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Jerusalem churches protest Israeli property tax bill

Jerusalem churches protest Israeli property tax bill

Officials from three major Christian churches have condemned proposed Israeli legislation that they say is aimed at expropriating church property in Jerusalem, Israeli media reported Tuesday.  According to Israeli radio, Jerusalem’s Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III,...

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Israel arrests ex-minister suspected of spying for Iran

Israel arrests ex-minister suspected of spying for Iran

A former Israeli government minister has been arrested on charges of spying for Iran, Israel’s Shin Bet security agency announced Monday. In a statement, Shin Bet said that Gonen Segev, a former energy and infrastructure minister, had been arrested -- in coordination with Israeli...

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US seeking to separate Gaza, W. Bank: Palestine leader

US seeking to separate Gaza, W. Bank: Palestine leader

The Palestinian presidency on Monday said the U.S. was seeking to permanently separate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank on the pretext of “humanitarian” intervention, going on to stress its total rejection of a backchannel U.S. peace plan known as the “Deal of the Century”....

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Lebanon's Security head defends Iranian passport move

Lebanon's Security head defends Iranian passport move

General Security’s decision not to stamp Iranian passports upon arrival in Beirut is a “normal” procedure, and the arrival and departure of Iranians is automatically registered in a database, the agency’s head said in remarks published Monday.

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Palestinian killed by Israeli fire: Gaza ministry

Palestinian killed by Israeli fire: Gaza ministry

 A Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire on Monday near the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, the health ministry in the Hamas-ruled territory said. An Israeli army statement said "several terrorists were injured" in an explosion as they attempted to carry out sabotage near the...

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Israeli warplanes strike Hamas positions in Gaza: Army

Israeli warplanes strike Hamas positions in Gaza: Army

Israeli warplanes early Monday struck nine Hamas positions in the blockaded Gaza Strip, according to Israeli military sources. Israeli Army spokesman Avichay Adraee said the strikes were in retaliation for the launch by Palestinian activists in Gaza of incendiary kites and balloons into...

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Airstrike kills 6 Daesh terrorists in Iraq’s Saladin

Airstrike kills 6 Daesh terrorists in Iraq’s Saladin

Six Daesh terrorists were killed in an army airstrike carried out in Iraq’s Saladin province north of Baghdad, a military source said Sunday. “Joint Army/Hashd al-Shaabi forces located six Daesh militants and surveilled their hideout in Saladin’s southern Ishaqi sub-district,”...

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Palestinian hurt by Israel army gunfire in eastern Gaza

Palestinian hurt by Israel army gunfire in eastern Gaza

A Palestinian man in the eastern Gaza Strip was injured on Sunday by Israeli army gunfire, according to Palestinian medical sources. “The man was struck by Israeli army gunfire east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip,” a Palestinian medic, who spoke anonymously due to security...

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Iranian passports no longer stamped in Lebanon

Iranian passports no longer stamped in Lebanon

 Passports of Iranian travellers entering Lebanon will not being stamped, the Lebanese General Security has announced. Instead, landing slips will be issued. The decision has raised eyebrows in the country where Iranian-influence seems to be at an all-time high. The...

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Israel says dismantles 20-strong Hamas 'attack' cell

Israel says dismantles 20-strong Hamas 'attack' cell

Israel said Sunday it arrested more than 20 people and seized explosives when it dismantled a Hamas cell it alleged was preparing "serious attacks" against Israeli targets. The cell's members were mainly from Nablus city in the north of the occupied West Bank and it was active for about...

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Iraq's next gov’t depends on resolution of poll dispute

Iraq's next gov’t depends on resolution of poll dispute

Formation of Iraq’s next government will depend on the outcome of the ongoing dispute over results of recent parliamentary polls, according to Raed Fahmi, a member of Muqtada al-Sadr’s Sairoon coalition, which dominated the May 12 election. The largest parliamentary bloc, which will...

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Egypt increases fuel prices, as part of austerity measures

Egypt increases fuel prices, as part of austerity measures

Egypt announced Saturday steep increases in fuel and cooking gas prices as part of the country's economic reforms and austerity measures designed to overhaul the country's ailing economy. The new prices went into effect Saturday morning, the Ministry of Oil said in a statement....

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Turkish, Qatari leaders discuss Palestine over phone

Turkish, Qatari leaders discuss Palestine over phone

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Friday welcomed a UN General Assembly resolution that urges protection for Palestinians. The two leaders spoke over the phone on Eid al-Fitr, an occasion which marks the end of the holy month of...

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Israeli drone targets ‘fire kite’ sites in eastern Gaza

Israeli drone targets ‘fire kite’ sites in eastern Gaza

An Israeli drone on Friday fired two missiles near the Gaza-Israel fence in ostensible retaliation for the use of “fire kites” -- flaming kites flown into Israeli territory -- by Palestinian demonstrators and activists. “The drone fired two missiles at the contraptions used to...

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Gaza residents pray near Israel, as Muslims mark Eid

Gaza residents pray near Israel, as Muslims mark Eid

Gaza worshippers knelt on prayer rugs spread on sandy soil, near the perimeter fence with Israel, joining hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world Friday in marking the holiday that caps the fasting month of Ramadan. The three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday is typically a time of...

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Three killed as campaign visit in southeast Turkey turns into gun battle -sources

Three killed as campaign visit in southeast Turkey turns into gun battle -sources

Three people were killed in southeast Turkey on Friday when a fight broke out between members of the campaign of a ruling party parliamentarian and some local shopkeepers, security sources said. Ibrahim Halil Yildiz, a member of parliament from the ruling AK Party, was visiting shops in...

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Gaza man's face badly damaged by Israeli tear gas canister

Gaza man's face badly damaged by Israeli tear gas canister

A Palestinian man whose face was severely damaged by a tear gas canister that was shot into his mouth by Israeli troops during a border protest last week was allowed to leave Gaza Thursday for treatment at a Jerusalem hospital. Haitham Abu Sabla, 24, spent three days on life support...

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U.S. State Dept nominee would warn Saudi, Qatar, Egypt against Russia military deals

U.S. State Dept nominee would warn Saudi, Qatar, Egypt against Russia military deals

President Donald Trump's nominee for a top State Department Middle East post said Thursday he would dissuade countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt from weapons deals with Russia that could trigger U.S. sanctions. "I would work with our allies to dissuade them, or encourage them,...

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Shells hit Swaida city for first time in three years      Daraa: Regime forces, Hezbollah attack al-Lajat region      Daraa: régime se mobilise pour une offensive majeure      Jerusalem churches protest Israeli property tax bill      'Turkish patrols in Manbij give hope for homecoming'      Meeting eyeing Syrian constitution starts in Geneva      28 troops from Latakia killed in Ramadan      Iraq slams US raid on Hashd al-Shaabi near Syria border