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Israel bans Palestinian TV channel

Israel bans Palestinian TV channel

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday banned Palestinian Al-Quds channel. In a decree signed on July 3, Lieberman said the ban was based on Israel’s anti-terrorism law. Under the decree, the channel will not be broadcast inside Israel The decree did not...

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3 Knesset members storm Al-Aqsa compound

3 Knesset members storm Al-Aqsa compound

On Sunday, Israeli Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel stormed the flashpoint compound, for the first such tour by an Israeli official since 2015.  Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lifted a three-year ban on government officials and Knesset members visiting the...

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Ankara angry as Israel charges Turkish tourist

Ankara angry as Israel charges Turkish tourist

Israel charged a detained Turkish tourist Sunday with helping smuggle money and packages to Palestinian group Hamas in a case that has angered Ankara, which has vowed to retaliate. Ebru Ozkan, 27, has been held since last month when she was detained trying to board a flight in Tel Aviv....

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Iraqi police open fire on protesters near southern oilfields

Iraqi police open fire on protesters near southern oilfields

Iraqi police opened fire to disperse dozens of protesters near the southern oil hub of Basra Sunday as they demonstrated against a shortage of jobs, electricity, water and other basic services, police and local officials said. Police sources said eight protesters were wounded in the...

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Iranian teen detained over Instagram dance videos

Iranian teen detained over Instagram dance videos

Iran has detained a teenager who posted dance videos on Instagram and attracted tens of thousands of followers. State TV broadcast a video on Friday in which Maedeh Hojabri, 18, acknowledged breaking moral norms while insisting that was not her intention. It was unclear whether her...

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Turkey’s AK party names Yildirim as parliament speaker

Turkey’s AK party names Yildirim as parliament speaker

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party on Saturday nominated Prime Minister Binali Yildirim as parliament speaker. Naci Bostanci, the AK Party's parliamentary group chairman, and deputies have submitted Yildirim's nomination to the parliamentary speaker's office on Saturday...

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Iranian oil minister calls Trump's order to OPEC insulting

Iranian oil minister calls Trump's order to OPEC insulting

Iran's oil minister on Saturday accused U.S. President Donald Trump of insulting OPEC by ordering it to increase production and reduce prices, adding that Iranian output and exports had not changed as a result of U.S. pressure. Trump on Wednesday accused the Organization of the Petroleum...

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Israel court gives brief reprieve to threatened Bedouin village: lawyer

Israel court gives brief reprieve to threatened Bedouin village: lawyer

Israel's Supreme Court has temporarily blocked the demolition of a Palestinian Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank, a lawyer for residents said Friday, following growing international concerns over the move. The temporary injunction issued Thursday night stops the Israeli...

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Sunni-Muslim scholar shot dead in southeastern Iran

Sunni-Muslim scholar shot dead in southeastern Iran

A Sunni-Muslim scholar was shot dead by unidentified attackers in Iran’s southeastern Sistan and Baluchestan province Thursday, according to local media reports. Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency reported that Molavi Abdushakour Kord Tarshabi, a well-known scholar and Muslim...

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Russia says to do everything possible to maintain Iran nuclear deal: Interfax

Russia says to do everything possible to maintain Iran nuclear deal: Interfax

Russia do everything possible to maintain the global nuclear deal with Iran, the foreign ministry in Moscow was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency on Thursday.

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Iran summons 3 European envoys over its detained diplomat

Iran summons 3 European envoys over its detained diplomat

Iran's state TV is reporting that the country's foreign ministry has summoned envoys from France, Germany and Belgium over the case of an Iranian diplomat detained in Germany. Thursday's report says Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi held separate meetings with the three diplomats in...

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Iran summons French ambassador to protest opposition meeting -Fars

Iran summons French ambassador to protest opposition meeting -Fars

Iran summoned the French ambassador to protest about a meeting held in Paris by Iranians in exile who seek the overthrow of the Islamic Republic, Fars news agency reported on Wednesday. The meeting was held by the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the political wing of the...

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UNRWA employees in Gaza protest contract terminations

UNRWA employees in Gaza protest contract terminations

Employees of UN refugee agency UNRWA staged a rally in the blockaded Gaza Strip on Wednesday to protest the recent termination of their permanent employment contracts. Protesters decried the agency’s decision on Monday to terminate the permanent contracts of hundreds of UNRWA...

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181 journalists hurt covering Gaza rallies: Committee

181 journalists hurt covering Gaza rallies: Committee

At least 181 Palestinian journalists have been injured since Mar. 30, when Gazans began staging almost-daily rallies along the Gaza-Israel security fence, the Journalists Support Committee (JSC) said Wednesday. In a Wednesday statement, the JSC -- a non-profit organization comprised of...

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Iran's Revolutionary Guards praises Rouhani's threat to disrupt regional oil exports -IRNA

Iran's Revolutionary Guards praises Rouhani's threat to disrupt regional oil exports -IRNA

A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Wednesday that the Guards were ready to implement a policy preventing regional oil exports if Iranian oil sales were banned by the United States. President Hassan Rouhani appeared on Tuesday to threaten to disrupt oil shipments...

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Palestinians slam Israeli law against paying inmates’ families

Palestinians slam Israeli law against paying inmates’ families

Palestinian leaders Tuesday strongly condemned a new Israeli law that will freeze money transfers to the Palestinian Authority to punish the PA’s payments to families of those jailed for attacks. The move threatens the existence of the cash-strapped PA and amounts to “theft,” said Saeb...

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Egyptian army destroys Gaza smuggling tunnel: Reports

Egyptian army destroys Gaza smuggling tunnel: Reports

The Egyptian army on Tuesday destroyed a tunnel used for smuggling goods from the Sinai Peninsula into the blockaded Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian media reports. “Huge explosions could be heard in Gaza's southern city of Rafah as the tunnel was destroyed,” the Samaa news...

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Egypt says it killed 3 extremists, destroyed Gaza tunnels

Egypt says it killed 3 extremists, destroyed Gaza tunnels

The Egyptian army said Tuesday its forces killed three extremists in the Sinai and destroyed tunnels at Rafah on the Gaza border as part of a vast campaign against militants. More than 200 suspected extremists and at least 35 soldiers have been killed since Egypt launched operation...

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