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    OIC to discuss escalation in Israeli attacks on Palestinians

    The Executive Committee of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will hold a meeting of foreign ministers at the Secretariat in Jeddah on Thursday to discuss the grave situation in the Palestinian territories, including Jerusalem, Al-Quds news agency reported. In a statement realeased yesterday, OIC General Secretariat Iyad bin...
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    Over a thousand Syrians entered Spain using forged documents

    Over a thousand illegal Syrian immigrants have infiltrated the city of Melilla, a semi-autonomous region in the north-east of Morocco held under Spanish sovereignty, during the first six months of this year, the private Spanish news agency EFE reported yesterday. Citing police sources, EFE reported that the migrants used...
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    Tunisia's Court of Appeal upholds 'Black Book' ban

    The Tunisian Court of Appeal upheld a court decision to stop the printing, publication and distribution of the controversial "Black Book" published by the Tunisian presidency, Al-Arabiya news agency reported on yesterday. The lawsuit was brought forward by a popular football team, Esperance Sportive de Tunis against the Tunisian...
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    US Navy begins destroying Syrian chemical weapons

    The US Navy has begun an operation to destroy Syria's chemical weapons in international waters and expected to take two months, the Pentagon announced yesterday. Pentagon spokesman, Col. Steven Warren said the "neutralisation process of Syria's chemical weapons began on board US Navy carrier Cape Ray in international waters...
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    Adalah: Israeli Ministry of Health and businesses boycott Arab towns in Israel

    A number of Arab citizens in Israel said that Israeli businesses, such as the electricity and communication companies, have refused to provide services in Arab towns in Israel in the wake of the protests that these areas have witnessed in recent days. Arabs 48 news website reported that Adalah,...
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    Egypt: 180 sentenced to death in June alone

    Some 180 people were sentenced to death in Egypt in June, according to a report issued by the Egyptian Observatory of Rights and Freedoms. The monthly report spoke of the court rulings issued against the opponents of the current regime in Egypt under the heading "unfair rulings, justice lacking"....
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    Kuwaiti opposition leader: Protests will continue until new government is elected

    Prominent Kuwaiti opposition leader and former Minister of Parliament Musallam Al-Barrak promised that marches organised by his supporters will continue to sweep the streets of Kuwait until they attain "an elected government", Assabeel news agency reported. "We will remain in the squares and marches until all of Kuwait goes...
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    Bahrain expels senior US diplomat

    Bahrain has expelled a senior US diplomat, citing interference in the kingdom's internal affairs by holding meetings with certain political parties to the detriment of others, Al-Arab Al-Yawm news agency reported. The Bahraini Foreign Ministry said in a statement that US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights...
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    PA security clamps down on anti-Israeli rally in Hebron

    Six people were arrested while others were injured after Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces violently dispersed an anti-Israeli rally in the West Bank city of Hebron yesterday. Witnesses told the Anadolu news agency that the rally started in front of Al-Haras Mosque in the centre of Hebron after the...
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    Israeli settlers raze Palestinian land in West Bank

    Israeli settlers used two bulldozers to raze a six-dunam area of Palestinian land near the West Bank city of Bethlehem under the protection of the Israeli occupation forces. Head of village council of Kaysan, Hussein Ghazal said the bulldozers, which were protected by the Israeli occupation forces, levelled the...
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    Collaborators captured in Gaza

    Several Palestinians who have been collaborating with the Israeli occupation have been captured in the Gaza Strip, a news website said yesterday. Al-Majd, a Palestinian website which specialised in security information, said the Palestinian resistance captured the collaborators while they followed fighters and observed places where fighters could be...
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    Egypt's intelligence chief visits Israel

    Egyptian intelligence chief General Mohamed Al-Tuhami visited Israel in the past few days and met with senior Israeli officials, Israel Radio revealed yesterday. The radio channel said Al-Tuhami met with officials from the defence ministry and security agencies. It added that his talks addressed the latest escalation in Gaza...
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    Israel wages onslaught against Gaza overnight

    Israeli warplanes targeted 50 sites overnight in the 150km2 territory of the Gaza Strip, which is home to some 1.8 million Palestinians, wounding at least 17 and destroying five residential buildings. Al-Quds newspaper cited witnesses who reported that the Israeli occupation forces had phoned civilians asking them to evacuate...
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    Sirens sound across Israel as aggression against Gaza escalates

    The Israeli occupation army announced on Tuesday that the Palestinian resistance had launched dozens of rockets from the Gaza Strip. There were reports that three of them landed in the Israeli settlement of Gush Etzion, south of Bethlehem. In total, 85 rockets were reportedly fired on Monday night. Palestinian...
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    Former security chief: Israel should have a security agreement with its neighbours

    The former head of Israel's internal security apparatus called for a regional agreement with Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority to ward off the mounting security threat posed by the rising insurgency in Syria and Iraq. In an article published by Haaretz on Sunday, Yuval Diskin said Israel "cannot...
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    Sisi meets cabinet as anger mounts following price hikes

    Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi met with Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab and a number of ministers to discuss the wave of anger that followed his recent decision to increase the price of fuel and other commodities, Alamat Online reported. According to a source close to the president, Al-Sisi is...
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    Sisi wants to reach out to Muslim Brotherhood

    Former Secretary-General of the Arab League Amr Moussa informed leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood that President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi tasked him with communicating with the group through its leader Mohamed Ali Bishr, informed sources toldAl-Araby Al-Jadeed website. The source confirmed that "a political figure from the decision-making circle of...
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    Israeli occupation forces escalate attack against the Gaza Strip

    After a three-hour meeting of the Israeli Security Cabinet late on Monday, Israeli occupation forces launched what it is calling "Operation Protective Edge" against the besieged Gaza Strip. Overnight, Israeli warplanes carried out dozens of airstrikes against the Gaza Strip. The Israeli occupation army reportedly said that the strikes...
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    Kuwait and Qatar condemn Israeli raids on the Gaza Strip

    Kuwait and Qatar condemned on Monday the latest Israeli raids on the Gaza Strip, in which a number of Palestinians were killed and injured. Qatar expressed its strong condemnation of the series of raids launched by Israel on Gaza on Sunday night, resulting in the death and injury of...
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    Analysts: Sisi's remarks are prelude to acquitting Al-Jazeera journalists

    "I wish they had been deported and not put on trial," so said Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi in his meeting with local journalists this week, in reference to the jailed Al-Jazeera correspondents who have recently been convicted of aiding a terrorist group. According to the Egyptian daily Al-Masry...
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    Proposed legislation and the repercussions of PA security coordination

    The deaths of three teenage settlers provided Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a scenario through which the continuous escalation of violence against Palestinians can be manipulated as a necessary tactic. Last month, an unnamed senior IDF official quoted on Israel National News affirmed that Operation Brother's Keeper, the...
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    Egyptian new budget: Increase in army and judiciary budget by 28% and reduced subsidy for medicine and children milk by 55%

    The financial report about this year's general budget, which has been endorsed by Abd Al-Fattah Al-Sisi, reveals drastic changes in the subsidies and social welfare aimed principally at the poor and those with low income. The budget includes reducing subsidies on medicines and baby milk from 655 million pounds...
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    Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab on dialogue with the government, the international community and democracy

    The veteran Bahrain human rights activist Nabeel Rajab has renewed his call for discussions with the government with the hope of ending more than three years of unrest in the Gulf island kingdom. Mr Rajab was freed in May after serving two years in prison for his involvement in...
  • Gaza prepares for expected Israeli aggression

    In June, the uncertainty of the fate and whereabouts of the bodies of the kidnapped Israeli settlers led Israel to accuse two Hamas officials of being responsible for the kidnapping, namely: Marwan Al-Qawasmi and Amer Abu Aisha. Israel eventually found the bodies of the kidnapped settlers and this led...
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    Islamic front leader says reform in Algeria has reached an impasse

    The prospects for political reform in Algeria have reached deadlock and if "wise men" within the regime did not realise the sensitivity of the stage and answer the growing demands for reform, all bets are open for change, Quds Press news agency reported the co-founder of the country's Islamic...
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    Netanyahu: Mossad is 'spearhead of the State of Israel'

    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described his country's intelligence agency Mossad as "the spearhead of the State of Israel", Anadolu news agency reported. Netanyahu's remarks came during a ceremony held yesterday evening at the Mossad headquarters in Tel Aviv to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the...
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    Netanyahu: Mossad is 'spearhead of the State of Israel'

    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described his country's intelligence agency Mossad as "the spearhead of the State of Israel", Anadolu news agency reported. Netanyahu's remarks came during a ceremony held yesterday evening at the Mossad headquarters in Tel Aviv to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the...
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    Official: Canada and the UK have not responded to Egypt's request for cooperation during Brotherhood investigation

    The United Kingdom and Canada have not responded to requests made by the Egyptian government to cooperate with the two countries in investigations into whether the Muslim Brotherhood is involved in terrorist activities, an official at the Egyptian Ministry of Justice said. "Canada and Britain, who initially expressed interest...
  • Instead of pacifying their anger, Al-Sisi dismays Egyptians with his remarks about increasing prices

    Egyptians have lately been very angry at the government's performance. Popular displeasure has been rising particularly since the decision to put up the prices of basic commodities, foremost among them is fuel, electricity and cigarettes, and the expected rise in the price of all commodities and services in the...
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    Ministry seeks to calm Qataris following news report on UAE detentions

    Qatar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has sought to reassure its citizens of their safety after a local newspaper here published a report claiming three Qataris had been detained and tortured in the UAE. On Sunday, Al Arab reported: "Abu Dhabi inhumanely arrested three Qatar citizens who were traveling to...
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    Arafat case may prove another huge judicial blow for Israel

    As Israel tries to cope with the fallout from the sadistic murder of a young Palestinian, there is an allegedly unlawful killing threatening to cause it even greater problems. France has effectively re-opened the investigation into the 2004 death of Yasser Arafat, arguably the most internationally famous Palestinian of...
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    Saudi court jails human rights lawyer for 15 years

    A criminal court in Saudi Arabia has convicted lawyer and human rights activist Waleed Abul-Khair to 15 years in jail after finding him guilty of "harming the Kingdom's reputation and inciting public opinion," a Saudi news agency said. The news agency did not name the activist however his name...
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    Death toll in Fallujah rises

    Iraqi government troops positioned on the eastern outskirts of the city of Fallujah in Anbar province in western Iraq bombed the city yesterday with artillery, air strikes and armoured vehicles, bringing the death toll in the city to more than five hundred people, with nearly a thousand injured, since...
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    Pro-June 30 intellectuals call for repeal of Egyptian protest law

    Hundreds of Egyptian intellectuals and celebrities have called on the coup government to overturn the protest law issued last year due to its restrictive provisions that have led to the jailing of prominent activists. Some 700 public figures, all of whom supported the June 30 protests last year that...
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    Hamas blames Israel for intensifying current wave of violence

    Hamas today blamed the Israeli government for the current escalation of violence in the occupied Palestinians territories and Israel. In a statement, Hamas spokesman Fawzy Barhoom said: "We blame the government of the Israeli occupation for igniting the situation with the Palestinian people as it continues its foolish acts,...
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    Dr. Ashrawi: "Neither Israel nor its extremist settlers should be granted the license to commit murder and terror"

    PLO Executive Committee member, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, called on the United Nations Security Council "to uphold its responsibilities in maintaining international peace and security throughout the world and to act immediately to put an end to further Israeli acts of excessive force and violence throughout the West Bank (including...
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    Al-Sisi supporters turn against government following fuel price increase

    The government's decision to raise fuel prices in Egypt has provoked an angry reaction among many supporters of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi against the government of Ibrahim Mahlab. Some now describe Mahlab's government as "the worst in the history" of the country and the increases as "a random decision...
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    Al-Sisi defends price hikes and imposes new taxes

    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has justified his government's decision to raise fuel prices by saying that the move was necessary to stave off a debt crisis in the country. His statements came as his government announced a rise in sales tax on cigarettes and alcohol as part of...
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    Economists: Egyptian army earns 25% from the increase in fuel prices

    Some 25 per cent of the Egyptian state's savings from the recent increase in fuel prices go to the army, a group of economists said yesterday. According to a statement by the Economists Against the Coup movement, the army's budget receives 25 per cent of the savings achieved thanks...
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    Palestinian Authority clamps down on popular resistance in Nablus

    Palestinian Authority (PA) security services confronted on Sunday dozens of Palestinian youths trying to protest against the presence of Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, Palestine Online news website reported. According to witnesses, clashes erupted in wake of the PA's attempt to suppress a Palestinian...
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    Israel FM ends Netanyahu partnership, stays in government

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced on Monday ending the partnership between his Yisrael Beiteinu party and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud, yet without pulling out of the government. "Disagreements between the prime minister and me are fundamental and do not allow for a future partnership," Lieberman was quoted...
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    Israeli newspaper warns of escalating violence in Israel

    Protests and clashes continue between Israeli-Arab citizens and the Israeli security forces for the third day in a raw following the abduction and murder of a Palestinian boy Mohammad Abu Khdeir who was burned to death by Israeli extremists in response to the kidnapping of three Israeli settlers last...
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    Egypt: Students Against the Coup to commemorate massacre with fresh protests

    The Students Against the Coup movement said it plans to commemorate the anniversary of the Republican Guards massacre with a new wave of protests under the slogan: "the revolution never stops". The movement's spokesperson Ibrahim Gamal said the protests will start tomorrow, and will include marches and mass demonstrations...
  • Blair has blood on his hands; we beg you not to hire him

    This is the week that Britain's Guardian newspaper published a detailed article in which it was revealed that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will serve as an economic advisor to the Egyptian government. Blair himself issued a rather vague statement and did not fully deny the newspaper's claim;...
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    Western embassies try to stop Arab uprising in Israel

    British and French embassies in Israel attempted to mediate with Palestinian leaders to stop the continued Arab uprising, a senior Palestinian official told Al-Araby Al-Jadid yesterday. The source, who is a member of the Supreme Follow-up Committee for Arabs in Israel, said that the British embassy phoned the head...
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    Egyptian ministers visit UAE to promote investment

    Three Egyptian ministers flew to the Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, on Sunday for talks with their local counterparts, Anadolu news agency has reported. The ministerial delegation includes Minister of Petroleum Sherif Ismail, Minister of Finance Hani Damian and Minister of Investment Ashraf Salman. Airport...
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    Qatari Emir visits Kuwait amidst accusations of supporting opposition

    Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad arrived on Sunday evening in Kuwait for a brief visit to congratulate his counterpart, Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Ahmad Al-Subah, during the month of Ramadan. The Jordanian newspaper Al-Arab Al-Yawm quoted a Kuwaiti political source as saying that the visit comes in line...
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    'No shame' in Egypt using Israeli gas through British oil Company, after state's approval: Petroleum minister

    Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Sherif Ismail does not mind allowing British BG Group to import gas from Israel, he told Daily News Egypt Wednesday, but after the approval of the states. "This is a must", he added. Import is necessary to prevent gas companies working in Egypt...
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    110 Israeli-Arab teens and minors arrested overnight

    Some 110 Israeli-Arabs were arrested by Israeli forces during dawn raids and search operation in many Arab towns and villages this morning, media reports said. This brings the number of those arrested over the last three days to 277. The arrests come against the backdrop of the ongoing demonstrations...
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    Nine Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza

    Seven Palestinians were killed overnight by an Israeli F16 attack in the eastern area of the city of Rafah in the south of the Gaza Strip. Al-Quds newspaper reported that this attack brings the number of Palestinians killed within the last 24 hours to nine, after two Palestinians were...