed Ouyahia, resigned from the party in protest against the latter’s statement which they considered “contrary to the principles and ethics of political action.” The members who resigned announced in a statement joining the popular...
  • A Palestinian man stands inside a building which was raided by Israeli troops in Ramallah, on 20 March 2019 [ABBAS MOMANI / AFP/Getty]
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    No rights will be lost as long as the resistance is behind them

    Aren’t those who race towards normalisation and into the arms of Israel ashamed of themselves when they see a young man, still at the beginning of his life, manage, on his own, to strike fear and panic in the hearts of the Israeli enemy, armed with weapons? When they...
  • Yemen ambassador to UN Khaled Al-Yamani [alkhaleejonline]
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    Yemeni government protests UN officials’ ‘functions transgression’

    The Yemeni government protested on Thursday against what it called “functions’ transgression” by officials representing the United Nations Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen (UNVIM) and the director of the office of UN Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffith. This came in a letter the Yemeni Minister of Foreign Affairs,...
  • Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Brussels, Belgium on 15 March, 2019 [Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency]
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    Turkish FM slams US decision on Golan Heights

    Turkey’s foreign minister on Thursday slammed US President Donald Trump’s tweet on the occupied Golan Heights, Anadolu reports. “The territorial integrity of states is the most fundamental principle of international law,” said Mevlut Cavusoglu in a tweet. Attempts by the US to legitimize Israel’s actions against international law will...
  • Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh is seen in Tehran on November 1, 2008 [Arash Ashourinia/AFP/Getty Images]
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    France says nuclear deal no blank cheque for rights abuses in Iran

    France told Iran on Thursday that European efforts to keep a nuclear deal alive did not mean Tehran had a blank cheque to violate the human rights of its citizens, after lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh received a long prison sentence, Reuters reports. An internationally renowned human rights lawyer jailed in...
  • (L to R) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and US ambassador to Israel David Friedman, touch the stones of the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on March 21, 2019, during the second day of Pompeo's visit as part of his five-day regional tour of the Middle East. [ABIR SULTAN/AFP/Getty Images]
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    Pompeo, in first, accompanies Israeli PM to Jerusalem’s Western Wall

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accompanied Israel’s prime minister on a visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City on Thursday in the first such gesture since Washington recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, angering Palestinians, Reuters reports. The ancient Western Wall, the most sacred prayer site in...
  • President of Lebanon Michel Aoun delivers a speech in Beirut, Lebanon on 6 November 2016. [Ratib Al Safadi/Anadolu Agency]
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    Hezbollah sanctions harming Lebanon, says President Aoun

    US sanctions on Hezbollah are harming Lebanon as a whole, President Michel Aoun said on Thursday ahead of a visit to the country by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Reuters reports. The United States deems the heavily armed, Iran-backed Hezbollah group a terrorist organisation and has been steadily...
  • Russian S-400 air defence system [Facebook]
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    US general calls Turkey’s S-400 deal ‘a tough issue’

    The United States’ top general on Thursday called Turkey’s plans to obtain Russia’s S-400 missile defense system a “tough issue”, stressing that Washington’s alliance with Ankara is something he wants to secure for the long term, Anadolu reports. “This issue of the S-400 is a tough issue, and we’re...
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    Egyptian court jails 82 people for post-coup ‘violence’

    An Egyptian court on Thursday upheld prison terms ranging from three to 25 years each for 82 people convicted earlier for alleged “acts of violence”, Anadolu reports. A judicial source told local media outlets that the Court of Cassation, Egypt’s highest appellate court, had upheld prison terms handed down...
  • Fireworks light up the sky over Shanadar Park during the Newroz celebrations in Erbil, Iraq on March 20, 2019. [Yunus Keleş - Anadolu Agency]
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    Nowruz is celebrated worldwide

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  • Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir (L) meets Egyptian President Abdel Fattah aA-Sisi in Cairo, Egypt on 19 March 2018 [Egyptian Presidency/Anadolu Agency]
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    Sudan summons Egypt ambassador over Red Sea oil and gas exploration blocks

    Sudan’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday it has summoned Egypt’s ambassador to Khartoum, Hossam Issa, over Egypt offering oil and gas exploration blocks “in Red Sea areas subject to Sudanese sovereignty”, Reuters reports. It also urged oil and gas exploration companies against submitting any bids. Egypt’s South Valley Egyptian...
  • Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu [Yoav Lemmer/Getty Images]
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    Netanyahu tells Trump he has ‘made history’ with Golan move

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told US President Donald Trump on Thursday that he had “made history” after Trump said it was time to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, a statement from Netanyahu said, Reuters reports. The recognition of the disputed area, seized by Israel in the...
  • US President Donald Trump (R) shakes hands with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as they meet in the Oval Office of the White House March 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. [Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images]
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    Trump says time for US to recognise Israel sovereignty over Golan

    US President Donald Trump said on Thursday it was time to back Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights that Israel seized from Syria in 1967, providing a boost to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the middle of his re-election campaign, Reuters reports. After 52 years it is time...
  • US President Donald Trump makes a speech during the meeting of the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh, at the State Department in Washington, United States on 6 February 2019. [ Mustafa Kamacı - Anadolu Agency ]
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    Trump snuck into Iraq. Rouhani was welcomed with open arms

    US President Donald Trump had to sneak in to Iraq, a supposed US ally, arriving at the Ein Al-Assad airbase for an unannounced visit on 26 December. Not a single Iraqi official was there to welcome him. Instead, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel-Mahdi angrily snubbed him, refusing to travel...
  • Israel yesterday attacked participants in the Friday protests taking place in the Gaza Strip [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
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    The reality about ‘we want to live’ riots in Gaza

    On 14 March, scores of Palestinians in the starving Gaza Strip took to the streets in several cities carrying the slogan “We Want to Live”, calling for “equality, dignity, food and job opportunities.” That day passed quietly, but the interior ministry in Gaza warned the protesters not to take...
  • 26-year-old Ahmad Manasra from the local village of Wadi Fuqin [Twitter]
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    Israel kills Palestinian at checkpoint in West Bank, fourth to be killed in 24 hours

    Israeli forces have shot dead a Palestinian man in the occupied West Bank near the city of Bethlehem; the fourth such killing in 24 hours. The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that one of its crew treated a man with two bullet wounds near an Israeli military checkpoint near Bethlehem...
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