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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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Egypt’s al-Sisi appoints new defense minister

Egypt’s al-Sisi appoints new defense minister

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Thursday appointed Mohamed Zaki, commander of the country’s Republican Guard, as defense minister, replacing Sedki Sobhi, who was abruptly sacked earlier the same day. According to reports on state television, Zaki has already been sworn in...

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Israeli PM to discuss Gaza with US delegation next week

Israeli PM to discuss Gaza with US delegation next week

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu next week will discuss the situation in the beleaguered Gaza Strip with members of a visiting U.S. delegation, according to a Thursday statement released by Netanyahu’s office. The prime minister, the statement reads, is “looking forward to...

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Jordan's king swears in new cabinet led by ex-World Bank economist

Jordan's king swears in new cabinet led by ex-World Bank economist

Jordan's King Abdullah on Thursday swore in a new government led by a former World Bank economist and mandated to review a disputed tax system after widespread protests against IMF-driven austerity measures. Abdullah, a relatively secure U.S. ally in a conflict-ridden Middle East,...

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Jordan's King Abdullah issues decree forming new cabinet

Jordan's King Abdullah issues decree forming new cabinet

: Jordan's King Abdullah issued a decree on Thursday forming a new government led by a former World Bank economist and mandated to review a disputed tax system after widespread protests against IMF-driven austerity measures. Abdullah, a U.S. ally, appointed Omar al-Razzaz, a Harvard-...

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UN blames Israel for 'excessive' Gaza violence

UN blames Israel for 'excessive' Gaza violence

A Turkish and Algerian-sponsored resolution blaming Israel for the recent deaths of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and urging the international community to consider protections for Palestinian civilians overwhelmingly passed in the UN General Assembly on Wednesday The resolution,...

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Next Gaza war will be ‘more destructive’: UN envoy

Next Gaza war will be ‘more destructive’: UN envoy

UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov has warned that ongoing tension along the Gaza border could escalate into a "destructive" military conflict. "We all have a common interest to avoid another war in Gaza because another war in Gaza will be more destructive than the one in 2014 and...

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Iraq's al-Sadr joins forces with Iran-backed coalition

Iraq's al-Sadr joins forces with Iran-backed coalition

Iraqi Shiite preacher Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in last month's parliamentary elections, has announced an alliance with an Iran-backed coalition ahead of marathon negotiations to form a new government. The move, announced by al-Sadr and Hadi...

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Iraq: Al-Sadr allies with Fatah to form majority group

Iraq: Al-Sadr allies with Fatah to form majority group

Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced on Tuesday that he has forged an alliance with the Fatah Coalition to form the biggest group in Iraq's parliament. In a joint news briefing with his new ally, Sadr also affirmed the continuation of his alliance with Iyad Allawi's al-Wataniye...

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Iraqis mark 4th anniversary of Daesh massacre in Tikrit

Iraqis mark 4th anniversary of Daesh massacre in Tikrit

Hundreds of Iraqis on Tuesday marked the anniversary of a Daesh massacre on Camp Speicher in Tikrit in 2014.  In June 2014, Daesh terrorists -- after overrunning much of northern and western of Iraq -- reportedly killed more than 2,000 cadets and personnel at Saladin’s Speicher...

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