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Arab League to lobby U.N. to recognize Palestinian state

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi speaks during his joint news conference with Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit in Amman, Jordan January 6, 2018. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed AMMAN: Arab states will soon embark on a diplomatic drive to persuade the United Nations to recognize a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital on territory captured…

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Palestinians condemn Israeli move to assert control over West Bank

Likud party members vote during a Likud Central Committee meeting in Airport City, Israel December 31, 2017 REUTERS/Amir Cohen NEWS DESK: Palestinian groups have condemned a resolution by Israel’s Likud party calling for the state to annex parts of the West Bank, reported The Independent. At a meeting of the party’s central committee on Sunday,…

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Israel indicts Palestinian teenage girl who punched soldier: army

Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi (R) enters a military courtroom escorted by Israeli Prison Service personnel at Ofer Prison, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Ammar Awad OFER PRISON, West Bank: Israel indicted a 16-year-old Palestinian girl on Monday on charges including assault for punching an Israeli soldier in the face two…

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Iran supplied ballistic missile to Yemen rebels: US

WASHINGTON: US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley presented what she called “undeniable” evidence Thursday that a ballistic missile fired by Huthi rebels in Yemen at Saudi Arabia last month was Iranian-made, a charge Tehran immediately denied. Haley accused Tehran of a “blatant violation” of UN Security Council obligations designed to rein in its…

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US-led air strikes kill 23 civilians in Syria: monitor

BEIRUT: Air strikes by a US-led coalition killed 23 civilians Wednesday in a village held by the Islamic State group in Syria’s eastern Deir Ezzor province, a monitor said. “At least 23 civilians, among them eight children and six women, were killed Wednesday before dawn by air strikes carried out by the US-led coalition, targeting…

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US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital undermines its role as honest peace broker: Asif

ISTANBUL: Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif says the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital undermines its role as an honest broker in the Middle East peace process. He was speaking at the meeting of the OIC Foreign Ministers in Istanbul ahead of the summit convened by Turkey to explore ways to deal with the…

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Saudi Arabia to cut oil exports to Asia in January

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said on Monday it will trim crude exports to Asian customers in January to help accelerate the re-balancing of the international oil market. An energy ministry spokesman said state-owned Aramco will maintain “steady supplies to the United States and Europe while exports to Asia will be reduced by more than 100,000 barrels…

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Israeli air strike wounds 14 in Gaza: Palestinians

GAZA CITY: Israel aircraft attacked Hamas military facilities in the Gaza Strip on Friday night in response to rocket attacks, the Israeli army said. It was the second night of rocket fire since US President Donald Trump’s statement on Wednesday recognising Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. His declaration sent shock waves through the region, and…

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Palestinians observing ‘Day of Rage’ on Trump’s Jerusalem move

GAZA CITY: The Palestinians are observing “Day of Rage” on Friday in response to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel. Rallies and protests are expected near Israeli-controlled checkpoints in the West Bank and along the border with Gaza on Friday (December 8). Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem…

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All you need to know about Trump’s dangerous Jerusalem move

For centuries now, Jerusalem has been at the heart of many conflicts and wars. The city holds special importance and is revered by the three most important religions in the world–Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Which is exactly why Trump’s hasty decision to declare Jerusalem (all of it) as Israel’s capital and his announcement to shift…

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Pope Francis: Respect ‘status quo’ of Jerusalem

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis, speaking hours before U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem, on Wednesday called for the city’s “status quo” to be respected, saying new tension in the Middle East would further inflame world conflicts, reported Reuters. Trump is due on Wednesday to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and set in motion the…

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Russia to reduce Syria presence by year’s end: military

SOCHI: Russia’s military plans to reduce its involvement in Syria this year as it is nearing the completion of its goals there, the General Staff chief told journalists Thursday. “Of course, there will be a decision taken by the commander in chief and the group (working in Syria) will be decreased,” said Valery Gerasimov when…

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Israeli minister: we have secret ties with ‘many’ Arab states

An Israeli cabinet minister said on Sunday that Israel had covert ties with “many” Arab and Muslim states but was obliged not to name them at the other sides’ request. A rare interview given by the head of Israel’s armed forces to a Saudi-owned news site was published on Thursday, further fuelling talk of close…

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Lebanon’s ‘detained’ premier to travel to France

RIYADH: Lebanon’s premier Saad Hariri will travel to France “in the coming days”, a French presidential source said Wednesday, after Beirut accused Saudi Arabia of detaining him following his shock resignation. International pressure has been mounting for Hariri to return to Beirut after his prolonged stay in the kingdom since he announced in a televised…

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Rise of the Crown Prince: Will tensions worsen between Iran and Saudi Arabia?

As Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman consolidates his power in Saudi Arabia, does this mean that the kingdom’s hostilities with Iran will increase? Watch this video to check out the profile of Mohammed bin Salman.

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Saudi, Kuwait call on citizens to leave Lebanon

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and Kuwait on Thursday urged their citizens to leave Lebanon immediately, days after Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation while visiting Riyadh. “Due to the situation in the Republic of Lebanon, the kingdom asks its nationals visiting or living in Lebanon to leave as soon as possible, and advises its…

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Saudi crown prince accuses Iran of ‘direct aggression’

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince accused Iran on Tuesday of “direct military aggression” through Yemen’s Huthi rebels, ratcheting up regional tensions as the kingdom reels from a sweeping royal purge. Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia and predominantly Shiite Iran have been trading fierce accusations over their involvement in the conflict in Yemen, in which they back opposing…

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SpaceX launches Korean satellite, sticks rocket landing

MIAMI: SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket on Monday carrying a South Korean communications satellite that aims to boost broadband and broadcast coverage for southeast Asia and the Middle East.

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To command Islamic Military Alliance is an honour: Raheel Sharif

Former Chief of Army Staff General (r) Raheel Sharif said on Tuesday that it was an honour for him to be the commander of the Islamic Military Alliance.  Addressing the Middle East Military Alliance and Coordination Conference, General (r) Raheel Sharif said that Muslim countries were facing quite a lot of challenges, among the biggest…

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Oil producers may not need to extend cuts: Kuwait

KUWAIT CITY: Oil producers may not need to roll over a deal to cut production beyond March if all members fully comply with their pledges, the Kuwaiti oil minister said Sunday.

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Video: Ashura observed in Middle East, Europe, Australia

Millions of Muslims staged passionate mourning ceremonies in commemoration of the day in history that witnessed the martyrdom of the icon of sacrifice – Hazrat Imam Hussain Razi Allah ho Ta’ala Anho. Yaum-e-Ashur, the tenth of Moharram, was not only observed in the Muslim world but also in Europe where the faithful paid homage to…

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