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  • Image of Egyptian police [Ashraf Amra/Apaimages]
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    Egypt security kills 12 people for ‘planning chaos’

    Egypt’s interior ministry yesterday said it had killed 12 individuals in the capital city of Cairo for allegedly “planning to cause chaos across the country.” “We’ve monitored a number of individuals linked to the Islamist Hasm Movement at an apartment located in 6 of October district, wast of Cairo,”...
  • Houthi fighters in Yemen [The Baghdad Post/Twitter]
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    Saudi coalition: Yemen’s Houthi drone targeted civilian facility

    Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement targeted an arms depot at Najran airport in Saudi Arabia which caused a fire to break out in the facility, the group’s Al Masirah TV said on Tuesday, Reuters reports. Reuters reports that earlier the Saudi-led military coalition said a civilian facility in Saudi Arabia’s...
  • The Cuban flag flies above a building in Matanzas
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    PDFLP condemns renewed US sanctions against Cuba

    Palestinian Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PDFLP) condemned, Monday, renewed US sanctions on Cuba, Safan news agency reported. In a statement reported by Safa, the PDFLP said that the renewed sanctions and economic blockade, which are being imposed by the US President Donald Trump, are designed to...
  • Palestinian butcher store
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    Palestinian Awqaf ministry starts distributing meat sent by Saudi Arabia

    The Palestinian Awqaf Ministry in Gaza announced, Monday, the distribution of frozen meat sent by Saudi Arabia to the besieged enclave, Al-Resalah newspaper reported. In a press conference, Amir Abdul-Amrin, director of services in the ministry, said that the meat shipment arrived in Gaza on Thursday and it included...
  • 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: Iran will be met with ‘great force’ if it moves against US

    US President Donald Trump said on Monday Iran would be met with “great force” if it attempted anything against US interests in the Middle East, adding that Tehran has been very hostile toward Washington, Reuters reports. Trump told reporters as he departed the White House for an event in...
  • The Strait of Hormuz, Between Iran, Oman and the UAE
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    Al-Qaeda’s former Mufti: Gulf fools underestimate dangers of war with Iran

    Al-Qaeda’s former Mufti Mahfouz Ould Al-Walid, known as Abu Hafs Al-Mauritani, has criticised the Saudi war on Yemen and its reliance on the United States against Iran. Ould Al-Walid explained, on his Facebook page, that it is unlikely that a US-Iranian war is planned. But a confrontation “by mistake...
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    Reporters without borders: Two Arab journalists detained for months in Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia has been holding two Arab journalists for several months, global media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Monday, amid ongoing international scrutiny of the kingdom’s human rights record, Reuters reports. Yemeni Marwan al-Muraisy has been missing since June 2018, and Jordanian Abdel Rahman Farhaneh, who had...
  • Ousted Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak [Apaimages]
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    Mubarak: ‘The Deal of the Century will lead to explosion in the region’

    In an interview with a Kuwaiti newspaper, former Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, discussed the “Iranian threat” to the Gulf States, the so-called “Deal of the Century” and Israel’s efforts to carve out Egyptian territory and use it establish a Palestinian State. Mubarak told Al-Anba newspaper, Monday, that the so-called...
  • Sudanese demonstrators gather to protest demanding a civilian transition government in front of military headquarters outside the army headquarters in Khartoum, Sudan on 3 May, 2019 [Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency]
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    Talks on Sudan’s political transition fail to produce deal for second day

    Talks between Sudan’s ruling Transitional Military Council and an alliance of protesters and opposition groups failed for the second day in a row to produce a breakthrough on the country’s political transition, the council said early on Tuesday, Reuters reports. Street protests and a sit-in outside the defence ministry...
  • Palestinian students sit inside a classroom at their school belonging to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, on 29 August, 2018 [Ashraf Amra/Apaimages]
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    EU says it will not study Palestinian school textbooks contradicting previous statements

    EU said on Monday that it did not start study about the Palestinian school textbooks and there are no plans for such a probe, Maan news agency reported. However, this denial appears to contradict previous statements suggesting a planned study of textbooks. The EU had said in a statement,...
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    UAE: The best solution for Libya is deescalation and return to UN-led process

    Foreign Minister of UAE, Anar Qarqash, said, Monday, that the solution to the Libyan crisis is based on ending the ongoing escalation and return to the process led by the UN, leading to transparent elections, RT reported. Qarqash, according to RT, said in an article published by the French...
  • Palestinians demonstrate in solidarity with hunger striker Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails after the Friday prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem on April 28, 2017 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]
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    Israel imprisons Jerusalemites for attending freed prisoner’s wedding

    The Israeli District Court in occupied Jerusalem sentenced a group of Palestinian youths to prison after taking part in the wedding of a freed prisoner, Arabs48.com reported on Monday. The Committee for Prisoners’ Families in Jerusalem said it sentenced the freed prisoner Rami al-Fakhouri to 60 days in prison...
  • Iraqi Shia cleric and opposition leader Muqtada al-Sadr [File photo]
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    Popular leaders in Iraq: US-Iranian war will burn everyone

    Renowned Shite Cleric in Iraq, Muqtada al-Sadr, said that a war between Iran and America would be the end of Iraq, stressing that if anyone wants Iraq to be a battlefield, the are enemies of Iraqis, Arabi21.com reported on Monday. On twitter, he wrote: “I do not want a...
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    Qatar’s foreign ministry responds to Saudi criticisms

    Qatar’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Lolwah Al-Khater, has hit back and commented by Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir. Al-Khater told Al Jazeera TV channel, Monday: Al-Jubeir’s statements are paradoxes. He started talking about the need for Arab unification … and then started attacking Qatar. She...
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    Madonna’s Fake Revolution: Eurovision, Cultural Hegemony and Resistance

    Rim Banna, a famous Palestinian singer who translated Palestine’s most moving poetry to song, passed away on March 24, 2018, at the age of 51. Rim captured the struggle for Palestinian freedom in the most dignified and melodious ways. If we could imagine angels singing, they would sound like...
  • Syrian kids pose for a photo at a tent camp, built by Prime Minister's Disaster and Emergency Management in Suruc district of Sanliurfa, Turkey on January 9, 2018. ( Rauf Maltaş - Anadolu Agency )
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    UN official lauds Turkey’s efforts for Syrian refugees

    Praising Turkey’s efforts for Syrian refugees, a UN official said its policies should be model for others, reports Anadolu Agency. “Turkey did a great job for Syrian refugees. It will continue to respond to the need of them,” Jean-Marie Garelli, deputy representative of UN Refugee Agency in Turkey, told...
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    Manchester United’s Pogba goes on Umrah pilgrimage

    Manchester United’s star Paul Pogba travelled to Saudi Arabia for Umrah, a ritual Islamic pilgrimage reports Anadolu Agency. The French midfielder posted a photo on Instagram of the Kaaba, the most sacred monument of Islam, in Mecca where he is performing Umrah during the Holy Month of Ramadan.  ...
  • Muslim Hajj pilgrims perform prayer around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest site, located in the centre of the Masjid Al-Haram (Grand Mosque) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on 10 August, 2018 [Behçet Alkan/Anadolu Agency]
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    Yemen’s Houthis deny targeting Mecca with ballistic missiles

    Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement denied Saudi media reports on Monday that it had fired a ballistic missile towards Mecca, Islam’s holiest site, at a time of heightened tensions between Tehran and Gulf Arab states allied to Washington, reports Reuters. “The Saudi regime is trying, through these allegations, to rally...
  • On the eve of renewed sanctions by Washington, Iranian protesters carry placards that mock President Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a demonstration outside the former US embassy in the Iranian capital Tehran on November 4, 2018, marking the anniversary of its storming by student protesters that triggered a hostage crisis in 1979 [ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images]
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    When will the Arabs understand that they are not part of the game?

    He sat like a peacock, fanning out his feathers as he warned and threatened the Iranians that an attack on Saudi Arabia will result in Iran’s destruction, as Riyadh possesses a huge arsenal of weapons and fierce men who will retaliate strongly, making Iran a mere memory. “He” is...
  • Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif speaks during the Valdai Discussion Club titled ''Russia in the Middle East: Playing on All Fields'' in Moscow, Russia on 19 February, 2018 [Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency]
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    Iran calls on Trump to address Iranians with respect, not threat of war

    Iran called on Monday on the United States to address the Islamic Republic with respect, not threat of war, a day after US President Donald Trump threatened Tehran in a tweet, raising concerns about a potential US-Iran conflict, reports Reuters. Tensions between Washington and its Gulf Arab allies on...
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    Egyptian women use ancient Indonesian martial arts to fight abuse

    In the heart of Egypt’s capital, an ancient Indonesian martial arts sport is helping dozens of women stand up to harassment, reports Reuters. With the help of Indonesian students, over 1,200 women and children are learning the sport at a cultural centre in Cairo. “Of course there are problems...
  • Newly-appointed Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh in the West Bank city of Ramallah on 10 March, 2019 [ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images]
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    Palestinians to shun US-led economic conference, prelude to Trump peace plan

    Palestinians will stay away from a US-led conference in Bahrain next month that the Trump administration has cast as an overture to its own plan for peace between them and Israel, a Palestinian cabinet minister said on Monday, reports Reuters. Washington announced the conference on Sunday, describing it as...
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    Libya gunmen halt water pipeline to besieged Tripoli

    Gunmen have cut off the main water pipeline to Libya’s besieged capital Tripoli, spelling more misery for residents already reeling from weeks of fighting, reports Reuters. The group on Sunday raided a station of the Great Man-Made River Project, a pipe network supplying groundwater from the Sahara, the company...
  • Yemenis receive food aid from the UN's World Food Programme (WFP), in the al-Mansorah district of Aden, Yemen in 2016 [Ammar Bamatraf / WFP]
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    WFP may suspend aid in Houthi-held areas of Yemen

    The World Food Programme is considering suspending aid delivery in the areas under the control of Yemen’s Houthi group because of fighting, insecurity and interferences, the agency said on Monday, reports Reuters. “Humanitarian workers in Yemen are being denied access to the hungry, aid convoys have been blocked, and...
  • King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud meets Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi (not seen) at Carthage Palace in Tunis, Tunisia on 29 March 2019. [Bandar Algaloud / Saudi Kingdom Council / Handout - Anadolu Agency]
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    Qatar snubbed by Saudi King over emergency summits

    Arab leaders have been forced to call emergency meetings following last week’s escalation of tension in the region, but Qatar has not received an invitation to the summits. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman yesterday suggested two summits be held on 30 May after drone attacks on oil installations in the...
  • Europal are launching a campaign to highlight the racist attitudes levelled at Palestinians by Israel [EuroPal Forum]
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    Palestine campaign to highlight racist Israel narratives

    Palestinian activists have launched an online campaign to highlight the discrimination towards Palestinians in Israeli public life. EuroPal Forum organised the initiative titled “Israeli racism in quotes” to visualise and document discriminatory statements made by individuals that hold a prominent position in the contemporary Israeli society. Since it began...
  • Israeli Minister of Agriculture, Uri Ariel, stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem on 26 February, 2019 [File photo]
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    Palestinian Awqaf condemns Israel minister’s incursion into Al-Aqsa Mosque

    The Palestinian Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs has condemned the Israeli Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel’s storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday morning. The ministry said in a statement that Ariel’s actions come at a time when the Israeli government is expelling Muslim worshippers from the holy site on...
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    Iraq’s Sadr takes fire at corruption

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  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on 12 October 2018 [Thaer Ganaim/Apaimages]
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    The crisis of the Palestinian political elite

    A political elite is usually defined by those who have the real authority in the state. Its circle may be broadened to include influential people, those who influence decision-making, and those who have religious, economic, military, ethnic and tribal authority and dominance. However, what makes the Palestinian political elite...
  • Flags of the member states fly in front of the building of the European parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, on April 3, 201 [SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP/Getty Images]
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    European Council extends sanctions on Syria regime

    The Council of the European Union has extended sanctions against the Syrian regime for another year and added 11 prominent businessmen and five entities to its embargo list originally imposed in 2011. Their inclusion brings the sanctions list to 270 persons and 72 entities that will be targeted with...
  • Ibrahim Abu-Thurayya, 29, killed by an Israeli sniper during a protest by Palestinians against Trump's announcement on Jerusalem, which was met with violent Israeli dispersal tactics at the Gaza-Israel border, on Friday, December 15, 2017 [ Middle East Monitor]
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    Israel army finds ‘no evidence’ it killed disabled Gaza protester

    An investigation by the Israeli army has found “no evidence” that it killed disabled Palestinian Ibrahim Abu Tharayya, who was shot dead during a protest in the Gaza Strip in December 2017. The Israeli army’s criminal investigation division on Friday closed its probe into the killing of 29-year-old Abu...
  • Qatar Petroleum (QP), the world's largest oil producer, announced Tuesday that it has raised its LNG capacity from 77 million to 100 million tons a year. Qatar Petroleum Chief Executive Officer Saad Sharida Al Kaabi told a news conference in Doha on 4 July, 2017 [Mohamed Farag/Anadolu Agency]
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    Despite blockade, Qatar ships additional gas to UAE

    Qatar has provided additional liquefied gas supplies to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after the main gas pipeline from Qatar to the UAE experienced an outage for several days last month. Reuters news agency reported sources as saying that the Dolphin pipeline, which carries two billion cubic feet of...
  • Filipina workers returning home from Kuwait inside a bus after arriving at Manila International Airport on 17 February 2018. [NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images]
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    Minister stresses Kuwait’s keenness to protect expat rights

    Kuwait’s Minister of State for Economic Affairs, Mariam Al-Aqeel, has affirmed her country’s keenness to protect the rights of expatriate workers in general and domestic workers in particular, stressing that Kuwait will not allow the rights of any foreign worker to be violated. In response to remarks by Philippine’s...
  • Israeli Likud Party campaign material and posters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strown on the floor following election night on April 10, 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel [Jack GUEZ/AFP/Getty]
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    Majority of Israelis want Netanyahu to resign once indictments filed

    A slim majority of Israelis believe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should resign once the Attorney General formally files indictments, a new poll has shown. The survey, conducted by the Panels Politics polling agency on behalf of Walla! News, was published this morning. Some 51 per cent of Israelis say...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on 14 April, 2019 [RONEN ZVULUN/AFP/Getty Images]
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    Netanyahu abandons plans for new immunity law, will use existing legislation

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has abandoned plans to advance a new immunity law, reported the Times of Israel, in the face of opposition from the public and politicians – including from members of his own Likud party. Instead, according to the Times of Israel, Netanyahu will “make do...
  • Israeli workers conduct an excavation work the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, on 28 February 2018 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]
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    Israel Supreme Court says West Bank archaeological digs can remain secret

    Israel’s top court has ruled that details about archaeological digs in the occupied West Bank may remain secret, reported Haaretz, rejecting an appeal by two NGOs. The Supreme Court’s decision upholds the state’s position, as well as a lower court ruling; the state had argued that “releasing the names...
  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (C) is being welcomed by Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa (L) and officials at the Bahrain International Airport in Manama, Bahrain on January 11, 2019. [US Department of State / Handout - Anadolu Agency]
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    White House begins ‘peace plan’ roll out with Bahrain-hosted economic workshop

    The Trump administration yesterday announced an economic “workshop” in Bahrain in June, as the White House begins to roll out its so-called “peace plan” for Israel and the Palestinians. As reported by CNN, the gathering is intended to “encourage investing capital in the West Bank, Gaza, and the region”,...
  • South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu gives a joint press conference with French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, following the 8th Session of the South Africa-France Forum for Political Dialogue (FPD) at OR Tambo Building on 28 February 2019 in Pretoria. [PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP/Getty Images]
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    South Africa ANC backs minister on Israel embassy stance

    South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) party has backed the country’s Minister of International Relations, Lindiwe Sisulu, who has come under attack for her role in downgrading South Africa’s embassy to Israel. Sisulu has been attacked from a number of fronts, including by South Africa’s Jewish Board of...
  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (C) and his wife Susan (R) are welcomed by US ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman (2nd-L) as they arrive in Baghdad, during a Middle East tour, on 9 January 2019. [ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images]
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    Pompeo to Iraq: Stand with US against Iran or move aside  

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Iraqi leaders that if they are not going to stand with the US against Iran, then they should stand aside, AP reported. Pompeo’s message came last week as he met with Iraqi leaders to discuss the mounting tension between Washington and Tehran....
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    Reports: US holding Iran academic without trial for 7 months

    The United States has been holding Iranian stem cell specialist, Masoud Soleimani, for at least seven months without trial, the official IRNA news agency reported. The agency quoted Rasul Soleimani as saying that his brother Masoud, a professor at a University in Tehran, went to the US on 22...
  • Palestinians prepare homous and falafel for iftar on 19 May 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
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    Ramadan staples in Gaza’s markets

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  • Image of Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation and Palestinian Authority chief negotiator [file photo]
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    Erekat: Israel occupation source of conflict in the region

    Secretary of the PLO’s Executive Committee Saeb Erekat has stressed that the Israeli occupation is the reason behind the conflicts and bloodshed in the region, Safa news agency reported yesterday. Israel continues to impose its occupation policies on the ground, mainly through settlement, the Judaisation of Jerusalem, committing war...
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    The PA and the UAE have a long-standing estrangement

    The relations between the Palestinian Authority and the United Arab Emirates are not at their best; the two are almost totally and officially estranged due to their growing differences over various issues. These include the UAE’s growing normalisation with Israel; Abu Dhabi’s support for PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s archenemy,...
  • Shia cleric Tawfiq Al-Amer [Twitter]
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    Saudi Arabia releases Shia cleric Tawfiq Al-Amer

    Saudi Arabia on Saturday released Shia cleric Tawfiq Al-Amer from prison after he completed his eight-year jail term, Arabi21 reported. Al-Amer was arrested in 2011 on the grounds that he delivered speeches which incited against the Saudi ruling regime. Supporters of Al-Amer said that he arrived in Al-Ahsa Governorate...
  • Jewish settlements near Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on 10 February 2015 [Nedal Eshtayah/Apaimages]
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    Likud may move powers of running West Bank settlements to ministries

    Israel’s leading Likud party might agree on moving powers of running settlement affairs to ministries instead of the Civil Administration, a condition set by the Union of the Right-Wing Parties to join the government coalition, Israeli radio reported yesterday. The Civil Administration is part of the Defence Ministry which...
  • Khaled Meshaal [file photo]
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    Meshaal: Palestinians and their factions united against deal of century

    Former head of Hamas, Khalid Meshaal, stressed on Saturday that the Palestinian people and their factions are united against the US’ “deal of the century”, Al-Watan Voice reported. Speaking at a Friend of Palestine event at the Turkish parliament, Meshaal said the US has been trying to attract some...
  • Demonstrators hold a placard urging the international community to support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign [Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images
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    PA: German decision against BDS ‘dangerous’

    Palestinian Authority (PA) said yesterday that it sees the German decision to class BDS anti-Semitic “very dangerous”, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported yesterday . In a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry, the PA said that this decision proves that Israel still imposes its agenda on representatives of European nations,...
  • Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman (C) on 23 October 2018 [Twitter]
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    Lieberman wants ‘decisive’ policy against Hamas to join Netanyahu coalition

    Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday said that he did not succeed in forming a coalition government because some parties are insisting on their positions and refuse to budge, Arab48 reported. He said he hoped to find a way to return these parties onto the right track in order...
  • Icelandic band Hatari holds up a Palestinian flag sign at Euorvision 2019 in Tel Aviv, during the announcing of results, on May 18, 2019 [twitter]
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    Eurovision turns out to be a big hit for Palestine

    It was the result that nobody predicted: the winner of Eurovision 2019 is… Palestine! Despite the organisers describing the Eurovision Song Contest as a non-political event, the issue of Palestine took back, front and centre stage in Tel Aviv over the weekend, which may make Israel come to regret...
  • Sudanese demonstrators gather in front of the military headquarters demanding a civilian transition government, in Khartoum, Sudan on 21 April 2019 [Ömer Erdem/Anadolu Agency]
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    Sudan military and opposition resume talks after street violence

    Sudan’s ruling military council said it had restarted talks late on Sunday with an alliance of protest and opposition groups that is pushing for a civilian-led transition to democracy, Reuters reports. The Transitional Military Council (TMC) had suspended the talks late on Wednesday after two outbreaks of violence around...
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