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    Kidnap Briton released in Yemen

    A British man who was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in the Yemeni capital Sanaa was freed on Saturday, the Anadolu news agency has reported. An anonymous Yemeni security source said that mediation efforts by the governor of Al-Jouf, Mohammed Bin Abboud, led to the release of Michael Harvey, an...
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    Mauritania breaks diplomatic stalemate with Morocco

    King Mohammed VI of Morocco has received a letter from the president of Mauritania in a move seen by many observers that could restore diplomatic relations between Rabat and Nouakchott. The relationship has been described as rigid and cold over the past few years. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz sent...
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    Saudi poll shows massive support for Palestinian resistance

    A poll conducted by Rakin Saudi pollsters has disclosed that 95 per cent of the Saudi people support the continuation of Palestinian resistance factions. Only 3 per cent of those questioned disagreed with the groups. The poll, which included 2,000 Saudis and was published by the country’s leading pollster,...
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    Egypt's Sisi blocks Gaza ceasefire to appease his American allies, expert

    Egyptian president and ex-army chief Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi insists to hinder any ceasefire in Gaza to please the Americans, an expert said. Durham University political scientist Dr Ahmed Tohamy accused “the coup authorities”, led by Sisi, of seeking to abort any Gaza ceasefire efforts “in a bid to monopolise the...
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    Lieberman calls Gaza devastation a 'good thing'

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said that the Israeli army will continue its military operations in the Gaza Strip after the end of the ceasefire, and described the images of devastation in Gaza as a “good thing”. Speaking to Yedioth Ahranoth newspaper, the far-right politician said that Israel...
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    Iraq's Maliki to run for third term

    The outgoing Iraqi prime minister Nouri Al-Maliki will run for a third term in office following the Eid break, a leader in Maliki’s coalition said Sunday. According to Khaled Al-Asady, a leading member of the State of Law Coalition led by Maliki, the coalition will nominate the latter as...
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    Is this about Gaza and Hamas or the Palestinian cause and nation?

    Is the current conflict about Gaza and Hamas or is it about the Palestinian cause and nation? This is an extremely important question, because some people are too hasty and connect the on-going Israeli aggression against Hamas only, or the Gaza Strip, as if the enclave is not part...
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    Egypt: 20 per cent rise in meat prices ahead of Eid

    Prices of meat and poultry have dramatically risen by 20 per cent compared to the previous month ahead of the Eid feast in Egypt, Masr Al-Arabiya reported. A report by the Chambers of Commerce Union early this month indicated that the rise in meat prices was due to the...
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    Resistance shows the way to reclaim historical liberation struggle

    Support for Palestinian armed resistance against the latest colonial massacre labelled by Israel as “Operation Protective Edge” has been endorsed internationally. This signifies a departure from decades of compromise in the form of the imperialist usurpation entitled the “two-state solution”. Protests against Israel have erupted worldwide, creating a pronounced...
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    Killing Palestine - When will enough be enough?

    In yet another gruesome display of violence and bloodshed, Israel has declared war on the Gaza strip, its prime minister having announced that an example would have to be made out of Hamas for peace to ever have a chance to flourish. Under PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s impetus, Israel’s peace...
  • Palestinian refugees in Lebanon commemorate Gaza massacre victims with balloon release

    Dozens of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and their supporters commemorated the Palestinian victims of Israel’s indiscriminate campaign of violence in Shujaiya, Gaza by releasing balloons symbolising those Palestinians who had been killed. Convoys of youths and community members departed from several community centres at the Burj Shemali and Rashidieh...
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    EU must acknowledge the reality of Iraqi divisions

    As Iraq’s delicate sectarian make-up has been gradually ripped open and existential battles have ignited, the West has so far passed resolutions blindly. These are based on the supposed “unity” of the state and “territorial integrity” as essentials for stability and economic development. At least, though, members of the...
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    Turkey suspends diplomatic mission in Libya over security concerns

    The Turkish foreign ministry announced on Friday that it has suspended its diplomatic mission in the Libyan capital Tripoli for security reasons. More than 500 Turkish nationals left Libya on Thursday via the border with Tunisia by specially arranged buses. A ministry statement pointed out that it had issued...
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    Shia supreme leader in Iraq urges Maliki to step down

    The supreme Shia cleric in Iraq, Ayatullah Ali Al-Sistani, implicitly urged prime minister Nouri Al-Maliki to resign from his post. In a letter read by one of his aides on Friday in Karbala, Sistani said that political leaders should not cling to their posts, implicitly referring to Maliki who...
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    Don't be fooled: 'media watchdogs' are Israeli propaganda tools

    Consider yourself very lucky if you have never heard of “Comment is Free Watch” (CiF Watch), “BBC Watch”, “HonestReporting” and “Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America” (CAMERA). Statistics collected by the Institute for Internet Nonsense suggest that these four blogs account for “ninety per cent of...
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    Mahmoud Abbas' epiphany over Gaza

    Mahmoud Abbas is having something of an epiphany. Only two short months ago, the Palestinian president said security co-operation with Israel in the West Bank was “sacred.” Now Abbas is quoting a Koranic verse which says” Permission has been given to those who are being fought, because...
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    Erdogan: 'Sisi is a tyrant, not a president'

    Turkey’s prime minister and presidential candidate Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated his condemnation of Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, describing him as a “tyrant”. In an interview with CNN, Erdogan said: “I do not consider Al-Sisi a democrat, as he alleges. I also don’t view him as a president. He is...
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    Congress bill calls for designating Muslim Brotherhood as 'terrorist organisation'

    A number of republicans in the US Congress have submitted a bill that designates the Muslim Brotherhood as a “foreign terrorist organisation” (FTO), Anadolu reported. The bill, submitted on Thursday by republican congresswoman Michele Bachmann and supported by seven other republicans, outlaws and criminalises any financial support for the...
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    UN aid convoy enters Syria for first time without government approval

    A humanitarian aid convoy entered Syria without a permit from the Syrian government on Thursday, the United Nations said. According to the spokeswoman of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Amanda Pitt, nine trucks have entered Syria via the borders with Turkey. The trucks were...
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    Palestinian medics uncover 85 Gazans, death toll soars to 985

    Palestinian medics recovered 85 bodies from under the rubble of homes in the Gaza Strip as a 12-hour humanitarian truce took effect on Saturday. “Eighty-five bodies were retrieved from under the rubble of homes in the Gaza Strip,” Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qodra told Anadolu Agency. He said 31...
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    Turkey to send another Freedom Flotilla to Gaza

    The Turkish humanitarian relief organisation (IHH) is currently organising a “Freedom Flotilla II” which will carry humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip, IHH chairman Bulent Yildrim said Thursday. In statements to Gulf Online, Yildrim said that his organisation has embarked on legal procedures and paperwork required to obtain...
  • Interviews

    Atef Abu Saif on the war in Gaza, literature and orange orchards

    “In the end when you see those kids dying every day and old men and women killed, you want to survive. You think life is very cheap. Human life, which is the most precious, doesn’t mean anything and this is very dangerous. Earth was made for human beings, not...
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    Pakistan observes day of mourning for Gaza

    Pakistanis on Friday observed a day of mourning across the country to express solidarity with the victims of Israeli aggression on Gaza in line with an announcement made earlier by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The national flag flew at half-mast at the parliament, the presidential residence, the prime minister’s...
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    Protesters in Italy condemn Israeli aggression on Gaza

    Thousands of protesters demonstrated in the Italian capital Rome yesterday to denounce the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip which entered its third week and led to the killing of hundreds of civilians, the Anadolu news agency reported. The protest was organised by the Palestine Solidarity Association as well...
  • Crashed Air Algerie plane was ‘old and rotten’

    The plane which crashed in the Sahara Desert with the loss of 118 lives was described as “old and rotten” by a passenger just a fortnight ago. A French-Algerian student named only as Fares, who is in his 20s, posted a video on YouTube attacking Air Algerie, which had...
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    Washington: Turkey is key to Gaza ceasefire efforts

    Turkey is playing a key role in arranging a ceasefire in Gaza, US State Department spokeswoman Mary Harf said yesterday. Speaking at the daily press briefing, Harf said that US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu three times yesterday. Asked why Kerry called...
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    The Siyam family: Fled the bombing of their area only to be massacred by Israel elsewhere

    “I don’t want anything, except to see Israeli army commanders on trial as war criminals,” says Palestinian Zakariya Siyam, 37, referring to the killers of his wife and a large number of his relatives in the current Israeli offensive on Gaza. At the Shifa Hospital in Gaza, Siyam is...
  • Article

    Resistance unites Palestine: Hamas will emerge stronger from Gaza

    Palestinians have as diverse political differences as any other nation. In many rural parts, the conservative values of Hamas, Palestine’s Islamic resistance movement, have a lot of influence, as well as in more traditionally religious towns like Hebron. In other areas, the more nationalist appeal of Fatah holds sway,...
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    Kurdistan president: Kurds have the power and authority to determine their own destiny

    President of Iraqi Kurdistan Massoud Barzani said the Kurdish people have the power and authority to decide their own fate, stressing that the Kurdish leadership will not support any status that does not guarantee a clear future, Anadolu news agency reported. Barzani’s remarks came during a joint press conference...
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    Israel killed 118 Palestinians on Thursday, mostly civilians

    The Palestinian health ministry said Israeli air and artillery raids on the Gaza Strip on Thursday killed 118 Palestinians and injured 631 others, Anadolu news agency reported. Most of the casualties are women and children, the health ministry spokesperson, Dr Ashraf Al-Qudra, told Anadolu. Thursday’s toll raises the number...
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    Hamas: Netanyahu's statement signals ‘victory for the resistance’

    The Islamic resistance movement Hamas called the statement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he cannot guarantee the success of the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip “a tacit acknowledgment of defeat”, Anadolu news agency reported. Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesperson for the movement, said in a brief...
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    Official: Lack of fuel and electricity may cause humanitarian catastrophe at Gaza hospitals

    A Palestinian Health Ministry official warned that the continued blackouts and acute shortage of fuel in the Gaza Strip are threatening to cause a human catastrophe in Gaza hospitals, the Anadolu news agency reported. Bassam Hamadeen, the head of the ministry’s maintenance department, said: “The enclave’s hospitals suffer from...
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    Fatah: Israel forced us to resist

    Israel’s actions in Gaza have forced Palestinians and the Fatah movement to resist the occupation in the West Bank, the movement’s spokesperson Osama Al-Qawasmi said. “The West Bank and Gaza are one inseparable entity against Israeli crimes imposed on us,” Al-Qawasmi told Al-Resalah Net, adding: “We have one destiny....
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    First Israeli soldier killed in Gaza assault was of Belgian descent

    The Belgian newspaper, La Capital, reported on Thursday that the first Israeli soldier killed in the assault on Gaza, which started on 7 July, was a young man of Belgian origin. According to the newspaper, soldier Eitan Barak was shot dead by friendly fire on 17 July during the...
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    Erdogan to inaugurate Ankara-Istanbul high speed train line

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to inaugurate the high speed train line connecting Istanbul and Ankara today, the two largest cities in the country. The ceremonies are due to take place at the first station Eskisehir at 2:30pm (local time), while Erdogan is expected to participate in...
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    Saudi, Egypt and Israel work together in Gaza attack

    The war on Gaza is planned and orchestrated by Israel, Saudi and Egypt, a report by DEBKA-Net-Weekly said yesterday. According to DEBKA the three-way cooperation has set up the following guidelines for the operation in Gaza: Israel and the IDF will fight to smash Hamas’ military might and downgrade...
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    The UAE is playing the security song

    In his superb study Dubai: The Story of the World’s Fastest City, American author and Gulf analyst Jim Krane has two photographs of the highway between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The first taken in 1990 shows a scattering of buildings sitting on either side of a road that slashes...
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    Two Palestinians killed during clashes with Israeli occupation forces in West Bank

    At least two Palestinians were killed on Thursday evening during clashes between Palestinian protestors and Israeli occupation forces near the Qalandiya checkpoint, just north of occupied Jerusalem, Palestinian security sources said. Media are reporting that Israeli occupation forces shot and killed Mohammed Al-Araj, 25 years old, and Majd Sufyan,...
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    50 French nationals on board missing Algeria plane

    Algeria’s national airline, Air Algerie, has released the nationalities of passengers on its plane that went missing over Mali on Thursday, saying that at least 50 were French. Twelve Algerians, including six crew members, were on board the MD-83 aircraft, which had been flying from Ouagadougou to Algiers when...
  • Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi at the House of Representatives in Cairo, Egypt on 2 June 2018 [Egyptian President Office/Apaimages]
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    A Zionist Egypt has emerged under Al-Sisi

    It was once the heart of the Arab world, playing a central role in Middle Eastern politics. The largest Arab country, populated by 86 million people, and with a record of being at the forefront in playing the role of mediator in conflicts within the region, particularly those relating...
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    Economic expert: 5 reasons why the Gulf stopped funding Al-Sisi

    An Egyptian economic expert said that five reasons caused the friends of Egypt conference to fail and made the Gulf States reluctant to provide more loans and grants to President Abdel Fatah Al- Sisi despite his victory in the presidential election. Nasser Banhawy said the coup regime is falling...
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    15 Gazans die in Israeli attack on UNRWA school

    More than 15 Palestinian civilians were killed on Thursday when the Israeli army shelled a school run by the U.N.’s Palestinian refugees agency (UNRWA) in the northern Gaza Strip, a Palestinian Health Ministry official has said. “More than 15 people were killed and nearly 100 others, mostly women and...
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    Egyptian media praises the Israeli aggression on Gaza

    Many readers and viewers of the Egyptian media seem perplexed by its coverage of the Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip especially as it praises its aerial raids against innocent civilians and describe it as a “war on terrorism”. The strangest incident occurred when Israel’s Channel Two praised an Egyptian...
  • Israel's own goal in PR war

    As public support for Israel falls away I note that the Zionist PR machine is now trying a new tactic to win back friends and influence ordinary people in Britain. “What would you do if your cities came under attack,” is the question fired at increasingly weary news presenters...
  • Israeli ambassador calls for Nobel Peace Prize for IDF's 'restraint'

    A description of the Israeli Defence Forces as the “most humane and bravest army in the world” was not a joke; it was used last Sunday by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. However, its absurdity pales when compared with more recent rhetoric. On Tuesday, Israel’s Ambassador to the US, Ron...
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    Israel slams UN decision to send inquiry mission to Gaza

    A spokesperson for Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has described the decision on Wednesday by the UN Human Rights Council to form an international inquiry mission to investigate all violations committed during the latest Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip as “ludicrous”, Anadolu news agency reported. The news agency...
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    Israeli weapons add to brutality of Gaza attack

    As Israel’s military operation passes the two-week mark, Palestinian hospitals in the Gaza Strip are struggling to deal with the continuous flow of the wounded and the dead. The weapons Israel is employing are adding to the brutality of the ongoing attack, which has already claimed the lives of...
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    EU freezes assets of firms suspected of shipping oil to Syrian regime

    The EU froze on Wednesday the assets of two oil companies as they suspect them in taking part in covert oil shipments for the Syrian regime of Bashar Al-Assad. According to Reuters, both companies were among nine others and three people added to the EU’s Syria sanctions list, published...
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    Saudi ambassador to Doha likely to return soon

    Qatari-Saudi relations are taking a positive turn amidst expectations that the Saudi ambassador to Doha is likely to return soon, Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed website said yesterday. The website said that positive signs in the relations emerged after the visit of Qatari Emir Tamim Bin Hamad to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday....
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    Hamas: Israel refused ceasefire initiative during UN chief's visit

    Hamas announced on Tuesday evening that it had agreed to a US proposal for a ceasefire during the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s visit to the region, but Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused it. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement last night that his movement...