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Fleeing Daesh fighters using civilians as human shields forced to surrender in Baghouz
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Fleeing Daesh fighters using civilians as human shields forced to surrender in Baghouz

AMMAN: The controversial closure of the US diplomatic mission which has served Jerusalem for more than 175 years was on Monday branded a “political assault” on the Palestinian people. US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman officially shuttered the consulate by thanking its Consul General Karen Sasahara for her “service and professionalism” and wishing her well representing…

Algeria president’s offer to protesters fails to quell anger
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Algeria president’s offer to protesters fails to quell anger

ISTANBUL: A Turkish court accepted an indictment seeking life sentences against businessman and rights activist Osman Kavala and 15 others over the 2013 Gezi protests, Kavala’s lawyer said on Monday.Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Istanbul in 2013 to protest against a plan to build a replica of an Ottoman barracks on Gezi park…

Iran’s Khamenei doubted Europe could help Tehran against US sanctions
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Iran’s Khamenei doubted Europe could help Tehran against US sanctions

LONDON: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei advised the government last July not to rely on a European package to protect Tehran against US sanctions, after US President Donald Trump withdrew from a nuclear deal and reimposed penalties.The release of the speech shows while President Hassan Rouhani was trying to save the nuclear deal with…

Attack slows on Daesh Syria pocket to save civilians
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Attack slows on Daesh Syria pocket to save civilians

JERUSALEM: Palestinians drove a car into several Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank on Monday and the three attackers were shot by troops, the military said. Two of the assailants were “neutralized” after they “ran over a number of soldiers” and the third was slightly injured, the military said in a statement. Israeli media…

Car rams into Israeli soldiers in West Bank, attackers shot
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Car rams into Israeli soldiers in West Bank, attackers shot

JERUSALEM: Palestinians drove a car into several Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank on Monday and the three attackers were shot by troops, the military said. Two of the assailants were “neutralized” after they “ran over a number of soldiers” and the third was slightly injured, the military said in a statement. Israeli media…

US closes Jerusalem consulate, demoting Palestinian mission
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US closes Jerusalem consulate, demoting Palestinian mission

BAGHOUZ, Syria: Daesh militants are desperately fighting to hang on to the last tiny piece of territory they hold on the riverside in eastern Syria, deploying snipers, guided missiles and surprise tunnel attacks. The resistance prompted a fierce pounding Sunday by the US-led coalition and its ground allies in their final push to end the…

Daesh militants put up fierce resistance to defend last pocket
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Daesh militants put up fierce resistance to defend last pocket

BAGHOUZ, Syria: Daesh militants are desperately fighting to hang on to the last tiny piece of territory they hold on the riverside in eastern Syria, deploying snipers, guided missiles and surprise tunnel attacks. The resistance prompted a fierce pounding Sunday by the US-led coalition and its ground allies in their final push to end the…

Israel slammed for banning top cleric from holy site
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Israel slammed for banning top cleric from holy site

AMMAN: Jordan’s waqf minister has slammed the Israeli government for barring a top cleric from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque,  Islam’s third-holiest site, for 40 days. Jordanian Minister of Waqf Abdel Naser Abu Basel described the temporary ban on Sheikh Abdel Hafiz Salhab, head of the Jerusalem Waqf Council, as “unacceptable.” The Israelis have also ordered his…

Egypt approves new anti-terror laws
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Egypt approves new anti-terror laws

CAIRO: The Egyptian government has approved tough new laws to fight terrorism in the wake of recent deadly attacks in the country. One of the latest key changes to the legislation will see a tightening up of regulations surrounding the rental of property. Under current rules, anyone leasing furnished real estate in Egypt does not…

Azhar Grand Imam sparks controversy with remarks on polygamy
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Azhar Grand Imam sparks controversy with remarks on polygamy

BAGHOUZ, Syria: Daesh militants are desperately fighting to hang on to the last tiny piece of territory they hold on the riverside in eastern Syria, deploying snipers, guided missiles and surprise tunnel attacks. The resistance prompted a fierce pounding Sunday by the US-led coalition and its ground allies in their final push to end the…

OIC foreign ministers condemn Israeli violations against Palestinians
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OIC foreign ministers condemn Israeli violations against Palestinians

ABU DHABI: A high-profile meeting of foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has pledged its commitment to establishing an independent Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.Delegates at the 46th session of the OIC’s Council of Foreign Ministers concluded their two-day conference in Abu Dhabi by issuing a declaration condemning Israeli…

UK’s Hunt says Yemen peace deal is now ‘in last chance saloon’
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UK’s Hunt says Yemen peace deal is now ‘in last chance saloon’

LONDON: The Stockholm Agreement is now in “last chance saloon,” British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said in a statement during a visit to Yemen on Sunday.     "The process could be dead within weeks if we do not see both sides sticking to their commitments in Stockholm." The British foreign secretary held talks with his Yemeni counterpart in…

Five children killed in attack in Yemen’s Hodeidah: UN
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Five children killed in attack in Yemen’s Hodeidah: UN

DUBAI: Five Yemeni children were killed in an attack on their home in flashpoint Hodeidah province, the UN and medics said, months into a cease-fire agreed by the government and rebels.The UN children’s agency (UNICEF) said that the five children were “playing at home” when they were killed on Thursday.It did not give details on…

Syria’s Kurds set free nearly 300 Daesh-linked Syrians
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Syria’s Kurds set free nearly 300 Daesh-linked Syrians

BEIRUT: Nearly 300 Syrians suspected of belonging to Daesh have been freed because they have “no blood on their hands,” Kurdish authorities who were holding them said.Their release was announced late Saturday by the semi-autonomous Kurdish administration of northern Syria, which said in a statement that 283 Syrians had been set free.Tribal chiefs and other…

Yemeni government accuses Houthis of planting mines near Hodeidah’s food stores
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Yemeni government accuses Houthis of planting mines near Hodeidah’s food stores

Yemeni government accuses Houthis of planting mines near Hodeidah’s food stores The Houthi militia planted mines and explosive devices around United Nations food storages in Hodeidah, a local minister in Yemen said on Sunday. The chairman of Yemen’s High Relief Committee Abdel-Raqib Fatah claimed that planting landmines near humanitarian aid was a violation that no…

Egypt court upholds prison term for former anti-graft chief
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Egypt court upholds prison term for former anti-graft chief

GAZA CITY: Some 800 Palestinians crossed Sunday from the Gaza Strip into Egypt on the initial stage of a minor pilgrimage to Makkah known as the “umrah,” the first time since 2014 Egyptian authorities have granted visas for such a trip.The pilgrims left at around dawn and were to be met by buses on the…

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