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End of Netanyahu era could be in the cards in Israeli political drama

ANKARA: Istanbul mayor and Turkish opposition figure Ekrem Imamoglu is facing a prison sentence following a months-long investigation campaign by authorities who fear his surging popularity poses a threat to their rule. As a young and ambitious political player trying to heal divides, Imamoglu has spread a message of unity in the Turkish capital based…

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Lebanon ramps up COVID-19 fight with ‘joyful’ vaccination marathon

ANKARA: Istanbul mayor and Turkish opposition figure Ekrem Imamoglu is facing a prison sentence following a months-long investigation campaign by authorities who fear his surging popularity poses a threat to their rule. As a young and ambitious political player trying to heal divides, Imamoglu has spread a message of unity in the Turkish capital based…

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Report: Turkey ‘prevented harsh NATO sanctions against Belarus’

ANKARA: Turkey convinced its NATO allies to opt for a milder official stance after Belarus forced down a European airliner passing through the country’s airspace so it could arrest a dissident journalist, Reuters reported on Thursday. The Ryanair passenger plane was flying from Greece and bound for Lithuania, however Belarus diverted its route to force…

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UAE’s coronavirus cases rise to highest in one month

BEIRUT: Russia has reiterated its “firm position and commitment to supporting Lebanon’s sovereignty, independence, territorial unity and stability.” Moscow has also indicated its support for Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri forming a government. The development came amid renewed initiatives from the speaker of parliament, Nabih Berri, to push toward the formation of a government after seven…

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Syria’s Assad wins a fourth term in a predictable landslide

MOSUL: The return of dozens of Iraqi families suspected of links to the Daesh group from Syria to Mosul has sparked fears among residents who survived the horrors of Daesh rule.Around 300 people from some 90 families left the Kurdish-run Al-Hol camp in northeast Syria on Tuesday under Iraqi army escort, a Kurdish administration official…

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Gaza conflict forged new sense of Palestinian unity

DAMASCUS, Syria: Syrians in government-held areas of the war-torn country headed to polling stations early Wednesday to vote in a presidential election set to give President Bashar Assad a fourth seven-year term.The vote is the second presidential election since the country’s conflict began 10 years ago and has been dismissed as a sham by the…

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Can Iranian drone tech shift Middle East’s strategic balance of power?

IRBIL, IRAQ: The drone threat posed to US and coalition personnel by Iran-backed militias is growing, and defenses against such threats remain limited — particularly in the face of Tehran’s growing capabilities. That was the clear message delivered by the US military commander in the Middle East during his most recent visit to Iraq. Marine…

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Lebanese capital is determined to survive

DUBAI: The UAE has recorded 1,512 new coronavirus cases after conducting 178,521 tests, state news agency WAM reported.The total number of infections in the country now stands at 557,619, since the pandemic began the health ministry said.It added that three people died from coronavirus complications, raising the fatality rate to 1,654.The UAE has also confirmed…

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Washington imposes sanctions on two Houthi commanders

PHILADELPHIA, US: A recent headline in the Boston Globe, a leading US paper, which read “US aid to Israel should be a force for peace,” has surprised many readers.  The paper, in its May 19 edition, published it as part of a hard-hitting column by its editorial board, adding: “Ultimately, conditioning aid to Israel should not…

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Lebanon president says PM-designate incapable of forming cabinet

DHAKA: Bangladesh ordered a strict lockdown in five camps that are home to nearly 100,000 Rohingya refugees following a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in the world’s largest refugee settlement this week, government officials said on Friday.Nearly a million Rohingya refugees who fled persecution in Myanmar live in 34 sprawling camps in southeastern Bangladesh, and…

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In Michigan, Arab Americans courted by Biden angered by his Gaza policy

GAZA/JERUSALEM: Israel said on Wednesday it was not setting a timeframe for an end to hostilities with Gaza as its military pounded the Palestinian enclave with air strikes and Hamas militants unleashed new cross-border rocket attacks.Palestinian medical officials said 219 people had now been killed in 10 days of aerial bombardments which have destroyed roads,…

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Israel shells Lebanon after failed launches toward Israeli territory

AMMAN: Jordanian MPs on Monday called for Israel’s ambassador in Amman to be expelled in response to “Israel’s crimes against humanity.” Almost all lawmakers who took the podium during Monday’s special session on the violence in Gaza and the occupied West Bank urged the government to expel the envoy following Israel’s actions in Jerusalem and…

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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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