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Israel strikes house of Hamas political chief in Gaza Strip

As Palestinians observe ‘Nakba’ worldwide, Israeli forces go on rampage in Gaza GAZA CITY/LONDON/NEW YORK: Palestinians on Saturday marked the anniversary of the Nakba, the “catastrophe” when more than 700,000 were driven from their homes to establish the state of Israel in 1948. Israel observed the day by killing two women and eight children from…

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Israeli airstrike on Gaza home kills 10, mostly children

TEHRAN: A former speaker of Iran’s parliament registered Saturday to run in the Islamic Republic’s upcoming presidential election, becoming the first high-profile candidate to potentially back the policies of the outgoing administration that reached Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers.The decision by Ali Larijani, long a prominent conservative voice who later allied himself with…

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Egypt sends ambulances to pick up wounded from Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: An Israeli air raid in Gaza City killed at least 10 Palestinians, mostly children, early Saturday in the deadliest single strike since the battle with Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers erupted earlier this week. Both sides pressed for an advantage as cease-fire efforts gathered strength.The latest outburst of violence began in Jerusalem…

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Oman to end COVID-19 curfew for individuals and vehicles

JERUSALEM: The last 10 days of the holy month of Ramadan are always special. In Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque they are unique — and charged. On May 10, Israeli police, firing tear gas and rubber bullets, stormed the Haram Al-Sharif, which houses both Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. More than 300 people were…

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Israeli troops mass at Gaza border amid rocket fire, air strikes and clashes in Israel

LONDON: Human rights groups from Australia and Palestine have urged Australia’s federal government to rethink a potential trade agreement with Israel, citing the ongoing violent situation in Jerusalem and Gaza. Australia is considering strengthening its economic relations with Israel through a Free Trade Agreement that the federal government hopes would boost defence, cybersecurity and innovation.…

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Security experts offer a road map for NATO’s future in MENA region

DUBAI: In the 30 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union, which heralded the start of the post-Cold War era, there has been much discussion about what role NATO ought to play in the world. How might it adapt to new and evolving challenges emanating from regions beyond its traditional geographic remit, particularly the…

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Dubai Police arrest one of UK’s most-wanted fugitives

UN chief urges Israel to exercise restraint as more clashes erupt in East Jerusalem JERUSALEM: Palestinian protesters threw rocks and Israeli police fired stun grenades and rubber bullets in clashes outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Monday as Israel marked the anniversary of its capture of parts of the city in the 1967 Arab-Israeli…

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Iraqi activist’s killing sparks protests against impunity

DUBAI: The UAE has administered 11,126,889 COVID-19 vaccine doses so far with an additional 78,342 jabs provided to residents overnight, bringing the country’s distribution rate to 112.50 doses per 100 people. Health officials have embarked on a rapid vaccination campaign to stem the spread of coronavirus, and the country has one of the highest proportions…

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US Navy seizes weapons in Arabian Sea likely bound for Yemen from Iran

JERUSALEM: Israel “firmly rejects” pressure not to build in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday following spreading international condemnation of planned evictions of Palestinians from homes in the city claimed by Jewish settlers. "We firmly reject the pressure not to build in Jerusalem. To my regret, this pressure has been increasing of late,"…

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Medics: 200 Palestinians hurt in Al-Aqsa clashes with police

CAIRO: Egypt is set to begin the production of 60 million doses of the Chinese Sinovac coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine next month. The announcement was made by Mohammed Abdel Fattah, head of the central administration for preventive affairs at Egypt’s Ministry of Health. The health official stressed that the goal was to ensure vaccination for as…

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Drone attack on Iraqi base hosting US troops

LONDON: The family of a British-Iranian dual national detained in Iran fear that he will “be forgotten” as the UK government negotiates the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. Elika Ashoori, daughter of retired engineer Anoosheh Ashoori, said UK government officials and ministers have “refused to name” her father when discussing the hostage situation. Elika told The…

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French FM says Lebanon needs saving from ‘collective suicide’

NEW YORK: A Syrian Air Force helicopter dropped a chlorine bomb on the opposition-held town of Saraqib, on Feb. 4, 2018, an investigation team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has concluded. Investigators found “reasonable grounds to believe” at least one cylinder landed in the eastern part of the town, releasing…

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Moroccan FM: Iran is working to destabilize North and West Africa

NEW YORK: A Syrian Air Force helicopter dropped a chlorine bomb on the opposition-held town of Saraqib, on Feb. 4, 2018, an investigation team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has concluded. Investigators found “reasonable grounds to believe” at least one cylinder landed in the eastern part of the town, releasing…

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Jerusalem clashes wound 22 Palestinians as land rights tensions mount

ROME: Iraq has asked Italy to return the €90 million ($108.53 million) Saddam Hussein’s regime paid to Italian companies to purchase military equipment that was never delivered because of the 1991 embargo on the sale of arms to Iraq. Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein met his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio in Rome on Wednesday…

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UAE extends entry ban on travelers from India due to COVID-19

JEDDAH: Iraqi authorities announced that a 10-day lockdown will be imposed in attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 amid a faltering vaccine roll-out. Iraq’s cabinet on Tuesday decided in favour of the lockdown, which will take effect on May 12, following the recommendation of the Supreme Committee for Health and National Safety, state news…

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Palestinian lawyer confident of stopping Jerusalem evictions

AMMAN: Lawyers and activists trying to prevent the eviction of some 87 Palestinian residents from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah district of Jerusalem appeared to be upbeat this week. Palestinian lawyer Hosni Abu Hussein told Arab News that Israeli courts have given the residents living in 12 housing units in the East Jerusalem neighborhood…

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