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  • Settlers are buying goods in a supermarket in Neve Dekalim settlement in the Gaza strip, 10 August 2005. [NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP via Getty Images]
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    Israel regrets withdrawing from Gaza

    In 2005, the Israeli army began withdrawing from the Gaza Strip as part of the unilateral disengagement plan, and with this anniversary many Israeli circles criticised the plan, due to its major disadvantages. Palestinians and Israelis commemorate each summer the anniversary of the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip,...
  • A view of the increased water level of Asiklar creek after floods triggered by heavy rain in Cayeli district of Turkey’s Black Sea province of Rize, Turkey on 14 July, 2020 [Hakan Burak Altunöz/Anadolu Agency]
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    Floods kill 2, injure 11 in Turkey’s Black Sea region

    Two people were killed and 11 injured early Tuesday in floods triggered by heavy rain in Turkey’s Black Sea province of Rize. Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said they have had problems reaching six villages in the province but rescue team units are working hard. People injured in landslides in...
  • Tunisian blogger Emna Chargui [Youtube]
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    Tunisia sentences woman to six months for Quran Facebook joke

    A Tunisian court has sentenced blogger Emna Chargui to six months in prison and a $700 fine for reposting a Facebook joke about the coronavirus written as if it was a Quran verse. “This is unfair and unjust … this proves that there is no freedom here,” Chargui, 27,...
  • A volunteer (L) ties a mask onto an Egyptian woman in a street in the Egyptian capital Cairo on 20 March 2020 [KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images]
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    Egypt offers reusable face masks in state subsidy scheme

    Egypt has started offering reusable cotton face masks at around $50 cents each alongside the food items provided in its state subsidy programme, as it seeks to make protective gear more widely available to curb the coronavirus. Egypt subsidizes items such as bread, rice, and sugar for more than...
  • Diha F'Rassek movement [mouvement.dihafrassek/Instagram]
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    Moroccan 'revenge porn' victims smash taboos by speaking out

    A social media campaign started by three Moroccan friends has emboldened hundreds of “revenge porn” victims to share their experiences, raising awareness about online abuse and challenging taboos. The Diha F’Rassek movement – meaning ‘Mind Your Own Business’ – was launched to fight back against dozens of “revenge porn”...
  • Qatari sports channel, beIN sports [Wikipedia]
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    Saudi Arabia permanently cancels licence of Qatar's beIN Sports

    Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Competition (GAC) said on Tuesday it had permanently cancelled the licence of Qatari broadcaster beIN Sports, which has been barred from broadcasting in the kingdom since mid-2017 due to a dispute with Qatar. GAC said in a statement it was also fining beIN Sports...
  • A boy, who has a casted leg, receives treatment at a hospital in Erbil, Iraq on 12 April, 2017 [Yunus Keleş/Anadolu Agency]
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    Iraq: Children's hospital fighting to keep cancer patients safe from COVID-19

    Basra Children’s Hospital which specialises in cancer treatment has cut admissions by half since May due to the novel coronavirus, its director said and is battling to keep children safe from infection with a new isolation ward and testing of staff. Hospital director Ali Abulhussein al-Idani said that since...
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    Iran says it has executed Iranian agent linked to CIA

    Iran has executed a former defence ministry employee who sold information to the US Central Intelligence Agency, the Islamic Republic’s judiciary said on Tuesday. Reza Asgari had linked up with the CIA during his last years in the ministry and sold the agency information about Iran’s missile programme, judiciary...
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    Journalist Mohamed Mounir: Egypt’s Khashoggi died with the saw of coronavirus

    “When I die, I hope that my biography will include just one line: Mohamed Mohamed Mounir Youssef participated in the revolution of January 25 2011 honestly and sincerely.” Mohamed Mounir, Egyptian journalist, died of COVID-19 infection in an Egyptian prison. ” The murder of the great Egyptian journalist, Mohamed...
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    All new cars in Egypt set to run on natural gas

    READ: Qatar’s gas supplies to UK break records...
  • Egypt, Saudi. Bahrain, UAE meeting Cairo to discuss Qatar [Anadolu Agency]
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    UN top court rules Qatar blockade is illegal

    In a humiliating defeat for Saudi Arabia and its allies, the top UN court has ruled in a 16-1 decision in favour of Qatar over the ongoing dispute between Doha and its Gulf neighbours. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) dismissed, today, the appeal lodged by Saudi Arabia,UAE, Egypt...
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    Israel’s annexation plan, not Turkey’s Hagia Sophia move, undermines regional peace 

    Veteran journalist Dr Bora Bayraktar greeted his audiences to the Hagia Sophia by saying, “Welcome to the heart of the world.” His views have been recorded for his YouTube channel to inform audiences about Turkey’s recent decision on the iconic 6th century sanctuary. “Why I said ‘the heart of...
  • Image of the Central Bank of Libya [weisserstier/Flickr]
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    Libya’s Aman Bank offers loans to buy electricity generators

    Libya’s Aman Bank has announced that it is offering interest-free, Shari’ah compliant loans for customers to buy electricity generators for domestic use, Libya Herald has reported. The move by the bank reflects the acute electricity crisis that has bedevilled Libya since the 2011 revolution that overthrew the Qaddafi regime....
  • An Israeli woman uses her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO group, on 28 August 2016, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv. [JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images]
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    Israel court refuses to stop spyware exports to ‘rights abusers’

    A legal case filed by Amnesty International that requested Israeli spyware firm NSO Group be banned from exporting its cyberweapons internationally was rejected by an Israeli court. Amnesty’s lawyers alleged the software had been used by repressive governments to target activists, including one of the rights group’s own researchers, as well...
  • US Vice President Joe Biden gestures upon his arrival at Israel's Ben Gurion International airport on March 8, 2016. [JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images]

    Biden will seek to extend the narrative that Israel is being ‘singled out’ 

    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden may try to sustain the fable that he is an alternative to current US President Donald Trump, but for the Palestinians a Biden presidency will most probably normalise the human rights violations that have attracted wider endorsement as a result of US support for...
  • New high-rise office buildings and hotels, some of them still under construction, stand in the West Bay and Oneiza district in Qatar on 21 December, 2011 in Doha, Qatar [Nadine Rupp/Getty Images]
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    Qatar ranked safest country in the world for sixth time

    Qatar continues to lead the way as the safest country in the world, topping the Numbeo crime index for five years in a row. The tiny Gulf state stood at the top of the 2020 mid-year ranking complied by the global database site which tracks crime rates and livings...
  • Jihadists of former Al-Qaeda affiliate Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham block on 20 September, 2019 [OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP via Getty Images]
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    Germany arrests two Syrians over Nusra Front execution video

    German authorities have arrested two Syrians suspected of helping conduct an execution by an Al-Qaeda-linked Syrian opposition group, prosecutors said yesterday. The two men, identified as Khedr A.K. and Sami A.S., are accused of having “jointly killed a person protected under international humanitarian law”, resulting in their arrest and...
  • Palestinian-born American prisoner Moufed Abd al-Rahim Ismail Abd al-Qadir Mashal, was sentenced to 20 years in prison at the end of 2008 [Alresalah]
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    Palestinian prisoner in Texas ‘lacks medical care’ despite having Covid-19

    The health of a Palestinian prisoner held at the Federal Correction Institute in Seagoville, Texas has been deteriorating due to a “lack of appropriate treatment” for Covid-19, Shehab news agency reported on Monday. Mofeed Meshaal is serving 20 years for allegedly channelling charitable funds to Hamas. “My brother and...
  • Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow in Russia on 20 June 2018 [Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency]
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    France-Tunisia tycoon has eyes on uniting Ronaldo, Zidane

    Footballing legends Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane could be re-united by Marseille’s prospective new owner Mohamed Ayachi Ajroudi. The French-Tunisian businessman has spoken about his interest in uniting the pair who enjoyed three years of unprecedented success in Real Madrid before Ronaldo’s departure in 2018 to his current club...
  • The 16th Turkish-Russian joint land patrol conducted on M4 Highway in Idlib, Syria on 10 June 2020 [İzzeddin İdilbi/Anadolu Agency]
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    Idlib: Syria militants hit joint Russia-Turkey patrol

    Three Russian and a number of Turkish soldiers were injured this morning after Syrian militants struck their joint patrol using a roadside bomb, the Russian Defence Ministry said. According to the ministry, Russia pulled back the patrol following the blast near the town of Ariha in Idlib province that...
  • Image of Egyptian soldiers [Mohammed Bendari/Apaimages]
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    Libya’s Eastern parliament asks Egypt military to intervene

    The eastern-based Libyan parliament, which supports the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by General Khalifa Haftar, has given the Egyptian military permission to intervene in the civil war. “We call for joint efforts between the two brotherly nations – Libya and Egypt – in order to defeat the occupier...
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    Saudi professor publishes article to Israel academic journal

    In an unprecedented move, a senior Saudi Arabian professor from King Saud University in Riyadh has published an article in an Israeli journal,” according to Tel Aviv University. In his first article in Hebrew, Professor Mohammed Ibrahim Alghbban, head of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization and Hebrew Studies, claims...
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    Egypt: Journalist dies of coronavirus days after release from prison

    The Egyptian journalist Mohamed Mounir has died just days after he was released from prison. Mounir, editor-in-chief of Al-Diyar, contracted coronavirus whilst incarcerated and displayed typical symptoms of the virus. He was already suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure. Mounir died in an isolation unit at the Cairo...
  • Ethiopian-born Pnina Tamano-Shata poses for an AFP Photographer at her home in the Israeli city of Petah Tikva near Tel Aviv on October 28, 2016. [JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images]
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    Israel: Minister insists that annexation is not on government agenda

    Israel’s planned annexation of large parts of the occupied Palestinian West Bank is not currently on the government’s agenda, Immigration and Absorption Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata said on Monday. Speaking to Reshet Bet radio, the minister stressed that the government is currently putting the fight against the coronavirus at the...
  • Algerian Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum in Tunis, Tunisia on 26 April 2019 [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]
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    Algeria opposes division of Libya and maintains good relations with all sides

    Algeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs has said that his country opposes Libya’s division under any circumstances, Anadolu news agency reported on Sunday. Sabri Boukadoum stressed that Algeria is keen to resolve the Libyan crisis through dialogue and maintain the integrity of its sovereign territory. “We expect the return of...
  • Image of EgyptAir plane [Alf van Beem/Wikipedia]
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    EgyptAir: Passengers to UAE must test negative for COVID-19 before travel

    Egyptians planning to travel to the UAE are required to test negative for COVID-19 before departure, EgyptAir has revealed. The state-owned airline added that those travelling from Egypt must contact the UAE’s embassy in Cairo to locate approved laboratories which are licenced to carry out the necessary tests. EgyptAir...
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) meets Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, Syria on January 07, 2020 [Kremlin Press Office/Handout/Anadolu Agency]
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    Revealed: Moscow-based Syria business network helps develop Assad’s chemical weapons arsenal

    A Russian-Syrian business network run by a prominent Syrian businessman was responsible for the transfer of millions of dollars to the Assad regime and the development of its chemical weapons arsenal, an investigative report revealed yesterday. According to the report published by Global Witness, an international campaign group which traces money involved...
  • Image of an oil port [file photo]
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    Libya envoy: Haftar's conditions for opening oil ports ‘proves his dependence abroad’

    The Libyan Ambassador to the United Nations, Taher El-Sonni, said the conditions set by renegade General Khalifa Haftar to reopen the oil fields and ports, demonstrates his dependence on foreign players. In a statement issued on TV on Saturday, Ahmed Al-Mismari, a spokesman for Haftar, conditioned the reopening on...
  • Tunisian President Kais Saied (L) gives letter of tasking to Tunisian former Finance Minister Elyes Fakhfakh (R) to form new government at the Carthage Palace in Tunis, Tunisia on January 21, 2020 [Tunisian Presidency / Handout - Anadolu Agency]
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    Tunisia: Ennahda starts negotiations to establish new government

    The Shura Council of Tunisia’s Ennahda Movement has entrusted its leader, Rached Ghannouchi, to initiate negotiations with the President of the Republic and political and social forces to begin negotiations to form a new government. The decision was taken by a plurality of votes in the Shura Council, as...
  • Football match between Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City on 11 July 2020 in Brighton, England. [Julian Finney/Getty Images]
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    European football ban on Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City lifted

    An order barring Manchester City from competing in European football for two years was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) yesterday, Reuters reports. The CAS verdict ruled the Abu Dhabi-owned English Premier League club had not breached Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations and slashed the team’s fine...
  • Gas barrels [file photo]
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    Qatar’s gas supplies to UK break records

    Qatar’s gas supplies to the UK have reached their highest rate with 42.7 million cubic metres being provided per day over the last three weeks, the Gulf states’ Al-Sharq newspaper reported yesterday. The paper reported that six of the largest tankers had arrived in the station of South Hook Gas Company in...
  • Workers at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in Ethiopia on 26 December 2019 [EDUARDO SOTERAS/AFP/Getty Images]
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    Egypt and Somalia had warm relations in the past, but now it is lukewarm at best

    Ambiguity, tension and possible escalation surround the future of Egypt-Somalia relations due to the latter’s unclear position on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and the conflict between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan that it has engendered. Somalia expressed reservations about two Arab League resolutions on the issue, which sparked a...
  • Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, President of Yemen [z_sattam/Twitter]
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    Yemen: Plots being prepared to oust president

    There are regional and international efforts to oust the internationally-backed Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, the head of Al-Islah’s media department said on Sunday. Taking to Twitter, Ali Al Jaradi, said the plot does not target the president himself, but his legitimacy which was granted to him by...
  • Supporters of the Hezbollah movement watch a speech by the movement's leader Hasan Nasrallah, transmitted on a large screen in Beirut, Lebanon on 2 September 2019 [AFP/Getty Images)]
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    Hezbollah files official complaint against US envoy

    The military arm of Lebanon’s Hezbollah has filed a formal complaint against the US Ambassador Dorothy Shea following comments she made in a recent interview. Secretary-General of the Iranian-backed Shia militia Hasan Nasrallah had warned the group’s parliamentary bloc would make the move during a recent speech. According to local media reports, the...
  • Planet Mars, 14 jULY 2020 [needpix]
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    UAE Mars mission delayed due to bad weather

    The UAE has postponed the launch of its Mars probe due to “weather conditions” at the launch site in Japan, with the mission now scheduled for Friday. A rocket carrying the unmanned spacecraft, called Amal (Hope in Arabic) was due to launch at 05:51am local time tomorrow (20:51 GMT...
  • Egyptian writer and general manager of the Cairo independent Merit publishing house Mohammed Hashem on 12 October 2011 [JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images]
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    Prominent writer arrested for sexual assault as Egypt’s #MeToo movement expands

    A prominent Egyptian writer has been arrested after a poet filed a complaint with authorities accusing him of sexual assault. Mohamed Hashem manages the Dar Merit publishing house in Cairo and was well-known for his resistance to state censorship. The poet Alaa Hasanin wrote a Facebook post describing how...
  • Leader of Nahda Movement Rachid al-Ghannouchi greets people during a gathering within Nahda Movement's election campaign at Habib Burgiba Street ahead of Tunisia's presidential election in Tunis, Tunisia on 4 October 2019. [Yassine Gaidi - Anadolu Agency]
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    4 Tunisia parliamentary blocs launch initiative to withdraw confidence from Ghannouchi

    Four parliamentary blocs in the Tunisian Assembly of the Representatives of the People have announced the start of procedures to withdraw confidence from Parliament Speaker Rached Ghannouchi, due to what they considered to be abuses committed in the administration of Parliament. Democratic Current spokesman Muhammad Ammar said in a...
  • Libyan Army forces attend "Operation Peace Storm" of the Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) against the forces of warlord Khalifa Haftar in Tripoli, Libya on 27 March, 2020 [Amru Salahuddien/Anadolu Agency]
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    The unlikely war between Egypt and Turkey in Libya

    Many countries are engaged in what is a complex conflict in Libya, and so some obvious proxy wars are shaping up. For several reasons, Egypt and Turkey are the most involved due to the profound impact of what is happening in Libya on their national security and vital interests....
  • Tunisians stage a protest in demand of employement at foreign companies' oil-wells in Tataouine, Tunisia on 3 April, 2017 [Tasnim Nasri/Anadolu Agency]
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    Tunisia: Sit-in moves to outside oilfield in Tataouine

    Protesters in the Tunisian city of Tataouine yesterday threatened to shut down Al-Kamour oilfield, placing their tents outside it. After spending a week in an area three kilometers away, about 150 Tataouine youths fixed their tents near the pumping station in Al-Kamour. The protesters are calling on the government...
  • Lebanese wait outside a bank to retrieve their salaries on March 31, 2020 in the northern coastal city of Tripoli in Lebanon [JOSEPH EID/AFP via Getty Images]
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    Ex-financial chief says bankers smuggled $6bn out of Lebanon

    The former in the Lebanese Ministry of Finance, Bifani said Monday that Lebanese bankers have smuggled nearly $6 billion out of the country since October despite financial regulations imposed to save the country from the worst financial crisis in 30 years, a former Ministry of Finance official revealed yesterday....
  • A Yemeni baby receives medical care at a hospital in Yemen [Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency]
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    Rights group says Houthis arrested 157 women in 2 years

    The Houthis have arrested 157 Yemeni mothers over the past two years on a number of charges including demonstrating to demand better living conditions and as a result of their political affiliation, the Abductees Mothers Association in Yemen said yesterday. The group said in a statement that 18 of...
  • Renowned Lebanese singer and actress, Haifa Wehbe, 5 December 2009 [Wael.Mogherbi /Wikipedia]
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    Haifa Wehbe accuses ex-manager of stealing $4m

    Renowned Lebanese singer and actress, Haifa Wehbe, has filed a lawsuit against her former business manager, Mohamed Waziri, accusing him of stealing 62 million Egyptian pounds ($4 million) from her bank account using a power of attorney that she had granted him to collect her fees from producers and...
  • Sisters Areej and Ashwaq Hamoud packed their belongings and left the house where they grew up in Saudi Arabia to board a plane to what they hoped would be a better life [@cooglea/Twitter]
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    ‘We will be victims of an honour killing,’ say Saudi sisters at risk of deportation from Turkey

    On February 8 2017, Areej and Ashwaq Hamoud packed their belongings and left the house where they grew up in Saudi Arabia to board a plane to what they hoped would be a better life. That night they left behind their family home and at the same time overrode...
  • Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey on 11 July 2020 [Arif Hüdaverdi Yaman/Anadolu Agency]
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    Russia: Turkey’s Hagia Sophia decision ‘an internal affair’

    The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Vershinin, has defended Turkey’s decision to convert the status of the Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul into a mosque saying the decision is a Turkish internal affair. “We proceed from the fact that this is a Turkish internal affair in which neither us...
  • A petrol pump station [Pixabay]
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    Saudis angered as petrol prices rise 34%

    Saudi social media users rejected state-owned oil company Aramco’s decision to increase petrol and other fuel prices by 34 per cent this month. On Friday, Aramco updated the list of prices of petrol and other fuels on its website for the month of July. According to the updated list,...
  • Houthis fire a missile in Yemen [File photo]
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    Yemen’s Houthis: We bombed military installations in Saudi

    Houthi drones have been used to bomb Saudi military installations in Jizan, Najran, Asir, Khamis Mushayt and Abha, the group’s spokesperson said yesterday. Yahya Sarea said the bombs came in response to the crimes committed by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen; the latest of which has been the massacre...
  • Israeli police check vehicles at a checkpoint in the ultra Orthodox city of Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, on April 3, 2020 during the novel coronavirus pandemic crisis. [JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images]
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    Israel: More than 12,000 soldiers quarantined over 'possible coronavirus infections'

    The Israeli army yesterday said that more than 12,000 soldiers have been quarantined, fearing “possible infection of the novel coronavirus”. In an official statement, the military pointed out that “568 soldiers have contracted the virus since February.” Infection rates among Israeli soldiers were reported to have increased significantly since...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an AIPAC conference in Washington, US on 6 March 2018 [Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images]
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    Good news from Washington: AIPAC, Israel losing to progressive Democrats

    While the US administration of President Donald Trump remains adamant in its support for Israel, the traditional democratic leadership continues to employ underhanded language, the kind of ‘strategic ambiguity’ that offers full support to Israel and nothing but lip service to Palestine and peace. Trump’s policies on Israel and...
  • Hagia Sophia [Flickr]
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    Hagia Sophia: Religious and political leaders are missing their own chances to right historical wrongs

    Apparently Pope Francis, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, is “very distressed” by the decision to revert the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia into a mosque; it has been a museum since 1934. He made his views known in the latest edition of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano. Quite why...
  • A view of the Moroccan port of Tanger Med, on 14 March, 2020, in the northern city of Tangiers [FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images]
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    Morocco imposes lockdown in Tangier amid virus outbreak

    Morocco announced it is isolating the northern city of Tangier as of Monday to curb the spread of coronavirus outbreak in the city, reports Anadolu Agency. The Moroccan Interior Ministry said measures include the suspension of public transport – both road and rail – to and from Tangier. Citizens...
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