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  • Explosion in Syria [file photo]
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    Syria state TV: Wildfires spark explosion in army ammo depot west of Damascus

    An explosion on Saturday in a Syrian ammunition depot in a military zone west of the capital was caused by wildfires, state television reported. It said the depot was in the Dummar residential area, Reuters reported. But residents said the explosion, which could be heard across Damascus, appeared to have...
  • Smoke rises after Assad regime attacks on residential areas in Syria’s de-escalation zones, on 30 April, 2019 in Idlib, Syria [Ekrem Masri/Anadolu Agency]
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    Defence ministry: Turkish outpost in Syria shelled from Syrian government forces area

    A Turkish observation post in Syria’s Idlib region was attacked with mortar fire and shelling from an area controlled by Syrian government forces, causing damage but no casualties, the Turkish Defence Ministry said on Sunday, Reuters reports. The ministry said its forces immediately retaliated with heavy weapons and it made representations...
  • Palestinian demonstrators hold placards during a demonstration in support Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails in Gaza City, Gaza on May 25, 2017 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]
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    Palestinian detainees in Israel stage hunger strike

    Dozens of Palestinian detainees in the Israeli Ashkelon prison staged an open-ended hunger strike on Sunday to demand an improvement in their conditions, according to a Palestinian NGO, Anadolu Agency reported. In a statement, the Ramallah-based Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) said the hunger strike comes in protest of the prison administration’s...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a photo exhibition with his wife, Sara Netanyahu
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    Israel: Netanyahu’s wife convicted of fraud

    An Israeli court on Sunday convicted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, of fraudulently using public funds to pay for expensive restaurant meals, according to local media, Anadolu Agency reports. Sarah Netanyahu was ordered to pay 55,000 shekels ($15,277), Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported. The conviction came on the basis of...
  • Image of Pope Francis [File photo]
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    Pope urges restraint in Gulf after tanker attacks

    Pope Francis called for restraint and a lowering of tensions in the Middle East on Sunday following attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman that have raised fears of a broader confrontation in the region, Reuters reported. Francis, during a visit to a city in central Italy...
  • View of a crude oil importing port [REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo]
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    Operator: Blast-hit Japanese tanker anchors off UAE coast

    One of two oil tankers crippled in attacks in the Gulf of Oman last week that Washington and Riyadh have blamed on Iran is now anchored off the coast of the United Arab Emirates with crew on board, the ship’s operator said on Sunday, Reuters reports. Damage assessment on Japan’s Kokuka...
  • Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (C) speaks beside Algerian Justice minister Tayeb Belaiz (3R) at the supreme court in Algiers. Algeria [FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images]
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    State TV: Algeria’s ex finance minister questioned by Supreme Court in corruption case

    Algeria’s former finance minister Karim Djoudi appeared before the Supreme Court on Sunday to face questions about corruption accusations, state television reported, Reuters reports. He has not been charged but joins a series of senior figures associated with former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika to face investigations since protests broke out this year...
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    Yemen’s Houthis target two Saudi airports with multiple drone attacks

    Yemen’s Houthi movement launched fresh drone attacks targeting Jizan and Abha airports in southern Saudi Arabia, the group’s Al-Masirah TV said on Saturday, adding the installations were out of service, Reuters reports. The Saudi-led coalition said in a statement that it had intercepted and downed a Houthi drone targeting the...
  • Oil tanker [File photo]
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    Oil tanker attacks ‘leverage’ for sanctioned Iran

    Recent oil tanker attacks in the Gulf could be “leverage” for Iran against sanctions imposed by the US administration on the country’s oil exports, a political expert said, Anadolu Agency reported. Iran’s oil exports have been drastically affected by the sanctions through which the White House seeks to bring Tehran’s...
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    Saudi crown prince blames Iran for oil tanker attacks

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has blamed Iran for recent attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf and called on the international community to take a “decisive stance” against Tehran, Anadolu Agency reports. In an interview with the Saudi-funded newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat on Sunday, bin Salman unleashed criticism against Iran...
  • A blast illuminates the night sky after an alleged napalm bomb attack by Assad Regime and Russia in the de-escalation zone of Khan Shaykhun town of Syria's Idlib on 1 June 2019. [Muhammed Ali - Anadolu Agency]
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    Turkey retaliates against regime attack in Syria’s Idlib

    Bashar al-Assad regime forces attacked a Turkish observation point in Syria and it was retaliated with heavy weapons, Turkish Defence Ministry said on Sunday, Anadolu Agency reports. In a statement, the ministry said regime forces launched an artillery attack from Idlib region’s Tall Bazan area to Murak area, where a...
  • A general view shows the Saudi Aramco oil facility in Dammam city, 450 kms east of the Saudi capital Riyadh, 23 November 2007. [AFP PHOTO/HASSAN AMMAR / Getty]
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    Saudi Arabia holds top crude oil exporter title in 2018

    Saudi Arabia retained the title of the world’s top crude oil exporter last year, according to data compiled by Anadolu Agency on British energy giant BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy 2019 report, Anadolu Agency reports. The kingdom’s crude oil exports rose by 2.8% to reach 7.38 mbpd in 2018 from...
  • French President Emmanuel Macron speaks to media as he arrives at the European Council summit in Brussels, Belgium on 21 March 2019. [Dursun Aydemir - Anadolu Agency]
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    France’s Macron sides with Cyprus on dispute with Turkey

    French President Emmanuel Macron urged Turkey to stop “illegal activities” in Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone and said the European Union would not back down on the issue, reported by Reuters.  European Union members have pressured Turkey to drop its plans for offshore drilling for natural gas in an area...
  • Daesh's brides and their children [Twitter]
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    Belgium takes back 6 Daesh children

    Six Belgian children of Daesh members were brought back to Belgium on Friday from camps in Syria as reported on Reuters. The children, ranging in age from six to 18, were all left parent-less in Syria, making their repatriation less complicated than that of dozens of other Belgian children...
  • Ousted Sudan President, Omar Al-Bashir [File photo]
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    Ousted Sudan president to be sent for trial soon

    Sudan’s chief prosecutor said that ousted President Omar Al-Bashir would be sent for trial soon on corruption charges related to his three decades in power, as reported by Reuters. Alwaleed Sayed Ahmed Mahmoud told a news conference the trial referral would be made after a one-week period for objections...
  • Suleyman Araz member of the Turkish Compound Men’s Team compete at 2019 Hyundai World Archery Championships in Netherlands on 15 June 2019 [Abdullah Aşıran/Anadolu Agency]
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    Turkey claims silver medal in world archery tournament

    Turkey’s compound men team bagged silver medal in the 2019 World Archery Championships on today, reported by Anadolu Agency. Turkish men were beaten by South Korea in the final of the top-tier archery tournament held in the Dutch city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch by 235-233 to become runner-up in this category. Separately Turkey’s compound women...
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the 2019 Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia on 7 June 2019 [Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency]
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    Iran, China slam US unilateralism, vow to boost ties

    Iran and China on yesterday criticised unilateral policies of the US during a regional security summit in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, Anadolu Agency reports. Speaking at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said: “Pressures that the US administration is putting on Iran, China and other countries...
  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani makes a speech after he visited the Science and Technology Fair at the Pardis Technology Park in Tehran, Iran on February 23, 2019. [Iranian Presidency/Handout/Anadolu Agency]
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    Iran president renews ultimatum over compliance with nuclear pact

    Iran will continue scaling back its compliance with its nuclear deal commitments in the absence of “positive signals” from other signatories to the pact, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told a meeting of Russia, China and other Asia leaders in Tajikistan. Iran stopped complying in May with some commitments in...
  • Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih in Saint Petersburg, Russia on 7 June 2019 [Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency]
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    Saudi Arabia hopes to balance oil market before next year

    Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said today that he hopes oil producers will be able to balance the oil market before next year, as reported by Reuters. “We hope that we will balance the market before next year. We are working on it,” Falih told reporters on the sidelines...
  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, Turkey on 15 May 2019 [Erçin Top/Anadolu Agency
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    Erdogan: Turkey rejects ‘fait accompli’ in Jerusalem

    Turkey rejects ‘fait accompli’ in Jerusalem, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said today, as reported on Anadolu Agency. “We reject efforts to create new fait accompli in Jerusalem,” Erdogan told at the 5th Summit of Heads of State of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in...
  • Palestinian children play outside their home in Rafah refugee camp in southern Gaza Strip, 9 November , 2013 [Eyad Al Baba/Apaimages]
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    Father’s Day comes with grief to Palestine children

    While Father’s Day brings joy to millions of children worldwide, the occasion comes with grief to thousands of Palestinian children, who lost their fathers during the Palestinian Intifada against the decades-long Israeli occupation, as reported by Anadolu Agency.  In a statement on Saturday, Naim Abu Riash, head of Izdihar...
  • Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn [Chatham House/Flickr]
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    UK: Corbyn says no evidence of Iran role in attacks

    The leader of Britain’s opposition has said there is no “credible evidence” that Iran was responsible for attacks on two oil tankers on Friday, urging the government to refrain from escalating tensions in the region, as reported by Anadolu Agency.  Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn said late Friday that...
  • A beach in Qatar on 11 September 2017 [Isabell Schulz/Flickr]
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    Qatar to host inaugural World Beach Games

    Qatar will host the inaugural World Beach Games later this year after Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) awarded the Gulf state the rights 2 weeks after San Diego withdrew because of lack of funding and sponsorship, as reported on Reuters. The Qatar government has offered the financial guarantees...
  • Image of the South Pars Gas Complex plant in Iran [Hamed Malekpour/Wikipedia]
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    US allows Iraq to import Iran energy for 3 more months

    The United States has allowed Iraq to import Iranian gas for its power grid for another three months by extending a waiver to US sanctions for Baghdad, two government sources said today, as reported on Reuters. One of the sources, who asked not to be named, said the extension...
  • Disco night [Davor Cengija/Flickr]
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    Saudi Arabia to probe Halal disco

    Saudi General Amusement Committee has opened an investigation into the alleged Halal disco whose videos went viral on the internet, Al-Shorouq newspaper reported on Friday. The Committee said that this event known as Protect X was held in Jedda without a license and it was held in violation of...
  • Palestinians stage a protest against the 'Deal of the Century', planned by US President Donald Trump to solve the conflict between Palestine and Israel, in Ramallah, West Bank on 2 July 2018 [Shadi Hatem/Apaimages]
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    Fatah’s Revolutionary Council rejects deal of the century

    Fatah’s Revolutionary Council headed by Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Friday its absolute rejection of the US sponsored deal of the century. In a statement issued after three days of meetings, the Council said: “Donald Trump’s administration is no longer qualified to play a positive role...
  • Damaged buildings are seen after the Saudi-led military coalition carried out air strikes in Sanaa, Yemen on 16 May 2019 [Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency]
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    Belgium suspends arms export licenses to Saudi Arabia

    Belgian State Council decided on Friday to suspend the licenses of arms exports to Saudi Arabia fearing their use against civilians in Yemen, media sources reported. In recent months Belgium’s Foreign Minister Didier Reynders has been a vocal advocate against arms sales to the kingdom because of its human...
  • A doctor belonging to the American medical team that succeeded in removing a bullet from head of 7-month-old Palestinian infant who was shot by Israeli fire while in the lap of her mother
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    US medical team removes Israel bullet from head of Palestinian infant

    American medical team succeeded in removing a bullet from head of 7-month-old Palestinian infant who was shot by Israeli fire while in the lap of her mother, Al-Wattan Voice reported on Friday. In a statement, the Palestinian ministry of health in Ramallah said that the American medical team ended...
  • Israeli Minister of Transportation and Intelligence Yisrael Katz [File photo]
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    Israel, US meet in preparation for Manama conference

    Israeli Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz met on Friday with US Special Envoy to the Middle East Peace Process Jason Greenblatt to discuss challenges ahead of the first deal of the century conference to be held in Manama this month, Israeli Channel 13 reported. Officially, the Israeli government has sought...
  • A tourist photographs a sign painted on a wall in the West Bank biblical town of Bethlehem on June 5, 2015, calling to boycott Israeli products coming from Jewish settlements [THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images]
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    Israel seeks banning BDS in Europe

    Israel’s Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan has contacted several European countries, asking them to stop supporting and funding BDS organisations, Israeli newspaper Hayom reported on Friday. Erdan also contacted the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, requesting that he ensures the EU halts funding to Palestinian organisations that support BDS...
  • Palestinian medics carry away an injured protestor during a weekly "Great March of Return" demonstration near the Israel-Gaza border, on March 22, 2019 [Mohammad Asad / Middle East Monitor]
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    Israel deliberately wounding Palestinian civilians in Gaza

    A new World Heath Organization report on Gaza this month made for shocking reading. But as usual when it comes to our hopelessly Israel-sympathetic media, there was barely a whisper about it in the “mainstream” papers. It states that in the course of the year following the start of...
  • The Farijia Valley in western Turkey is preparing to host the second edition of the Fregia Futu Fest International Festival of Photography, June 15-16 [Arif Yavuz/Anadolu Agency]
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    Prepping for the photo fest

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  • The “Animal Friend” initiative teaches the children how to take care of animals. Rasheed keeps all sorts of creatures and introduces children to them in Gaza on 13 June 2019 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]
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    All creatures great and small

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    Putin: Elimination of terrorism in Idlib immediate task

    Russian president on Friday called the necessity to ensure the complete elimination of terrorism in Idlib “an immediate task”. In September 2018, Turkey and Russia agreed to turn Idlib into a de-militarised zone after a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his counterpart Vladimir Putin in Russia’s...
  • President Donald Trump, gestures as he speaks during a news conference with Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, not pictured, at Akasaka Palace on 27 May 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. [Kiyoshi Ota - Pool/Getty Images]
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    Trump, Japan’s Abe discuss Gulf of Oman tanker attacks

    US President Donald Trump discussed with Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe Friday recent attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, Anadolu Agency reports. The telephone call follows the conclusion of Abe’s recent visit to Iran in which he sought to diffuse simmering tensions between Washington and Tehran that hit...
  • Flag of Qatar [File photo]
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    World Court rejects UAE demand for immediate measures against Qatar

    The United Nations’ highest court for inter-state disputes on Friday rejected a United Arab Emirates request for immediate measures against Qatar in a dispute over alleged discrimination between the Arab neighbours, Reuters reports. In a 15-1 vote, World Court judges rejected the UAE’s request for immediate action to stop Qatar blocking...
  • Palestinian medics carry away an injured protestor during the Great March of Return in Gaza on 14 June 2019 [Mohammad Asad/Middle East Monitor]
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    Gazans flock to buffer zone for 58th week of protests

    Palestinians converged along the Gaza-Israel buffer zone on Friday to take part in the 58th week of running demonstrations against Israel’s decades-long occupation, Anadolu Agency reports. In a statement, Gaza’s National Authority for Return and Breaking the Siege (NARBS), which organises the weekly rallies, called on Palestinians to rise up...
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    London to host world’s largest exhibition on Palestine

    This year, London will once again host the world’s biggest exhibition on Palestine, bringing together culture, history, entertainment and exhibitions. Organised by the British NGO Friends of Al-Aqsa (FOA), Palestine Expo aims to bring awareness to the Palestinian cause during the two-day event which is being held in the...
  • US President Donald Trump [Wikipedia]
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    Trump blames Iran for tanker attacks, stoking fears of confrontation

    US President Donald Trump blamed Iran on Friday for attacks on two oil tankers at the entrance to the Gulf despite Tehran’s denials, stoking fears of a confrontation in the vital oil shipping route, Reuters reports. Iran has dismissed earlier US charges that it was behind Thursday’s attacks that crippled two...
  • Syrian refugees, arrive on the shores of Greek Islands in hopes to settle into Europe [File photo]
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    UN: Over 24,000 refugees entered Europe in 2019

    More than 24,000 irregular migrants and refugees reached Europe by sea since the beginning of 2019, the UN migration agency said Friday, Anadolu Agency has reported. Of that figure, 555 died at sea, according to a report published by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). During the same period last year,...
  • Rescue operations take place after the Syrian regime carried out air strikes in Idlib, Syria on 13 March 2019 [Ahmet Rehhal/Anadolu Agency]
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    Syria regime, allies kill civilians in heavy shelling on rural Idlib

    Four civilians were killed in an aerial bombardment carried out by the Syrian regime and Iranian groups allied with it on the de-escalation zone in northern Syria, the Anadolu Agency reported. According to local sources cited by Anadolu, the bombing targeted the city of Khan Sheikhoun, the villages of Amriya and Muqa...
  • Sudanese demonstrators gather to protest demanding a civilian transition government in front of military headquarters outside the army headquarters in Khartoum, Sudan on 3 May, 2019 [Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency]
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    Sudan military admits ordering violent dispersal of protesters

    The Transitional Military Council in Sudan has for the first time admitted it ordered the dispersal of a sit-in in capital Khartoum which left over 100 people dead last week. The TMC “decided to disperse the sit-in”, said spokesman Shams Al-Din Kabashi yesterday. He added  that the TMC will not conduct an...
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  • An employee counts banknotes at currency exchange shop in Cairo, Egypt on 3 November 2016 [KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images]
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    Trick to granting Egypt citizenship for investment

    What was an offhand proposal by the former head of the Saudi intelligence service, Turki Al-Faisal, to the late Egyptian intelligence chief, Omar Suleiman, with the aim of easing the economic burden on Egypt, is now an Egyptian sovereign law after the a parliamentary committee approved it. This warns...
  • Palestinians in Gaza protest against German Parliament decision on BDS, in Gaza on 23 May 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
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    Mossad’s war on BDS

    Israel not only uses its highly-trained military and security forces against what it calls Palestinian or Islamist “terrorists”, but also against organisations and movements that everyone agrees are civilian and peaceful entities made up of people from various nationalities and backgrounds. Confirmation of this was revealed this week by...
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a joint press conference held with Minister of Foreign Affairs of France, Jean-Yves Le Drian (not seen) following their meeting in Ankara, Turkey on 13 June 2019. [Evrim Aydın - Anadolu Agency]
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    Turkey will retaliate against US sanctions, Greece oil deal

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has stated that Turkey will retaliate if the US imposes sanctions on it over its purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile defence system. In an interview with the Turkish channel NTV today, Cavusoglu made a series of remarks reflecting the direction of Turkey’s foreign policy...
  • High school student Ahmed Saddouma was sentenced to death by Egypt's judiciary
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    1 week after minor faces death penalty, UK bolsters defence cooperation with Egypt

    Just one week after rights groups condemned British authorities for failing to publicly condemn the death sentence of a minor, UK Minister for the Armed Forces Mark Lancaster and Egyptian Minister of Defence General Mohamed Zaki met to discuss enhancing UK-Egypt defence cooperation. Ahmed Saddouma was arrested in the...
  • Former Algerian presidential candidate Ali Ghediri [Wikipedia]
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    Ex-Algeria presidential candidate detained on charges of forgery

    Former Algerian presidential candidate Ali Ghediri is being held on charges of forgery, his office has said. “The former presidential candidate, Ali Ghediri, was put in temporary custody after being brought before the investigating judge at the Casablanca court in Algiers,”...
  • People hold banners during a protest, organized by Stand Up To Racism platform, against former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson after his Islamaphobic article, which includes hate crime on women those who wear niqab or burqa, in front of the contact office of Conservative Party in London, United Kingdom on 9 August 2018. [Tayfun Salcı - Anadolu Agency]
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    Boris Johnson tops first ballot in Tory leadership contest, despite being accused of Islamophobia

    The Conservative Party’s Boris Johnson has received the highest number of votes in the first ballot to select who will lead the party and succeed Theresa May as the next prime minister of the UK. Whilst Mark Harper, Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey have been knocked out of the...
  • Amona outpost [Twitter]
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    Settlers setup new outpost in Hebron’s Old City

    Illegal Israeli settlers have setup an illegal outpost on Palestinian land near the Gold Souk in the occupied Old City of Hebron, the West Bank, the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee has said. Committee head, Imad Hamdan, said that the settlers intend to build two housing units on the land after...