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Palestinian leader Abbas in hospital for third time in a week -officials

Palestinian leader Abbas in hospital for third time in a week -officials

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been hospitalized in a West Bank hospital, a Palestinian official said on Saturday, providing no further details on his condition. It was the third time Abbas, 82, had been hospitalized in a week. He underwent minor ear surgery on Tuesday and was...

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Barzani calls for coalition government in Iraq

Barzani calls for coalition government in Iraq

Head of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, Nechirvan Barzani, on Saturday called for the formation of a coalition government.  "We should form a new coalition government in Iraq based on the principle of consensus and effective partnership with the Kurds," he...

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Wesal Al-Sheikh: Gaza’s first martyr in border protests

Wesal Al-Sheikh: Gaza’s first martyr in border protests

Wesal al-Sheikh Khalil, a 15-year-old Palestinian girl, spent Sunday joking with her little sisters in their cramped apartment in the Gaza Strip.  She was preparing to join mass rallies the following day against the decades-long Israeli occupation on the Gaza Strip’s eastern...

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3 more Gazans die of wounds, death toll rises to 65

3 more Gazans die of wounds, death toll rises to 65

Three Palestinian on Saturday succumbed to wounds they sustained during protests against the decades-long Israeli occupation earlier this week, according to the Health Ministry.  The ministry identified the martyrs as Moeen al-Saei, 58, Mohammed Olayyan, 20, and Ahmed al-Abd Abo...

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German cartoonist sacked after Netanyahu drawing

German cartoonist sacked after Netanyahu drawing

A leading German daily fired a cartoonist over anti-semitic views on Friday after he drew a caricature of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The cartoon by Dieter Hanitzsch showed Netanyahu carrying a missile in his hand. He is dressed up as Israeli singer Netta Barzilai, who...

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2 wounded from Israeli border fire have died, Gaza health ministry says

2 wounded from Israeli border fire have died, Gaza health ministry says

Gaza's health ministry Saturday said two Palestinians have died days after they were shot and wounded by Israeli gunfire during border protests. The two, aged 20 and 58 respectively, had been in critical condition. They were shot Monday, when Israeli troops killed 59 Palestinians in...

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Moqtada Sadr wins Iraq election but forming government far off

Moqtada Sadr wins Iraq election but forming government far off

The final results of Iraq's elections confirmed Saturday a breakthrough for nationalist cleric Moqtada Sadr, who was in the lead, ahead of internationally favoured prime minister Haider al-Abadi. But the possibilities for alliances to form a coalition government remain wide open....

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Erdogan slams Israel's 'thuggery, state terror'

Erdogan slams Israel's 'thuggery, state terror'

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday described the Israeli killings of Palestinians as "thuggery, atrocity and state terror". In his opening address at the ongoing extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, Erdogan said: "I clearly say: what...

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US embassy move to Jerusalem a 'mistake': UK envoy

US embassy move to Jerusalem a 'mistake': UK envoy

United Kingdom's ambassador to Ankara on Friday defined the United States' decision to move its embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as "a mistake". In a news briefing, Dominick Chilcott said: "As you may know, rather like the Turkish government, the British government’s view is we are...

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UN: Gaza killings by Israel amount to 'war crime'

UN: Gaza killings by Israel amount to 'war crime'

The use of force against Palestinian protesters by Israel amounts to a "war crime" under the Statute of Rome, said the UN rapporteur on Palestine on Friday.  The remarks came in Geneva, at a UN Human Rights Council special session on the deteriorating human rights situation in the...

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Israel army disputes Hamas 'fake news' on tear gas baby

Israel army disputes Hamas 'fake news' on tear gas baby

The Israeli army on Friday disputed Palestinian accounts that a baby had died of tear gas inhalation during protests on the Gaza border. "This is another instance of Hamas fake news," Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said, an army spokesman, referring to the Palestinian Islamist movement...

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US to lay out plan to pressure Iran after nuclear deal exit

US to lay out plan to pressure Iran after nuclear deal exit

The Trump administration says it's preparing to lay out its plan to work with Europeans and other countries to pressure Iran following President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will unveil the strategy Monday during a speech at the...

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Hamas head to lead new Gaza border protests Friday

Hamas head to lead new Gaza border protests Friday

 The leader of Gaza's ruling movement Hamas announced he would go Friday to the Israeli border to take part in fresh protests, four days after 60 Palestinians were killed in violence. Ismail Haniya also denied a deal had been made to end seven weeks of border protests, vowing they...

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Countries should be prevented from following US on Israel embassy: Turkey

Countries should be prevented from following US on Israel embassy: Turkey

Turkey called on Muslim countries to stop other nations from following the United States and opening embassies in Jerusalem, as it opened a meeting in Istanbul Friday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the summit of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC),...

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Putin to meet Merkel to talk about Iran, Ukraine and energy

Putin to meet Merkel to talk about Iran, Ukraine and energy

 Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Black Sea resort of Sochi Friday, as Moscow and Europe make rare joint efforts to save the Iran nuclear deal. The pair's first face-to-face meeting in a year will take place less than a week...

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Egypt opens Gaza border crossing for three days

Egypt opens Gaza border crossing for three days

Egyptian authorities on Thursday opened the Rafah border crossing with the blockaded Gaza Strip for a three-day period. On Wednesday, Cairo announced that the terminal would remain open until Saturday to allow Palestinians to cross the border in both directions. According to an...

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French president slams Israel's 'heinous' Gaza actions

French president slams Israel's 'heinous' Gaza actions

President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday condemned Israel's "heinous acts" of targeting unarmed Palestinian demonstrators in the Gaza Strip as he denied any French complacency. "At this point I am very clear: France has condemned these heinous acts -- and these civilian casualties -- that...

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Iraq sentences Russian Daesh member to death: judicial source

Iraq sentences Russian Daesh member to death: judicial source

court in Iraq Thursday sentenced to death a Russian militant for being a member of Daesh (ISIS), a judicial source said. The person who received the sentence in Baghdad's central criminal court was only identified by the name Hassanov, said the same source. More than 300 people,...

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