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    Al-Malki: Republic's president breached the constitution

    Outgoing Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Malki accused the Iraqi President Fuad Masoum of breaching the country’s constitution, noting that he is planning to file a complaint against him at the Federation Court. In a televised speech broadcast this morning, Al-Malki said: “I am going to file a complaint against...
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    Settlers severely criticise Israeli government

    Israeli settlers from some of the settlements around the Gaza Strip harshly criticised the Israeli government during a meeting with the country’s internal security minister, Yitzhak Aharonovich, according to Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper. The newspaper reported that Aharonovich met on Sunday with settlers from the Kfar Aza settlement, who...
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    Israeli army: No solution to Gaza tunnels

    “There is no technical solution in the world which can effectively end the threat of tunnels,” Major General Shlomo Turgeman, commander of the Southern Command in the Israeli army, told an Israeli audience. In his speech to a number of southern settlers, quoted by Yedioth Ahronoth yesterday, Turgeman said...
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    BDS Italy condemns fascist exploitation of Palestinian cause

    The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement in Italy has condemned the anti-Semitic posters which have been placed around Rome by the neo-fascist group Militia. A statement released by the group said: “BDS Italy expresses its unequivocal and absolute condemnation of the shameful posters plastered around the city of Rome....
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    UAE foreign minister arrives in Jeddah during Sisi's visit

    The Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Abdullah Ben Zayed Al-Nahyan, arrived in Jeddah yesterday evening during a two-day visit by Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi to the Kingdom. Saudi’s foreign minister received Al-Nahyan at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport, where they held a bilateral meeting and discussed...
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    Palestinian health minister warns of dangerous disaster in Gaza

    Palestinian Health Minister Jawad Awwad has warned that the shortage of vaccines in the Gaza Strip could result in the reappearance of dangerous diseases long eradicated in the besieged enclave, Anadolu news agency reported. The minister blamed the continuous Israeli attacks on the Strip, on top of the blockade,...
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    Meshaal: Any lasting truce must lead to an end to Gaza blockade

    Any lasting truce must include lifting the siege on Gaza, Hamas’ political bureau chief, Khaled Meshaal, said yesterday. Concerning the current 72-hour ceasefire reached yesterday between Israel and the Palestinians, Meshaal said: “The truce is one of the ways or tactics which aim at either providing an appropriate climate...
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    Israeli crimes in international and humanitarian law

    When an Israeli official or journalist gets asked why you’re bombing and killing families in the Gaza Strip, the answer is usually readily available, which is: the main cause for that is the terrorist movement of Hamas which is using civilians as human shields. We have heard this justification...
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    Italy does not rule out military intervention in Iraq

    Italy’s Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini has said she does not rule out the possibility of her country joining an international military intervention in Iraq. Al-Alam Online news website quoted Mogherini as saying: “We are assessing various possibilities , including those that are not limited to...
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    Clinton slams Obama's foreign policy in Syria

    Former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has strongly criticised President Barack Obama’s foreign policy in Syria, saying that the failure to provide military assistance to moderate opposition forces in Syria left a power vacuum that the jihadists have now filled. During an interview with The Atlantic weekly, Clinton said:...
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    Turkish opposition candidate for presidency congratulates rival Erdogan on victory

    Turkey’s main opposition presidential candidate Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu congratulated on Sunday his rival Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who according to preliminary results won the country’s first presidential election with more than 50 per cent of the vote. Anadolu news agency quoted Ihsanoglu during a press conference held Istanbul as...
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    Islamic State takes control of three new villages in Syria

    The Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS took control of three new towns in the eastern part of Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. The Britain based watchdog issued a statement saying that after days of clashes between...
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    UN chief renews calls for a broad based government in Iraq

    The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon Saturday reiterated calls to Iraqi leaders to unite and form a “broad based” government in Iraq. In a statement issued by his spokesperson Saturday evening, the Secretary-General said he “remains deeply concerned about the humanitarian and security situation in Iraq”, stressing that...
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    Palestinian resistance carry out three operations against Israeli army in West Bank

    The Palestinian resistance has carried out three operations against the Israeli army Saturday night in the West Bank as the ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians came to an end Friday, Al Araby Al Jadeed news agency reported. The first incident is reported near the town of Qalqilya, in...
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    Turkey pledges 'mobile homes' to displaced Gazans: Minister

    Turkey has pledged to provide “mobile homes” to house Palestinian families displaced by a deadly Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian minister said Saturday. “We have received pledges to provide us with mobile homes to house the displaced families,” Minister of Public Works and Housing Mufeed al-Hassayna...
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    Calls for Netanyahu to resign over Gaza war policy

    Knesset member, Eitan Cabel, chairman of the opposition Labour Party has issued a scathing attack against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his “confused” management of the war in the Gaza Strip, saying that he should resign his post, Israel Radio reported. Cabel called on Netanyahu to resign in light...
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    Hamas: Europe's solidarity with Gaza 'yet another setback for Israel'

    The mass protests sweeping Europe in solidarity with Gaza represent another setback for Israel, Hamas said. The protests, said Hamas’s spokesman Fawzi Barhoum, “reflect the huge transformation of international public opinion in favour of Gaza and the legitimate cause of Palestinians.” Major European cities, including Paris, London and Madrid,...
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    UN official: Israel must end blockade to allow Gaza reconstruction,

    A senior UN official said that the reconstruction of Gaza requires lifting the Israeli siege, imposed since 2006. In statements to AFP, spokesperson of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Chris Gunness, said that humanitarian action alone is not enough: “The blockade must end. We are beyond...
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    Qaradawi says comments on Palestine 'fabricated'

    President of the International Union of Muslim Scholars Dr Youssef al-Qaradawi denied remarks attributed to him in which he allegedly downplayed the importance of armed struggle against occupation in Palestine. A statement by the Islamic scholar on Saturday said that a number of “dubious” media outlets, which he did...
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    Hamas official: we have tapes that expose the Israeli army

    A senior foreign affairs official in Hamas, Osama Hamdan, vowed that Gaza resistance fighters will cross into Israel in the next round of fighting and that his movement has videos which expose the losses suffered by the Israeli army. In his speech during the fourth assembly of the Tawhid...
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    Muslim Brotherhood's party: 'The counter-revolutionary judiciary cannot delegitimise us'

    The political wing of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood responded to the recent court decision to dissolve it, saying that despite the dissolution of the party, the “counter-revolutionary judiciary” cannot strip it of the popular support demonstrated in five consecutive elections, and that it won’t be able to uproot its...
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    Tens of thousands march in London in support of Gaza

    Tens of thousands of protestors from across Britain have protested outside the BBC‘s headquarters in London to protest against Israel’s onslaught on Gaza and the corporation’s coverage of it. The rally on Saturday, organized by an umbrella group of organizations including Stop the War Coalition, Friends of Al Aqsa...
  • Mohamed will never see his father's face again; will he see his mother's?

    Nine year-old Mohamed Badran was looking forward to hugging his parents and playing with his six brothers during the three-day annual holiday that follows the holy month of Ramadan. Despite the fact that the Israeli war has devastated any hope of happiness in Gaza, Mohamed remained hopeful. But days...
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    UPDATE: Egypt court dissolves Muslim Brotherhood party

    An Egyptian court on Saturday ordered the dissolution of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political arm of the embattled Muslim Brotherhood group. The court issued a final ruling to dissolve the FJP and also freeze its assets, according to Anadolu Agency reporter. According to local sources, Saturday’s...
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    Haftar: Arab troops may take part in operations in Libya

    The retired Libyan General Khalifa Haftar said in a taped speech Friday that seeking the help of Arab troops in Libya is “no longer unlikely.” Haftar addressed members of the Libyan parliament, urging them to make necessary decisions to support his “Karama Operation”. “We have to be aware of...
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    Hamas asks Cairo to respond to Israeli partnership remarks

    Palestinian Islamic Movement Hamas called on Cairo on Friday evening to respond to Israeli remarks about an “Israeli-Egyptian partnership” which has increased Palestinian suffering in Gaza. Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni announced on Friday a proposal for a diplomatic ceasefire. But she said that “all military options, from my...
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    Former Israeli intelligence official says Israel did not achieve its goals in Gaza

    Amos Yadlin, former head of Israeli Military Intelligence, said on Friday that Israel has not achieved the goals it set for itself in the war on Gaza, Israeli TV channel 10 reported. Yadlin, who now heads the Institute for National Security Studies in Israel, said that Hamas is not...
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    Turkey's FM: Permanent ceasefire between Israel and Palestine 'elusive'

    A lasting ceasefire between Israeli and Palestinian factions is elusive due to the huge disagreements between the two sides, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Friday. In statements to a local TV channel Davutoglu said that on Thursday he spoke on the phone with with Hamas’s political bureau chief...
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    Mosul Dam now under ISIS control, says Iraqi official

    The Islamic State (ISIS) militants have taken over the largest hydroelectric dam in Iraq, the chief of staff of the northern Iraq region, Fouad Hussein, said on Friday. At a joint press conference with the Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari in Irbil on Friday, Hussein said that ISIS has...
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    Erdogan: Turkey ready to accommodate all Gaza casualties, "no matter how many"

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey is prepared to receive all Palestinian casualties of the Gaza offensive, “irrespective of their numbers.” “We can accommodate all of them. We aren’t worried about how many,” he told an audience of women during a TV interview as...
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    Palestine will not withdraw their complaint to the ICC

    Palestinian Justice Minister Salim Al-Saqqa affirmed that the Palestinian complaint to the ICC against Israeli war crimes had not been withdrawn, Palestinian newspaper Al-Resalah reported on Saturday. Several sources reported on Friday that the Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas had withdrawn the complaint under international pressure. Al-Saqqa recognised...
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    Palestinians do not want a resumption of war and insist on self-defence

    Head of Palestinian delegation to Cairo Azzam Al-Ahmad said on Friday that “we as Palestinians do not desire to resume escalation, but we have the right to defend ourselves.” Al-Ahmad said: “We have told the Egyptian brothers that we are staying in Cairo until we reach a permanent ceasefire,...
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    Israeli army strikes several mosques in Gaza

    Israeli warplanes attacked on Friday night several civilian targets, including three mosques, killing five and wounding around 20 others, a Palestinian medical source has said. According to witnesses the Israeli planes targeted Al-Qassam Mosque in Al-Nusairat refugee camp during the dawn prayer and killed three, while around ten were...
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    What would you do if your country was occupied by a foreign army?

    It is all too easy for Western commentators, and those in the pay of the West across the Middle East, to criticise the Palestinian resistance movements. Worse, such movements have been declared to be “terrorists” by governments whose “interests” trump human rights and international law in the region. This...
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    Anbar tribal council: 'ISIS' operations in northern Iraq benefit Al-Maliki'

    “The Islamic State’s operations against the territory region are in the interest of Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki as they help him win his third term,” President of the Revolutionaries Council of Anbar province tribes, Sheikh Ali Hatem Suleiman, said. In a press conference held yester in Erbil, the capital...
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    Algerian PM: We will not intervene militarily in Libya

    Algerian military intervention in Libya is unlikely and would not be a solution to the crisis, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said yesterday, stressing his country’s rejection of any foreign intervention across its borders. Sellal’s comments, broadcasted on state television, on the sidelines of the African-American summit, came in response...
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    Israel's atrocities in Gaza prompt unprecedented political fallout

    “Carnage” in Gaza – “the killing of children and the slaughter of civilians”. Not the words of a Palestinian spokesperson but rather French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. Australia’s FM Julie Bishop condemned what she called “shocking” and “indefensible” incidents, with “hundreds of innocent people” killed. Just two examples of...
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    Experts: Israel is prolonging political stalemate to cover its military defeat

    Palestinian experts interpret Israel’s political intransigence as an attempt to cover up its military defeat before resistance forces in Gaza. In a report by the Anadolu news agency, Palestinian writer Ibrahim Al-Madhoun said Israel is prolonging negotiations and circumventing Palestinian demands to lift the siege “in order to cover...
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    Bitter Fruits of Egyptian Mediation

    International opinion is changing on the siege of Gaza. More leaders are publicly questioning the wisdom of squeezing Gaza to the point where it explodes. This much can be read into Barack Obama’s statement on Thursday that “long-term, there has to be a recognition that Gaza cannot sustain itself...
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    The night Egyptian politics fell

    On the anniversary of the (1952) July 23rd Revolution, Khaled Meshaal, Head of the Hamas political bureau, addressed a speech to a press conference telling Israeli war generals that the resistance’s disarmament would be dependent on an end to the occupation and disarmament of Israel. He also said that...
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    New evidence suggests Israel stole uranium from a US in the 1960s

    A report by the Wall Street Journal’s John Emshwiller unveiled new evidence which suggests Israel stole bomb-grade uranium from a Pennsylvania nuclear facility in the 1960s to use in its atomic-weapons programme. The theft, according to the report, occurred at the Apollo nuclear facility in Pennsylvania, owned by Numec,...
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    What took place between Kerry and Netanyahu in the 'call that was interrupted'?

    After less than two weeks since the US Secretary of State John Kerry’s slip of the tongue in which he sarcastically questioned Israeli claims about the accuracy of the offensive in the Gaza Strip, Washington announced that the interruption in the phone call between Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister...
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    Saudi official: northern border with Iraq is secure

    Saudi Arabia’s northern border with Iraq is safe and equipped with the latest security equipment including infrared cameras, the spokesman for the Saudi border guards, General Mohammad Saad Al-Ghamdi said. During an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, Al-Ghamdi pointed out that the border patrol security units did not spot...
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    Muslim Brotherhood calls for supporting Palestinian resistance in Gaza

    The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood called on Arab and Muslim nations to pressure their governments to carry out their role in supporting the inalienable rights of Palestinians, a statement by the group said yesterday. The statement also called on Arab and Muslim nations to support the “heroic resistance” of Gaza,...
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    4,500 Palestinian newborns in Gaza during the Israeli aggression

    The Palestinian health ministry said on Wednesday that 4,500 births were recorded in Gaza during the 29 days Israel was continuously attacking Palestinians in the Strip. Arabs 21 news site quoted Deputy Health Minister Yusuf Abu Al-Rish as saying: “Since the start of the Israeli war, 4,500 births were...
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    Harf: Washington will not 'directly' negotiate with Hamas

    Washington says it will not directly engage in the mediation efforts in Cairo between Palestinian resistance factions and Israel, because Hamas is designated as a foreign terrorist organisation by the State Department. In her daily press briefing on Thursday, the US State Department’s deputy spokesperson Mary Harf confirmed the...
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    Gaza's food industry loses $150m during Israeli aggression

    The Food Industry Association in Gaza said the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip has caused widespread destruction of food plants inflicting a loss of $150 million. The association pointed out in a statement released yesterday that early estimates of the damages caused by the Israeli aggression on the...
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    African Union receives complaint over Egypt's closure of Rafah crossing

    A number of activists and international non-governmental organisations have lodged a complaint with the human rights committee at the African Union against Egypt’s closure of the Rafah border crossing with Gaza. In an interview with the Anadolu news agency, New York-based activist and lawyer Stanley Cohen, who represents, among...
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    Ennahda movement in Tunisia condemns displacement of Christians in Iraq

    Tunisia’s Ennahda movement denounced on Thursday what it described as “the crime of displacing Christians from the city of Mosul, in northern Iraq, and emptying the city of an integral part of the population by the Islamic State, or ISIS,” Al-Alam Online reported. The movement said in a statement:...
  • Disarming Gaza or Israel?

    Palestinians have been under Israeli occupation; they have been frequent targets of destructive Israeli wars and massacres. If common sense can be our guide in this situation than the solution is to disarm Israel and prosecute its war criminals for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the ICC....