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US Citizen Accused Of Smuggling Egyptian Artefacts Through JFK Airport
A man from Brooklyn was indicted yesterday after allegedly smuggling hundreds of ancient Egyptian artefacts, some of them almost 4,000 years old, through JFK International Airport earlier this year. According to the announcement by federal prosecutor
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Srebrenica 25 Years On, And Reconciliation Seems Impossible
This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide in which more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were brutally slaughtered by Bosnian Serb forces led by Ratko Mladic. The slaughter took place in a supposed UN Safe Area. A
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UK ‘Complicit’ In Devastating ‘Unlawful’ Saudi Led Blockade Of Yemen
Britain has been “complicit” in the devastating Saudi led sea blockade of Yemen, a new investigation by Declassified UK has concluded in a new damning report, “Paralysing a nation”. The Saudi-led coalition received British training on naval tactics t
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Hamas Chief Receives Letter From Iran’s Khamenei
The head of Hamas’ political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, yesterday received a letter from Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in which he stressed that the Islamic Republic will continue to “support the Palestinian people”, Anadolu reported.
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Saudi Pressuring Canada To Extradite Ex-intelligence Officer
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has been pressing Canada to extradite former top Saudi intelligence officer Saad Al-Jabri, Canadian newspaper the Globe and Mail reports. According to the publication, Saad Al-Jabri held a cabinet-rank intellige
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Yemen’s Islah Party: We Are Not Linked To Muslim Brotherhood
Yemen’s Islah party is not linked to the international organisation of the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement’s spokesperson Adnan Al-Odaini told Saudi newspaper Ashraq Al-Awsat. Al-Odaini added that the party’s good relations with Saudi Arabia “infuri
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Official: Russia In Contact With All Sides In Libya
Russia is in contact with all parties to the Libyan conflict as the situation in the country is complicated, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin said yesterday. Moscow engages in dialogue with all Libyan factions and encourages reaching a settle
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German Official: Tourism With Turkey Will Resume ‘Soon’
The German government’s Commissioner for Tourism, Thomas Bareiss, said Monday that tourism with Turkey will resume soon. Bareiss told German broadcaster NTV that “every country should be treated fairly and I am pretty confident that tourism activity
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Iraq Security Expert Shot 20 Times In Baghdad
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi yesterday pledged to bring the assassins of a leading political and security expert to justice, after Hisham Al-Hashim was shot to death by unknown gunmen who fled on a motorbike, outside his home in Baghdad’s
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Syria: Dozens hit By Food Poisoning In Idlib
More than 50 Syrian families at the Al-Rayyan camp in the country’s northern city of Idlib have been poisoned by packaged meals distributed by an aid organisation working in the area. Local media quoted the camp director, Abdo Al-Ali, as saying that
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Israel Facing $16.9bn Budget Deficit, Its Worst In History
The economic consequences of the pandemic are set to push Israel’s state deficient to 58.2 billion shekels (16.9 billion), its highest rate in history. Israel’s budget deficit has widened to 6.4 per cent of gross domestic product for the 12 months en
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Russia Sends More Mercenaries To Support Haftar In Libya
Russia has deployed 300 fighters, including eight former members of Daesh, in Libya. The mercenaries, report Syrian sources, came from Deir Ez-Zor in eastern Syria, and are in Libya to support renegade Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. According to Anado
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The PA Is A Willing Accomplice In The International Subjugation Of Palestine
From seemingly defiant rhetoric to the expected capitulation, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has offered nothing in terms of a unified Palestinian stance against US President Donald Trump’s deal of the century. Going back to a compromi
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‘Most Arab Leaders Are Indifferent To Annexation Plan’
The majority of Arab leaders have conveyed messages to Israel that they are indifferent to the annexation of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank. The claim has been made by Israel Hayom, a newspaper which is known for being close to Prime Mini
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20 Saudi Suspects In Khashoggi Murder Added To New UK Sanctions List
Twenty Saudi nationals who are suspected of carrying out the assassination of exiled Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi have been added to a new list of sanctions created by the United Kingdom. British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab published the sanct
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1 Person Dies Of Coronavirus Every 10 Minutes In Iran, Says Official
One person dies every ten minutes in Iran as a result of the coronavirus, a presidential adviser said on Sunday, warning that the Islamic Republic may be left unable to curb the spread of the disease if this continues. Hesameddin Ashena said the coun
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Libya: Crude Oil Exports To Drop In July Due To Blockade
Libya’s crude oil exports will drop in July to lower levels than those in June, while its state oil firm continues negotiations to end the blockade that has been stifling exports since January, Bloomberg reports. Libya’s National Oil Company (NOC) sa
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Kuwait Banks Warn Of Millions In Losses As Loan Repayments Are Delayed
A number of Kuwaiti banks have warned of millions of dollars in losses due to delays of repayments of loans amidst the outbreak of the coronavirus which is threatening the country’s economy, RT reported yesterday. Kuwaiti National Bank, the largest b
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As US Prisoner Released, Egyptian Prisoner Dies
An American student has been released after spending almost 500 days in an Egyptian detention centre. Mohamed Amashah, a 24-year-old Egyptian-American medical student from Jersey City, arrived in Dulles Airport yesterday. Amashah had been held in pre
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Annexation Not On Today’s Or Tomorrow’s Agenda, Says Israel’s Foreign Minister
Israel’s annexation of parts of the occupied Palestinian West Bank “is not on the agenda for today or tomorrow,” Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi told KAN Bet on Monday. Ashkenazi said that he did not know whether the annexation was cancelled forever,
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Egypt Military Personnel Need Army Approval To Run In Elections, According To New Rules
Egypt’s parliament has approved amendments that mean military personnel must have the army’s approval to run in the elections. The regime tried to sell the bill as restricting military intervention in politics but critics say it is in fact the opposi
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Gantz: We Want Our Soldiers Back From Gaza
Defence Minister Benny Gantz said on Monday that Israel wants to get its soldiers back from Gaza, Al-Watan Voice has reported. Gantz added that “tranquillity” should also be re-established. Commenting on the alleged launch of homemade rockets from Ga
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Jordan FM: Just Peace In Palestine Will Not Be Achieved By Occupation
Jordan’s Foreign Minister, Ayman Safadi, said yesterday that a just peace in Palestine will not be achieved as long as the Israeli occupation remains. Speaking at the 9th ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF), the min
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Ex-Turkey PM: Macron, Sisi suffer ‘strategic blindness’
Former Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Sunday that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and his French counterpart Emanuel Macron suffer from “strategic blindness”. In a televised speech posted on Twitter, Davutoglu said that Turkey
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Palestinian Rights Group Concerned About ‘Surge’ In Gaza Suicide Attempts
At least 17 people have taken their own lives in the impoverished Gaza Strip this year and hundreds more have attempted suicide, a Palestinian human rights group has claimed. “These have mainly been among young people,” explained Samir Zaqout, the De
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Kuwait Oil Company Denies Hiring Jordanians
State-owned Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) said in a statement that it has no plans to offer jobs to Jordanians in the oil sector. “There is no previous or later cooperation to date to provide job opportunities for Jordanians with a university di
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Russia Calls On Turkey To Maintain Hagia Sophia as Museum
Russia’s Kremlin yesterday called on Turkey to maintain Hagia Sophia’s status as a UNESCO world heritage site and not to return it into a mosque as it was before the end of the Othman Empire, TASS news agency reported. Speaking to reporters, Kremlin
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Bin Salman Orders Former Crown Prince To Repay ‘Stolen’ Money
The former Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Muhammad Bin Nayef, has been ordered to repay $15 billion by an anti-corruption committee set up by his rival successor and de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad Bin Salman. The current Crown Prince, who to
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Libya: Linking Image Of Omar Mukhtar To Al-Sisi Is Offensive, Says Government
The General Authority for Culture in Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) has condemned the Syrian singer Assala Nasri for showing a poster of Libyan hero Omar Al-Mukhtar next to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in her recent promotiona
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Turkey Rescues 65 Asylum Seekers Off West Coast
The Turkish Coast Guard rescued a total of 65 asylum seekers in three boats in the Aegean Sea, security sources announced late yesterday, Anadolu Agency reports. The sources said the Greek coastguard pushed two life rafts carrying 36 people back towa
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