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  • A photo taken on March 14, 2022, shows a Russian ruble coin and the Russian Mir payment system logo on a bank card in Moscow [AFP via Getty Images]

    Turkiye expanding Russia payment system to assist tourists, says Minister

    Turkiye is expanding the Russian payment system, 'MIR', and ensuring that Russian tourists to the country will not have obstructions to their transactions, as Russia and its citizens remain cut off from the global financial system and more expansive forms of payment. Speaking to reporters before a cabinet meeting...
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    Article has been removed by MEMO

    This news piece was removed by MEMO on 28 April 2022 due to inaccuracies in the report. MEMO apologises for the errors....
  • Mohamed al-Faki Suleiman, the youngest member of Sudan's Sovereignty Council, speaks during an interview in the capital Khartoum on 21 December 2020. [EBRAHIM HAMID/AFP via Getty Images]

    Ex-top Sudan official released from detention

    Former Sudanese Sovereign Council member Mohamed Al-Faki Suleiman has been released from detention on bail, he told Reuters by phone today. Suleiman, along with several other top civilian politicians and former officials, was arrested in February on corruption charges stemming from their work on a committee working to dismantle the country's former...
  • Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh on April 25, 2022 [ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images]

    Tehran, Riyadh make fresh move to bury hatchet and restore ties

    After a pause of six weeks, regional rivals, Iran and Saudi Arabia, held a fifth round of tension-easing talks over the weekend, which Tehran described as "positive" and "progressive", Anadolu News Agency reports. The latest round of peace parleys, hosted by the Iraqi government, saw the participation of senior...
  • A police officer stands guard at the Palestinian Authority (PA) side of the Erez Crossing in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, on April 23, 2022 [MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images]

    Border closures are part of Israel's war of attrition against the people of Gaza

    When the Israeli army advises its political leadership to resort to economic punishment in response to rockets fired from the Gaza Strip, it means that the military has lost its deterrence factor. The so-called Israel Defence Forces now understand that low-flying aircraft dropping bombs on some sites here and...
  • Israeli strikes Damascus, on July 20, 2020 [STR/AFP via Getty Images]

    Israeli air strike kills nine Syrians near Damascus

    Israeli air strikes near Syria's capital, Damascus, have killed nine people, including five Syrian soldiers, in the deadliest such raid since the start of 2022, a war monitor said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said an ammunition depot and several positions linked to Iran's military presence in...
  • Michael Ratney, new US ambassador to Riyadhon June 4, 2015 [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images]

    Biden's choice of US ambassador to Saudi Arabia will offend Kingdom, former official says

    The Biden administration's choice for its new ambassador to Saudi Arabia is set to offend and anger the Kingdom, a former US official has revealed. US President Joe Biden, this week, nominated Michael Ratney as the new ambassador to Riyadh, a career diplomat who has previously served as the...
  • A medic at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem on August 15, 2021 [MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP via Getty Images]

    Jerusalem hospital calls off strike after PA agrees to pay outstanding salaries

    Palestinian medical workers yesterday called off a strike after reaching an agreement with the Palestinian Authority a day earlier. The move means hospitals in East Jerusalem can remain open. A dispute over overdue payments and salaries between staff at Al-Makassed Islamic Charitable Society Hospital and the PA meant the...
  • Commandos of Qatar Special Forces are seen during "Commando Training" by the personnel of Qatar-Turkey Combined Joint Force Command in Doha, Qatar on December 01, 2020 [TUR National Defense Ministry - Anadolu Agency]

    Qatar's military expenditure increased by 434%

    Qatar's military spending last year was 434% higher than in 2010, the last time such data was released by the Gulf state. Last year military spending amounted to $11.6 billion, with 4.8 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) used on defence, making Qatar the fifth largest spender...
  • Moroccan students studying in Ukraine and fleeing the war on March 2 , 2022 [FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images]

    Hungary accepts Moroccan students from Ukraine to complete their studies

    Morocco's Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation has announced that Hungary has agreed to accept some Moroccan students from Ukraine to complete their studies. Abdellatif Miraoui made the announcement in his answer to questions from parliamentarians in the House of Councillors, Morocco's second chamber. "The Hungarian embassy in...
  • A general view shows an oil refinery in Libya's northern town of Ras Lanuf on January 11, 2017 [ABDULLAH DOMA/AFP via Getty Images]

    Libya oil exports to resume within days, says minister

    Libya is expected to resume oil exports "soon", the Oil Minister, Mohamed Aoun, announced yesterday. "We hope that oil exports resume, and we expect that within the next few days," Aoun told Anadolu Agency. His remarks came as local oil facilities had been shut for over a week after...
  • Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Political Affairs in Libya Stephanie Williams on March 26, 2022 [FETHI BELAID/AFP via Getty Images]

    How the UN failed Libya 

    In the decade since Muammar Gaddafi's fall, Libya has had two civil wars, and seen worsening living conditions and increased foreign interference. The UN has sponsored numerous discussions, dialogues, panels and other peace initiatives that have been increasingly ineffective. Its latest efforts focused on holding presidential and parliamentary elections...
  • Tunisian opposition leader Ahmed Najib Chebbi in Tunis, Tunisia on February 14, 2022 [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]

    Tunisia: opposition creates National Salvation Front 'to save' country

    Political parties in Tunisia have announced the establishment of an opposition coalition intended to rally democratic forces and "save" the country from a deepening political and economic crisis. Ahmed Nejib Chebbi, the head of the political committee of Al-Amal Party, told a press conference on Tuesday that the National...
  • Israeli security forces deploy inside Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque complex on April 22, 2022 [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images]
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    Egypt warns against 'Israeli attempts to Judaise East Jerusalem'

    The Egyptian Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Osama Abdel Khalek, yesterday warned against Israel's "continued attempts to Judaise East Jerusalem and change the historical and legal status quo of its holy sites." Official MENA quoted Abdel Khalek as saying that the Israeli attempts were a "dangerous escalation and...
  • This picture taken on June 20, 2020 shows a view of an EgyptAir Airbus A320neo aircraft on the tarmac [KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images]

    Pilot's cigarette likely caused fire on board missing EgyptAir plane, report finds

    Pilots of the EgyptAir plane which crashed into the Mediterranean Sea killing all 66 people on board in 2016 were reportedly smoking in the cabin, sparking a fire in the cockpit, according to a new report sent by French aviation experts to the Paris court of appeal. The flight...
  • A fire break out in a tree in the courtyard of the Masjid al-Aqsa, as the Israeli police intervene against the Palestinians in East Jerusalem on April 22, 2022 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

    Al-Aqsa Mosque under 'most brutal ever attacks'

    Speakers at an Al-Quds Day event sponsored by Iran said on Tuesday that Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque are currently subject to "the most brutal ever attacks" by the Israeli occupation authorities, Al-Sabeel has reported. "The Israeli attacks carried out against Al-Aqsa Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan reiterate...
  • A handout picture released by the Egyptian presidency shows Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi, Defence Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sissi and Egyptian Army Chief of Staff Major General Sedki Sobhi leaving after laying wreaths at the tomb of former President Anwar al-Sadat and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during the commemoration of Sinai Liberation Day in Cairo on 24 April 2013. [Tareq Gabas/Apaimages]

    Sisi: I stood by Morsi and did not conspire against him

    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said that he stood by the late President Mohamed Morsi during the Muslim Brotherhood's rule. Al-Sisi said that standing by Morsi was standing with Egypt, stressing that if he conspired against him, he would have conspired against Egypt. He continued: "Before the Brotherhood came to power,...
  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank, on 10 February 2022 [MOHAMAD TOROKMAN/POOL/AF/Getty Images)

    Abbas orders anti-resistance sweep in Jenin and Hebron 

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has ordered the security services to take action in the occupied West Bank cities of Jenin and Hebron against anti-occupation armed resistance activities, Khleej.net reported on Tuesday. The security sweep, said PA Interior Minister Ziyad Hab Al-Reeh, will concentrate on the two cities. Armed...
  • A woman shops at a supermarket in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh on October 18, 2020 [FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images]

    Turkiye-Saudi trade expected to return to normal soon, sources say

    The Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce expected the kingdom's imports from Turkiye to increase in the near future, in the latest sign of the steady improvement of relations between two of the largest Islamic countries. Sources in the Council of Chambers of Commerce, who requested to remain anonymous, told Anadolu Agency today that...
  • US Vice President Kamal Harris on June 6, 2021 [JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images]

    US vice president has wine from illegal Israeli settlements in her office 

    US Vice President Kamala Harris has wine produced in illegal Israeli settlements in her office, it has been revealed by Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq. The director of the organisation, Shaawan Jabarin, exposed this in an open letter to Harris in which he pointed out that offering her guests...
  • Hakim Debbazi [@GheZinou/Twitter]

    Algeria: Calls to investigate the death of a political activist in prison

    Amnesty International and a political party in Algeria have called for an investigation into the death of a political activist while he was on remand. A few days ago, activist Hakim Debbazi, 55, died in Koléa Prison in the coastal province of Tipaza, west of the capital, then he...
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    4,500-year-old Canaanite statuette of warrior goddess found in Gaza

    The Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said the 22-centimeter (6.7-inch) tall limestone head was found while the farmer was working his land in Khan Yunis, and is believed to be dated to around 2,500 BC. "The statue represents the Canaanite goddess, Anat," Jamal Abu Reda, in charge of...
  • Egyptian journalist Mohamed Salah talks on the phone in Cairo following his release from the police station in al-Abassya district, on April 24, 2022 [MOHAMED EL-RAAI/AFP via Getty Images]

    CPJ welcomes release of 2 journalists, calls for release of 23 other jailed reporters

    The Committee to Protect Journalists has welcomed the release of Egyptian journalists Mohamed Salah and Abdo Fayad but called on the Egyptian authorities to release 23 other reporters still in prison. "We are pleased that Salah and Fayed are getting some relief after their unjust and prolonged detention, but there must...
  • Israeli security forces deploy inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex on April 22, 2022 [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images]

    Israel: judiciary provides legal cover for army crimes, say rights groups

    Human rights groups accused the Israeli judiciary on Tuesday of providing legal cover for the army's crimes against unarmed Palestinian civilians. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights and the Legal Centre for Arab Minority Rights in Israel (Adalah) told a press conference in...
  • Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Ekrema Sabri [Twitter]

    Jerusalem has become an Israeli military base, Sheikh Sabri warns  

    Israeli occupation forces have turned Jerusalem into a military base to choke Al-Aqsa Mosque, Grand Imam, Sheikh Ekrema Sabri, said yesterday. "Israeli measures in Jerusalem and against Al-Aqsa Mosque reiterate the Zionist plans to dominate the holy city," Sheikh Sabri said. "Israeli raids of Al Aqsa Mosque are carried out under protection...
  • Archbishop of Jerusalem’s Greek Orthodox Church, Atallah Hanna [centre], seen during a protest in the West bank city of Hebron on 22 January 2015 [Muhesen Amren / ApaImages]
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    Atallah Hanna: Aggression on Al-Aqsa is aggression on Church of Holy Sepulchre

    Head of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem Archbishop Atallah Hanna said yesterday that Israeli aggression on Al-Aqsa Mosque is aggression on Church of Holy Sepulchre. The archbishop's remarks came during a popular action organised in the holy city in support for Al-Aqsa Mosque and Muslim worshippers who have been subjected to Israeli aggression throughout...
  • A picture taken on April 26, 2022 shows the trial of Sudan's ousted president Omar al-Bashir (unseen) along with others over the 1989 military coup that brought them to power, at a courthouse in the capital Khartoum [ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP via Getty Images]

    Sudan: police investigator submits new 1989 coup trial documents 

    The Sudanese police investigator in the trial of the 1989 coup plotters, Colonel Jamal Khalifa, submitted documents on Tuesday related to the investigation committee's address to government agencies about the money and property of the defendants, and the agencies' reports on the issues, Anadolu has reported. According to the...
  • An execution is about to take place using the method of hanging [Patrick Feller/Flickr]

    Calls for Egypt to stop politically motivated executions

    The Adalah Centre for Rights and Freedoms has launched a human campaign calling on the Egyptian authorities to halt the issuance and implementation of executions of those held on political grounds. The rights group said the death sentences recently issued and the executions that preceded them have been handed...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Tel Aviv 3 March 2022 [Israeli Gov't Press Office/Anadolu Agency]

    Israel PM receives death threat and bullet in the post

    Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett received a letter with a threat to his life and a bullet at his family's private home in the city of Ra'anana. Taking to Twitter, Bennett stressed the need for the political conflict in Israel not to reach the level of "bullying, violence and...
  • People, whose bank deposits have been frozen for two years by the government, stage a protest in front of the Parliament building against the danger of losing their money with the "capital control" bill in Beirut, Lebanon on April 26, 2022 [Hussam Shbaro/Anadolu Agency]

    Protest in Lebanon against capital control draft bill 

    Dozens of Lebanese citizens protested in front of the parliament building yesterday in the centre of the capital, Beirut, against a "capital control bill" which was to be discussed, Anadolu reported. Protesters raised banners condemning "the corrupt political, financial and banking class." The parliament session dedicated to discussing the draft...
  • US President Joe Biden at the White House on April 25, 2022 in Washington, DC, United States [Yasin Öztürk/Anadolu Agency]

    US close to admitting failure of Iran talks, claim Israeli officials

    Israeli officials said on Tuesday that the US is closer than ever to admitting defeat on President Joe Biden's stated goal of a return to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal with Iran, Israel Hayom has reported. "The possibility that the parties will sign an agreement...
  • Lebanese protesters rally against the draft law on capital control, outside the parliament building in downtown Beirut on April 26, 2022 [ANWAR AMRO/AFP via Getty Images]
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    Saudi Arabia, France pledge $30m for Lebanon aid and development

    France and Saudi Arabia announced a joint development fund for crisis-hit Lebanon, Tuesday, pledging an initial $30 million to support food security and the country's crippled health sector, a French embassy statement said, and Reuters reports. The funds will be routed to humanitarian projects to provide emergency aid, including...
  • Wagdi Salih [@MC_FFCSD/Twitter]

    Sudan releases prominent opposition figure

    After an extended detention, facing corruption charges, prominent Sudanese politician and former Cabinet Minister, Khalid Omer Yousif, was released on bail on Tuesday, a lawyer on his defence team said and Reuters reports. Yousif and other politicians were arrested in February after a coup by the military leaders, who...
  • Turkish Treasury and Finance Minister Nureddin Nebati (C) attends a partys group meeting at the Turkish Grand National Assembly in Ankara on December 22, 2021 [DEM ALTAN/AFP via Getty Images]

    Foreign companies eager to invest in Turkiye, says Finance Minister

    Foreign companies want to seize opportunities Turkiye offers and invest in the country, Finance and Treasury Minister, Nureddin Nebati, has said, Anadolu News Agency reports. According to the report, Turkiye provided detailed information about the investment opportunities, Nebati said, during his speech at a gathering with...
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    Jordan criminalises suicide, threatens prison terms and fines

    The draft law was approved by Jordan's House of Representatives yesterday, ruling that "Whoever attempts to commit suicide in a public place by committing any of the actions that usually lead to death shall be punished by imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months and a fine not...
  • Tanks onboard the LNGT Powership on 19 April, 2022 [Dwayne Senior/Bloomberg via Getty Images]

    Qatar gauges interest in boosting LNG capacity

    Qatar Energy, one of the world's top liquefied natural gas (LNG) suppliers, scales up its interest from buyers to further expand its LNG capacity, Bloomberg News reports. According to the report, Qatar Energy is considering expanding its LNG capacity amid fears of supply disruptions in Europe after Russia's invasion...
  • Turkish security forces gives water to a kid after irregular migrants were caught at the border with Iran in Van, Turkey on August 06, 2021 [Özkan Bilgin/Anadolu Agency]

    Turkiye prevented 600,000 migrants from entering country since 2021, report says

    Turkish authorities have prevented the entry of around 600,000 illegal migrants since 2021, as it continues to step up the defence of its eastern and southern borders. According to the Turkish newspaper, Daily Sabah, which cited official statistics, 451,096 irregular migrants were prevented from entering the country last year,...
  • An Airbus A350 passenger aircraft, operated by Qatar Airways QCSC on July 28, 2021 [Matthieu Rondel/Bloomberg via Getty Images]

    Airbus, Qatar Airways back in court as plane row heats up

    A British judge will, on Tuesday, rule whether Airbus must keep building A321neo jetliners for estranged Qatar Airways in a decision with implications for future multi-billion-dollar jet deals, as their public bust-up returns to London's High Court, Reuters reports. Airbus revoked the A321neo deal in January in retaliation for...
  • Pakistan's Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in Islamabad on 1 April 2022 [AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images]

    What will Pakistan-Middle East ties be like under Shehbaz Sharif?

    Frenzied political activity in Pakistan this month concluded with Imran Khan being ousted as prime minister and replaced by Shehbaz Sharif on 11 April. The leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) was sworn in as the 23rd prime minister of the country. His new cabinet draws heavily from...
  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank on 6 February 2022 [Palestinian Presidency/Anadolu Agency]

    The PA's compromised calls for international protection

    Earlier this month, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid called for "international support for returning calm to Jerusalem" when tweeting about updating US Secretary of State Antony Blinken about the occupied city. Of course, Israel was portrayed as exerting "responsible and measured efforts" in order to maintain the colonial security...
  • Medics wait on the pier as soldiers search for survivors off the coast of the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on April 24, 2022, after an overloaded migrant boat capsized [FATHI AL-MASRI/AFP/Getty Images]

    Lebanese cabinet orders military to investigate deadly migrant boat capsize

    Lebanon's cabinet ordered the military court, on Tuesday, to investigate the capsize of a migrant boat after colliding with a naval vessel giving chase, with at least six dead and dozens missing, Reuters reports. The boat carrying Lebanese and Syrian migrants sank off the coast near the impoverished northern...
  • Former Guantanamo prisoner Mohamedou Ould Slahi in Nouakchott on October 22, 2016 [STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images]

    Ex-Guantanamo detainee sues Canada over 14-year imprisonment and torture

    A former detainee of Guantanamo Bay is taking legal action against the Canadian government for its alleged role in the series of events that led up to his 14 years of imprisonment, during which time he was tortured. Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian who lived in Montreal for less...
  • Afghan refugee camp in Kaiserslautern, Germany on 30 August 2021 [Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images]

    Germany displaces Afghan refugees to make way for Ukrainians

    Hundreds of refugees from Afghanistan who sought sanctuary in Germany have been evicted following the arrival of a large number of Ukrainians fleeing the on-going conflict in their country. According to a report by Foreign Policy last week, many Afghans have received eviction notices from German authorities, with some given just...
  • A college student can be seen rehearsing for the High Holidays services at Hebrew Tabernacle of Washington Heights in New York City on 17 September 2020 [Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images]

    New poll findings throw doubt on 'anti-Israel hostility' narrative within US campuses

    The vast majority of American Jewish students do not feel unsafe or discriminated against because of the anti-Israel climate in US universities, a new survey by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) has found. Asked if "The anti-Israel climate, on campus or elsewhere, has forced to hide Jewish...
  • Norway's representative in the Palestinian Territories Tor Wennesland on February 17, 2009 [KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP via Getty Images]

    UN calls for upholding status quo in Jerusalem

    UN's Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, yesterday called for maintaining the status quo in Jerusalem. During his monthly brief to the UN Security Council, Wennesland said: "I reiterate that political, religious and community leaders on all sides must continue to do their part to reduce...
  • Palestinian protesters holding banners gather during a demonstration to support Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, Hebron on 1 March 2022. [Mamoun Wazwaz - Anadolu Agency]

    Israel moves prisoner Zakaria Zubaidi to solitary confinement

    Israeli occupation authorities moved Palestinian prisoner Zakaria Al-Zubaidi to solitary confinement in Ayalon Prison, the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs reported yesterday. Al-Zubaidi has been held in harsh conditions since he was recaptured along with five other prisoners after escaping the Gilboa Prison in September. Israeli prison services had prevented...
  • Palestinians lift placards during a rally demanding international support for Palestinians against Israel similarly to that shown for Ukrainians against Russia on March 7, 2022 [SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images]

    Palestinian human rights should not be a diplomatic tool in the game of nations

    After nine Turkish activists were killed by Israeli commandos who boarded Turkey's humanitarian ship the MV Mavi Marmara in 2010 in international waters (a tenth activist died of his wounds later), the international community did not condemn categorically this brutal human rights violation; nor did it offer to mediate...
  • Israeli settlers with assault rifles in the West Bank on 1 July 2021 [MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images]

    Application for firearms licenses skyrocketing in Israel

    The number of Israelis who have applied for gun permits since March has increased sharply in a manner that a Public Security Ministry official said was "unprecedented." According to Israel Hayom, the number of Israelis who have applied for firearms licenses over the past six weeks has reached 18,450. This, according...
  • Ambassador of Israel to the US and UN Gilad Erdan attends The Algemeiner's 8th annual J100 Gala on October 12, 2021 in Rockleigh, New Jersey. [Roy Rochlin/Getty Images]

    Restrictions at Al-Aqsa protect against 'your terrorist organisation', Israel envoy to UN tells Arab journalist

    Israel's Ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan, told a press conference yesterday that the occupied West Bank is "Judea and Samaria" and "these are not occupied lands… this is the land of Israel." Asked about Israeli occupation forces' brutal attack on Palestinian worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque and whether he...
  • US army soldiers and Moroccan forces during a military exercise on 18 June 2021 [FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images]

    Morocco-Algeria arms race escalates amid tense relations, as will global military spending – SIPRI

    An international report states that the Moroccan-Algerian military arms race will continue due to the deteriorating relations between the two countries and the continuous escalation, at a time when the extent of global spending on armaments is increasing, with the intensification of the Russian-Ukrainian war. According to the report,...