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  • Leader of the Blue and White political alliance, former chief of staff of the Israeli army, Benny Gantz speaks to his supporters during the final stage of his election campaign in Tel Aviv, Israel, 15 September 2019. [Faiz Abu Rmeleh - Anadolu Agency]
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    Israel: Gantz rejects Netanyahu’s plan for national unity government

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu published a plan for establishing a national unity government yesterday, which was quickly rejected by Blue and White chair Benny Gantz. According to Haaretz, the outline is “based on the guidelines set forward by President Reuven Rivlin for establishing a unity government” but it...
  • Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Ali Alhakim on 14 May 2018 [UNIDO/Flickr]
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    Baghdad will receive Iraqi Daesh members from Syria 

    Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali Alhakim said yesterday that his country is ready to receive members of Daesh and their families to be prosecuted in Iraq. Alhakim indicated during a joint press conference with his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian, in Baghdad: “We discussed with the French side the...
  • Israeli settlers attack Palestinian farmers picking olives in the village of Burin, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus on October 2019
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    Wave of settler violence kicks off olive harvest in West Bank

    This week, the West Bank witnessed a wave of settler attacks and agricultural terrorism as Palestinian farmers began the year’s olive harvest. Attacks were mainly in northern villages near Nablus and Salfit, governorates with the largest concentration of illegal Israeli settlements. Wafa news reported a settler attack on olive...
  • The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, speaks after the announcement of his victory in the party's leadership election, in Liverpool, Britain September 24, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
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    Labour’s right-wing, anti-Corbyn MPs are slowly purging themselves

    So, another one bites the dust. Louise Ellman MP quit the Labour Party this week. The chairperson of Labour Friends of Israel is the latest in a line of right-wing Labour MPs to quit the party in protest against its left-wing leader Jeremy Corbyn. Ellman is the second LFI...
  • Nabil Baffoun, President of the Independent Higher Authority for Election, holds a press conference to announce the results of a second round run- off of the presidential election in Tunis, Tunisia on 14 October 2019. [Yassine Gaidi - Anadolu Agency]
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    Thank you, Tunisia

    The overwhelming election victory of Tunisia’s new President, Kais Saied, and the statements he made in its aftermath send a very clear message: the counter-revolution in Tunisia has failed; it has been defeated; it has ended. Tunisians have always embraced the saying, “If people fight for life, destiny will...
  • Members of Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) continue operations against the PKK, YPG within Turkey's Operation Peace Spring in Ras Al Ayn, Syria on 17 October 2019. [TURKISH ARMED FORCES / HANDOUT - Anadolu Agency]
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    Kurdish leader claims ‘Trump blessed our agreement with Russia and Syrian regime’

    The commander of Kurdish forces in Syria has declared that US President Donald Trump has not opposed an agreement reached by the Kurds, Russia and the Syrian regime to counter the Turkish attack in north-eastern Syria. Mazloum Abdi told Kurdish Ronahi TV on Wednesday evening that Trump gave the...
  • A Palestinian child can be seen outside her home in the poverty-stricken quarter of Al-Zaytoon in Gaza City on 29 September 2014 [Ezz Zanoun/Apaimages]
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    Gaza: Poverty and unemployment rates at 75%

    The Ministry of Social Development in the Gaza Strip said yesterday that the rates of poverty and unemployment in the Gaza Strip reached nearly 75 per cent in 2019. In a press release it added that 70 per cent of the population of the Gaza Strip is food insecure. This, it continued, was a result of “the aggressive...
  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) holds a press conference at US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey on 17 October 2019. [Doğukan Keskinkılıç - Anadolu Agency]
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    Pompeo to meet Netanyahu in Israel after Turkey meeting

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was due to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Friday, hours after Turkey agreed with the United States to pause its offensive on Kurdish forces in Syria, Reuters reports. Turkey launched its assault against the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria...
  • Barriers are seen after Israeli police officers closed the main roads to mark the Jewish Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and the holiest of Jewish holidays, in Jerusalem on 8 October 2019. [Faiz Abu Rmeleh - Anadolu Agency]
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    UNESCO calls on Israel to stop violations in Jerusalem

    UNESCO’s Executive Board approved at its 207th session a resolution calling on Israel to stop its violations and unilateral actions against historic sites in Jerusalem. The decision was made by the international organisation during its meeting in Paris. The resolution called on Israel to stop its unilateral and illegal violations against...
  • Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu meets United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres ahead of the 74th session of United Nations General Assembly in New York, United States on 20 September 2019. [Cem Özdel/Anadolu Agency]
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    UN chief welcomes pause to Syria operation

    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the pause in Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring, the international body said hours after the announcement Thursday, Anadolu reports. “The Secretary-General welcomes any effort to de-escalate the situation and protect civilians, in line with the UN Charter and international humanitarian law,” the UN said in...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump’s senior White House adviser and his son-in-law Jared Kushner (L) prior to their meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Western Jerusalem on 31 July 2019. [Kobi Gideon / GPO / Handout - Anadolu Agency]
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    Trump envoy Jared Kushner to lead US delegation to Israel

    White House senior adviser Jared Kushner will lead a US delegation to Israel at the end of the month to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Benny Gantz, a senior administration official said on Thursday, Reuters reports. Kushner has been leading President Donald Trump’s effort to...
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    Trump blasts ‘crazy’ Nancy Pelosi and Democrats, defends Syria pullout

    US President Donald Trump defended his Syria pullout at a campaign rally on Thursday and lashed out at “crazy Nancy” Pelosi and other Democrats who are trying to remove him from office through impeachment, Reuters reports. “The more America achieves, the more hateful and enraged these crazy Democrats become....
  • Refugees and migrants in a detention centre in Libya. [File photo]
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    UNHCR: Desperate African refugees pay to get into Libyan jails

    African refugees in Libya are so desperate that some are bribing their way into detention centres in the hope of eventually being resettled out of the war-torn, lawless country, the United Nations said on Thursday, Reuters reports. Forces loyal to eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive in April to try...
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    Pence says Turkey, US agree ceasefire in northeast Syria

    Turkey has agreed to a five-day ceasefire in northeast Syria to allow for withdrawal of Kurdish forces, US Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday after talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Reuters reports. “Today the United States and Turkey have agreed to a ceasefire in Syria,” Pence told a news...
  • A photo taken from Turkey's Sanliurfa province, shows smoke rising after Turkish Armed Forces hit targets in Rasulayn town as part of the Turkey's Operation Peace Spring on October 13, 2019 [Arif Hüdaverdi Yaman/Anadolu Agency]
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    Observatory: 224 SDF soldiers, 183 Turkish-backed rebels killed in Syria clashes

    A Turkish offensive into northeast Syria has led to the death of 224 from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and 183 Turkish-backed rebels after the first eight days of fighting, the Syrian Observatory reported on Thursday, Reuters reports. The fighting has also led to 72 civilian deaths, the Observatory...
  • Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban on August 26, 2016 [Reuters/Kacper Pempel]
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    PM: Hungary would have to “use force” to fend off new wave of migrants

    Hungary would have to “use force” at its southern border with Serbia to protect the European Union’s frontier if Turkey delivers on a threat to open the gates for refugees through the Balkans towards Europe, Hungary’s prime minister said, Reuters reports. Prime Minister Viktor Orban built a steel fence on Hungary’s...
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Germany, on 25 September 2019 [Abdülhamid Hoşbaş/Anadolu Agency]
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    Merkel worried over Russia’s influence in Syria

    Germany’s chancellor on Thursday voiced concern over the US decision to withdraw troops from Syria, arguing that it would further increase the influence of Russia and Iran in the region, reported by Anadolu Agency.  Addressing lawmakers at the Bundestag before heading to Brussels for a summit of EU leaders,...
  • Image of YPG fighters [File photo]
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    Defence minister: Turkey does not have chemical weapons

    Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar denied on Thursday the allegations of social media accounts about Turkey’s ongoing anti-terror operation in northern Syria, Anadolu Agency reports. Photos appeared on social media about Turkey’s ongoing military operation in northern Syria by posting photographs, videos and information to blame Turkey for using chemical...
  • Sudanese children pose for a photo at a tent site in Khartoum, Sudan on 30 September 2019 [Mahmoud Hajaj/Anadolu Agency]
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    UN: Children twice as likely to live in poverty than adults

    Children are more than twice as likely to live in extreme poverty than adults, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said today, reported by Anadolu Agency. “On this International #EndPoverty Day, let us recommit to a fair globalization that Works for all children, their families and communities,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres...
  • US Vice President Mike Pence gives a speech during the conference on Peace and Security in the Middle east in Warsaw, on February 14, 2019. (JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Turkish-US delegations meeting on northern Syria ends

    An almost three-hour meeting between Turkish and US delegations on Thursday, co-chaired by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US Vice President Mike Pence, in the Turkish capital Ankara has ended, Anadolu Agency reports. The delegations met at the presidential complex and the meeting lasted for two hours and 40 minutes....
  • Turkish Coast Guard members rescue a woman after a boat carrying irregular migrants sank off in Ayvalik district of Balikesir, Turkey on May 3, 2019. At least 7 irregular migrants drowned and 5 of them are reported missing off after the boat sank off the coast of Ayvalik district of Balikesir [Turkish Coast Guard Command/Handout/Anadolu Agency]
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    Italy retrieves seven bodies from migrant shipwreck

    Italy has recovered the bodies of a child and six other people from the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea, more than a week after a crowded migrant boat capsized off the coast of the island of Lampedusa, Reuters reports. Men from the Italian coastguard, dressed in white suits and wearing masks...
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    A sham Qatar deal could have cost ex Barclays exec $64 million, court hears

    A former top Barclays executive, on trial in London on fraud charges, would have risked a 50 million pound ($64 million) “good leaver” package if he had sought a criminal deal with Qatar during the credit crisis, a court heard on Thursday, Reuters reports. It would have been “lunacy” for Roger...
  • Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad [En.kremlin.ru]
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    Kurdish aspiration suffers a blow as Russia calls for full transfer of power to Assad

    Syrian Kurds’ aspirations for a semi-autonomous region has suffered a blow with Russian insistence that a solution to the conflict must involve the transfer of control over the Turkish-Syrian border to Damascus. “We are convinced that achieving sustainable long-term stabilisation and security in this region of Syria, in the...
  • Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, Iran ON 16 October 2019 [Iranian Presidency/Anadolu Agency]
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    Iran’s president hails regional support against US sanctions

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said yesterday his country had received support from neighbouring countries – without naming them – in the fight against US sanctions. This came in a speech at a ceremony organised to mark the start of the new academic year at the University of Tehran. As...
  • Turkish military aircraft is seen at the Incirlik 10th Tanker Base Command in Saricam district, in Adana as Turkish troops along with the Syrian National Army begin Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria against PKK/YPG, Daesh terrorists, across Akcapinar district of Sanliurfa, Turkey on 9 October 2019. [İbrahim Erikan - Anadolu Agency]
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    Trump confirms that Turkey is storing Cold War-era nuclear weapons

    Donald Trump confirmed yesterday that some of America’s nuclear weapons from the Cold War era are currently being stored at Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base. The US President is the first to acknowledge publicly what many have regarded as an open secret for decades. It is believed widely that the...
  • Saudi troops [SGT. H. H. DEFFNER/Wikipedia]
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    Saudi troops arrive in Yemen’s Aden as deal with separatists stalls

    Local sources have said Saudi and Sudanese troops have arrived in Yemen’s southern province of Aden in spite of a Reuters report indicating that an agreement between Yemen’s Saudi-backed government and southern separatists was due to be signed today. The Yemeni government hopes to retake the city as its...
  • A Palestinian fab raises the Yemeni flag during a football match between Saudi Arabia and Palestine
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    PA arrests Palestinian for raising Yemen flag at football game against Saudi 

    A Palestinian fan was detained for raising the Yemeni flag during Tuesday’s dual World Cup-Asian Cup qualifier between Saudi Arabia and Palestine. Ahmad Al-Yumni, a 24-year-old construction worker from Hebron, was arrested by the Palestinian Authority (PA) for protesting against the war in Yemen. The UN says at least...
  • Iraqi President Barham Salih arrives at the Elysee Palace for his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron (not seen) in Paris, France on 25 February 2019. [Mustafa Yalçın - Anadolu Agency]
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    President: Iraq will not be dumping ground for Daesh fighters

    Iraqi President Barham Saleh has denied that his country has agreed to accept the transfer of Daesh fighters who are being held in Syria. Iraq, he added, will not be used as a “dumping ground” for the remaining members of  the terrorist organisation. “Barham received a phone call from...
  • Image of Democrat Tulsi Gabbard [Wiki Insider News/Twitter]
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    Would-be presidential candidate vows to end US support for Al-Qaeda

    Would-be Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has stated publicly that the US government has supported Al-Qaeda terrorists, not least in their bid to overthrow the Syrian government. Gabbard is the most high-profile US politician to confirm what has been speculated about widely over the years and has vowed to...
  • Sheikh Ismail Nawahda, a preacher at Al-Aqsa Mosque
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    Israel arrests Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher

    Israeli occupation forces yesterday arrested Sheikh Ismail Nawahda, a preacher at Al-Aqsa Mosque, at the Qalandia checkpoint in the occupied West Bank, Wafa news agency reported. Another 22 Palestinians were also detained yesterday from across the occupied West Bank, the news agency added. Sheikh Nawahda was taken in for...
  • UK Home Secretary Priti Patel at the Bond Conference London, UK on 20 March 2017 [Bond/Flickr]
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    UK: Priti Patel to half Channel crossings this month

    UK Home Secretary Priti Patel announced she would half channel crossings made by refugees by the end of October and virtually eliminate them by next spring, hours after the bodies of two Iraqis washed up on a beach in Le Touquet in northern France. The Channel, which connects France...
  • Khat plant [Malcolm Manners/Flickr]
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    Scores of Israelis arrested in Europe for smuggling khat

    At least 60 Israelis have been arrested in Europe on charges of smuggling large amounts of khat, local media revealed yesterday. The Jerusalem Post reported that seven Israelis were arrested in France, three in Sweden, two in Spain and two in Ireland. They were caught with tens of kilograms...
  • Armoured vehicles are seen as Turkey and the US start a joint ground patrols as part of efforts to establish safe zone east of Euphrates in Syria on 8 September 2019 [Emin Sansar/Anadolu Agency]
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    Israel demands that US should maintain strategic base in Syria

    Israel has called on the United States to maintain a military base in south-eastern Syria for strategic and geopolitical reasons, Israeli TV channel Kan reported yesterday. Al-Tanf base, set up and controlled by the US military in 2016 during the ongoing Syrian conflict, lies in a strategically important area...
  • Mohamed Helmi Hamdoun, an Egyptian lawyer
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    Egypt arrests a mother who enquired after her detained son

    After a lawyer, his wife and his brother were arrested from a café in Damanhour, a city in Lower Egypt, his mother and two sisters were also arrested after enquiring about his whereabouts. According to a Facebook post written by Major General Helmi Hamdoun, which has now been removed,...
  • King of Saudi Arabia Salman Bin Abdulaziz [SPA]
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    King Salman renews Saudi support for Palestinians

    Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdulaziz renewed on Wednesday his country’s support for the Palestinian people, Al-Watan Voice has reported. The Saudi monarch affirmed the Kingdom’s backing for the people of Palestine to establish a state on the 1967 borders during a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas....
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    Nobel Peace laureate: Yemenis will end Saudi Arabia, UAE ‘occupations’

    Yemen’s Nobel Peace Laureate activist Tawakkol Karman has said her country has almost succeeded in forcing out what she called the “Emirati occupation”, and it remains determined to do the same with Saudi Arabia. The solution to the country’s crisis, she explained, lies in “getting rid of the Saudi tutelage” and...
  • Oil tanker [Jon Olav Eikenes/Flickr]
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    Iran accuses US, Israel, Saudi Arabia of targeting its oil tanker in Red Sea

    Member of Iranian Parliament’s National Security Commission Abolfazl Hassan Beigi accused the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia of targeting his country’s oil tanker in the Red Sea, local news agencies reported. Hassan Beigi was quoted by the Iranian news agency Mehr saying that the footage from the cameras placed...
  • Image of Mohamed Dahlan [Gaza1News/Facebook]
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    Dahlan claims that ill health will stop Abbas being president

    Mohammed Dahlan insisted on Wednesday that age and ill health must necessarily prevent Mahmoud Abbas from continuing as the President of the Palestinian Authority. The Palestinian MP, who lives in Dubai, made his comments in the context of a discussion about the importance of holding elections for all Palestinian...
  • Tunisia’s independent candidate Kais Saied holds a press conference after has secured more than 72% of votes in the presidential election held on Sunday, said an exit polls agency, in Tunis, Tunisia on 13 October 2019. [Yassine Gaidi - Anadolu Agency]
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    Tunisia’s new president is an independent, but he will have to work with the political parties

    Kais Saied is the new President of Tunisia after a landslide election victory with 72.71 per cent of the votes cast. Saied received 2.7 million votes while his rival, businessman and media mogul Nabil Karoui, polled just over a million. The Election Commission confirmed the results on 14 October,...
  • Demonstrators gather to protest electricity crisis in Gaza, organized by People's Committees, as they hold placards in front of The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) headquarters in Gaza City, Gaza on July 19, 2017. [Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency]
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    Israel to decrease electricity supplies to Palestinians

    Jerusalem District Electricity Company (JDECO) has received the first warning ahead of the second phase of electricity cuts to Palestinians in the West Bank, Chairman Hisham Omari said yesterday. As reported by Wafa news agency, Al-Omari warned that the cuts will adversely affect institutions, hospitals, education, water, telecommunications, drug stores and...
  • Image of Israeli forces at the border with Jordan on 19th January 2015 [Flickr]
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    Jordan denies extending Israel’s lease over border area

    Jordan yesterday denied what Israeli media reported about the Jordanian kingdom’s approval to renew or extend Israel’s lease of Baqoura and Al-Ghamr in the Araba border area. Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Affairs, Sufyan Qudah, said that the kingdom’s decision, taken in October 2018, to terminate the...
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    Israel and the PA: security relations have never been better

    A number of Hamas cadres in the West Bank have been arrested by the Israeli army in recent weeks. This has raised questions about security coordination with the occupation authorities, as it has become common for Israel to arrest prisoners a day after they are released by the Palestinian...
  • Students who support Hamas gather to attend the debate held ahead of the student council elections, at Bir Zeit University in Ramallah, West Bank on 9 May 2017 [Issam Rimawi / Anadolu Agency]
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    Israel report: ‘Hamas will win legislative elections’

    Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian estimates suggest that Hamas will win legislative elections if they are held, a report by the Hebrew newspaper Israel Hayom stated yesterday. An Israeli security official, as well as other Palestinian and Jordanian officials, told the paper that despite the lack of political cooperation and...
  • Women in Morocco [Facebook]
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    Morocco: Living standards of 43.9% of families dropping

    A survey by Morocco’s High Commission for Planning (HCP) revealed that 43.9 per cent of households say they have been suffering from deteriorating living conditions in the past 12 months, while 32.5 per cent indicated that the situation is stable and 23.6 per cent see an “improvement”. The HCP...
  • US President Donald Trump (R) and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) in Washington, US on 16 May 2017 [Kayhan Özer/Anadolu Agency]
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    Trump warned Erdogan in letter: ‘Don’t be a tough guy’ or ‘a fool’

    US President Donald Trump warned Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a letter about Turkey’s incursion into Syria, “Don’t be a tough guy” and “Don’t be a fool!”, Reuters reports. The October 9 letter was released by the White House on Wednesday as Trump battled to control the political damage...
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    Libyan gov’t raises commercial price for kerosene as first step in reforms

    Libya’s internationally recognised government said on Wednesday it was sharply increasing the price of kerosene for industrial and commercial use as a first step to reform costly fuel subsidies and tackle smuggling, Reuters reports. The price will rise to 0.85 Libyan dinars ($0.6) per litre, which is also the...
  • People gather to protest government due to corruption, unsolved unemployment issue and inadequate public service in Baghdad, Iraq on October 02, 2019 [Murtadha Sudani / Anadolu Agency]
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    Iran-backed militias deployed snipers in Iraq protests – sources

    Iran-backed militias deployed snipers on Baghdad rooftops during Iraq’s deadliest anti-government protests in years, two Iraqi security officials told Reuters. The deployment of militia fighters, which has not been previously reported, underscores the chaotic nature of Iraqi politics amid mass protests that led to more than 100 deaths and...
  • Israeli forces carry out raids in Batn al Hava neighborhood, in Ramallah, West Bank on 25 September 2019. [Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency]
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    Israel detains 10 Palestinians in West Bank raids

    Israeli forces have detained ten Palestinians in overnight raids carried out across the occupied West Bank, according to the Israeli army, Anadolu reports. The Israeli military said in a Thursday statement that the individuals had been arrested for “suspected involvement in popular violent activities”, without elaborating about the nature...
  • Nancy Pelosi speaking with attendees at a Trump Tax Town Hall hosted by Tax March at Events on Jackson in Phoenix, Arizona, on 20 February 2018 [Gage Skidmore - Flickr]
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    Pelosi says Trump had ‘meltdown’ over House vote on Syria

    US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democratic leaders’ White House meeting was cut short after Republican President Donald Trump had a “meltdown” over a House of Representatives vote condemning his Syria withdrawal, Reuters reports. Trump was insulting to Pelosi and the meeting deteriorated into a diatribe by Trump, Senate...